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Game 124: Diamondbacks at Nats

Aug 19, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

There have been only three winning streaks of at least eight games in Nationals history (a 10-gamer in June 2005, an 8-gamer in June 2011 and another 8-gamer in August 2012). So tonight, they’ll go for their fourth such streak over the last 10 seasons, trying to beat the Diamondbacks again (though perhaps not in extra innings, for a change).

Given the beat-up nature of their bullpen, the Nationals desperately need innings tonight from Stephen Strasburg. He has gone at least seven innings 12 times in 26 starts this season (eight times in 13 starts at home) so he would appear to be in a good position to do that tonight.

Right-hander Chase Anderson gets the ball for Arizona. 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: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (70-53)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Stephen Strasburg

DIAMONDBACKS (53-72)
CF Ender Inciarte
2B Aaron Hill
RF David Peralta
LF Mark Trumbo
C Miguel Montero
1B Jordan Pacheco
3B Jake Lamb
SS Didi Gregorius
RHP Chase Anderson

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

7:07 p.m. — And we’re underway as Stephen Strasburg delivers strike one to Ender Inciarte.

7:14 p.m. — And just like that, the Nats are down 1-0. David Peralta, who homered off Tyler Clippard in the ninth inning last night, did to Strasburg in the first inning tonight, hammering a 2-2 fastball to right-center. It was 96 mph and on a platter. That’s the 19th homer allowed by Strasburg this season, the 14th off a fastball.

7:28 p.m. — Nothing on the board for the Nats in the bottom of the first, but Denard Span did draw a leadoff walk. So, after going three straight games without reaching base on the heels of his 36-game streak, he has now reached base in nine of his last 20 plate appearances. Not bad. Unfortunately, despite three well-struck balls by Anthony Rendon, Jayson Werth and Adam LaRoche, Span never advanced beyond first base. 1-0 D’backs after one.

7:52 p.m. — The Nats tried to get something going in the bottom of the second, getting a single from Ian Desmond and a 1-out walk from Asdrubal Cabrera. But they again couldn’t advance any runners. Bryce Harper and Jose Lobaton struck out. Strasburg nearly helped his own cause with a drive to right field, but Peralta tracked it down, leaving this a 1-0 game heading to the third.

8:30 p.m. — It’s not 1-0 anymore. The Nats exploded for six runs in the bottom of the third, driving Anderson from the game and plating all six runs before making even one out in the inning. The big hits: Werth’s RBI single to center, Desmond’s 2-run single to left and Cabrera’s 3-run double to right-center off reliever Eury de la Rosa. Just like that, the Nats have opened up a big lead for Strasburg. It’s 6-1 heading to the fourth.

8:40 p.m. — Strasburg, meanwhile, is through four innings on 49 pitches. He’s doing exactly what the Nats need him to do tonight with a taxed bullpen.

8:51 p.m. — Make it five innings on 58 pitches.

9:29 p.m. — Chase here taking over for Mark, as he begins his game story. We are now in the seventh inning stretch with the Nationals up 8-1. They added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a Desmond 2-RBI single. That gave him four RBI on the night and 77 on the season. He is now three away from tying the career-high of 80 he set in 2013. Strasburg, by the way, is now at 197 strikeouts on the year. That ties his career-high from 2012. Up next is the bottom of the seventh with Cabrera set to lead off.

9:37 p.m. — The bottom of the seventh was a quiet inning for the Nats, as Cabrera, Lobaton and Strasburg went down in order. Strasburg will now head out for the eighth inning having thrown 85 pitches through seven. We’ll see if he can go the distance in this one.

9:52 p.m. — Looks like Strasburg will not get a shot at a complete game, as Jerry Blevins is now in to pitch to the top of the ninth with an 8-1 lead. Nats looking to close this one out and make it eight straight.

10:00 p.m. — Blevins goes 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth and the Nats beat the D-Backs for their 8th consecutive win. Final score is 8-1.

202 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. natsbro - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    McLouth out for the remainder of the season. Probably best for both him and the good of the team. Nate Schierholtz couldn’t possibly do much worth offensively than McLouth can he?

    Get well soon Nate…err Nate McLouth that is. Be ready to make an impact next year!

    • natsbro - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      **much WORSE offensively..

    • bowdenball - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      McLouth’s OBP this season (his worst by a mile) was still 40 points higher than Schierholtz. Plus McLouth is a better baserunner. So amazingly the answer is yes, he could be worse offensively.

