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Game 113: Mets at Nats

Aug 7, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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After bouncing back on Wednesday night with a 7-1 win over the Mets, the Nationals have a chance to end their homestand with two straight victories before heading to Atlanta to face the Braves.

Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) will take the mound in his 23rd start of the season. The right-hander is coming off one of his best outings of the 2014 season when he pitched seven scoreless innings against the Phillies on Aug. 2.

Zimmermann has faced the Mets just once this year, on May 18, when he took the win after going six innings with three runs allowed. He has 17 career starts against New York and holds a 3.29 ERA in 98 1/3 total innings.

Pitching for the Mets will be rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77). The 26-year-old will face the Nats for the first time in his career.

Updates to come, so please check back…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (61-51)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

METS (54-60)
RF Curtis Granderson
2B David Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
CF Juan Lagares
SS Wilmer Flores
C Anthony Recker
RHP Jacob deGrom
LF Eric Young, Jr.

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

12:56 p.m. — It is a scoreless game after one inning here, as the only hit in the first was a single by Murphy to left field. Zimmermann threw 17 pitches, deGrom needed 10. Lagares will now lead off for the Mets in the top of the second.

1:17 p.m. — The Nationals took an early lead in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-run homer by Desmond. LaRoche led off with a double to right field before Desmond hit a liner off the sidewall in the visitors bullpen in left field. Jacob deGrom had not allowed a homer in 66 innings prior to that. Both starting pitchers are at 33 pitches after two.

1:33 p.m. — The third inning saw the Mets strike for their first run and Span extend his streak of games reaching base. The Mets’ run came on a Murphy double to left-center field. He brought home deGrom, who singled and moved to second on a sac bunt. Span would then single to right field in the bottom half of the inning to make it 33 straight games he has reached base. He also has an 11-game hitting streak. Zimmermann is at 49 pitches, deGrom is at 40.

1:52 p.m. — The Nationals added another run in the bottom of the fourth, and it came from a familiar place. Again it was LaRoche who got them started with a one-out double and again it was Desmond who brought him home. Desmond singled to left field to score LaRoche from second for his third RBI of the afternoon. Nats lead 3-1.

2:13 p.m. — It’s still 3-1 after five, though the Nationals had their chances to add to their lead. Lobaton led off with a single in the bottom of the fifth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Zimmermann. Lobaton then reached third on a single by Span to center field. That gave the Nats runners on the corners with one out, but Span was thrown out at second on a steal attempt and Rendon flew out to center to end the inning. Zimmermann has thrown 71 pitches, deGrom is at 76. By the way, I am about to start writing instant analysis while our summer intern, Peter Hailey, takes over the game thread for the rest of the game. He will have an update for you after the sixth inning.

2:35 p.m. — The score remains 3-1 through six. Zimmermann got himself into a bit of trouble in the top of the sixth but was able to work his way out of it. With two outs, Lucas Duda snuck a grounder through a shifted infield and David Wright advanced to third, but the Nats starter struck out Juan Lagares to end the inning and leave two men on. LaRoche reached base for the third time today with a walk in the bottom half of the inning, but deGrom struck out the side, getting Harper swinging to end the frame. He has thrown 97 pitches today, while Zimmermann is up to 84.

3:06 p.m. — The top of the seventh inning saw the ends of both starter’s days and the Mets tie up the score. After a single to left field by Wilmer Flores, Kirk Nieuwenhuis came on to pinch hit for deGrom, whose day ended after 6 innings pitched and three earned runs. Nieuwenhuis promptly singled through the left side, which led to Matt Williams’ decision to replace Zimmermann with Drew Storen. The Nats starter got a nice hand from the crowd for his 6 1/3 innings of work. Storen threw a wild pitch that allowed both runners to move up, and after an Eric Young sac fly, Curtis Granderson roped a single up the middle to tie the game. Jerry Blevins came on to replace Storen and retired Murphy to end the inning. Reliever Vic Black replaced deGrom and only needed 10 pitches to get through Cabrera, Lobaton, and a pinch hitting Scott Hairston. Score now 3-3.

