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Game 117: Nats at Mets

Aug 12, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Tonight the Nationals pick back up after a day off on Monday to face the Mets at Citi Field in New York. The weather, however, could have something to say about this one, as a sizable rain storm is making its way up the East Coast today.

If they are able to get it in, Nationals prospect Michael Taylor will make his MLB debut. The 23-year-old is starting in right field in place of Jayson Werth, who has been dealing with an AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder. Taylor is batting eighth.

The Nationals, as I wrote this morning, will be facing right-hander Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40), who was just called up from Triple-A. He was brought in to be the emergency starter after rookie standout Jacob deGrom landed on the disabled list with tendinitis in his right shoulder. Montero has made only four starts in the majors and has struggled so far.

Washington will start Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49) for the 17th time this season. His last time out he carved up the Mets for 7 1/3 innings without an earned run. The Nats won that day by a score of 7-1.

We are not in New York for this series, so please check back in the morning for analysis of the game… if it is played… either way we’ll have something…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Thunderstorms, 76 degrees, Wind 15 mph

NATIONALS (63-52)
CF Denard Span
2B Asdrubal Cabera
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
RF Michael Taylor
RHP Doug Fister

METS (57-62)
RF Curtis Granderson
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
LF Matt den Dekker
CF Juan Lagares
SS Wilmer Flores
RHP Rafael Montero

UMPIRES
TBA

393 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. pburm9qp - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Michael Taylor. All right.

    • Doc - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Gooo Michael Taylor!

      One commentator compared him to a better version of Justin Maxwell with his big swing.

      Let’s hope he’s waaaaaaay better than Maxwell!

  2. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Looking ahead. If the Mariners skip no ones turn, King Felix would pitch game 1. However the Mariners are off August 14 and 21 (actually 28th too). If they skip someones turn because of the day off either of the next two weeks, the Nats would miss him.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      I’m planning to be at all three games in Seattle, so I’m a bit conflicted. Would love to see the Nats miss King Felix, but would also like to see him (in person) pitch.

  3. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Braves lineup has LaStella tonight, but not Simmons.

  4. adcwonk - Aug 12, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    From my phone during my OBX vacation, so apologies if this was posted earlier:

    Boswell’s column today asked the question of whether we would recognize it if we were in the middle of good times. He them listed a whole bunch of awesome, somewhat unappreciated, things not named Strasburg, Gio, or Harper (such as Rendon, Roark, Fister, Ian, Span, huge run differential, etc.)

    Then he closed with: “So, don’t just see everything that’s wrong with the Nats — why Strasburg gets clobbered at Turner Field or Gonzalez can’t remember to cover first base or how a 21-year-old coming back from mid-season thumb surgery might have a slump. Look for balance and don’t forget to enjoy the words “first place.””

    • coop202 - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      I’m going to nitpick the comment about nitpicking and say that I don’t know if Ian is having a good year by his standards. So there!

      • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        True . . . he’s only 2d in HR’s for SS’s.

        OTOH, he’s first in RBI’s!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        Boom! adcwonk!

      • coop202 - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Take it sarcasm is mostly lost on you two.

      • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        coop202 on August 12, 2014 at 5:03 pm
        Take it sarcasm is mostly lost on you two.

        Au contraire, my friend. In fact, and quite ironically, just the opposite ;-)

      • coop202 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:05 PM

        Haha ya I realized right after a wrote that.

  5. David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 22s
    After he iced his shoulder, Jayson Werth dressed and left the clubhouse with a trainer. Declined to explain. Seems like not a great sign.

    I suspect we will be seeing quite a bit of Mr. Taylor the next two weeks.

    • bowdenball - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Which makes you wonder why they had Souza pinch-run Saturday night and delayed his possible return from the DL by an extra day.

      • David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        It’s a shame really. This was Souza’s opportunity to start every day and he is far more polished than Taylor. With Taylor, I have pretty low expectations.

      • bowdenball - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        I agree with you. I don’t understand why Nats fans are excited for Taylor. Every report I’ve seen suggests he’s gonna strike out like he’s Danny Espinosa facing Nolan Ryan. I would have had high hopes if it were Souza replacing Werth, but not so much for Taylor. Here’s hoping we’re wrong.

      • Doc - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        So what is the word on Souza’s shoulder?

      • langleyclub - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        Taylor has more tools and is universally considered the better prospect. To compare him to Danny Espinosa makes zero sense. Giancarlo Stanton strikes out a lot too; is he like Danny Espinosa?

        Agree that Souza is more MLB ready, but no one in the system has Taylor’s combination of speed, defense, power and arm.

      • bowdenball - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Taylor is universally considered the better prospect because he’s three years younger than Souza. Souza is definitely considered the more major-league ready. That’s why the Nats brought him up first.

        Danny Espinosa was just someone I chose as as high-K low production bat because everyone can relate. But you’re right- that’s not fair because Espinosa didn’t strike out against minor league pitching at nearly the rate Taylor does. Corey Brown might be a better comp.