      • langleyclub - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Schierholtz is hitting .190 with a .243 OBP against righties (which would be his role, if any).

        Would rather have Souza or Taylor right now as a reserve OF, even as RH hitters. Souza has never gotten a chance but was probably the best offensive player in all of AAA baseball. He is a better OF and a better base-runner than Schierholtz. He is a better fourth OF option than Scheirholtz, regardless of the fact that Souza hits right-handed.

        Until Souza can return, Taylor is the best defensive OF of the bunch and ridiculously fast. Lost in the many heros in the Sunday win over the Pirates was that Taylor’s speed forced the bad throw which helped key the big late inning rally. If Nate Schierholtz is on third the Nats lose that game. There is a reason why the awful Cubs released Scheirholtz despite a two year 10 million commitment to him: he sucked.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        In September baseball you can have all three of them on the bench. And pinch run Michael Taylor if Nate Schierholtz ends up on base.

      • janebeard - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        Hmmmm. I keep Michael Taylor over Schierholtz. But I’m not the manager.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      There’s your answer on the 40 man roster. I assume McLouth will go on the 60 day DL immediately, or at least when they want to add the other Nate.

  3. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Go, SS! Go, NATS!!

  4. masterfishkeeper - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Post has a different lineup, with Lobaton playing and batting eighth.

  5. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Interesting that Lobaton is catching Strasburg again after their success together in NY. Probably intentional, but hasn’t Strasburg said how much he likes throwing to Ramos?

    Of course Ramos needed a day off anyway with all the extra inning games.

    • Smyrcok - Aug 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      I always remembered it as a successful pairing with Ramos. Didn’t someone do a write up after the NYM game about the different pitch calls between the two catchers when Stras is on the mound? Ramos prefers the fastball and Loby calls more off speed? Or did I dream that?

      • David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Lobaton likes to call a lot of changeups. The Rays emphasize the change very heavily and he has carried that. Ramos is more fastball/curve. That’s how I recall it at least.

        But last time with Lobaton catching, Strasburg threw a lot of fastballs and curves and very few changeups. So who knows

      • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        But last time with Lobaton catching, Strasburg threw a lot of fastballs

        More specifically, he threw a lot of 2-seamers, which worked extremely well.

  6. thomaswell - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    tonight would be great time for a complete game from Stras

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Dream on. If we get 7, that will suffice.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Exactly. Don’t let the best be the enemy of the good.

      • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        Let’s go for a scoreless first. First.

  7. sjm308 - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    I was going to comment that I could not remember back to back games where both teams fielded the exact same lineups, but if Lobaton is in, never mind

    Looking forward to getting wonk in 308

    Go Nats!

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Get it done Stras

  9. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Pitch well. Score early and often. GYFNG!

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      No doubt. A 6 run lead would be nice for a change.

      • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        Nooooooo!!!! The dreaded 6 run lead!!!

  10. slidell2 - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Braves-Pirates is the Free Game of the Day.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      What? They couldn’t sell any tickets?

      • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

        LOL +1 ;-)

        More seriously: I hope McCutcheon breaks out tonight in a big way!

    • janebeard - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      I hope Andrew McCutcheon is ready to make up for lost time!

  11. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I’ll be in Sec 308 row C tonight.

    I’ll try to get there early enough to hang at the picnic tables behind 312.

    I’ve got a beard, and a boring white button down shirt (I’m coming from work). Mrs Wonk will have pink Nats hat.

    Hope to see some of you there before the game.

    (Like another said: I rarely wander around once the game starts . . . well, unless we have a six (gagh, no seven ;-) run lead.

  12. davecydell - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    “So tonight, they’ll go for their fourth such streak over the last 10 seasons,”

    Maybe so , but vegas gives 210 for 100 against “coinflip” stras.

    Hard to pass up.

  13. scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Ok in all fairness I called for Storen over Sori. fail. Then I wanted Clip. Fail. Grant Paulsen and the Junks both did long segments on how Sori is not a post season option unless we want an early exit. Closer by committee is what is suggested. Now, I’m not sure.

    One thing I am sure of. I’m glad I’m not, nor any of us, the GM

    :/)

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      The Junks don’t know diddly about baseball. They can stick w the Skins

    • zmunchkin - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      One thing is a sure fire safe bet – never, ever, ever go with something suggested by the morons on the so-called sports radio stations in town.

