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Game 115: Nats at Braves

Aug 9, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — It’s another day here at Turner Field, and as far as the Nationals are concerned, that’s a good. They’d just as soon forget last night’s 7-6 loss (though, truth be told, there was plenty about the manner in which they nearly came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit to leave everybody feeling a bit better about themselves).

The Nationals have Tanner Roark on the mound tonight, and that’s usually been a good thing for them. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.35 ERA in five career appearances (three starts) against the Braves. Veteran Aaron Harang, however, has been quite good for Atlanta, going 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Jayson Werth is back in the lineup after getting last night off to rest his ailing shoulder and ankle. Steven Souza Jr., who jammed his shoulder on that collision with the fence, remains in the active roster. [UPDATE AT 6:00 P.M. — Werth has just been scratched, so apparently he's not good to go just yet. Bryce Harper will shift to right field, with Kevin Frandsen now in left field.]

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB Network (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms, 84 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (62-52)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon 2B Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Jayson Werth 3B Anthony Rendon
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera LF Kevin Frandsen
RHP Tanner Roark

BRAVES (59-56)
CF B.J. Upton
2B Tommy La Stella
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Justin Upton
RF Jason Heyward
C Evan Gattis
3B Chris Johnson
SS Emilio Bonifacio
RHP Aaron Harang

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

7:03 p.m. — Well, this isn’t good. We’re seven minutes to first pitch, and they just pulled the tarp out and covered the infield. It’s not raining at the moment, but apparently it’s going to soon. So we’re going to be delayed again. Fantastic.

7:45 p.m. — It’s absolutely pouring right now. It’s not supposed to last all night, but it could be awhile before this game gets started. In the meantime, here’s some news for you: The Nats are expected to promote top outfield prospect Michael Taylor from Class AAA. Taylor was a late scratch from Syracuse’s lineup tonight, and he is likely to join the Nats for tomorrow night’s game. Not sure yet whether Jayson Werth or Steven Souza Jr. will be placed on the DL, but it looks like one of them will.

8:45 p.m. — Wish I had a weather update for you, but unfortunately I don’t. The rain has eased up, but it hasn’t stopped yet. There remains no word on a start time.

9:45 p.m. — Still nothing to report. It continues to rain lightly. I would imagine we’re getting close to a make-or-break point. Even if it stops raining right now, it’ll be 10:30 p.m. before the game starts. That’s pushing it.

10:20 p.m. — There WILL be baseball tonight, folks. First pitch at 10:50 p.m. Start brewing some coffee.

10:51 p.m. — And, at long last, we are underway! Only a 3-hour, 41-minute rain delay to get this one started. I do have to say, I’m quite impressed with how many fans waited this out and are still here.

11:00 p.m. — Some pretty good at-bats from the top of the Nats lineup in the top of the first, but it didn’t result in much. Denard Span battled to a full count before flying out to center. Asdrubal Cabrera singled to left and was ready to go first-to-third (at least) on Anthony Rendon’s liner to right-center. But Jason Heyward made a nice, diving catch to rob Rendon of the hit. After Adam LaRoche flied out to left, the Nats were left with nothing to show for the inning.

11:10 p.m. — This just in: Freddie Freeman is very good at baseball. And he has killed the Nats this season. With a 2-out double in t the bottom of the first, he’s now a staggering 22-for-45 with six doubles and four homers this season against Washington. Sweet. Fancy. Moses. Tanner Roark pitched his way out of a two-on, two-out jam, though, getting Heyward to ground out to end a scoreless first.

11:25 p.m. — You know why they spend hours in mid-February practicing 3-6-1 double plays on the back fields in Viera? Because you might just need to turn one at 11:23 p.m. on August 9 in Atlanta. LaRoche, Desmond and Roark just did it to perfection in the bottom of the second, helping Roark post another scoreless inning. 0-0 after two.