        The problem is that hitting major league pitching is a lot harder than hitting minor league pitching. You can strike out 25% of the time against major league pitching and do just fine, but if you’ve got that kind of K rate against minor leaguer it could be a sign of trouble, as we’ve learned from Corey Brown and Tyler Moore and lots of other Nats prospects.

        I really really hope I’m wrong. It’s possible he can slide right in and replace Werth with a decent bat and superior defense for however long he’s out. But I would have been more comfortable with Souza. And the Nats were more comfortable with him, too.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        Bowdenball, we’re excited for a couple of reasons. First of all, it’s always great when a player makes the major leagues. That’s a big deal. Good on ya, Michael Taylor.

        Second of all, Corey Brown was no Michael Taylor. According to scouts Taylor plays elite-level defense. With the bat he does strike out, but he also takes walks and has power. His overall profile suggests a Mike Cameron-style player. It’s not for nothing that MLB named him to the All-Star Futures Game. John Sickels, who runs minorleagueball.com, at mid-season named Taylor the #42 prospect in all of baseball. Taylor also made MLB’s midseason Top 75 prospect list in July. Those are neutral evaluations that place Taylor in a prospect range that Brown never approached.

        Nor is Taylor Espinosa II. Although they both play excellent defense, Espinosa never offered the package of speed (86/15 SB/CS for Taylor at AA and above the last two seasons; Espinosa has 65/25 SB/CS total in five minor league seasons at all levels) or overall power that Taylor does. For power comparison, at age 23 in AA Taylor OPS’d .935 (2013); at age 23 in AA Espinosa OPS’d .798 (2010).

        No one expects Taylor to be an impact bat right away; he’s probably still a year or two away. But there’s good reason that people are excited to see him play.

      • zmunchkin - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Souza will likely not be back from the DL until Sept 1. If he is on the DL at midnight on Aug 31, and Taylor is on the 25 man roster at the same time, they are both eligible for the postseason 25 man roster. That gives the Nats all of Sept to look at them. And since you can change the 25 man roster between each series in the post-season, this gives them good match-up options.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        And one small correction on Souza and Taylor’s age. The age difference is not three years, it’s less than two years. Because Souza was drafted out of HS and has been in the system longer there is this idea that he is a bit older than he actually is. Souza was born in April 1989, Taylor in March 1991.

        The basic point, that Souza is more MLB-ready than Taylor right now, I absolutely agree with. I’m still excited to get to see Taylor play though.

  6. erocks33 - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I think I’d have preferred this lineup instead:

    CF Denard Span
    3B Anthony Rendon
    1B Adam LaRoche
    C Wilson Ramos
    LF Bryce Harper
    SS Ian Desmond
    2B Asdrubal Cabera
    RF Michael Taylor
    RHP Doug Fister

    Could also flip LaRoche and Harper in the #3 / #5 slots, too.

  7. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Batting behind Wilson Ramos should keep young Mr Taylor from getting too rambunctious on the base paths.

    • David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM

      The other way to look at it is that is arguably takes away his best skill.

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Probably I should have inserted some sort of ironic emoticon there.

        Yes indeed it does.

    • therealjohnc - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      This is a fairly silly comment. It only does that when Ramos is actually on base. And having runners on base is a better thing than giving Taylor a chance to try to steal a base.

      Dusty (“I don’t like walks, the runners clog the basepaths”) Baker aside, it’s never a bad thing to have runners on base. Even if they’re slow, they get a 90′ head start towards home, and affect the positioning of the defense.

  8. jd - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I think Werth will need a DL stint to fully recover. If that’s the case and if Taylor is over matched then watch for a waiver pickup to get us through the next couple of weeks.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      jd said: “I think Werth will need a DL stint to fully recover.”
      —————————
      I’m wondering what you are basing that on?

      • jd - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        Just based on the fact that he will have missed 3 of the last 4 games including tonight, his age and the fact that shoulder injuries normally don’t heal when you throw and swing a bat.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3 My Sofa - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Werth might be able to spend some of that DL in the county lockup.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Michael Taylor is a better outfielder then Souza by virtually every scouting report that I’ve seen. He’s faster, gets great reads, has a +arm. His weakest position in the OF is RF from what he showed in ST. He has been a putting up good SB ratios in AA ball, but if his instincts will carry over in MLB remains to be seen. At the plate? I watched him both in videos, and in a total of 4 AB’s in person. His swing is very much like Justin’s in that it is that real long swing with the big loop to it. If he hasn’t learned to shorten it up I think that the league’s pitchers will adjust to him pretty quickly.

    I wonder if Jayson Werth hurt himself on one, or both of those terrific throws to the plate in the past 10 days, or so?

    GYFNG!!!

