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Game 128: Giants at Nats

Aug 23, 2014, 12:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Streak ended last night at an even 10 games. Now the Nationals will try to start another one. They’ll hope to get back on track this afternoon when they again host the Giants, who are scratching and clawing themselves, trying to stay alive both in the NL West and Wild Card races.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nats, looking to continue his recent success. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.14 ERA over his last five starts, striking out 25 while walking only four. He’ll be opposed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, who for the last three seasons has bore very little resemblance to the guy who won said Cy Young Awards.

The Nationals have a new face on hand today: Veteran outfielder Nate Schierholtz, signed to a minor-league contract only five days ago, has been called up from Class AAA, where he went 3-for-19 with a homer (all three hits came in one game). Michael Taylor was optioned back to Syracuse, but I’m sure we’ll see him again as soon as rosters expand Sept. 1. To make room for Schierholtz on the 40-man roster, Nate McLouth (shoulder surgery) was placed on the 60-day DL.

Updates to come, both on the game and the weather (looks like a good chance of rain throughout the afternoon and early evening)…

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, Fox Sports 1, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Chance of rain, 76 degrees, Wind 8 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (73-54)
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

GIANTS (68-59)
CF Angel Pagan
RF Hunter Pence
1B Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Michael Morse
2B Joe Panik
C Andrew Susac
SS Brandon Crawford
RHP Tim Lincecum

UMPIRES
HP Paul Emmel
1B Chris Conroy
2B Jordan Baker
3B Jerry Meals (cc)

2:25 p.m. — Weather update: It has begun raining lightly here, and the tarp has now been pulled over the infield. The question is whether the rain will pass in time for this game to start as scheduled. Stay tuned.

3:30 p.m. — We are now 30 minutes to first pitch and the rain continues to fall. No sign of pitchers for either team. So the start of this one will officially be delayed.

4:15 p.m. — The Nats say they hope to start at 5 p.m.

4:45 p.m. — Now they’re saying 5:15 p.m. for first pitch.

5:17 p.m. — And we are finally underway after a delay of 1 hour, 12 minutes. It’s still raining lightly as Jordan Zimmermann fires strike one to Angel Pagan to get this game started.

5:24 p.m. — Yikes, two batters into this game and already Zimmermann and the Nats trailed 2-0. Pagan led off with a bloop double down the right-field line. Hunter Pence then followed with a 2-run homer to center, a bomb. It’s tough to fault Zimmermann, though. He had Pence 0-2 and then threw a fastball at Pence’s eyelids. Somehow, Pence was able to make the kind of contact necessary for a home run. Nevertheless, the Nats are down 2-0 early.

5:38 p.m. — But the Nats storm right back and get both runs back off Lincecum, who they continue to own. Denard Span led off with a ball into the right-field corner that caromed right through Pence’s legs. Span generously was awarded a triple, his seventh of the season. Anthony Rendon drew a walk, then Jayson Werth roped an RBI single to right-center that left runners on the corners. Though Adam LaRoche’s 4-6-3 double play prevented him from recording an RBI, it did bring home the tying run. So it’s 2-2 after one, and Lincecum’s struggles continue. In his last 31 innings against the Nats, he has allowed 32 earned runs and 44 hits. Wow.

6:04 p.m. — And it continues in the bottom of the second. The Nats just scored three more runs off Lincecum, though only one was earned thanks to Pablo Sandoval pulling a Jordan Pacheco and firing a wild throw from third to first on a Rendon grounder, allowing Span to score from second. Werth added an RBI single of his own. So it’s now 5-2 Nats after two.

6:25 p.m. — And it continues in the bottom of the third. Cabrera launched a 2-0 pitch into the Red Porch. Then Zimmermann doubled down the left field line, at which point Bruce Bochy decided he’d seen enough. Lincecum is done after only 2 2/3 innings, the second-shortest start of his career. His updated numbers over his last 7 starts against the Nats: 32.2 IP, 34 ER, 48 H, 2.05 WHIP. I mean, wow, that’s ridiculous. It’s 6-2 Nats after three.

6:33 p.m. — Zimmermann, meanwhile, has settled down since his first-ining ambush. He has retired 11 of the last 13 batters he’s faced, striking out five. It remains 6-2 in the middle of the fourth.

