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Game 122: Pirates at Nats

Aug 17, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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Today the Nationals look for a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a season-high, 6-game winning streak with Doug Fister (12-3, 2.34) on the mound in a rare 5:05 p.m. game.

Fister will make his 18th start of the season looking to lower his 2014 ERA for a fifth consecutive outing. The Nats are 13-4 in games Fister pitches and have won six of his last seven starts.

The 30-year-old will face the Pirates for the second time this season. On May 25 he gave up one run on six hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. The Nationals won that day by a score of 2-1.

Pitching for the Pirates is 10-year veteran Edinson Volquez (10-7, 3.67). Volquez faced the Nationals on May 22 of this season and earned the win with six innings of one-run ball on three hits and two walks.

Jayson Werth is again out of the Nationals’ lineup as he continues to recover from AC joint inflammation in his right shoulder. Rookie Michael Taylor is starting in right field in his place.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

PITTSBURGH PIRATES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 5:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 87 degrees (and very humid), Wind 9 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (66-53)
CF Denard Span
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
3B Anthony Rendon
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
RF Michael Taylor
RHP Doug Fister

PIRATES (64-57)
RF Gregory Polanco
SS Josh Harrison
2B Neil Walker
C Russell Martin
3B Pedro Alvarez
CF Starling Marte
LF Travis Snider
1B Ike Davis
RHP Edinson Volquez

UMPIRES
HP Andy Fletcher
1B Mike Muchlinski
2B Tom Woodring
3B Mark Wegner (cc)

5:25 p.m. — The first inning saw no runs come across, though the Nats did threaten with two men on and two outs. Fister needed just eight pitches to 1-2-3 before the Nats came up. Span and Cabrera went down quickly on balls put in play before Rendon reached on a two-out single. He would move to second on a wild pitch before LaRoche joined him on base with a walk. Desmond, however, struck out swinging to end the inning. Martin is up next for the Buccos.

5:39 p.m. — It is still 0-0 after two innings, as the second again saw a clean frame by Fister and the Nats fail to bring a runner home. Taylor singled to center field for the Nats with two outs in the second and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Fister then struck out swinging for the third out. Fister has thrown 24 pitches, Volquez is at 33.

5:57 p.m. — 0-0 it remains, as the third inning featured little more than a walk by Ike Davis. Fister has allowed no hits through three on 39 pitches. Volquez went three up, three down in the third and now sits at 46 pitches on the day.

6:09 p.m. — Still no runs in this one, and still no hits for the Pirates. Fister pitched a perfect frame and now has 49 pitches on the day through four innings of work. Volquez is at 57.

6:26 p.m. — Nothing changed in the fifth inning in terms of the score, as the Nats and Pirates remain at 0-0. Fister, though, did finally give up a hit, as Alvarez led off with a single. The Nats were set down in order in the bottom half of the inning. Fister is at 65 pitches, Volquez has thrown 70.

6:43 p.m. — The Pirates broke through with two runs in the sixth inning to take a 2-0 lead, and they did so with some help from the Nationals’ defense. The inning began with an error by Desmond, who dropped the ball out of his glove on the transfer. It was his 19th of the season, tying him for second-most in baseball with Josh Donaldson of the A’s. Harrison followed that with a single to right field on a hit-and-run, finding space only because Cabrera was covering second. Polanco went to third and then came home on a botched rundown that saw Rendon make a throwing error to home plate. The second run would come in a batter later on a groundball to third by Martin. Rendon threw to first and LaRoche couldn’t reel it in. Nats now down 2-0 with the bottom of the sixth up next.

6:53 p.m. — The Nats got a run back in the bottom of the sixth, when Desmond atoning for his error with a 2-out RBI single to center, scoring Rendon. And when Starling Marte made a poor choice to throw the ball home, both Desmond and LaRoche took an extra base, leaving the tying and go-ahead runners in scoring position as Harper came to the plate for a huge at-bat. Bryce swung at Volquez’s first pitch, though, and sent a soft flyball to left to end the inning. It’s 2-1 Pirates as we go the seventh.

7:21 p.m. — Good lord, there has been some disastrous infield defense in this game. The Nats gave away two runs in the top of the sixth, now the Pirates gave away three runs in the bottom of the seventh. The inning included back-to-back errors on throws to the plate by Ike Davis and Pedro Alvarez. It also included some incredibly heads-up baserunning by Frandsen, who was on second base when Cabrera hit a grounder to first. When Davis’ throw skipped off Russell Martin’s mitt and rolled down the third-base line in foul territory, Frandsen took off for the plate, running right past the ball and Martin, who couldn’t get there in time to tag him. Just like that, the Nats lead 4-2 heading to the eighth of a crazy ballgame.

7:28 p.m. — Speaking of crazy: Asrubal Cabrera and Ian Desmond just turned the prettiest double play you’ll see all season, with Cabrera going behind his back to feed the ball to Desmond. Nats Park erupted upon completion of that one. We go to the bottom of the eighth, still 4-2 Nats.

