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Game 123: Diamondbacks at Nats

Aug 18, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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Their season-opening Nos. 1 and 2 starters have struggled. Their young phenom outfielder hasn’t quite put it all together yet. Their face-of-the-franchise third baseman has missed most of the season due to injury. And their closer inspires confidence in few right now. … Yet the Nationals, owners of the best record in the NL, tonight will try to extend their winning streak to seven games. Suffice it to say, it’s been a strange season here.

After back-to-back sweeps of the Mets and Pirates, the Nationals now open a 4-game set with the Diamondbacks, who are slogging their way through a miserable season that has included plenty of injuries, including MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt. Jordan Zimmermann will be facing a lineup not exactly teeming with household names.

The Nationals’ lineup, on the other hand, welcomes back Jayson Werth (who is starting for the first time in eight days on the heels of his dramatic performance off the bench last night). One minor surprise: Despite left-hander Vidal Nuno pitching for Arizona, it’s Asdrubal Cabrera at second base, not Danny Espinosa.

Updates to come…

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Chance of storms, 82 degrees, Wind 8 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (69-53)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

DIAMONDBACKS (53-71)
CF Ender Inciarte
2B Aaron Hill
RF David Peralta
LF Mark Trumbo
C Miguel Montero
1B Jordan Pacheco
3B Jake Lamb
SS Didi Gregorius
LHP Vidal Nuno

UMPIRES
HP Bob Davidson (cc)
1B John Tumpane
2B Bill Welke
3B James Hoye

7:07 p.m. — We’re underway, though you wouldn’t know it much from the buzz (or lack thereof) in the ballpark tonight. It’s a paltry crowd. Not that Monday nights against the Diamondbacks usually bring them out in droves, but this is the smallest gathering we’ve seen here in a really long time.

7:23 p.m. — A scoreless first inning here. Both pitchers issued leadoff walks but both wiped out those runners. Zimmermann got a 3-6-3 double play grounder out of David Peralta. Vidal Nuno picked off Denard Span, though it sure looked like the D’backs lefty stepped toward the plate as he threw to first. No balk call, though, even with the one and only Bob Davidson behind the plate tonight.

7:32 p.m. — Nothing happening in the second inning for either team. Adam LaRoche did drive a ball to deep center, coming within a few feet of his sixth homer in 12 games, but he didn’t quite get enough of it to the deepest part of the park.

7:38 p.m. — Another nice double play turned by the Nats in the top of the third, with Rendon, Desmond and Cabrera combining on a nifty, 5-6-4 twin-killing on a bunt attempt. Three scoreless innings in the books for Zimmermann.

7:46 p.m. — Scary moment in the bottom of the third as Asdrubal Cabrera took Didi Gregorius’ knee to the side of his head while sliding into second base. He went down in a heap, and Gregorius immediately motioned to the Nationals’ dugout, with Matt Williams and Lee Kuntz racing out to check on their injured player. Cabrera eventually walked off the field very slowly, then said whatever he needed to say to convince Williams and Kuntz he could stay in the game. He’s back out there at second base for the top of the fourth of what remains a 0-0 game.

7:54 p.m. — Make it four scoreless innings for Zimmermann on a scant 39 pitches. Yes, 39 pitches. For comparison’s sake, at this same point two nights ago, Gio Gonzalez had thrown 79 pitches. Slight difference.

8:12 p.m. — The D’backs didn’t do much against Zimmermann in the top of the fifth, but they did just enough to plate the first run of the night. After Mark Trumbo drew a leadoff walk and Miguel Montero singled to right, Kirk Gibson made the slightly unconventional decision to have his No. 6 hitter (Jordan Pacheco) sacrifice bunt with two on and nobody out. It worked, though, because it put Trumbo in position to score on Jake Lamb’s sac fly to center. So the Nats trail 1-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, having been unable to get anything going so far against the crafty Nuno.

8:23 p.m. — Ugh, we just had a major TOOTBLAN by Bryce Harper. (If you don’t know what that means, check out this excellent website.) He lined a sharp single to right field, then made a wide turn around first base, froze and was dead meat. There simply was no chance of him trying to turn that into a double. None. What makes that all the more inexcusable is the fact that Harper is the guy who is always trying to throw behind the runner at first base, catching him too far off the base. That’s HIS move! Nats still down 1-0 after five.

8:35 p.m. — Nuno is just having his way with the Nats lineup. He’s through six scoreless innings, having allowed four singles and a walk while striking out six. Cabrera is the only guy on the roster who has ever seen him before, and it shows. They can’t seem to figure this lefty out at all. Still 1-0 heading to the seventh.

8:51 p.m. — Well, Wilson Ramos just figured out Nuno, and the Nats couldn’t be happier about that. The Buffalo destroyed a 1-2 breaking ball from Nuno to center field for a 2-run homer that suddenly puts this team up 2-1 heading to the eighth. Bout time.

9:08 p.m. — Uh-oh, Zimmermann just gave both runs right back. He was burned by a leadoff walk for the second time tonight, serving up a 2-run homer to Gregorius on a 3-2 fastball down and in. Thus ends an otherwise dominant night for the right-hander, who suddenly finds himself in line to take the loss unless the Nats can rally again. They now trail 3-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

9:19 p.m. — But back come the Nats. Span doubled, Rendon tripled and Werth drove in the go-ahead run with a sac fly. So it’s 4-3 Nats heading to the ninth, and here’s Tyler Clippard for the save after Rafael Soriano was used four of the last five days.