3:35 p.m. — The Nationals threatened to take the lead in the eighth but couldn’t get the hit they needed. Tyler Clippard took the mound for the top of the eighth and sat the Mets down in order. Sped led off the home half of the inning with, no surprise here, another hit, bumping up his average to .299. The Nationals then went hit and run with one out and Werth up, whose hard hit single to center moved Span up to second but kept him from advancing to third. With two on and one out, Mets manager Terry Collins brought on lefty Josh Edgin from the bullpen to face LaRoche and it worked; the first baseman fanned on a pitch out of the zone. Ian Desmond’s groundout ended the inning. The score is 3-3 going into the ninth.

3:59 p.m. — We’re headed for extras after neither team could score in the ninth inning. Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for Washington and had a 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Asdrubal Cabrera laid down a bunt with one out and beat the throw from Mets reliever Jeurys Familia, then headed to second following a wild pitch. Jose Lobaton walked, but Steven Souza Jr. struck out after pinch hitting for Soriano. With two outs, Dana Eveland was summoned from the Mets bullpen, and got Denard Span to ground out.

4:14 p.m. — Matt Thornton’s tenth inning was an impressive one: two fly outs and a three pitch strikeout of Murphy. Right hander Buddy Carlyle took the mound for the bottom half of the tenth, the sixth Mets pitcher to throw today. Rendon grounded out, Kirk Nieuwenhuis robbed Werth of a base hit with a fine diving catch in center, and LaRoche struck out. Still 3-3, heading to the eleventh.

4:29 p.m. — Craig Stammen’s 34th appearance on the year meant he was the seventh National to pitch in today’s game, and it was a tidy 1-2-3 top of the eleventh. Bryce Harper smacked a Carlyle offering to right field to get on base with one out for Washington, but Cabrera popped out and Nieuwenhuis made another sweet diving grab, this time preventing Lobaton from being the hero. Twelfth inning coming up next.

4:55 p.m. — Stammen worked around a walk to Nieuwenhuis and kept the Mets score at 3. Jenrry Mejia took Carlyle’s spot on the mound for the Mets and gave up a single to Denard Span. It was his fourth hit of the afternoon and it put him on with one man out. Werth’s two out soft liner bumped him to third, and up came Adam LaRoche. However, fans were denied a walk-off again as No. 25 struck out. Lucky number inning 13 coming up.

5:12 p.m. — Fans who stuck around for all 13 innings were rewarded with a fantastic ending. In the top of the 13th, Stammen got two quick outs but then was tagged by Wright for a double to left center. He intentionally walked Lucas Duda to get to Eric Campbell, and stopped a sharp come backer to get out of the slight jam. In the bottom of the 13th, Carlos Torres became the Mets eighth pitcher of the contest, and started the inning by walking Desmond. Bryce Harper stepped up and decided enough was enough, hitting a walk-off homer to left field and winning the game 5-3. The Nationals dramatic victory puts them at 62-51 on the year.

301 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. masterfishkeeper - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Go Nats, but I really was hoping Souza would start.

    • coop202 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Kind of a surprise he’s not. I guess there’s no worry about wear and year on jayson….

    • tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Me too. I though he night give Harper or Werth a rest. Oh well – lets win.

    • nattydc - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Agreed. Seems like a waste of his hot bat, why not just let him keep raking at AAA? With Werth’s recent ankle/shoulder issue he seemed like a good candidate for a day off..

      • bowdenball - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        Raking in AAA is a bigger waste of a hot bat. At least this way he can help in pinch-hit situations and spell Werth or another OF in blowouts.

        I wouldn’t have minded seeing him in there today but if the player of the month for July says he’s good to go on August 7 I don’t mind letting him play.

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      I think you want to keep Harper in the line up vs the RHP.

      As to Werth – I trust Werth himself and MW to make the call as to whether he needs a day off.

      • mauimo22 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

        Harper better have a big game (2 base knocks and 2 RBIs) or I’m calling for Sousa to start in LF for the Braves series!

  2. stoatva - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Same as it ever was. Quelle surprise.

    • stoatva - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      DeGrom batting eighth. Huh.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Did Ramos take BP with the team yesterday? I read that was the plan.

    “Chase Hughes @chasehughesCSN
    There is a delay for the #Nats lineup because Ramos is still with his family at the hospital, waiting for everyone to be cleared to leave.”

    • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Traffic is a nightmare with the African Conference.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        Fill me in, what’s that?

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        Meeting of more than 40 African heads of state that has been going on all week (rapping up this morning) and tying up traffic in parts of downtown.

      • adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        They are meeting in Foggy Bottom — but they are staying at a hotel on Maine Ave.

        I think today’s the last day, fwiw . . .

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Win it for Stammen

  4. masterfishkeeper - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Think DeGrom is really batting eighth?

    • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Collins has been doing that. Not sure why…

      • bowdenball - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        There’s not really much downside to it, especially with a good-hitting pitcher like DeGrom. It makes even more sense if you’ve got a guy with some pop like Granderson leading off and a very good hitter at the 2 spot. This allows you to get the best of both worlds- you get a solid first-inning lineup plus an increased chance that those guys come up with men on base or in scoring position in subsequent innings.

      • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:02 PM

        Have the Dodgers ever done that with Greinke?

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        NL – no.

    • stoatva - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Kilgore says “not a typo.”

      • 6ID20 - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Something he can never say about any of his articles.

      • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:01 PM

        What wasn’t a typo? I haven’t been reading Kilgore lately.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        deGrom is a better hitter than McLouth and that’s backed up by the stats.

  5. Eric - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    GO NATS!

  6. sjm308 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Off to the park!

    Go Nata!

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Ramos is back!

    • adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      ?

  8. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Figured Lobotan would get the start again today… Was hoping Souza would get the start but I bet since the Nats lost the first game, Matt wants to put everyone in there to try to get this series win.

    About to fire Charlie and Dave

    • Eric - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Aw man, I love Charlie and Dave. Is there anything that might make you reconsider? ;)

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Gah… meant to say about to fire Charlie and Dave UP on the radio… :)

      • Eric - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        I know, just having fun…I only really noticed because I was about to do the same :)

  9. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Murphy is so annoying.

  10. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Adam seems to be getting hot at the right time…

  11. Waddueyeno - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Mmm. Free diamond club.

  12. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Dez tater!! 2-0

  13. adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Adam getting hot and Ramos returning at the same time we’re heading to Atlanta? I like . . .

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Okay, Mr Desmond…. I see you! :)

  15. Eric - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    There we go Desi…that’s 5-hole hitting!

  16. adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    And Ian was hitting the ball pretty hard last night (he got BABIP’d at least twice, if I recall) — so, perhaps ALR *and* Ian are coming out of slumps at the same time?

  17. adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Looking at the Mets lineup, perhaps DeGrom should be hitting 7th! (Backup catcher, Recker, is hitting .191)

    I’m sure Mets fans are saying: I hate this idea of using our backup, just because it’s day game after a night game! ;-)

  18. masterfishkeeper - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Off topic, but Dave Cameron just posted a great article on Tanner Roark:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-year-in-tanner-roark/

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Forgot to mention that the article includes a great BJ Upton dig.

      • adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

        ha . . . nice catch!

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Good Lord… D Murphy is having a series…

    • Eric - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      Seriously…sheesh.

    • adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Seems like he always is . . .

    • adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      He leads the NL in hits.

      Over his last 11 games, plus this one, he’s batting .468, with 6 doubles, a triple, and 2 HRs.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    And the streak continues… Stay hot, D Span.

  21. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    We don’t need Tony two outs.

  22. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Tony has made 3 outs on 3 pitches today. Don’t you have to take a pitch to let Span steal?

  23. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Boy, when Adam is hot, he is HOT!

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Adam and that sweet swing…

  25. Eric - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    YES!!!

    • Eric - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      (re: LaRoche/Henley fooling the Mets and getting a run home)

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Look at Desi producing in the 5 spot…

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Desi RISP guy!

  28. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Lucky send by Hendley. The Mets caught with their pants down. ALR got a terrible jump off 2b.

    • David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      Was it lucky? Young played that very casually. I bet if he plays it better, Henley holds ALR. When he saw him play it casually in, he sent him and took advantage. Even if that doesn’t work, that’s smart aggression IMO. Taking advantage of mistakes like that will help you more times than not.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        It’s always good when it works out. If ALR had been nailed…everybody would be griping. If Young played it just a little bit more responsibly, he would’ve been nailed. Headley never appeared to look at Young that I could see.Anyway, he scored so it was brilliant. And they are going to keep being uber aggressive. I’m in 100% agreement. Ultra aggressive teams force defensive miscues.

