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Game 116: Nats at Braves

Aug 10, 2014, 5:21 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — Hello once again from Turner Field. Feels like I just left this place. Oh wait, I did! Thank god the Nationals and Braves are on Sunday Night Baseball, though, which afforded everybody the opportunity to sleep in this morning after last night’s rain-delayed, 11-inning affair that ended at 2:29 a.m.

There will be no shortage of storylines for ESPN to highlight during tonight’s broadcast. They’ll surely focus on Bryce Harper as he strides to the plate for the first time, zooming in on the sacred “A” in the dirt. And they’ll certainly make something of the Braves’ dominance of the Nationals over the last two years (though, it should be pointed out, the Nats have now won 3 of their last 4 head-to-head meetings).

Gio Gonzalez and Alex Wood square off in a matchup of lefties. The Nationals hope to have Jayson Werth back in the lineup after two straight nights battling shoulder and ankle ailments. They also have a new face on the active roster: Michael Taylor, the 23-year-old top outfield prospect, who officially was called up from Class AAA Syracuse today, with Steven Souza Jr. placed on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder contusion.

Plenty of updates to come, though hopefully there will be no need for weather updates tonight (despite a forecast that once again calls for scattered thunderstorms)…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: ESPN
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 106.7 FM, 980 AM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms, 78 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (63-52)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez

BRAVES (59-57)
CF Emilio Bonifacio
2B Tommy LaStella
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Justin Upton
RF Jason Heyward
3B Chris Johnson
C Gerald Laird
SS Ramiro Pena
LHP Alex Wood

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

8:08 p.m. — And we’re underway, in front of a surprisingly sparse crowd here. I get that it’s a Sunday night and people have to work tomorrow, but there might be 15,000 people here for the start of a nationally televised game.

8:17 p.m. — A 1-out single for Anthony Rendon in the top of the first (he also stole second). But the most notable thing might well have been Jayson Werth’s swings on some outside pitches from Alex Wood. This is where his shoulder injury comes into play, and you could see how he just can’t drive those the way he normally does. He wound up lofting a lazy flyball to right for the second out of what proved to be a scoreless inning.

8:31 p.m. — Here is how Gio Gonzalez’s first inning went: He faced six batters, with only one putting the ball in play (Freddie Freeman, who — surprise! — singled to raise his season average against the Nats to .510). He walked two but struck out three, including Chris Johnson with the bases loaded to end a 29-pitch inning. Not the cleanest frame ever, but Gio got out of it unscathed. Scoreless after one.

8:45 p.m. — I can’t believe I actually paid attention to this, but Harper walked straight across the plate to the batter’s box for his first at-bat tonight, not coming within 10 feet of the logo. So much for that drama.

8:54 p.m. — This, however, is some serious drama: Through two innings, Gio has six strikeouts. Yes, he’s on pace for 27 strikeouts tonight. The odds of that actually happening is fairly slim, but it’s quite impressive nonetheless.

9:08 p.m. — Well, Gonzalez recorded two outs on balls in play in the bottom of the third, so we won’t see 27 strikeouts tonight. He did, however, whiff Freeman to end the inning, so he’s got 7 total Ks through three in what remains a scoreless game.

9:15 p.m. — Ian Desmond puts the Nats on the board with an opposite-field homer, an absolute bullet to right-center off Wood to lead off the fourth. That’s his 19th of the season, and though it was the only hit for the Nats in the inning, it preceded well-struck drives to the warning track by both Harper and Espinosa. 1-0 Nats in the middle of the fourth.

9:32 p.m. — But the Braves strike back in the bottom of the fourth. Gonzalez tried to sneak a 3-2 changeup past Justin Upton, then watched as the ball sailed into the left field stands. That’s Upton’s 1,000th career hit and 500th career RBI. Not a bad way to reach both milestones. Gio is now up to a staggering 88 pitches after four innings in a 1-1 game.

9:44 p.m. — Denard Span keeps on rolling. He doubled off the wall in right-center in the top of the fifth, extending his streak to 36 straight games reaching base and 14 games with a hit. The Nats, though, couldn’t advance him. Fredi Gonzalez elected to intentionally walk Werth and pitch to the red-hot LaRoche, but Wood has had his number tonight and struck LaRoche out for the third time. To the bottom of the fifth, still 1-1.

10:03 p.m. — Well that wasn’t good. Just when it looked like Gio would pitch his way out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth, he made a major mental mistake that cost him and the Nats. With runners on first and third and two out, Gonzalez failed to cover first base on a grounder to the right side that got past LaRoche but was scooped up by Espinosa, who had nobody to throw to. That brought a run home and ended Gio’s wild night. His final line: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, 111 pitches. Good lord. It’s 2-1 Braves heading to the sixth.

10:23 p.m. — Craig Stammen has put out the fire for now, but the Nats can’t get to Alex Wood. They still trail 2-1 heading to the seventh.

10:36 p.m. — Span doubled again with two outs in the seventh, giving the Nats a chance to tie this game up, but Rendon (after a tough check-swing call) flew out to right. So Wood is through seven innings on 114 pitches and the Nats still trail 2-1 at the stretch.

10:44 p.m. — Jerry Blevins just struck out the side in the eighth, getting LaStella, Freeman and Upton in order. I repeat: Jerry Blevins just struck out the side. I witnessed it with my own eyes. Nice job by the lefty to keep this a 2-1 game. And now Wood is taking the mound for the eighth despite a pitch count of 114. The Braves bullpen is taxed.

10:51 p.m. — Wood walked Werth to open the eighth, but he then struck out LaRoche for the fourth time tonight, then departed to a rousing ovation. In came David Carpenter to face Desmond, who didn’t exactly make the right-hander work. Desmond grounded the very first pitch to short for a killer 6-4-3 double play. So it’s still 2-1 and the Nats are now down to their last three outs.

11:09 p.m. — Blevins gave up a huge insurance run in the eighth, but it’s hard to blame him for that. He struck out five batters in two innings and had his pitch count up to 29, only to be left in to face Evan Gattis. That’s not an advantageous spot for Blevins. And though he battled well, he gave up a bloop single to the big guy, making this a 3-1 game as Craig Kimbrel enters for the ninth.

11:15 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats lose 3-1 and drop the series. They still remain 3 1/2 games up in the division, though, as they head out of town.

569 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Erase the “A”!

  2. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Glad Ramos is playing today… I really hope we see 2012 Gio tonight…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Night game after a late night game with tomorrow off.

  3. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Scoreless after seven, Angels and Bosox look like they might have another nineteen in store today.

  4. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Scoreless after seven, Angels and Bosox look like they might have another nineteen in store today.

  5. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    How does Jim Bowden get paid for his “analysis?”

