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Game 111: Mets at Nats

Aug 5, 2014, 3:35 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

After a quick, makeup game with the Orioles, the Nationals now wrap up their homestand with a 3-game series against a Mets club they’ve beaten 12 of their last 13 meetings. They’ll be without Wilson Ramos, who was placed on the paternity leave list in anticipation of the birth of his first child. Jose Lobaton is behind the plate tonight, with Sandy Leon backing him up.

Gio Gonzalez takes the mound, trying to find some consistency after an up-and-down season. He’ll be opposed by right-hander Zack Wheeler.

Updates to come, please check back…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly clear, 85 degrees, Wind 5 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (60-50)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

METS (53-59)
CF Juan Lagares
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
LF Eric Campbell
C Travis d’Arnaud
RF Chris Young
SS Ruben Tejada
RHP Zack Wheeler

UMPIRES
HP Paul Nauert
1B Larry Vanover (cc)
2B Vic Carapazza
3B Dan Iassogna

7:06 p.m. — We’re underway, and it’s quite a boisterous crowd on hand tonight. Amazing what a Jayson Werth garden gnome giveaway does. I hadn’t seen the stands this packed a full hour before gametime since Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS.

7:16 p.m. — Not a great top of the first for Gio Gonzalez. He gave up a 1-out triple to Daniel Murphy, who slipped a hard grounder past a lunging Adam LaRoche down the first-base line. David Wright then smashed Gonzalez’s next pitch to left field for an RBI single. Gonzalez got through the inning without any more damage, striking out Eric Campbell with a high, 3-2 fastball, but he’ll need to settle down after that frame. Nats trail 1-0 as they come to bat for the first time.

7:23 p.m. — A 1-2-3 bottom of the first, but perhaps more notable was the manner in which Werth jogged down the baseline on a grounder to short. He didn’t look real good, and after passing first base began shaking his right leg. Matt Williams and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came out to talk to him for a moment, but he stayed in the game and is taking his position in right field for the top of the second. Certainly worth keeping an eye on, though.

7:31 p.m. — More struggles in the top of the second. Travis d’Arnaud led off with a double down the left-field line, which put him in position to score on Zack Wheeler’s little looper into shallow right field. On that play, Werth tried to come charging in and make a sliding catch, he just couldn’t quite get there in time. And then he walked very slowly back to his position in right field. Whatever is going on, he clearly isn’t 100 percent right now. And the Nats are down 2-0.

7:54 p.m. — Here’s the beauty (or wackiness) of baseball: The Nats just scored their first run of the night without benefit of a hit, then their first hit of the night actually prevented a run from scoring! Need an explanation? Well, Wheeler issued three walks and a wild pitch in the bottom of the second, bringing home a run. Then with runners on second and third, Jose Lobaton smashed a ball toward shortstop, only to watch as it hit teammate Asdrubal Cabrera on his way to third base. By rule, Lobaton is credited with a single, Cabrera is out and the runner on third (Ian Desmond) has to go back. So what would’ve been a run-scoring groundout instead became a non-run-scoring single. Weird, wild stuff. It’s 2-1 Mets after two.

8:14 p.m. — Continuing with the theme of weirdness tonight: Wheeler has put 7 of the 14 Nats he has faced on base, yet he’s given up only one run (on a wild pitch). The Nats had something going in the bottom of the third, but then Werth grounded into a killer 6-4-3 double play. So despite 65 pitches thrown through three, Wheeler and the Mets still lead this game, 2-1.

8:27 p.m. — Now Wheeler is settling down, retiring four in a row. Fortunately, Gonzalez has found a groove as well, retiring seven in a row. So it remains a 2-1 game after four.

8:42 p.m. — Given teh way this game began, it’s pretty remarkable this has turned into a pitchers’ duel. We’re through five now, still 2-1 as Wheeler and Gonzalez trade blows.

9:01 p.m. — Somehow, the Nats just turned a leadoff double followed by a single into another zero on the scoreboard. How? Because Werth was thrown out at the plate trying to score on LaRoche’s single to left. Credit to Eric Campbell, who fired a perfect strike to the plate. Matt Williams had the umps review in case there was a violation of Rule 7.13 (blocking the plate) but there wasn’t. So they still trail 2-1 heading to the seventh.

