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Game 114: Nats at Braves

Aug 8, 2014, 4:13 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, which doesn’t exactly look ready for baseball at this moment. It has been absolutely pouring here for the last hour, and there’s no let-up in sight. Really, the whole weekend looks bad, so who knows what that means for this crucial, 3-game series between the Nationals and Braves.

If they play tonight, it’ll be Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nats, trying to exorcise his Atlanta demons. He’s got a 5.79 ERA in six career starts here, including early departures for events as varied as heat exhaustion, a strained oblique muscle and ejection for intentionally throwing at Braves hitters.

Ervin Santana starts for Atlanta, which as you well know by now is mired in an 8-game losing streak and now opens a 10-game stretch against nothing but first-place opponents (the Nationals, Dodgers and Athletics).

Jayson Werth is not in the Nats’ lineup. He’s been bothered the last few days by a shoulder issue. We’ll see if that has gotten worse.

I’ll pass along any weather updates I get, and of course I’ll have plenty of game updates if and when they play…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms, 85 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (62-51)
CF Denard Span
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
RF Steven Souza Jr.
RHP Stephen Strasburg

BRAVES (58-56)
CF B.J. Upton
2B Tommy La Stella
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Justin Upton
RF Jason Heyward
C Evan Gattis
3B Chris Johnson
SS Ramiro Pena
RHP Ervin Santana

UMPIRES
HP Gerry Davis (cc)
1B Greg Gibson
2B Phil Cuzzi
3B Will Little

6:30 p.m. — Your weather update: The skies have actually cleared and there is some blue poking through the clouds at the moment. Though neither team was able to take BP outside, they’re preparing the field for the game to start on time. Keep your fingers crossed.

7:36 p.m. — And we are underway, on-time after all that. Not bad.

7:40 p.m. — Ervin Santana retires the side in the top of the first, with relative ease. Denard Span, looking to extend his streak to 34 straight games reaching base, worked to a full count but then lofted a flyball to right. Asdrubal Cabrera, batting second for the first time since joining the Nats, tried to put down a bunt but it traveled only about 8 feet in front of the plate, so he was thrown out. And Anthony Rendon struck out swinging at a breaking ball down and away. Here’s Stephen Strasburg taking the mound for the bottom of the first.

7:53 p.m. — Well, if that first inning didn’t just encapsulate Strasburg’s season to date, I don’t know what would. He started off brilliantly, striking out B.J. Upton and getting Tommy LaStella to ground out, firing his first six pitches for strikes (five of them fastballs). But then he lost Freddie Freeman and walked him on a full count. And then he grooved an 0-1 fastball to Justin Upton, who launched it over the center-field fence for a 2-run homer. As has so often been the case this season, opponents crushed Strasburg’s fastball. The inning continued to spiral from there, with Jason Heyward drawing a walk and then taking second on an errant pickoff throw from Strasburg. That was the extent of the damage, but the Nats find themselves down 2-0 already, as some unsettling and longstanding trends continue here in Atlanta.

8:14 p.m. — And it only gets worse. Strasburg served up two more homers in the bottom of the second. B.J. Upton launched a curveball to left for his first home run 157 plate appearances. Then Freeman crushed a high fastball to right for the Braves’ third 2-run homer of the night. This one, though, also resulted in Steven Souza Jr. slamming into the fence and crumpling to the ground in a heap. It looked awful, but somehow Souza got to his feet and stayed in the game. So it’s 6-0 Braves after two innings, and this has pretty much been a nightmare start to the evening for Strasburg and the Nats.

8:21 p.m. — Meanwhile, Santana has retired all nine batters faced so far tonight. So, yeah, this one’s not really going too well so far. And now Souza has been taken out of the game, with Harper moving to right field (where he got hurt on a very similar play last season) and Kevin Frandsen taking over left field.

8:47 p.m. — In better news: Span led off the fourth with a solid single to right. That extended his streak to 34 consecutive games reaching base. He also has a 12-game hit streak. The bad news: After Cabrera drew a walk, giving the Nats their first scoring threat of the night, they were down in order, failing to advance either runner. So we go to the bottom of the fourth, it’s still 6-0. There’s heavy rain approaching from the west, but whether it gets here before this game becomes official one inning from now remains to be seen.

8:54 p.m. — So, all of a sudden, Strasburg has retired seven straight batters, five of them via strikeout. Go figure. We head to the fifth, and the rain has returned. This game is three outs from becoming official, still 6-0 Atlanta.

8:58 p.m. — So much for that. The game is now official after a quick top of the fifth in which Harper drew a walk but was immediately erased on a Ramos double play. Frandsen smoked a liner to right, but it was caught. So it’s 6-0 in the middle of the fifth. The rain remains light for now, but the heavy stuff is approaching.

9:08 p.m. — Home run No. 4 of the night off Strasburg comes courtesy Tommy LaStella, who crushed a fastball to right-center. And yes, that’s his first career homer. It’s 7-0 after five.