    • jd - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      Joe,

      You may be right but I think Souza is a more advanced hitter at this stage of development. You have to be concerned about Taylor’s SO rate at AA. Mind you the Mets are pitching a AA pitcher tonight so it might just work out.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        I think Taylor is as raw as all get out. Daily attendees at Harrisburg also insinuated that he is, though very fast, pretty undisciplined on the bases. They said he wasn’t in the same class as Burns was as a baserunner, but that he was like clay that needed to be molded, but very good clay.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Any NY weather updates? I sew B’more already cancelled.

    • jd - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Not raining yet.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        That sounds like encouraging news. Is it moving to the ocean?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      AccuWeather shows it raining there from 6pm today until 7am tomorrow and includes a flash flood coastal flooding warning and a small craft advisory.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Looks like that rain is just south of Yonkers. Stay south until 10:30PM EST

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    McLouth is expected available before Souza.

    • jd - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      Somehow that doesn’t thrill me.

      • Smyrcok - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        +1 for feeling underwhelmed jd

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Me neither but maybe a good Syracuse rehab will get McLouth going.

    • jd - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      He’s at 93 innings. I thought they were shutting him down at 100. I am very curious where he ends up next year. Cole had a real hard time stepping up from A to high A. If he makes it to AA next year there’s a real chance he’ll be in the rotation in 2016.

  12. David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    ESPN Stats & Info ‏@ESPNStatsInfo 1m
    Washington is 22-4 at Citi Field since September 2011. They’ve won each of last 8 games there, outscoring the Mets 60-17

  13. adcwonk - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Mick, did you note: Taylor’s got great potential, but is still raw and “unmolded clay”

    And he’s two years older than Bryce.
    ;-)

  14. coop202 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Part of me wants to look back at boards from late may to see who here was calling for span to be booted/kicked down in the order, but the rest of me doesn’t want to spend the time/believes it was mostly swm.

    Looking forward to seeing hopefully future span start tonight, though I do wish it was Souza just to see what he has.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      I backed him, even when not going well, as his defense is never in a slump.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      coop202? I think the folks on here that were making those calls regarding Denard suffered from a malady that I have heard referred to as Attention Span Disorder.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        +1

  15. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Weather update?

    • natsfan1a - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Seeing as how Mark and Chase aren’t in NY, I took the liberty of lifting this from Kilgore’s tweeter (yoink!):

      Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP · 36m

      Not sure if we’re out of the woods yet, but they are removing the tarp at Citi Field.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Based on the forecast, that may be optimistic. Hope the Nats don’t end up wasting a Doug Fister start by having the game go into long-term delay after a couple of innings. Maybe this is one of those where you start a reliever and keep Mr. Fister in the clubhouse until after the rain delay? If there is an after…

  16. scnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I saw Taylor three times when the PNats were in town and he looked horrid. Glad to see he has blossomed.

  17. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Ray Knight just said that Taylor has a short stroke at the plate. That sure wasn’t what I saw in Harrisburg, nor in some Spring Training AB’s. Maybe somebody got him to shorten it up. I hope he’s right.

  18. destewart01 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    what should be Nat’s Extra on Masn2 in Fairfax on Cox… is a “local tv” interview with a politician from Roanoke Virginia…. what gives???

  19. destewart01 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    okay it just cut in to the pregame now.. as it’s ending. good job Cox/Masn. Not sure who’s more responsible for that goof. The O’s Extra pregame was also just a sportscenter episode, with no logo about a rain delay. what gives????

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      That game was postponed at 3. Old news

  20. Another_Sam - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    they seem to have it fixed now. MASN tweeted out that Cox was working it.

  21. natszee - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    http://bit.ly/1sPrhC5

  22. natszee - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    For those that asked:

    http://bit.ly/1sPrhC5

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Ohhh, welcome to the show Mr Taylor…. Good luck tonight.. And mr Fister and Nats Bats…

    Let’s massacre the Mets..

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Span took a fast ball right down the middle for the first time in forever. That pitch he has killed recently.

  25. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    What’s that 5 Ks in a row..

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Yes

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    I already see this SZ is going to bother me…. 2 pitches to ADam that weren’t Ks….

  27. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Bryce owns the Mets! Oppo Boppo!

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Bryce goes away vs. Mets again

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      On the first pitch…. Lol… And you know how I feel about them, :-)

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

        It followed a walk to.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Alright Mr Harper…. Oppo boppo hr…

  30. coop202 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Boom

  31. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Braves down 1-0

  32. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    you don’t need a weather man to know its gonna rain

    just look at the radar…we’re in now cast time

    http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=dix&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=no

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I thought BOOM is my signature call. Boom!

    “@Nationals: BOOM! @Bharper3407! A two-run shot into the left field seats — his fifth HR of the season — puts the #Nats up 2-0 early!”

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Dodgers lead 1-0

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    I feel like I’m watching my little bro for the first time in the big show… Good luck mr Taylor…

  36. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    aww right. MT, lets get the game in now

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Yay…. Go Lil Michael Taylor!!!!! Congrats young man… Congrats…

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Sent the ball back from where it came! Nice Michael Taylor!

