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Game 126: Diamondbacks at Nats

Aug 21, 2014, 2:14 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Thanks to yet another walk-off win – their fourth in the last five days – the Nationals now have a chance to tie a team record with a 10th straight win today.

It’s a 4:05 p.m. start between the Nats and the Diamondbacks who close out a four-game series. Gio Gonzalez (6-9, 4.06) will go up against fellow lefty Wade Miley (7-9, 4.46).

Ian Desmond is out of the lineup with a day off, as Danny Espinosa will start at shortstop. That moves Wilson Ramos up in the lineup to bat fifth.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 89 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (72-53)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
LF Bryce Harper
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
SS Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez

DIAMONDBACKS (53-74)
CF Ender Inciarte
SS Cliff Pennington
RF David Peralta
1B Mark Trumbo
2B Aaron Hill
3B Jordan Pacheco
LF Alfredo Marte
C Tuffy Gosewisch
LHP Wade Miley

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

4:27 p.m.  — There were no runs to report on in the first inning, though the Nats did get two runners on base. Span led off with a single and was joined on base a batter later when Werth walked. LaRoche, however, then grounded into a double play. LaRoche was originally called safe at first to keep the inning alive until a Kirk Gibson challenge overturned the call. Gio is at 15 pitches (despite a 10-pitch first AB) and Miley is at 13.

4:46 p.m. — Still scoreless through two here, though the Nats did threaten again. They saw Ramos and Harper lead off with singles before Cabrea, Espinosa and Gio had quick outs. Gio is at 28 pitches, Miley has thrown 33.

5:06 p.m. — Another inning with no runs, and another inning that saw the Nats waste two baserunners. This time it was Span and Rendon who got on, but couldn’t come all the way around. Werth flew out before LaRoche grounded into a double play. In the top half of the inning, Gio got out of a jam with two men on and no outs. He is at 44 pitches while Wiley is at 49.

5:19 p.m. — Still scoreless through four innings here, as a light rain has started to come down. Both teams went 1-2-3, Gio is at 52 pitches while Miley has 60.

5:28 p.m. — The game remains 0-0 after 4 1/2 innings, though Gio was again tested. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases on a Marte single, Miley single and Inciarte walk before Pennington popped up to end it. Miley’s single allowed Marte to reach third thanks to an error by Harper in left. Miley just got a line drive over the glove of Espinosa at shortstop and Harper misplayed the ball. Once he recovered, he threw the ball home instead of hitting the cutoff man which allowed Miley to go to second. In the end, it didn’t matter, of course. Gio is now at 73 through five.

5:45 p.m. — Can somebody on either team please score a run? This time the Nats loaded the bases before LaRoche struck out swinging for the third out. The third baserunner was Werth, who walked. During the at-bat he fouled a pitch off his left shin and was down in pain for several minutes. He looks to be okay, though.

6:01 p.m. — Still 0-0 through six innings and once again the Nats blew a big chance. Ramos and Harper led off with singles before Cabrera struck out looking and Espinosa grounded into a double play. Gio will go out for the seventh having thrown 89 pitches. Miley is at 94.

6:26 p.m. — Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Yet again an inning passed with no runs to report on. And again, the Nats blew chances to break this scoreless tie. Kevin Frandsen pinch-hit for Gio and singled to lead off. He was later joined by Werth and LaRoche, who walked to load the bases with two outs. Ramos, however, flew out to right field to end the inning. At this point, it looks like one run will win this thing. Will the Nats be the ones to break through?

6:42 p.m. — You guessed it, still scoreless. This time it was three up, three down for both teams. On to the ninth where Rafael Soriano will pitch for the Nats.

7:07 p.m. — Nats win in another walk-off thriller, here’s the instant analysis: http://natsinsider.com/2014/08/21/instant-analysis-nats-1-diamondbacks-0/

215 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. nats2005 - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Two up and down lefties going at it today.

    Hope Gio can regain his form and not have that blow-up inning he has had recently in his starts.

    Barves should have an easy time today with Holmberg’s 4th MLB start.

  2. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Ian Desmond ‏@IanDesmond20 6m
    BobbleHead Kidnapper: “if you ever want to see your Bobbleheads again, Desmond takes a day off”…….. Took one for the team.

