Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Game 49: Nats at Marlins

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Edwin Jackson faces Anibal Sanchez tonight at Marlins Park.
MIAMI -- Over the last seven seasons, the Nationals have had 18 chances to beat Anibal Sanchez. And they're 0-for-18 against the Marlins right-hander. Perhaps the 19th time will be the charm.

Sanchez (7-0, 2.10 ERA in those 18 starts) will be on the mound tonight at Marlins Park, facing a Nationals club that would certainly like to bounce back from yesterday's 5-3 loss and avoid clinching only their fourth series loss of the season (they previously lost to the Dodgers, Pirates and Orioles). Edwin Jackson, who despite his 3.38 ERA this season remarkably has only one win (that complete-game, two-hitter against the Reds), gets the start for Davey Johnson.

The Nationals will have a new player on their bench, Jhonatan Solano, who becomes the fifth different catcher on the roster already this year. And, in a nice twist of fate, Solano's brother Donovan was just called up by the Marlins last week.

Updates and analysis to come, so please check back...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Indoors
NATIONALS (29-19)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
CF Rick Ankiel
LF Corey Brown
C Carlos Maldonado
RHP Edwin Jackson

MARLINS (27-22)
SS Jose Reyes
2B Omar Infante
3B Hanley Ramirez
RF Giancarlo Stanton
1B Logan Morrison
CF Bryan Petersen
C John Buck
LF Chris Coghlan
RHP Anibal Sanchez

UMPIRES
HP Dan Iassogna, 1B James Hoye, 2B Jim Joyce (cc), 3B Jim Reynolds

6:45 p.m. -- Today's not-good injury news: Chad Tracy will have surgery Thursday to repair a groin tear. He'll miss at least 6 to 8 weeks. Full story here.

6:48 p.m. -- In other news, the Nationals have re-acquired outfielder Erik Komatsu. Komatsu was selected by the Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft in December, then was claimed by the Twins. Once Minnesota decided not to keep him on its 25-man roster, he was offered back to the Nationals for $25,000. Komatsu will report to Class AAA Syracuse.

7:10 p.m. -- And we are underway as Anibal Sanchez starts off Steve Lombardozzi with a strike.

7:13 p.m. -- Nothing happening for the Nats in the top of the first as Sanchez retires the side on 12 pitches (nine strikes). He particularly made Byrce Harper look bad striking out on a breaking ball in the dirt.

7:18 p.m. -- Meanwhile, at Class A Potomac, Michael Morse walked in his first plate appearance tonight.

7:23 p.m. -- It was shaping up to be a dicey bottom of the first for Edwin Jackson, who served up a two-out double to Hanley Ramirez and then walked Giancarlo Stanton on four pitches. And when Logan Morrison sent a line drive toward shallow right-center, it appeared the Marlins would be on the board first. But Steve Lombardozzi saved the day with a leaping catch of the liner, robbing Morrison of an RBI hit and bailing out Jackson. It remains scoreless after one.

7:32 p.m. -- Looks like the same old, same old so far for the Nats against Sanchez. Ian Desmond did manage to battle his way through a long at-bat, fouling off a bunch of 0-2 pitches before finally grounding out to short. That, unfortunately, was the highlight of the second inning from the Nationals' perspective.

7:51 p.m. -- They don't have anything to show for it, but the Nationals are making Sanchez work a little bit. He's already thrown 52 pitches to five batters through three innings. No hits, but Carlos Maldonado did draw a walk. ... Meanwhile at Potomac, Morse struck out swinging at a 2-2 fastball in his second plate appearance of the night.

7:58 p.m. -- Jackson, on the other hand, has been much more efficient. He's faced one more batter than Sanchez but has thrown 15 fewer pitches. That could bode well for the Nats as this game plays out, perhaps allowing Jackson to stay in the game longer. Still scoreless through three.

8:03 p.m. -- Four innings down, and no hits for the Nats yet against Sanchez. Maldonado's third inning walk represents their entire offensive production so far.

8:24 p.m. -- There goes Sanchez's no-hitter ... and his shutout. Desmond leads off the fifth with a single to left, then steals second and takes third on John Buck's errant throw. That set the stage for Corey Brown to record his first career RBI, which he did in style ... on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze. Nicely done. The Nats take a 1-0 lead in the fifth.