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

      Agreed. I don’t think that was a good decision. (Had LaRoche remained on third, Harper’s fly would have scored him much more easily.)

  29. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Harper needs an extra base hit badly.

  30. adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    To sorta repeat a comment from before:

    Ian was BABIP’d last night.

    So, perhaps we’re seeing ALR *and* Ian getting into hot streaks, and we’ll see Ramos come back — all in time for the trip to Atlanta tomorrow. That’d be awesome . . .

  31. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Cabrera unclutch..

  32. scnatsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    So which euphamism are FP and Carp using today… Bryce is close… Bryce is making solid outs… Bryce is making good contact… even they have to be running out.

    Desi stepping up today, loving it.

  33. natsfan1a - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Watching from home after finishing up with some home renovation contractors this morning.

    Me, with ALR on 2nd. Noooo, don’t send him. Don’t send him! OMG, he sent him. He’ll be out by a mile. OMG, he’s safe! Woo!

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Pretty good at bat by Young.. 10 pitches

  35. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Nice nice bunt, Jordan.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    That Sac Bunt nullifies a doubleplay as Murphy would’ve scooped it up.

    Span wouldn’t steal would he.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      Meaning Span’s hit would’ve been a 4-6-3

      MW gets greedy on the steal. Yes with no outs. This cost the Nats a run. Not smart.

      • David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        Span has said he has the greenlight, so it could be on him, too. But I agree that wasn’t the best time to run

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    That is Span’s first CS, right?

  38. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    It made sense to run earlier, it didn’t make as much sense to run there with a runner on third and one out. But you can’t complain with how successful he’s been.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Time and place David. If he’s out, you lose the ability to score on a productive out.

      • David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        Yes, but Rendon grounded out twice. You run Span to stay out of the DP and you trust that he’s safe since he hasn’t been caught yet. I see both sides. I tend to agree with you, but I understand why he went.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        If the runner on 3rd was faster then you have the risk of the double steal. Span could’ve stolen on his own also I guess.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Maybe Rizzo should’ve traded for Murphy.

  40. philipd763 - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Nats killer!

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Daniel Murphy has officially gotten on my last nerve…

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Aight Mr. Double N…

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Huge K by JZim. Really like how the Nats are using the chase pitch for a K this year.

  44. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Eric Fisher ‏@EricFisherSBJ 2m
    A hearing on MASN’s bid for permanent injunction against MLB award for Nats will be heard in NYS Supreme Court later this month

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Selig better get to work on his out-of-court settlement.

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        I think Selig is in run out the clock mode – make noises, cross your fingers, and hope the parties either resolve it or postpone any significant court dates past his Jan 2015 retirement date.

  45. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    So.. Werth couldn’t have received a day off today.

  46. tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    The Phils just traded Roberto Hernandez to the Dodgers. I won’t miss him in our division, he owns us. If he face the Dodgers in the playoffs, not sure he would make a post season rotation anyway.

  47. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Here’s a guy I’m glad to see out of the Division. Too bad not out of the league.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/07/dodgers-acquire-roberto-hernandez-from-phillies/

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Phillies finally make a trade and it’s the MAN formerly known as Fausto Carmona.

  49. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Harper strikes out on 3 pitches after a 3-0 count. Waiting for production from him is getting frustrating.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Its OK as long as we are winning but I agree, it get old waiting for him to show up and win a game for us.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    deGrom with the reachback 97 mph fastball on Harper. That’s Verlanderian.

  51. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Dan Szymborski ‏@DSzymborski 39s
    As long as Angelos’s business model involves screwing the Nats, might as well be more egalitarian and just start robbing banks or something.

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      That’s not really fair. But it certainly is funny.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Angelo$ made his fortune as an ambulance chaser and asbestos class action suit guy.

      Nothing makes him happy but money and power.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Mets with 2 lucky hits.

    That’s 2 Kirk Niewenhuis pinch hits this series. He went o-fer as a starter but he’s a good bench player.