11:38 p.m. — In his quest to improve his season batting average against the Nats to an even .500, Freeman drove a ball to the warning track in center field … but no farther. Span hauled it in for the final out of the third inning. Still scoreless. The Nats have hit the ball hard off Harang. The Braves have four baserunners vs. Roark. But nobody has crossed the plate yet.

11:49 p.m. — The Nats had something cooking in the top of the fourth after a leadoff walk by Rendon and a single by LaRoche. But they couldn’t capitalize. Desmond grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Tommy LaStella making a nice play at second base. Then Harper, who has been pitched away, away and more away for weeks, finally got a 91 mph fastball on the inside corner … and took it for strike three. A Ramos groundball ended the inning and kept this a 0-0 game in the middle of the fourth.

12:08 a.m. — The good news: Span tripled to left-center in the top of the fifth, so his streak of games reaching base is now 35 and his hit streak is 13. The bad news: The Nats couldn’t get him home. To the bottom of the fifth we go, still scoreless.

12:14 a.m. — Roark gets another double play to get himself out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth. This time he fielded a Harang bunt and fired to third base, with Rendon then throwing across the diamond to Cabrera covering first. So that’s the old 1-5-4 double play. To the sixth…

12:26 a.m. — More good news: Adam LaRoche launched a 2-0 fastball into the bleachers for his 16th homer of the season, continuing his torrid August and giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. But then bad news: Harper got jammed and appeared to hurt his surgically repaired left thumb. Lee Kuntz and Matt Williams came out to talk to him. He stayed in the game and lined a single to left. But then he appeared to lose track of how many outs there were and kept running the bases on Ramos’ deep flyout to center, getting doubled up to end the inning in quite embarrassing fashion. Not good.

12:40 a.m. — The Braves got a run in the bottom of the sixth, but all things considered, Roark did a heck of job to prevent anything else. He faced a bases-loaded, no-out jam. He actually shattered Heyward’s bat, leading to a flyball to medium center field. Span tried to make the throw home, but it skipped off the pitcher’s mound, so LaStella slid in safely. Roark, though, buckled down after that and struck out Gattis and got Johnson to hit a comebacker. So it’s 1-1 now as we move to the seventh.

12:55 a.m. — That’s seven innings of 1-run ball for Roark on 110 pitches. He retired the side in the bottom of the seventh to presumably conclude his impressive night of work. Harang also is out, it’s Jordan Walden taking the mound for the eighth in what remains a 1-1 game.

1:02 a.m. — Big spot here for Matt Thornton. He enters the bottom of the eighth inning of a 1-1 game, set to face LaStella and Freeman. This is why Mike Rizzo acquired him. Let’s see how he performs.

1:12 a.m. — Good theater in the bottom of the eighth. Thornton gave up a 1-out single to Freeman (now hitting an even .500 for the season against the Nats) but then got Justin Upton to ground into a fielder’s choice and got Heyward to hit a sinking liner to left … where Kevin Frandsen came charging in to make a diving, backhand catch that sends this game to the ninth still tied 1-1. Here comes Craig Kimbrel to face Harper, Ramos and Frandsen.

1:21 a.m. — 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Jayson Werth was in the on-deck circle to pinch-hit if anybody got on, so it looks like he won’t be going on the DL tomorrow. Now we go to the bottom of the ninth, and it’s Drew Storen to face Gattis, Johnson and Bonifacio in a 1-1 game.

1:34 a.m. — We are going to extra innings, folks. Storen had two on with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but got B.J. Upton to ground out. So we go to the 10th!

1:42 a.m. — Nine straight Nats hitters have been retired by the Braves bullpen, including three more in the top of the 10th by David Carpenter. It’s now Tyler Clippard in to face the heart of the Atlanta lineup in the bottom of the 10th.

1:56 a.m. — To the 11th! We’ve been in this ballpark so long, Sid Bream was playing first base when we walked in. No, seriously. He was part of the Braves’ alumni game this afternoon.