7:36 p.m. — OK, here we go. It’s Rafael Soriano vs. Marte, Snider and Davis in the ninth, the Nats up two runs.

7:54 p.m. — Oh, my. That was not good. Soriano blew it in the ninth, and blew it quite spectacularly. He plunked Marte, gave up a rocket of a single off LaRoche’s glove, uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch, walked Davis on five pitches and then got Gaby Sanche to tap a ball in front of the plate that turned into one out. At this point, there were two on and one out in a 1-run game. Matt Thornton was warm in the bullpen, with the left-handed Polanco at the plate. Matt Williams, though, stuck with Soriano and paid the price for it. Polanco drilled the first pitch to right-center for a 2-run double that gave the Pirates a 5-4 lead and left Soriano to walk off the field in shame amid a loud chorus of boos. UGLY.

8:16 p.m. — The crowd came back to life when Jayson Werth stepped up to pinch-hit with one out in the ninth and drew a walk. They roared even louder when Span battled through a long at-bat and then roped a base hit to right, putting runners on the corners with one out for Cabrera. Cabrera then sent a sharp bouncer through the right side, bringing home the tying run. Rendon looked like he might have the game-winner, only to be robbed by Marte in center field. LaRoche then had a chance to be the hero, but he was punched out on an inside fastball. So we’re going extra innings, folks. Why not?

8:25 p.m. — Ross Detwiler got through the top of the 10th unscathed, pitching around a 2-out single by Marte. So now it’s Desmond, Harper and Ramos against Brandon Cumpton in the bottom of the 10th.

8:32 p.m. — A 2-out single for Ramos in the bottom of the 10th, but that’s all the Nats managed against Cumpton. Onto the 11th, with Detwiler back to the mound.

8:39 p.m. — Two scoreless innings for Detwiler. Bottom of the 11th now, with Werth, Span and the pitcher’s spot due up against Cumpton.

8:49 p.m. — Nats win! Werth led off the 11th with a laser of a double off the left-field wall. Span then moved him to third with a grounder to the right side. Up stepped Scott Hairston, who won it with a sac fly to left. Nats win 5-4 in 11 and extend their season-long wining streak to 6 games.

376 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. NatsLady - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Let Jayson rest. Playing with house money today. He can pinch hit late if needed.

    • Doc - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Need JDub for the playoffs, not so much now.

      Let the guy get stronger.

      • NatsLady - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Yes. MW doing OK. He could have rested Desi but that would have meant Taylor and Danny in the same game. Hopefully he’ll rest Rendon. No off-day until a week from Thursday, and that’s a travel day out to Seattle.

        Speaking of road trips, the DBacks, who are not looking great against the Fish, are at the end of theirs (2 in CLE, 4 in Miami, 4 here). Due to a rainout, they had a double-header Wednesday in Cleveland. Hopefully that means we are meeting a tired, bad team.

      • Smyrcok - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        Who is the back up third baseman anyways? Frandsen?

      • NatsLady - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

        Yes, as far as I know, Frandsen. If it were me, I’d be giving Danny (and maybe Cabrera) some reps there).

    • 6ID20 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      No such thing as playing with house money. Every win counts. Taylor needs to step up.

  2. Andrew Wallace - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Rendon really needs a day off eventually. Guys only taken like a day off all season

    • Doc - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Darn ttootin’ Ren needs a day off.

      Maybe that’s why he is seen yawning a lot.

      A few days off, and maybe Rendon is back hitting .300.

    • Section 222 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      While we’re at it, let’s put him on the DL. He must have something hurt, right?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Rendon hurt his hand on the last road trip as was told to me by a source of mine. He is playing through it.

        To be honest, I don’t know which hand or any more than that.

  3. natsjackinfl - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Cory Brown DFA’d in Boston.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      Say it ain’t so! Who is Peric going to put the kiss of death on next?

  4. NatsLady - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    After his wonderful performance against the Nats on Friday, the Pirates put Charlie Morton on the DL.

    • NatsLady - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      A little surprised they didn’t bring up a reliever, but maybe Hurdle just couldn’t stand the thought of Alvarez at third base. Ever.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Guess he has Harenitis.

      • nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Thats it. Morel probably gets sent down when McCutcheon comes back on Tuesday

  5. waddueyeno - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Sigh…
    No nats tv in chapel hill for me. Thank God for charlie and Dave

    And of course all you insiders.

    Another sweep tonite!

    Gyfng ( and heels)

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Should be able to watch all of this one in real time. Go, Doug! Go, NATS!!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      As opposed to last night when I was at the P-Nats. Anyhoo…

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Reality is just a collective hunch.

  7. chazzmichaelmichaelzz - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    5:05 PM game. Preparing for the Sun Monster that exists when playing primetime on the West Coast (i.e. LA in the playoffs). Smart move Rizzo. How many more 5:05 games do they have?