  3. masterfishkeeper - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Off topic, but Zach Walters just hit another home run. I think that gives him 7 HRs in 77 MLB at bats this year. Still has a low average and a very high strikeout rate.

    • Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Rooting for him, but hers due for regression once pitchers get the book on him. Remember Rendons slump last year? And, he has a much better approach than Zach

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Good for him. They’re still 4.5 games out of the last wild card, so they’re not out of it yet.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Steven Souza rehabbing possibly in Hagerstown tonight.

  5. Candide - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    At the section 312/313 picnic tables filling out Cunegonde’s scorebook.

  6. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Is anyone else seeing navigation glitches? There don’t seem to be any “NEWER” buttons.

    • 6ID20 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      It’s Throwback Thursday.

      • Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        If only. What I wouldn’t do for edit and preview options.

      • RPrecupjr - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        Deuces (and others), is it really that hard just to read your post before submitting it? I would call that a “preview” and it would allow you “edit” before you submit.

        And I’m certain almost everyone on here can read “typoese”. FeelWood doesn’t seem to be around anymore to lambaste people for typos and grammatical errors….like mistaking “craft” for “draft”, right, Wonk? ;)

      • scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Yes. Yes it is! It’s 2014!

      • Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        No, it’s not that hard RPrecup, and I think most of us do it, but things still slip through. And when you’re trying to post quickly in the game thread it’s tricky. The number of times people complain about not being able to edit gives you an idea of how easy it is to miss something in a quick read before you post.

        Don’t worry, Feel is around. He may even be closer than you think. He’s been playing nice under his new pseudonym though, which is welcome.

  7. knoxvillenat - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    With the D-Backs throwing a lefty today I’m glad to see Desi get a day off and a chance for Espinosa to get some AB’s as the SS. Now if Gio can just take to the mound what he observed of Fister, Strasburg, Z-mann and Roark fromt he dugout and give us 6-7 good quality innings I’ll be a happy Nats fan. Six or seven is all I ask for, don’t want to be too greedy today.

    GYFNG!!

  8. letswin3 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Looks like the early start may let them squeeze it in before the rains come. Sure hope so … no more make up games, please.

    • NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      If it rains they’ll wait it out a long time. Not much choice at this point in the season.

  9. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    All I ask from Gio is a quality start. He almost gave it to us last time, just need another inning out of him.

    • jd - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      David,

      If you watched Gio’s games closely lately I’m sure you noticed that he’s not really walking a ton of people and is not pitching from behind that often. To me the biggest reason why his pitch count is up is that he doesn’t seem to have that put away pitch when he needs it. It seems players are able to foul countless number of pitches when he gets to 2 strikes. I don’t really understand why this is but I have certainly observed the phenomenon.

  10. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Can we win with no Ian and a espi in place? Hmmm

    MW really trying not to do Babe Ruth impression

    • jd - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      It’s called resting your regulars on a rotating basis while giving at bats to people who don’t play regularly. Sounds like a sound policy to me especially when you are up 7 games with 37 to play.

      • scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Yea. I get that. I just really want to see the impersonation :-)

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      We won without Werth all last week, without Ramos two nights ago, and without Rendon starting last night.

      • scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        Of course we can. But it his bobblehead night.

        Maybe a pinch walk off. Now that would be cool!

  11. nats128 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Gio on the 1st batter approaching 10 pitches. Here we go again.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Ony people in the stadium who appreciate Gio dealing 10 pitch at bats are the food and beverage vendors.

  12. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    10 pitch first out for Gio. Whee!

  13. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    It feels like every AB against Gio is like that. 10 pitches, even though he got the out

  14. jd - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    4 fouls after he got to 2 strikes. why is that?

    • Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      The batter hit the ball foul four times.

      • jd - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Deuces,

        You are misunderstanding me. I actually like Gio quite a bit and have often defended him here. There is this phenomenon though where Gio gets ahead of a hitter but can’t put them away, they seem to be able to foul it off.

      • Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

        I hear you jd. Gio doesn’t seem to have that put away fastball, and his curve hasn’t been as effective either. But sometimes guys have good ABs. It happens.