9:21 p.m. — So, um, we may actually have a game here again. The Nats just scored four runs in the top of the sixth, with Rendon’s 3-run bomb to left-center the highlight. Just like that, it’s a 7-4 game.

9:24 p.m. — Except now we’re in a rain delay. Ross Detwiler took the mound to start the bottom of the sixth, but the rain picked up considerably, so they called for the tarp. If it was still 7-0, I’d say this thing would be called after 45 minutes. But now that it’s 7-4 … well, we could be here awhile.

10:11 p.m. — The rain has eased up, the tarp has been rolled up and we’re set to resume play at 10:30 p.m.

10:34 p.m. — And, as promised, we’re back after a 1-hour, 11-minute delay. Detwiler on the mound for the bottom of the sixth, the Nats trailing 7-4.

10:42 p.m. — And a scoreless sixth from Detwiler, who pitched around a 2-out single by pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin. Desmond made a whale of a play on Pena’s grounder deep into the hole at short, then firing across the diamond to get him by a step. It’ll be Anthony Varvaro in from the Braves bullpen to pitch the top of the seventh.

10:58 p.m. — We’ve got a ballgame here, folks. Ramos crushed a solo homer to lead off the seventh, cutting the lead to 7-5. Then a couple of errors, another Span single (he’s now hitting .304) and a sac fly by Cabrera made it 7-6. They had the tying run at second base but couldn’t get him home when Rendon smoked the first pitch he saw from Jordan Walden right at Upton in center field. So they still trail by a run heading to the bottom of the seventh.

11:07 p.m. — Two scoreless innings of relief from Detwiler. Onto the eighth, with LaRoche, Desmond and Harper due up against Walden, still 7-6 Atlanta.

11:14 p.m. — A 1-2-3 inning from Walden slowed down the Nats’ momentum. Now they’re down to their last three outs, with Craig Kimbrel looming in the ninth. First up, it’s Tyler Clippard pitching the bottom of the eighth.

11:21 p.m. — A scoreless inning from Clippard, so the Nats bullpen has done its job. It’s now up to Ramos, Frandsen and a pinch-hitter against Kimbrel in the ninth. You have to wonder if Jayson Werth is available. The only other options are Jose Lobaton and a left-handed Danny Espinosa.

11:34 p.m. — That’ll do it. The Nats’ hopes of an epic comeback fall short. They rallied from 7-0 down to make it 7-6, but that’s as far as they could get. They drop the opener of this series, and their lead in the NL East is back to 3 1/2 games.

332 Comments (Feed for Comments)
    • NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      –this is how you get the tweet & replies.

    • water47 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      I was just thinking of our conversation last week. The Barves realy seem to be falling apart.

  1. water47 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    NatsLady,

    I has been awhile but still no updates on the MASN’Os/Nats/MLB dispute. So, I guess this site has been muzzled Mark is Silent

    • water47 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      “It” not I

      • NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Last I heard the next court proceeding is Aug 18. They will try to turn the “temporary” injunction into a “preliminary” injunction.

      • water47 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Agreed but as you noted recently. a lot of other stories took precedent, trade deadline etc but would have thought he would have written an insightful article about this issue. Many other have and Mark is normally on top of things.

    • thelatencn - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Mark works for Comcast. Comcast is not going to get in the middle of MASN’s dispute.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        They can — and should — cover it as a news story.

      • adcwonk - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        +1

      • adcwonk - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        I originally meant +1 to thelatencn — Mark/Comcast has to tread pretty carefully here.

        OTOH, yeah, it is a legitimate news story . . .

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Doesn’t need to. He is a reporter just report it. Have no opinions

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Thanks for the link. This is not going to end well for anyone involved — Nats, O’s, MASN, or MLB.

  2. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Today’s lineup is an interesting one.

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 38s
    #Nats lineup: Span 8, Cabrera 4, Rendon 5, LaRoche 3, Desmond 6, Harper 7, Ramos 2, Souza 9, Strasburg 1

  3. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Hey, Mark. It’s lovely here.

  4. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Also, you should follow this guy on Twitter if you don’t already. He plays songs based on the opponents players, for example.

  5. knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Souza in for JW, didn’t see that coming.

    As for the Barves lineup, Fredi keeps running BJ out there as the leadoff batter…….I don’t get it.

    • langleyclub - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Given SS’s struggles in the first inning, very happy to see BJ in the lead-off spot. An easy first inning, could get SS into a groove.

      • natszee - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        He is 1-7 on the road this season, 3-5 with a 4.04 ERA lifetime against Atlanta. Combine that with a elected bullpen and we might have trouble tonight.

      • natszee - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        7-0 in the 5th … I hope we don’t waste the bullpen tonight. The pattern is becoming all to familiar. We can still win the series if we conserve resources.

  6. Another Tyler - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I really want this game to happen but if it has to rain (and sometimes it does), I’m glad it’s raining after the game that ate the bullpen.

  7. Nats Amore - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Just checked the weather forecast for ATL. 100% chance of rain through 10 PM, 50% chance at 11. Doesn’t look promising. We need our resident weather expert to chime in with his opinion.