    • Section 222 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      None. And this was scheduled from day 1. Haven’t heard any explanation for not starting at the usual Sunday time of 1:35 pm. Not complaining though, should be a nice evening at Nats Park.

      • 6ID20 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        They did a 5:00 Sunday start in August last year too. That went well, so looks like they decided to do it again.

      • 6ID20 - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Checked my scorebook for last year’s 5:05 Sunday start. 8/11/13, Nats 6 Phillies 0, Strasburg’s first ever complete game. Why not do it again this year?

  8. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Why is this game 5:05 anyway?

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      The only thing I could come up with is the concert after the game.

      • 6ID20 - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Concert was last night.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        I didn’t think the field would be hurt to much last night.

        By the Way I am not fussing, just wondering.

  9. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    6 games would be our longest win streak of the season, no? Piece of cake w Fister on the bump.

    • adcwonk - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      Except that Volquez has also won six of his last seven starts…

      • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        That just means he’s due for a loss.

  10. Drew - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Jayson apparently misunderstood.

    Matt asked him to drive IN 105.

    • npb99 - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Ha!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      I told a guy at church yesterday the same thing.

  11. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Don’t get the “house money” theory. The Pirates are on the road, without their best player, with a pitcher who’s essentially a career mediocrity. This is a game the Nats should win, and therefore they must win, because they soon enough will be playing better, more complete teams — and teams they have trouble beating, too — and will lose some of those games. Whack the low-hanging fruit and move on. A W is a W in the standings; pick up the easy Ws whenever you can.

    • adcwonk - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      I don’t get the “playing with house money” thing either.

      But the Bucs are no pushovers. Despite losing two to the Nats, they’d still be the second best team in the NL East.

      And both Volquez and Fister have won six of their past seven.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        The “house money” thing implies the standings are based on winning series, but it ain’t so. All 162 games count exactly the same. Series wins, pushover teams, “supposed to win” games (which is nonsense, but nm for now) all count precisely the same.
        But you still need days off.

      • adcwonk - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Right — I get that. Which is why I don’t get it.

        Got it? 😉

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      The theory is from us, whose goal is not as ambitious. Just win every series.

      We have won the series.

      On the other hand once we won the series I have no objection to a sweep. However getting Werth 100% is paramount to playing him today. Taylor and frandsen have done a good job fillingin.

    • Eric - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      I think “playing with house money” makes sense. Just because you’re playing with house money doesn’t mean you’re risk free. You can still lose the house money and end up back where you started.

      We’ve won the series and we’re 6 up in the standings…a win today is gravy

  12. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Speaking of Seattle, do you think Cano is telling everyone, “I told you so?” Everyone assumed he signed w/ Seattle out of pique, and for the money (and the pride of being the highest-paid 2B ever), and now it looks like he has a good chance to be in the playoffs and the Yankees appear to have an outstanding chance of sitting them out.

    • adcwonk - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      😉

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Quick 1-2-3

    I like

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Carp: He jacks one to left!

    Me: That’s a nice single Anthony!

  15. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    16 pitch inning? God, why is he nibbling so much? Practically Gio 2.0 out there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Maybe he’s not throwing the curveball because he’s injured! Touche’

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      No he is throwing a variety of pitches, but does not look like nibbling yet.

      • David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        I was kidding

      • Section 222 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        MNF has difficulty detecting sarcasm.

    • nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

      16 pitch innings can get you 7 innings. 20 pitch innings gets you 5 innings.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        David Proctor was trying to make some point. Not sure what it is.

        Since the All Star break Gio has 6 starts and averaging 18.94 pitches per inning. Do the math, that’s 114 pitches if he can last 6 innings. Unfortunately Gio is only averaging 4.95 innings per start since the All Star break. That is using up too much bullpen as that’s 24 innings of bullpen relief in a 9 inning game.

        These stats don’t seem to mean much to David Proctor.

  16. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    I hate seeing Ramos hustle to 1st. Scary.

    • David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      I would not exactly call that play “hustle.” But that’s okay.

  17. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    In case you didn’t notice last night the Nats are now the number 1 seed in the National League

    • David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      Yes, but if we lose this game we will have the likes of SWM telling us how awful we are

      • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        I thought he was banned?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        First thing I have agreed with David Proctor on in the last 24 hours.

  18. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Why do we walk number 8 hitters? Simply loses control?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Ike Davis is more like a cleanup hitter. I don’t think Fister was pitching around him, more like pitching him carefully with the pitcher batting next and 1 out on the board.

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

        Walking number 8 sets up pitcher to the bunt. Of course wild pitch came first.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        It sure does.

    • adcwonk - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Even Fister isn’t perfect.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        No one is perfect but walking 8 or 9 is on my no no list.

  19. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    __ ______ thru 4

    • adcwonk - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      😉

      Was thinking the same thing

    • adcwonk - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      😉

      Was thinking the same thing

  20. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Ugly k. Come on Dez

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    This Volquez guy always seems to step it up against the Nats. Time to put together 3 hits in a row.