  53. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Hate this hook by Matt.

  54. Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Did anybody else get the impression Harper was going to come up throwing to first if he gets that blooper cleanly?

  55. Hiram Hover - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    G– d– it, Drew!

  56. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Why didn’t he bring in a lefty for Granderson? What is the point of having them in the bullpen?

  57. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Why leave Blevins in the pen…..,,,,.,,,,,, x

  58. tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    More MASN Tweets:

    https://twitter.com/EricFisherSBJ

  59. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Ridiculous hook by MW. Neither of those hits against Jordan were well hit. It’s not like Roark where he was getting hammered.

    • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      He’ll get charged with three runs. He pitched a lot better than that.

  60. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Does the bullpen hate JZim? This is absurd. He pitches a gem, leaves with the lead (too early IMHO) and the pen just gives it up immediately.

  61. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Have to go to work. Got caught in a mess of traffic and closures yesterday. Take care of this, folks!

  62. scnatsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    And the implision of the pen continues. Too much work for Drew? Not enough? What’s todays excuse for the poor performance?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      What excuse are you looking for besides that you question the wisdom of Drew staying in vs Granderson the lefty.

      It now magnifies the Caught Stealing of Span as well.

      Once again the other teams pinch hitter comes through.

      • scnatsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        I’m tired of the matchup argument. You just need to get the damn guy out.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Blevins did his job, JZim did his and once again some other reliever failed miserably.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Why wasn’t Blevins bought in to face Grandy???

      I mean, first MW says its over use, then MW says he is looking for times when the BP can be used… Didn’t Storen just pitch 2 days ago?

      sigh

      Lets get more runs, Nats… Lets get more runs…

  64. natsfan1a - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Let’s score some runs!

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Scott Hairston, ladies and gentlemen…. Scott Hairston…

  66. philipd763 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    When is the last time a Nats bench player delivered while pinch hitting?

  67. tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I’m listening to the Mets call of this game though my and they are just killing Williams for his pitchers choices. And they “first guessed”, saying it before it happen. First they though pulling Zimm was the wrong move, then when Granderson game up, they said “why warm the left hander if your not going tio bring him in”.

    They are right.

    • Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      One of the first times I agree that MW really botched up a situation.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Me too.

        Three big execution mistakes today. The caught stealing with Lobaton on 3rd was huge as it caused the 2nd out and took away any chance to score with a productive out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      Exactly unless there was prior matchup issues with Blevins and Grandy.

      • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Granderson is career 0-1 with a strikeout against Blevins, but he was also 0-1 against Storen.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        0-1 against Storen was this series. Bad move by Matt Williams then. They had lefties stacked which is what definitely was baffling.

        Sheesh.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Same debate, I swear, from a few days ago…

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Come on top of the line up… bring some runs in…

  69. scnatsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Oh Denard you are making me happy

  70. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Have we hit and run one all year? Wouldn’t this have been a great time.

    • tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      +1 love the hit and run

  71. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Rendon has had an awful day

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      I agree, but gotta be careful saying so.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      He was due

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    This is where you steal Span with 1 out and nobody on.

  73. tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Rendon – swing the bat!

  74. mdmcommish - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    My kingdom for a timely hit.

  75. mdmcommish - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Boom

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Come on Adam… Bring Span home… Hell, Jayson too!

  77. scmargenau - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Just finally getting done with work and looked up to see it tied after 3-1 at last glance. Oy!

    Was Jordan looking tired? Up in zone?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      He was great. 2 hits that just found openings and Storen gave it up.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Span running on the play and doesn’t get a good read. Should be standing on 3rd.

  79. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Lovely K on ball four, Adam, sheesh

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Come on Desi… bring Span home…

  81. tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    So Span got fooled by Murphy, making Span think there was a play at 2B and kept him from going to 3B.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      You think? I thought he just got a bad read and held up.

    • tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      He was running on the pitch.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Idk if Span standing on 2nd or 3rd really matters at this point… Adam K’d and Desi hit a pitch that was clearly a ball…

    • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Every pitch Desi swung at was a ball :/

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Exactly.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:41 PM

        He’s also the guy with 2 RISP RBI hits today.

    • tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      It all matters, learning lesson for the future.

      Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Close the door on them Sori… So that BHarp34 can hit a walk off home run… :)

  84. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Great, closer in in a tie game, recipe for disaster.

    Please prove me wrong, Sori.

    • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Why wouldn’t you use your closer in a tie game at home. When else is he going to pitch?

      • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday in Atlanta. But now he’ll have to sit out one, or he’ll blow the save.

      • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Sure, but we might get blown out, or they might. You have to use your best relief pitcher in a winnable game. You just have to.

    • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Thank you, Sori.

      Hmm….let’s try this:

      Harper with a chance to win with one swing…..not a chance.

      Please prove me wrong, Bryce.

      • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Oh well, it was worth a try.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      It is often done at home, RP, I don’t have a problem with it. Now, the bats need to come through to make it a great move.

      • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        I understand, but Clippard threw 10 pitches in the 8th. Let him pitch the 9th. If we go to extras, then maybe you bring in Sori. But with a huge series on the road starting tomorrow, I’d rather have my closer fresh.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Aight, I think that was a message from Mr Soriano… And he delivered it well… With the help of Mr LaRoche, of course…

  86. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Harper’s going to shut us all up with a walk off bomb

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      That’s funny. I would be happy with a double.

  87. Section 222 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    If he tries to hit a HR, he’ll K. If he tries to hit a single, he might homer.

  88. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Boo flippity hoo Bryce

  89. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    So much for that

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Nice Asdrubal.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Now get the walkoff single.

    • tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Too bad Murphy backed up the play…

      • tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Got to second anyway, wild pitch!

        I agree – let pinch hit Ramos!

  91. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    3 ugly K’s in a row by Nats hitters.
    Streak broken by Cabrerra.

  92. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Sigh… So Desi will walk us off…

  93. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Pinch hit Ramos

    • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Is Ramos available to play today?

      • David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        Yes, he was activated before the game and is available

  94. langleyclub - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Harper is 1 for his last 15; 0 EX basehits in his 38 at bats. Needs to sit.

    • Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      Did the Monstars steal his talent?

  95. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    What a spot for Souza. Don’t hit into a DP

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Good Luck Souza… Good Luck

  97. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Maybe Lobaton can teach Bryce and Desi how to NOT swing at balls out of the strike zone.

  98. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    That was a…bad…AB.

  99. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Hindsight. Should have gone with the proven pinch hitter Frandsen there.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Well , many of you were salivating for Souza. You got him and he K’d with the game to win.

    • stoatva - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      I don’t get the idea that you don’t want to start the rookie but it’s okay to put him up there for a single at bat with the game on the line. Set up for failure, and delivers.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        This, stoatva, I agree with… Not a fair situation for Souza…

        But I mean, was it fair for Jordan to come out…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        Didn’t your mama teach you life isn’t fair?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        He still was given a chance to be the hero. MW had the confidence in him. That’s on Souza. When you get the chance, shine.

      • stoatva - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Sure it’s on Souza. Not arguing that. But also don’t think it demonstrates anything conclusive about his ability.

  101. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    That was a batting practice meatball that Souza let go by. This ain’t AAA, kid.

  102. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Extra innings… come on BP… Come on…

  103. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    I would’ve PH Ramos for Lobaton, but Lobaton got nothing to hit anyway so it wouldn’t have mattered.

    • tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Agree!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      That Caught Stealing looks bug now doesn’t it.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

        It look as big as Adam K’ing on ball 4, on Harper starting 3 -0 and then K’ing and his other bad at bats, Anthony R getting 3 outs on 2/3 pitches…

        It all adds up to not adding a run…

  104. tcostant - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

    How many chances are we gonna get?

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Nats got the big bats coming next inning… Lets win it in the 10th…

  106. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    That was a nice inning for Thornton

  107. mdmcommish - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Thanks yanks. Now, does somebody here know how to play tihis damn game?

  108. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Wow, Thornton pretty impressive whole inning. Are you paying attention, Jerry Blebvins?

  109. davecydell - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Mr Clutch Ks for Mets
    Mr Clutch hitting 2nd for Nats

  110. mdmcommish - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Heck, no guy named buddy is going to shut us down in this situation.