      Phil Wood, who does the post-game show, and not a regular show is great. And his perspectives are worth their weight in gold. The rest of em? Lets not go there!

      • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Phil is good…but he can lull u to sleep better than ambien

      • raleighnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM

        +1

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Six weeks until the post-season — assuming the Nats make it. Lots (and lots) can happen between now and October. I’d suggest waiting until at least the — oh, let’s say — final weekend in September before deciding who will take on what role (pitching or in the line-up) in the playoffs (knock on wood).

      • zmunchkin - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:40 PM

        +1

      • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        EiO – I agree. But we really won’t know about the Sori speculation until a playoff game..

        All we know now is what our eyes and individual perceptions tell us.

    • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Closer by committee is what is suggested

      (Snort). Right, because that works with so many other championship teams. Not.

      • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        It makes sense logically. Use clip when hot and starter goes long. storen against a trio that struggles with breaking stuff, Thornton vs lefties.

        Still, not sure it works in the “real world”

      • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        Wonk. How many have tried? Maybe it’s time to evolve a tad. ?

      • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:29 PM

        Perhaps. Conventional wisdom is that it’s easier if folks have “roles” — which is why lineups stay fairly stable, etc etc. Conventional wisdom isn’t always right, but it often is.

  14. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Quoting a USA Today tweet, MLBTR reports the Diamondbacks plan to keep Kirk Gibson for the 2015 season. Query: Will that fire-up or demoralize the 2014 team the Nats are currently playing?

    • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      In fairness to Gibson, it must be noted that the D-Backs were struck with much worse injury problems, right off the bat, than the Nats were.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    No way Stras.

  16. scmargenau - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Oh boy.

  17. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Come on Stras….right down the pike.

  18. Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Where’s the breaking ball……..

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      He was hitting 96 pretty consistently w movement. F***

  19. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    So much for a scoreless top of the first.

  20. Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Threw the curve a batter too late

  21. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Ball is carrying to RF, because that ball did not have the sound at all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Check your ears. That ball was crushed. Wind blowing in actually.

      • David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        I’m listening to C&D and it did not sound like a HR ball to me. I couldn’t see where it landed

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Tell C&D to adjust their volume. LOL

      • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        You guys never agree.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        We do agree a lot but don’t need to say it all the time.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Stras was cruising. That HR came on a 2-2 pitch and the 11th pitch of the inning. Fastball location and movement cost Stras.

  23. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Okay, now is the time to try the ‘do unto others as others have done unto you’ approach.

  24. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Just got under it.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Strasburg only one badly located pitch and it goes. Goes to shows he can’t afford to mislocate ant pitches if that is the result.

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      Except no pitcher perfectly locates every pitch.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        But you have to be prepared to pay the price if you don’t

  26. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    We line out sharply, they have that little squibber sneak through.

    But Strasburg gets the DP right after.

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:38 PM

      Was agood pitch from stras…Pacheco went down and got it.

  27. acsportsfn - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Got Thursday tickets…If Nats can sweep, it would be a 10 game streak and Matt Williams promised to do his Babe Ruth impression! Hope I didn’t jink it. Is that the same as talking about a nohitter in game?

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Herang knocks in a run for the Braves

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Harper k on a ball in the dirt

  30. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Strasesque change got Bryce. Good pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Strasburg doesn’t pitch it enough.

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Talk about stealing off of the pitcher!. Desi!

  32. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    This guys throws a lot of balls so far, should have lots of good counts, unless we swing at early pitches out of the zone.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Notice their pitching coach visits early. McCatty is always late. (Williams choice)

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Loboton ain’t no Buffalo

  35. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    This guy is painfully slow.

  36. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    41 thru 2….bueno

  37. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Herang put the Braves on the board Strasburg couldn’t match him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Hit hard enough, just too high.

  38. acsportsfn - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Somebody tell our guys its the eighth inning please.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:54 PM

      Later the better lately.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Its pitchers like this that we need a game clock on.

  40. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Braves up 4-0. Guess we’ll have to win again.

  41. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Second time through, we should be able to score this inning.

  42. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Let’s move Span around , fellows.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Could Anderson be any slower?

  44. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Span is just roasting hot right now. Love it.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    3 chances at RISP. HAD 2 previously

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    DiDi can’t grab it. Great over spin.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Werhtiness

  48. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Time to pile it on

  49. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Thank you Mr. Werth!