    He was on the radio this morning and a host asked about Michael Taylor being called up. Bowden said he had a good bat, but the glove needed some work. That is the exact opposite of reality.

    • BurnedOnce - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      He gets paid according to “words per second” not for real analysis.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      He knows very little as Nats and Reds fans know except he is an expert on beer and music.

      I’m hoping a good bat to go with the good glove for MTaylor.

    • NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:24 PM

      All he had to do was look at any prospect list. No homework. None.

    • thelatencn - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Betcha anything he’s confused Taylor with Goodwin.

  6. npb99 - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Good to see JW back in the lineup.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      +1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Still not a sure thing until he gets through his BP session which is going on right now.

  7. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Nice one:

    • NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      I see you figured it out, Eric. :)

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        I did, thanks! I misunderstood that the “detail” was simply the link, and that the quoted sample was…a sample. Sometimes being a programmer/software engineer leads me into the pitfall of over thinking 😉.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      I’ll never forget watching that and thinking the Barves fans were all class, low class that is.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        Exactly, LOW CLASS.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

        In their case Garth Brooks is wrong. I have no friends in low places.

  8. Flapjacks in Olney - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Sorry folks. Don’t care if Braves fans are scum. Harper shouldn’t have done that. I am embarassed to have him on the team. Surprised more aren’t saying such.

    • veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      -1

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Haven’t seen it so, I can not say, but it sounds like a lot of BS to me.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Much a do about nothing in my opinion.

  9. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Got new posted.

    A.J. Cole today:
    7 IP, 1 ER, 9 hits, 3K 1 W.

    His ERA since his promotion (8 starts) is 2.87.
    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=595918

    • souldrummer - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Thanks for the heads up. Glad to see Cole succeeding. The ERA is nice but the peripherals don’t suggest future MLB dominance yet. Low Ks and high hits with few runs don’t suggest he’s ready for MLB until at least midway through next year.

  10. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    So, first deGrom, now Mejia (hernia) . Mets getting hit with the injury bug.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Nats know all too well. At least the Mutts weren’t in the playoff hunt and have it happen.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Thanks to ZMunchkin for our discussion on eligibility for the post-season. Any player on the active 25 man on Aug 31 is eligible and any player on the MLB DL on Aug 31 like McLouth and Souza could be.

    To give more flexibility to the roster, seems you want to get Barrett and Treinen to the roster somehow, some way or your only way to get them to the Post-season roster is by a post-season DL move.

    I questioned putting Souza on the DL rather than optioning him back to AAA and now I see that the DL for 21 days would get him eligible.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    3 traded pitchers with weekends that weren’t what they were traded for include Masterson, Lackey, and David Price.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Elaborate?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Masterson 5 earned in 2 innings. 7 hits, 3 walks
        Lackey 9 earned in 5 innings. 13 hits, 2 walks.
        Price 4 earned in 6 innings. 5 hits, 3 walks.

      • natinalsgo - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Masterson and Lackey were a Hail Mary in the same way the Yankees did with Brandon McCarthy. Mozeliak thought he could bring in 2 struggling pitchers who were Aces and turn them into Aces kind of like the Yankees did with McCarthy.

        Rarely works. David Price was a 3.11 ERA when the Rays traded him. That’s a #2 to #3 on most playoff rosters. It wasn’t like the Rays sold high on him. I think even for a 3.11 ERA it was a horrible trade.

      • natinalsgo - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        I meant to say “previous Aces”. Clearly haven’t been Aces for a wile.

  13. Attitude of natitude - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Glad to see Espi in for Asdrubal against LHP. I was hoping MW would use platoon when Rizzo picked up Asdrubal.

    Side note: does anyone else think Asdrubal sounds like a character from lord of the rings or something? “Lord Asdrubal, King of the Cabrerians”

  14. natinalsgo - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Sutcliffe on ESPN Baseball Tonight sending some love to Anthony Rendon. Glad to hear that. Can’t be said enough.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Real nice intro for the Nats on ESPN.

    • natinalsgo - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Talked about 2 Nats players. 1st was Rendon and 2nd was Span. No mention of Harper. Good. No drama to open the show.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Tigers and Blue Jays in the 18th

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Rajai Davis 0 for 8. Bautista 0 for 7

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

      Gives a different meaning to ‘let’s play two’.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

        Crazy weekend for long games. Look at the Angels last night.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        Ghost I watched the Angels before I went to bed last night.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Make that the 19th

  17. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    I knew I liked Freddie Freeman. Tough kid.

    Still will cheer against him when playing the Nats

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Have always said Freeman is one of the best clutch hitters in the game and out of all of their players I would only take him and Kimbrel as we couldn’t find a spot for even Heyward. It was a good story ESPN did on him and his family.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    “manassasnatsfan – Aug 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM
    Ghost I watched the Angels before I went to bed last night.”

    My last post was 3:41 AM when Pujols hit the walkoff HR.

  19. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    What did harper do now? Or is it media making something out of nothing again?

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Blue Jays walkoff in the19th

  21. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    On to the 19th and Bautista wins it.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Alright now…. Let’s play ball…. Whoop the braves! Let’s win this series…

  23. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Look at the positive ESPN, Nats have won 3 of last 4

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      ESPN has really stepped up their coverage on Baseball Tonight. They now have competition. They didn’t before.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    With Espinosa hitting against LHPs, this is a good lineup with Rendon batting 2nd. I hope Werth gets it going again.

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Im hoping for a Ace performance from Gio.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      My concern is Gio… I admit to kinda hoping that his start would be skipped…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        I want to see him pitch as a power pitcher and trust his stuff.

  25. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Hope we get lights out Gio tonight

  26. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    “There goes the no-hitter…”

    • coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Wish I could get Bob and FP…

  27. nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    There goes the No hitter!

  28. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    looks like a lot of empty seats. Is there a pig-calling contest in town drawing away the fans?

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Yes, over on Peachtree

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Making Wood throw some pitches now.

    • Attitude of natitude - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Just moved out of state – had to leave place across street from Nats Park. No more 30 second trip to games. No more Charlie and Dave even! So regular updates appreciated

      • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Get the MLB At Bat app. You can listen to any game from anywhere. I’m out of town and listening to them right now.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Gio good or bad tonight?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      I will let you know shortly. He has to believe in his stuff. When he does, he’s excellent.

      • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        Like you say Ghost, pitch like a power pitcher.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      K-1

      • coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        and promptly Walk-1. sigh….

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Look at the people on the left-field foul pole with the HARPER FAN sign.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Batter 1 was good Gio.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Batter 2 his evil twin bad Gio

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      That’s it. How does he do that. I don’t get it. Throws all fastballs. No curve, no changeup to LaStella and goes nibble.