9:30 p.m. — Oh, no. Clippard served up a towering homer to David Peralta, off the facing of the second deck in right field, blowing the save. We’re going to the bottom of the ninth in what is now a 4-4 game. Crazy.

9:37 p.m. — And we’re going to extra innings again, folks, after Oliver Perez (yes, THAT Oliver Perez) retired the side in the bottom of the ninth. It’s Drew Storen to pitch the top of the 10th for the Nats.

9:48 p.m. — Peralta came within a couple inches of giving the D’backs the lead again, but his liner over first base was just foul, and Storen then got him to ground out, stranding the go-ahead runner on third. So we move to the bottom of the 10th.

9:58 p.m. — To the 11th, for the second straight day! Here’s Craig Stammen. I would imagine he’ll be going more than one inning if needed.

10:15 p.m. — Wow, what an escape act by Stammen. He loaded the bases with nobody out, then battled back to get out of it. He struck out Lamb and Gregorius, then got pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington to ground out to second. So we move to the bottom of the 11th, and it’s still 4-4.

10:23 p.m. — Adam LaRoche. First career walk-off homer. Nats have won 7 in a row, 3 in a row on walk-offs.

422 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Cabrera had a quote in the Post talking about how it’s been hard for him to adjust to playing against RHP only. He didn’t complain, but he made clear he sees himself as an everyday guy.

    Next time a LHP is up, he’s in there. Coincidence?

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Yes, I’d say coincidence, and the fact that he (Cabrera) has been playing well. The Nats are supposed to face Miley Thursday, so we’ll see if Danny starts then.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Not a coincidence.

    • Doc - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      As Boomer Berman would say, “Is it a coincidence….I think not.”

      Anyway, you have to pay the piper, and Cabrera got a big knock yesterday.

      Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Nats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Keep on stomping until the cowardly Braves are 25 games out!

    • Candide - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Cabrera has shown that the Nats give up little to nothing in the field when he’s at second instead of Danny. That behind-the-back flip yesterday was amazing.

      So having Danny in the lineup only makes sense if you think he provides a significant advantage at the plate.

      • David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Against LHP, he does.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Plus there is value in keeping Danny is fresh, in case he is needed.

  2. masterfishkeeper - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Let’s hope this isn’t Ender’s game, even though he’ll have the first at bat.

  3. Another Tyler - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Trumbo’s been hot since getting off the DL. .986 OPS in the last week, and that without any HR.

  4. natsfan1a - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Will be watching on tv again. Won’t be at the ballpark until Thursday, and Saturday.

    Go, Z’nn! Go, NATS!!

  5. Section 222 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I really hate the D-Backs. They intentionally threw at McCutcheon several times, finally knocking him to the DL. And they did it to retaliate for the injury to Goldschmidt who was obviously unintentionally hit by a pitch. They play dirty, as we know from the series a few years ago when they were throwing at Morse. I want a sweep of this sorry team, and then stomp on their necks for good measure.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      +1

    • natsfan1a - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      I don’t know. That guy who used to coach third base for them seems to be okay. ;-)

      That said, I like McCutchen, when he’s not facing us, and it’s a shame that he was hurt.

      “I really hate the D-Backs”

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Reposting from a prior thread:

      knoxvillenat – Aug 18, 2014 at 3:55 PM
      I don’t remember any incidents with Morse involved but I do recall back in 2011 the D-Backs hitting Werth a good bit in a series in Phoenix and Justin Upton being hit a few times by Nats pitchers that same series.

      • Section 222 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        That’s the series. I thought they hit Morse too, but you may be right. I know he hit a big extra inning homer in one of those games. That was sweet.

      • David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Yes. Remember Werth got into a shouting match with…Matt Williams.

      • janebeard - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        They hit Morse.

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

        http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/…/washington-nationals–arizona-diamondbac...
        Jun 5, 2011 – Nationals win wild 11-inning game against Arizona … Kirk Gibson were among four ejections, and Washington was hit by a pitch four times, … They put their first three batters on before Juan Miranda walked to force in a run.

        Interesting to go back and read this. Werth was hit three times in the series, Upton four,Espinosa twice and yes Morse was also hit. Ryan Zimmerman was on the DL with an injury and in one game, our closer Drew Storen, blew a three run lead in the ninth before the Nats came back to win in the eleventh inning.

  6. sjm308 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Lots of reading and little posting lately

    Great to read MicheleS and even better to have her patented WH at the end of games

    Have had the same hat on now for the last 6 days and while its not one of my favorites, no way am I changing.

    I have four games in 6 days with Lyle Lovett on Friday!! Pretty good week if I do say so.

    Have thoughts on the closer situation. Yes, he drives us nuts and yes, he has not been even close to good these last few days, but you can’t be warming up someone as soon as he comes into the game or you won’t have a bullpen left. I am all for giving Soriano a few days off to try and figure out what is wrong. We have ample experience in our pen as far as closers, but I want to communicate to all 3 of those guys (Clip, Storen and Thorton) that this is temporary. The more everyone can stay with what has worked so far, the better in my opinion.