  22. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    We still love you, Doug.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    I thought Taylor was going to catch that. Must not been as hard as our hits which carries to our fielders.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Impressive baserunning by the Pirates to tag and move up on the Ike Davis warning track fly ball.

    • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Meh…Span’s arm aint all that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:24 PM

        Span has an average arm and my compliment really has more to do with hustle. The runners ID’d that it was going to get caught and they both got back to tag up and took it. I see too many runners who don’t do that. I give credit to the other teams too.

      • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        They did what they were supposed to do against a below average outfield arm. Not impressive to me.

  25. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Taylor slowed up for that fly ball and played it on the bounce and played it safe. I’m not impressed with that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Could be he saw that lowlight of McLouth diving for one and coming up short and giving up some runs. I think until he gets his confidence at this level he can play it safe.

    • David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      With the 8 and 9 hitters following, it’s smart to do that and not risk it getting by you and scoring a run.

  26. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Those are the errors that frustrate me, not the ones he makes trying to make a great play like in NY.

  27. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Oh Desi. You looked up. E-6

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Hit and run making it look easy.

  29. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Errors cost you in a pitcher’s duel

  30. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    F***in f***

  31. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Oh my.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Come on Rendon. 2 errors. Sheesh.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    In a game like this the fielder must absolutely play. Instead of 3 outs we have nothing.

    Thank you Ian for setting this all up. He makes the routine play all is well.

  34. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    What the hell is going on?

  35. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    What on earth is going on. This is April fielding back.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    2 poor throws by Rendon but I thought Ramos should have had the pick…

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Now we are in meltdown mode. Come on, hold them down. You can come back from down 2 runs.

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    This isn’t on Dougie Fresh… Stuff behind him is just going to hell….

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    5 batters 4 should be out and none are, Fister has pitched great and Ian and Rendon quit on him. Then he quits on himself,

    This is as bad as the braves the other night.

    No one thinking.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Nobody quit on anybody. Errors happen. This team has been playing great.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        On routine grounders in a scoreless game errors can’t happen if your concentrating, it wasn’t kike he had to move it was right at him and opened up the whole mess. .

        Here is his chance to make up for it.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Wow, Fister is rattled. Tailor made doubleplay and almost throws that away.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      His throw home was bad. Also his throw to third was way to early.

      What on earth Ian was thinking on a routine grounder. Get that out Harrison doesn’t hit into a whole, rendon’s error doesn’t exist and on and on. Absolutely a ream killer on that.

      He must be tired because his batting has been just as bad batting swinging at crap.

  41. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Fister almost blew that. Phew.

  42. Section 222 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Fister should have run at the runner coming from third on that play that scored the first run instead of throwing to 3rd. Made it a very tough throw for Remdon with a fast runner.

    • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      Nah….Rendon had plenty of time and blew it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      Yes, initially run at him and nailed him at 3rd. As you don’t want the runner advancing you want to force the runner back to 3rd.

      • Section 222 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        Exactly Ghost. Need to avoid a throw home if at all possible. It might have looked like an easy play for Rendon on TV but it wasn’t.

  43. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    After all that, 2 runs is really not that bad.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Only 2 runs after that? That’s big. 2 errors. Oh my

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      As I said Fister did great. No thanks to the left side of the infield. W
      The hitters need to step up.

  45. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    All things considered, giving up 2 after all that isn’t that bad.

  46. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    I guess I owe 2 beers.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Fister pitched great, the left side of the infield were clueless. At least 605 maybe 6 outs that inning.

    Time to get some runs.

    • Section 222 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Pitched fine, didn’t field well. His fault on the rundown.and messed up a DP possibility.

  48. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    All said after that mess, kind of lucky being only down 2.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    No earned runs charged to Fister.

  50. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Top of the order….time to score some runs

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    If I’m Volquez, I’m pitching around LaRoche and going after Desmond. Clearly Volquez doesn’t like that strategy.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Put just about 100% of last inning on Ian. He now can make up for it.I

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Well he made up for half it. Now need Harper to hit one

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    BTW, Chris Young with 6 innings of shutout ball against the Tigers. He’s turned into one of the best pickups of the off-season. How I wished Rizzo somehow got creative and was able to trade him instead of getting nothing for him.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Is this the Chris Young that couldn’t stay healthy for us… Like it seemed he was always hurt… I think I am confusing him with another pitcher…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        Yep, couldn’t stay healthy the last few years. Pitching like a #2

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Organist playing the 2 strike music with Desi up? Have you lost your mind?

  55. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Dez Dez dez!

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Glad to see Desi atone for his error…. Thanks Marte…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Half way. His error led to 2 runs so still -1

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Who scores the run? RENDON

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Now play in the field this inning.

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    First pitch swinging…. Sigh…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      You and I will never agree. A first pitch fast ball often is most hit table pitch. He made solid contact.