6:47 p.m. — Make it 14 of 16 retired by Zimmermann since the Pence homer. He looks sharp, and he’s thrown only 63 pitches through five innings.

7:10 p.m. — Both pitchers are cruising now. Since taking over for Lincecum way back in the bottom of the third, Yusmiero Petit has retired 10 straight batters. That has kept this a 6-2 game heading to the seventh.

7:29 p.m. — Thirteen in a row retired by Petit out of the bullpen. Even Craig Stammen is impressed with that. Still 6-2 going to the eighth.

7:42 p.m. — A standing ovation for Zimmermann as he completed the eighth inning on 107 pitches. Since the Pence homer, he has retire 23 of 28 batters, preserving the Nats’ 6-2 lead.

7:49 p.m. — It’ll be Matt Thornton to pitch the ninth for the Nats, trying to hold a 4-run lead that has held since the third inning.

7:55 p.m. — That’ll do it. Nats win 6-2, getting all their offense in the first three innings. They start a new winning streak and are back to 20 games over the .500 mark.

153 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Heading out in a bit. Attending this one with my hubby, along with a colleague of his and her spouse.

    Go, Bulldog! Go, NATS!! (Giants, you can go again after Sunday. kthxbai.)

    • dcwx61 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Hope to see you all at the game…no bobblehead, no gnome, just Baseball…Is it enough of a draw anymore ?

      • natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        For those of us who frequent baseball blogs, yes. The winning streak probably helped with some of the others.

        ” just Baseball…Is it enough of a draw anymore ?”

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Wait a minute – you mean my comments here don’t count as points toward a gnome/bobblehead of my choice?

        Now you tell me?!

  2. Doc - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Interestingly, Nate Schierholz. was traded by the Giants to the Phillies for Mr. Hyperactive, Hunter Pence, a few years back.

    OK guys, new streak, starting this afternoon.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    On Nate Schierholtz, I don’t know what Rizzo sees in him. He’s actually worse than Hairston and the only positive stat I could find is that he hits the St Louis Cardinals well.

    His slash against RHPs is downright awful .190/.243/.313/.556

    This really feels like throwing sh-t against the wall and see what sticks. The Nats have no lefty bat off the bench and his PH stats in 19 ABs is even worse .105/.150/.263/.413

    I don’t care what this guy did 5 years ago. I care what he has done now so unless Matt Williams and staff have a quick remedy, this could be Greg Dobbs again where you get a few quick hits then an eternal O-fer.

    • nats128 - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Any chance he was injured. His numbers just plummeted.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        As they say, anything is possible so sure he could have been and undisclosed.

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Well, I wouldn’t quite call Schierholtz a POS. His #s have been bad this year, no doubt, but he’s been an above average hitter, esp. vs RHP, over the last 3 years.

      And he’s 3-1/2 years younger than Hairston, and a decent fielder to boot.

      So in other words – why not?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        Since when do you look at the last 3 years to evaluate a mid-season pickup? If this was the off-season, yes, I give him an invite to Spring Training but his numbers “this” season are awful. Actually worse than Greg Dobbs. The only way he turns those around is if he was injured and quickly recovered or a swing overhaul.

        Haven’t we endured over the years enough of these silly reclamation projects?

        That last spot should be to add a reliever so they are postseason eligible. Both Souza and RZim will be eligible if they stay on the DL thru August 31st.

      • Hiram Hover - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        The point is that Schierholtz isn’t a guy who was last good five years ago, as your original comment implied.

        He’s been good over the last three years, but his #s this year suck. Why? Well, for one thing, they’re driven by a heinous BABIP–.228 vs .289 career–even tho his LD-GB-FB rates are about the same as they were last year. So maybe a lot of the problem isn’t injury or screwed up swing mechanics, but bad luck. It does happen, and looking at the last three years helps you get a handle on it.

        Whether it’s better to add a relief pitcher vs another OF is a different discussion–and in fact, it’s not an either/or choice. My guess is they want to try out Schierholtz before 8/31, which is a perfectly sensible thing to do. They can still cut him, or cut someone else (Hairston? Blevins?) if they want to bring back Treinen or Barrett.