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      weather.com has a strange report indicating a lot of fluctuation in the % chance, with a sizable drop during most of the game hours:

      http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/graph/USGA0028

      Basically it says:
      5 p.m.: 85% chance
      6 p.m.: 25% chance
      7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: 0% chance
      10 p.m.: 25% chance
      11 p.m.: 50% chance

      Odd.

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        And, that’s actually improved from a couple of hours ago, where it was anywhere from 0% – 25% during the 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. stretch.

      • Nats Amore - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Odd indeed. I got my info from the Weather Channel iPhone app, which I thought was also weather.com, but my Weather Underground app has numbers more like yours. Time to delete the Weather Channel app I guess.

  8. tcostant - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    I LOVE this lineup. Cabrera second, Rendon third and Ramos out of the eighth spot. LOVE IT. Now stop raining.

  9. Nats fool - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup, or what he does, Harper is hitting sixth. MW is either mentally challenged, stubborn beyond belief, or holding one immense grudge. Rizzo will have to handle this in the off-season. If MW continues to mishandle the lineup, he will need to be replaced.

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

      What? Harper deserves to hit 8th, 6th is a gift until he shows more. Yesterday was one day…

      • Nats fool - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        No, you let your most talented player see the most pitches. You put him behind a high OBP player, not behind a so king. Basic stuff. Let him work it out. Unless you want to argue Desmond has more talent than a player that hit more home runs than Mantle before the age of 20.

      • adcwonk - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Mishandling, I tell ya’, mishandling! If I’d’a been writing out the lineup, the Nats would be in first place already!!

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Those of you salivating for Souza will get him. Lets see what he has!

  11. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    #SpannishInquisition : torturing pitchers until they give him a base. @thisisdspan @Nationals @FightinHydrant pic.twitter.com/lF7KFu2cI8— Eric Fuller (@ickyfoot) August 8, 2014

  12. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Wait, so how did you do this so it looks like a tweet instead of a blockquote?

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

        Yes, there is an easier way, and it looks like a Tweet. You take the “detail” info from the tweet and just it here. Sample.
        “https://twitter.com/mlbbowman/status/497833850085842947″

      • NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Er, just “paste” it here. You get the “detail” info on a tweet by selecting “detail” where you might have selected “embed” depending which app you are using–and then copy that and paste it here.

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        Awesome thanks NL, I’ll give it a try

      • Candide - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Okay, let’s see…

      • Candide - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        Woohoo!!! It works!!! NatsLady, you da BOMB!!!

        (Bombess? Bomberess?…)

    • Candide - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Yeah, what Eric said! (I looked at the page source and it looks like several lines of code. Is there an easier way?

      I googled for ways to insert pictures directly into WordPress the other day and everywhere I looked it said it can’t be done unless the administrator allows it.

      • NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

        Apparently the administrator allows it. :)

      • Candide - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        I’ve tried inserting PICTURES by copying/pasting the picture’s URL and the pasted URL just vanishes. Happened the other day with my brilliant photo of my Werth gnome talking with the RZimm 2010 bobblehead.

        Ah… but I think I tweeted it. let’s see…

      • Candide - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Woohoo again!

  13. letswin3 - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Pretty sure that I saw Chief Noc-A-Homa doing a serious rain dance on ESPN earlier today. If we had just lost 8 straight, I would do the same. Just gives our pen a little recuperative break.

  14. nattydc - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    A couple of friends of mine have just been followed by Ervin Santana. Apparently he has been going on a “following spree” on twitter the last couple of hours following Nats fans lol…

    Seems like an odd pre-game routine especially for a SP on a club that has dropped 8 straight

    • snerdblurter - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Trying to get motivated, maybe?

      They should send him some nice messages and wish him good luck tonight.

    • NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      As far as I know, Ervin Santana follows back anyone who follows him.

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        Yes…immediately above the post where I asked “do you see it”

        Looks like it was approved so you should see it now if you didn’t before

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      Someone should retweet my #SpannishInquisition tweet to him. Can’t figure out an easy way to do it as the author.

      NL – I also don’t see how to embed here as an actual tweet…can you do that for me pretty please :)

      • NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        I guess I’m not good at explaining.
        This is what I pasted into the comment box, without the quotes.
        “https://twitter.com/ickyfoot/status/497820865300811776/photo/1″

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        Oh just the link?

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        That worked. Nice!!! Thanks!! It says it’s awaiting moderation. Can you see it?

      • NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Well, I see the one I posted above, near your original post. Did you post another one?

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        Yes…immediately above the post where I asked “do you see it”

        Looks like it was approved so you should see it now if you didn’t before

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        This concludes the “confused programmer” portion of the evening. Carry on folks!!

  15. donniebenth - Aug 8, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Anyone have a link to audio of the Bryce walk off last night? I was listening to a station out of Richmond that cut Nats coverage in the 10th inning for three hours of R@dskins pregame.