      That’s what pisses me off.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        To McCatty needs to chew his butt out for his pitch selection.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        Gio has a head as hard as a rock.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Come on Gio… You had him at 0-2… LaStella is NO ONE TO FEAR….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      This is the Jekyl and Hyde you get from Gio. Lefty/lefty and goes nibble nibble to walk him. Immediate high stress inning and a jam.

  35. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Batters 2 and 3 lefties both on base, bad Gio needs to go back to hiding.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    *side note* that’s just awful about the young man that was killed in the Tony Stewart accident…

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Gio in 2 strikes has to elevate for a swing thru strike.

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Good call Ghost. Exactly what he did.

  38. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    K-2

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Batter 4 the good twin is back.

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    There you go Gio… Got a feeling his line will ‘look’ better than we see… Which happens a lot with Gio, it seems…

  41. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Hey, Justin? SEAT,!!

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Already 22 pitches. Sheesh

  43. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Why pitching pathetic to last 3 lefties.

  44. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    good grief

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    2 walks already. WTF Now we get the racist chop chop.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Who cares about the A. Bow to the damn A and he would still get booed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        The A is for A-holes. Their fanbase sucks.

  46. BurnedOnce - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Oh Gio!

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    These lefty/lefty situations should be easier…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      He isn’t to them the same at all.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Here is what irritates me. None of his teammates went to talk to him. None of them.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Any of you stat people have our ERA for each inning? 1st has to be worse by far.

    K the righties. Pitches terrible to the lefties go figure.

  50. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Gio with 29 pitches in the first. C’mon Gio we need more then another 4 or 5 inning outing from you.

  51. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    OK…there’s way too much visual action on ESPN, and the commentators are like…nervous to leave a moment of dead space.

    Also, Gio, is throwing too many pitches.

    Please, everyone, cool it down!

  52. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Too many pitches. Way too many.

  53. BurnedOnce - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Maybe whatever he got from the clinic was for his memory…so he could remember how to pitch.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Just horrible Gio. 29 pitches and he doesn’t get out any of the lefties. That’s a problem. Someone mentioned Gio in the bullpen in the post-season. For what?

  55. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    If my math is correct, Gio is on pace for 27 strikeouts, 18 walks, 9 hits, and no earned runs, on 270 pitches….

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      270 pitches? So you’re saying he’s ‘old school’ tough?

      • coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        math don’t lie! :-)

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Nice Desi!

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Popcorn and beer time.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Again… Got a feeling his line will ‘look’ better than we see… Which happens a lot with Gio, it seems…

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      Lets hope so Mrsb

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

        Remember when he had like 8 innings of work in like 6… Gio is like this… Frustrating to see live… Just like his last start…

        That’s sincerely what I’m hoping…

      • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        I know.

  59. nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Pitch #2 is up and in.

  60. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    The announces just took a shot at “Philadelphia fans…” Think ESPN will suspend them?

  61. Drew - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Hey it’s another of Gio’s classic 30-pitch first innings.

    Is he trying to get to Denny’s by 10?

    Yeah, we’re going to need to talk about your TFS reports.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Rizzo had a chance to trade him and didn’t do it.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      In Atlanta it would be Waffle House, not Denny’s, no?

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Thank you Uggla, uh, LaStella.

  63. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    And…too many words about Harper.

    That error is almost better than a hit. Love it.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Alright, let’s get it started…

  65. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    Buffalo

  66. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Keep the line moving

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

    Aawwww…. Look at lil Michael…

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Have to move up these runners.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Uhm, they do the difference between Knorr and Williams right? I mean the camera isn’t on MW yet…

  70. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Ramos swings at 2 balls. That is what are biggest weakness. We do not make enough positive outs. Swinging at strikes is OK, at balls no.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      You keep talking about that. Pitchers get paid to throw deceptive pitches.

  71. Drew - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    That’s awful. If you’re not going to bunt, then Ramos has to put the ball in play.

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

    Geez, meatball to Espi and he swings through it.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    You might as well bar left handed. But at least it was a strike. But right down the middle. Where would it need to be to hit it.

  74. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Is it just me, or does MW look pissed about something (pretty much everytime they showed him during the Espi AtBat)?

  75. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Much better, Danny ….yeah, right

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      LOL

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

      Danny did just as well as Ramos this inning.

      Clearly Wood has some stuff tonight.

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

        +1

        Espi isn’t going to bat 1.000 or have a 0% K rate from either side of the plate.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    After Harper. Three righties look pathetic.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      So when Gio strikes out six in two innings it’s because Gio is good, but when Wood strikes out three in the first innings it’s because our batters stink?

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

        +1 again

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Wilson knows he failed in his situation… But at least Gio came to bat and the rotation will have turned…

    I hope efficient Gio shows up this inning and he has a 12 pitch shut down inning..

  78. natszee - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I am soooo flippin tired of watching Danny K … good God, one out and no flippin contact? When is this experiment over? Never mind, I know … when Scott Boras says it’s over.

  79. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    K-4

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Interesting to see Gattis isn’t playing… Just saw/noticed that…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

      Yes, did you see how tired he was yesterday. Last time Freddi pushed him was in the last Nats series and he landed on the DL.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

        I don’t see the issue… :-)

        But yeah they’ve got like 7 straight more games, so I understand it…

  81. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    K-5!

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Who is this guy pitching the 2nd inning?

    • nats128 - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      He still went full count to the opposing pitcher. Wasting pitches isn’t good.

  83. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    K-K-K-K-K-K

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      He needs to start getting the damn lefties out…

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Was that a 12 pitch inning?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Yes

    • NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Was hoping for the immaculate inning with the pitcher up. Oh well.

  85. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Much better.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    41 pitches through 2 innings. Let’s see if Gio can be efficient in the 3rd.

  87. Drew - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Gio Gonzalez is one of a very rare breed — lefty throwers who hit right-handed.

    A few others: Rickey Henderson, Randy Johnson, Hal Chase, Carl Hubbell, Cleon Jones, Rube Waddell, Cody Ross, Mark Carreon.

  88. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    ooooh, I see a scuff on the “A”. Wonder how that happened?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Umpire?

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    We need an 18+ pitch inning from Wood here…

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Look how Rendon gets down the line. He will make these infielders hurry and make mistakes.

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

    Would be awesome to put a big inning up against these guys.

  92. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Kruk is gonna make me fwow up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      What is fwow?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        +?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        I looked it up and got FWIW is For What It’s Worth

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Dorothy Parkerese for “throw:”

        And it is that word ‘hummy,’ my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:04 PM

        Referring, of course, to his slobber-job on Matt Williams.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        I will take Kruk over ex-ESPN Joe Morgan and ex-FOX’s Tim McCarver any day of the week.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        Well… if those are my choices…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        I don’t know how some of these guys get their jobs.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Nice walk JDub!