    I have no problem with the untuck, I have no problem with his demeanor, I have no problem with him looking into his hat, and I have no problem with his contract. I don’t for a second believe he is a bad person or a me first kind of guy, or a bad teammate. Last night was honestly the first time I have heard him speak and he is challenged as far as language is concerned, but he was a stand up guy, he made no excuses and accepted that he was not good and needed to get better. He must have said at least 3 times how upset he was that he cost Fister the win. I bet Fister came up later and let him know that the team winning was more important.

    So bottom line to me is that Soriano will close for us when we are in the playoffs unless this is some sort of injury or honestly continues (and I don’t see that happening). I honestly don’t want anyone else warming up unless it is a situation like yesterday where you didn’t know if it was going to be a tie game or we were going to be ahead.
    I certainly would have used Thorton against Polanco but hindsight is wonderful in those situations. We will be fine

    Go Nats!!

    • npb99 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      ++ Awesome part about the hat. I see you wearing it all the time? Shower? Bedtime?

      And I tip my hat (just an expression, sorry) to you and other super fans who go to that many games. I’m weak in comparison, only go on average once a month.

  7. Candide - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    +1 except for this part: Have had the same hat on now for the last 6 days and while its not one of my favorites, no way am I changing.

    That’s a +5. Now we know why the Nats are so hot.

  8. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Back after missing four games while camping in the Cascades (which included keeping a watchful eye on a nasty looking fire across the lake from us — fortunately it was a big lake). Caught up this a.m. with those games — some sloppy defense and heart-stopping ninth innings, but a sweep is a sweep. Really surprised that the Braves took three from the A’s. Wow. But still a six game lead. Keep it up and keep the pressure on the Braves. GYFNG!

    • veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Me too. If they were only as good as what we had to endure.

  9. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Blake Treinan and Aaron Barrett both placed on the DL at Syracuse. Barrett got hurt covering first base. I’m not sure what happened with Treinan

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      Not good. Hope they both recover quickly so that they can join the team next month.

  10. bowdenball - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    I notice we haven’t seen any of those formerly incessant tweets and article notes and internet posts about the Nats’ record with and without Ryan Zimmerman this season.

    The death of another silly narrative.

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      Amen. I just hope it’s really dead, and not undead.

      Once the media picks them up, these narratives can be like zombies. Dumb as rocks, but terrorizing the innocent, and incredibly hard to kill.

  11. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Eric Fisher ‏@EricFisherSBJ 35s
    Judge Lawrence Marks rules in favor of MASN – MLB prevented from compelling RSN to pay RSDC award to Nationals

    So MASN gets their injunction. It’s temporary, but it’s still a blow.

  12. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Nats Injury Daze and Diamondbacks Series Preview

    Had some problems with my ‘puter, so not best, but most of the info is there, especially the rankings. The good news is I’m taking tomorrow off to go to a ballgame.

  13. NatsLady - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    The general consensus on the radio was don’t panic (yet) about Soriano. Give him a chance to work things out and if it’s still a problem in September, then worry.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      I think he needs rest just based on what I think was over-throwing to achieve velo. That’s like BP to a good Major League on a straight fastball.

      The ball hit to LaRoche was a missle and the ball that hit the wall was a missle.

      It could have been worse.

      • rayvil01 - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        I’m hoping it’s a Stammen redux. He was pitching BP for a while…got a rest…and was good the other night in a big spot.

        Saw something that Soriano was similarly bad in August last year. Then had a lights-out September. Don’t know if that’s good data or not.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    “Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko
    Treinen slept on his arm wrong. Will be good to start after 7-day DL stint is up. Barrett has minor back spasms. Feeling better today.”

    Sounds like they want them rested and ready.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Slept on his arm wrong? That’s a new one, at least for a DL stint.

    • Smyrcok - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Yeah I’ve used some excuses to skip work in my day but sleeping on my arm funny wasn’t one of them. Not that my arm is worth much at all to my organization. But glad to hear it’s that and nothing serious.

    • NatsLady - Aug 18, 2014 at 6:05 PM

      FWIW, I believe the Chiefs are in first place by four games (also with at 6-game streak going). . I know it doesn’t mean anything to us, but it may mean something to them to get a rotation ready for their playoffs…

  15. scnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    When rosters expand I’m surprised there hasn’t been anything I’ve seen about Laffey. Seems like he has earned a shot but I guess the 49 man holds him down.

  16. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Seems like the best chance we’ll get to see MWs Babe Ruth impression seeing we’ve got the DBacks for 4.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    A leadoff leadoff the game walk. Ugh.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Is Bob Davidson’s SZ as awful on TV as it looks on GameDay (ball 2looked completely in the zone and ball 1 mostly so.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        GameDay has no accuracy to reality. Not sure why they don’t use MLB Advanced Media which is what I believe MASN uses. BrooksBaseball is the official SZ and they don’t post up after the game.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      9 pitch inning… I will take that though…

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    JZim turns the pitcher’s best friend. Nice 3-6-3

  19. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Despite a 5 pitch walk to start the game, only 9 pitch first inning.

  20. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Braves already up 3 zip. Sigh.

    • Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Streakiest team ever.

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

      Inning still not over.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Double sigh as Vance worley on my fantesy team. On a brighter note JZim is also on my team.