        Finally–I wonder if the situation with Jayson isn’t worse than we know, which may be forcing them to prioritize the OF over the BP.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      yuck….a long line of greg dobbs, scott hairstons, matt stairs…
      like espinosa, a long time to fix a glaring problem but without solution
      Of course, the nats have fixed a lot of other problems (4th/5th starter, lh relievers, good infield depth in A.C.)

    • rayvil01 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      So when Souza is ready who goes? Hairston? That’s my vote.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        They have to keep Souza on the DL to Aug 31 then he is postseason eligible. Treinen and Barrett are the more curious candidates to see if they can get one or both eligible. Will be tough to do.

      • Section 222 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Ghost, Isn’t Treinen currently on the DL? Honestly, I trust Rizzo on these moves. He knows what he’s doing. The only one at this point who can’t be on the postseason roster (unless someone gets injured before Sept. 1 so he can be called up again) is Michael Taylor. That’s no big loss I don’t think.

        Would you really go to the postseason with no left handed bench bat on the roster? I can see Souza replacing Hairston, but unless Schierholtz is a disaster, he seems to have a pretty good shot.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        222, both Treinen and Barrett are on the AAA DL. If that qualifies as MLB DL than problem solved .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        I’m looking for XFactor guys. Maybe Schierholtz is here for the Cardinals. He hit them hard this year.

        Yes, I would take Schierholtz sight unseen over Hairston as at least you have the threat of a big lefty bat but you can’t carry both.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      “I don’t care what this guy did 5 years ago. I care what he has done now so unless Matt Williams and staff have a quick remedy, this could be Greg Dobbs again where you get a few quick hits then an eternal O-fer.”

      Seems like a little bit of an exaggeration. He hit 21 HRs last year and was worth 1.5 fWAR. And we don’t have a lefthanded bat on the bench. I’d rather have Schierholtz pinch hitting than Frandsen.

      Yes, he’s been terrible this year, and that’s a concern, but let’s see what he can do the next six weeks and then he or Souza can be on the postseason roster.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Give me back Greg Dobbs. This is a tiny bandaid.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

        By the way, the Greg Dobbs comment was a joke. Just meaning neither of these guys are the answer. I think the answer is hope that RZim comes back and carrying 8 quality relievers.

        I’d go with a bench right now of Lobaton, Frandsen, RZim/Asdrubal, Espi, Souza. You have 3 switch hitters in that group.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        “Seems like a little bit of an exaggeration. He hit 21 HRs last year and was worth 1.5 fWAR”

        What does last year have to do with this year. We have seen player after player fall off the statistical cliff from one year to the next. Wishing and praying didn’t help Scott Hairston, Nate McLouth, Chad Tracy, Greg Dobbs, etc. Current year stats are the best you can hope for to evaluate a player.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Well, based on 2013, I assume you wouldn’t have wanted Laroche on this team, even he didn’t have a two year deal. He was bad last year, but he’s rebounded. Players fall off cliffs, but they also have health issues or unlucky BABIP. Long term performance has relevance.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

        Like I said, I’d take a flyer on Schierholtz in Spring Training using your logic. Also, LaRoche we knew had that bad drug interaction and he bounced back and it didn’t matter as the Nats had him on a 2 year deal. Very fortunate he bounced back.

        I don’t know why Schierholtz has struggled because I haven’t seen enough of him or know his story. Is he injured? Did he change his swing? Need to figure it out and quickly.

    • therealjohnc - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      You are drawing conclusions on his PH ability from 19 at bats? As Denard would say “c’mon, man!” Ghost, you’re better than that.

      I will also point out that his 2014 split against RH pitchers is, indeed terrible. But it’s based on a BABIP of .213 (blech) – which is 70 points below his career BABIP against RH pitchers. And his batted ball profile does not account for the BABIP difference (for example, his LD% is actually up slightly this year, 20.7% versus a career average of 20.5%). So the Nats are hoping to take advantage of positive regression in his case, and there’s a decent chance that they do.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        I was fair in saying 19 ABs and thats all we have to go on but his over 200 ABs facing RHPs and batting .190 is awful.

        No easy way to make this look pretty.