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Lets see that sweet swing Adam… Put 1 in the seats…

  95. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    I’m loving that the ESPN guys spent the entire inning lauding the Nats: “There’s no telling how far the this team can go… Best rotation … Great deep bullpen…” Etc

    Quite a change!

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      And then they spend the entire next half inning ignoring the Braves because they’re interviewing Roark

      Quite a change! 😉

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        And then they spend the next half inning raving about Ian, and how anybody in the Nats lineup can “hurt you”.

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Okay, 17 pitches… So far wood is fooling our lefties, as expected…. Need span to see a few more pitches…

  97. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    A non-K out. Gio must be gassed….

  98. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    KKKKKK-GB-F

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Gio better elevate higher against Freddie F.

  100. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    I am shocked by how few people are in the stands. After FP’s Atlanta-crowd-praisathon last night, I’m hoping for some comments about Washington’s-versus-Atlanta’s attendance.

  101. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    K-7

  102. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Gio’s bringing the heat.

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Alright Gio…. Need more of THAT!

  104. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Good Gio innings 2 and 3

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Oh yes DESI!!!!

  106. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Yeah, Desi. Scuff the A.

    • NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Did he really??? Before the homer?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Did who do what, Nats Lady?

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        No. I was just urging him to do it after touching home plate. He didn’t.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    desiiiiiii

  108. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    AaaaaaahWooooooogah!

  109. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Ha! I love it! Way to go, Desi!

  110. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Yeah Desi!!! That’s how you follow up a Freeman K!!!

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Inside out an inner half pitch OPPO BOPPO. Wow Ian.

  112. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Harper got a better chunk of that one than it appeared.

  113. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Ramos looks tired at the plate tonight.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Understandable, he’s had an eventful week.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Thinking the same has swung at 3 possibly 4 balls already

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Caught 11 stressful innings last night and Henley sent him home in the 11th on a stupid send.

  114. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Retweeted by James Wagner
    David Schoenfield ‏@dschoenfield 1m

    Ian Desmond with the opposite-field homer. This may surprise you, but he’s fifth in MLB in average HR distance: http://www.hittrackeronline.com/golden_sledgehammer.php

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Wow. Stanton, Morse, Pence (?), then Ian.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        … Pence, Trout, then Ian. Regret the omission.

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Aight Mr Desmond…. Okay, both Harp and Espi took Wood kinda deep, they will get base hits their next at bat…

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

      +1. Espi K’d on his first AB, but had some good takes, too. Unless Wood brings another gear, I think we might get to him next time through.

  116. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Is it just me or does the team look…off. MW looked pissed earlier, everyone else looked kinda sullen a moment ago.

    Tired from yesterday?

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      After 19 innings last night, the Angels and RedSox opened up with another 7 scoreless today.

    • lowstrikes - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      They look tense and tight.

  117. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    3 good struck balls that inning.

  118. coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Need a quick on here Gio

    • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      Well I jinxed that…

  119. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Gio going through those crazy huff and puff gyrations on the mound.

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    I knew it… I just told my dad, here is where Gio will lose him…

  121. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    I figured one wasn’t going to do it tonight.

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Just that quick Gio gives it up. Awful sequence.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      He threw a lot of 3-2 strikes to him that he fouled off. Gotta give him a bit of credit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        Actually I don’t have to. You get in a 3-2 count and it’s advantage to the batter.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      I don’t understand why he didn’t throw it in the damn dirt… AND GO AFTER THE LEFTY BEHIND HIM.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Throw it in the dirt? On a 3-2 count? Walk the lead off batter when you’re ahead 1-0?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        I guess what Gio did was better…

        Just stop.

      • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        😦

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        And with a batter like Upton who LOVES TO swing, yes, you fool him…

  123. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    I hate it when an Upton does that.

  124. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    That was short lived. Can we go a Braves series where Freeman and J Upton don’t kill us…

    • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      At least it want la Stella

      • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        *wasn’t

  125. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Gio do you read the scouting report? Pitch fast ball high. Not a change up over the middle.

    He kept fouling the hugging pitch, so why go away from that.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      He was pitching high fast ball. He kept fouling it off.

  126. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    OK so he got his 1,000th hit and 500th RBI. Now he can sit back and take it easy.

  127. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Well, they have shown the Upton home 4 times as many times as Desi’s.

  128. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    That changeup was supposed to be outside. Gio missed location. He also changes his delivery when he’s throwing the changeup.

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Gio is at 70 pitches already… Det better start getting ready…

  130. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    • coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Thanks. Can’t get insights like that on the 4-letter.

      • NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Yeah, notice who walked. Werth. Didn’t play for two days.

  131. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    All these long counts……

  132. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Gio is many things but efficient is not one of them

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      He would be if curve actually would be a strike, but it rarely is so they layoff

  133. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Both pitchers are dripping. Must be really humid there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      80 degrees 77 % humidity

  134. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Keep the ball up. You lowered it again, they got a hit again.

    This is not rocket science.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      I’m thinking when Ramiro Pena hits one like that, it’s time to be taking steps toward implementing Plan B.

  135. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    What happened to his curve?

  136. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Bullpen Matt…..

  137. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Braves on National TV three times in seven days? Has ESPN heard of Washington?

  138. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    They can pull Gio right now… Getting kinda tired of his act…

  139. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Why throepw the change up in the zone, that is terrible pitching. Fastballs up they only can foul.

    Am I missing something obvious.

    • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      Yes. Pitching is hard. You’re assuming he intends to hang the change up over the plate. Just like you assume that hitters intend to swing at pitches that are balls. If you stop assuming that players are trying to fail you won’t get so mad at them.

  140. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    turn 2!

  141. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Put the change up on the shelf Gio.

  142. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Gio can get out of this with a K of Wood.

  143. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    OK, NatsInsiders, do you bring Gio in for the 5th to face the top of the Barves order or go to the bullpen?

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Who you going to bring in? Given the amount of BP use the last 3 games I think you have to stay with Gio.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      I’d let him start, but get my Plan B guy up as soon as the first runner gets on.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        I’d also score 4 or 5 runs in the top of the inning. That would be the smart thing to do.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        I want to win this series. I bring in Detwiler. Since Gio is batting, I guess there’s our answer. Gio for the 5th.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Whether or not it’s the right call (I think it is), pulling Gio at this point would be so completely out of character for MW I can’t even imagine it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      At 930, I said they can pull Gio…

  144. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    0-2, need a K now!

