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Game 132: Nats at Phillies

Aug 27, 2014, 3:23 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — The last thing the Nationals want, on the heels of a 9-1 homestand, is to open this 9-game road trip by getting swept by the Phillies. But they’ll need a win in tonight’s series finale to prevent that from happening.

The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and we know what that usually means. And more good news: Kyle Kendrick starts for the Phillies. Over the last two seasons, he’s 1-5 with a 5.71 ERA against the Nationals.

Even more good news: Both Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche are back in the lineup tonight, LaRoche’s tight back apparently feeling well enough for him to play all nine innings.

Note the later start tonight due to a pregame ceremony honoring Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Little League team that just came home from the World Series in Williamsport.

Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Clear, 87 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (75-56)
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 Doug Fister

PHILLIES (60-72)
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Marlon Byrd
LF Domonic Brown
C Wil Nieves
3B Cody Asche
RHP Kyle Kendrick

UMPIRES
HP Gary Cederstrom (cc)
1B Chris Segal
2B Jim Reynolds
3B Manny Gonzalez

7:43 p.m. — We are underway after a very nice (albeit lengthy) ceremony honoring the Taney Little Leaguers. The Phillies really went all-out, giving these kids big-league treatment. Very cool to see.

7:57 p.m. — I noted earlier how the Nats have feasted on Kyle Kendrick over the years, and they’re at it again. They scored two runs in the top of the first thanks to a Denard Span leadoff single, an Anthony Rendon RBI double and an Ian Desmond RBI single. Kendrick has given up at least four runs in each of his last four starts against the Nationals. They’re already halfway there after only one inning, up 2-0 as Doug Fister takes the mound.

8:07 p.m. — Uh-oh, the Phillies get both runs back in the bottom of the first. Fister left a 1-0 pitch up to Jimmy Rollins, who managed to hit a 335-foot rainbow of a homer just over the right-field wall. Two more singles from Chase Utley and Ryan Howard didn’t help, but Span’s rare misplay in center field — he let Howard’s sinking liner scoot under his glove and roll to the wall — really didn’t help. That’s an unearned run and it leaves this game tied 2-2 after one eventful inning.

8:20 p.m. — Better stuff from Fister in the bottom of the second. He retired the side, striking out a pair. To the third we go, still 2-2.

8:37 p.m. — And the Nats get the lead back in the top of the third, thanks to a couple of guys who have been getting the job done for some time now. Span led off with a base hit to right-center, then deftly hustled his way to second base way before Marlon Byrd’s throw came in. That’s now Denard’s 50th multi-game hit this season. Pretty good. Meanwhile, Werth delivered another RBI single, this one a broken-bat liner to left. He is now 9-for-12 with two doubles, 11 RBI, five walks and two sac flies with runners in scoring position this month. Pretty, pretty good. Nats lead 3-2.

8:51 p.m. — Fister is battling his way through this one so far despite an, let’s say, inconsistent strike zone. I hate to pick on umpires, but Dan Iassogna (in only three innings so far tonight) has already called eight pitches out of the zone strikes and five pitches in the zone balls, per the excellent BrooksBaseball.net in-game chart.

9:08 p.m. — Wait a minute, am I dreaming or did Denard Span just hit a ball into the second deck here? Wow. He’s now 3-for-3 with a single, a double and a homer. And it’s only the fifth inning. It’s now 4-2 Nats, and for the fifth straight time, they’ve scored at least 4 runs off Kendrick.

9:46 p.m. — Things just got ugly in the bottom of the sixth. Domonic Brown drove in a run with a double to right-center. Then Grady Sizemore came off the bench an launched a hanging, 0-2 curveball from Fister into the bleachers. Just like that, the Phillies have taken a 5-4 lead. And that’s not all. Following the home run, Fister drilled Ben Revere in the forearm, prompting Iassogna to issue warnings to both dugouts. The look on Fister’s face suggested he never in a million years intended to hit Revere, and his subsequent reaction — getting Revere’s attention and asking him if he was OK — further confirmed his lack of intention. But in the bigger picture, there’s some concern now about the right-hander. He gave up nine earned runs over his previous six starts. Now he has given up eight earned runs over his last two, including four homers.