2:21 a.m. — The Nats take the lead. It only required three singles, a walk, two pitching changes and then an insurance double from Frandsen to make this a 4-1 game. It was 5-1 for a moment, but Fredi Gonzalez successfully challenged that Ramos (who delivered the go-ahead single) was out on a play at the plate at the end of the Frandsen hit. So we go to the bottom of the 11th, and here’s Rafael Soriano to try to close it out.

2:29 a.m. — It’s over. It’s all over. Nats win 4-1 in 11 innings. They’re back up 4 1/2 games in the NL East. Go to sleep, everyone.

580 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    High stress coming up… I can’t watch… Just let me know what happens…

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Weidemaier better move Bryce in closer in RF.

  3. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Was in the kitchen. Did Bonifascio hut a fast ball.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:33 AM

      Looked it 93 MPH. So yes again a fast ball

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    The Braves music people can’t help themselves with the music accompanyment to get their crowd in the game.

    I can’t stand the Barves.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Have to get BJ here. Can’t take your chances with LaStella.

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Has he K’d Upton yet….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

      Do you have 1 eye open and 1 eye closed? Storen got him out. That’s what counts.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        Nope, muted the TV…. And stood in my bathroom… Couldn’t watch…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

        I know how you feel.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:37 AM

        That’s awesome MrsB! Love it.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    You could tell BJ Upton what pitch is coming and he still couldn’t hit it.

  8. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    OK…seal the deal Nats.

  9. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    OK…seal the deal Nats.

  10. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Storen you got yourself in trouble but then got out of. Kimbrel is gone, so now get serious.

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Hallelujah Drew… Hallelujah!!!!

    Come on Nats Nats.. Score 2/3 runs here… It’s almost 2 in the morning,.. I doubt I make it to church now..

  12. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Free baseball!

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    Kimbrel and Walden gone. Nats can now work their other 5 who aren’t as good.

  14. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    I see Red Sox at Angels is in the top of 14

  15. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Hairston is a waste. Why is he still on this team?

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Another 3 pitch K for Hairston. Remind me again why he’s on this roster?

  17. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    FP pointing out how important this game is. “How hard it will be to show up tomorrow if you lose.”

    I say this is the crucible. Win tonight and we shake the Braves and win the division. Lose, and we’re in a rockslide.

    Their dominance over us has been so total, that if we lose this, our backs will truly be broken.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      There’s still a lot of games left. The Braves have a brutal next 14 games.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Scott Hairston is a waste… It’s just that simple.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Well said. Can’t play defense. Can’t run. Can’t hit righthanders.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:42 AM

        Oh, that’s right, he hit’s Hamels near a .400 pace. What a joke that is as if it would have implications in a great post-season matchup.

        The problem is that if Hairston starts in LF, his defense usually nullifies any gain you may achieve by improved offense.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        Nah… Can’t talk about the 25th man… Cuz we’ll never really rely on him… I mean he was the first to congratulate Jayson after he hit the walk off a few games ago…

        DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON HIM….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:47 AM

        There was a Beer commercial where they gave people funny descriptions. Hairston could be CONGRATULATORY WALKOFF CELEBRATION GUY. That he is good at. Being clutch off the bench —- NOT.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:48 AM

        How many times do we have to watch the opposition pinch-hitters do the little things and the Nats bench hit below Mendoza.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Nats continue to gash balls right at Barves outfielders.

  20. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Be a hero Cabrera.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      Gonna be hard if that’s a strike…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      +1

  21. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    I wish our liners would go another direction. Hayward isn’t missing them.

  22. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Damn, Span hit it too hard.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    I mean you give them an out with Scott Hairston at bat… Ugh

  24. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    Wow, that was close by Cabrerra.Nuts!

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    I’m surprised Rizzo didnt or hasn’t gone after the other cub thank was recently DFA’d.. Nate S…

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    This inning may be the game…. Come on Tyler… Shut them down and get the big bats up and a chance…

    Please….

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      +1

      As FP would say, “this is the save right here.”