  50. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    LaRoche wanted that first pitch fastball, but alas it was a change up.

  51. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Anderson is slower than molassas

  52. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Did somebody let one? It smells.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Aah, the air has been cleared.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        Thank you, Mr. Moderator.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

      +1

  53. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    60 pitches only 6 outs

  54. Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    That was a great ab

  55. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Desi

  56. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Killer instinct.

  57. Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Desmond’s first pitch approach Taketh and GIVETH

  58. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    And many thanks to Mr. Desmond!

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Desi first ball hitting after a walk. Anyone complaining now?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      If he had only waited he coulda gotten an XB hit…How’s that?

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      And it wasn’t a fastball. It looked like a curve.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Generally speaking, I would complain… And I will not change my mind about it… It worked this time…

      But if you want to be crass, do your thing…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        I agree but one player who isn’t changing is Desi

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        I generally think comments I like this are unneccessary becuz had he hit into a DP, the screams would have been why bail this pitcher out after he walked LaRoche… It worked in our favor this time… Just be glad for it…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        Exactly. I was being facetious but Desi is the only guy who will never change.

  60. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Dez, my boy

  61. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Hi and outside driven fair to left would be fine, fouled left not so fine

  62. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    That looked like it would go deeper, keep the line moving

  63. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Ok, time to just blow this billy out. No mercy

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      I am with you.

  64. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Next.

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

    Come on Azdrubal

  66. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Cabrerra fouled it hard off his foot. He did that list week too.

  67. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Asdrubal needs a nick name.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Maybe something like “Slugger.”

    • Another Tyler - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      My Mariners fan friend calls him “Drubie” and is still sad that they traded him. I am sure we can do better than Drubie.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      I have been pushing “A-Drub” (rhymes with J-Dub)!

  68. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Crooked 3rd. Bout time.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    The ball never made it to the plate. Glad Ramos is getting a break, but Loboton take advantage of your chances don’t squander them.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Come on Denard let’s not leave a runner at second

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    At any rate, I’m glad this guy is gone… He was awfully slow… It’s 830 and it’s only the 3rd inning…

    • Eric - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Seriously. He was driving me CRAZY. Sheesh.

  72. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    They even made the reliever who came in throw 22 pitches to get out of it.

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

    Cabrera hit Del la Rosa well. The other three swung at bad pitches.

    He threw a lot of balls, just swing at the strikes.

    Now a quick shut down inning is in order

  74. Eric - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Joe S:
    “Asdrubal needs a nick name.”

    How about Bull (AsdruBull)?

    • Eric - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:35 PM

      Maybe too similar to Buffalo, but they are both from Venezuela….

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        I like it. Da Bull!

  75. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Damn it Strasburg first pitch was great then you started pitching all over.

    Make this a fast inning.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Keep fast balls low and mix in some curves and change ups, and you will be fine.

  77. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    What was wrong with the third to Trumbo?

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    Need more runs…. Nats and 6 runs don’t sit well with me…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      Papa john with one more

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        They need to go into a business relationship with Ledo’s…

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Now we’re talk in’ Mrs B. I’m all in for Ledo’s

    • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Mrs Wonk just turned to me and said “no worries, it’s 6-1, not 6-0″ ;-)

      • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Mrs Wonk says (to all the 6 run worriers, as Ian hits in two): “see? I got everything under control here”
        ;-)

  79. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Braves up 8-1. Need to score a few extras now

  80. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    THAT was beautiful technique from The Lobaton on that blocked pitch. Lots of guys get in front of that, sure, but he did about six or seven subtle things right, there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      +1

  81. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Let’s not rest on our laurels. A few more tack on runs. This guys is no good but Cabrera the only one that hit him so far.

  82. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Good times in Natstown

  83. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Strasburg’s pitch count is very good. Just what we needed tonight.

  84. Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    The one time Harper isn’t aggressive on base

  85. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    The bunt in that situation is my least favorite play in baseball.

    • Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Might as well let him swing away

  86. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    At the ball park. Gotta give Strasburg credit. He really is pitching a helluva game.

  87. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    O-kay! We don’t have to send Stras to AA. He is thru 6 and holding the lead.

  88. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Eeeeee-yan DEZ-mund!

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    So… Balkin Bob has found his voice….

  90. nashpersaud21 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I know we’re all having fun here, but looking to the offseason, what do you think Nats will do about LaRoche, Cabrera, and Desmond? Along with Clippard and Sori.