9:24 p.m. — Well, it’s not 2-1 anymore. In a train wreck of a top of the seventh, the Mets scored three runs. Gio put the first two men on and was pulled in favor of Drew Storen, who proceeded to plunk Juan Lagares to load the bases with one out. He thought he had a 4-6-3 double play out of Lagares, but Cabrera couldn’t make the backhanded play to his right, so two runs scored. Add a bloop single by Duda and just like that, it’s a 5-1 game at the stretch. Not looking good for the hometown nine.

9:40 p.m. — Another potential Nats rally thwarted by a double-play grounder. This time, Steven Souza Jr. came off the bench to pinch-hit with two on and nobody out, only to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Juan Lagares then robbed Denard Span of an RBI single to center with a spectacular catch, appearing to injure himself on the play. Lagares walked off under his own power, having kept the Nats in a 5-1 deficit as we move to the eighth.

9:51 p.m. — It keeps getting worse. Blake Treinen entered for the top of the eighth and quickly gave up a run on a hit batter and two singles, the last of which struck him before scooting into center field. Treinen is OK, but the Nats trail 6-1, and not even Werth’s nice throw to the plate for a 9-2 double play appears enough to get them back into this one.

10:03 p.m. — A two-out double by LaRoche in the bottom of the eighth goes for naught. Desmond has now stranded six men on base tonight via two comebackers to the mound and a strikeout. Not good. Still 6-1 going to the ninth.

10:17 p.m. — It’s over. Nats lose 6-1. They’ve dropped 2 straight and 8 of 13 since Ryan Zimmerman was injured.

155 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. Eric - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Ahhh OOOOO, WereWerth of NatsTown!!!

    Go Nats!!!

  3. tcostant - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Meet the Mets, beat the Mets…

  4. natsfan1a - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Go, NATS! Go, gnome!

  5. natsbro - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Repost from a thread earlier today:

    Wheeler in 2014 Vs Nats: 12.0 IP, 14 H, 8 ER, 2 HR, 4 BB, 11 K

    The Nats have a .298 average against Wheeler, who is 0 – 2 with a 6.00 ERA in 2 games against the club this year.

    Career Numbers vs Wheeler:

    Span .667/.667/1.333 3 AB’s, 2 Doubles, 2 K

    Rendon .375/.545/.375 8 AB’s, 2 Walks, 2 K

    Werth .231/.267/.538 13 AB’s, 1 HR, 1 Double, 1 Walk, 3 RBI, 1 K

    LaRoche .100/.250/.400 10 AB’s, 1 HR, 2 Walks, 1 RBI, 4 K

    Desmond .286/.286/.571 14 AB’s, 1 HR, 1 Double, 3 RBI, 3 K

    Harper .125/.222/.125 8 AB’s, 1 Walk, 4 K

    Cabrera .000/.000/.000 3 AB’s

    Lobaton (assuming Ramos is gone) has never faced Wheeler, nor has Hairston. If called up Leon is hitless in 2 AB’s against Wheeler but with one walk.

  6. alexva6 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I was really hoping MW grew a pair and started Souza tonight.

    • Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Who is he going to start him over?

      • alexva6 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        I would sit Werth.

      • bowdenball - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        OK, that was pretty funny.

        Sit Werth. I’m still chuckling.

      • dcsportsfan2277 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        Rest Werth on Gnome night? NOT.

  7. secretwasianman - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    LOL. just glad to NOT be playing DEM Os HUN. what a miserable experience last night. Os fans are awful.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Mike Rizzo on Ryan Zimmerman: Grade 3 strain, expected out six weeks.”

    Quotes sound encouraging. RZim ran on underwater treadmill.

    • Eric - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Wow, already?? Good deal!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Dr. Ray Solano almost guaranteed RZim out for season based on the Grade 3 as reported by Ladson. Even though MW and Rizzo have now also called it a Grade 3 it still seems very suspect. The important thing is RZim is improving.