  21. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Blue calling it a foot below the zone.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Bob Davidson sz is irratic

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

      Balking Bob must have a bobbling head tonight because he’s bobbing up and down and missing a lot.

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

    That’s a balk!!!!

    • Eric - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      So is that why MW was looking apoplectic? Looked sketch here, AND Span looked safe.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        I’ve never seen MW look that upset.. Or animated…. Tag just got Span. Ut not sure that’s worth a challenge… The missed balk is bigger.

      • Eric - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        Agreed on both counts. Too close to overturn, no balk ridiculous.

  24. unkyd59 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    At bat showed that as a 6 ball walk, to Span….

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      It was

  25. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Baking Bob you asleep?

  26. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    He never stepped off the rubber!!!!

    • davecydell - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      More Mush Mouth

  27. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Why didn’t we challenge he was safe.

  28. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    6 zip braves. F***

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Matt Williams was as ticked as I have seen him. Where’s Balking Bob when you needed him? Still trying to figure out the SZ.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Who was he ticked at? Looked like a balk and looked like Span was safe from our seats.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Ticked at the 1st base ump for missing an obvious balk.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Pedro isn’t helping playing first. Had wrong foot on the bag. That cost an out.

    • nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Are you talking about the Pittsburg game and Pedro Alvarez

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        Yes his foot work is terrible

  31. unkyd59 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    15 pitches, one actual strike… Don’t swing, fellas!!

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Pitt spots Atl to 6 runs in the 1st.

  33. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Sparse crowd tonight.

    • nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      Redskins at home. Monday night. Playing a last place team.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Since I worked til 6 couldn’t make it. Pre season football I might peak between innings, but more likely watch Pittsburgh try and come back.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    That hit didnt have the sound to me…

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    This guy can’t find the SZ… So yeah Desi, swing at the first pitch…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      That’s Desi. If it’s in the zone, He’s hacking. Almost got it.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    6 pitch inning for Nuno…. 6 pitches…

    • Eric - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Zinn follows up with 5. Nice.

  37. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    We better hit this scrub soon.

    • veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Relax. We got this.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    1st hit comes off a jam shot and quickly erased. Another slick doubleplay.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Ramos took a 1st pitch strike. He must have read Mrsb’s comments.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    As Asdrubal just showed, he can hit RH.

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    This guy is gonna get called for a balk real soon…

  42. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    Ouch…

    • smatt1001 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      That looked horrible. Hope he’s ok.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    That was scarey as FP was playing Doctor. No FP, he didn’t break his nose.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I was thinking… Broken nose??? Uhm, idk, about that one…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        FP seems very comfortable these days to just run his mouth.

  44. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    What happened to AC? I was watching the ball. No replay at the park.

    • Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      He got kicked in the face sliding into 2nd

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    “Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN
    Cabrera takes the field for top 4th, back to his position at second base. Must’ve passed whatever head injury test he was given on the spot.”

    FP had Asdrubal as road kill.

  46. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    No blood. Asdrubal is good to go. Its football season.

  47. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    JZ putting on a clinic in efficient pitches per inning.

  48. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Gio wouldn’t be through the first at this pitch count :

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Ouch!

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    38 pitches over 4 innings for JZim.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Anyone going Thursday?

  51. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Two strike fast ball and one in the sz brings no interest in ALR

  52. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Dez what was that.

  53. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Junkball pitchers like this have always given us trouble.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      Always

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    JZim’s longest AB of the night vs Trumbo.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      He threw too many balls, just hit the black you will get strikes

  55. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    40% of innings started with walks. That is not a good sign. Because of the walk ALR not in position to field the hut, which he would if no one is on base.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Why are you holding the slow Trumbo? I don’t get that. Let him take a lead.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        I can understand.

      • David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Even ALR will steal a base if you let him. Can’t let him just run free.

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

        You aren’t. You plant yourself 5 feet next to the bag. They do it all the time with slow runners.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Need a K here against Jake Lamb.

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

      0-2 count gets extended to 5 pitches.

      Of course the walk scores.

      Make them earn it. No gifts please

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Nice AB by Jake Lamb. Walk come backs to haunt. Have to IBB Didi Gregorious and get the pitcher.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

      Trumbo is usually a k candidate

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Little damage, but Zim violate my number 1 rule of starters. Never give up a run before you score.

  59. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Leadoff walk scores. Shocking.

    But it’s hard to complain about walks, we walk the fewest in MLB. Still annoying

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    I hadn’t realized this was the 5th inning already…

  61. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    6-2 Braves. Melvin Upton benched tonight.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Really? For what?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:23 PM

        For leading the league in K’s. For not hustling in the OF. Because Bonafacio gives them a better chance to win. Because B. J. s**k$ (stinks).

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        Lol… Okay, I was thinking he did something (or didnt do something) in tonight’s game and was pulled…. :-)

  62. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Time to pounce.

  63. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Bryce why?

  64. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    What was that about.

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Bryce Harper playing High School once again. Brain dead.

  66. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    What in the world are you doing Bryce?

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

      Now it looks even worse.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Why…. In… The… Hell….

  68. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    Of course Ramos follows with a hit. Of course.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    There was no reason to be anywhere but first base.