9:59 p.m. — Nats go down in order in the seventh against Antonio Bastardo. They’re fighting an uphill battle now, down 5-4 at the stretch.

10:07 p.m. — And it gets worse. Ross Detwiler entered for the bottom of the seventh. Two pitches later, the Phillies’ lead was 7-4.

10:18 p.m. — The Nats can’t get anything going against the Phillies bullpen. Lefty Jake Diekman just retired the side in the eighth, so they’re now down three runs with three outs to go.

10:32 p.m. — Detwiler gives up another run in the eighth. It’s 8-4 heading to the ninth.

10:47 p.m. — Game over. Nats lose 8-4 and get swept here in Philly. They now face a daunting, 6-game trip to Seattle and L.A., needing to get themselves back on track.

264 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. bowdenball - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Anyone know the reason for the later start?

    • natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      There is some sort of pregame ceremony for the local Little League team, of LLWS fame.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      They’re doing a pre-game thing for the little league world series team.

    • bowdenball - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Great, thanks natsfan1a and bisonaudit

    • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM

      Mark knows.
      “Note the later start tonight due to a pregame ceremony honoring Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Little League team that just came home from the World Series in Williamsport.”

  2. natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    “The good news: Doug Fister is on the mound for the Nats, and we know what that usually means.”

    That I might not fall asleep before the game ends, because he works so fast? No, wait. A curly W? Okay, I’ll take it.

    Go, Doug! Go, NATS!!

  3. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    While it’s great the Phillies are having a ceremony for the LLWS kids, shouldn’t the ceremony work around the game and not vice-versa? I don’t see why they can’t do the ceremony at 6:30.

    I guess it doesn’t really matter, just seems odd.

    • Hiram Hover - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      The thinking is probably that they’d be “honoring” them with an (even) emptier stadium if they did it 30 minutes before the usual start time.

    • Section 222 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Bob and FP were making the same point yesterday, and I thought they were equally churlish. How dare the Phillies honor these kids and make the Nats (and Bob and FP) arrive in Seattle 30 minutes later! Where are their priorities?

      Answer: Exactly where they should be.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        Stay classy, San Diego.

      • Eric - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        30 minutes? Aren’t games on travel days usually at 1 or 4?

      • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        It’s not a travel day. Both teams are off tomorrow.

      • Eric - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        So for sure they aren’t flying tonight?

      • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        What difference does that make? They have the day off tomorrow. If I’m the Phillies, I don’t care to begin with but given the off day, I really don’t care.

      • Eric - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        You asserted today is not a travel day, I was just asking if that’s a known fact or mere speculation. Also confused why anyone feels a 7:05 start time was the only option today, as opposed to ~1 or ~4

        I hold nothing against the Phils for honoring the team, nor against Nats fans wondering about the start time.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:56 PM

        The Phillies have the day off tomorrow. They’re not going to move a home game to the afternoon in the middle of the week the day before an off day. It’s like lighting money on fire.

  4. langleyclub - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    For the Nats offense to purr, need the post All-Star Break Denard Span to bust out of his 0 for Philly mini-slump. Not a coincidence that the Nats best ball of the year arose when the opponent can’t keep Span off base.

  5. nats2005 - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    With an off day tomorrow for both teams, I think they can start late as well.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      I agree. The Nats are going west, too, so starting a little late is only going to get a jump on resetting their game clocks to pacific time.

    • adcwonk - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      But the day off tomorrow is not much of a day off as the first 1/4 of it will be travelling. I.e., flying to Seattle, and they may be getting into their hotel rooms around 6am or some such . . . .

      Should have been an afternoon game, imho.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        I agree this was a perfect game scenario for a 4:05 start. They could have honored the LLWS team last night.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Does anyone actually know if last night would have worked for the kids?