  9. stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Va traffic into DC iz nutz.

    • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      It is awful, and will continue to be, because parts of Maine Ave are closed due to summit. Also parts of Constitution Ave.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        Ultimately wasn’t as bad as it appeared. Kind of like a Friday evening.

  10. stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    We have gnomage.

  11. stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    We have gnomage!

    • stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Oops. So excited.

  12. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Gnome 50 bucks on eBay.

    I was actually rooting for Espi at SS tonight after watching Ian “the statue” Desmond last night.

    • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:29 PM

      Danny the K, however, did put in an appearance at the end last night.

      • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        And he went down flailing

    • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      I’m guessing that $50 is peak price, and it will be less by the end of the week.

    • stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      50 bucks. How mercenary. It’ll take at least 100!

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Got my gnome!!!!!!

    Yall enjoy the game… :-)

    Go Nats!

    • stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      It completes me. :-)

  14. adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Let’s Go Mariners!

    Ya’ gotta love it when the baseball gods even things out every once in a while.

    Last week, the Braves had to face the flat-out-no-doubt best pitcher the NL had to offer, in Clayton Kershaw — leading the NL in WAR-br, ERA, & WHIP

    Tonight the Braves have to face the flat-out-no-doubt best pitcher the AL has to offer, in King Felix Hernandez — leading the AL in WAR-br, ERA, & WHIP.

    All I ask is that the King pitch an average game (average for him, that is, ;-) )

    • scmargenau - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I want a gnome ASAP! Will pay $50!!

      • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        And that’s why the peak price is often on the first day!! ;-)

  15. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    For the time being, I’m thrilled by the Thornton acquisition — at least until he plunks someone with the bases loaded and then coughs up a GS. Nats apparently deemed him too expensive in the off-season, so it’s not like he’s something they tossed a dart at. And he didn’t cost any prospects and comes w/ a contract for next season. So he doesn’t impair the future and becomes an asset to carry into Spring Training. Any idea if he’s available tonight? (I think Duda is the Mets’ only LH “threat” so it isn’t imperative to have Thornton on board but would be nice when Gonzalez looks like he won’t be able to get out of the fifth inning again.)

    I haven’t seen a corresponding 25-man roster move so I wonder if there’s some other deal that hasn’t been announced.

  16. stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I had no idea the Public Health Service had a choral ensemble, but they sang purty.

  17. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Well that took about 3 minutes

  18. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I’m very worried about Gio.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    That’s how you play a tough play that LaRoche needed to make into a triple into Gio quickly surrendering RUN #1

    Not good.

  20. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    How didn’t LaRoche get that ball.

  21. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Gio’s curve doesn’t seem as strong as it used to be.

    • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      He’s lost the ability to throw it for strikes, so teams just disregard it and sit fastball. The changeup has helped and that pitch is the only reason his ERA isn’t like 5. It’s been a big development.

  22. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    1 run is fine, but I’m not confident in Gio holding it there.

  23. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Since when does Wheeler throw 97-99.

  24. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    No no no no no

  25. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Let’s see what Gio can do here. Didn’t even type it and another bullet.

  26. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Gio is throwing BP. He’s not healthy.

    • scmargenau - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      U sure he’s just not found slot?

  27. stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    If Werth is gimpy we may get a look at Souza after all. Also maybe Treinen.

  28. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Awful luck there.

  29. coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    New thought – MW can see the future and when he said the BP was overused he meant after yesterday and today…. Man I hope Gio can settle

    • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      It’s possible he foresaw Gio not going far and wanted to be protected.

  30. secretwasianman - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Another crappy game by GIO. This team just doesn’t have enough. They may win the division but I suspect they will finish barely above .500. Braves stink so we will win but it’s pretty hollow. Get whipped in the playoffs.

  31. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Harper feel free to contribute anytime you’re ready.

    • secretwasianman - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      He can’t. You can’t polish a turd

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Keep trying to pull the pitch on the black mr. Harper.

  32. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Not a strike or even close.

  33. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    I count that as a RBI for Loboton

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      The wild pitch

  34. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Wow

  35. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Are you kidding me?