    Seems that Williams has yet to ride his ass yet.

    What is the point of a manager not punishing stupid base running.

  70. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Stop thinking you are gonna make some game changing play on a single. Be happy you got a hit, dammit.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Keep chipping away Bucs… Keep chipping away….

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Until Williams disciplines him he will keep doing stupid things

  73. scmargenau - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Seriously???

    He’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Right through stop sign

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Rounding the bag is fine, go if he bobbles, go back if he doesn’t it is not rocket science at all.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Lack of focus in the top and bottom of the 5th

  75. npb99 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    What a hotshot young Mr. Harper is.

  76. BurnedOnce - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    One word… Hubris.

  77. Whynat - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Charlie and Dave called Bryce move a little league play. He needs to start playing some MLB, or spend a day on the bench.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      I said Williams has yet to discipline him, why would he now? We would.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      We have been dealing with this ever since Bryce got called up. I call it High School because even then you can get away with it. This is the Big Leagues. It doesn’t work most of the time. The juice isn’t worth the squeeze Bryce. When are you going to learn?

  78. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Except for the pointless walk to Trombone Zim has been fine.

  79. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Top of order…pitcher tiring….This is the time.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      So far look just as bad third time, hope that changes.

  80. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    RGIII with an interception.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Who cares? Game doesn’t count.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        Not towards the standings but you hope RG progresses.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      I forgot they were on.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        ESPN

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        I knew I forgot, basically could care less about exhibition football when we are in oenet chase.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Span looked like a Harper swing for that K. Ball no where near the zone.

  82. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Diamondbacks 0-7 in Nuno starts

  83. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Apparently they celebrated a little too hard last night.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Apparently.

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Giving Nuño too many strikes and making him look good. Come on boys. Need 3 hits next inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      It most hi table pitch is the first, and too many people are taking.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    This guy’s career record 3-10, well over 4 ERA and we approach him like he Clayton Kershaw.

    Totally a stupid method. He throws strike 1 in the middle, but we let it go and start behind most at vats.

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Sigh…..

  87. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Bryce Harper singlehandely ruined the Nats best chance at a rally.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      That was bad, but not many are bothering to hit.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Put away these guys with 0-2 counts instead of pitching the high fast ball.

  89. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Prerty good toss by RG3

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    48 yard bomb by RGIII to get into the red zone. Now Nats need a bomb or even some singles. Need 3 hits here boys.

  91. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Jordan Zimmermann does NOT deserve a loss (or even a no-decision) for this game. Get him some runs, please.

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Desi walks again. What a streak he is on!

  93. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Dez walk? Somethings gotta happen now.

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Buffalo needs to go longball here because JZim needs a win.

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Ohhh that was it…..

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    I mean… Come in guys…. Let’s score 2 runs and call it a day..

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    And there it is….. WILSONNNNNNN!!!!!!!!

  98. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Vamos Ramos!!!! Wooooooo

  99. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Aug 18, 2014 at 8:48 PM
    Buffalo needs to go longball here because JZim needs a win.”

    Summoner. How do you keep doing this?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      I was wrong once yesterday on summoning. I start a new streak.

      • nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        +1

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Uhm, I don’t think ghost gets the call right here.. Check me out… :-)

  100. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Just like that.

  101. conatsguy - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Thank god we got Jordan the lead! He certainly been dealing.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Drew and Thornton in the pen.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Up and getting warm.

  102. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Leadoff walk.

  103. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Need that doubleplay ball here.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Pitch count aside. Going 8 innings is a long outing. I really hope JZim can get Gregorious and call it a night.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      It’s been at least 3/4 starts since he’s gone this long, I believe….

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    I want a CG for Jordan…. Save the BP…

  106. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    It’s 2-0. Pull JZ now.

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Wow… That’s awful….

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Unbelievable.

  109. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Oh well had a feeling Thornton was the move there.

  110. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Unreal Jordan.

  111. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Bleep.

  112. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Wow

  113. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    F***!!!!!!

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    I honestly didn’t expect JZim out for the 8th. Little to accomplish. That’s a darn shame.

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

      I just feel like the Nats should have more than 2 runs against this DBacks team…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

        That’s true but once JZim walked the leadoff man you had to pull him.

        I don’t get it.

    • dc27dan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Well, JZim was around 80 pitches and every reliever has been used multiple times in the past weekend with the exception of Blevins, and i don’t think that would have been a nice choice. I can’t blame MW on this one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        Pitch count only means so much. 7 full innings where he started to show signs of struggling and needed to be yanked after the walk.

  115. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Is Matt going to tell us JZ deserved a shot at a complete game?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      I was hoping he would… He’s been good tonight… But 2 runs against this DBacks team is not acceptable to me.. Sorry…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Might be but the W is more important.

    • veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      He was pitching well. tough luck. That is all.

  116. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Zimmermann has had to be pulled the last few starts

  117. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    RZ was out of gas, period.

    • veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      I thought he was on the DL?

  118. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Jordan was absolutely cruising, he’d have rightfully been PISSED if he were pulled. Nobody was saying to take Jordan out before he gave up the homer.

    Matt has hooked guys too late before, but not here. Nobody is to blame but JZ himself.

  119. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    I’m sure no o e in DBACKS country was saying pull Nino before Ramos’ 2 run HR. This is baseball .