      • therealjohnc - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        To make the current stats look pretty? No, that can’t be done. But we don’t care about what Nate did for the Cubs. The important thing is the prospect for future performance – and for that, the BABIP and batted ball figures I quoted above provide a reasoned basis for thinking that the Nats could be in a position to take advantage of positive regression

  4. letswin3 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Walters hit another dinger for Cleveland last night. I love Cabrera, and won’t question the trade at all, but I saw potential in Walters too. We needed Cabrera THIS season, and Walters was going to be a future seasons kinda guy the way things were lined-up here.

    • tcostant - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

      I agree, I like the trade at the time but said I wish Walters would have got a week of starts at 2B before the trade.

      • letswin3 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        Yeah, me too tcostant. 25 or 30 AB’s over a week might have provided a more clear picture of his future worth. What are the chances of signing Cabrera to an extension? I hear that he much prefers to play SS, but the attention he is getting at 2nd must surely be flattering for him to hear. And, if he would be willing to extend, how much more that his current $13 million per year would it take?

      • sjm308 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        Just checked Baseball reference and Cabrera’s 2014 money was 10 million. Not sure where you are getting the 13 million but I am guessing that is what it will take for next year and several more to come.. If Desmond turns down 90 million I am not sure where we are going to get all this money.

  5. tcostant - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Where is the rain tarp?

  6. natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Coming down in buckets in northern VA.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      It’s done raining here, at least for now. Later.

  7. rayvil01 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Hearing Machado tore his medial pattellar ligament. Bryce’s injuries have been tame compared to that guy.

    • letswin3 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Yeah, he’s out for the season.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        Hard to get out of my mind what he did to Derek Norris on that deliberate backswing to his head, not once, but twice, then the bat toss and all the other ridiculous behavior.

      • letswin3 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Yeah, Ghost. He’s a little brat, in the mold of Alomar. One day someone will clock him, and he will be fine thereafter.

    • rayvil01 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      For all the grief Bryce gets I still think he’s a good kid. Sure, plenty of baseball maturity issues. But Machado and that bat stuff was different. That was punk.

      Blowing out a knee over-swinging. That’s pretty rare. And he almost did it earlier in the year. Amazing.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        I agree. Bryce has other issues but he would never purposely try to hurt another player like Machado.

  8. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Schierholtz is a career .289 PH. I understand you “don’t care what he did 5 years ago”, but even last year he was very good. And he’s a good fielder with a GREAT arm, so that’s a plus over a guy like Hairston

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      LMAO, you know what I think of Scott Hairston. Yes, I take him over Hairston. Schierholtz is the 4th outfielder until September callups are brought up.

      But seriously, the last year fWAR numbers and what he did last year doesn’t matter much. McLouth was near All Star level last year. The only positive I found on him is that he was very good against St. Louis

  9. NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    With our position, probably not much you can pick up on waivers. Anything decent will blocked by teams lower than us in the standings. Hence, Schierholz.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

      Why not stick with TyMo then. He hit’s righties and lefties better than most of these guys.

      • scmargenau - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        I agree. Poor guy never got a real chance. Good article on him in wapo August 15th I think

  10. sjm308 - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Raining pretty steady here in Mont. Co. I am still planning to bike to the park from Capitol Hill with my son. Could be a soggy trip!

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Greg Dobbs had 3 hits in his 1st 8 Nats at-bats then went the entire month of June with 1 hit over 13 games and was then released. Maybe Schierholtz will have quick success but its sustained success that Matt Williams needs.

  12. NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Robbie Ray and Krol both sent down. Krol was a disaster in 6th inning yesterday, he allowed a bunch of inherited runners to score and then his own, for a 9-run inning… Ian Krol’s problems

    • dcwx61 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      too bad….i wish them and all our ex nats well….but it’s early

  13. waddueyeno - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    two weeks in nc with no nats on tv (but plenty of charlie and dave online) and we get a 10 game streak.
    i come home and see last nite’s mess and now it rains.

    i know, i know:
    “so go back to NC!”

    after tomorrow’s game i do. that should change everything – i have that kind of power ;-)

    gyfng!