8:33 p.m. -- Jackson is putting together quite an outing here. He's through five innings now, having allowed only one hit and two walks. And his pitch count is at a very manageable 63. He should have plenty left in the tank.

8:40 p.m. -- Bryce Harper notches his fourth triple in 108 career at-bats, a deep blast to the wall in right-center that probably would have left most parks. He might've even had a shot at an inside-the-parker after center fielder Bryan Petersen went down in a heap. Too bad, because the Nats could've used it after Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to end the top of the sixth. Still 1-0. Meanwhile in Potomac, they're in a rain delay. Michael Morse has two plate appearances: a walk and a strikeout.

8:53 p.m. -- Question for the masses: You've got two outs, a man on third and Giancarlo Stanton at the plate in a 1-0 game. Do you pitch to the hottest hitter in the National League? Obviously, it's easy to second-guess that decision by Davey Johnson, though it also wasn't difficult to first-guess it before Stanton laced an RBI double to left, tying this game 1-1 in the sixth. It also looked even more curious when Jackson subsequently walked Logan Morrison on four pitches. Not saying that was intentional, but you certainly would have thought he'd be more careful with Stanton. Regardless, it's now a 1-1 game as we head to the seventh.

8:59 p.m. -- Desmond notches another single in the seventh, but it's quickly erased by Ankiel's 4-6-3 double play. We've reached the stretch in a 1-1 game.

9:11 p.m. -- And the wheels come falling off for Jackson in the bottom of the seventh. Chris Coghlan sends a one-out single up the middle. Jackson then uncorks a wild pickoff throw, allowing Coghlan to advance all the way to third. Greg Dobbs then sends a flyball to medium left field. Brown gives it a good try, but his throw to the plate is just a tad late, and Coghlan scores to put the Marlins up 2-1.

9:33 p.m. -- Well, that very well might have been your ballgame in the top of the eighth. With one out and a man on second, Davey sent up Danny Espinosa to hit for Roger Bernadina. Ozzie countered with right-hander Steve Cishek. Who proceeded to walk Espinosa and Lombardozzi, loading the bases for Bryce Harper. But the Nats squandered that golden opportunity. An overly aggressive Harper struck out on three pitches, the last one a fastball up and out of the zone. And then Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a fielder's choice at third, giving him three runners stranded in scoring position over his last two at-bats. It remains a 2-1 game heading to the bottom of the eighth, and the Nats are in serious trouble.

9:36 p.m. -- Make that REALLY serious trouble as Hanley Ramirez destroys a Craig Stammen pitch to lead off the bottom of the eighth and light up the Home Run Thingamajig. It's 3-1 now.

9:49 p.m. -- Last chance now. It's LaRoche, Desmond and a pinch-hitter (Jhonatan Solano?) in the ninth against Heath Bell.

9:58 p.m. -- It's over. Solano makes his big-league debut with two outs in the ninth and actually delivers a double down the right-field line to keep the game alive. But Xavier Nady lines out to right to end it. Final: Marlins 3, Nats 1. It's only the Nats' fourth series lost this season.

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Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Daveys lineup must be delayed due to a Brown out.

NatsLady said...

Is Martin Maldonado (also a catcher) related to ours?

5/28/2012: Maldonado was called up by the Brewers to replace the injured Jonathan Lucroy.

Steady Eddie said...

Mark, while it would be nice to beat Sanchez, I -- and, I suspect, the team -- would be happy to have a similar result to April 21 (3-2 Nats win, Nats had a 2-0 lead on solo Desi and Werth HRs when Sanchez left after 7), tho obviously without having to go through Lidge's blown save (which also cost Stras the win) first.

Of course, the problem was that with only scoring 2 runs against Sanchez, the Nats staff had to pitch 8 shutout innings to hold the lead until Lidge could blow it. One of those kinds of games.

So, yeah, EJax not having to be that perfect would be good.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ok, its a Brown in!

Marty said...

Corey Brown and Lombo at 2nd? Grandpa Davey says Merry Christmas to the peanut gallery!

MicheleS said...

Okay, I need to get on the Werth Soapbox.

Intangibles people, last year, that is what he brought to the club. By all accounts he was the reason Nyjer is now wearing out his welcome with the Brewers (thank you for that). He handled the loss of ALR and RZ, mentored the kids - including Morse, and had to put up with the SOAP OPERA that was going on in that clubhouse. You only have to see how the team talks about Davey and know how crazy it must have been in there before Davey got there. Once things settled down in the second half and he didn't feel like he had to carry the weight of the team, Werth's numbers got better. And this year we saw him start of really well until the injury. That's just my opionion.

