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Game 135: Nats at Mariners

Aug 31, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

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When they arrived in Seattle three days ago, reeling from a 3-game sweep in Philadelphia, who would imagined the Nationals would find themselves where they do today: With an opportunity to now sweep the Mariners after taking the first two games of this series in impressive fashion.

To pull this off, the Nats will need to beat yet another tough opposing pitcher: Hisashi Iwakuma, owner of a 2.83 ERA this season (though coming off an outing in which he allowed five runs in only 2 1/3 innings against the Red Sox).

Tanner Roark goes for the Nationals, hoping the third time will be the charm to secure his 13th victory of the season.

Enjoy the game and the conversation as always…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SEATTLE MARINERS
Where: Safeco Field
Gametime: 4:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869, MLB.com
Weather: Partly cloudy, 62 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (77-57)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
DH Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Asdrubal Cabrera
RF Nate Schierholtz
(RHP Tanner Roark)

MARINERS (72-62)
CF Austin Jackson
LF Dustin Ackley
2B Robinson Cano
1B Kendrys Morales
3B Kyle Seager
DH Chris Denorfia
RF Endy Chavez
C Mike Zunino
SS Brad Miller
(RHP Hisashi Iwakuma)

UMPIRES
HP Jim Joyce (cc)
1B Marvin Hudson
2B Doug Eddings
3B Cory Blaser

124 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Okay, I may actually get to watch this one in real time. Still haven’t watched last night’s game and don’t know that I’ll get to it before this one starts. Oh, well. Maybe tomorrow.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Re the Adam Dunn trade: Billy Beane’s rationale for the Cespedes-Lester trade was to guarantee that the A’s made the playoffs as a division-winning team, not as a wild card. Now — echoing NatsLady’s comment in the previous thread — he seems borderline desparate, just trying to ensure that they get a wild-card/play-in berth. I know they had pitching issues and worries, but giving up Mr. Cespedes seemed at the time like a mistake. Even more so now. Having a coffee on King Street before heading over to SafeCo. Came here hoping for a series win, now getting greedy and thinking about a sweep. GYFNG!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      Plus one & have fun!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      At the time I questioned trading a catylyst type of player who is bigger than his stats. Reversal of fortune.

    • Candide - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      I’m sure Oakland has its LoDers complaining that Beane is an idiot and incompetent.

      And, “that’s it, the season is over!”

      😇

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        I was reading the Oakland Wassin and he is loud.

        I personally was shocked at the trade, but it has ended up even worse than I though.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Great hustle by Denard Span!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Have fun and represent!

  3. Candide - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Won’t be able to follow the game despite the early time; my niece will be getting married around the third inning, and I’m expected to be paying attention to the ceremony.

    But I have the #NatsMagicNumber pictures lined up and ready to tweet as soon as I can (during dinner/reception?). Desi’s in the batter’s box, and Frandsen’s on deck.

    GYFNG!!!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Just don’t shout “Yes!” during the ceremony and you should be okay.

      Well done on the magic numbers. You obviously came to play today.

      • Candide - Aug 31, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Just don’t shout “Yes!” during the ceremony and you should be okay.
        :-D

      • Candide - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        How about, “Tony Two Bags!!! B4R!!! WooHoo!!!”?

  4. natsjackinfl - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Congratulations to Adam Dunn as I have a strong hunch he’ll hang it up after this season unless a taste of October baseball rejuvenates him.

    You really have to wonder how the Cespedis/Lester deal shook up a relatively young A’s locker room. While Lester is known as a good teammate, it’s pretty apparent that he’s a rental. His professionalism is appreciated, I’m sure, but he still has to be viewed as a short term hired gun by what was a pretty fun but tight group.

    Maybe Beane sees Adam Dunn as a solution to the missing big bat as well as a terrific locker room guy.

  5. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Speaking of getting serious about the postseason (and getting to the postseason…).the Brewers got Broxton from the Reds. He was setting up for Chapman, you may recall, and is almost as good as Clip. They’ll pay big money for him, plus two PTBNL.

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      If I’m not mistaken, I believe Broxton is signed through next season for somewhere in the neighborhood of 9 Mil.

      • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

        Yes. Clip will cost that much too, so he might as well close. :)

  6. acsportsfn - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    note to Candide….if things go bad for the Nats, also be sure not to yell “OH NO!” especially if they just asked her “Do you take this man?” ! Goo to see Natsjack again….GYFNG!

  7. chillweek - Aug 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Check this out: after the last 2 days we have gone 11-0 against the Mariners since 2005:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/games/head2head-games.cgi?team1=WSN&team2=SEA&from=2005&to=2014

  8. Another Tyler - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    I was at last night’s game and it was awesome! M’s fans being philosophical on the bus out, explaining “well, it was Strasburg” while clutching their Felix Hernandez bobbleheads for whatever comfort they could offer after night-before-last. It was nice to hear Stras getting some respect.