  39. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Nice Harp!

    Congrats Taylor!

  40. coop202 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Future span hits. Harper homers. Atlanta’s losing. Good start to tonight

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Lousy bunt attempt by Fister. That is surprising from him as his fundamentals are very sound.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      It was surprising.

    • nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Nats need to do those pitcher bunting in to buckets again. Detwiler had a lousy bunt attempt a couple nights ago. Surprizing indeed.

  42. veejh - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Taylor hit a HR?

    • nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Bryce. Taylor got a single

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      Harper. Taylor singled two batters later.

      • veejh - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

        Still…1st ML AB and success. Gotta feel good.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        hate to rain on our parade
        but it’s not official yet ;(

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I thought Harper should have had that…

  44. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Ball hooked more than Harper thought.

    • scmargenau - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      True. But u have to catch that. If he wants to ever play cf….

  45. destewart01 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    oh I don’t use twitter. i was trying to google what was wrong with Masn, but couldnt find anything… haha. well i couldn’t find anything about that situation.

  46. scmargenau - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    That’s piss poor harp.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      The ball hooked away

  47. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Those clouds look dark!

  48. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Harden gets first two guys out, then 2 singles and a walk, but no damage.

  49. nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Glad Werth isnt playing in this mess.

  50. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    very selfish…all nats should forfeit their abs to try to make this game count

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    How long is this rain supposed to last?

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      all night long, all night, all night long

  52. scmargenau - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Rain, rain go away.

  53. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    this game is ovaaaaahhhhhhh

  54. veejh - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Game toast. Fister’s start toast. Blah.

  55. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Looking at the radar everyone could see the rain come. It was fine for about an hour 40 minutes, but they started late for the clearing.

  56. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Very sly, mets. Nats burn Fister and mets burn their call up.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      hmmmmm, you may have something….conspiracy theory

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        No doubt. Steinfeld thought up the plan.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        who was harry steinfeld ?
        Third base for the ole cubs of tinkers to evers to chance

  57. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    MASN Dan taking one for the team.

  58. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    pull off the tarp,,,,we could make this official with the break..
    Nats must make outs…stop getting hits

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

    So if this game is postponed, Michael Taylor’s hit doesn’t count, right?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Rules changed. They pick up where they left off.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        no kidding!!!
        this is good news indeed.

      • scmargenau - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Gos

        Really? Or r u pulling our collective legs?

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        oh ghost u is wrong, dude…..the first time ever, I think.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        You think?

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        sorry, I know this is the first time you’ve ever given the Nats faithful false information. I don’t blame you, just your contacts
        However, your prognostications are still perfect.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Looks like you all are right. It’s a suspended game (tie) in regulation that you pick up.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        Lol, you wrong as hell… Damn that’s awful for lil Michael Taylor…

  60. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Radar west clear. South heavy.

  61. David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    All we need is about a 45 minute window to make it an official game

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      yes, and they have one…if they’d get off their bums and take the tarp off….looks like home team ground rules apply

  62. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Wainwright gets Stanton to ground into a double play. 0-0 after 3

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      is this game blog worthy ?

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        That’s why g*d gave you a scrolling finger.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

        God is a three letter word….ok to say or use HP if you prefer

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Tell it to YHWH.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        sure looks like the Nats are swingin at everything…excellent
        keep it up for one more inning boys

  63. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    new strategy
    if you’re losing before an official game, pull out the tarp…brilliant

  64. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Puig just misplayed a fly to center gives Braves a run.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      lucky he’s not in Cuba.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Puig is still learning CF….

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    What the hell was that…

  67. David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Tarp is coming off

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      if they don’t freak when it starts raining again, they could make it.
      heavier rain further away….
      Nats must make outs

  68. destewart01 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    come on Mets groundcrew…. hurry up.

  69. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    regulation 4.10

    4.10
    (a) A regulation game consists of nine innings, unless extended because of a tie score, or shortened (1) because the home team needs none of its half of the ninth inning or only a fraction of it, or (2) because the umpire calls the game. EXCEPTION: National Association leagues may adopt a rule providing that one or both games of a doubleheader shall be seven innings in length. In such games, any of these rules applying to the ninth inning shall apply to the seventh inning.
    (b) If the score is tied after nine completed innings play shall continue until (1) the visiting team has scored more total runs than the home team at the end of a completed inning, or (2) the home team scores the winning run in an uncompleted inning.
    (c) If a game is called, it is a regulation game:
    (1) If five innings have been completed;
    (2) If the home team has scored more runs in four or four and a fraction half-innings than the visiting team has scored in five completed half-innings;
    (3) If the home team scores one or more runs in its half of the fifth inning to tie the score.
    (d) If a regulation game is called with the score tied, it shall become a suspended game. See Rule 4.12.
    (e) If a game is called before it has become a regulation game, the umpire shall declare it “No Game.”
    (f) Rain checks will not be honored for any regulation or suspended game which has progressed to or beyond a point of play described in 4.10(c)

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Doesn’t sound like they continue. Sounds like a No game.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        check out this weird situation

        (8) If a game is suspended before it becomes a regulation game, and is continued prior to another regularly scheduled game, the regularly scheduled game with be limited to seven innings.