  16. veejh - Aug 8, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Supposedly the tarp is off the field

  17. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Let’s take 2 of 3

  18. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    It’s not raining at all. Looks fine. They are having a ceremony and streaming it.

    http://m.braves.mlb.com/atl/video/v35128803/braves-on-deck/?partnerId=as_atl_20140808_29430866

  19. adcwonk - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Two quick notes just before gametime:

    This is Strasburg’s 100th start!

    also

    This year, the Braves when playing the Nats, have outscored them something like 25-12 this year (or something like that, according to Ray Knight in pre-game)

    GYFNG!!!!!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      In the first 5 innings that is the score. Ray’s point was start fast.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    This stadium the key is line the ball, not upper cut.

  21. Rick - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Any tips on how I can listen to the game on an iPhone? Tried the Rdio app, but the 106.7 channel plays something different on there during the games.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Pay for the MLB App and you get MLB Radio

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        That what I do.

    • deftndumb - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      Rick: they’re right. The MLB app, called “At Bat” will solve your iPhone issues. The basic service is $2.99 a month, gives you live radio for every game in the league plus really good pitch-tracking info and stats. I was dubious at first, but I’m really sold on this app now that I’ve used it for a few months. Beware the video version as it is subject to liberal blackout.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Great start Stras, nibble nibble to Freeman and misses to JUpton.

    Come on Stras. Be the Ace.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      He nibbles, but then throws meatballs. These guy swing at bad strikes. No reason to throw anything near the middle.

      • adcwonk - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        Sorry — that wasn’t a meatball. That was down and away. Sometimes good hitters hit ‘em.

        (E.g., the pitch thrown to Harper wasn’t an easy one to hit out, either)

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      I thought you have to give Justin Uptin credit for the pitch he launched. It was down in the zone and Upton got it all. Stras has to settle down.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

        He has no trouble hitting pitches high or low that are in the middle, keep it on the edges he is strikeout machine. Watched him enough to know kills middle pitches. Keep the ball out of the middle, and success is likely, keep it in the middle, failure is likely.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Dammit SS… Come on.

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Walks Freeman to set up a 2 run homer. Could Strasburg please for the first inning better. This is getting way old.

    Pitch strike on the edges and they will swing. No reason for a strike anywhere near the middle.

    • adcwonk - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Dude . . . we still have at least 26 more innings in Atlanta. Enjoy the tough competition.

  25. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Repeat after me: No matter what happens this series, we will be in first place.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      Just win 2 of 3.

  26. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    blah…..Let’s not play the O’s and braves anymore (unless we absolutely have to in the playoffs and world series)

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      I would prefer playing them, and playing better. Seems they in go in with no confidence. At least that is what it seems like.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:03 PM

        well…the O’s are a good team (as are the A’s) but the braves are not in the same ballpark.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Ray knight said it on the pregame. Our starters just need to not to give up the runs first. SSmust have missed the show.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Come on, MNF, enough! Upton hit a good pitch out. It was down and away. It was not a meatball. Now, walking Freeman was a huge mistake. Just gotta make up for it as a team.

  28. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    21 pitches for Santana through 2. Way to make him work.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Santana is doing what Stras should be doing. Don’t throw strikes and they get impatient and swing at balls.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Has Santana thrown a slider that is a strike yet?

  30. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    I’m still getting over the fact I couldn’t use my partial seasons plan tickets for yesterdays game. Work should always be second to Baseball unless you work in the field.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    It seems number 8 batters sure get their share of hits against us.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Damn you SS

  33. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Strasburg will never win in Atlanta again.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Sounds like Jefferson Davis.
      The Stras shall rise again

  34. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    BJ Upton, Really ???

  35. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Now that one to BJ was another story. Bring on the rain, and soon.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Are you kiddng me right now… Like are you frickin kidding me… These bums just lost 8 in a row and we all of a sudden want to let them think they are good…

    What the hell SS…

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I’m so sick and tired of hearing how inferior we are to Atlanta… Damn,

  38. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Looks like Det will have a long night

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Why does McCatty always out after the problem before?

  40. Nats fool - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    SS is a mental case. Just is.

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

      He is on the road.

      First Two batters he moved the ball since then just down the middle when a strike so he is getting what he is asking for.

      But since the bullpen needs time off, he needs to stay at least 6

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      As opposed to some posters here?

  41. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    oh my….how did Souza get up after that
    Take Stras out before he hurts someone else.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    SS needs to be a ream player save the bullpen.

    Maybe the torrential rain can come

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

    This is embarrassing… Out of before the game really starts…. Wow, thanks a bunch.

  44. Rick Norris - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    We are The Braves bitches.

  45. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    The Braves were going to win at some point, I feared that. I was ALMOST rooting for them to win in Seattle so they wouldn’t break out against us. I realized how ridiculous that was, but still, it was an irrational feeling I had.

    Souza just Harper’d.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Leave SS in… Safe the BP… Damn ridiculous….