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Bounces not going our way

    • scmargenau - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Go gio!

  36. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Gio is batting better than he’s pitching.

  37. scmargenau - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Ok what happened? At a sports bar and missed how he didn’t jump over that

  38. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Need a big run tater here.

  39. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Impressive futility tonight

  40. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    That is pathetic.

  41. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    This should be a blowout right now.

  42. Rick Norris - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    It’s like base runners are a curse for this team.

  43. TimDz - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Gnome night be damned…..
    If Werth is hurt, he needs to be replaced…

  44. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Souza be like put me in coach.

  45. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    A big reason for our offensive issues are that it’s very difficult to bunch single, after single after single together. XBHs solve that. The lack of power is responsible for a lot of it, I think.

  46. Rick Norris - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Manager/Player Harper has replaced McOut as our latest automatic out.

    • Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Is his extended spring training over?

  47. coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    On the plus side, there’s the mets pen

    • Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      On the downside there is our no punch offense.

      • coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Should be a great show. Lobo is having a no-luck night it seems between the liner in the first and the 400 foot shot

      • coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        *first ab

  48. philipd763 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    MW needs to put Souza in LF and send Harper to Harrisburg.

    • secretwasianman - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Yeah Harper is just a complete mess. Can’t believe another stinker at home to a big crowd.

  49. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    At least Gio is pitching better.

  50. secretwasianman - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    This team just can’t hit for power. Rizzo has to do something . It’s just futile. You can’t lose to the Mets.

    • coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Give me Adam Dunn and a bag of balls I take it?

    • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      We’re 5-1 against the Mets. A loss today would make us 5-2. Do you expect us to go 18-0?

  51. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Since 7/11, Harper is hitting .270 with a .370 OBP. The power hasn’t come because power is always the last thing to return after hand surgery.

  52. adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Wow, LoD sounds energized and ready to go!

    • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Yeah, it stinks so bad that it puts the team 3 games ahead of everyone else in the division

      In fact, it stinks so bad that the Nats have only the second best record in the entire NL.

      Nope. Not impressive at all.

      Isn’t there a bridge under which you should be hanging out?

  53. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Yep, the season’s over so there’s no need for you to watch anymore. Bye.

    • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      So stop watching then. If the team is so awful, go away.

  54. stoatva - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I have a garden gnome and all you have is a garden variety troll.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Love it

      • coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        Needed more than 88 out of wheeler last inning

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      +1

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      You can try to be anonymous on the internet, but eventually this disgusting personality leaks outj to your friends and family. I recommend looking yourself in the mirror and asking is this who I want to be to my wife, kids, parents, culture.

  55. adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Are things slowly spiraling down hill?</i.

    And you can hardly wait.

    But, I'm confused — according to you the season was over on April 25.

    • coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      You’re already wrong?

  56. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Wish he did that last time :)

  57. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    How can Jayson have such a terrible at-bat earlier and now smack a double? Hitting is a mystery…

  58. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    We are killing ourselves.

  59. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Awful send

    • NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Yes. Especially if Werth’s ankle isn’t right.

    • coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Bad choice regardless of the outcome…

    • naterialguy - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      It’ll that send cost us the game. It made no sense whatsoever.could have had first and third with 0 outs. at that point what are the odds of scoring from 3rd gotta be close to 100% you send them you never know what you’re gonna get including possible injury

  60. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Bummer we didn’t pinch run

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    In what world is that ever a good send… why Henley… why…..

  62. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    It would be nice if Desi or Bryce got a hit once in a while. Especially with runners on base.

  63. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Atrocious AB by Desi

    • NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      Terrible. At least Bryce sent it to the warning track… No cigar, though.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Seems to look at strikes and swing at high cheese every at bat, assuming he goes 2 pitches

  64. lplipty - Aug 5, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Did Henley think it was 2 outs?

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Tie game without the dumb ass send….

  66. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Lame

  67. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Not defending the send, it was awful, but maybe Henley figured with how bad Desi and Bryce have been, that was our best shot. Campbell is a utility guy, doesn’t have a great arm.