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        Well, except we’re tied.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    I would love to know what are average is the last season and a half against their bullpen. Can’t be much over .150

    We are always swinging hard in extra innings. That is one of the reasons we don’t win many of them.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    I don’t like Cabrera in the 2-hole.

    With Werth out I would go Span – Rendon – LaRoche – Ramos – Desi – Harper – Cabrera – Frandsen – Pitcher

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      +1

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:48 AM

      Absolutely…. Said that earlier…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

        I owe you one then. I think Rendon keeps the pressure on.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Come on Clip strikes

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Good comeback. Now get Freeman.

      I wonder how come Freeman’s average is about 330. He kills us, others know how to pitch him, and McCatty doesn’t have a strategy.

  30. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Whatever happens, I really like how MW managed the BP tonight.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Wtf 0-2 and then you fart around. Why?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Why clip mad at ump. He threw 3 inches outside. Now 5 balls in a row.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    Unh…. Hasn’t been called for most of the night… Double play, please…

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Clip needs the pitchers best friend here, a 6-4-3 doubleplay but a K would be nice also.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    Come on Clip.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      Upton just missed it.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    You can here that F word from JUp. Wash his mouth out.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      To be fair, Werth very audibly said the same on a pop out in an empty Houston stadium earlier this season.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:53 AM

        Wash his too then.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        I’m a homer so I’m sure I heard Werth scream DUCK!

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:54 AM

        Doesn’t bother me personally…but I’ll pay to watch someone try it on either of em ;)

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      LOL GoSM

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

    Oh boy…. That made my heart do a chucker…. That was a scary pitch…

    Get IN FRONT OF THE BATTER CLIPPARD!

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:52 AM

      Why make it easy. He got in front of Freeman 0-2 and walked him.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Good job Clip!

  38. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Big mistake letting FF get on after being up 0-2..

    Leaving Clip in against Jason Heyward was questionable. Got away with it.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Lol @ FP… With his golf announcer voice….

  40. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    Unless we get the lead here, we’re going to have to go to Blevins…

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      ::: Jaws music :::

  41. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    OK. Doctor, we save sitch or better, STAT!

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      we *need a*

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Bosox/Angels in the 14th

  43. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Clippard: gutsy performance.

    It was his third game in a row, and he just couldn’t get the splitter over. But he still got the side out.

    Phew!

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Pretty good Nats fans…. It’s 2 AM and there are over 420 comments… FP keeps crediting the braves fans…. Someone let him know, we are here too….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      He’s mentioned it.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    We thrown 101 strikes 61 balls, they have thrown 96 strikes 58 balls

  46. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Wow Stammen is up? I can’t see that going well. He just pitched 3 innings on Thursday.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:58 AM

      +1

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:57 AM

    Here is our chance… Take advantage this inning with these big bats… Get on base then get home…

  48. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Let’s move the line.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    That’s what I’m talking about Anthony.

  50. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    OK, guys, now is the time.

  51. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Finally a hit to right drops.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      And another…

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Go 3-5 Adam… Do it!

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Have to bunt here with Ian.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Keep the line moving.

  55. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Hey Cabrera, do what Rendon did, getting out of the way

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Damn, wish Rendon was on 3rd….

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Go 1-5 Ian… Do it.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    Good grief

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    That was a HORRIBLE READ….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      When we read them bad, to often they are not caught.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    We get no breaks in Atlanta

  61. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Two on, nobody out–let’s see if our killer instinct is intact…

  62. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Unreal.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Matt Williams will now have to answer why he didn’t bunt Ian there. smh

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      The ball was hit well, that is his answer. Had Rendon been able to get to third, it is a sac fly.

    • David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Because LaRoche is on first and he’s not easy to bunt over

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        I guess its a matter of playing for one run or playing for 2+

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      Yeah, I’ve no problem with Desi not bunting there… I mean it worked for harp the other day, almost worked tonight…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

        At home, you can play it for the walkoff. I like the bunt on the road.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      I disagree with FP. Heyward has a great arm. Rendon would’ve been dead meat on ALR’s single.
      Bad base running by Anthony on the next play on Desmond’s line drive to left. Upton doesn’t catch that ball Rendon scores easily. He again went too far off the bag. He should be on third.

