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Game 129: Giants at Nats

Aug 24, 2014, 10:12 AM EDT

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The Nationals may not be holding on to a winning streak anymore, but on Sunday they have a chance to win their fourth consecutive series.

Stephen Strasburg (10-10, 3.41) will look to make it two out of three against the Giants who are starting right-hander Ryan Vogelsong (7-9, 3.73) in an early afternoon tilt. Strasburg will make his 28th start of the season – if you can believe it – and his second appearance against the Giants this year. On June 9 he took the win after allowing just one run through six innings.

Through Strasburg’s career, he’s been very good in matchups with San Francisco. Through four starts he is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

Vogelsong has conversely been terrible against the Nats. He has a 6.39 ERA in eight appearances. He was Strasburg’s counterpart on June 9 and got blasted with six earned runs off nine hits and two walks in six innings.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, TBS, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly sunny, 77 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (74-54)
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

GIANTS (68-60)
CF Gregor Blanco
RF Hunter Pence
C Buster Posey
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Michael Morse
2B Joe Panik
1B Travis Ishikawa
SS Brandon Crawford
RHP Ryan Vogelsong

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

1:52 p.m. — The Nats are down early thanks to a leadoff home run by Blanco. Blanco worked a full count before hitting a solo shot over the fence in right field. The Giants would get two more baserunners in the frame as Sandoval singled and Morse walked, but one run was all they could manage. It’s a 1-0 game with the bottom of the first up next. Strasburg threw 24 pitches.

2:08 p.m. — The Nats got two baserunners of their own in the bottom of the first, but no runs. Rendon and LaRoche walked before Desmond lined out to left field for the third out. Vogelsong also threw 24 pitches in his first go at it.

2:26 p.m. — The Nationals find themselves down 2-0 now after the Giants again led off an inning with a solo home run off Strasburg. This time it was Ishikawa who knocked one into the left field stands. The Nats would manage just one baserunner in the bottom half of the inning, a Cabrera walk. Strasburg has thrown 39 pitches, Vogelsong has needed 40.

2:50 p.m. — Strasburg was already struggling through two innings today, but it was the third where it turned into a true disaster. Strasburg allowed three more runs on four hits and a sac fly. The Nats now trail 5-0 and Strasburg has allowed seven hits and two walks on 62 total pitches. He hit in the bottom of the third, though, so it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. Top of the fourth is up next.

3:19 p.m. — The Nationals got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a trio of doubles by Werth, LaRoche and Cabrera. Strasburg was then removed for Nate Schierholtz who pinch-hit in his first at-bat as a National. Craig Stammen will now take the reins in a 5-2 game with the top of the fifth up next.

3:38 p.m. — Stammen allowed two singles, but no runs in the top of the fifth, and the Nats went down in order in the bottom half of the inning. It’s still 5-2 with the sixth inning up next.

4:24 p.m. — Well, that was something. The Nats put six runs on the board in the sixth inning alone and now lead 8-6. They batted around the order off Vogelsong and reliever Jeremy Affeldt. Desmond hit his 21st homer of the season, a solo shot. Harper scored on a wild pitch. Lobaton, Werth and LaRoche had RBI singles. Hairston had an RBI double. Now Drew Storen will come in to pitch the seventh.

4:52 p.m. — The Nats added another run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Span. That makes it 9-6 with Tyler Clippard set to start the eighth inning.

5:21 p.m. — I hope you all like insurance runs. The Nats added five more in the eighth inning to make this one a 14-6 game. That’s the highest scoring game for the Nats this season. Rafael Soriano will now look for the final three outs to finish the Giants off.

5:28 p.m. — Ballgame: http://natsinsider.com/2014/08/24/instant-analysis-nats-14-giants-6/

158 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. foonman1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Curious…for whom are the Braves rooting – Nats or Giants?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      If they were smart, the Nats. I don’t think they are smart.

  2. wearenationals - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    We’ll be there to welcome Morse (.– . — .. … … . -.. -.– — ..- –..– , — — .-. … .!) but of course see a series win. GYFNG!