  145. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    So, who’s available/unavailable in the pen tonight? Stammen? Detwiler?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Day off tomorrow. I would say everyone should be available.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        13 innings on Thursday, Strasburg game on Friday, 11 innings last night……yes the bullpen does need an off day. Would love to see Gio give us six innings tonight but I’ll take five.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Look at how quick some of those innings were. Stammen is the guy who pitched a lot.

  146. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Well…he should go 5. If he goes 5 and gives up 1 run, I’d have signed up for that given how poorly he has pitched.

    Our bullpen really needs the off day tomorrow.

  147. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Bad Gio in the 4th. Breaking balls must be down, fastballs up. He has latter, but not the former.

  148. coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Lot if pitches but ok damage limited, not a Gio-meltdown just good abs. Let’s get some back

  149. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    So Wood tries to bunt on 0-1, 2 out, with men on 1st and 3rd. ESPN announcer: “Oh, look at that.” Period. Was it a squeeze? Can you show an isolation shot of whether the runner was going? Nada….

    • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      This motion can’t be good for his arm

      • coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Was thinking the same thing. Paging Dr. Andrews….

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Reminds me of Taylor Jordan actually

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Who is writing this BS? Sounds like Gios PR Agency got hold of the Nats password.

    “@Nationals: Gio has had excellent command tonite. The high pitch count is byproduct of Braves propensity to foul off pitches (not Gio’s “wildness”).”

    • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      But it’s kind of true… He’s not walking a ton of people which is his normal bad nigjt

      • natinalsgo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        He’s going long counts and the Braves are in protect mode and running up that pitch count.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Lol, credit to the batters… Cuz clearly….

  151. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    He would be if curve actually would be a strike, but it rarely is so they layoff

    Excellent article on the demise of the Big Overhand Curve.

    Short answer is: Umpires hate it.

    Hat tip to Nats Lady.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      If umps can’t call curves, I am all for laser. I am sure they can call it.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Umpires hate the BOC for the same reason batters do. Looking down on it as it drops, they can’t tell how far it will break. Umpires don’t like to be embarrassed in front of 30,000 fans. The perfect overhand curve approaches the plate at the batter’s letters and then begins to drop, crossing the plate at the batter’s knees — a strike — but once it’s caught by the catcher at his shoe tops, it looks like a ball to everyone in the stadium. It should be almost in the dirt by the time it gets to the catcher, which is the reason why a lot of catchers, too, hate to call for the BOC with runners on base. They don’t want to be embarrassed either, when the batter swings and misses a curve that eventually bounces in the dirt and scoots past the catcher, who then has to chase it to the backstop.

  152. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Let strikes go swing at balls its our motto.

  153. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Ugly at bat Anthony….

  154. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    And I thought Span had his 2nd HR of the year….

  155. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Come on, Adam. They’re totally disrespecting you.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Not without good reason, it would seem.

  156. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Sure could use a hit from LaRoche.

  157. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Didnt think Adam went….

  158. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    This is one lefty I wouldn’t want LaRoche to start against.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Agreed

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Who’s the back up 1b… Kinda surprised they didnt call T Moore up…

  159. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Don’t give LaRoche his game check.

  160. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    We sure take a lot of strikes this series, and swing at balls.

    That is what Atlanta does, but we take less advantage of it, by throwing breaking balls for strikes, Atlanta throws them for balls and we swing at them.

  161. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    OK…hopefully Gio can hold the fort and hopefully the bottom of the order can hit the ball hard again next inning. Would be wonderful if we can get in their pen before the end of the top of the 6th.

  162. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    You are going to the bullpen in the 6th regardless of what happens in the 5th. All you gain is saving 1 inning. I would have handed the ball to Detwiler here. Detwiler pitched 2 innings on Friday.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      At 930, I was ready to see Gio hand the ball to MW… At 9:30…

  163. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Good going Gio… Get your first baseman hurt….

  164. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    ALR makes his best move with the tackle

  165. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Gio we are playing baseball not football

  166. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Anyone up in the pen?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      I doubt it. MW back to his slow self.

  167. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    We should have got bonifacio instead of Cabrera just so get doesn’t play against us

  168. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Gio made a punt snap instead of a shotgun snap…. Good try though

  169. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    BULLPEN! please!

  170. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    I’ll be ecstatic the day we have an easy win against this team.

  171. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Gio is unusually calm right now.

  172. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Stammen to face Upton.

  173. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I gave you all a choice and this is what Gio has now done. Unbelieveable. If Gio gets pulled now you’ve gained nothing but trouble now.

    Poor decision but I looked for a poll from you all so you could decide in foresight. That’s what it takes, not hindsight asking if anyone is up now.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      Gave us all a choice?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

        Yes, at the end of the 4th I asked what you all would do and I gave my thoughts that I would pull him.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        So because NI left Gio in Freeman just GIDP? Nice!! 😉

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

      Your real problem isn’t us, it’s your manager.

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

      I wanting him kike he did this group in the third, he choose a different route.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      No one said we were responsible for this on the final!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Uhm,… I mean, this will be my 5th time restating… Which I did at 9:30, scroll up and check it out… Matter of fact, here it goes…

      Mrsb loves the Nats – Aug 10, 2014 at 9:30 PM
      They can pull Gio right now… Getting kinda tired of his act…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        You did. Like I said, you gain nothing but 1 inning by leaving Gio in.

        That’s been MWs problem.

  174. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Gio LaStella why are walking in front of Freeman. Doesn’t seem like a good idea.

  175. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Walk to LaStella really hurts.

  176. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    First base open, walk him!

  177. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Where is Stammen?

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      DP gave Gio a second chance.

  178. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    No. Wild. Pitch. Please.

    Thank you.

  179. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    It has to be low enough to get him to swing. Why throw it that high

  180. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Oh. That sure looked close.

  181. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Just get Heyward out and turn it over to the BP…

  182. coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    That’s on gio

  183. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    There’s that overshift paralysis.

  184. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Do Strasburg and Gio pay attention and try to learn from Fister, Roark or JZim. Those three do not nibble much. The first two always nibble.

  185. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    What the hell was that…. HOW IN THE HELL…. I CANT…

  186. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Gio has never had the presence to cover first base….. Grrrrrrr.

  187. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    No one covering first?

  188. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Gio didn’t cover. Blame yourself, Gio. Unacceptable.

  189. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Way to go Gio. Doesn’t cover 1st base once again. Instant replay of 3 or 4 times we’ve seen that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      Gio had checked out already.

  190. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Uuuuuuuugh

    Looked like Gio thought it might get through and he might need to back up the relay?

    Whatever happened, uuuuuuugh.

  191. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Only against the Braves. Way to bury them guys.