      • Danny - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Too bad it was a changeup.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        That’s fine that we won’t agree… He was kinda on the ropes with Desi and Adam… And Bryce goes up hacking… And DP is right… It wasn’t a fastball…

  60. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    I like swinging at the first pitch, but I do not understand Bryce sitting first pitch fastball when Volquez has been throwing changeups in fastball counts all game long.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      He it well. I am not complaining about that. Hit it lower it would of course be better.

      • nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        I have no problem with it. Got solid bat on ball. They had a guy there.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    OK now let’s get that second run back right now.

  62. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Great outing by Fister. Volquez actually not as good if you go by earned runs.

  63. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    If you get jammed on a first pitch like Ramos did, that is nit good. But a blanket don’t swing at firstputch, I don’t buy.

    • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      Huh?

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    That hurts. Only good news is Michael A Taylor’s OBP will keep going up.

  65. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    This would be a good time for Taylor to steal, as long as he makes it.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Wow, Michael A started his dive back to 1st too soon.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    PINCH HIT PINCH HIT PINCH HIT. Stop the presses!

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Come on Span

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

    Hit with RISP. BUT no run yet.

    Come on Cabrerra. Instant hero

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    Michael A hesitates. Need a big hit here from Asdrubal.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      I owe you a drink…. Lol, there is heavy debating between my bro and dad right now on the base running… My dad is pissed with Michael T and my bro thinks Henley was right… Lol….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Yes you do! I love when you and I do that and use the same words. It’s crazy!

        Michael A was dead to rights as he was 45 feet off 2nd base. He should have run like the wind. The right play was to freeze closer to the bag. Lucky on that.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Some interesting base running right there…

  72. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Taylor was so far off 2nd that if Snider catches that hes doubled off 2nd anyway. He should have kept running and he would have scored.

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Michael T was hesitant… Idk….

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      He hesitated as he left 2nd wMaking sure the ball didn’t’t get caught. Ball wasn’t hit that deep. It all worked out.

  74. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Dez atoned. Time for Rendon to do the same.

    • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Oops

  75. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Cabrearra big hit time.

  76. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooo

  77. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Bad fielding in reverse.

  78. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    WOW!!!! The Pirates give us back the error

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I ADMIT THAT I WAS CUSSING CABRERA OUT SOMETHING SERIOUS…. LOL

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Wow, look at Frandsen… I was screaming — no no no no… Yessssssssss lol….

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    That’s the difference between our catcher and theirs. Russell Martin needed to catch ball first then touch plate. That was almost like the Ramos play where he caught the bad ball then found the plate.

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    So does this mean Fister qualifies for the win? I always get confused with the PH…

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Now it’s Alvarez!

  84. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Moar runs! Moar errors!

  85. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    I dont believe what i just saw. Pirates topped the Nats in poor fielding in 1 inning.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    The official scorer didn’t give Rendon a RBI last inning. I would have since it wasn’t an error you can’t assume.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Rendon is also fortunate that he was only charged with one error, Steve. The throw to first that hit the runner could easily been called E-5.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Great point and the only reason he wasn’t charged an error is that the OS figured he was going to be safe regardless.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Wow, amazing play….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      By both of them. Low relay, running coming down the line. Desi took his eye off the ball. I was thinking “Disaster Will Robinson”.

  88. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Slick asdrubal!

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    WEB GEM WEB GEM WEB GEM are you kidding me?????

    • nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      On the trickeration, that was the coolest play of the year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

        +1

      • unkyd59 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Sorry, that ball Frandsen fielded off the wall, back turned, no look, was the coolest play EVAH!!

      • nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        Thats true. My favorite play of all time was Bernadina in Houston.

      • unkyd59 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:43 PM

        You can watch it a hundred times, and stil not believe it…

    • unkyd59 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Cabrera looks right at home, at 2B…

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Clip living life well!

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Nats are due to hit a HR. Just sayin, they’re due.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      My summoning was off that time. I felt it and not even close.

  92. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    One could say that both Frandsen and Span were lucky. Actually Span was especially, but that is Matt Williams stamp on this team. Make the other team make the play. Aggressive baserunning causes mistakes by the defense.

    The play by Cabrera? Like I said the other day, Espy’s purported superior defense compared to Cabrera’s is great exaggerated.

    • veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      Under the radar pickup by Rizzo. Love it.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Axford was a freebie waiver claim from the Indians. After what he did last year getting a waiver claim/trade to St Louis and pitching well, I’m surprised nobody traded with the Indians. They end up eating a big salary.

  94. TimDz - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    If that double play isn’t top two, I will PERSONALLY drive to Bristol, CT and bitch slap Neal Evert….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Is barry Lark in not in charge of gems anymore?

      • TimDz - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

        That was just my way of poking the bear…never forgave him for beating that “Natinals” thing into the ground…

  95. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    If you could make this save drama-free, my blood pressure would thank you Sori!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Ain’t going to happen unless Sori enduces a doubleplay here.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

      Damn it, that is a double play.