MicheleS said...

SJM308.. if you are reading this. SO Glad you have had a great trip!!! Can't wait to see you at Justin's!

alexva said...

re: Werth, you're not alone Michele

JD said...

MichelleS,

I can't comment on intangibles because they are too subjective and there's too much here say involved but I'm pretty sure that Werth was and is being paid for tangibles which he really has no chance to delver (not his fault; no one else has been able to reverse aging with PEDS).

baseballswami said...

And the catching carousel continues. Would someone please make sure that Solano wears his seatbelt and takes all other appropriate safety precautions? Speaking of catchers - Buster Posey, who had a terrible injury last year, came back this year without missing a step. But - I watched him this week - play at the plate - he doesn't block - he has a new technique where he is off to the side and tags the guys as he goes past him.It worked and he was never touched. Hoping all of our remaining catchers play smart. I know the injuries were freak ones, not plate collisions, but still hoping they avoid dangerous plays if possible.

JD said...

Of course I meant without PEDS. With PEDS it has proven to be pretty easy. Just ask Bonds and Clemens.

MicheleS said...

Swami.. BUBBLE WRAP.. That's what we need to send the catchers!!!

JD.. and other than the 1st half of the year, his tangbiles were fine. Do I think he is going to be all world? NO, I think he will be a solid to very good MLB player regardless of the contract size (not something I care about since that was a bad team tax we had to pay and no one would ever turn that money down).

baseballswami said...

Hoping it doesn't storm too badly tonight - got tickets to see Morse! I will try to post from the game. I need to remember to set the dvr, though , for the nats game.

phil dunton said...

Yes, Lombardozzi at 2nd base. About time! Espi needs to go back to Syracuse and learn to bat from the left side or he needs to forget switch hitting.

NatsLady said...

OK, Rick, don't be polite--DIRECT TRAFFIC out there!

Ron In Reston said...

Somewhere I hear Rick singing Stealer's Wheel lyrics....

And you are absolutely correct, NL. The CF has to be IN CHARGE.

MicheleS said...

Hopefully everyone got a good nights sleep and woke up feeling hitterish!!!

Steady Eddie said...

JD -- just because you "can't comment" on "too subjective" intangibles doesn't mean that tbey're not a part of what motivates the FO. Rizzo has said often in the hot stove seasons that he looks to sign high "character" players among those with talent.

It's not either/or. It just isn't.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MicheleS, even though your Werth post is subjective, Congrats on it. I see it just like you do and say it often. Sure. its opinion that many won't agree with but that's fine, Werth's stats are much better this year.

MicheleS said...

Halladay out 6-8 weeks ....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Panic in Philadelphia......

NatsLady said...

Halladay out 6-8 weeks ....

Oh? Learning to be a switch-pitcher?? Like his bobble-head.

No, seriously, I feel bad for him or any injured player. OK, almost any injured player.

CN said...

http://www.csnphilly.com/baseball-philadelphia-phillies/phillies-talk/Halladay-placed-on-DL-out-6-8-weeks?blockID=716086&feedID=693

Do you think anyone in Toronto is yelling "Hey Roy, you deserve to be injured!"

I doubt it..

MicheleS said...

For you NatsLady.. from Jonah Keri @Grantland..

"Best of all, new closer Tyler Clippard owns one of the most devastating changeups in the game … and looks a lot like Napoleon Dynamite, 10 years later."

NatsLady said...

OK, I looked it up, but I still don't get the reference. Who is Napoleon Dynamite?

CN said...

The Napoleon Dynamite comp is a bit of a stretch. Clippard does not have a social disorder. They both obvi wear glasses, but that's prob where the similarities end.

MicheleS said...

And Roy Oswalt to the Rangers.

CN said...

cue the debbie downer .wav

didn't mean to spoil the fun, just standing up for our guy, Clip.

MicheleS said...

NatsLady.. It's a movie about a nerdy kid making good.

baseballswami said...

Isn't the Hallady injury the same as Beast? No joke for a pitcher. I am guessing he was trying to play through it. They must be jumping off the Walt Whitman brige up there.

MicheleS said...