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      Don’t let us hold you up! You can leave now! :-)

      Actually, I think last night was my fault, since I went to the game for the first in about 5 weeks.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Yes, they did have MASN in the outerbanks but not further south. listened to C&D for the first part of my NC trip
      Then thought what a potential fan base all the way to NC (but O’s also on MASN1/2)

      Then driving back on 301 saw 2 O’s billboards in Southern MD well south of both Balt and DC.
      Wonder if Angelos is trying to stake out his territory to milk the deal as much as he can, claiming he’s lost all this fan base from as far south as Cuba

    • waddueyeno - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      i’m in chapel hill. nc natsie gave a rundown about loca options, but it’s my landlady’s cable, so…
      i like C&D better than the tv guys anyway. and mlb app lets me see the highlights.

  14. sjm308 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Sitting in Capitol Hill
    Will someone there let us know when the tarp comes off?
    Thanks in advance

    • dcwx61 - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      i would expect game starts after 5

      • sjm308 - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Thanks
        We will be leaving soon

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      Looks like they’re fixing to start.

  15. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    “they again host the Giants, who are scratching and clawing themselves, trying to stay alive both in the NL West and Wild Card races.”

    Are you sure it’s not just allergies? Maybe mosquitoes, with all the rain we’ve had? Sounds uncomfortable, whatever it is.

  16. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    No way they start at 5, right?

    • rayvil01 - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      Official Nats tweet said 5pm…approximately.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        I am in college park, heading over to park and it hasn’t stopped raining for some time now.

  17. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Caller on 106.7: “Why does Ramos stand so far off the plate, he should be closer.”

    Phil Wood: “I’d take your comment more seriously if he were hitting .195 and not .295″

  18. micksback1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    rain rain go away, Mick wants the Nats to play

    lol

  19. scmargenau - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    That’s just unreal.

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

    How the hell did Pence hit that? I mean…how?

    • scmargenau - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      His pitch. Kinda like how most lefties like inside and low and hit it like driver off a tee

  21. Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    LaRoche killed that momentum

  22. Hiram Hover - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Alright, level again. No need to panic when we’re facing the Freak.

  23. scmargenau - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    I love how Ian gets back so fast without diving.

  24. scmargenau - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Too close not to try Bryce

  25. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    So I guess it’s like the first inning never happened.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    My man, Span…

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Keep the line moving….

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Yesss…. score 10 on them!!!!

  29. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Man, Lincecum is bad. I am glad we are doing it, but it’s hard to watch given what he once was.

  30. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Of all the times to swing first pitch. I LIKE swinging first pitch, but why do we always do it when guys are unraveling and walking the world? Let them hang themselves.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      I hate first pitch swinging… but I don’t even get upset since it was Desi… I just expect him to go up hacking….

  31. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Seems Zim has settled down and really his home run pitch was not bad at all. I’m still amazed at Pence hitting that out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Pence can hit anything out that’s above the dirt. JZim was afraid of a Wild Pitch with a man on 2nd. He’s a current day Vlad Guerrero.

      It happens.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Wow AC… I see you…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Oh, you got my calling card. I see you MrsB.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Oppo Asdrubal!

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Look at JZim. Knocks out Timmy J.

  35. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Booooo. Leave Timmy in.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    Getting to the BP early… This should help for tomorrow too…

  37. Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Need outs

  38. Faraz Shaikh - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Nice game so far!

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Ian Desmond has 8 walks out of the last 11 games. He also now has walked in 36 games this season. The OBP is climbing.

  40. Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Somebody hit this guy

  41. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Bryce has gotten a lot of pitches to hit today

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Nice play by Desi. That wasn’t easy.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Cabrera nonchalanted that and Pence stole that base. Come on.

    • Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      I wouldn’t go that far. He had some ground to cover.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      That Pence infield hit has extended the inning.

      • Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        That’s a given

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      I should have asked before I wrote.

  44. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    This better not cost us again

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      It already has. Look at all the extra pitches. I understand Asdrubal doesn’t know the speed of these runners but Pence stole that base by sprinting down the line as he does.

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Come on AC…

  46. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    This is familiar.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Tell me I am dreaming.

    I am at my wife’s college reunion in Floyd Va. Hooked to my wifi to watch the game on my at bat app.

    Then the damn app says I am in one of the restricted areas. Floyd Va 5 hours from DC. Why is that called local for the Nats.

    At least I can hear Charlie and Dave on the app.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      Angelo’s a double ass as I can’t watch Cubs either as we are O territory

      Will do an anti chop and watch the braves.