        Also, when’s the last time a home team scheduled an afternoon game solely for the benefit of their opponent, let alone when that opponent already has an off day scheduled?

      • Section 222 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        Oh for goodness sakes you guys! It’s 30 minutes later. Fister will make that up in the first four innings. By all means let’s research whether the kids could have done it last night so as not to inconvenience the poor major league players and the broascasters.

      • adcwonk - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Oh for goodness sakes you guys! It’s 30 minutes later

        30 minutes is no big deal. But when a team has to go to Seattle — even if the next day is off — it’d be kinda nice to have a 4pm game, or even 1pm game.

      • Section 222 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        It might have been kinda nice wonk, but this game was scheduled back in the beginning of the season for 7:05 pm. And with an off day tomorrow, there’s really no reason to complain. Teams regularly have much worse travel schedules, arriving in the wee hours and having to play *that night*. Regardless of when they arrive in Seattle, they don’t have to play until Friday night. That’s not a huge deal.

        The LLWS just finished up a week ago. There was never any way they were going to reschedule this game to the afternoon, or undermine the celebration because Bob and FP don’t want to get to bed 1/2 later.

      • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Getaway days for the away teams are courtesies some teams provide. The Nats have done it. They’ve also not done it. There’s some gamesmanship involved at times. The O’s were VERY upset that we scheduled the makeup game against them for 7:05 because they had to go to Toronto.

        Basically, it just depends.

      • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Should say day games on getaway days.

      • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        It’s not a get away day. There’s on off day for both teams tomorrow.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Pirates beat the Cardinals 3-1. Wainwright takes the L.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Thanks for sharing. Nice piece, but they forgot the part where he fields caroms off the upper deck. (Just kidding. Sort of.)

    • npb99 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Anybody checked the Tigers fans’ comments on their team’s version of this blog?
      I imagine they are pretty darn upset.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Grant Brisbee, who mostly covers the Giants, is obsessed with the Fister trade. In a recent piece, he listed JZimm as one of the 10 most underrated players,

        http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/8/20/6049561/most-underrated-players-in-baseball

        and then added this rant:

        “It reminds me of a pitcher on the Tigers who was pitching extremely well, but everyone was all Scherzer this and Verlander that, until the Tigers TRADED HIM FOR NO GOOD REASON. TRADED HIM TO THE NATIONALS, WHERE HE GETS TO PITCH WITH ZIMMERMANN. AND STRASBURG. FOR A GENERIC LEFT-HANDER WHO THROWS 90/91.”

    • Section 222 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Now that is a cool article. And it’s not even behind their firewall. Thanks for posting.

    • ArVAFan - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      They forgot to mention how well he bunts and covers first base (takes him at least two steps to get over there. And if you get lucky, you get to see him do the splits while covering!).

  7. adcwonk - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Let’s go Mets — Zach Wheeler vs Teheran. Teheran is very good. Wheeler has been 6-0 with 2.12 ERA over his last 10 starts.

    David Wright (neck) and Daniel Murphy (calf) both sat out last night (a Mets win). I have no idea if they are playing tonight.

    • bowdenball - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Wright and Murphy are out again tonight.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Teheran has a 4.00 ERA on the road and a 4.62 ERA in August. The Mets have also had great success against him this year (2 starts, 10.1 IP, 15H, 5BB, 6ER). So those things may work in our favor.

  8. masterfishkeeper - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    The guy Seattle started today to give King Felix and their other starters some extra rest (before they face the Nats) is not doing too well: 3 IP, 8 runs, thus far, against the Rangers, of all teams. Serves their manager right.

    • bisonaudit - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I’m sure the Nats coming to town had a lot to do with it. /sarcasm

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        And that’s exactly why I put the Nats part in a parenthetical. If the parenthetical was not there, then it would have read as I though I was suggesting that McLendon did it to face the Nats.

  9. Eric - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Well, this thread is off to a really pleasant start! Stay friendly, everyone.