Just an fyi.. if Mark's twitter feed isn't updating or showing up on this page, here is the link. He has come good stuff about the Solano family.

https://twitter.com/#!/MarkZuckerman

Mark's Twitter account

MicheleS said...

Swami.. yup sounds the same.. and Beast isn't a pitcher, so you know they are lining up on the bridge

CN said...

Swami,
Yep, Morse also has a strained lat, tho there may be several lat muscles, so it may or may not be a specific one. Morse was killing the ball during his rehab, it was always stated that the injury only affected his throwing.

Couldn't the Phils use Halladay as a DH during the inter league games?!?

natsfan1a said...

I'm with you on Werth, MicheleS.

For NatsLady, a Napoleon Dynamite link. Bonus baseball connection, Pedro Martinez once sported a "Vote for Pedro" t-shirt under his jersey. (Related to the All-Star game, if memory serves.)

I don't root for players to be injured or get happy when they are, but for the Phillies generally I will continue to opine "tick tock." :-)

On a Natly note: Welcome, Jhonatan! I have fun memories of watching you at the P-Nats. Go, EJax! Go, Corey! Go, NATS!

MicheleS said...

Seriously, go to Mark's Twitter page, he just posted a pick of the Solano parents in the Nats/Marlins Jersey. Dad looks sharp!

CN said...

I don't think any sane person cheers when a player gets injured. I do think Philly fans should get at least a "How you like them apples..." though.

Funny how a city's fans can change your whole perception toward a team.
1) I didn't have the same feeling when Chipper was out (& not b/c this is his last hurrah),
2) I don't dislike the Marlins even tho they've owned the Nats the last few years

Yet, just b/c I have a perception that the Eagles and Phils fans are self-righteous and utterly classless, I really dislike both teams...

Ron In Reston said...

I'm wondering why everyone has his/her knockers in a twist over Sanchez.

Game 43 - Doc Halladay, 11-1 vs Nats, Nats win 5-2 in Philly.

Game 46 - Tim Hudson, 13-3 vs Nats, Nats win 7-4 in Atlanta.

Now it's Game 49...anyone else see the "every-third-game" trend here? I don't care what Sanchez's previous record is against the Nats. THESE AREN'T THOSE NATS, and will show just that tonight. He got a no-decision the last time we faced him, only a Lidge blowup kept him from taking the loss, so there's no reason to fear him.

Ron In Reston said...

Yikes, sorry about the typo....should been "knickers"

Theophilus T. S. said...

Re: Worth of Werth

Telling B. Harp about the flaw in Hamels motion that let him steal home. Worth about a quarter mil right there.

MicheleS said...

Ron.. great stuff on the 43/46/49.. Slay the Dragon boys!!!

Ron In Reston said...

Exactly, Theo

ExposedinDC said...

Knickers......knockers.....love this board

baseballswami said...

Morse Dh-ing tonight - can he even throw at all or are they waiting as long as possible? Seeing Freitas tonight - hopefully he can stay where he is for a long while.

baseballswami said...

Oh no! - Tracey had surgery today - torn groin muscle - no wonder that looked so painful. That is just terrible news. NO MORE!!!!!!

Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

Mark tweets Tracy out, probably all year.

MicheleS said...

OUCH AGAIN!.. Chad Get well soon we need you on the Goon Squad!.. Lord, Hallmark needs to come up with a line of Get Well Cards for the Nats!!!

NatsLady said...

Gosh, I keep amending my Get Well Card. I may never send it!!!!

Steady Eddie said...

swami -- I would hope that Morse's DHing is meant to prolong his recovery period as long as possible, with him easing back in throwing as much as possible through whatever incremental regime they have him on.

The point is not to put his return at risk by having him throw in competitive conditions before it's absolutely necessary. I'd suspect that if he's still DHing by Thursday, we won't see him back with the team until they travel to Boston.

David said...

Is this Brown's first start? I feel like last year his 3 AB's in September were all either pinch hits or late inning substitutions.

carolync said...

Horrible, horrible news about Tracy. Surgery and out for the season. I feel really bad for him.

We need Morse back and hitting well and LaRoche and Desmond to turn around recent slides. Not sure I agree that Zimmerman is heating up.

Come on, guys!

JD said...

Really too bad for Chad. Looks like a real nice guy and was a very effective pinch hitter too.