  70. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    RIP Lauren Bacall.

    We now resume Rain Delay Theater.

  71. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    To a much less significant extent than for Taylor, it would suck for Asdrubal’s so far 2-2 night if the game is called.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Weinwright looking poor tonight, never against us though.

  73. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    bring in your west coast style swing offense…swing batter, swing

  74. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    This guy is pitching hit table balls, but we are swinging over.

  75. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Please tell me Harper didn’t just hurt his ankle. Tell me that was “let’s get to regulation” tactics ;)

  76. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Pig knocks in Harbin to tie it 2-2

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      LOL…don’t tell him that in person

  77. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Running back LaStella let’s ball pop off end of glove 3-2

    • adcwonk - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Wasn’t his big error the turning point of the game, a loss, to the Dodgers last week?!?!!!

  78. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    I almost never agree that a K was a good AB, but I have to say that Taylor looked pretty darned good even if he did end up striking out.

    • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      He has a nice swing…love that he chokes up.

  79. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Fister does know how to speed a game along.

  80. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Werth wouldn’t get there that fast.

  81. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Imrealize this might be a bit unorthodox, but we all know how severe that rain is headed towards NY. I think it might be worth twnking the top of the 5th, FAST. This game would be a shame to waste. A Fister start. A Minors call up for the Mets, a two run lead. Worth thinking about.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      absolutely right.

  82. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    TANK the 5th, not twink!

    • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      Lol!!

  83. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    give jason the shot in the arm

  84. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    It is often said on here that batters shouldn’t swing at the first pitch. Most advanced players are trained to generally lay off first pitch curve balls, but if served a fastball in their zone, then go ahead and hit it.

    Nice play, and one hop throw in by young Mr. Taylor.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      First pitch fast ball is a great pitch to hit.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Come on Fister. Fish aren’t biting, so one in the dirt is enough.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      are we back to the Cardinals game again ?

  86. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    update this game gets called in the 7th…No need to rush now.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      What’s the lottery numbers for tomorrow… I will share it with you…
      :-)

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        I don’t have a radar for lotteries
        But i’ve always been fascinated with
        2442…Willy Mays, Jackie Robinson

  87. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Fister now 2 hits.

  88. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Nice piece of hitting Fister!!

  89. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    That guy is a baseball player.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      capt’n obvious ?

  90. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Intentional drop.

  91. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Well now, if we are rooting for an official game, i guess that wasn’t so bad

  92. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Wow, talked about robbery? Span had a shot only for a weird double play. Will the streak continue?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      Which streak, the on base or the hit?

      • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:59 PM

        Hopefully both, but just on base will dom

  93. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    OK, Doug, hold ‘em for one more inning and then, Let It Rain, Let It Rain, Let It Rain.

  94. TimDz - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    OFFICIAL game….

  95. David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Bring on the rain!

  96. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Not complaining, but that’s why Espinosa usually pays second when Fister pitches.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Espinosa always pays first

  97. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Y’all know what time it is? Time to grind out at bats.

    Let it rain!

  98. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Congrats to Michael Taylor

    start hitting again, guys…heavy rain just passing Trenton, still time

  99. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Ok, i can now shut up. Score some runs!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I’ve been waiting two days for Nats baseball. I’m in no hurry for rain personally.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    I see you Anthony!

  101. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    BOOYA!

  102. nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Tony 4-Bags

  103. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Tony just said don’t go there.

  104. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Who’ll Start the Rain. Worst CCR B-side ever.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      who’ll stop the rain was much better

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        +1

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Way to go Mr Rendon….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      Wow, Mr. Rendon. A sign of great respect in some cultures.

  106. natinalsgo - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    The Texas Yawner yanks one out for a tater!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Say that 10 times fast!

    • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      LMAO well played

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Rendon needed to pad his RBIs and Run Scored stats so he decided to hit a HR.

  108. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    msn, i get it now.
    The fish could overtake the barves tonight

  109. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    is that number 20..

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Desi, I see you two!

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Way to go Mr Desmond!!!!!

  112. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Taking advantage of TC leaving Montero in too long.

  113. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Wow, when was the last time the Nats hit 3 dingers in a game?

  114. micksback1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    could we actually be up 5 on Braves at evenings end? Dodgers up 3-2

  115. destewart01 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    OKa so those of you who are DVR’ing the game… when LaRoche was just batting with a 3-1 count and then swings and misses to make it 3-2, MASN cuts to Mets bullpen. It looks like the reliever on the right throws the ball directly into the mitt of the reliever on the left. haha. His pitch, and then throw back to the other reliever go in and out of the frame at the same spot, at the same time. It’s awesome.