  3. scmargenau - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Looks like a gorgeous day for baseball! Go nats!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I hope to see Strasburg pitch like an Ace and also Alfredo Simon.

      Go get ‘em Stephen and teammates!

  4. Candide - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Section 219 today – my fourth game since last Sunday.

    Funny how these addictions creep up on you…

    GYFNG!!!

  5. unkyd59 - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    How’bout a quick, early lead, and 8 strong hootenannies, from Stras?

    GYFNGOGOGOGOGO!!!!!

    • Smyrcok - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      Let’s just have a good first hootenanny and go from there

      • Candide - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

        And when the Nats win, we’ll all go, “Woo-HOOOOOOOOOOTENANNY!!!”

    • Candide - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Old New York sports writer – might have been Jimmy Cannon – said his idea of a good day at the park was the Yankees scoring eight runs in the first inning, and then slowly pulling away.

      I could go for that.

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    There’s that SS/Lobo connection again… Go Nats!!!! Was hoping to go to the game today but dangit if my sister didnt take my ticket…

  7. natsfan1a - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Back to watching on tv again for me. Go, SS! Go, NATS!!

  8. BurnedOnce - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Interesting. The Brave have the lowest elimination number (27) of any current second place team. Not that it matters.

    • Section 222 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Oh it matters. Make that 25. That’s what happens when you trail the leader by more games than any other 2nd place team. :-)

  9. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Strasburg has allowed 1 or 0 runs in 4 of his past 5 starts. The exception is the game everyone remembers in Atlanta.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Nats will have to come from behind once again to Win this one.

  11. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Had to score to win anyway. Just follow Jordan’s example from yesterday, Stras.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Strasburg is throwing the 2-seamer some in the 1st inning.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Bad luck BABIP for Desi

  14. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Strasburg has some serious homeritis this year.

    This is why Strasburg ditched the two-seamer initially, btw. It kept running back over the plate.

    • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      In this case he threw four four seamers to Ishikawa.

      • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        Er, according to AtBat anyway.

  15. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    too many gopher balls f. SS simply has to get over this before post season. looks like Haren last season at times

  16. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Reds- barves look to be in another 1 run game, amazing

    • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Nope! 2-0 Reds!

      • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Make that 3-0!

      • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        that is the more runs in one inning for reds than the past 3 games!

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

    Couldn’t you have just struck out to turn over the lineup LOBaton?

    • Section 222 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      MY friend, I hope it will be a long time before you use that insult again.

      • David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

        He had quite a game. Possibly his best as a Nat, at least from an offensive perspective.

  18. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Lobaton, that figures…I think we will hit as game goes on. have to hope SS settles down and no more gopher balls

  19. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    closer for Reds is what Nats had hoped HRod would have ben, lol remember him

  20. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    uh, come on sS

  21. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    feels weird to not be at game, after attending 5 in a row.

    question for any one, if Cabrera is hitting like an All star as he has since he has been a Nat, where does RZim fit in?
    does he platoon with ALR, if Adam starts struggling at the plate. Is it really that important to have another left handed bat in line up at that point.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      Good problem to have Mick.

      • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

        Ghost, agree, so…wat would you do if your MW

        my bet is the plan was to have rZim back at 3rd and Rendon at 2b. But, Cabrera is playing so well, so, what do you do in post season??/

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Ryan is slow to get back and going in a groove so it’s a tough call.

        I hope he can do it and a contributing part of the active roster

  22. Serious Jammage - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    First post for me — love the discussion on here, been reading for quite a bit. Watching this one from the living room with Charlie and Dave on the speakers.

    Some things to know — I’m hopelessly optimistic (even after witnessing game 5 in person), and will be contributing excessively positive comments to the board. I am loving the state of Nats baseball, especially considering I literally could not give tickets away outside RFK in 2007. We’ve come a long way.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Are you Serious Jammage on the Tweeter?