Wow on Halladay. Shoulder injuries are deadly for pitchers and at his age he may never be the same again. Double whammi for the Phills as Oswalt signs with Texas. It looks like they may have to go with: Hammels, Lee, Kendrick, Blanton and Worley. Not that scary anymore. Are they?

JD said...

carolync,

The numbers say Zim is heating up. He's definitely not tearing it up but he's had several big hits with runners on recently and they weren't bloopers either. When Zim really gets hot he will start hitting for Oppo power.

LaRoche is still having unprofessional at bats with lots of walks. His April numbers were a bit out of character with his career numbers so it's not surprising they came sown a bit. He is still doing well enough over all.

JD said...

I meant provisional at bats. for LaRoche. Damn spell check.

JD said...

I am glad Brown is getting a start. Hitting him 7th is the conservative approach not wanting to shake things up too much when the results are good but I would have hit him leadoff.

NatsLady said...

Maybe Morse will come and PH even if he is not ready for innings in LF. We could use a pinch hitter right about now.

Who do we have for first base to back up ALR? Nady?

NatsLady said...

Well, we got Komatsu back. He'll be going to Syracuse.

natsfan1a said...

Ron In Reston said...

Yikes, sorry about the typo....should been "knickers"
May 29, 2012 5:15 PM

Either way, an uncomfortable situation. :-)

That stinks about Chad Tracy, for him and the team. My thanks to him for his performance off the bench this year.

NatsLady said...

Amanda Comak ‏@acomak
For live updates from Michael Morse's rehab with Single-A Potomac, please give super @WashTimesSports intern @_kellyparsons a follow tonight

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I'm late getting in on this, but as usual, I'm with MicheleS. Not all of Werth's accomplishments with this team take place on the field. It's clear he's the clubhouse leader and at least partially responsible for the new winning attitude and the reduction of the Knucklehead Factor.

As for dear old Annie-Bell tonight, Bryce Harper doesn't know who Anibel Sanchez is. Corey Brown doesn't know who Anibel Sanchez is.

Part of Annie-Bell's 7-0 mark against this team is against the likes of Nyjer Morgan, Lastings "Fly Route" Milledge and FLoP. Those guys thankfully aren't here any longer.

GYFNG!!

JD said...

NatsLady,

I have to tell you that I will be very disheartened if Morse can only pinch hit and DH after all this time off.

Gonat said...

NatsLady said...
Well, we got Komatsu back. He'll be going to Syracuse.

May 29, 2012 5:48 PM
___________________________

That's actually very good news. The instruction he got from McGwire and the Cardinals and the MLB games he played plus the experience is invaluable.

It was a head scratcher that the Cardinals chose him in the first place and as I predicted he would be returned at some point as Rule 5 is stacked against the team that chooses them.

Thanks to those teams for picking him and giving him the OJT.

natsfan1a said...

Great pic of Solano's mom and pop, Mark. Thanks to MicheleS for the heads up.

JD said...

Sunshine,

Annie-Bell happens to also be a very good pitcher. He's not unbeatable, no one is but he has exceptional stuff and is very hard to hit. I think he's their best pitcher.

Water23 said...

Speaking of rule 5 players -

Looks like Brad Meyers is going to the 60 DL and in the end might return to Nats by end of season.


The Yankees transferred right-hander Brad Meyers to the 60-day disabled list to create 40-man roster space for Igarashi, who will report to Triple-A.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JD, I'm with you on Morse. I thought his throwing program starts on Saturday.

sjm308 said...

MicheleS - man did I miss your Whooo Hooos!!!
hope to see you Saturday at Justins

I agree totally with you on Werth and had written about chemistry and such both last year and this. It gets pooh poohed alot but as a former coach, I can tell you that I had teams that honestly liked each other and not only were they more fun to coach, they outperformed teams with more talent. I think Werth brought a lot of intangibles which you pointed out.

Getting ready for my first pre-game show in over two weeks. Its already after midnight on my European clock but hell with that, its time for baseball!!!

Go Nats!!

NatsLady said...

Actually, I just meant maybe he can get up here sooner if he PH's/DH's for the next three weeks, and then after interleague, goes back to LF. Not that he would be restricted to PH for the rest of the season.

NatsLady said...

Funny stuff in LA. Weaver is on the DL, no he's not, yes he is, no he's not, please disregard previous announcement...

MicheleS said...

1a.. personally, think Solano's mom would look totally AWESOME in a red Curly W jersey or the Alternate Blue with patriotic Curly W, but mom's can't play favorites.

baseballswami said...