  15. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    A 15 pitch first inning! It’s a miracle.

  16. Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Can we at last wait until he gives up a run before starting the carping about his pitch count? Sheesh.

    Oops, I guess every AB isn’t like that. He just got the second out in 2 pitches and the next one in 3 pitches. 15 for the inning. Give the guy a break.

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Agreed. I was just going to write: My goodness — what a tough crowd. Cutting no slack to a pitcher on his first batter of the game? Complaining about a 10-pitch AB when you gotta give credit to the batter for fouling off four two-strike pitches in a row?

      • jd - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:23 PM

        Not complaining Wonk. Just wandering.

      • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        I know you weren’t complaining.

        But don’t wander too far, lest you miss some of the game!

  17. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I thought Rendons ball was gone…wind must not be carrying

  18. TimDz - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Tough outings aside, Gio is like a big kid out there who connects with the fan….you just want to root for him….

    I’m looking for 7 plus from him today…..he’s due for a long outing…

  19. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Raining hard in sterling… Headed that way

  20. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Nice turn

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    What a doubleplay. Rendon is slick.

  22. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    a Drub swing reminds me of A Rod…

  23. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Ramos has to tag there. I know he’s slow and playing it safe, but he gets to third fairly easily.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Hell, I could’ve advanced on that one. Those mistakes drive me nuts.

  24. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Take the walk. Don’t miss watching that..

    • coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Take the ball off the back foot… Made the right guess on strike two. Strike three had to know that was coming with the pitcher behind him

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Gio gets out of that. He likes to dig holes for himself. CAN’T WALK THE LEADOFF MAN!

    • veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Kinda like what Miley just did?

  26. adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    OK — Spandon getting it done this inning. Time for 3-4-5 to bring ‘em on home!

    • David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

      They say no thanks

      • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Sheesh . . . it’s not nice to refuse such a nice gift!

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Werth just missed that but productive out none the less.

  28. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Why swing at that 2-0.. Killing ourselves

  29. veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Come on Adam. Bleh.

  30. veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Has the curve returned?

  31. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Nice curve.

  32. adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Wiley threw more pitches after 3 innings than Gio.

    Just sayin’ ;-)

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    To the person complaining about Ramos hitting into doubleplays last night, that’s 2 for Nats player so far in 3 innings and neither of those player(s) are named Ramos.

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      As a team, entering today, Nats have hit into the fourth fewest DP’s in the NL.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Yeah, but how are they doing this week? ;-)

        Seems like every game has at least two DPs against us. But fourth fewest is good for a team that has a fair number of folks on base.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Exactly but David Proctor was singling out Ramos as being a rally killer. Sure, he was yesterday but it isn’t like he’s not a rally maker.

      • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM

        Exactly. Ramos also was one of the “walk-off” guys, too. During this streak of 5 of 6 walk-offs, either the first or second one was won by Ramos’ ground-rule double. If we can remember that far back!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Yes Ramos was Saturday

    • David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Ramos hit into 4 DPs by himself in the Pirates series and did it the first game of this series too. His overall production is fine, I’m not complaining, but he has hit into a ton of DPs.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      But again, twice Span gets on, gets to third, and gets stranded.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        It happens. That’s baseball. Span has to keep trying to get on and balls will fall in.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Ghost, it is unreal how many times he has gotten on and not been driven in this year. Also in fairness on the GIDP thing Ramos does have 11 vs. ALR now with 9, but Adam has well over 200 more AB’s. Not beating up on Wilson, just stating the facts. They are both having pretty good years overall.

  34. nats128 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Gio pitch to contact pitcher that inning.

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Does that include the 3-pitch lead-off strike out? ;-)

  35. veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    NatGio looks good so far.

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Indeed. Most amazing stat so far, imho:

      Gio: 7 grounders, 1 fly ball — I think that’s an excellent sign.

    • natszee - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      You would never know it from the fertummelt on this blog.

  36. mdmcommish - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Imassume if they delay thing thing they will wait till midnite if necessary to restart, right?

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

      That would be my guess . . .

  37. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Bryce had multiple chances to take the walk there

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      Pitch track on MLB showed them to be a bit too close to take with 2 strikes.