    • thelatencn - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      I saw that too. Great optical illusion.

  116. micksback1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    love it! Tony 4 bags, Frankie Five angels lol

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Thanks to Haren for 6 decent innings of 2 run ball in Atlanta. He got out of several jams and Atlanta couldn’t capitalize.

    • micksback1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      see, i knew haren would come through for nats

      lol

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

        I said the same to my buddy. The best he has done for the Nats was wearing a Dodgers uniform and that was early in the year when the Nats clobbered him and again tonight.

    • NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      “Clobbered” is an exaggeration, doncha think? Nats won 3-2. (Lotta teams clobbered Haren…)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        LOL, that was a tough series. That was a clobber!

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Taylor. Hello, I see you two! Boom!

  119. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    AWESOME!!!!!
    Michael Taylor….this is one of those to remember

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Kind of like Tommy Milone’s debut.

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Best way for Ramos to score a run? On a HR by him or someone else!

  121. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    WOWOWOOWOWOOWOOWOOWOW

    GO TAYLOR!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      That’s why you bring up the hot hand. They have no scouting report on him and he has the adrenaline. OPPO BOPPO!

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Exactly right.

  122. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Way to go, kid!

    Now aren’t you glad it didn’t start raining again?

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      heavy rain at exit 52 on the GSP

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        i’m from New Jersey
        It’s like Ohio but even more so.

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Hopefully it will get stuck in traffic.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        lol…
        I know what exit I’m from

  123. micksback1 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Mike Taylor stick around here for awhile kid, we like you!!!!

  124. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I love Michael Taylor. He never smiled and stared at his shoes heading back to the dugout. Almost took his own helmet off! Love it.

  125. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Wow! When was the Nats hit 4 dingers in a game?

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Can’t Bob do the math. Of course Span will get another AB unless it is ended early for rain.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Bob says something like that every game.

  127. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Michael Taylor hit a home run? Oh stuffing…. Good for him…. So excited for him…

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Gio is saying where the hell was this when he was pitching…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      You know it. If I was the pitcher, I’d be thinking the same.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        I feel kinda bad for Gio… As he seems to be this year’s run support victim… But I think the same thing about SS…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        A pitcher can approach the game differently when you have a 5 run lead or more.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        Fister doesn’t it seem to approach it any differently… But he is a gem…

  129. scnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    If I was Taylor I would have been grinning from ear to ear

  130. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    How cool was the Taylor moment!

  131. slidell2 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Hope the rain doesn’t get here, and stay here, before the 6th is done. Be a shame to have to take those 5 off the board. Especially for Taylor.

  132. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I feel kinda bad for Steven Souza. Could have been him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      I feel bad also. He can commiserate with several big leaguers who have gone through that as he certainly isn’t alone.

      Worst story ever was the Adam Greenberg story with the Cubs. If you don’t remember, he made his debut on July 9, 2005 and was beanballed and it ended his career until there was a campaign for a team to give him 1 final at-bat which the Marlins did on October 2, 2012. It screwed up his OBP which dropped to .500 but was a great moment and gesture from the Marlins.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Other than beating the Yankees in the WS one of the few real good things the Marlins have done in their history.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        LOL, true. I think what they did bringing Jose Fernandez family to the USA was a great thing also.

        They could do 1 more by trading Giancarlo to the Nats.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:04 PM

        LOL, true. I think what they did bringing Jose Fernandez family to the USA was a great thing also.

        They could do 1 more by trading Giancarlo to the Nats.

        From your mouth, or keyboard, to God’s ears.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        He’s my dream for RF. There’s no chance of it happening but oh well, we can dream.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      I feel awful for Souza… I’ve been wanting him to be called up since June… Wanted him to get at bats and have another righty who can give Jayson Werth some days off… (I don’t care for all 3 OF’ers to be lefty, which is what NM gave you)

  133. mdmcommish - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Focus doug

  134. stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Desi had to hoist that helmet WAY up to clear Michael’s fade. :-)

  135. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Top of 8th in Atlanta. Still 3-2 Dodgers. Brian Wilson retired the Braves 3 up, 3 down.

    Nice play by Bryce to make the catch and hold the runner at 2nd.crappy baserunning by Murphy.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      FYI: this game is on the MLB network… Directv 213

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        That one keeps coming and going with the rain. The direct feed I get from Atlanta better, plus they are whining about the Mets pitching.

  136. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Mr. Teeeeeee
    I pity the fool that pitches to me

  137. slidell2 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    No worries

  138. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    My retirement pays off tonight. 6 nuggets for lunch, medium pizza for wife and I for dinner.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      That crap will kill you.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        IWhat crap that kiss me us terrible average with RISP

  139. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Since you ask, the last time the Nats hit four HRs in a game was May 31 (TEX), and before that May 12 (Arizona).

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Thanks, NL.