  111. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Come on, I don’t care how, let’s just win, baby, win!

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Swung
    at
    ball
    4

  113. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Sigh. The ONE pitch Rendon swings at that is out of the zone….

  114. philipd763 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Nats used to tee off on Mets relievers. No more!

    • adcwonk - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Mets relievers are much better now.

      Mets thus far have used Black, Edgin, Familia, Eveland, and Carlyse. Four of them have an ERA under 2.00, and the ERA for the fifth guy is 2.14 — that’s pretty darn good.

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    sigh…

  116. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Wow, how many ugly K’s does that make today?

  117. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    This is playing out like every extra inning game this year. I don’t get it.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      Thanks for that link. Love the notion of the Nats buying themselves out of the MASN deal, but very hard to imagine given the O’s position.

  118. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I never specified which inning Harper would hit his walk off bomb in, so let’s try that again.

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Well, I hope SS can go deep tomorrow…

  120. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Let’s get this over with…

  121. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Ok, time for Bryce to run

  122. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Blah blah

  123. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    You have to be kidding me.

  124. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    WTF is with the first pitch swinging with a man on???

  125. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Bleep.

  126. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Sounds like N-whatever is playing out of his shoes.

  127. langleyclub - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Buddy F-ing Carlyle is a 36 year-old journeyman that has spent more time in AAA and Japan over the last 4 years than in the bigs. Over his unremarkable career he has a 5.42 career ERA. Somehow, the Nats can’t scratch a run against him (or similar scrap heap pitchers like Dana Evland and Josh Edgin). Beyond frustrating….

    • Nats Amore - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      Buddy Carltle also made it back to the majors despite contracting adult diabetes. Pretty F-ing impressive I’d say.

  128. philipd763 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Not good to be burning up the bullpen right before the Braves series.

  129. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Nice job by Stammen.

  130. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Take two: let’s get this over with…

  131. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    No, Carp. The bullpen did not “totally shut down the Mets.” If the bullpen had totally shut down the Mets we would not be playing eleven innings!!!!!!!

  132. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Watching that replay, Lobaton really got robbed by Niewenhuis.

  133. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Why is Stammen batting?

    • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Got me. I feel MW is flailing, and has been for the last week.

      • David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Det has pitched 2 of the last 3 games and you don’t want both longmen to be unavailable tomorrow.

  134. snerdblurter - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Nice outing by Stammen. Cant remember the last time he looked that sharp. More of that please.

    And is that a Tony Two-Bags walk-off I’m smelling? Anybody else catch a whiff of that?

    • snerdblurter - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Um, ask and you shall recieve? Matty, I meant “more of that” this weekend….

    • coop202 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Really bad day for rendon

  135. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    So now what? Does Stammen hit for himself since Detweiler is the only one left in the pen? Or do you hit for him? And if so, with whom? Frandsen? Leon?

    • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      That answers that

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

      They said Ramos was activated, so, not Leon.

  136. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    We be doing the Word press shuffle here again. Anyway, I’m sure glad we didn’t send Craig Stammen anywhere as someone was calling for recently.

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Stammen needs to swing like it’s his 3 iron and find an alley.

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    “stoatva – Aug 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM
    Sure it’s on Souza. Not arguing that. But also don’t think it demonstrates anything conclusive about his ability.”

    No more than anyone else not getting it done.

  139. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    You have to steal Span here and try it.

  140. davecydell - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Get Mr Clutch to the plate

  141. snerdblurter - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Whats the record in extras again? 3-647?

  142. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Ok, I’ll take a Tony Two-Bags two-bagger right here for the win

  143. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Span is unstoppable. I don’t know how a guy can do much more.

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Span now at the .300 mark in Batting Average. Amazing. A few months ago he didn’t even have a .300 OBP.

  145. davecydell - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    gap it baby

  146. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Is this the worst game of Rendon’s career?

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    A double down in the corner would be nice here for JDub!

  148. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Jayson looks like his neck hurts.

  149. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Only if Span stole 2nd…………..

  150. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Ok, Adam….just a single, that’s all

    • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      %$#%^$%$&**^()*&^)*(&^&^%^%#^%$@^$%@^%$#%^$&

      Maybe third time’s the charm for Harper today

  151. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Worst day that I can remember for Anthony Rendon all year.