  38. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    They’re in a delay in Chicago in the first game. The GIants may never get here.

  39. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    They have about one inning or two before the really serious rain hits. Maybe.

  40. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Good curve today. Best in a long time.

    • veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      You, sir, are correct.

  41. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    What was that???

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Bryce doing an Upton imitation. Not good Bryce.

  43. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Ugly Bryce. Good grief and some want to put him in CF?

    • veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Missed what happened. ?

      • David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        He misplayed a grounder, allowing the runner to go to third then threw it in to nobody in particular, missing the cutoff man allowing the opposing pitcher into scoring position

    • natszee - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      Way to go Gio!

  44. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Wrong guy to lose.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Walks the lefty. Sheesh. Keep it together Gio. Need 1 out. You have 2.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Good job Gio. Arizona isn’t a good team so glad you got them

  46. masterfishkeeper - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Giants and Cubs are being delayed by more rain. They haven’t even started the resumption of the suspended/reinstated game yet. Gonna be a tired Giants team this weekend.

  47. coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Was typing I have faith when he popped that up

  48. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Bailed out

  49. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Good job Gio

  50. NatsLady - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Get a run, boys. The rains they are a-comin’.

  51. Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Wait. Is this a mistake? Gameday says Gio is through 5 innings in 73 pitches , even with an error and a walk that extended the 5th inning. What gives? This could mess up the narrative of Gio as the underachieving head case who shouldn’t be allowed near the mound in the post season and should be traded ASAP after the season is over.

    • coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      Where was that last time
      Danny!

  52. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Is it just me or if Espy doesn’t get the first strike he gets out.

    • natszee - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      No, he gets out anyway

  53. veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Good job on that bunt, now bat him a
    In and let’s call this game.

  54. adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    OK, 3-4-5 couldn’t do it — time for Spandon to answer the call yet again?

  55. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Maybe LaRoche can work a walk here

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Tried to tell you all this morning how good Miley is on the road. He minimizes damage. He has the largest Road to Home disparity of any pitcher in the Majors.

    1 run may stand up for whoever gets it. Go Gio!

    • Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      You told us Ghost. And I don’t recall anyone disagreeing. Miley is a good pitcher. He’s at 85 pitches though, and Gio’s at 73. I’ll bet no one predicted that.

      • nats128 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Miley is like Gio in many ways. Does the pitch around. Puts men on base and then walks that tightrope on his toes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

        If you told me 1 pitcher at 85 and 1 at 73 at the same point I’d figure Gio to have more.

        This is Arizona without Goldschmidt, Owings, Cody Ross, AJ Pollack, Prado and Parra. That’s 5 starters and 1 bench player (Ross) who would have been playing today against Gio along with Montero and Hill and possibly Trumbo.

      • Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        And it’s the Nats without Zim and Desi. But Gio deserves credit. He’s pitched a shutout for 6 innings. Even if he gives up a run in the 7th, it’s a very good outing.

  57. RPrecupjr - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    &^*^%$*&^%^% Adam :/

  58. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    That is frustrating

  59. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Ball 4. I had no faith at all in ALR there but Miley made it interesting going to 3 balls.

    We’ve left baserunners galore.

  60. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    I know wins/losses mean nothing, but it’d be nice to score some runs and get Gio in line for the W.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    You have to pinch run for Ramos here. Seriously have to.

    • nats128 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:57 PM

      If you think one run will win it then why not. Put in Michael Taylor to pinch run.

    • scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Buff too hot. We need him

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        I would have stolen 3rd base with the righty Asdrubal up. Blown opportunity where 1 run can win this.

  62. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    That was inside.

  63. RPrecupjr - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Ok, as far as Gameday goes, HP ump stinks. Just called Cabrera out on a pitch that was farther inside than the one he called for Ball one

    • coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      He’s been calling them there all day though…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        Yep, no complaints here. Gio has gotten a liberal zone.

  64. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    That’s just awful.

  65. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Way to gooooo

  66. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    You’ve gotta be kidding me.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    First time in a while that I can say that Asdrubal didn’t get the job done. Another doubleplay NOT by Ramos. I count 2 by LaRoche and 1 by Espinosa today David Proctor.