  192. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    4 innings and he threw 110 pitches…. In what world is that good…. Sigh…

    We were going to have to score more anyway…

  193. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Mental team strikes again. Nice time for a nap Gio.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Gio mentally checked out.

  194. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Gio quit on us, why was he not covering. An easy out if you cover first. Instead still 2 men on and we are behind. Bad Gio needs to straighten up.

    Of course MW allowed it as Stammen was called for to pitch to Upton.

  195. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    First Gio hurts the team on the scoreboard the hurts the bullpen -again. Maybe tomorrow he will post cute pictures of his dog. So tired of his act.

  196. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Wonder if we can make up 1 run on these guys…

  197. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I hope it’s good CS tonight….

  198. coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Bummer on the mental mistake of not covering – I don’t think I’m watching the same game as a lot of this crowd though. Gio has looked like his effectively-wild on self Andrew braves were largely defensive at the plate. Not a masterful game but not as bad as this board makes it seem

    • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Really need to turn off autocorrect on the phone…

  199. Drew - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    What was Gio Onzalez thinking?

    What was he watching?

    Where was he going?

    • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Charlie was really upset about Gio’s mental lapse. Another instant classic call– “you have to, have to, have to, HAVE TO cover first base. “

  200. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    This isn’t going to be a popular opinion but no one knows how to play those over shifts. The ball was hit right to Espinosa in right field. It’s not a normal reaction play to cover first on what looked like a grounder to second. By the time he saw that LaRoche had (wrongly, in my opinion) tried to make a play on the ball it was too late.

    Whatever. It’s one run.

  201. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Matt Williams gained 2 batters as Gio completes 4 2/3. Just pathetic.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      You and I are apparently watching the same game…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        We are, we are. It’s like gambling. You play the odds of risk/reward. I was betting that there was no way Gio gets through that inning.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Nats lead the league in SSPs — Stoopid Starting Pitchers.

  202. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Web Gem Harper!

  203. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    nice! Booo away Barves fans….

  204. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Nice play Bharp34…. Nice play….

  205. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    F*** YEAH HARPER!!!!!!

  206. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Bryce!!

  207. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    OK, whew. A lot of energy spent here so far and the game is barely half over. Everyone take a deep breath, the game starts now. We’ll get into their ‘pen soon and the whole dynamic can (hopefully) change.

  208. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I know lots people don’t believe in booing. I have no trouble if the player simple forgets to do his job like Gio. I could boo that easily without hesitation.

  209. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    This is fascinating, you clowns.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      I guess I should make it clear I was speaking about the inane ESPN chatter.

  210. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Coop I don’t know what game you are watching he kills the pen by not even going 5, issues a stupid walk then mentally checks out.

  211. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    coop, stoat, +1 on support for Gio. Coop, I wouldn’t say he was his usual effectively wild self, but I do agree that a big part of the struggle was that they were just seeing him, knew his sequences, etc.

    stoatva, I agree the defensive alignment played a role. I think Gio played that like he thought he needed to cover the relay.

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

      Thanks. I don’t give Gio a pass because that’s something he frequently does, but I don’t think it was the automatic out people seem to think. It was a grounder to right field, and Haywood can run.

      • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        Ya he wasn’t in cruise control that’s for sure but he wasn’t “throwing a fit” and letting up true big innings. Between the bunt and the over shift though… PFP time

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Agreed. He was remarkably calm, especially for him. Could’ve been a lot worse a number of times.

  212. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    +1

  213. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Typical Braves-Nats affair.

  214. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Ramos didn’t miss that one by much, either.

  215. Barced - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Gio should be left off the playoff roster just because he is such a head case.

  216. natsguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    You can defend him till the cows come home but Gio always loses concentration for one inning. Nickname should be Captain Air Head. They are lucky they still are in the game. Sta of note the Nats have win 3 out of last 4 against Barfs.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      I won’t say he is an air head… But I will say that mark Z nailed it at 10:03… His line tonight is not good at all…

  217. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    More likely to be known as the Waffle House.

  218. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    If these two jackasses were having this conversation next to me at a bar I’d change seats.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

      Aargh. The ESPN guys, I mean.

  219. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Stammen’s heater is biting tonight.

  220. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    So apparently swm didn’t have a monopoly on character attacks. Sweet.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      If I am attacker still believe we will win. He didn’t.

      I do know when the ball is hut to the right side you run to first instinctively. nip didn’t thus he was beat. Do what you practice all spring to do the game is tied 1-1.

      Is that a character attract. Possibly a little, but since Gio was mad at himself (I hope) . He knows he didn’t do what he was suppose to.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        “character attack” referred to calling him stupid/an airhead.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        I called him out for nit doing his job covering first. I don’t know if he is an airhead, but sure doesn’t study the charts. High strikes low breaking pitches.

  221. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    That was a really nice play by Harper to cut that off.

  222. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Wow…how’d he get to that pitch so solidly? Damn.

    Well done Harper

    • coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Well played all around. Good pitch, good swing, harper’s having a good defensive night at least

  223. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    PItching high stress innings like that is also like putting 7 to 8 innings on your catcher to be in the squate for 110 pitches.

    The boxscore might look OK but this is what he did in Game 5. Had to hand it over to a bullpen who couldn’t hold down the fort.

    Good starters go 6+ innings.

    • natinalsgo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      That’s a valid point. Has to be tough on a catcher working with Gio.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Gio needs to make (or finalize?) some adjustments, that’s for sure.

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

        I think it’s having a plan and being confident and he needs to breathe easy.

  224. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Alex Wood second career hit. I guess Stamens theory is who wear him out on the bases.

    Wow ALR let that go foul. Looked like he could get it fair.

  225. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Can youse lay off the racial epithets please?

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      If you’re referring to “kike” earlier, I think that was a typo.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

        I bailed on the in-game again after this, so, late response, but for the record, I meant “cracker.”

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      I looked for one and couldn’t find one. If I did one it would be a typo.

  226. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Nice inning Stammen and Harp.

    Now see the ball, hit the ball y’all!

  227. hitmeimopen - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    It only stands to reason that Gio should get his jaw jacked by Werth. That was the same lackadaisical BS he pulled before and Werth let him know it.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      I wanna see more of the camera angle behind home plate. Get on it MASN.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

        Unfortunately, I think the highlight clips are embargoed until the end of the national broadcast.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        OMG are you f***ing kidding me on that check swing k???????

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Maybe Werth will take care of business.

  228. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Hit this guy jeez.

  229. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    here we go!

  230. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Come on Tony two bags… Do just that and split the gap between Bonifaccio and JUpton…

  231. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Span is just something else.

  232. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Wow…. Really blue?