At the baby nats game-it's crickets here. At concessions everyone is buzzing about Tracy. Not much going on yet.

MicheleS said...

Byron Kerr just tweeted that Matt Purke will pitch tomorow night for Hagerstown.

MicheleS said...

Swami. Heads UP. Storm is coming in your direction. Should be there no later than 8 pm

baseballswami said...

Thanks for the heads up. Apparently it's batman night?

SFNats said...

JD said...

Annie-Bell happens to also be a very good pitcher. He's not unbeatable, no one is but he has exceptional stuff and is very hard to hit. I think he's their best pitcher.

---------------------------------

Which means he'd be the Nat's 5th starter. Okay, maybe 4th.

MicheleS said...

God.. I miss BEAST! From the PNATs Twitter:

Tim Swartz‏@TimSwartz

Michael Morse signing autographs in the stands. Never seen that before a game. Really awesome.

baseballswami said...

Walked. Anthem made my ears bleed nats lady. No one here.

baseballswami said...

smile is still the same!

Gonat said...

Funny watching Corey Brown to Desmond introducing himself on that fly out that Desmond was tracking "I'm Corey"

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I am so glad we intentionally Votto'ed Stanton.

Gonat said...

Game of inches. Good play by Lombo!

Candide said...

Home plate ump seems to really be squeezing Jackson.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Man. Did the ball find the rookies that inning or what?

MicheleS said...

Ex Nat's news.. Looks like Marquis will be a Padre..

ehay2k said...

Tough news about Tracy. Hope he heals quickly and fully. Now we have another opportunity for a Baby Nat to step up.

ehay2k said...

Look at Desi take pitches!

MicheleS said...

Ehay2k.. Lets Hope the Baby Nat coming is BEAST!

baseballswami said...

Girls softball team here chanting. Minor league ball. Baby nats winning! Cheer for the nats for me, I think byron Kerr is here.

Will said...

Oh my god... I'm watching the free broadcast on MLB.tv, and the Marlins announcers are dreadful. I don't get many chances to watch Nats game, but they're making me reconsider watching the rest of this game.

Gonat said...

Anibel unfair to C. Brown

Candide said...

Cunegonde and I heard the first few innings of the Sirius/XM broadcast yesterday on the way home from NJ. Marlins' radio guy is good; the only hint that he was a Miami local was his referring to the Marlins players by their first names. Called the game crisp and clean and straight.

Will said...

They just spent 3 minutes talking about how they mark down strike outs looking while keeping score. One guy said he doesn't do a backwards 'K' because he cannot write them backwards. Instead he puts an 'L' next to the 'K'. There was no play-by-play during this conversation.

*facepalm*

baseballswami said...

Struck out but the base runner stole second and third during the at bat. He took pitches and fouled some off.

djinFl. said...

@ Will
With mlb extra innings we always get the home crew. We do laugh when Nats fans complain about Carp or FP because this Marlins crew is very typical of most crews.

MicheleS said...

Swami.. rain is coming and there is more yellow than green on the radar.. take cover

Gonat said...

@kjohnsoncsn: When does Beast start playing the field?

@ kjohnsoncsn: he'll make another start Weds & hopes to play some outfield

MicheleS said...

Got to give it to Edwin. He is doing really well tonight

Will said...

AGGGHH! They just read a letter from a 75 year old Marlins fan, who described how much s/he liked the new stadium and how parking was only $15. WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS?!

I wish I were making this stuff up! I'm not sure I can take much more of this.

MicheleS said...

Will. .in vest in game day audio.. at least you can hear Charlie and Dave.

Gonat said...

Does EJax throw a 2 seam?

NatsNut said...

On the topic of announcer appreciation, I had the chance to listen to a couple of Yankees radio announcers Friday night and they made me appreciate Charlie and Dave that much more. The woman would make mindless, meaningless observations (similar to the infuriating happy chat you see on news shows these days), like she was just filling air instead of painting the picture for the listener. And both announcers were a little dismissive and insulting of the As, who the Yanks were playing. Charlie and Dave mention weaknesses of players, Nats and opponents, in a way that's respectful and positive. I hope they never leave.

Gonat said...

6 fastballs all 92 to 94. No changeups or sliders. Strange. End result was fine. Harmless flyout.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Me too, NatsNut. C&D are a treasure, always informative, always a treat, occasionally hilarious.

djinFl. said...