  120. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Walks the leadoff (a .214 hitter if I remember) and he was cruising? Hilarious.

  121. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Again you go back to what you gain by leaving a pitcher in longer than necessary. Thornton still has to get 3 outs. You gained absolutely nothing but gave up the lead.

    This has to change. Fine if you bring out JZim to start the 8th but have a reliever heated up so 1st sign of trouble you grab your starter. You walk the leadoff man? Hook him.

    Very disappointed.

    • veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

      Get grip. JZIMM looked fine.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

        He did until the walk.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Both pitchers gave up lead offs before homers. Unwritten rule. In a tight game you just cannot walk people.

        Now clippard needs to save this.

  122. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    No Ghost–Proctor said RZ was “absolutely cruising.”

  123. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Robert Jordan Zimmermann I mean.

  124. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    It’s funny how some people here like to play 20/20 manager like they knew.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Let’s get the run(s) back… Come on guys…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

      Did you have any doubts?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

        Nope!!!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        I honestly thought they would have problems with Ziegler. I thought it would have to be against Addison Reed.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        I prefer the team to get to most bullpens… This diamdondbacks team is no different… I knew we would get to them…

        I’m still on the fence about JZim, btw, which is why I didn’t respond.. I mean you know my track record and how I’ve felt about about MW and his pitchers, whether it be starting or BP….

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    RENDON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  127. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Wow!

  128. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Wow what resiliency

  129. knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Tony Three Bags!

  130. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    There we go!!!!

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    BZ just blew it for the Snakes!

  132. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    There we go! Come in Mr Werth, bring Rendon home… Way to go top of the order…. Way to go!!!!

  133. Hiram Hover - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Anthony!

  134. conatsguy - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    buckle up Natstown! Going to be a ride

  135. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    The lead here would be nice. Never give up Nats!

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

    And there we go!!!!!! Way to go!!!!!

  137. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Werth delivers!

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

    Way to go JDub! Huge!

  139. Steady Eddie - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Just like we did against Ziegler last time we faced him, May 14. Span BB, Rendon 2B, Werth IBB, Desmond 1B (2 RBIs), TMo 1B (RBI).

  140. conatsguy - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    You called it Mrsb!

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

    Uhm, did their LF forget the number of outs or something… That was an awful throw…

    Thornton can’t go 2 innings?

    • Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Trumbo isn’t known for his defense and is a converted OF

  142. Steady Eddie - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Mrs B — Frandsen hit for him earlier this inning.

  143. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Fister w a JDUB gnome in his shirt. Classic.

  144. knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    And the Spandon team starts it off once again.

  145. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    OK clip

  146. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    veejh–man, the purpose of a board like this is for us to play manager! Goodness, let’s be honest about that.

  147. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Love Clipp to close this out.

  148. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Can you believe this stuff.

  149. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Now Nats will need a walkoff.

  150. knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Holy homer batman!

  151. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    What the hell was that Clippard.. And y’all know, I am not a Clippard fan…

  152. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Not as easy as it looks, huh?

  153. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I would’ve pitched Storen. Kidding I’m kidding!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Actually thought he was more rested, but thought he would pitch clippard.

  154. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Looks like we’ll have to walk off again.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      Yep. Clippard pumping in strikes. Just keep it tied Clip.

  155. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Good lord… Come on dammit…

  156. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    What a wild ride

  157. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Clippard imitating Soriano, but again people thought because he has been great in 8th means great in 9th. Obviously doesn’t.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      No, he had a 2 strike pitch and went for the K and it hung. It happens. Hold it right here Clip.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      He tried to give him three offspeeds in a row. Peralta was clearly waiting on it. Why didn’t he throw him something unhittable to chase on 0-2?

      I totally understand wanting to give Clip the chance to close, but he had pitched in four out of the last five games — Wednesday (11 pitches vs. Mets), Thursday (10 pitches vs. Mets), Friday (10 pitches vs. Bucs), Sunday (7 pitches vs. Bucs). Not a huge load but he probably threw many more than that in the pen.

      Storen had thrown 7 pitches on Friday and 9 on Wednesday, and that was it for the past week.

  158. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Lamb up…212 hitter…the guy Jordan walked as leadoff when Jordan was “cruising.”

  159. Section 222 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Closing must be hard.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      That’s a fair statement.

  160. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Splitter time

  161. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I love how people immediately start to equate Clip giving up that HR with Soriano’s woes. Come on and twist your head on. The 1 run save is the slimest of margins. If you have Clip 2, you are home with the W. Just saying.

    • adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Although not equating it, I think the thought here is that: all those who wanted to dump Soriano from being “the closer” got their wish tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        We saw the same when Storen blew his save chance but I think this was different.

      • adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Agreed. But the point, for those of us who aren’t in panic mode, is that you don’t yank your closer just because he’s in a rough patch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        Not sure what you are trying to say. Matt Williams wasn’t going to use Soriano tonight.

      • adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        I’ll be more plain.

        Some folks want to get rid of Soriano as a closer. Others, like me, think that is a panic-mode move. Those in the latter camp are pointing out to those in the former camp that closing is hard, and if you use Clip, or Storen, or, whoever, they’re going to blow some saves, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Gotcha. He needs a long rest. When he was throwing 94 he was like a new guy. Now he’s like a tired guy.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      I did wonder why Clip got the call… When he got hit hard yesterday (had the good fortunate of the sick DP yesterday)… Why not go with Storen?