      Welcome to NI

      • Serious Jammage - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Thanks Ghost — not the same name on twitter, I’m @mattkozey there. Nats rants and other stuff there.

        And I agree — Charlie and Dave are pure class. “Swing and a long drive, deep left field…” still gives me goosebumps.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        That’s some serious damage Matt! ;)

    • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Charlie and Dave are the best in all of MLB in my view.

  23. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    That has to be a DP. Not an error, but a play that has to be made

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Sigh

  25. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Why would you throw the curve there? Strasburg shook off Lobaton twice and Morse made him pay. The homer last time was after Strasburg shook Lobaton off.

    The catcher calls a better game than you Stras, trust them.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Rendon makes that play… And none of this happens…

  27. philipd763 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    MW needs a faster hook. This is his biggest weakness. This applies to starters and relievers.

    • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      This is not on MW, this 100% on SS period

      • philipd763 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Of course Strasburg doesn’t have it today so It’s a manager’s job not to leave him in until the game is out of reach. That’s what MW has done today.

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    That pitch was up…. Why…

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Come on Nats bats… Gotta chip away…

  30. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    FP needs to stop about this BS about it being a mindset. Strasburg is flying open and thus does not have good command. It’s mechanical.

    You can question him shaking off Lobaton, and I did, but the root of this is Strasburg’s inconsistent mechanics. He is having trouble repeating them from start to start.

  31. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    can not knock MW o this, this is all on SS. Must be very frustrating for team to see JZim go 8 innings, have a rested BP and then the ace (ummm?) of the team comes out with a performance like this. very disappointing, defeating the whole purpose of a rested BP. Nats have a great deal invested in SS and they need to either address what ever issues he has after almost 5 seasons. this is getting old and ridiculous and right now, it is not about winning or losing the game, it is about dealing with a very inconsistent veteran pitcher who s suppose to do great things. I do not think i am being nasty or unfair with my assessment

    • npb99 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      The inconsistency is baffling. I’m not qualified to explain it.

    • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Needing to use the BP defeats the purpose of having a rested BP? I don’t get that. Isn’t a rested BP exactly what you want when an SP has a clunker?

      • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        that is true and at this point i would keep SS out there until he cant go, to keep the BP rested. My point is that if SS could have kept this close and his pitch count was high in a 1-2 run deficit, the rested BP could have begun in the 6th inning, now it does not really matter

      • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Ah, gotcha. Yeah, it would be nice to use them to protect a lead rather than mop up, although mop up could mean Stammen eats up 3 innings and most of the bullpen remains rested anyway.

    • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      PS – Only thing unfair might be the expectations we all (likely including Stras) have for him. I do kinda/sorta wonder if we’re seeing him work through FB command/location issues now that he can no longer blow people away. If so, I think he’ll work it out eventually, just as he has gotten past issues with holding runners and getting rattles. I have maintained since early this season that Stras will put all the pieces in place by rhe end of this season or middle of next season.

      I hope I’m right, and still think it will happen, but obviously there’s no guarantee.

    • Serious Jammage - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Stras seems to have a few starts that get away from him but generally he’s been darn good — in his last 9 starts he’s had 5 outings with 7 or more innings and an ERA no higher than 2.57. The Post wanted him to be Nolan Koufax Kershaw from the get go but we may have to settle for a very strong starter who leads the NL in Ks.

      • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        that was the issue with Nolan Ryan early on and that is why Mets gave up on him, maybe too soon. Ryan eventually became a very consistent pitcher and the SO were not an obsession with hm

  32. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    1, 0, 7, 0, 1, 5. That’s his last several starts. So inconsistent is the best way to describe him, but he is still good more times than not. When he’s bad, he’s really bad.

    One year, he will figure out his body and mechanics. Until then, we will live with this.

    • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      good point, so here is a question, does MW live with this in post season in 2014??

      • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        I think yes, and pulls him quickly if there’s big trouble. Might be a good argument for Tanner in the pen, actually. He could be great for picking up Stras or Gio if they start badly.