@MicheleS
We are suffering along with Will
We got Game Day but the audio to video is so far off it is unbearable. Charlie has called the play before you see the pitch. We figured the audio was sent directly while the video went around the earth the long way before arriving.

MicheleS said...

JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX

JaneB said...

On announcer appreciation -- just read a sweet piece in a recent SI (I'm behind....what can I say?) about the death of the BosSox announcer and the announce-less, silent game. Made me cry. Told about how the Yankees announcer for years made less per game than it cost to commute to the stadium. It made me appreciate Jerome even more.

I am jonesing for some live baseball in my own darn park, though.

MicheleS said...

You would think that with all the improvements in Technology, MLB would let you choose the feed you can watch.

baseballswami said...

MicheleS - You did it!!!!!

NatsLady said...

MicheleS: it does. On audio you can choose home or away. Same on MLB.tv.

Gonat said...

Typical Ankiel with no out and man on 3rd. K

MicheleS said...

Sometimes I don't know my own powers.

NatsLady said...

Usually on audio you can choose Spanish also.

MicheleS said...

YES! Suicide Squeeze!! PERFECT!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Nice going, kid.

NatsLady said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WE GOT THE Suicide SQUEEZE.

Fear and Ignorance said...

Thank you Davey!!! Keep doing it!!!

ehay2k said...

Who is this Desmond kid they called up? Seems like he might stick around the way he plays. :-D

Candide said...

SQUEEET!

Gonat said...

Glad Corey knew the bunt sign! What a play!!!!

baseballswami said...

Baby Nats report - Bloxom and Freitas both good looking little players. Good situational hitting. Morse - big guy, big swing, bigger smile. Big, bad clouds.

Gonat said...

That could have been a disaster!

ehay2k said...

Wait, I thought Davey hates small ball, especially bunting, and very especially squeezes?

NatsLady said...

That's interesting. Nats 11 over .500 when they score first, 10 over .500 altogether. The guys know how to come from behind! But I LOVE scoring first off Annie Bell.

MicheleS said...

So showing the pictures of Roy H's perfecto.. Is that rubbing it in to Philly fans that he won't be there any more?

Candide said...

Carp and FP talking about the turf in Miami. First coupla flies to Brown, I noticed LF looks like hell, like the Dolphins had played there yesterday.

Gonat said...

Davey surprises again with smart ball. I guess he figured with Maldanado on deck he would roll the dice for a run.

Glad he did it. That will stick in team's minds for a long time. May get you a pitchout a few times.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

@Candide: They are having trouble growing grass inside this monstrosity, a la the Astrodome in 1964. Seems they keep the roof covered nearly all the time and there's not enough light to grow the stuff. Great. A ballpark with marlins, tuna, dancing girls and a partridge in a pear tree ... but no real grass. Take a bow, fellas.

Candide said...

Gio grinning at Jackson after his fly-out.

MicheleS said...

Bam Bam

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Way to go, Other Kid.

Candide said...

Okay, Zimm, show us why you make $100 mill.

Dang - I thought he got it all.

Drew said...

Harper has twice as many triples as the Face has homers.

Fear and Ignorance said...

Bryce is the Face!!! Strasburg is the other Face!!!

baseballswami said...

Nasty weather in woodbridge - thanks to micheles for the warning well in advance. Go Nats!

MicheleS said...

Shout out to Chase for finding this:

Chase Hughes‏@chasehughes

Bryce Harper is actually second in the N.L. with four triples, third in the majors. #Nats

ehay2k said...

Whew! That was tooooo close.

Candide said...

Trying to think the last time I saw Desmond kick a grounder or bobble it. He's looking real comfortable these days at short.

ehay2k said...

Crazy ballpark indeed! Did you see that building slide over and stop Ankiel's throw from going into the dugout?

Oh, wait,that was Maldonado? Never mind.

Gonat said...

EJax just looked tentative on that pitch. What's wrong with away, away, away and make him chase with 2 bases open?

Drew said...

Rookie record for triples: 27

Jimmie Williams, Pittsburgh, 1899.

Why let Stanton do damage? Walk him.

Exposremains said...

why you pitch to Stanton? Makes no sense.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I wish we had Votto'ed Stanton.

Marty said...

