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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. David Proctor - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    This is a pretty big game, I think. The way yesterday’s game ended, the Braves didn’t exit feeling exactly comfortable. A loss tonight and you have them believing again.

    Plus, a win tonight ensures we will leave no less than 3.5 games up.

  2. hitmeimopen - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Yeah, it figures. Day after a loss…and a loss in that icky, Strasburg dinging’, demoralizing fashion, it figures that fans are in the dumps. Ace my ass. Please do not sign him to a long term deal.

    • David Proctor - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      What fans are in the dumps?

  3. snerdblurter - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    I’m not in the dumps, but that was pretty demoralizing as far as Stras is concerned. I thought it was a chance for him to turn a corner and shut everybody up about him not showing up in big spots (esp. vs. ATL). I still think he’s a great pitcher, but that was a huge opportunity for him and he couldn’t have blown it more if he tried. I mean, Tommy LaStella? C’mon

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      I’m disappointed he lost, but let’s be honest – even if he won, he would have silenced the doubters only until the next start, or at most his next lost, when we’d have to hear all the same stuff again.

  4. Doc - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    C’mon Nats!

    Let’s not fry a Strasburger again tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. rmoore446 - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Takes more than a bad Strasburg start to get me in the dumps. I just think about the RFK seasons and feel the glow of first place.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      +1

    • natsfan1a - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Yep.

  6. paulfortier - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    I don’t think Strasburg is a good pitcher. He is a good thrower (too often up in the strike zone) but he is not an elite pitcher. Zimm is a good pitcher. Fister is a good pitcher. Roark is a good pitcher. Not Strass.

    • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      agreed and I am not going to get upset over his outings anymore. I have accepted Stras as just an average pitcher who will get enough wins to help a very good team get to post season. The best thing a fan can do is not to count on him in a big game. I hope MW can be bold enough to not include him in a 5 game playoff series as a starter

  7. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Nats need at least 1 win this weekend. losing all 3 would be devastating from a team mental standpoint going forward

    • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      It would definitely be good to get a own this weekend. Better to get two. But if we get swept, we’ll still be in 1st place. Are you going to bet against us at that point? I’m not.

      • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        from a mental and morale standpoint, I do not see how that would not adversely have an effect if we are swept. the lead would be 1 and a half and put life back into the Braves. I will take one win

  8. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    my last post on Stras today, 8-10 says it all and most of those 10 losses are on him period, however that is OK from a 4 or 5 pitcher, not a 1 or 2.

    • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Don’t want to pick on you mick, but actually 8-10 means nothing.

      • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        fair enough and I know that 8-10 on the surface is not the real story, but, how many of the 10 losses are on him?

      • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        8-10 means they lost ten games where the pitcher stunk.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Spot on Section 222. Looking at his 2014 splits he has started 9 games where the Nats scored 0-2 runs. He is the losing pitcher in 8 of them. I could not find a split for runs allowed. But the fact that he has 8 losses when the Nats scored 2 runs or less is pretty telling.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        In three of those 10 Ls, Stephen Strasburg gave up three or fewer earned runs while pitching seven or more innings. In another loss, he gave up three ERs in 6 2/3’s innings.

        In eight of those 10 Ls, the Nats scored two or fewer runs.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        Here are the final scores (counting all runs allowed, regardless of earned or not, or who allowed them) in 5 of those 8 losses where the Nats scored 2 runs or less:

        3-1
        3-2
        4-1
        4-2
        3-0

        So I think it is fair to say that his record has a lot to do with lack of run support.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        zmunchkin,

        Exactly. But the facts don’t support the narrative — preferred by many — that Stephen Strasburg is a ‘cry baby and isn’t ‘mentally tough’ and thus are often ignored. Of course, the tendency to avoid reality-based thinking and analysis exists in many other areas of life, so I probably shouldn’t be surprised.

    • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      As discussed below, most of the 10 losses were not on him “period.” In fact, it appears that in most of them he pitched well. With an ERA in the low 3’s that’s what I would have expected. So not only does 8-10 not “say it all,” it’s very misleading. Which is why win/loss records are meaningless.

  9. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Nats are in a really good place right now, just like Braves were exactly 1 year ago now

  10. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    With all due respect to Mark, his tweet re Souza “no concussion” is not edifying. I think that was pretty clear last night. The reason he left the game — his account — is that his shoulder hurt when he swung. So it’s his shoulder we should be worried about.

    • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      A concussion can present in numerous ways over the days following the initial injury and the brain potentially continues to swell. I’d say it’s very edifying and relieving that he’s still in the clear on that front.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        Seconded. It did not look or sound good when he hit that wall.

        Speaking of concussions, evidently the Barves former sheriff is out with one (not gloating, just saying).

      • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        That’s a shame…that can be a scary injury.

  11. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    on the 2 sport athletes, let me weigh in as there are some great posts here, especially from #4 who i know is a coach like sjm and myself. we tell young players in all sports to not focus on only one sport until maybe junior year. In fact, most colleges today prefer players who are 2 or more sport varsity players. This does not mean that
    a player can not be spectacular if they only play one sport, but it helps the young man or woman develop their skill sets quicker by training for multiple sports. just few good examples off the top of some great pros in their sports that could have played at a high level in another sport:

    Cal Ripken was an all met basketball player
    Tim Duncan could have swam in the Olympics
    Jim Brown was all american in Lax at the Cuse
    Sonny Jurgensen could have played basketball at Duke and was actually recruited to play
    Billy Kilmer was recruited to play hoop at UCLA
    Deon and Bo Jackson were very good MLB players

    this is fun, i could go on, but you get the gist

    • coollikelivo - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      This is hilarious to visualize….Fat short Kilmer (as I remember him from his last days in the NFL) playing hoops! (was he “wobble” or “hobble” when he and Sonny were our QB controversy? Can’t remember but I think “hobble.”
      And Jim Brown and lacrosse??? Weren’t there like maybe 4 colleges in the entire U.S. that had LAX way back then? Probably everyone made All-American…. :-)

  12. natsfan1a - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    On a game note, will be watching again tonight, at least until I fall asleep on the couch. Go, Ro-ark! Go, NATS!!

  13. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    omg! i was reading over the game posts of O’s game. i had to take some ribbing from my sons on vacation who are diehard O’s fans. I see SWM was scolded by Mark, I hope he is not banned, what is the story?

    • natsfan1a - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      I don’t know as I wasn’t online when it happened.

    • deftndumb - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      He is banned. See the thread from game 111.

    • npb99 - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Mark posted to tell SWM to stop posting on this site immediately. Seems to have worked. He was a complete pain, and as some fellow commenters pointed out, he was probably an O’s fan who just liked to trash the Nats. Good riddance.

  14. David Proctor - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Jayson scratched. Sigh.

    • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Ugh

    • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Although…actually… Asdrubal > Rendon worked out well enough last night..

  15. Danny - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    We are Werthless.

  16. npb99 - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I suggest we take a moratorium on trashing SS. He’s our pitcher after all, and we shouldn’t hate him just because he hasn’t turned out to be a Kershaw. Nobody was talking about him being a headcase in 2010-2012 – in fact people were upset at not having him in the playoffs due to the shutdown. Do people really believe he’s become a headcase in his 4th and 5th seasons? He’s obviously struggling mechanically with some issues. Let’s see him work through it.

    • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Not big on content moratoriums (personal preference), but I agree it’s pretty absurd to rake him–and only him among our SPs–through the coals every time he struggles. Likewise, Harper during prolonged slumps. Strange double standard.

      If people feel they’ve been had by the hype, then I think a more inward critique is possibly warranted.

      • 6ID20 - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Gio gets raked over the coals too, as well as other pitchers when they throw badly.

      • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Gio’s gets the closest thing to similar treatment, especially the ‘head case’ aspect since he wears it on his sleeve. Still, I think even he isn’t subjected to the same kind of full pop-psych work up that Stras is, and certainly not with the same vitriolic passion.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        And, of course, Rafael Soriano sometimes gets blasted for NOT wearing his emotions on his sleeve. Go figure.

      • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Ha!

    • 6ID20 - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      He’s not a head case. Just (at best) a good but not great pitcher. And he’s trending down. The Braves are his daddy.

  17. Danny - Aug 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Harang is due to be beaten up on.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Let’s go back up 4.5 tonight… Good luck Mr Roark and Nats bats!

    Let’s go Nats!

  19. David Proctor - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Michael Taylor being called up. Souza or Werth to DL, not sure which, per Mark.

    • Eric - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Nothing against Souza, but I sure hope it’s not Werth…

      • David Proctor - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        I suspect it will be Werth…

    • Danny - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Weak

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      Congrats to Mr Taylor… Seems it wasn’t so ‘stupid’ to call up Steven Souza when Werth started initially hurting…

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Wow, look at that rain….