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Just terrible

  233. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Thanks blue

  234. coop202 - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    You know you messes up blue… Why not give it back?

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Giving the pitcher the inside strike after blowing the check swing call was NOT. GOOD.

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

    And the blue inserted himself… Thanks a bunch… Why the heck didnt you do something MW….

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      None of this would have happened if Matt Williams were still alive!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      MW much less confrontational than most of us would like.

  236. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Might be the worse check swing call I’ve seen since Lance Berkman in Houston, 2010 was it?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      It the top 10 at least, but don’t get that predicument.

  237. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Last I heard our RISP was still in the lower part of the league, have moved up any in the last few weeks. Still seems to poor for my taste.

  238. David Proctor - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Umpiring just completely screwed Rendon.

  239. wmlsays - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    That kind of call makes you wonder if the guy isn’t being paid off or just needs a night off. Still, why do the Nats really want to win this division?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      That is a silly question. The whole point of playing is winning the division.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Neither wild card is likely to be from the NL East.

  240. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Big bats coming up next inning… That’s our best chance…

  241. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    OK…well… I’m absolutely OK breaking their hearts tonight.

    Hang in there Nats.

  242. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    The called strike two to Rendon wasn’t inches inside, it was a marginal, pitcher’s call… but neither of the previous pitches were anywhere NEAR the zone, and the ump should have realized that he jumped the gun by not asking for help on the check swing.

  243. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    oh no, it’s Blehhhvins

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      He easily out pitched Gio

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

    Every time Blevins goes in, I feel like me just concedes games…

  245. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    JER-RY! JER-RY! JER-RY!

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      I might let someone else face JUp, though.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Or semi-intentionally walk him, like Gio did earlier.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        Or, y’know… just strike him out. I definitely like that option the best.

  246. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Good pitch but better frame by Ramos…

  247. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Blevins/JUp? Yikes.

  248. Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Well…OK then!!

  249. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    good stuff from Blev

  250. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    OK, I take back my “Blehhhvins” snark….

  251. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Blehhhvins………!

  252. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Good to see Blevins perform in a high stress situation…

  253. davecydell - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Wood back
    maybe one inning tooooo many

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Hope so.

  254. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I think Davey Johnson would have found a couple of opportunities to get himself tossed this year, replay or no replay. Don’t know that it makes any difference, but at least you knew the guy had a pulse.

  255. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Hopefully they will take it to Wood this inning… Big bats this time.. And the time to do it…

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Time for LaRoche to catch up with him.

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

    Come on Adam…. Base hit at least man…. Base hit….

  257. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    The Braves just wear their pitchers out. 120 pitches. Yikes.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      That’s gonna come back to bite them. Maybe later this season. Maybe next year. But it’s gonna bite them sooner or later.

  258. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Time for LaRoche to come through. Freddi leaves his pitcher in at 120 pitches just to face ALR. Make them pay Adam!!!!

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Maybe ALR should have tried to bunt in that AB?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        The next time I hear ALR hits lefties as well as righties I will just laugh.

        Some pitchers have ownership of the batters. Wood on LaRoche.

  259. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Ai yai yai yai
    Gol-den som-brero!

  260. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Maybe if LaRoche would swing at a strike we may produce.

  261. Barced - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Lafailed again

  262. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Terrible, terrible night for Adam LaRoche…

    Wood threw 120+ pitches apand we only scored 1 run… Laughable.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      Very terrible, let the inside strike go by. Then swung at pitches outside of the strike zone. Once fine, but to do it each time, your not taking notes.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Laughable? He wasn’t exactly pitching BP out there.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Yes laughable, what part of 0-6/7 In RISP didnt you see.. Nats had their chances and failed… But I forget you and I are watching different games..

        So you go head and watch that one… I will continue to watch what I’m watching.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

        You’re telling me Wood’s pitching was poor or mediocre?

        If so, yeah, we’re watching different games.

  263. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    LaRoche I think almost swung no strikes tonight, he let the inside strikes go, and swung at the pitches outside. Had he not swung the bat tonight I bet he would have walked at least once.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      I think we can agree that he was not seeing Wood very well tonight.

  264. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Four outs left, so Barves can just match up lefty-righty from here on out. Not that I’m a believer in “playing the percentages.”

  265. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    LaGoldenSombrero

  266. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Werth isn’t running well… So I’m hoping Desi hits something deep and in play…

  267. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Sheesh.

    • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      +1

  268. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    What a joke.

  269. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Well, that’s it…. Just a terrible night for the Nats… Maybe they are tired, whatever… The other team played late into the night too….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      The other was tired and lost, so they should have in weaker according to psyche people. Long games wear out losing team more than winning team.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

        They’re at home, which is not a minor advantage.

      • Eric - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

        They also had a day off while we played extras and traveled.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        They just lost 8 out of 10… And here it is, they are about to win 2 against us…

        Hey, braves got issues.. Just face the Nats…

        Opportunity it there to push them down and what do we do… Have 1 ‘moral’ victory but still a loss, great win last night and come out tonight and do nothing…

        And of course, the stand up job by Gio….

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      The Barves weren’t exactly setting the night on fire, either.

      This game has put people asleep from coast to coast.

  270. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    I don’t mind swinging at first pitches like Mrs B. Except in 2 condition. 1. Following a walk 2. First pitch from a reliever.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      I hate first pitch swinging.. Desi needs to approach that pitcher like he is a lead off man…. You bail him out on 1 damn pitch,,,

      And LaRoche didnt swing at nothing in the zone….

      Just terrible effort tonight…

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

    Let’s hope for a 9th inning comeback.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Kimbrel third day maybe the charm.

  272. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    In pretty much a must win series for the Braves. Predictably, we don’t bury them.

  273. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Gio pathetic fielding looks like it could be the difference.

    Blevins making Gio look bad. However 2 righties why no one up.

  274. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    MW may be pressing his luck with Blevins here, although it would be wonderful if he’s pulled himself back into April form. I guess we’ll find out.

  275. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    ” Jerry Blevins just struck out the side in the eighth, ”

    Mark, don’t rush the game, pretty sure that was the seventh.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      He was predicting.

  276. Drew - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    The second baseman missed the bag, didn’t he?

    Man, I wish Williams had managed this game differently. LaRoche has flailed against this guy all night.

    If he had used Cabrera or Hairston or even Taylor to hit for Stammen he could have hit Frandsen for LaRoche and had Kevin play first base.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      As far as Taylor is concerned we have seen that Matt won’t start him or use him earlier in the game because “EEK A ROOKIE” but will put him in when he has no alternatives and the game is on the line.

      I mean, makes as much sense as anything, right?

  277. Nats fool - Aug 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Terrible plate approach from Desmond as usual. You never let a reliever off the hook like that. This team can’t hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      At least with men on they don’t hit enough for my taste.