      Fielding killing both team.

  96. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    I would love a 1-2-3 9th

  97. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    Cabrera’s toss today and Werth’s ballet slide to 2nd a couple of months ago rate as my favorite plays of the year.
    Even with the defensive lapses earlier today, the Nats have had some great plays,too. ALR particularly.

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Uhm… I didnt think Sori would be available today… But uhm, Sori… Ouch!

  99. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Cannot ever make it easy, though the ball was barely inside.

  100. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Oh, boy, here we go…

    • scmargenau - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Get him out now

  101. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    2nd half Soriano not nearly as good.

  102. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Just when you compliment LaRoche on defense he whiffs on a ball. Doubleplay ball for sure.

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Oi vey… Come on Sori, I got faith!

  104. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Oh, Adam. Crap, That should’ve been a double play.

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Just get outs Soriano. Don’t worry about the man on 3rd. Turn that doubleplay.

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Sigh….

  107. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Soriano straighten it up

  108. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Just pull him. Sheeah. Thornton!

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    OK, officially a meltdown now.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Yep. Awful. How can this happen. I don’t get it. You pull him when the save is blown and the lead gone.

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Idk… Sori after the AS break has been… A ride…

  111. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Come on, Matt! I stick up for Raffy, but you have to make the change here.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Not exciting enough for you?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        I was surprised that he had Soriano come in at all tonight after all the pitches he threw Friday night. I told my wife before the start of the 9th that I thought Storen should pitch the 9th.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

        Mrsb loves the Nats – Aug 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM
        Uhm… I didnt think Sori would be available today… But uhm, Sori… Ouch!

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    I don’t think Sori has gotten in front of a batter yet… Come on Sori, I got faith…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Yee of too much faith. That was awful.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        You know I normally am after MW for this… But this isn’t the first time he has done this… And it won’t be the last…

        Sori didnt get the job done…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        At some point you have to realize you have a problem. You pull him. He doesn’t own the 9th inning. Sorry, you aren’t doing your job. He’s been getting bailed out and this time LaRoche didn’t make a play he needed to make but it was still within reach until that Wild Pitch.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    This is what I call quitting when you are not focused. Soriano is not focused.

  114. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    MW this is what paid to do manage. Don’t be a wimp.

  115. janebeard - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    He’s gotta take Sori out. He can’t do this to us again. Yank him Matt!

  116. scnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Why does no one go talk to him?

  117. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Wow.

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Unh…

  119. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I called for Thornton for Pilanco but MW REFUSES TO MANAGE

  120. TimDz - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Well……shit

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Oh gosh, they are seriously booing…. Wow….

  122. scmargenau - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    This is why. This could have happened 15 times this year. Pure luck it didn’t.

  123. veejh - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Stupid.. 3 days In a row of Sori and no hook after this display. MW is dumb somerimes.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Soriano did not pitch last night, last time out was Friday but he did throw a lot of pitches in that game.

  124. joemktg - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Soriano trending in the wrong direction. You just can’t be comfortable with him on the mound during the playoffs. Look at his recent splits:
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=soriara01&year=2014&t=p

    I don’t know what the solution is, but he’s not it right now.

  125. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Polanco, the lefty is up. Thornton, the lefty is warm. Soriano had shown he lacked command. Why does he have to blow the save before Matt will yank him?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      What, in MW’s arsenal/way of managing, makes you think that he pulls Sori… This isn’t the first time he has done this… And it won’t be the last….

      • David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Who said I thought he would

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        Unh… Did you read your comment… And then read my response…

        You said why does he have to blow the save before MW pulls him… And I said, what makes you think MW would have, seeing as how this has happened before…

        I mean… I’m not making this up…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Why? Because MW is bone headed and refuses to replace closer til its to late. He has not pulled Soriano once before it was to late.

      Tells me he is a slow learner.

  126. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Why when a lefty up did he not go to Thorton.

    Of course if ALR fielded that shot it was am
    N easy double play, easy

  127. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Of course my friend asked clip pitch 9 great pitches. Was he ignored. I said because MW refuses to do it.

  128. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Thank you Harrison!

  129. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Replay showed cabrerra needed to catch it and Sanchez would be out by 45 feet

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    And this was against the bottom of the order wasn’t it?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Yes. Not murderer’s row here. Put the leadoff man on base and then melted down. You could see the writing on the wall although it would have been over if LaRoche catches that ball.

  131. exposedindc - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Sure MW will defend his so called closer in the post game, the advantage of having a 6 game lead I guess.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Correct, but why make the sa,me mistakes 3 times in 3 weeks.

  132. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    I guess I’m not upset… We’ve seen this before… And this same reaction of why didnt he pull sori sooner… This isn’t the first time and it won’t be the last…

    I guess sori won’t be available for the next 3 days now….