  152. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Jesus H….

    • coop202 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      Laroche 2-5 with three Ks. Odd stat line

  153. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    This is unbelievable.

  154. langleyclub - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Why did Span not steal when Rendon or Werth were up?

    Base-runners are 6 for 6 stealing with Mejia on the mound.

    LaRoche has some really awful at-bats.

  155. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Bleep, again.

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Why do you steal Span in a situation where its risky but you won’t steal him with 1 or 2 outs with nobody on base?

    I don’t get it.

  157. Danny - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Mets are begging us to take this game. Losing this one would not be fun going into Atlanta.

  158. naterialguy - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    too much intensity here for early August

  159. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Way to go Stammen.

  160. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    How much more could you ask out of Stammen? Wow!

  161. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    So…take 3 on that Harper walk-off bomb prediction…

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Second that.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Third time’s a charm.

  162. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Three scoreless AND he fields his position. Let’s get you the win, Craig.

  163. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Take 3: Let’s get this over with…

  164. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    8th pitcher for the Mets today. 15 between the two teams.

  165. David Proctor - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I CALLED IT

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      And called it, and called it again!

  166. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Guy is wild. Don’t bunt.

  167. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I SO CALLED IT!!!!! :-)

  168. RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I believe I called that, but with Word Press, it may never be found

    • RPrecupjr - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Found it :)

      RPrecupjr – Aug 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM
      %$#%^$%$&**^()*&^)*(&^&^%^%#^%$@^$%@^%$#%^$&

      Maybe third time’s the charm for Harper today

      DP and MrsB, please note the time, y’all owe me ;)

  169. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    To the haters, yah, send him to the Minors. LMAO

  170. davecydell - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    I could not be happier for Bryce.

  171. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Bryce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  172. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    I am ecstatic for Bharp34… I know he’s frustrated as I’m frustrated for him… just really happy for him…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Why are people frustrated? I haven’t gotten all the criticism towards him and Desi. They are all or nothing guys and their aggressiveness works for them and against them.

      They were the 2 offensive stars today in the clutch.

  173. IsawTeddywin - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Harper must have been waiting for the most dramatic moment possible before he hit one.
    I’ll take it!
    Go Nats!

  174. natsfan1a - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Yeah, baby, yeah! Way to break out, kid!

  175. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    That feels so good. Stammen pitched great and deserved the W. Have to give credit.

  176. natsfan1a - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    And major props to Craig Stammen.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Oh, Ghost beat me to it on Craig.

  177. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    I don’t believe that ending! And how great was the reception from his teammates? I am so happy for Bryce!

  178. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Nats up 4 1/2 games in the NL East. Largest lead as we sit now in the Majors.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      And no matter what, we leave Atlanta still leading the division. Although I totally suspect we go 2-1….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:30 PM

        That will be a tough series and I just hope the Nats just keep the Barves losing streak going!

  179. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Great preparation for October baseball…

  180. natsfan1a - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    WTH, WordPress? Eh, it’s pizza time, anyway.

  181. langleyclub - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    The good news is that despite the 13 inning game, and using all relievers other than Det; only Stammen threw more than 12 pitches. So, I would think that Stammen would be the only unavailable pitcher tomorrow (Thornton may also be unavailable since he pitched the last two days).

  182. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    In the end, they got MW off the hook as there were numerous mistakes in managing today. It’s probably the first time in a long time I have agreed with the criticism.

    The steal attempt and leaving in Storen against Granderson were poor decision.

    Now I can see what was up after the game as Matt Williams apologized to the media for yesterday. Me, I agree with Johnny and Ray, no apology necessary.

    It was a Clown Question.

  183. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Bryce gives props to the stars of the game. I notice he didn’t mention Span who was 4 for 6.

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 91 64 --
ATLANTA 76 79 15.0
NEW YORK 76 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 81 17.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 85 20.5
x-Clinched NL East title
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x-WASHINGTON (4) 91 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 89 67 2.5
y-ST. LOUIS 87 68 4.0
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 71 7.0 --
PITTSBURGH 84 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 76 11.5 4.5
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y-Clinched playoff berth
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