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Instant analysis: Giants 10, Nats 3

Aug 22, 2014, 10:31 PM EST

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: If they wanted to become the first Washington baseball club to win 11 games in a row since 1933, the Nationals were going to need to beat Tim Hudson and a very good Giants team. No small task, especially given Hudson’s longstanding dominance of this franchise.

Hudson once again proved a tough opponent, holding the Nats to two runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings. On many nights, that would’ve been enough run support for Doug Fister. But not on this night. The right-hander was surprisingly ineffective, serving up home runs to both Joe Panik and Buster Posey, accounting for four runs over six innings.

Trailing 4-2 late, the Nationals needed their bullpen to keep things close and give their lineup a reasonable shot at yet another dramatic rally. That didn’t happen at all. Jerry Blevins surrendered a 2-out, 2-run double in the eighth, and Ross Detwiler gave up four runs in the ninth, leaving the Nats trailing by a boatload. So the winning streak has come to an end at 10 games, unfortunately in lopsided fashion.

HITTING LOWLIGHT: The Nationals never really strung together enough hits to  put together anything resembling a true rally. They scored their first run on a double steal in which the ball got away and allowed Anthony Rendon to come home. They scored their second run on Jayson Werth’s leadoff homer in the fourth. Otherwise, they never recorded multiple hits in any inning of this game.

PITCHING LOWLIGHT: If there are two things you can usually count on from Fister, they are these: 1) He will keep the ball in the park, and 2) He will keep his pitch count low. So how surprising was it that neither was true on this night? Fister was done in by a couple of pitches left up in the zone, the first to Panik (who clobbered it for a 3-run homer, his first in the big leagues) and the second to Posey (who hammered a solo shot to left). Over his previous 17 starts, Fister had allowed only eight total homers. Despite some stellar play behind him in the field, the right-hander had trouble getting quick innings after a 9-pitch top of the first. He finished with a whopping 107 pitches in only six innings, highly uncharacteristic of him.

KEY STAT: Bryce Harper has now been thrown out on the bases or picked off 13 times this season, despite playing in only 68 games.

UP NEXT: The series continues at 4:05 p.m. Saturday when Jordan Zimmermann faces Tim Lincecum. The game is available on Fox Sports 1, in addition to MASN2.

  1. Eric - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    If the Braves lose? Meh. Get ’em tomorrow, and GO REDS!

  2. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Play of the game was when Cabrera tried to barehand Sandoval’s chopper when he had time to glove and throw.

    Also, we should’ve had a much bigger first inning. Werth swinging 3-0 was ill-advised. He’s had tons of success doing it, but Hudson was trying to hang himself there. Let him.

    Oh well. It was going to end sometime. Go Reds.

  3. coollikelivo - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    I like our chances vs LineScum tomorrow!

  4. scmargenau - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    KEY STAT: Bryce Harper has now been thrown out on the bases 11 times this season, despite playing in only 68 games.

    That’s absurd.

  5. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    It was fun sharing this streak with you Nats Insiders. I enjoyed the ride. Let’s start another one !

    Got the Cincy feed on now. Go Reds!

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    It was run while it lasted… Disappointed it ended of course but as long as the braves lose too, I’m okay…

    Giants scored all their runs tonight… :-). Get them tomorrow…..

  7. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    J Hayward grounds out to end inning. Reds batting bottom of 11th score 1-1

  8. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Doug Fister had skin cancer removed from his neck, per all the beat reporter.

    Hope he is ok.

    • NatsLady - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      When was this? And he pitched???

  9. NatsLady - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Off-topic, but it looks like MLB may end the blackout of games on
    You may have to prove you are a cable subscriber but you will be able to watch on mobile devices. That system worked great for me during the Olympics, once I got a password from my cable company I could watch on my phone or tablet. Unfortunately, I got addicted to curling.

    • ehay2k - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Oh NatsLady, you should seek professional help for any Curling addiction.

      • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:09 AM

        Luckily, it won’t affect me for another four years…

  10. ehay2k - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    DP – he just said it in the post game interview. Has a 2-3 inch scar with stitches on his neck. Said it was “skin cancer removed a coup!e of days ago, and it had no effect tonight.”. Holy smokes! He may have had some focus issues, and perhaps wasn’t quite relaxed the last couple of days. Who knows, but what a gritty performance ethat was, in hindsight!

    • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      My wife was asking me about the scar. I thought it was a scratch .

  11. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Red speedster Hamilton gets a single and steals second. 1 out bottom of the 11th

  12. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Phillips flys out. Hamilton still T second. 2 outs.

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    That’s unfortunate about Manny….

  14. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Passed ball.. Hamilton to 3rd. 2 outs.

  15. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Being a Reds fan would be infuriating.

    • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Reds have an 18-31 record in 1 run games..Ouch!

      They also have a pretty bad extra inning record.

  16. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Reds do not score. Top of the 12th.

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I guess Hamilton says, what else do I need to do….

  18. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Bonafocio grounds out- 1 out.

  19. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Robbie Ray gave up 6 runs in 1.1 innings today. Yikes. His ERA is over 6.

    • David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      Sorry, over 7. It’s 7.09

      • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        I feel bad for him. He was not ready for the majors. That doesn’t mean he’s without talent. Maybe he will develop. There has been some negative reporting on the recent tendency to promote prospects prematurely, and then they have to go back down.

      • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:13 AM

        Anyway he only gave up 6 of the 20 runs. Final score 20-5. Tigers had their shortstop pitching in the 9th. He only gave up 3 runs.

      • Eric - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        20-5? I guess it’s almost football season, so why not throw a safety in there?

      • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:28 AM

        Sorry, 20-6. Vikings over the Lions.

  20. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Freeman Walks. Still 1 out.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Whelp, 6 up….

  22. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Juston Upton with a 2 run homer… Crap..

  23. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Reds are bad. Real bad.

    Oh well.

    • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Switching to Rockies Game. Maybe they can beat the fish. (I can still dream, right.)

  24. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    It’s a geek feast at Coors Field.. Star Wars Night.. Fish lead 7-4 top of the 8th.

  25. David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    6 up. Let’s gain that game back tomorrow.

    • Eric - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      I was ecstatic about 6 up day before yesterday. Not a bad place to be.

  26. sjm308 - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Just back from a great Lyle Lovett concert
    New hat tomorrow
    Fun while it lasted
    Lots of baseball left, hope those who proclaimed the playoffs a lock are maybe understanding that in 60+ years of watching baseball in this town (minus the 30+ years our team was gone), I have seen one playoff series so I will keep my hopes high but not relax.

    Go Nats

    What did Harper do on the base path?

    • David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      Got picked off first.

    • Eric - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      Harper picked off first on a throw behind from Posey.

  27. NatsLady - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    The M’s were down 3-0 in the 9th with 2 outs. 98.8 probability of losing the game. They scored five runs.

    • David Proctor - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:51 PM

      We did that to them back in 2011. Good times.

      The starting pitcher for them in that game? Doug Fister.

  28. Section 222 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Don’t know who asked the question in the postgame presser about Harper getting picked off, but I swear he almost said the Harper is one of the league leaders in TOOTBLANs. :-)

  29. npb99 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Had to lose sometime.

    FWIW, a friend from California came with me to the game. First time to Nats Park, his 29th park overall. Said it was a top 5 park, great layout for fans, great atmosphere.





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