  133. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Can Taylor bunt?

  134. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Let’s start the last come back,

  135. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    I was stunned that ALR didn’t make the catch on the 2nd batter. Should have been a double play there, and much of this would not have happened.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      Sori should have picked him up…

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        Pitches tonight were not good enough. It was up to LaRoche Soriano didn’t have it, MW is so slow to notice when he doesn’t have it. Thorton was ready.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM

      Absolutely, as soon as those 2 outs weren’t recorded, I knew Soriano’s pitching wasn’t good enough to make up for that.

  136. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Taylor was way over matched. His two swings were pathetic.

    • dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      He’s been overmatched since his second game.

  137. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Ugly K by Taylor.

  138. exposedindc - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Wondering whose gonna snap first……FP or Ray Knight

  139. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    We got a base runner… Come on span… Triple time… Keep the line moving…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      They are playing so deep I think a ball down the line is the only way.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

        I’m hoping he hits it right down the 1st base line…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        Yep, that’s what you want to get Werth to 3rd base.

  140. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Don’t swing for the fences. Swing for a single and move the line.

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Melancon is all over the place.

  142. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Hoping Melancon uncorks a wild pitch.

  143. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Pitches tonight were not good enough. It was up to LaRoche Soriano didn’t have it, MW is so slow to notice when he doesn’t have it. Thorton was ready. What wait?

  144. dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Span is awesome!

  145. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Last time Cabrerra was up all hell broke loose.

  146. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Great AB!

  147. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Kinda surprised that Werth didnt steal… But Span has to steal… Melancolon isn’t checking the runner at 1st

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Didn’t steal in order to keep the hole open for Span.

  148. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Mrs B with you there, ball a breathing ball inside and he swings

  149. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Way to go D Span… Hit it where I said… :-)

  150. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Tied

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Cabrera! Way to go! That is something Espinosa couldn’t do but 1 out of 20 times or worse.

  152. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Regardless of what happens…this series has been nothing short of great… This is the preview of October baseball…

  153. dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Nats MVP–Mike Rizzo–Cabrera was an incredible pick up!

  154. knoxvillenat - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Skipping the Maalox and going with straight bourbon now.

  155. joemktg - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    FP right: game of the year. This is fun!

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    How did that ball stay in Marte’s glove.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      Good fortune.

  157. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Come on ALR make up for missing double okay ball

  158. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    He should walk LaRoche… And get to Ian… :-)

  159. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    LaRoche for a chance for redemption after his play at 1st on that liner in the top of the 9th.

    • dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      That wasn’t his fault.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        It wasn’t but a play you hope he makes as the ball found his glove. It did hit his glove by the way.

  160. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Strike 2 ball 2 same pitch.

  161. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Whattt swing damn it

  162. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    He swings at a slider in the dirt, high bast ball in the zone doesn’t bother. That was a drivable ball.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Again, you state the obvious. He was looking for something else.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        Really, MNF, it is not as easy to to identify pitches as you seem to think.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        He’s like a broken record on this stuff. I guess he forgot the 2 run game tying HR yesterday.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        When you are looking for something else then clip it foul.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        He’s not Span, Rendon or Werth. Some guys can do that and some can’t.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        I guess I listen to Tony Gwynn announce to much, he said just flick fouls on pitches you don’t like. Since he rarely struck out it worked for him.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        He obviously thought it was a ball. You always seem to think batters should be able to tell a slider from a fastball. It’s not easy.

  163. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Great pitch on ALR for strike 3. You can’t just watch that one go by.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Especially after swung at a 59 footers

  164. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    No walks in extra innings

  165. Danny - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Can we get ahead of guys please.

  166. dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Are Storen and Stammen unable to pitch?

  167. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Aroldis Chapman pulled and his team is up by 3 with bases loaded. He doesn’t have it and his manager realizes it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      You have to hope that MW realizes and isn’t necessarily this stubborn in October… He lives by the ‘people own innings’ way… I mean we can talk of a few occasions that this has happened…

      So idk…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Price was a pitching coach, I bet that helps.

      MW not once pulled Soriano before his damage.

      Good for Price.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        Something has to change. Some mental rest or something for Soriano. His velo has dropped from a month ago 3 MPH.

  168. dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Why is Espinosa in? Was there a double switch reason?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Must have.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

        Pitcher scheduled to bat fourth in the tenth. Espinosa in that spot, Det in the two hole.

    • dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Is MW planning on keeping Det in for a while?

  169. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Come on Desi… Do what you do best…and walk off with a blast to the BP…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Desi still -1

  170. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Why switch Cabrera for Espinosa? Seems a weird time to me.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Espi batting 9th

    • dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Double switch. MW must be planning to keep Det in for a while.

  171. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Challenge fastball to Bryce. Oh my.

  172. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Come on Buffalo first 2 batters were not ready for his fast ball.

  173. dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Pinch run for the Buffalo!