      I’m just wondering Mw’s thought process on this…

  162. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Just a bad 0-2 mistake there. Ok, let’s walk off

  163. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Is it more frustrating when Soriano blows a save? Now let’s get Clippard the vultured win with a walkoff.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      Easily frustrating regardless if pitcher

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      I think it’s more frustrating for those people who don’t genuinely like Sori, like he’s done something to them personally…

      So it just makes it worst..

      For me, idc who the hell it is, do your damn job and don’t give up any runs… So clip failed in that regard….

      Just a see saw game that I got faith in us winning.

  164. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Bryce it’s your turn

  165. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Well, I missed the walk-offs in the Pirates series, so how about one now?

  166. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Clip pitched yesterday…. Why not go with a rested Storen?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      Because MW not a good bullpen selector yet.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

      Good question.

    • Steady Eddie - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      My answer from upthread (I agree) —

      I totally understand wanting to give Clip the chance to close, but he had pitched in four out of the last five games — Wednesday (11 pitches vs. Mets), Thursday (10 pitches vs. Mets), Friday (10 pitches vs. Bucs), Sunday (7 pitches vs. Bucs). Not a huge load but he probably threw many more than that in the pen.

      Storen had thrown 7 pitches on Friday and 9 on Wednesday, and that was it for the past week.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        We see where Sori hasn’t fared well with the ‘over-usage’… And we’ve heard MW speak about wanting to rest clip and sori and Storen more…
        So it’s just kinda odd to me that clip was called..

        But I digress, hopefully they will end it next inning.

  167. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Win it

  168. Section 222 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Two walkoffs in a row wasn’t enough. Let’s go for three!

  169. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Please strikes only.

  170. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Was that ball 4 that Ian swung through?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Pitch track said in the zone. Fast ball just clobber it don’t swing and miss

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Not according to P/t

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        I know it was close. 3-2 count can’t blame him. Great lefty pitch on a righty.

  171. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Desi by the way has 5 walks in his last 7 games.

  172. Drew - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Why is MASN showing last night’s game again?

  173. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I go outside for a minute and I come back at Clippard blew the save…

  174. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Predictable result there

  175. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I like this matchup for Wilson here.

  176. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Harper looks “totally lost.”

    • Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      Against lefty specialists yes he always does

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        Didi bombs JZim and barely touches Storen’s

  177. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Extra innings… Here we come…

  178. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    See how he pitched the 9th. 3 pathetic at bats. Would be nice if our pitchers would star pitching the 9th like that.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Yeah, if only they had the AZ bullpen, they might be in first place or something. Like the DBax.

  179. knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    All these extra innings games aren’t doing our bullpen any favors.

  180. Another Tyler - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    So much extra baseball these days. Three in a row, please!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      You want one tomorrow, we won Saturday in the 9th

      • Another Tyler - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

        Sorry, wrote in haste. I meant: so much extra baseball in general, three walkoffs in a row please. Please!

  181. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Hasn’t been easy lately. We are resilient. This is good.

  182. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Thought Drew almost flipped that over LaRoche

  183. BurnedOnce - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Why am I not in traffic heading home after a 5-4 win in 8.5 innings? Because Harper is full of himself. If we lose it’s on him. If we win it will be in spite of him. Even if he scores the winning run because his team had to work extra because of his boneheadedness.

  184. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Storen slider looks sharp.

    • Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      He’s got all of his pitches working

  185. Johnd - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Why is Drew Storen not our closer???

  186. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Storen you can’t do it the easy way either

  187. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    BurnedOnce re Harper: It is staggering how bad Bryce is on the bases. He truly is a human blooper reel out there. He seems to have it in his mind that while the other players on the team must play smart baseball, he’s in his own world and can do whatever he wants.

    Easily the worse base runner I have ever seen. Stupid. A combination of Lloyd Christmas and Walter Mitty.

    When he gets his first hit of the game we should pinch run for him.

  188. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Drew, pull yourself together.

  189. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Id bring in Blevins here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Yah, and MW won’t even think of it.

    • Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Whew

  190. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Storen just allows the runner to take 3rd. smh

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Storen was not very sharp but at least no rounds.

      Are our bullpen guys worn out or what?

  191. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Storen not even bothered to hold the runner then a 4 pitch walk. What happened

  192. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Heart in my throat there now K him!

  193. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Stores gave up no runs… He did his job…

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      Yep, MrsB in a very Soriano style

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Yep… Idc how ugly it looked, he did his job.. Should have been out there in the 9th but whatevs….

  194. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Too much plate on 0-2 there for Drew we are fortunate

  195. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    We need to walk-off here because Blevins is up next.

  196. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Storen loses his mind when a runner gets on base. That’s what I can’t stand. He got out of it but had pitches to use on 0-2 and gives Peralta something to get wood on. Luckily got out of that one.

  197. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Stressful inning. I can’t take this.

  198. conatsguy - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    If tonight was a closer audition, Thorton wins..

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Best tonight.

  199. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Let’s win it now, this is getting rediculous on our bullpen, we need rest.