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      good night to give our starters a rest. Give Desi a rest and triple check Souza…
      Make triply sure he’s not concussed

  47. wmlsays - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    The Nats are a good team. But when the team has had to look to Strasburg for momentum, more often than not, he’s has not come through. Mental mistakes or just inability to handle adversity. The guy does not deserve to be the first or second or third starter for this team. In fact, he’s not really justifying a big contract come time for negotiations. There are simply quite a few better pitchers out there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      He is 4 now challenging Gio for 5

  48. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    why is souza still in the game
    Im puttin the fine on Williams

  49. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    That boy is hurt. Get him out of RF.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Thanks SS….

  51. wmlsays - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    I heard Zuckerman on the radio earlier today that SS is trying to prove that his place as the staff ace should not be in question. Guess what? He seldom performs when called upon. Certainly not an ace. Not an epic failure either. Just a guy with great stats who doesn’t win much. Or perform well when needed.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Sure doesn’t perform like the ace. If he wants to be the ace, he needs to take ownership. So far he has dusted his hands of ownership.

      Obviously he doesn’t want to be the ace, his actions tell all.

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

    Well, I guess we will see that hack Scott Hairston in LF and see Bryce in RF… Terrible, terrible game… Idc how many outs are left.. Ri-damn-diculous.

  53. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    I am kind of amazed at the lack of B’s fan support in the seats and with the chop

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      They’ve been terrible lately… And I’m not really sure their fan base is as ‘there’ as some people make it out to be..

  54. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Souza looks so disoriented…..MW this is not the marines

  55. Danny - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    This is my nightmare.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      I told my CFO I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose tonight… As I said we would either lose with SS or Gio….

      Plus with the extra innings and all from yesterday but even so still….

  56. Zona - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    So done with Strasburg . Freaking head case with no fight.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      He just had 2 dominate starts before that…. So idk, I mean yeah this is a bad one but lets not act like he is just rotten…

      • wmlsays - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        He only won one of them.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        We really counting pitchers win? Wow… Um, no.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    I’ve not been this angry at a Nats game in a long time… Sigh

    Come on Nats… Don’t let Santana think he is the 2nd coming.. Chip away….

  58. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Thank the good lord that Souza is out….poor guy, where are the adults on this team

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

    I think there will be a lot less angst around Strasburg if we stop trying to make him into our ace. He’s not. He was sold as that, he’s not. He’s still a very good major league pitcher. Stop trying to order our rotation and let’s just say we have 5 quality starting pitchers. We’ll deal with ordering them when it comes time for postseason. Otherwise, it’s irrelevant.

  60. bleacherbumerik - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Can Strasburg please just ride off into the sunset!!!

  61. lovedanats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Stuck in SC and MASN is blacked out here. So I must listen to the Barves smug broadcasters talking about how they own the Nats. And as much as it GRIEVES me, I can’t disagree. And Sousa looks hurt. Get him out.

    • ArVAfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      Try MLB.com and Charlie & Dave on the radio.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Look for the Braves feed on everywhere in this state

  62. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    What happened to Souza?

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      He banged into the wall very, very hard trying to catch Freeman’s homer.

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Oy…vey…hope he’s OK.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        Eric, it was amazing he got back up.

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Ugh

  63. lphboston - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Maybe just save Strasburg for weak teams that he can beat.

  64. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Am I the only one that hasn’t conceded this game?

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Nope.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      no, not if its rained out

    • David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      I generally prefer we have one baserunner before hoping for 6 run comebacks.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Now we have one. Spanning!

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:55 PM

        Oops…my “like that” comment below was meant to go here.

  65. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Charlie and Dave say dark ominous clouds are overhead. Let us hope. It’s not an official game.

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Like that? :)

  66. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Thank goodness it is Friday, I don’t have to see my Braves work colleague tell me why the Nats will lose the series.
    Arrogance even after losing 8 in a row.. That’s the problem I have with the B’s fans…no humility, no class, just a chop

  67. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    I don’t care if it’s an official game or not. A loss is a loss, shut it down and on to the next game. Rest the bullpen. Please let’s not wait out a rain delay… Unless you want to be like Fredi in 2012…

    • David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      If it rains all night, it would be like the game never happened.

      • deftndumb - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        I agree. Nothing to see here. Never happened.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        That’s what I’m hoping for… Then we can do a double header tomorrow and have Fister for Sunday….

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        And Stras’s ERA doesn’t hit 5.00!!!

  68. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Nice line of some heavy storms all the way to Tuscaloosa.

    This game is OVAHHHHHH!!!!

  69. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    As John Hiatt sings, “and it feels like rain.”

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      oh how i wish it wouuuuuuuuuuld rain, rain, yeah

      And I wonder still I wonder who’ll stop the rain

      A rainy night in Georgia

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        I owe you a virtual drink.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Or the Beatles, “when the rain comes”

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        How about Harry Nielsonn, “rRainmaker”

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Or the Temptations, “Oh how I wish it would rain, rain, rain”.

  70. veejh - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Hate to say it, but Stras is average. Little fastball movement and predictable. Blah.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      I was hoping he would end up in Tampa in a Price trade, but Rizzo probably never thought of trading him.

  71. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Yes….Span….take a bunch of pitches boys and delay enuf for the heavens to open up.