    Especially since I was visiting home for his last start–two Stras starts in a row, dang I’m lucky (lucky that the first bad start turned into a 14-6 rout and the second was a very, very good start). Coming back on after striking out Cano, I swear Stras grew two inches taller. He looked like a freakin’ statue out there. Gawsh, if he can replicate this and regularly Fister his way through the first two innings, then turn on the juice…

    Werth’s catch was great–happened right in front of us (two sets of bleachers in front, too).

    My girlfriend’s favorite, Lobaton, had two killer games with her in attendance. Good for Lobaton! Good for us.

    Nats park was roaring like Fenway when Fenway’s out for blood–Safeco was loud, but not nearly as, for Stras-related reasons. Lots of boos for the players, but the fans were polite despite my jubilation.

    I would have posted as things were happening, but I left my computer at home during my travels.

    Safeco observations: when they put the dome on, they pulled it off of our bleacher section! Very cold and drizzly. Lots of Nats fans sprinkled around, (some) trying not to smile too much. I kept wondering which was Eugene…

    And now another game. Keep it up, Nationals!

  9. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Go Nats. Series wins are good, but because of the Phillies series I am getting greedy and want a sweep.

  10. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Only 89 MPH looks faster

  11. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    OK Roark. Keep the ball down.

  12. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Nice first Tanner.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    That’s a blast. Oh yes Bryce I see you!

  14. Drew - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    704 from Henry Aaron.

  15. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    What a shot by Bryce Harper, The kid just seems to be gaining momentum. Look out!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM

      I mean he is not just playing better, he is looking more confident in all phases the past few games particularly. And his teammates seem to be embracing it, and him.

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    I thought Philly was supposed to be the band box….

  17. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Well, now, I’ll take that shot from Schierholtz!

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    My man Span… Aight guys… Bring him home!

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:58 PM

      Stranded again when he lead off with a double and got to 3rd with only one out. Unbelievable how often that has happened this year.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:09 PM

        Have any of the Nats runs this series, come from anything besides hrs?

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Schierholtz hello, i see you. Good job.

  20. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Span just ran 250 feet to get from 2nd to 3rd!

  21. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Ok, somebody got word press going on the shuffle play again. Try to stop hitting the “report comment” box.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      The Creator should do 1 of two things. 1 move the damn box to the far right. 2. Then if push have note come up asking “Did you mean it.”

      To easy to make this mistake.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        Well, you could just scan down with your right thumb instead of your left until the “Creator” corrects “this mistake.” That’s what I do now.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Man on second 0 outs with 2-3-4 up surprising no score. That is like first half of the season.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Roark making this hard on himself.

  24. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Way to go, Tanner!

  25. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Hoppah!!! Heating up!

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Thank you for missing that Ball 4 Jim Joyce

  27. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    The kid is locked in!

  28. Drew - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    703 from Henry Aaron.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Harper is on fire…. I see you, Mr. Harper… I see you…

  30. philipd763 - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    We need a bigger lead so we don’t have to see Soriano this afternoon.

  31. adcwonk - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Charlie and Dave just said “Seger solid single to straight center.”

    Awesome.

  32. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I’d kind of like to see Denard get one more hit before this game is over to set the Nats record for most hits in a month.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Come on Tanner.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    These bloop hits are way to numerous

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Come on Tanner… Induce the double play…

  36. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Damn

  37. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    You give up cheap hits and then missed the target by a foot, great recipe for disaster.

    Come on Tanner you can’t miss that bad.

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Well that sucks monkey balls….

  39. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    I thought Span was going to catch the blooper that fell in. That ended up hurting. Gotta get ‘em back.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Be interesting to compare Tanner’s outs.. How many were on the ground vs in the air… Im following on game day….

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        5 outs each

  40. Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Get Stammen up.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

      Just as I said it, he takes his jacket off…

  41. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Did I say from the beginning keep the ball low .

    We need hits before our homers.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Now a double play 2 hitters late.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Get the runs back Roark, was given the lead, he just didn’t want to keep it more than Ackley wanted to homer.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    What the h…. where was this Roark in the 5th inning?

    He allowed the most to change for sure. The Nats had all the most then bloops and a terribly missed blast.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    The RISP differential is the difference so far today. Nats 0 for 4 M’s 3 for 4.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    McLendon won’t allow another mistake. This pulling faster than we would ever do.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Wow talking about stepping in the bucket. The 2 homer swings were nearly perfect, strike 2 was just the opposite

  48. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Come on guys score.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Need to move the line guys

  50. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Schierholtz match Harper

  51. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    RISP time

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      0 for 5

  52. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Just missing the fastballs guys

  53. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Again no hit with RISP. The reason the season started so poorly now 0 for 6.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Brad Miller under a 200 hitter Roark allowed to get a hit twice and score twice. Players like that you just blow it by them.

