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Game 123: Diamondbacks at Nats

Aug 18, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

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

    I’ll take a walk please

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

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

  3. 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!

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

    Hairston 2 nights in a row?

  5. 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.

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

    Filthy

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

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

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

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

  9. 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

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

    All these extras games are no bueno

  11. 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.

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

    Crowd thinned out a bunch. Tough play for Desi.

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

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

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

    Here we go. Need to pitch tough.

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

    Need the sinker working

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

    Come on Stammen

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

    Throw strikes Craig.

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

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

  19. 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.

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

    Talk about creating your own jam.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

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

    You cannot walk that guy.

    Boo!

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

    They are giving you an out throw strikes

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

    What are you thinking Stammen?

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

    Sigh…

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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?

  30. 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.

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

    Coming in a 250 hitter becomes a 400 hitter

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

    First 2 pitches great now k him immediately.

  33. 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.

  34. 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?!?

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

    STAMMEN!

  36. 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

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

    Srammen pulling his Soriano imitation.

    Wish these guys would quit that.

  38. 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…

  39. 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.

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

    Hou. Freaking. Dini.

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

    Never. In. Doubt.

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

    StammenistaMAN!

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

    Stammen!

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

    Hit a double Jayson….

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

    How about moving the line

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

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

  47. 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”

  48. 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!!!

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

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

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

    Don’t worry he just has a 9 era

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

    Here we go now fun

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

    Thank you Adam LaRoche!

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

    Thank ya kindly……

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

    That, ladies and germs, is a professional hitter.

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

    BOOOOOM!

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

    Are you kidding me? Wow!

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

    In your face Snakes!

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

    OH MAN so great! LaRoche and Stammen!

  59. 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

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

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

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