  140. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    so refreshing to have a backup second baseman that can hit
    Thank you, Mr Rizzo

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Look at Asdrubal Cabrera. He’s hitting some deuces!

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Alright Mr Cabrera… Look at him trying to change the minds of those of us who like the Spandon duo…

  143. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Productive out. I like.

  144. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Cabrera on fire tonight…love it.

  145. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    It can rain all it wants… I encourage it…

    #savethebullpen

  146. David Proctor - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    “Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was pulled over in early July and charged with reckless driving for going 105 mph in a 55-mph zone, according to a case file on the Fairfax County General District Court Web site.

    Werth was charged with a misdemeanor for the incident, which occurred July 6, according to the file. Werth originally had a hearing scheduled for Aug. 8, but the case has been continued until Nov. 12.”

    Really Jayson? 105 in a 55?

    • NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      How have they managed to keep this quiet for a month?

      • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        The same guys who hid the MLB ruling regarding MASN….X men

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      What kind of vehicle was he driving?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        I believe he drives a Porsche.

      • NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        He also has a souped up truck, I mean, really souped up.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      yikes…He’s too old to be James Dean….slow down, Jason
      Listen to the Gnome

    • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      True: jayson is learning to fly jets, but his contract doesn’t permit him to fly. He has a bazillion dollar simulator in his home.

      Need for speed, I guess.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Yeah, I saw that too. See the Nats Inquirer story.

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Sweet doubleplay in that Dodgers game!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Yep,compliments of Freddie Freeman.

  148. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    mmmmm, Shake Shak, they open till 11 in the disctrict

  149. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Maybe Werth was racing Bieber.

  150. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Cabrera continues his impressive game. Good deal.

  151. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Its gonna suck if Span’s last chance is rained out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      He has had 4 chances, so not to sucky.

      Fister 7 shutout innings. ERA down 2.34. I believe he is now innings less than qualifying for leaderboard

  152. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Fister all around solid player.

  153. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Top of 9th in Atlanta. Still 3-2 LA

  154. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Shutout for Doug Fister. WOW! That is great.

  155. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    That’s enough for Fister. Pitches are up.

  156. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Fister is f****** outrageous

    Keep him til he retires.

  157. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Robbie Ray, 4 earned in 5 IP (he walked the first batter in the 6th and the reliever let him score).

  158. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    So I step away for a few innings and the Nats hit three HRs? Nice. And congrats to Mr. Taylor. Did he get the ball?

  159. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    This would be the perfect time for Espi to try right handed against a eighty.

  160. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Darwin Barpeney scores on a wild pitch about 30 fever from the pkate

  161. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    LA added a run on a wild pitch. 4-2.

  162. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Scott.
    Hairston.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      How is he still here?

  163. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    Gattis, Johnson and BJ Upton vs Jansen bottom of the 9th

  164. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    With this rain, I’m fine with Wilson and Adam coming out the game….

    • nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      +1

  165. nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Come on Ross. Pitch a scoreless frame.

  166. nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Ross needs that pitchers best friend 2 for 1 special here if you kno what I mean.

  167. Danny - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Ross always gives up hits in blowouts.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      Why lack of focus?

  168. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Uhm….

  169. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Let’s go bullpen.

  170. NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    OH, come on, Ross. SETTLE DOWN!!!

  171. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Detwiler not doing anything yet. Just pitch it.

    Murphy barely bats 300 for the season, but against Nats he is close to 500. It means 275 against the rest of the league,

    Who is coming in as Det can’t be allowed to screw this up.

  172. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Det faces 2 lefties, one gets a hit, the other he hits.

  173. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Way to limit the damage Ross….

  174. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    1 run after bases loaded and no outs spoils the shutout but oh well, minimal damage.

  175. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Mets score.. Who cares! Go Nats

  176. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Braves lose… I LOVE IT!!!!

    Dodgers got the split… But I’m greedy and hope they win MORE!

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

      Me too. They threw 2 improbable pitchers and winning the 1st 2 with Correia and Haren seemed like low odds. Barves are sucking real bad.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Right… I bet you their fans were thinking they would win the series since they wouldn’t be seeing Grienke and Kershaw….

        I hate those bums… I hope we sweep them the next time in Nats park.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        I was thinking it was as hopeless as that Padres series. That is awful to lose in a game with Teheran vs a DFA pickup. Haren vs Minor was a tossup.

  177. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    BJ Upton strikes out to end the game in Atlanta.

  178. manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Jansen gets the save.

  179. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    BJ Upton K’s to end the game.

    Nats up by 4 1/2!!!!

  180. adcwonk - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Nats suck — they are 0-for-9 with RISP. They’ll never make it far like that.

    (Just imitating somebody who used to be here ;-) )

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

      Good one but true.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      Does make it easier to get some hits with RISP, But homers take care of that.

  181. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Damn!

    We’ll done Denard.

  182. knoxvillenat - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Too bad for Span tonight. Here’s hoping he starts a new streak tomorrow night.