  10. Section 222 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    All those who fear jinxes, avert your eyes.

    So here’s a fun exercise as we wait for tonight’s first pitch — trying to predict when the Nats will clinch the NL East, or, since that’s really impossible this far out, trying to figure out if we will clinch at home or on the road. I’m afraid the answer to that question is — “On the road, unless we get really hot right now and the Braves completely fold, or the Braves do better than we do over the next 24 games.” Here’s how I get there:

    1. The Magic Number is 24. (Candide, where’s the picture?!)

    2. The Nats’ 24th game from now is Sept 21 in Miami, and it happens to fall right at the end of a very long roadtrip. The Braves’ 24th game is Sept. 22. That means that if the Nats and Braves match each other win for win and loss for loss over the next 24 games, we will clinch on either 9/21 or 9/22, depending on whether the Braves have to win or lose on 9/22 to match the Nats record. (If they have to win, we’ve already clinched.)

    3. Anytime the Nats win and the Braves lose moves the potential clinch date a day earlier. Anytime the Nats lose and the Braves win pushes it back a day.

    4. Since the Nats are home from Sept. 5-10, on the road from Sept. 11-21, and then home for the end of the season from Sept. 23-28, there are two ways that we can clinch at home. The first is that the Braves lose at least 11 games of their next 14, and in our next 13 (which takes us to the end of the early September homestand) we win at least 10, plus one for every game they win. That’s a very tall order indeed. The second way is if we win fewer games than they do over the next 24 games for each team.

    5. For every game advantage the Braves have over the next 24, the earliest clinch date moves later — and the Nats would have to clinch at home during their last 7 game homestand from Sept. 23-28. That would be a lot of fun, but I think we’d all prefer that we put them away sooner, even if it’s on the road.

    6. Consider, though, if the Braves gain just one game over the next 24, for example, if the Nats go 13-11, and the Braves go 14-10, or the Nats go 10-14 and the Braves go 11-13. At this point, our Magic Number will be just 1 as we return home to face the Mets on Sept. 23. If we clinch that night, we’ll have over a week to rest the regulars and line up the rotation for the NLDS. That might be the best of all possible worlds, to coin a phrase.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Great work.

      What is the likelihood of clinching at Turner Field? I’d rather clinch at home, but if we must clinch on the road, I sure wouldn’t mind doing it there.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

        And then the whole team could scratch out the “A” behind home plate.

      • Section 222 - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

        I love that idea! It will be like the Dodgers celebrating by jumping into Diamondbacks’ pool.

        The Nats play the Braves in Atlanta on Sept. 15-17. Both teams play 17 games between now and when that series starts. That means, I think, that to clinch in Atlanta we have to win 6 more games than they do in the next 18, 5 more in the next 19, or 4 more in the next 20. Tough, but not out of the question.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      I think Rizzo should enlarge this pic and hand it to the umps. Is that inconclusive or an obvious out or obvious safe? It was called an out on the field. Where is their enough evidence to overturn that call?

      Oh well, win today Nats!

      • Section 222 - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        To me, it’s inconclusive. You just can’t tell whether there is daylight between Frandson’s foot and the base. So the call should have stood.

        On the other hand, even if you could definitely tell that there is no daylight, that wouldn’t answer the question. Is this the precise moment that the ball was deemed to be in Frandsen’s glove? That you really can’t tell from this picture. And if the ball arrived a nano second later, when Revere’s foot still hasn’t touched the base, Frandsen’s foot might have come off by then. So a stop action shot doesn’t cut it here.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        Agreed. If he was called safe then any chance to overturn should’ve been inconclusive.

      • Soul Possession, Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        So it’s the wrong picture to use.

  12. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Being swept by the Phils after that run would suck. I like our odds tonight w Fister vs Kendrick and our A squad back in.

  13. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 17s
    Ian Desmond watched the entire tribute to the Taney Dragons from the top step of the Nats’ dugout, then made sure to high-five each player.

    • Eric - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Very nice Desi.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      I really like him as a player for many reasons but it’s how genuine he is that just makes me like him as a person.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Tony Two-Bags strikes again!