  21. Doc - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    It’s probably gonna be Werth on the DL.

    Taylor and Souza, the future???

    Hey, they get some hits, and JDub heals for the stretch drive.

    Life is good!

  22. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    The game is very unlikely to be played tonight. That would work to the Nats advantage. I think.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Agree

  23. rmoore446 - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    I agree Joe. Postponing would give the Nats BP a chance to recover and for everyone to catch their breath. The Nats comeback yesterday licked a lot of the red off the Braves victory candy stick.

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    The radar says lots of rain still ahead

  25. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    just play a freakin double header, that would be good for both teams and me, I am really tired, lol

  26. veejh - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Really? Just PP the game. Sheesh.

  27. rmoore446 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    I am with you Mick. I’m sitting in a hotel in Columbus, Ohio after a three-day convention and I have a six hour drive ahead of me tomorrow to get back home. The convention was fun rather than work-related but tiring just the same. I don’t need to be up late hanging onto to gameday and the radio feed.

    • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      but we will watch no matter what

      OK, beer or coffee?

      now thats a tough one, lol

    • ratiocinational - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM

      Just curious…was it PulpFest?

  28. Natsfan in Paradise - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Greetings. Longtime lurker here. At Tyrner Field. Rain has stopped and they are rolling up the tarp. Go Nats!

  29. David Proctor - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    10:50 start time. So we’re looking at a 2 AM finish

    • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:27 PM

      are u serious…. and they ask me why I drink?

      oh well

  30. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Should be a placid game thread, at least.

    Gee, if they had told us at 7pm we had four hours to gametime, I could have *been* to this game by now!

  31. wearenationals - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Brewing my cup o’ joe now. Go Nats!

  32. rmoore446 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Hubba, hubba…Go Nats!!

  33. natinalsgo - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Choices to make tonight. Baseball or booze. Maybe I can do both.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Well good luck Nats… Wish they had just postponed this game…

    • NatsLady - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Until when? Schedule getting very tight now.

  35. NatsLady - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Game on. 10:51.

  36. nats128 - Aug 9, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    I dont agree with FP talking about Atlanta fans sticking it out for the game. When its a rain delay to begin a game on a Saturday night, people will stay. If it started raining in the 6th inning, they all leave.

  37. nats128 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Rendon robbed again. Nobody has been robbed more than Rendon this year.

    • scmargenau - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      It’s just crazy isn’t it? So unlucky.,

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Robbery for Rendon…

  39. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    I nodded out thinking ,” no game,” Gonna be hard to stick this one out. Yawn…

    GYFNG!!!

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    These misses by Rendon are pretty darn close…

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Strasburg last night threw 4-seam 59 Change 15 Curve 15
    3 HRs on the 4-seam and 1 on the Curve.

    You can almost guess 2 out of 3 pitchers were going to be a fastball and 95 MPH in straight 4 seam can be hit out if it misses its spot.

    Strasburg abandoned his sinker and the slider he worked on. He’s throwing the curveball less.

    3 pitch repertoire.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      I just knew that all 4 pitches were belt high meatballs… I mean just juicy and stuff even I could send long…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        I’m convinced Stras needs to add a 4th pitch. His sinker was never a good pitch. I think he needs the slider back or a splitter. Something with more movement.

      • scmargenau - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        He could open an Italian restaurant if pitching doesn’t work out. “Strasburgs Meatball House”

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Good ole Carp. Why not Frandsen? Seriously Bob. You realize that after Werth and Souza were ruled out that Frandsen was the next in line.

  43. nats128 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Nice D Roark.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    A rare 3-6-1 doubleplay.

  45. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Nice inning, fellows!

    Ok let’s get some runs.

    • nats128 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      +1

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Now Roark has played 23 games vs 16 by Fister. Roark 11 GIDP and Fister 10 GIDP

  47. NatsLady - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      What the problem? :-)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      I like Bryce even better now.

      • nats128 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        +3

      • scmargenau - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        Yea, that may win me over.

    • veejh - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Now that is funny!!!!!!

    • npb99 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      +++

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Man, Nats balls are just frickin finding gloves… Ugh.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      Thinking the same but how did you like where Desi was playing Heyward in the 1st inning.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        Maybe Weidmyer ( I know I spelled it wrong lol) is earning his pay, finally….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

        Not impressed to be honest. The team’s against the Nats have done a better job than the Nats in my opinion of defensive alignments.