  278. philipd763 - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    With Kimbrell coming in for the ninth, the Braves have a lock on this one. I certainly hope MW doesn’t let Danny bat and strike out.

  279. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    It’s like 10k people there… Noise machine is cranking….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      Why doesn’t the press get after the chop. That is much more offensive than ant name,

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Like in Oreos Park they pipe in noise.

  280. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    2 of the 3 righties on.

  281. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Matty has a choice. I’d pull Blevins here. You got more than you could have expected.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Agreed

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      Ayup.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Gotta keep that bullpen fresh for golf tomorrow.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      MW fell asleep

  282. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    Blevins is a Loogy…. Guess he’s saving the BP

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

      That’s what he’s doing. Hoping to get lucky.

  283. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Hopefully kimbrel used up in the bullpen

  284. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Let’s hang one Blevins, got lucky.

  285. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Come on Blue. That was a K.

  286. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    That was a bigger cut than Rendon took.

  287. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    That was more of a swing then Rendon

  288. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    That looked just like Anthony’s check swing…

  289. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Blue didn’t want to say Gattis swung there too?

    • Scott - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Lucky

    • donniebenth - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Gee. Where have I seen this one before. Tight game until middle innings. Defensive brain burp. Turn it over to Barves bullpen .

  290. knoxvillenat - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    And that was a check swing when Rendon’s wasn’t?

  291. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Mw why did you allow this

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Gattis was fooled, lunged, and it hit off the end of the bat.

  292. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Let me say it again… Blevins is a Loogy… MW will never learn.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Let me say it again… I feel like every time MW puts Blevins in the game, he concedes the game….

  293. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Emergency hack on a super pitch. Whaddya gonna do?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      How about not having your Loogy face a righty… No?

      I mean you can’t make this stuff up….

  294. veejh - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Why, MW, why?

  295. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Changeup away changeup away. Why didn’t he throw one.

  296. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    That’s a clutch pinch-hit by Gattis. Nats pinch-hitters wouldn’t know what clutch is.

  297. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    You want it high and outside not low and outside. Do they have a plan?

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      Nothing wrong with that pitch. Not a thing. Gattis was flailing, but he got it. It happens.

      • Scott - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        True. Lucky hit

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      He kept swinging and missing the low outside ones. That -was- the plan for Gattis. Way lucky hit.

  298. naterialguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    If we all knew you shouldn’t leave Blevins in how could mw not.?

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      I think the answer is that his only RHs are Storen, Clippard and Soriano, and… you know Matt as well as I do. That’s not on the dance card.

  299. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Like I said, the risk/reward you get is knowing how to gamble. Price paid. 3-1 lead is huge. Have to hang 2 to 3 on Kimbrel here.

  300. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I will have my dodger blue on for tomorrow…

    • Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      When are we planning on taking care of our own business. Another Braves series loss.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        We need to relax, take a day off, and then get back to sweeping the Mets.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

        I’m just as baffled as you. Of course, I hope the Nats come back but such uninspiring play right now….

        Just frustrated and frustrating…

  301. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    We don’t have a game so what possible reason did we keep Blevins after Hayward?

    MW and his bullpen choises are usually poor.

    Blevins against a eighty is just throwing a white flag, and MW hasn’t figured that out yet. A slow learner I am guessing.

  302. exposedindc - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    MW in full Davey Johnson mode….

    • Scott - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Trst

  303. Danny - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Wish Bryce could shut them up.

  304. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I hate the Braves fan more than Phillies.

    • naterialguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      I would agree with that statement

  305. coollikelivo - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    I have been patient with MW all year and have thought many of the critics were overreacting. I have now got on the bandwagon that he is not cut out for this job right now.. Maybe with experience he’ll get there, but he really seems to be a slow learner.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      I think he sees a larger picture which was not burning players tonight. He has 25 men and he expects all 25 to do their job.

      Gio didn’t cover 1st base and that led to MW going with a different strategy.

  306. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Kimbrel is a 2 pitch guy. The ones that get him are the ones that can barrel up that fastball or the hanging slider.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      I think it’s fair to say that if he’s throwing strikes you’re not going to beat him. He gets in trouble mostly when he’s wild… or when someone just runs into one like Espinosa did in that 9-0–> 10-11 debacle.

  307. stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Bryce was expecting the slider there. So was I.

  308. Nats fool - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Stupid and stubborn, a bad combination. It should have been 4 to 1.

  309. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Damn Bryce… Damn Kimbrel….

  310. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Kimbrel’s fast ball easier to hit then the slider,

    What the hell does Harper want, always be ready for the fast ball

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      What would you have said if he swung over the slider again?

      Same damn thing.

  311. naterialguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Those Atlanta fans sure have class.

  312. philipd763 - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Harper is hopeless!

  313. Rick Norris - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Harper is an idiot and asked for the humiliation he just received on national TV. What an embarrassment to our team.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      SWM! How ya been, buddy?

  314. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    They went 0-8 on the road…. And then they face us and get their swagger back… And beat us yet again in another series….

    Laughable.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      Let’s see how they do after we leave town.

  315. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    If Ktuk is right then Rick Schu is not coaching. Never choose the slider over the fastball. Never, the slider will be a ball most of the the time. So why nit choose the fastball.

  316. Rick Norris - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Harper is an idiot and deserved the humiliation he just received on national TV. What an embarrassment to our team.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      I say you’re our banned troll, and I’m flaggin’ ya.

      • Rick Norris - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        I’ve been a Senators fan since 1967 and I’m just stating the obvious.

    • naterialguy - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      Rick Norris, you know nothing about Bryce Harper and seem to be better suited to be a braves fan. Very ignorant statement.

      • Rick Norris - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        As the announcers said tonight, hitting .250 does not buy you the luxury of acting like a fool. He is unprofessionally taunting their fans and has backed himself into a corner which he can only perform his way out of. Striking out to chants of Harper s#”ks is hardly a position any player, team or fan like you or I should be subject to when the player in question has brought it on himself.

  317. exposedindc - Aug 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Once again we make an average MLB pitcher look like a cy young winner…. The Nats are really good but man the offense is really inconsistent

  318. snopes1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:41 AM

    If “cracker” is going to be an acceptable term in discussing Braves fans (who are black, Asian, and white), I’m not going to be able to stomach reading Nats Insider.

  319. snopes1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    I’m not going to be polite here. That’s flat out racist.

  320. snopes1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    From Wikipedia: “Cracker, sometimes white cracker or cracka, is a usually derogatory term for white people, especially poor rural whites in the Southern United States.”

    Please stop it.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 11, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      Thank you.

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