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    I found out why the pitch-track hasn’t been on some broadcasts lately and it’s because MASN usually uses the MLB Advanced Media equipment and there has been a calibration problem many times. Hard to believe with all the technology.

  16. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Really Adam

  17. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Rally killed

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Desi kept it from being a disaster, but could’ve been more.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Desi loves man on 3rd and 2 outs.

  19. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Way to wait for pitch you could handle Bryce

  20. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    A 2 run lead. Bout time this series.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Rendon only with his 95th Run Scored of the season to lead the Major Leagues. How great is he. Oh yah, got to 70 RBIs also.

    Rendon’s R:K ratio is 95:83 How many players have more runs than K’s?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      In the Runs Top 10 list, only Rendon and Kinsler have more Runs than K’s. Span is in the Top 12 and of course he also meets that criteria!

  22. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    A CBP special right there.

  23. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Pop up homer

  24. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Wtf span?

  25. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Our defense has taken another game off, I see.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      One mistake from a guy who rarely makes one.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

      As quick as you say that Rendon turns in a Web Gem.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Wow, Span makes a single a disaster.

  27. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Think he could have made a diving catch on that

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Yes, but I think he got a bad jump. It’s generally not his game to dive. His mistake was not getting in front of it.

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Uhm… Dougie… Want to bring the ball down… Maybe… Everything is up…

  29. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    OK, let’s start this game over.

  30. Eric - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    What is up with the inconsistent zone for Fister vs Kendrick? Argh.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      In Philly, the ground is crooked just like a good chunk of their fanbase.

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Was there a reason on why the blues changed this game?

    • ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      Why the new umps came? Cuz the others were blowing calls!

  32. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Price has already given up 4 thru 3.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    How did Marlon Byrd get that ball. A great route to that ball.

  34. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    We seem to be getting good wood on Kendrick’s pitches. Lots of hard hit balls.

    • veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      We’ll get to him eventually. Seems like we usually do

  35. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    That was a professional AB by Span

  36. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    There we go. WERTH it!

  37. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    So, I’m thinking this Span kid may work out for us.

  38. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    This ump is something else.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      ALR got hosed.
      So much for the theory that Span can’t hit on the road.

  39. Serious Jammage - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    “Healthy hack from Ian Desmond” is like saying “Water is wet.”

    • scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:41 PM

      If only he hit it.,. It might still be in the air.

  40. adcwonk - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Charlie and Dave said that Price gave up eight consecutive hits!

    Holy moley – you would think that’s pretty hard with BABIP, no matter how bad the pitcher.

  41. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    WTF was that call?

  42. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM

  43. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Terrible strike zone tonight. Pitches down the middle are balls.

  44. adcwonk - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    C & D also mentioned that because of the delayed start (scheduled for 7:35, but didn’t start till close to 7:45) and the length of the top of the first — that Fister, after pre-game warmups, was sitting on hit butt for close to a half-hour before he threw his first pitch in the game. They were suggesting that as a reason why his pitches might have been up in the first.

  45. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Beginning to think this ump has never seen a comeback inside fastball.

  46. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    No harm done, except for extra pitches thrown. But that is just terrible.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      The harm is that Fister has to throw it down the middle to get it called a strike which is not a good formula for success.

      • ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        So does Kyle!

  47. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    7 pitch inning. Awesome!

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Huge doubleplay! 3-6-3

    • Serious Jammage - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      Fister being Fister. Love it.

  49. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    A SPAN HOMER! HE WAS DUE!!!

  50. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    0.0

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Span just Galvis’s Kendrick if you follow that logic.

  52. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Span hit a hR. This game is now destiny to win.

  53. scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Are u kidding me??? How good is this guy?

    (Tm – FP)

  54. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Span’s error let in a run, but I guess you could say his +/- is +2 since he’s scored 3 runs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Not really but yeah, the HR makes up for the error. The other 2 are icing on that cake.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    How good are the Nats 1-2 hitters. Only Calhoun to Trout are better.