  183. Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Very well done Span. Fantastic stuff.

  184. dcwx61 - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    finally Denard can get a day off

    • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      +1

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Let Taylor play center.

  185. Joe Seamhead - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Duda looks much better at 1B than he did in RF. He was a bit of a lummox in the OF.

  186. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/orioles-third-baseman-manny-machados-mri-reveals-right-knee-ligament-sprain?ymd=20140812&content_id=89246594&vkey=news_mlb

    I guess my Oreos insider was right based on the clubhouse diagnosis. Knee sprains aren’t any fun but much better news than the speculation of a dislocated kneecap that the orthopedic interviewed on ESPN guessed at.

  187. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Good on Span… I know I gave him a round of applause and more… Heckuva effort and job…

    Thought his line drive/robbery straight down the 1st base line was a shame… But whatever… Time to start a new streak tomorrow. :-)

  188. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    5 game lead in the NL East! Bam!

  189. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    5 game lead… Music to my ears!

  190. knoxvillenat - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    So Denard’s streak is over, might we see Taylor in CF tomorrow night with Span getting a well deserved night off?

    • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Might depend on Jayson? 5 games up: can we stand Hairston in left? Or, maybe it would be Frandsen?

      • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Assuming Bryce would be in right…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      Can Werth play right yet?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

        I NEVER want to see Hairston playing the field. I can stomach Frandsen. Span had a day off yesterday. I’m sure he is fine.

        Keep the same order for tomorrow and get a big league and then rest some of these guys.

  191. conatsguy - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    2-2 so far on this road trip. I’ll take it

  192. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Nice to give Werth a night off and finally have someone put in some offense and defense in his absence.

    • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Likewise a 2B with a great night at the plate.

  193. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    No Gatorade shower for Michael A?

  194. natinalsgo - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Michael A has the body of Bernadina when he was a Rookie and his profile with that smile is Tiger Woods when he wins the Masters.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Looks a bit like Vince Coleman with that long neck and thin frame, but obviously stronger.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      I miss Roger B… Sigh….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        We will probably see him on Sept 1 when benches expand as Kasten signed him with the Dodgers.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        I thought he was still with the Reds… Wow…

  195. Drew - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Harper is 708 from Henry Aaron.

    Taylor is 46 from Harper.

    • conatsguy - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Taylor was 45 behind Harper to start the game. Negative trend?

  196. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    Please DON’T, Please DON’T, Please DON’T put Scott. frickin. Hairston. In the OF… Please… Don’t…

    Not tomorrow at least… Need to get the series win.. And then MAYBE you can try him out there…

    I was kinda surprised that Harp didnt play RF and Taylor LF…

    • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Whatever happens, I’m not looking to deal with a rubber match on Thursday.

    • NatsLady - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Taylor wasn’t comfortable playing LF.

      • stoatva - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

        He couldn’t have played that ball in the RF corner much better.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      “Ghost of Steve M. – Aug 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM
      I NEVER want to see Hairston playing the field. I can stomach Frandsen. Span had a day off yesterday. I’m sure he is fine.

      Keep the same order for tomorrow and get a big lead and then rest some of these guys.”

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      This is a series you’re not just trying to win, you’re trying to sweep. Keep the pressure on the Braves, who have Oakland coming to town after the Dodgers. Then Atlanta has to travel to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Keep the pressure on them and extend the division lead now, before the Nats’ own trip to Seattle and Los Angeles in late-August/early-September.

      • nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

        +1 Eugene

      • Eric - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:15 PM

        +2

  197. nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Nats have Strasburg vs Dillon Gee on Thursday. Have to win Wednesday.

    • coop202 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      And? He’s a flawed beast, but still a beast. Just needs to figure it out

  198. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Want to be blown away. Atlanta 60-59 Miami 59-60 If Atlanta loses tomorrow and the Marlins win, they will be tied in the standings.

    • nats128 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Hows about the Marlins beat Wainwright tonight and shutout the Cardinals and Mike Dunn got the save which was his 1st save of the season.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        Cosart shut out the Cardinals and Donovan Solano hit a 2 run HR off of Waino.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:54 PM

      I would not be unhappy if the Braves finished third in the division.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        Based on recent trends, that could happen this week to push it in that direction.

        The Marlins are doing this without Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez.

      • scmargenau - Aug 13, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        David Proctor on August 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm
        It’s a shame really. This was Souza’s opportunity to start every day and he is far more polished than Taylor. With Taylor, I have pretty low expectations.

        Ace Ventura style: Oh Realllly???

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NL EAST STANDINGS

W L GB
x-WASHINGTON 90 64 --
ATLANTA 76 78 14.0
NEW YORK 75 80 15.5
MIAMI 74 80 16.0
PHILADELPHIA 71 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Saturday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON (5) 90 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 67 2.5
ST. LOUIS 87 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 70 6.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 71 7.0 --
MILWAUKEE 80 75 10.5 3.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
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