    Again, it was a bad send. But maybe that was the logic. It’s all I can think of because nothing else makes sense.

    • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      Of course, Jayson would’ve scored on Bryce’s flyball so…

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:09 PM

        Isn’t there some sort of old baseball rule about never making the first out in an inning at third or home? What the heck was Henley thinking?

      • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Yes, so like I said, it was a terrible send regardless. I’m just trying to understand what he could possibly be thinking

  68. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    FP, that ball wasn’t too far. He misjudged it.

  69. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    “Matt Williams has been wanting to get Storen into a game.”

    There was no game yesterday?????

  70. coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Just a side note but I really enjoy our beat staff. I hope we don’t completely bungle this but I find the mets and braves beat guys absolutely obnoxious on the espn commentary compared to mark.

  71. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    That was a double play ball.

  72. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Awful game another mistake.. Inning ended there.

  73. senatorsurvivor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Cabrera should have called off Werth and caught the Wheeler hit and now this.

  74. knoxvillenat - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Hit batter, glad we are not playing the D-Backs as our guys would have to go to bat wearing body armor.

  75. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I better hear Gio tweaked something. Otherwise WHY WHY WHY did Matty pull Gio?

    • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Because he put two on? If he didn’t pull Gio, everyone would be complaining he didn’t learn from last night. He sent Gio out there and Gio gave up a walk and a smash he was fortunate wasn’t a double.

      • NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        LOL, probably true. Gio didn’t look gassed to me. And the “smash” didn’t look like a double to me. It wouldn’t have even been a hit except it took a strange bounce.

  76. knoxvillenat - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Armour, damn it, Armour!

  77. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Grandy’s 0 for 15? No problem, I’m sure we’ll be glad to help out. Think of all the O’s we helped yesterday.

    • NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      OK, maybe not. Luckily there were two out.

  78. coop202 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Sigh… Et tu, Brute

  79. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Playing some bad baseball lately

  80. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Is there a way to block certain users? A certain poster makes these threads unbearable.

    I suppose I could ignore him, but somehow I always take the bait.

    • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      Perhaps complain directly to MZ?

      I am going to send him an email right now.

      • David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        It seems he has already taken care of it

      • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Yes, I just noticed.

        Well now . . . . ;-)

  81. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    This is an average team without Zimmerman. Actually a below 500 team. Someone needs to step up.

    • NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      There is plenty of room for Desi and Bryce to step up. They don’t need Zim for that. And Adam is barely lukewarm, so him, too.

      • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        This team has played below 500 without Ryan. We can all hope the others step up but hope hasn’t been working for those guys so far.

  82. Rick Norris - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Maybe we can muster up one of our patented one run rallies.

  83. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Why leave Wheeler in?

  84. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    you comments need to be censored for your own sake. Eventually everyone who you respect will come to look at you with disgust and disappointment, if they don’t do so already.

  85. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Ha! I’m not usually here for game threads. Lotta students on vacation, I got off early.

  86. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Souza fits rights in.

    • Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      The big hits are MIA.

  87. Mark Zuckerman - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Secret Wasian Man: Stop posting here. Now.

    Anybody responding to him: Stop responding to him. Now.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Thank You

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      So SWM finally got thrown off the island. The night is not a total loss.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Gracious!

      Regrettable that was necessary. I don’t even know what “that” was, specifically. Which is ok by me.

  88. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    ok

  89. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Not that it matters much but the 3-0 to Span was a foot outside .

  90. Danny - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    This game has been Murphy’s Law.

  91. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    It’s sad that that Mark has to take the time to deal with trolls.

    But anyway, I see we’ve entered the part of the game where we get robbed.

  92. David Proctor - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    This is my concern, Ghost. Treinan is too hittable for his stuff.

    • NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      He’ll be gone tomorrow. Matty just getting a couple of innings out of him before the new guy arrives.

  93. NatsLady - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Good hit by ALR. On base four times. That makes me optimistice he’s coming out of the slump.

  94. senatorsurvivor - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    In all honesty, the Mets are not a bad team. With 36 games left against NL East, we need to get hot.

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