  200. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    We seem to be the only team without the super fast pitchers in the bullpen.

  201. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    I’ll take a walk please

  202. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Cabrerra pull it or go the wat we could go home.

  203. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Good poke by Cabrera. Close. What Nat will step up tonight in the OT.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Hit it where it was pitched up the middle.

      That is why Hairston needs to hit the first strike,because if not he strikes out.

    • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      Raises hand.

      ALR!

  204. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Hairston 2 nights in a row?

  205. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Scott.
    Hairston.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      I just so not understand why he is on the team…. And WHY IN THE HELL IS HE FACING A RHP.

      • adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        Righties hit this pitcher much better than lefties.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        To win last night’s game against a RHP. But in general he has been worthless

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Righties maybe… But not Scott Hairston… And his 111 average against righties…

        I can’t with him…

    • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 12:06 AM

      I love when u post it like that.

      Scott.
      Hairston.

      Very EE Cummings. I can feel your scorn,,,and I like it.

  206. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Filthy

  207. adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Hairston: 6 of his last 7 AB’s have been strike-outs.

  208. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Their last 2 relievers have out pitched our last two. Time to pick up the pace.

  209. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Stammen just pitched 3 innings a couple days ago. I don’t like using him again.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      +1

  210. veejh - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    All these extras games are no bueno

  211. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Last time I was at park in an 11th Stammen stunk the joint up in the 11th.

    History do not repeat.

  212. Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Crowd thinned out a bunch. Tough play for Desi.

  213. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Get that doubleplay. Lets go Nats. Hold tough here.

  214. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Here we go. Need to pitch tough.

  215. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Need the sinker working

  216. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Come on Stammen

  217. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Throw strikes Craig.

  218. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    My goodness this is what he did when I was there in the 11t.

  219. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    4 straight balls. Are you kidding me????????

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      We have had the wrong pitcher each of the last 4 inning except Thorton.

  220. nats128 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Talk about creating your own jam.

  221. Danny - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Walks always score. Need a miracle

    • adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Apparently: not always.

  222. knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Didn’t Stammen go 3 innings Saturday night ?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Yes, that is why we are all surprised he is back

  223. Drew - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    You cannot walk that guy.

    Boo!

  224. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    They are giving you an out throw strikes

  225. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    What are you thinking Stammen?

  226. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Sigh…

  227. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I don’t blame Stammen… This game should have been over in the 9th inning…

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

      Agreed.

  228. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I hate McCatty always out way after the trouble is boiling. Come out and save it way earlier.

    • adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      You can only go out once per inning (per pitcher). You can’t go out at the drop of a hat.

  229. stoatva - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Wow, you mean the hitter doesn’t have to swing for a home run every pitch? Who knew?

  230. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    I feel bad for Craig. He threw 3 innings less than 48 hours ago. I don’t care that it was 31 pitches. 31 pitches + warmups. It’s asking a lot of him to be sharp.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      When your the long guy you got to do what you got to do. He can thank Clippard though.

  231. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Coming in a 250 hitter becomes a 400 hitter

  232. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    First 2 pitches great now k him immediately.

  233. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Clippard 13 great games in a row. Put him in the save situation he can’t produce. Too bad.

  234. adcwonk - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Same old, same old.

    Pitcher loads the bases with nobody out. McCatty goes out for a chat. Pitcher then strikes out the next two guys.

    How does he do that?!?

  235. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    STAMMEN!

  236. David Proctor - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Wow, he did it. Wow.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      One of the grittiest performances of the year.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Now get him a win. We haven’t had a good at bat since Werth’s sac felt except cabrerra’s hit to center

  237. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Srammen pulling his Soriano imitation.

    Wish these guys would quit that.

  238. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    That was just sick…

    Standing ovation for CS… Let’s end it here peeps… Let’s end it here…

  239. conatsguy - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Wow- Are we having fun yet?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      Had Pittsburgh it would be more fun.

  240. Drew - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Hou. Freaking. Dini.

  241. stoatva - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Never. In. Doubt.

  242. Another Tyler - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    StammenistaMAN!

  243. npb99 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Stammen!

  244. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Hit a double Jayson….

  245. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    How about moving the line

  246. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    We have looked terrible since the 9th. We are going for homers, not base hits.

  247. coollikelivo - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Time for an Adam Bomb!

    • coollikelivo - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      I called it!!!!!

      • scmargenau - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        “Like”

  248. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Come on Adam… Walk them off…

    That was ugly Werth…

    • scmargenau - Aug 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Nice call mrs B!!!

  249. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Strike 1 to LaRoche was a home run fast ball taken.

  250. coop202 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Don’t worry he just has a 9 era

  251. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Here we go now fun

  252. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Thank you Adam LaRoche!

  253. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Thank ya kindly……

  254. stoatva - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    That, ladies and germs, is a professional hitter.

  255. breakbad1 - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    BOOOOOM!

  256. Drew - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Are you kidding me? Wow!

  257. conatsguy - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    In your face Snakes!

  258. Another Tyler - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    OH MAN so great! LaRoche and Stammen!

  259. knoxvillenat - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Take that you Barves!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      Braves 4 in a row and gained zero

  260. manassasnatsfan - Aug 18, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Wow maalox free through the three. I guess 6 games up helps

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