  49. nats128 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Where is everyone!

    • adcwonk - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      zzzz ?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Hey Wonk~

      • adcwonk - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

        Hey there … I’m actually going on vacation for a week tomorrow and I’m packing, so I got the game going on in the other room, probably won’t be commenting too much tonight, but: just checking in.

        Gotta say — reading up top in this thread, I’m proud of us for the no panic, no LoD-type comments. Awesome.

        Like someone said up top: this is so much better than the RFK and 100-loss days.

  50. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I chose beer, the usual, Corona Light, and its good

    pitchers dual

    • scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM

      Plz try IPA – yum

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    When is the league going to shut down LaStella. Have to go after him with the fastball high in the zone there. Not happy with that pitch.

  52. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    a duel I meant, a typo, a duel, like Burr verse Hamilton

    hee hee

  53. adcwonk - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    I’m trying to imagine 2014 where Espi bats leadoff the entire year.

    Isn’t that sorta what the Braves are doing? He’s batting .211 and leads the league in K’s.

    So, why do they do that? (Not that I’m complaining)

  54. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    FYI

    did you know that many duels in the 18th century took place where Bladensburg HS exists?

    need to get the old metal detector out one weekend.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:41 PM

      You might find some 21st century bullets there too.

      • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

        lol

        not worth much though

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    David Peralta was a double and triple shy of the cycle in the DBacks 8th inning. He also racked up 4 RBIs in the inning.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    NIce AB Rendon.

  57. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Rendon seeing the ball well tonight

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    What does that K Zone tell you? PATIENCE NATS HITTERS

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Smart baserunning Rendon.

  60. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    wonk

    enjoy the r&r

    • adcwonk - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Thanks — I will! We’re going to OBX with a couple of families.

      • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        been there! great location!

      • adcwonk - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Yeah — Duck and Corolla — great places to really chill.

      • scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

        Corolla has a steak n cheese place (yelp it) that as good as any in philly. Even have philly rolls.
        enjoy!

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Get another single Bryce…

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    First pitch swinging should be a no no tonight….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      Agreed except in 2 outs unless it’s after a walk.

  63. conatsguy - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Tough pitch

  64. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    I dare Harang to throw that breaker again to Ramos

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Perfect pitch by Harang…

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    We are going to tax Harang next time at bat…

    • micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      I get that feeling too, but as Ghost said, batters must be patient

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:55 PM

        Harp ID’d the curveball and was patient. Let the fastball go by.

  67. nats128 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Harper has to find a way to make contact with 1 out and man on 3.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:56 PM

      I give credit to the pitcher. Bryce didn’t see fastball unfortunately.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      That was a perfect pitch by Harang… Fooled Bryce…

  68. micksback1 - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Tanner looks good, my guess is MW goes 6 with him and then BP?

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Credit again to McCatty. These pitchers are getting more high K’s then ever. I call that the Espi pitch. Now they have to see if LaStella will chase that.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Come on Nats bats… Lee score 4 here…

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Why Kevin…. Why…

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Souza doesn’t have to go on the DL. He could be optioned back to AAA.

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    No doubt triple with BJ jogging to the ball. Did you see his first steps towards that ball. What a POS

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      He was benched by Joe Maddon for doing just that. Allowed a double into a triple.

      • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Not a word on that by Carp and FP. I saw exactly what you were talking about.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        Not surprised they didn’t mention it. They rarely get negative on the other team.

      • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        Charlie and Dave commented on it. Deftly of course.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        Curious what they said. The replay is great watching both Uptons jog to it.

      • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        Just that they didn’t seem in any hurry to get to the ball, and with the play right in front of him, Span never stopped.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        FP didn’t say a word. Freddi doesn’t have the cajones to bench either for “cause”.

        I am so glad watching both of them that Rizzo “passed”.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    Uptown brothers played that kinda casually…was thinking (hoping) for an inside the park home run..

    And the streak continues…

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      +2 with yours and Ghosts comments above

  75. micksback1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    great hit by Span, need to get him home

  76. davecydell - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    This is why you are here, Cabrera

  77. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Come on tony 2 bags!!!

  78. micksback1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    my guess is the Upton brothers take a lot of grief from Barves fans

  79. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    6 left on 😦

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Sigh…

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Rendon wanted that 5.5 hole and Bonifacio was in that hole. Darn.

  82. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Did Justin eat all BJs food growing up?