      • David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

        Yes, but not in Game 1

      • scmargenau - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:43 AM

        No way tanner is in pen. He’s in the top 10 in mlb in many categories.

  33. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Go Reds!!

  34. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Eric

    that makes sense, bet MW maybe thinking along those lines too

  35. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Braves are at 15 innings without a run, lol

    • Eric - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      4-1 Reds now…heh

      • micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        I know, me and my big mouth lol

  36. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    What was that Ian…

  37. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    how about when Zim returns we move Crebrera to ss in place of Desi?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Are you sure about that?

    • scmargenau - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:45 AM

      Stop it. Ian is top 5 SS in baseball, all things considered, worry instead if u can keep him.

  38. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    I think nats may come back and win this, I have a feeling…

  39. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    ….he’ll fit right in.

  40. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    4-1 Reds middle of 7, barves finally scored a run

  41. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Welp, we’ve entered the “everybody lines out” portion of the game. Good ABs.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    On Kilgores tweet on Schierholtz.

    “@CBJinDC: @AdamKilgoreWP yeah he’ll fit right in here as another left bat failure of the had not had that since McLOUTH went on DL”

    As I said, what was the rush to call him up after 19 ABs in almost a month.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      Wait… Wait.. Wait….

      Isn’t Scott. Hairston. Supposed to be the lefty killer? Did I miss his dfa or something?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        I think he means lefty batter killer LOL.

        Didn’t CBinDC post here on the old Blog

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        Hope Scott Hairston comes through with a hit

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        YES!!!! SCOTT HAIRSTON

    • Section 222 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Because Taylor wasn’t being used, and Rizzo/MW wanted a lefty bat on the bench. I know you don’t like the guy, but self-back patting after one AB is unseemly. Give him 4 at least, ok?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Come on, what was the rush is the only point I was making. Give him a week in AAA.

        Do you his last hit in the Majors was July 28 2014.

        Rizzo had until Aug 31 to activate him. Let him get at-bats and his timing in Syracuse.

      • Section 222 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        Except they think (hope) he can help between now and Aug. 31. Once Werth came back, Taylor was a wasted roster spot.

        If he had gotten a pinch hit today, anyone who said, “You see, Ghost” would be just as wrong. You have to give these moves a little time before making a judgment on whether it was the right thing to do.

        Hairston got another big hit tonight. That doesn’t change the fact that he has been awful this year, right? No one hits 1.000, and no one hits 0.00. And sample sizes matter.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Jumbo Diaz shuts down the Barves chances with men on the corners and 1 out K’ing JUp and CJ

  44. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Ball girl play looming large. So is the failure of Rendon to turn the DP.

  45. Serious Jammage - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Here we go boys!

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    WHAT A COMEBACK!!!!!

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Wow…

    Scott.
    Hairston.

    Bwahahahahaha hahahah….

  48. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    This team is nuts.

  49. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Just need a productive out from Tony here. This Machi guy is NASTY though.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Oh Denard….

  51. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    That can’t happen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      No it can’t. Once again Span falls prey at 1st. Between Span and Bryce the TOOTBLAN is off the charts. None costlier than that one I think.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Nah.. Bryce has had some dumber ones… Especially given if we win this game….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        What an ending in the Barves game. 7 1/2 and ELIM# 26

  52. Drew - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Great comeback. Lousy time for a TOOTBLAN.

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Wow, a missed balk…. Is that challenagble?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Uhm… My attempt at English… Ugh..

      Challenagble

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Nope and that was borderline that Machi has done before. Runners have to know his move.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Werth picks Denard up!

  55. Drew - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Are you freaking kidding me?

    GYFNG!!!

  56. stoatva - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    We do much better when I listen to Charlie and Dave on the internets than when I watch on TV.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Well you know what to do…

      • stoatva - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        Am doing it, for all I’m worth.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Wow….. Fricking LOVE IT!!!!!!