  48. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Thank you for not repeating history JZimm

  49. manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Dave made it sound like Cabrera double clutched on the Pence infield hit. If so the inning should be over.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

      He slid over to the ball very nonchalantly instead of doing what he would do as a SS and run to the ball. He let the ball play him and Pence beat it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        At least it didn’t come back to bite us.

  50. Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Saw the last 2 pitches of that sequence coming. Good job JZ

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Ramos calls the wipeout slider in the dirt at the perfect moment! WOW! What a K on Morse! Truly with the game on the line at that point for a true HR threat.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Petit is pitching better than Lincecum.

  53. Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    This guy should have started

    • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      He started six games this year. He had an ERA of 6.97 in those games.

    • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      The last time he started was Jul 22. Gave up 7 earned in 5 innings.

    • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

      ERA as a reliever, 26 appearances, 2.01

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Rendon runs his Run Scored MLB lead to 91. Pence is at 87.

  55. Danny - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Let’s hope JZ can finish his outing without being pulled today

  56. manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    I must be bad luck. First started listening as Zimmermann was pulling into second with his double. We haven’t hit worth anything (outside LaRoche long fly to Morse) since.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    LaRoche to JZim on the glove shuffle! Impressive as ALR guided a line drive glove shuffle to him. With replay, good question though, looks questionable whether JZim got the foot down.

  58. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    JZimm smelling the finish line. Next inning will be key with top of the order up.

  59. NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Bryce Harper since the All-Star Break: .291/.378/.410

    • David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Power is still gone, but that is typical of someone coming back from his injury. He’s been fine, if not great.

      Certainly not worthy of demotion, lol.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    I go to the bullpen for the 8th. Send JZim to the showers and thank him for a nice outing.

    • David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      I leave him in, but have reinforcements ready in case.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        I leave him until a hard hit ball results in a runner, or two soft hits results in 2 runners

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:25 PM

        You get a pinch hitter than the top of the order. I give it to Storen for the 8th and Thornton for the 9th.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    First Dave now Charlie have thought the ball was hit harder than it was.

  62. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    We are being Stammen’d by Petit.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:30 PM

      Haha! He has retired all he has faced, right?

  63. NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    When we were in the rain delay and so were the Cubs, the only game on was the M’s. They were advertised the Nats series. “Come see Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and the Nats.” THAT’S why people have never heard of Anthony Rendon. (I expect they’ve heard of Doug Fister.)

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Any clue if there is a reliever warming?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      A day later and a dollar short. Storen is up now. Should have been up already.

    • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:32 PM

      Storen just got up.

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Need the pitcher’s best friend here in a doubleplay ball.

  66. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Up by 4, no walks.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Pence got bit by the frontdoor slurvey thing. Carp called it a curve, it looked tighter to me. What a K going with the breaker! He got Morse on the slider in the dirt. Just fantastic pitches at key moments. Many pitchers are afraid of throwing a hangar and JZim has executed now twice in DANGER situations.

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    OK, JZim you got it done but that leadoff single caused you a high stress inning. Good job on finishing it off. I love how Span just takes charge on those balls. Calls off everyone likes he supposed to and much to the delight of Werth who was there also.

  69. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    Brilliant outing by JZimm.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Sure was, DP.

  70. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Good game by JZimm and good call by Williams to let him pitch the 8th as it turned out. Who will it be in the 9th?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      You still had to get Storen heating. You didn’t gain much IMHO by trotting JZim out for the 8th. That was a high stress inning.

  71. manassasnatsfan - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Thorton for the 9th? Or are bunch of righties up?

    • NatsLady - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      Want to turn Sandoval around. Much better from the left side.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      I would say Thornton to get Panda to bat righty then if you want Storen to finish Morse and the batter after him, but MW may stick with Thornton for all of them.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

        Nothing goes by plan, does it. Panda gets sawed off and rewarded with a swinging bunt.

  72. David Proctor - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Get the pen back up.

  73. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Look! A Soriano impersonator sighting! Exciting baseball in the ninth coming up!

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Need that pitcher’s best friend doubleplay here.

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Winner! Look at Thornton. Cool as a cucumber!

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    And a new streak begins..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Officially tomorrow you can look back to today. The first win is just 1. Need at least 2 for a streak ;)

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Idk how McCatty does it…

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