  64. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    Harper bunt?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      no. Let’s get a hit.

    • David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      With 1 out? No way.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        Oh, right, and Rendon already in scoring position

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    It’s my fault… I’m sorry… I changed positions for Anthony and Adam’s hits…. And I moved for Desi’s…

    Sorry guys…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      I moved to caused Upton to miss read it.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    A walk here to Russell would be great.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      Let me say that again. A walk here by Russell would be great.

      • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:08 AM

        Summoner!

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

        Lucky!

  67. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Harper getting some calls here…phew.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:08 AM

      Alrighty then!!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      Ramos, we need you to come through now, sir!

  68. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Ramos HAS TO elevate here. This is the ballgame.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      His line drives have all been deep enough.

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Elevate? It’s hit it long!

  69. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    Both Red Sox and Angels scored in the 14th. On to the 15th

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

    Yes… GREAT AT BAT…. Wait, I don’t understand this at all… Did Freddie put in a LHP that is hitting lefties at a 313 pace in… Like why?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      I would be pissed off if I was a braves fan… I mean didnt you effectively put him in thinking about the next batter?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      Harper now has 4 appearances 2 doubles, 2 walks

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:33 AM

      Did Freddie put in a LHP that is hitting lefties at a 313 pace in… Like why?

      And he did it against Harper who: (a) has never made an out against him; and (b) has been hitting lefties at 60 points higher than against righties.

      That’s “going by the book” without looking at stats.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:35 AM

        Exactly… I would be livid if I was a braves fan… But I’m not.. Hahahahahahahah :-)

        Enjoy your trip.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        Thanks!

  71. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Fly ball please!!

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Id like at least 2 runs here… :-) please

  73. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    That will do!

  74. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Keep it going, guys!

  75. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    RAMOS! YES!!!

  76. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Wilson!

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Arghhhhhhhhhhh ledfjnrufbircfnriufnojenfiudbsuyavuswecofenuiefnfeo

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    David, even better. Green grass!

  79. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    Keep the line moving. Frandsen. Please only swing at strikes. Need add ons

  80. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Wow looked out by a mile

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      Why was he going

  81. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    OMG!@!!!

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Henley with a send of Ramos with 1 out? WTF???????

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      Ok Denard, put a stake in them.

  83. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    FRANDSEN!!! WOO!

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh eeeeeeeeeeeeemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm gggggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  85. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Ha- clear the bases Kevin!

  86. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Wow! What a call at the plate! Why was Ramos even going home?

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    Why Henley why. You have a guy with hamstrings and slow as heck.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      Harper takes crap for poor decisions but he is 21. The thurdbase coach is in his 40s and makes mire poor choices

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

        2 really bad “sends” in a week and that is the worst. You put a guy with hamstring issues at risk.

  88. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:14 AM

    WHY is Sendly sending Ramos? Why? Ramos is the slowest man in baseball and prone to hamstring injuries. Fire Sendly.

  89. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    So I’m on at bat…we stand to lose just one run and one out, right?

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      Looks like it. Bummer.

      Espi now?

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Henley you fricking dumbbell…. What the hell is wrong with you!

  91. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Not sure why he ran home. Absolutely made no sense.

  92. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Once again..thank you sweet Lord Jesus.

  93. nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Henley with another stupid play. What was he thinking. Come on man.

  94. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    JDub….not on DL

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    Man, I’m so ticked off right now… I wanted more damn runs…

    • veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      How are you ticked rightnow?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

        Becuz I wanted more runs… I want complete annihilation of those bums and a big(ger) inning would provide it… Especially in the way we lost yesterday….

        And I’m tired. Of Henley and his dumb decisions…

  96. nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    You have a chance to pour it on and you send Ramos who is slower than every Nat except Strasburg.