    • nats128 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      I must be missing a prior conversation.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        Read above. David keeps harping on Ramos hits into too many doubleplays. The guy is hitting .300 and puts the balls in play. He’s dirt slow before the injury and now governored down further by his manager to dial it down to even slower. Yes, he won’t be beating out balls hit to infielders.

        That’s the breaks but David wants to complain about something you can’t change.

        We have gives/takes in sports, that’s a small one for a guy who is contributing in other ways including a walkoff and 2 game tying hits including the 2 run HR to put the Nats ahead in the 7th to make it 2-1 vs Pirates.

  68. Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Good thing we didn’t pinch run for Ramos. Need his bat for the rest of this game, and maybe extras.

    • scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Yup. Said same above

    • jd - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      You don’t pinch run in the 6th inning. We’ve seen how things can turn over the last 3 innings in the past week.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        I personally don’t care if you agree or disagree with me. You act as if Lobaton is a complete nothing. Ramos gets up maybe once more. That’s it unless it goes into extra innings.

  69. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Gorgeous pitch

  70. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Anyone know how long Park to weihle rd (silver line) takes after game?

  71. Drew - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Excellent outing by Gio.

  72. scmargenau - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    7 hits. Nada. :(

    • coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Another leader off hitter (believe 6/7 innings?)

  73. jd - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Nice Job Gio.

  74. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    I hate the sac bunt there. I like it if he were bunting for a hit, but he wasn’t. Almost got it though

  75. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Curve was a foot inside

  76. Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    7 IP, 4H, 0R, 3BB, 6K, 97 pitches, 60 for strikes. That’s a superb outing. Gio back on track.

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

      Yes, but this is the DBacks B team our pitches have been facing except Peralta against the RHPs. 5 starters are gone to the DL or trade.

      • Section 222 - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        I can’t believe you would dis his outing. Come on. No one said that about Stras or Roark or JZimm. And none of them pitched a shutout. Oh wait, Roark did. Ok, But still.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM

        He pitched great. If only Peralta was in a slump.

    • veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      For now

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Miley is painting on LaRoche and the “strike” all of a sudden became a “ball”. Almost spit the arrow with pitch 5.

  78. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    What crap from the HP ump. I know Adam ultimately walked, but that was awful.

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

      Its been there all day. He flinched. That’s painting. 1 time a strike, 1 time a ball. I can understand why Miley is pissed.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        Just because “it’s been there all day” doesn’t mean it’s right. Those pitches are out of the strike zone plain and simple. One of the called strikes on Cabrera was even worse.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Get robots then. That’s baseball.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Amazing watching flamethrowers that hit spots. If only Henry knew where his balls were going. If you can catch one of these straight ones on the barrel, they go a long way.

  80. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    This has to be a contender for most frustrating game of the year, up there next to the two Roberto Hernandez games where we lined out constantly.

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      One of which, IIRC, Gio pitched — a game where he lost 1-0.

      And Gio lost a game to Cueto 1-0, too.

  81. coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Not our day… 6/7 innings started with a lead off hitter getting on. This is just one of those days as not scoring in that is pretty darn hard

  82. josefvonteufel - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    Did they just break a record for LOB in a single game? http://www.baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/left_on_base_records.shtml

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

      Record by a player is 12, record by a team in NL is 18 — Nats have 11. I’m not seeing what you’re seeing.

      • josefvonteufel - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

        You’re right, I was looking at the wrong spot in the Box score. I stand corrected.

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I was happy having Ramos in that spot but he gets you a hit 3 out of 10 times and Lobaton 2.1 in 10 times. Ramos just made an out. If they had pulled him earlier for the pinch runner with Taylor, do you score in that situation? I kept thinking this was a 1-0 game.

    There’s no right or wrong answer but what I don’t like is people that never think outside the box. Ramos might not get to bat again and your differential between Ramos to Lobaton is small for 1 AB in all statistical reasoning at .90 which is significant in a large sample size but insignificant in a small one.

  84. veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Thornton 97? Has he been that high so far?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      Up to 98 actually.

      • veejh - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        I can’t believe I hadn’t noticed. The Yanks just let this guy go? Holy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:37 PM

        Yep, it was a salary dump so we were told.