  56. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Again, so much tha Span can’t hit on the road! Oh, my!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Oops! That didn’t come out quite right!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      I don’t think anyone has said that. I think it’s that he has better home splits all around.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:13 PM

        Actually it was mentioned by two different guys on here last night, Steve,
        And he was on a rather long hitless streak on the road, but Jeesh, he has been overall pretty good in the month of August.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:15 PM

        All depends how they phrased it. A guy has 2 off nights and they want to bash him? Uh, he was facing Hamels!

      • veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:20 PM

        Steve…LOL

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

        From last night:

        Why on earth is span incapable of hitting away? The guys average is like 100 points higher at home.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        That was phrased pretty definitively, I thought.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        The person was right and backed up by fact. Home .343 Road .241 That’s 102 point difference.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        Now if you have a problem with the person’s tone, yes, that’s a bit over the top with the word “incapable”

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Fister and Ramos almost collide. That’s the catcher’s play Doug. Too close for comfort.

    • Serious Jammage - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      Anyone but Howard running and that’s a much closer play. Little bit of a break there.

  58. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Whew. That was a close call. I thought Ramos and Fister were going to wrestle for it!

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    That was weird….

  60. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Bryce is due for a big knock

    • Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      His constant whiffing is fun :)

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        That called K wasn’t so funny. That’s just not fair .

  61. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Meh….close call….gotta swing

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    BS strike zone. Bryce deserves better.

  63. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    This ump better be reprimanded for this abomination of a game. What a F’ing joke.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    This clown behind home plate is a mess…

  65. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    These guys must be hung over or something – those calls by the HP ump are just terrible. Mixing up balks and strikes, and inconsistent in even those calls

  66. scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    This ump is horrible

  67. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    The players know the zone is bonkers. Swing dammit.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    How many people like my idea of adding to the box score the percent of calls that the umpire calls the same as pitch track?

    We then would see who are the better umps are quantitatively.

    Also umps would receive their reviews and pay related to actual performance.

    I am sure for some reason someone would hate this idea, but as commissioner it would be something I do to improve the game.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      Like accountability? Something the league probably wouldn’t want to do.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        Is MLB like public school teachers. Why fight accountability. If you are good at your job you would want accountability.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        They want little accountability which is why they won’t allow a challenge to be used on the K zone, balks, inning out of the baseline. Why not. The technology is there. You have a challenge. Let them challenge an egregious pitch call.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        We already know MLB don’t want umps to be accountable.

        Like last night no one asked an ump why there was no balk call. Why? Because they sequester temps. Why? To avoid accountability.

    • ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      MLB doesn’t have to do it, Fangraphs or BBR can start it.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Another move as commissioner would be eliminating late time outs.

  70. scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    How dumb does harper look for insinuating span should sit and he should
    Play cf and Zim in left? Span meanwhile is all class.

    • scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:34 PM

      And that Danny is one of the best second basemen in the game. Retread, I know, but it just came to me and it seems surreal now.

  71. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    The home plate ump is an abomination tonight. His calls are a classic defense for a computerized strike zone. At least be consistent with your calls.

    • scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      If I had diamond club seas my throat would be so soar from yelling….oy

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      I personally want laser strike zone as most home plate umps are way to inconsistent for me.

  72. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Can’t put anyone away

  73. section309 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    99.999999% chance Byrd is still juicing

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    Come on Dougie…

  75. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Phhitt!

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Thank you Dominic Brown. Thank you Ian Desmond.

  77. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Wow Brown is a dummy

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Thanks Brown….

  79. scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Crap, he’s still up

  80. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    How do you do that on 0-2.

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    How and why doesn’t Thornton come in… Aggravating…

  82. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Another hung 0-3 curve to him gfg

    • Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      0-2

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    That’s a capper on a crapper. 4 earned runs in 6 innings. Not one of Fister’s better showings.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Make it 5.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Actually wasn’t one of them unearned?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        4 earned in 5 2/3

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I hope Fister isn’t on a downward trend.. He didnt have a good game his last start either….