  83. micksback1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    2 stranded at 3rd base, and Braves yet to have a runner at third.

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

    LaRoche playing spectator instead of covering his bag.

  85. micksback1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    here we go again

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Notice how their grounders are finding holes. If Nats can find that, big difference in the outcomes.

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

    WOW! Way to go 1-5-3

  87. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Great shutdown! That stopped the chop!

  88. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Double play = pitcher’s best friend. & Roark makes his own double plays. Gotta love it.

  89. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Span stranded at 3rd has happened way too many times this year.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    HR time

  91. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    FP called it!!! The Summoner!

  92. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    ALR!

  93. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    ALR Bombs Away!

  94. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    LaBoom. Love it.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Look at FP making the HR call.

  96. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    That was meat from Harang to Adam.

  97. davecydell - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:19 AM

    Tanner could go 8

  98. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Harang’s starting to leave pitches up. Come on guys, take advantage now.

    Lucky play by Bonofacio.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    The video of the Span triple is on the MLB site. Watch it and enjoy both Upton’s jogging for the ball at the wall.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Oh, Bryce, come on, man.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Nice AB Bryce.

  101. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Hoppah 2 for 3. Nice.

    • veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Doh!

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Dumb a$$ Bryce.

    • veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      I thought it was gonna find that gap, too. Dammit.

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      This is the majors. That cant happen.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Unbelievable.

  103. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Wow. Just wow.,

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Thank you Adam LaRoche…. Nice at bat Bryce… But uhm, WHAT WAS THAT!!?!?

    I guess it’s excuse able since it’s so late…. Uhm, no.

  105. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    Ugh, Bryce- keep your head in the game..

  106. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    I guess Bryce jammed his hand so he can’t count to three.

  107. nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Speaking again of the baseball IQ of some of these Nats players.

  108. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Tough strike zonw

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Lead off walk followed by a damn hit. Come on Roark we have the lead, don’t give it back.

      Could some of our hitters watch Freeman film and learn how ro swing with 2 strikes.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    For as late as this game is, this ump has a real tight zone.

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Did the SZ just shrink?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:29 AM

      It did but Tanner can’t give free passes to the leadoff man. Use your head. They have to earn it.

      Barves player shows patience and gets a walk.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM

        But those misses weren’t really misses… I thought they were all close enough to be Ks and they were called earlier…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        They are on this ump’s K zone. You’ve had 6 innings to see what’s getting called.

  111. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Unfortunately, Harper is a mental player. We see it again.

  112. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Uh-oh. I hate leadoff walks.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Lead off walks. Yuck. Freeman up double yuck.

  114. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Freeman reaching…Roark got his azz.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Not exactly.

      • veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM

        Phuc

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Bryce does something really stupid and people tune into NatsInsider.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    You have to go UP to Freeman. Where the heck is your scouting report??????

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      FP HAD IT

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM

      You had him 1-2. Have to be smarter Tanner. If you don’t like what your catcher is calling, shake him off or call him out. You had him for the K or pop-up.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I know this is sacrilege, but Freeman is a special player….

  118. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Please dont meltdown.

  119. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Please see my comment after Bryce’s walk off.

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Is the bullpen warming? It all starts with a stupid leadoff walk.

    On Tanner.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      I don’t understand why would walk anyone this late in the game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

        Can’t walk leadoff hitters. It all started with that.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM

        I’m pretty sure Roark didn’t say to himself,” I think I’ll go out and walk somebody.”

  121. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Where the hell is McCatty late to the party again. He allows troubles to increase.

    • veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      No need to pull Roark.

  122. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Dig down, Tanner!

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    That wasn’t a K to the last 2 batters…

  124. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    If throw a slider right here

  125. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Roark has to get Heyward here.

  126. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Damn it pitch balls close enough for them to swing . They won’t swing at crappy balls now

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      I DONT understand why Ramos was set up so outside…

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        Can’t help you there.

  127. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Is anyone warming in the BP MW?

  128. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Just roll a DP and all is well.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      No it isn’t, but better than a second run.

  129. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    DP here and we are good

    • scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Very nice recovery!!!!

  130. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    The 2 walks killed them. You were given a lead and you refused to do what was needed to preserve it. Walks my number pet peeve.

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      You can walk guys in a pitch around. Cant walk leadoff hitters.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

        He had 1-2 count on Upton, he wasn’t pitching around him. He lost concentration,. The LaStella one the ump squeezed him, but that is not an excuse.