  174. nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Espinosa is going to walkoff here on his HR. You watch.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      is that right?

    • dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      Not quite 😉

      • nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        Just some positive thinking for the Nats.

  175. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Well MW wanted Det to pitch the 11th so we were stuck with lefty Espi

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Exactly. It was a good move.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM

        It took me to figure it all out And, yes, it was a good move now that I see who went where for whom!

  176. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Drew Stubbs homers for the walkoff. Hoover got 2 quick outs and still had 2 on base from Chapman and give up the 3 run tater.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      He took Chapman out fast enough but the next guy was no good either.

  177. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    In 2014 will MW pull a closer before they give up a leader?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      You can bet that Rizzo and MW will be having breakfast tomorrow to discuss this problem.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        It has happened too often. Always late.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        It has happened too often this year… I hate pitchers owning innings… We have talk bout this a lot… But I digress…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

        Me too. Davey was so darn stubborn with that. I loved when Randy Knorr pulled Soriano last year when he was the Manager after Davey was tosed.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Now watch tomorrow, someone will to words in my mouth and say that this is that whole Monday morning QB etc (hate that term) and accuse me of something that I didn’t say…

  178. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Nate Freiman HR for the A’s. Up 1-0

    • nats128 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Carp is reading your stuff.

      Freiman is a primetime guy.

  179. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Where the hell was ball 3

  180. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    OK Span get a hit, then Det can sac and Rendon can win it.

  181. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Forgot design batting 8th

  182. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    OK Span another hit time.

  183. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Wertwhile guy we got there. Glad he’s back in the lineup.

  184. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Come on blue. That’s not a strike.

  185. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Man, come on, Blue.

  186. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I’ve obviously lost the definition of strike vs balls….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      People hate my laser calls too.

  187. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    4 balls to Span

  188. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Bloop in front of the LF…

  189. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Span does exactly what he needed to do. Get it right side and hope it finds a hole.

  190. David Proctor - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Now can Hairston hit a fly ball?

  191. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Lord…. Scott. Hairston… Here we go…

  192. manassasnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Hairston time to make up for a year of stealing pay.

  193. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Wow…. Lol… Can do nothing but laugh…

  194. dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Way to go Scotty!

  195. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    VEverybody is contributing!

  196. unkyd59 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Hairston’s existence: Justified.

  197. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    What a nice win!

    • rayvil01 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      This team is super resilient. Impressive.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Just shook off all the f-ups. There were multiple ones!

  198. Another Tyler - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Untuck, Hairston!

  199. rayvil01 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    WOW!!!!!!!!

  200. dgourds - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Gettin’ that 2012 feel again!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Yup.

  201. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    EPIC SERIES… WITH HEROS EVERY SINGLE NIGHT….

    this was one of the best series… I wish I had recorded these games… This was awesome…

    • natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      They’ll be on Nats Classics, but we’ll have to wait a bit.

  202. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Multiple stars in this game. You go back to Fister holding that deficit to 2 was huge. How’s about Jayson Werth with the tying run and game winning run!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      I noticed that Fister turned around and said something to the infield after getting an out in the 7th. It looked like something to the effect of “Okay. Let’s go, guys.” Maybe they all made a pact for a quick inning on defense after he escaped the 6th with just the two unearned runs.

  203. Joe Seamhead - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Great job by so many guys again, but un-sung hero? Ross Detwiler for keeping us in it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      I mean I think a few pieces have to be given…

      1. Fister for his 6th inning jam and getting out of it with only 2 runs…
      2. Thornton for coming thru in the top of the 9th…
      3. Definitely Det for keeping them in this…
      4. Jayson Werth and his clutch at bats…
      5. Span for his timely hitting…
      6. Hairston with the pop fly…

      I mean how can we choose…

    • natsfan1a - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Agreed. Also some wolverine guy.

  204. knoxvillenat - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Turner stadium (or whatever it’s called) just had the air let out when the final score is posted.

    • raleighnatsfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Perhaps for some there, but at this point, the more realistic Braves fans are likely happier they gained on the Pirates in the wildcard hunt.

  205. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Ray Knight: I don’t know anyone in that clubhouse who didn’t make a contribution tonight

    Me: 1 player stands out.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Who… Scott Hairston???? :-) lol, I shouldn’t laugh at my own jokes…

      I can’t pick 1… I mean I listed it for Joe S above… I just can’t pick one…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        I was being a wise a$$. I was thinking of the 1 player who didn’t make a contribution in the game that appeared in the game. Initials are RS. Ray was being nice. I’m not.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      As you see, I am refusing to take the bait on Sori tonight… I didnt think he would be available after a lot of pitches on Friday… But I refuse to take the bait…. :-)

  206. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Matt cracked a smile for 1/10th of a second in the Press Conference.

  207. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    NEW POST

  208. mauimo22 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Thorton is new closer? Sure I’ll start this rumor…
    Don’t need Rafi’s salary next year. Untuck this!

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