  58. Serious Jammage - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Let’s see Des homer twice in the inning…

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    And they say that baseball is boring…..

  60. micksback1 - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    micksback1 – Aug 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM
    I think nats may come back and win this, I have a feeling…

    for the record, ole Mick called it!!!!

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    And.. I’m sorry… But Michael more is a terrible left fielder….

    • stoatva - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      • stoatva - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        I always said that Morse played left field like someone who wanted to be playing first.

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      Nobody plays deeper in left than Michael Moore!

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Reds win on an Upton K… 7.5 lead….

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Game ended not with an Upton K but rather he hit into a fielder’s choice, 4-6 with the bases loaded and two outs.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    I’m not entirely comfortable with Tyler Clippard going in next…. So I hope we score another run or 2 here..

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    2 pinch hits today for the Nats. Pigs are flying!

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!!

  66. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    That is a GREAT AB by Span against a guy who eats lefties alive.

  67. snerdblurter - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    No let up! Time to step on the ol’ throat…

  68. mdmcommish - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Pigs are indeed flying…and I wanted to see Drew hit.( and pitch the 8th)…never dreamed all this would happen

  69. snerdblurter - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Yeesh. Clipp got lucky with that comebacker. Lock it down here buddy.

  70. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    And Tyler gets a new tattoo on his butt. Ouch.

  71. Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Ok, cue up “Fixin to Tuck Rag”

  72. David Proctor - Aug 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Soriano will have 3-4-5 (Posey, Sandoval, Morse). 3 run lead, but will still have to be sharp. Definitely don’t want the tying run up.

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Orioles lose 3 in a row to the depleted Cubs. Playing down players the Cubs shocks the Oreos.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Get so sick and tired of seeing their signs right out outside of DC….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Lerner should put some up in the Eastern Shore and throughout Balmore with WALKOFF CITY

  74. BurnedOnce - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Awesome 11 pitch walk and then steal
    by Werth.

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Wow…. Just wow… Okay, so save some for next game…

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Just demoralizing for the Giants…. And I love it…

  77. BurnedOnce - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Little knock by Desi and homer by Bam-Bam. Now we’re seeing the championship attitude I was bemoaning earlier in the season. Coming together nicely.

  78. TimDz - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Replacing “got to get back to you”

    with…
    “it really SUCKS to be you….”

    • scmargenau - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:56 AM

      Lol lol! Saw them at “bartenders ball” in the 90s – they r great.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Oh my, more pigs flying!

  80. Drew - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Harper is 6 career homers from Espinosa, 706 from Henry Aaron.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Nats score 2 TDs to beat RGIII

    • scmargenau - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:58 AM

      Rg3, Harper. SS

      Everything that’s wrong with dc sports

  82. veejh - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Cabrera got hurt?

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      Unclear about Cabrera. Might have pulled something in his last AB. Stay tuned.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Yes, radio guys said he grimaced running to first in his last at bat. No word yet as to what he hurt.

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    This was great….

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ATLANTA 76 77 13.0
MIAMI 74 79 15.0
NEW YORK 74 80 15.5
PHILADELPHIA 70 84 19.5
x-Clinched NL East title
Through Friday's games

NL PLAYOFFS STANDINGS

W L GB WCGB
x-WASHINGTON 89 64 --
y-LOS ANGELES 88 66 1.5
ST. LOUIS 86 68 3.5
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SAN FRANCISCO 84 69 5.0 +1.0
PITTSBURGH 83 70 6.0 --
MILWAUKEE 79 75 10.5 4.5
x-Clinched division title
y-Clinched playoff berth
Through Friday's games

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
SAT: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.
MON: OFF
TUE: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
WED: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
THU: Mets at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Marlins at Nats (DH), 1:05 p.m., 7:05 p.m.
Full season schedule

Mark joins Rob Carlin and Joe Orsulak every Thursday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet for a half-hour show on the Nats, Orioles and rest of MLB. Re-airs Thursdays at 11:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

ON THE RADIO

As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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