  131. nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Those leadoff walks. Good teams make you pay for those. I dont consider the Barves a good team.

  132. mbfields - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Arrrrgggghhhh. Why can’t this team score off a retread like Harang? They are totally hanging Tanner out to dry, as usual.

  133. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    HUGE K

  134. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Sweet!

  135. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Good K there of Gattis. Get Johnson and get the Nats bats back up in the 7th.

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    You know what, solid job by Roark of getting out of that with only 1 run.

  137. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Amazing job to limit the damage.

  138. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Nobody should be mad that Roark has given up 1 run thru 6. He’s a beast.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      Only mad that he gave up the lead. Our hitters as often happens can’t hit Atl. Pitching.

  139. mbfields - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Way to hang tough Tanner. Now you’ll have to score some runs to back yourself.

  140. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Coulda been worse. Nice out. Let’s get the lead!

  141. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Limited the damage… Tanner is done, right?

    Come on Nats bats.. Score 2/3 runs here…

    • scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Nope he batted. Not sure about that decision

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      You would think but doesn’t look like it.

  142. mbfields - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    No, don’t pull him. We need his bat it the line-up. 😉

  143. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Here we go again. FP stating they want Roark to qualify for a W. Who the F cares about a pitcher in this situation qualifying for the W. Care about the team W.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      MW does…

      But in his defense tonight (and you know I call him out and I’ve no problem with calling him out) I think Tanner went in the 7th becuz of who is coming up.. With the 8,9, and 1…

      We’ll see if he was correct or not….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM

        He was coming in near 100 pitches. I hope he gets them all out here.

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Way to go Span.

  145. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Span…unbelievable.

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Weak Cabrera…. Just weak… I do not like him in the 2 hole.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:49 AM

      He had an RBI and was on for Rendon’s homer last night. 1-3 tonight. He’s not Rendon, but not bad for a sss.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

        He walked after Span’s triple, but Rendon hit a weak grounder to Bonofacio. The walk had been a good AB by Cabrerra

  147. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Span LOB again. Make it stop!

  148. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Span has been pure excellence for the longest time. He has put the team on his back–on offense and defense and on the basepaths.

  149. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    This is where Bryce getting doubled off 1st on his loss of mind further costs his team. If he doesn’t getting out, Frandsen bats in the 6th and Roark leads-off in the 7th and if Span or Cabrera hit you get Rendon up.

    Now you have to hold the Barves here in the 7th to take it into the 8th tied.

    Here we go again.

  150. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Hmmm…roark for 7. Like the move.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM

      +1

      Get the bottom of the order (which includes BJ) or yank him.

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Roark at 100 pitches and counting.

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Great job getting Bonifacio. Can’t let him on.

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:53 AM

    I would pull Roark right here. Put pressure on Barves with Doumit in.

  154. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Way to call it Desi. I like that. Disregard my last comment, leave Roark in against Doumit 😉

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      I think you let him pitch to BJ and no further.

  155. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Come on Tanner… Get this last batter… Make him do what he does best — K.

  156. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    LolBJ.

    Nwed to score some runs here. Leggo!

  157. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    How about that BJ, eh?

  158. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Round of applause for Mr Roark tonight… Just a great job….

  159. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Fantastic outing Roark!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      All in all yes but he was matched inning by inning by Harang.

  160. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    We need runs right here.

    I’m so trying not to nod off….

  161. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    What a difference between last night and this night in pitching. Roark made a few mistake pitches but the movement on his pitches save him time and again.

    His sin was that leadoff walk to LaStella. That of course turned into a run.

    I hope Tanner’s teammates pick him up here with 2 runs.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:01 AM

      Roark moved the ball around. Strasburg needs to watch the video, so he has a clue how to pitch the Braves.

  162. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Tanner guts out 7 innings 1 run and we only score one against Harang… Mildly annoying.

  163. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    Ah. It’s Mr. Fifty Niner for the 7th I see.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Er, 8th, sorry

  164. davecydell - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    For those not paying attention
    this is why Tanner is Nats #1

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      I believe Fister might be number 1, but know Strasburg is 4.

  165. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Need runs, please…..please!!!!! I cant take another Braves loss.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      On the contrary, I will happily take a Braves loss. 😉

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      I’d love to see a Braves loss.

  166. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Oh Anthony…. Sigh

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      Where’s the patience??????