  72. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    STALL STALL STALL ;)

  73. micksback1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    getting ready to hit the boardwalk, can not see game or listen to it so you all are my source. Obviously can’t see what is wrong with Stras, but it would appear that come post season and since you need a southpaw, Gio would be one of the 4 pitchers along with Zim, Fister and Roark. I think its clear Stras is high risk, thats too bad

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

    Span is drawing throwovers until the rain comes. Brilliant.

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Nights like this I wish…. That rain drops would fall… Let it rain,let it rain all night!

    Nights like this I wish…. That rain drops would fall… Let it rain,let it rain all night!

    Nights like this I wish…. That rain drops would fall… Let it rain,let it rain all night!

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Is that DC Native Marvin Gaye ???

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      I think imma watch that movie tonight… 5 heart beats…

  76. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Thank you Santana, keep throwin to first.
    What side of the beltway is this stadium on.

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      So weird man.

  77. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Raindrops keep falling on my head….

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      When the rain comes, it turns my head in two

      Rain, rain, raiiiiin, and I feel fine.
      Tiiiiiime…The weather’s fine

  78. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    The rain has just crossed the Chatahoochee on its march to the sea

  79. philipd763 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Why can’t Strasburg pitch on the road? Maybe they should let him take his wife along.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Why can’t he do it on the roooooad

      • Rick Norris - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Beatles!

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Paul on the White Album
        along with Hey Buffalo Will (for Wilson Ramos)
        the fab four
        the top

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Especially in Atlanta? His record against the Braves on the road is simply awful, and baffling at the same time.

  80. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Raining on the perimeter….just miles away.
    The seige of Atlanta has begun

  81. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Gene Kelly, ” I’m singing in the rain”

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      What a glorious feelin, I’m smilin again.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Gene Kelly? Now you’re showing your age…….and mine!

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        In the Early Morning Rain
        Gordon Lightfoot

        And I Think it’s Going to Rain
        Randy Newman

        Wow, there’s been a lot of songs about rain. Oh, and now Stras throws a 1, 2, 3 inning. Jeesh, somebody give Strasburg a program.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      And it’s a hard rain that’s gonna fall… Bob.Dylan.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        And you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blow

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Rain drops keep falling on my head…..B.J. Thomas.

  82. Rick Norris - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    The 2 men on, nobody out curse strikes again.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      We need to focus more than for sure.

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

    I’d prefer this to a crushing late inning defeat, as the Braves often hand us. These blowout games are pretty rare. Let them use up their run allotment for the series and get them the next two.

    • veejh - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      They own us. Gio is gonna get shelled, too. I’m expecting 1 win this series now.

  84. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    ..SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR 40 MPH WINDS IN PAULDING…
    CARROLL…COBB…COWETA…DOUGLAS…FAYETTE…HEARD AND FULTON
    COUNTIES UNTIL 900 PM EDT…

    AT 804 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
    STRONG THUNDERSTORMS FROM NEW HOPE TO POWERS CROSSROADS…MOVING EAST
    AT 25 MPH.

    WIND GUSTS OF 40 MPH ARE LIKELY AS THESE STORMS MOVE ACROSS
    PAULDING…CARROLL…COBB…COWETA…DOUGLAS…FAYETTE…HEARD AND
    FULTON COUNTIES THROUGH 900 PM EDT. SOME LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF
    THESE STORMS INCLUDE FROLONA…ROOSTERVILLE…PLANT WANSLEY…
    CENTRALHATCHEE…LAKE VAL-DO-MAR…SEATON LAKE…LOWELL…TREASURE
    LAKE…CLEM…ROOPVILLE…VILLA RICA…DALLAS…NEW HOPE…NEW
    GEORGIA AND WINSTON.

  85. philipd763 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Os 9 Cardinals 0. There’s a team with some awesome offense!

  86. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Santana probable has pitched 15-20 sliders. Almost none are strikes, yet we have swung at way more than half.

    The Braves on the other hand has swung only at a few non fastballs. We need a majority of non fastballs when playing the Braves. That is why they play well against us, we pitch to their strength.

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

    Please rain, hurry up….

  88. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    rainin at Hartfield….
    Slow it down boys,,,fake an injury

  89. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Noooooooo!!!
    The gods are against us

  90. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    I feel like the priest in Caddy shak

  91. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Ok, we lose….now calll the game

  92. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Ok, now we have to win it the old fashioned way.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      At least Santana tried to help us with his Span fixation

  93. veejh - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Easy cure for an 8 game losing streak…..the Nats. I’m so f****** pissed that this is the 2nd game I’ve been able to watch this past month.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      No blow outs never piss me off as they are just one game, and usually are followed by a good game. We will be up 3.5 nothing to be pissed about.

  94. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Who’s left to hit a homer on that potent Braves batting order..what joke.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Gattis, Freeman, Heyward and Pena

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        oh the weaker hitting guys

  95. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Gee, this just isn’t Strasburg’s night, is it?

  96. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    As badly as Stephen Strasburg was pitching in the first couple of innings, the Nats failure to score is equally frustrating. Let it rain, rain, rain, call the game, take the loss, and play another one tomorrow.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      You know nothing, Jon Snow. Nats are coming back!