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      I’m confused.

      • nashpersaud21 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

        Laroche, Cabrera, Clip, Sori are free agents if i’m not mistaken. And Nats and Desi are off on contract terms.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM

      They’ll cross that bridge then. Lots of baseball between here and there.

    • coollikelivo - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Lock up Desmond long term almost no matter what the cost. His steady reliable high value is irreplaceable.

      Re-sign Clippard at almost any set-up man price. If he gets a Closer’s offer, it might be hard to justify matching, but his angible and intangible values are both very high.

      Cabrerra — very tempted to re-sign him, but our infield/outfield situation is so complicated I don’t really know what makes sense.

      Let Sori walk. Storen (and/or Clip) to Closer.

      La Roche….. grrrrrrrrr. REALLY love him and would love to keep him, but with Zimmerman and infield/outfield puzzle so complicated he just seems odd man out. Maybe have an ALR Day at Nats Park, shower him with praise and appreciation, offer him a coaching opportunity after he retires, and let him get one last great deal (hopefully in the A.L.)

      These are called “First Place Problems” !

  91. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Ok, Jeezuz, let’s get thru 7 and let Det.

  92. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Thank you Mr Desmond…

  93. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Big Board here at the Park, giving the Farm report:

    AAA Rafael Martin (RP) has pitched in 29 straight scoreless appearances, covering 40-something innings (if I heard it right)

  94. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    The Lobaton is putting on a footwork clinic for the wise.

  95. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Desmond having a night.

  96. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    My son just got Tony LaRussa’s autograph. (The kids moved up to section 127 or so)

  97. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    “They play like they like each other.”

    Carp may be on to something there.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Desi and Drubi

    • BurnedOnce - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Team chemistry or lack if it has always been my beef with these guys. Now we’re starting to see some championship attitude and camaraderie that’s needed to compliment the loads of talent.

  98. Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Lots of loud out by SS

  99. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    One more inning for Strasburg coming.

  100. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    85 (?) pitches thru seven. Sweet!

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    #sickdoubleplay

  102. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Stras does his job and get a thru 7. Well done. Just one bad pitch in the 1st.

  103. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Strasburg should go 9. Even if he gives up a run or two, we’re up by 7 and the ‘pen needs it. Pitch count is good.

  104. nashpersaud21 - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Anyone see the discomfort in Stras’ face?

    • Danny - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Probably because all of the outs are getting crushed

      • adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        … And then Jake Lamb strikes out. ;-)

  105. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Nash..Dez is locked thru the 2015 season , THINK clipp is, too. Soriano, good riddance. LaRoche, he’ll drop off and we have Zim to play 1st. Cabrera, absolutely replaceable. Anything else?

  106. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Buffalo Will and Bull Asdrubal

  107. Joe Seamhead - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    From coast to coast (Oakland /Pittsburg), thanks for nothing.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      Oakland has been very pedestrian since the AS break… I expected them to just keep winning after making those huge trades…

      Wonder if their fans are sayin they should have never let Cespedes (?) go… Kinda like how some Nats fans do with Morse…

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I hope Gio is watching this… And can go 7 at least in his outting…

  109. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Excellent frame from Lobo

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Fantastic job so far Strass…. Fantastic job….

  111. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Holy Stras complete game probable

  112. adcwonk - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    After 8 innings, Strasburg has faced just two batters over the minimum.

    Really answered the call tonight.

  113. David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Why are they taking him out?

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Are they? Doubt it.

      • David Proctor - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Blevins is warming and MW gave Stras the handshake. I suppose Blevins is the one guy who needs work, but still.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Blevins is warming…

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I’d totally let SS finish….

  115. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Dbacks have a lefty eighty and pinch hitter in t 9th

  116. veejh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Can’t believe they pulled Stras.

    Boooooooooo!!!!!!

  117. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    how much dugout box seats should cost? is $90-95 reasonable?

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Thank you kindly Mr Blevins…

    FANTASTIC JOB MR STRASS!!!!!

  119. Nats All Folks - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    So why did MW pull Stras? Did he need to get Blevins some work or something? (Pardon my ignorance.)

  120. Nats All Folks - Aug 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    At any rate, great to see Stephen pitch so well, especially after reading about how hard he’s been working and how humbly he’s been seeking input from coaches and teammates. In a word, professional.

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