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM

        I don’t understand their approach tonight at all…. Could have and should have gotten to Harang…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        If they would have seen more pitches I think with the K zone they could have worked some more walks and longer counts.

  167. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Get on base Desi as I feel a Harper hr coming

    • Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      They are facing Braves uniforms lower your expectations.

  168. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    10 pitches ….. 10 damn pitches….

  169. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Roark deserves the run support Strasburg got

  170. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    The last 2 seasons we have almost done nothing vs. Their bullpen. Another reason our record is weak.

  171. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    I wish Joe West was umping and would have called Walden on that leaving the rubber during a pitch. He f***** up Barrett, that SOB.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:08 AM

      Joe west surely umped him. He must not called a balk yet.

  172. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Harper said no thank you to the fence.

  173. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Damn, our lefties can’t seem to get out FF….

  174. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Based on our discussion a few innings ago, Sect222 said Charlie and Dave did comment on BJ and JUp going after the ball “Just that they didn’t seem in any hurry to get to the ball, and with the play right in front of him, Span never stopped.”

    I am so glad our GM passed on both Uptons. Freddi benched BJ Upton earlier this week for only 1 game and he’s back in the leadoff.

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

    Could play by Rendon, made sure he got the lead runner.

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

    Our scouting sucks. Why a low strike to Freeman? Roark did the same thing.

    As I said earlier our guys could learn shorten your swing and your chances of a hit increase. Most of our guys swing just as hard on 2 strikes.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      It was supposed to be lower. They were working the high/low there.

  177. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    ont let Upton to second

  178. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Thank you sweet lord Jesus!

  179. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Who knew Frandsen could fly?

  180. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Very nice Thornton!

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

    Very nice Kevin!

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

      No, as Eric said, VERY NICE THORNTON. That was a poor read on a can of corn by Heyward.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        Frandsen was lucky as he’ll to catch that after the way he played that ball

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:17 AM

        Lucky as hell. Auto correct got me.

  182. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Oh my, FP actually criticized his buddy Frandsen for the bad read. I’d take Frandsen over Hairston in LF in 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.

  183. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Thank you for the jolt of excitement KF….

  184. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    So in the ab to Heyward Thornton didn’t get the low or the high strike..

  185. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Our bullpen really can’t withstand extras. We have no longman

  186. nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Nats need to throw off Kimbrels timing. He goes thru all these goofy things on the mound with his cap and rubbing up the baseball and then that dinosaur pose.

    Nats need to step out more on him.

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

    That wasn’t a bad at bat….

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM

      Good battle for sure. Can’t be easy hanging with 99 mph heat and 85 mph off speed

  188. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Yeah, I want to know what the hell the discoloration is and about…

  189. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Just beat the robot.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:20 AM

      It looks to me like the dye has just been rubbed away.

  190. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    I sure wish we would pitch more sliders to the Braves. We swing and miss at all their sliders.

    Rule of thumb on sliders and curves. If it is low let it go. If it high let it fly.

    Most hitters don’t follow the rule Nat or otherwise.

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

      A good slider looks like a fastball, especially after a guy throws one by you on the pitch before.

  191. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Two good ABs. Make him throw a lot of pitches.

  192. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Mother Fudge you Heyward…. He plays a really good RF.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Yes he does.

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

        He and Freeman are about the only 2 players that I actually like from the braves squad…

  193. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Werth on deck.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Has the move corresponding with the Taylor call up been announced yet? If not, I can’t imagine Werth coming on deck if he’s ticketed for the DL.

  194. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Unless that was a decoy, I think we now know it’s not JDub going on the DL. Must be Souza move to AAA or the DL or a DFA of Hairston which is unlikely.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Owe you one.

      Can’t imagine what purpose a decoy would serve there…Kimbrel usually gets the inning unless it really unravels, no?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        Agreed. I saw JDub stretching in the dugout which was a good sign.

        Souza can probably pinch-run. It makes no sense putting Souza on the DL unless it’s the concussion DL which is 7 days. Best to just option him back to AAA.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      Ghost, you have to assume Souza is the pawn in the game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:30 AM

        Agreed Joe. I wrote that on the Taylor article Mark wrote.

        Many were assuming it was Werth. The wild card is Hairston DFA>

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      I hadn’t thought about the DFA. Man I have hope.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM

        Hairston?

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

        Doubtful with rosters expanding in 3 weeks but we can hope.

  195. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    OK Storen need to do the job correctly.