  97. Rick Norris - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Greatness calls, one egg laid.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Could we have reversal of fortune. We went from 9-0 with lots of rain, to losing, and rain going away.

  99. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Call the freakin game, dummy davis

    The party’s over

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      SS going for a complete game.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        a complete five inning game….not good for the ERA

  100. veejh - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Enough of this ace b.s. If we make the playoffs, MW better not be rewarding Stras for sucking. He is our #4, period.

    • David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      If we’re at home, he’s our #1. If we’re on the road…well, let’s hope we don’t have to pitch him on the road then.

  101. Rick Norris - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Will Williams be asked about Strasburg being sent to Syracuse after this “game”?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      The press will be scared to ask. He does have options.

  102. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    9 strikeouts in 5 innings, but down 7-0. 4 home runs. It’s hard to understand.

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    How far is the rain off?

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      The rain got stuck in traffic along the Metropolitan Parkway

  104. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    well, the rain’s easin up down around Birmingham
    2 hour rain delay followed by a resumption at midnight

  105. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Have you ever seen the rain
    CCR

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      South Central Rain by the local Athens, GA group, REM

  106. scnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    SS just is not a big game pitcher. He and Gio are two guys you wouldn’t want on the mound if the game was worth anything.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Come on Hairston charge the mound. We need excitement.

  108. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    So…wonder if Santana will be courting Span again should he reach base…

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Whelp, let’s hope the Braves have used up all their offense tonight… What’s done is done… Not SS or the Nats bats night….

    Still up 3.5… We will get them tomorrow…

  110. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    The ball boy made a great move.

  111. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Where are all the Span haters. If we had 8 Spans hitting, we would doing well.

  112. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    F.P.: someone on Twitter today called it the “SpannishInquisition”

    Awesome!!!

    • snerdblurter - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Not to rain on your parade (pun not intended), but the Spanish Inquisition was a pretty dark period in European History. I’m no history buff, but I believe it involved hundreds of thousands of people being tortured – and many killed – in the name of religious orthodoxy.

      Maybe we should try “Spannish Armada” instead?

      Yours truly,
      Debbie Downer

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        It’s…er…”funny”… Before posting it on Twitter, I asked a friend of mine: do you think it’s too much to make light of the Spanish Inquisition? Or, am I being too PC?

        He’s was like, “too PC. The image is a Month Python quote.”

        So I posted.

        But I’m sympathetic to your point.

  113. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Come on Anthony!

  114. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    oK, they better not call this f’in game now…

  115. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Here we go. Reversal of fortune like I called for.

  116. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    On a clear day, you can see forever…

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      on the sunny side of the street

      Sunshine on my shoulder, makes me happy

      Good day, sunshine

      sonny

      here comes the sun

  117. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    HOLY MOLY!!!!!

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Wow Rendon. Thanks.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      I thought you had left for the night… didn’t want to wallow in the ugliness with us?

  119. veejh - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    So, now we pray for the rain to stop. Lol

  120. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    After Rendon homer, the team goes back to hibernation.

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    No rain.. don’t come… EPIC come back on its way.. :-)

  122. dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I didn;t know this

    2. The Carter Family – “Keep on the Sunny Side”
    Bluebird Records, 1928

    This traditional folk song was originally written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn and J. Howard Entwisle and first recorded by The Carter Family in 1928. More recently, the tune was popularized in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

    • Rick Norris - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Great movie!

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        I am a man of constant sorrow

  123. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    So NOW it decides to rain.

  124. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    FP saying what I said, don’t pitch them fastball strikes.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I thought that was the book on them. They are a fastball hunting team… so when you throw them, throw them as junk/non-strikes.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        It is the book, but our pitchers are fastball pitchers, and that is recipe to lose to Atlanta unless you have great placement. No room for error.

  125. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Ray knight explaining what Strasburg needs to do, why is McCatty not getting him to understand. Too many fast balls to the Braves.

  126. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Home from work. Am I gonna get to watch some of this game or are they going to call it?

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      10:30ish restart is planned.

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Really? Awesome

  127. Jofi Joseph - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Long time lurker here, but the Strasburg performance tonight makes me strongly question why we continue to consider him the ace of this rotation when we have pitchers like Zimmermann, Fister, and Roark. I actually put pen to paper — or cursor to screen — and wrote a blog post on who should be in the Nats postseason rotation assuming we get there:

    http://jofijoseph.weebly.com/jofi-joseph-personal-blog/who-should-be-in-the-nats-starting-rotation-for-the-playoffs-by-jofi-joseph

    • texnat1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      I dont think many of us consider him the ace. Both Fister and Jordan are clearly better. Not sure about Roark yet. But Stras just doesnt have the fastball command or movement to be elite at this point in his career. People just line up his fastball and its not an accident.

  128. stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I’m hoping the fans will be ‘rewarded’ an epic collapse…. :-)

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Good start down that path from Det and Desi…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        +1

      • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        AND RAMOS!!!!!!!