  97. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    OK span..twist it…

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    AND BASES WOULD BE LOADED AGAIN WITH 1 out and with D SPAN HITTING… OMG, Henley… I can’t with you right now….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      Maybe Michael Taylor is raking his spot.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Souza and Werth both playing. I say Hairston DFA

  100. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Souza not on DL..?

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

      +1

  101. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Wtf is wrong w you people? We’re up by 3 in New extras? Sheesh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

      Could be more. Take no prisners

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:21 AM

        What exactly is sending someone there? Only thing that bothers me is it pushes Ramos to run hard.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      Wtf is wrong w you people? We’re up by 3 in New extras? Sheesh.

      Lack of sleep ;-)

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    I’m furious in a game the Nats are now winning by 3. Should be bases loaded with 1 out now.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      With you

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      Look at me at 2:17

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:21 AM

        I’m still on the East Coast. Me too. I just tell myself it’s 11:17.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      And then look at me at 2:19

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      +1. Would feel better with at least another run.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        Soriano says a 3 run lead is a save situation so he’s happy. LOL

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    FP reads NI….

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      ??

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      He definitely does.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:21 AM

    OK Soriano. We need your A game. Have someone ready though if neccesary.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      Day off Monday…might be worth it…but we’ll already be ragged tomorrow

  105. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    I’m terrified of Soriano…but if we win this it will be crushing for Atlanta!

  106. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    Bout to win. Everyone cheer up. Strange crowd right now.

  107. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Is 3 runs enough? Against the Bravos seems like 1.

  108. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Gattis, Johnson and Bonofacio coming up

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    Here’s to a 12 pitch inning… You got it Sori…

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Way to take care of Gattis by Soriano.

  111. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    Nice start, Rafael!

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    What a pitch….

  113. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    First pitch to Gattis was fright night. Yikes. Glad he took it.

    Nice outcome with the K!

  114. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    Why, yes .. I *am* tucked.

  115. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    I predict Johnson flips out if he Ks. Swinging k 2 was horrible!

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      Was I right?

  116. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    That’s nice, Sori! One more.

  117. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    He didn’t freak out but he shut up. That’s all I care about.

  118. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    OK Sori, put it–and let us go–to bed.

  119. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    ADAM?

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Nice try by Cabrera and great cover by Soriano.

  121. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    Cursed

  122. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:28 AM

    I hope people saw that Sori covered 1st base…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      Soriano was on tonight.

  123. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Well played insiders. We had a great night.

    Wow this is the Soriano we love.

    My goodness what bad luck for ALR

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      ??

  124. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    + 4-1/2 !!!!

  125. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of the best wins of the season for the Nats!!!!

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      +1!!!

  126. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    WooooooHoooooo!!!

  127. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Yes yes yes yes yes

    What.
    A.
    Game.

  128. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Big. BIG. Big win for Washington!

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      +1!!!

  129. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    4.5!

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Back up 4.5

  131. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    WOO MUTHAFLIPPIN HOO!!!!!

  132. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Let’s remember Frandsen’s diving catch in the 8th, too

  133. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    Hellz yeah.

  134. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

    I feel Gio winning tomorrow.

  135. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:31 AM

    One of the best wins of the season for the Nats!!!!

    Charlie just said that — he owes you a beer ;-)

  136. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    On to the 16th in the big A

  137. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    This game changes everything in the east. Great effort Nats!

  138. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    G’nite all . . .

    Going to sleep in a very pleasant mood ;-)

  139. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:34 AM

    It’s going to take me a minute to fall asleep now… I’m so pumped… Let’s win this later Gio… Let’s win this next one later….

    • scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      Woke up as nats extra was doing recap. I thought I was dreaming. Dvr was running so I got to go back and watch the scoring. Just elfin awesome!

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB MN
x-WASHINGTON 87 64 -- 0
ATLANTA 76 76 11.5
MIAMI 74 77 13.0
NEW YORK 73 80 15.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 82 18.0
Through Wednesday's early games
x-Clinched division title

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