  196. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    There must be a job opening in Atlanta because FP has been kissing Braves butts all night.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Only FF, and FF is the one Brave I would love to have. He plays the way I like.

  197. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    This is the game. Either we break Atlanta’s back and we win the division, or they break our back and they win it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Huh?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      We are going to win the division regardless.

  198. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    I think Bonofacio is going to try to steal.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      Thought so.

  199. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:28 AM

    Mistake by Drew…. Braves with a good pick up of Bonifacio….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      Storen still can’t hold anyone.

  200. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:29 AM

    Well the Benifacio hit puts to bed visions of Kimbrel again. So that’s good.

    Would rather not see our bizarro nemesis Pena though.

  201. 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…

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

    Weidemaier better move Bryce in closer in RF.

  203. 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

  204. 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.

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

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

  206. 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.

  207. 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.

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

    OK…seal the deal Nats.

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

    OK…seal the deal Nats.

  210. 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.

  211. 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..

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

    Free baseball!

  213. 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.

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

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

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

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

  216. 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?

  217. 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.

  218. 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.

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

    Nats continue to gash balls right at Barves outfielders.

  220. 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

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

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

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

    Damn, Span hit it too hard.

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

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

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

    Wow, that was close by Cabrerra.Nuts!

  225. 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…

  226. 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.

  227. 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.

  228. 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.

  229. 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.

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

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

  231. 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.

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

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

  233. 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.

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

    Come on Clip.

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

      Upton just missed it.

  235. 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

  236. 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.

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

    Good job Clip!

  238. 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.

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

    Lol @ FP… With his golf announcer voice….

  240. 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 :::

  241. 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*

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

    Bosox/Angels in the 14th

  243. 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!

  244. 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.

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

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

  246. 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

  247. 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…

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

    Let’s move the line.

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

    That’s what I’m talking about Anthony.

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

    OK, guys, now is the time.

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

    Finally a hit to right drops.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      And another…

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

    Go 3-5 Adam… Do it!

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

    Have to bunt here with Ian.

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

    Keep the line moving.

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

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

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

    Damn, wish Rendon was on 3rd….

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

    Go 1-5 Ian… Do it.

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

    Good grief

  259. 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.

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

    We get no breaks in Atlanta

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

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

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

    Unreal.

  263. 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.

  264. 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

  265. 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.

  266. 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!

  267. 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!

  268. 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!

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

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

  270. 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!

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

    Fly ball please!!

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

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

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

    That will do!

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

    Keep it going, guys!

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

    RAMOS! YES!!!

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

    Wilson!

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

    Arghhhhhhhhhhh ledfjnrufbircfnriufnojenfiudbsuyavuswecofenuiefnfeo

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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

    David, even better. Green grass!

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

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

  280. 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

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

    OMG!@!!!

  282. 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.

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

    FRANDSEN!!! WOO!

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

    Ooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh eeeeeeeeeeeeemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm gggggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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

    Ha- clear the bases Kevin!

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

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

  287. 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.

  288. 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.

  289. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

    Once again..thank you sweet Lord Jesus.

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

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

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

    JDub….not on DL

  295. 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…

  296. 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.

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

    OK span..twist it…

  298. 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.

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

    Souza and Werth both playing. I say Hairston DFA

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

    Souza not on DL..?

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:19 AM

      +1

  301. 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 😉

  302. 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

  303. 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.

  304. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gattis, Johnson and Bonofacio coming up

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

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

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

    Way to take care of Gattis by Soriano.

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

    Nice start, Rafael!

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

    What a pitch….

  313. 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!

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

    Why, yes .. I *am* tucked.

  315. 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?

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

    That’s nice, Sori! One more.

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

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

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

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

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

    ADAM?

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

    Nice try by Cabrera and great cover by Soriano.

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

    Cursed

  322. 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.

  323. 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

      ??

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

    + 4-1/2 !!!!

  325. 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!!!

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

    WooooooHoooooo!!!

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

    Yes yes yes yes yes

    What.
    A.
    Game.

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

    Big. BIG. Big win for Washington!

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:30 AM

      +1!!!

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

    4.5!

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

    Back up 4.5

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

    WOO MUTHAFLIPPIN HOO!!!!!

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

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

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

    Hellz yeah.

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

    I feel Gio winning tomorrow.

  335. 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 😉

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

    On to the 16th in the big A

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

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

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

    G’nite all . . .

    Going to sleep in a very pleasant mood 😉

  339. 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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