  55. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    MW obviously waits 2 batters to late again.

    Miller obviously started the 2 rallies is allowed to start a third. Am I missing something?

  56. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    This is exactly how to use Blevins.

  57. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Shocking….no run given up.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      He brought Blevins where he could be successful. Usually misuses him.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    2-3-4 batting all left Span in RISP. Now let’s go.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Wow didn’t bother fast ball he could clobber nor swing at the sliders he would have to foul.

    That kind of sequence is why I say swing at the first good fastball.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Come on ALR you are due.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Carp ask what to do on a high outer part fast ball? Easy you hut it to keft. Not rocket science.

  62. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    OK Ian you are due. Do what we need.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Will have to do it off of the crooked cap guy.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      I guess so Roark let us down with a pitch missed by over a foot.

      Not sure since when Ian wasn’t willing to smack a fastball.

  64. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Let’s just not to bother swing at fast balls Ian. All three strikes were fast balls and swung at one. The last one was ticketed for right field stands if you barrelled up.

    If didn’t want to swing at a fastball what did he want?

  65. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Is there a reason why Blevins is sill pitching

  66. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Please to be explaining why the f*** Blev is still pitching?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Because MW rolls an unnecessary dice. Stammen was warmed, he might as well been in.

  67. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Fish bases loaded

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Lead off walk why?

  69. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Dam NcGhee takes a 3-2 strike to end a rally.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    So Blevins faces 3 lefties 3 outs, but 1 eighty a walk. His discrepancy is huge.

  71. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I guess MWs just woke up from his nap.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Yes

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Late time outs need to be stopped. It one of the few things I really hate.

    I don’t like mistakes, but they happen. Late time out calls are rediculous

  73. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    The walk now is at second

  74. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    Stammen thought 3 outs.

  75. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Stammen not to interested in holding Jones

  76. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Stealing 3rd w 2 outs seems unnecessary.

  77. veejh - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    …and the Blevins walk ends up hurting us. Stupid MWs

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Anytime he has Blevins pitch to a right I cringe, I don’t how many times he has to see this to understand?

  78. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    RISP for Marlins now 4 for 5 to our 0 for 6.

    All started because Blevins stinks against righties and MW insisted he pitch to a eighty to walk him.

    • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Well, the Marlins are still losing 1-0 so I don’t see how going 4-5 RISP helped them.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        Mariners were 4 for 5. Did I type marl is sorry.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Now 4 for 6

  79. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Need two runs boy now do it.

    Roark we gave you a 2 run lead and that wasn’t enough for you.

  80. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    OK now Harper is on let’s score 3

  81. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Damn the catch Jackson just made is what I expected earlier by Span, in the big rally inning. Little things like that are the difference.

  82. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    RISP time ahpgain.

    And we can’t do it today.

  83. David Proctor - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Two big plays: Span not laying out for a ball prior to Ackley’s 3-run homer and Werth not driving in Span with Span on third and one out.

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      Regardless, good series win.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Both those aren’t in my 3 plays but those two also important.

    • NatsLady - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      The problem is not Span or Werth. The problem is in the 4-hole. LaRoche needs to get out of his slump. Go see Larry or whatever.

  84. NatsLady - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    I am happy with 2/3 from the M’s. They have good pitching, we got lucky Felix had a bad, bad day. Wish we had taken a couple from the Fillies, though. On to LA!

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      We must be do for a win against the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona right?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        You would think.

    • David Proctor - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      We must be due for a win against the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona right?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      2 of 3 is OK, but 3 of 3 was there, and pitching couldn’t secure. So under those circumstance harder to take.

      Had we lost 5-0 it would be easier to take.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    3 homers all solo.

    3 things that cost us.

    Miller who hits terrible Roark can’t get out.

    Ackley who can Roarkbpitches a terribly missed pitch for a 3 run homer. At least 18 inches off.

    Hitters 0 for 7 RISP allowing Mariners 4 for 6.

    Generally I take 2 of 3, but when are up 2 in the middle game, my expectations change, unfortunately Roark was out pitched (today the bullpen also was out pitched)

  86. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Good to see Harper heating up.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    On the long fly by Rendon that Span ended up at third I thought was gone when first hit.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Aug 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Had the game been tied 4-4 to start the bottom of the 8th would Blevins or Stamnen start the inning. I hope Stamnen. I decided starting Blevins was the white flag

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