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    To slow on that boys on that 3-1.

  86. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Golly, Chase gets impatient with pitchers’ duels, des’ ne?

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Adam LaRoche has come to bat with seven men on base, and in all three at-bats he’s ended the inning. Scoreless through five.”

    This was true up until the walk but why chop up a guy carrying the team.

    Maybe it was a day to play Desi and Frandsen at 1st.

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Coincidentally — in the last thread I had noted that all the heavily used regulars have had a game off recently — except for ALR, whose last game off was the end of last month.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:44 PM

      I don’t think any one player has carried this team this year. It has been a helluva team effort all year. LaRoche has certainly done his share in many games, as had Ramos, Werth, Span ,Desi, Cabrera, and virtually every guy on this team. And everyone of them have had their share of getting picked up by their teammates. That’s baseball.

  88. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Bryce had no shot in that AB. Still a good game for him

  89. coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Espi-bomb?

    • coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      Almost

  90. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    So either the streak will end or we will walk-off yet again

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Can I bill the Nats for my anti-anxiety or blood pressure medicine? ;-)

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    “David Proctor – Aug 21, 2014 at 6:25 PM
    This has to be a contender for most frustrating game of the year, up there next to the two Roberto Hernandez games where we lined out constantly.”

    2nd and 1st with no outs twice. The first time I can live with it. The 2nd time I think you have to see this game for what it was like I said 3 innings ago a 1 run game.

    • nats128 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      You called it Ghost. I dont have a opinon right or wrong. I go with you as you are right most of the time. You called it as the 1 run game.

    • coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Why not keep Thornton in… Also that’s a strike all day blue. Still have faith in sori

      • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Lots of righties coming up?

  92. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Soriano has to issue the most 3-0 counts of any closer

  93. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    That was a good pitch.

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Blue could have given that to Soriano on Trumbo in a 3-2. Close enough to be hacking.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      I’ll take the DP instead. Great job, Rafael!

  95. conatsguy - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Nice inning.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Nice Soriano. Let’s walkoff Nats!

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      I really don’t want to find out whether Clippard really does have the night off. Please finish this here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        Nice finish. Nats finish it in regulation.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Scott.
    Hairston.

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      Hey — he made contact this time.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        I don’t think you realize how angry I am… I’m at the park enjoying the game and I screamed Why Matt? I’m surprised yall didn’t hear me on tv… why start the inning with an out… ugh….

        Scott.
        Hairston.

      • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        I don’t think you realize how angry I am

        I try my best to be happy during good Nats times, and nonchalant during bad Nats times. Life’s too short to get angry over one’s baseball team, imho.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:56 PM

        Hairston didn’t work the pitcher and when he got the HR pitch he couldn’t drive it out. Not a good sign as he’s lost a lot of bat speed.

  98. coop202 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Why not Desi??

    • adcwonk - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      That’s a good question! I hope somebody asks that.

      Not that it was a wrong choice, but I am curious as to the thought process.

  99. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Well, Span on again. Will third time be the charm?

  100. David Proctor - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Tony Two Bags delivering a Two Bagger would probably do the job

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Hoping Anthony can become Tony 2-Bags here or I’d take Tony single here.

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Nice steal Denard! Speed kills!

  103. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Wow.

  104. conatsguy - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    WTF..

    I’ll take it

  105. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Wow! Never seen an ending quite like that before!

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    10 in a row! 1-0 game. Yes!

  107. Danny - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Don’t care how we win em

  108. conatsguy - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Babe Ruth on deck..

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    106.7 will have to do another 4 hour segment of all Nats.

  110. Joe Seamhead - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Not exactly a Ruthi an walkoff, but, hey Braves? You’re 7 1/2 back now!

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    These guys are just awesome! Miley was as I advertised and Gio was vintage Gio and the bullpens were great.

  112. nats128 - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    I dont believe what I just had seen!

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Giants game just started. They won’t get to DC until the weeee hours of the Friday.

  114. conatsguy - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Diamondback broadcast sideline reporter interviewing Ramos. Did a good job.

  115. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Oh man. Somebody just pooched the mobile template.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Gordon Beckham traded for PTBNL to the Angels. He was probably #7 or #8 on Rizzo’s list.

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