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    That’s for the Buffalos daughter!!!!

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      +1!

  131. rmoore446 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Welcome from lurkdom, Jofi. I don’t think many folks here consider Strasburg the “Ace” of the staff but perception lags reality in the wider world. When he is good, he is very, very good but when he is bad, he is horrid. Not the stopper, not the ace. I fear we will be scratching our heads and trying to figure out the ‘whys’ and the ‘why nots’ of that situation as long as he is here.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Stras 4th at best

  132. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Wwwwwwiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllsssssssssooooooonnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!

  133. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I hope that person that got hit is aight…. But I’m cracking up at Bob and his ‘Look out!’

  134. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    We haven’t given up

  135. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Span where are the haters are they all converted now?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      They fit into the background in camouflage.

  136. texnat1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Dumb play to try to get to third there, but it turned out well.

  137. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    #Spanning

    And I thought that was stupid Baserunning Kevin….

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    What is Frandsen doing? Shoukdve been thrown out easily. Not smart. Aggressively stupid.

    • texnat1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      I note I am owed multiple drinks here. Ha!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        True bartender. FP sticking up for his buddy.

  139. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Come on Rendon hit another

  140. donniebenth - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Dang. We’re Braving them

  141. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Well my oh my isn’t this something.

    Whatever happens, high five, Joe:

    “Joe Seamhead on August 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm
    Am I the only one that hasn’t conceded this game?

    Eric on August 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm
    Nope.”

  142. stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Pop another one Ant.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Hit it too hard.

  143. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Frickin love this comeback…. I’m sorry my Nats… For doubting you had a chance… I should have known better..

    Please accept my apologies…

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Bad luck by Rendon. Crushed that.

  145. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Bad luck by Rendon. Crushed that.

  146. texnat1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Man Rendon hits a ton of hard hit line drive outs.

    • texnat1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Now we are even, Ghost.

  147. Danny - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Rendon so close!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Hit hard but no back spin to raise it.

  148. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    So close. Right at Upton.

  149. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    This now is winnable. Even if we don’t win, not laying down tells Braves watch out.

  150. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Who would have though the LaStella homer would be so big.

  151. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Not easy to walk an Upton. They swing if it is close.

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      I’m a-ok with losing him there

  152. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Yes Nats. Very nice.

  153. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Time for 4-5-6 to hit. 0 for 8. Harper with a walk.

  154. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Come on middle of the line up

  155. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Seems Waldon is not on the rubber, that is not legal

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      I haven’t understood how he gets away with that from the first time I saw him.

      Nasty change up to Harper.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        It is more illegal than what Aaron Barrett does, but ump will call him on it.

  156. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    4-5-6 looked terrible now 0 for 11.

  157. stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Ramos Frandsen and Espinosa against Kimbrel, I guess.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Actually, Lobaton has been making good contact. I’ll faint if they use him, though.

  158. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Would love to see Kimbrel lit up.

  159. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Look at Span’s uni. Filthy! :)

  160. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    If only SS hadn’t pooped the bed tonight….

  161. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Clip absolutely killed it. Bravo!

  162. stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Maybe Kimbrel will hit Ramos for admiring his home run.

  163. David Proctor - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    The good thing is: even if the Braves win, they will have escaped with the win. They won’t feel nearly as good about it (though tbh after losing 8 straight, any win is welcomed). Not nearly the same confidence.

  164. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Kimbrel is still a force to be reckoned with, but he has certainly not been automatic. At times lately he has had a tough time throwing strikes. Sure wish ALR, Desi, or Harp had done something last inning. GYFNG!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Not sure why Waken caused them trouble

  165. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Please swing the bat where the ball is please.

  166. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Wtf is that on Kimbrel’s hat?

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      I think it’s just worn, but it sure looks sketchy.

  167. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    This is left hand Danny?

  168. Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Yeah, why not end with Espi/Kimbrel?

  169. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Espi tim to be a hero.

  170. stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Espinosa tied that 9-0 Strasburg game with a HR against Kimbrel.

  171. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I would have rather PH Werth and le Danny run for him…

    • Eric - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      I think he hurt his shoulder/neck on a swing…so maybe wasn’t available even for that?

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Werth never took his jacket off. I don’t think he was ever under consideration. I’d have been willing to burn Lobaton there. He hit pretty well the three games Ramos was away.

      Want to hear about Souza. Can’t imagine he doesn’t have a concussion.

  172. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Appreciate the fight back…. But it’s still a loss…. Thanks SS for pooping the bed tonight… Still up 3.5 and I expect a win tomorrow.

  173. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Espi left handed is the white flag. Why not Lobiton?

    Then Espi doesn’t bother try running.

    Why does he ever bat left handed. If I was MW I would make quite clear bat right handed or you don’t play

    We have had 3 seasons to fix this.

  174. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    I still had hope until Danny swung at strike one and missed it by a foot, then missed strike two by a foot on a ball that was a foot high. Helluva comeback, but Strasburg dug the hole just too deep.

    I hope Steve Sousa is not seriously hurt.

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