  85. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    hy cant Fister out pitch Kendrick. This is not a good effort.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Time to pull him.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      I don’t understand why he didn’t pull him for the lefty…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Yep, he wanted Fister to complete the inning. Can’t say I blame him for that. Runner on 1st. In the playoffs, quick hook.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        I blame him… Fister has been up most if the game… You had a lefty up and was gonna bring him in more than likely this inning anyway…..

        Ugh….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Definitely a point of debate. Hindsight usually wins out.

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Why haven’t you pulled him yet Matt???? Why????

  88. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    LMAO, issuing warnings at that. This officiating crew is a joke.

  89. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Too many times to the well with the curve

  90. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Ouch! Better elbow than wrist, methinks

  91. section309 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    This team would be 20 games up on the braves with a half decent manager. MW is clueless

    • scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      They say a good manager is worth 6 games…so maybe not 20 up :-/

      • section309 - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Keith law says MW has cost this team at least 10 games so far. Say what you will about him but he probably has an objective way to measure that.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      We’d be 20 games up on the Braves? Really?

  92. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    MW as usual removes a pitcher after the problem.

    • donniebenth - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Agreed. Was really wanting Thornton for Sizemore. When Fister loses it, it tends to go quickly.

  93. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Not MWs fault Fister threw a pathetic 0-2 pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Since we all felt it coming and wanted thorton in. seems MW refused to pay attention to what Fister was doing that inning.

  94. scnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Seems like all our pitchers have a 100 pitch expiration date and are reaching it too early

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Come on Thornton… End this so the offense can get on and do it’s job….

  96. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Fister’s line tonight:

    D Fister 5.2 I.P /10 hits/5runs/4 earned runs/1BB/3K’s/2HR’s 100-68 2.55

  97. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    We can do this, guys!

    GYFNG!!!

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Braves win… Booooo

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      3rd and 2nd and 1 out and Tejada dribbles one to 3rd with the infield in and got thrown out at home.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

        could get interesting by the end of the road trip.

  99. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    So much for the shift…

  100. Danny - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Typical Detwiler lately.

  101. NatsLady - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Thanks for nothing, Ross.

  102. Joe Seamhead - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Are you kidding me?

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    So much for that 1 run lead. Awful.

  104. David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Well this sucks. It’s a wakeup call. The season isn’t over. You can’t overlook the cellar dwellers.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      This reminds me of teams who think they just have to walk on the field and the other team will bow and give you the game.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      +1
      ] pitching normally the Nats strong suite but not tonite

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        2 of 3 starters out pitched.

  105. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Guys gotta find a way to pull this out

  106. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Fister was great all season and suddenly when it gets to crunch time he becomes mediocre.

    I see Detwiler comes in and throw a meat ball.

    The Giants are a lot better team then the Phillies. How can you pitch so poorly against them.

    • ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Because we play Philly more often, every year.

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Swept by the Phillys… Awful..

    And our opponents get much harder on this road trip…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Which means we win both series.

      We can still win this if our hitters want it more than Phillie pitchers do.

      So let’s score 4.

  108. section309 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Not looking forward to MW’s bullpen management in playoff baseball. Sadly it’s really not that hard to do and managers who do it well like Showalter can get by with lousy starting pitching.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      He seems to be way slow on the trigger. I am probably too fast, but I would carry 8 bullpen guys because of that.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM

      Buck is rare. Go read Dodgers fans complain about Mattingly or Cardinals fans about Matheny. Or Braves and Fredi.

  109. scmargenau - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    I can’t face my philly boys now, gonna hear endless crap if we loose series – ugh

    • dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      yup…I’ve already heard from my friendly phily phanatic two nights in a row.

    • ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Remind them off the standings

  110. NatsLady - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Can’t believe Amaro didn’t trade Byrd.

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Nats need baserunners and 9 guys to bat this inning.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:16 PM

      I’m over this series… Take out the frustrations on the Ms… And Dodgers… And when the Philth come to DC next week, kick their a$$….

      • dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        just dont take it on the Mrs

  112. dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    It’s my fault. I ordered playoff strip after Sunday’s game…Seems so long ago now.

  113. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Swept by the Phils. Didn’t see that coming. Time to buck up.

    • NatsLady - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Well, I’m sure the M’s didn’t seem themselves losing two of three to Texas, including a 12-4 rout today. They might have gotten a little overconfident saving King Felix for the Nats.

  114. ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Still half an inning left… Given our recent history, I would have thought people would be more optimistic

    • dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

      We are…just not tonite

      • dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM

        or when the b bullpen is in

  115. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Revere gets a chin burger.

  116. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Detwiler though giving up cheap hits is not doing the neccesary work.

    • ehay2k - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      Ross will not be here next year. Wouldn’t be a big surprise if he were left off the postseason roster.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        I don’t see how we could afford the risk of putting him on the postseason roster. With using Blevins as more or less a LOOGY and now having Thornton, we can be OK from the left side (though finding a way to add Cedeno would be nice if he does OK in September, Treinen would be much more valuable if the starter needs an early hook.

  117. dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    What is this 2011

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      This does look like 2011 more than 2014

  118. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    FP just said what I was about to say. Phillies are doing the fundamental things so much better than the Nats this series.

    We must have left bats and fundementals in DC.

    They better appear in Seattle, king Felix is pitching Friday.

    He is a lit better than any of these pitchers.

    We cannot afford these not so good efforts.

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    GET ALL THIA BAD JU JU OUT BEFORE WE TRAVEL… LEAVE THIS MESS IN PHILLY….

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    I would have left Det in there and not waste another arm in this loss…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

      100% agree. Wasting another reliever especially Stammen makes no sense.

      Most already agree MW is not good at bullpen work.

  121. dcwx61 - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I’m done…better luck on the left coast

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      They will bounce back.

  122. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    How much you want to bet MW WILK SAY, THAT’S BASEBALL.

    Will have some excuse for Fister.

    The facts are clear, the pitches were too high.

    • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Didn’t help that Fister had throw everything center-cut to get it called a strike.

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Still, why did he try to throw a strike at all on 0-2, especially knowing this miserable SZ tonight?

      • David Proctor - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        I agree. It was a mistake. His biggest of the night

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        On 0-2 throw it low near the zone and take the k.

  123. vannordens - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Don’t we have anyone better than Detweiler in the organization? Who should we bring up to replace him?

  124. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    You notice their ball girl high tailed it.

  125. davecydell - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Fan touched ball
    Ground rule double.
    Silent MushMouth.

  126. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Keep line moving.

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    It all started with a crazy single.

  128. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Need more runners

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    If I get MLB TV, and I’m in NC although I live in DC, will I be able to watch Nats games?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      I think so.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        Imma call them tomorrow… Cuz I saw it’s 12 for the rest of the year and I will be traveling and don’t want to miss anything…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        That’s a good deal. I hope you will have WIFI

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Yes, I got wifi… That’s what I was thinking and I can watch other games… Definitely going to cal them tomorrow…

        Thanks for the answers guys!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        I rely on MLB.TV My buddy as a geographic scrambler on the when it checks your location. I also use my buddie’s Slingbox which is great.

    • raleighnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      Depends which part of NC you are in. East and Central NC has Nats & O’s blacked out (I’m blacked out in Raleigh with my MLB.TV , but also get Directv to see MASN). If you go West or SouthWest towards Charlotte, they are not blacked out.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

        I’m going to Raleigh Friday… But then to the obx

    • scmargenau - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      I was just there. It didn’t work for me.

  130. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    I was feeling good if Asdrubal got on.

  131. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Cabrera just did his Espi imitation

  132. veejh - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Ugly sweep. Tighten up team. For real.

  133. manassasnatsfan - Aug 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Ramos slower than hell cost Shierholtz a hit.

    On the other hand no pulled hamstring. Rollins surprised me being there.

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