FP says Chad Tracy will be back in 6 weeks (via on air text...)

mick said...

that's good news on Tracy, 6 weeks not the season. Also, has it been 2 weeks since LaRoche has gotten a hot, man has he cooled off.

MicheleS said...

Good to hear about Chad! We should see him after the all star break then

mick said...

I meant hit

Gonat said...

Who wrote on a website that Tracy would be out for the season? If you listen to what FP said, back in 6 weeks!

Could he be talking about this:

‏@MarkZuckerman
Davey: Chad Tracy had surgery today for a torn groin muscle. Could be out for season.

mick said...

Edwin has been great , Ankiel just SUCKS at the plate, he hits like a wuss!

Gonat said...

Ankiel with another garbage at-bat. DOUBLEPLAY

mick said...

In fact Ankiel and Espinoza's at bats yesterday were pathetic!!!

mick said...

I am so done with Ankiel, however, I know we need him until we get some healthy people back

mick said...

Edwin Jackson deserves more run support

Gonat said...

Can the Nats order an Ankiel special here, as in the inning ending doubleplay ball?

Fear and Ignorance said...

LaRoche has lost 50 points off of his average in 10 days and Zimmerman is slugging .358. If it weren't for Harper and Desmond, this team would be 10-20 over their last 30 games rather than 15-15. Time for #3 and #4 to play like it.

mick said...

I just praised Jackson and he make s dumb ass throw!

mick said...

That run is on you STUPID!!!!

Gonat said...

Mick - Jordan Zimmermann has deserved run support and he's been here a lot longer than EJax.

Let's just say they both do.

mick said...

I agree Gonat

Gonat said...

Really strong throw from Corey Brown. A slower runner would have been dead----like last night.

MicheleS said...

Mick.. deep breathing helps. (and a Corona or two)

mick said...

have not seen Mets lately, but its clear, that Marlins are better than Braves and Phillies and probably us

Fear and Ignorance said...

Edwin Jackson-Way to ruin a great game with 1 stupid play. Some players just don't know how to win!!!

mick said...

I like Corey Brown, great sac bunt and plays outfield well. Michele, im drinking as I type, lol

Drew said...

That was a nice throw by Brown.

mick said...

we need more than 1 run period, yes Edwin made a bad throw but he still pitched well, I hope McCatty and davey kick his ass for that throw

djinFl. said...

Mick maybe you should have one less per game than what ever number you just finished. It had been an enjoyable night here until 8:58 when you arrived.

Gonat said...

Zim had a chance with Harper on 3rd and Ankiel did last inning with 1 out and Desi on 1st.

Need to work some runners on any way they can.

baseballswami said...

Mick - the Marlins happen to be red hot right now. We caught the Braves when their pants were down. The NL East is probably going to be tight the entire season with the standings changing daily. It's going to be a battle with no one team staying hot. It will depend on when we play each other. My prediction is that all five teams will beat up on those teams outside the NLEast and inside we will all beat up each other in different series. I also predict 3 teams from the NL east in the playoffs. An outside team will be the Dodgers. The Marlins are looking to break a record for wins in May and Giancarlo is on fire. Bad timing for us. At least we got to the Phils and Braves.

MicheleS said...

What is Davey doing with the Lineup.. Nady for Brown, now Espi for Bernie? hmm Is LaRussa managing this team?

MicheleS said...

Come on Espi!!!

Gonat said...

Walking Espi on 4 pitches? Really?

waddu eye no said...

oboy. come on lombo and bryce!

MicheleS said...

Mick.. it's okay.. sometimes you just have to vent. Now we can cheer.. 2 on 1 out. with Lombo on! Go LOMBO!!!

Gonat said...

Kardiac Kids got the hearts thumping!!!!

Marty said...

Sometimes it feels nice to get another teams Henry for an inning :)

MicheleS said...

Mick.. you will be happy to know that Henry is has passed his wildness onto this Marlins Pitcher.

ehay2k said...

Well, tonight's game is certainly not lacking for drama!

Candide said...

Do it, BamBam!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Cishek is pulling an MPH Rod!!

Drew said...

Dang, he got two good pitches to hit.

Gonat said...

SBCITPFM, trying to pull a HRod. Bryce helped him some.

ehay2k said...

History repeats itself. Runner on third with less than two outs, struggling pitcher, no one scores.

Gonat said...

I'm telling you again, its on the offense. Multiple chances in the heart of the order and to come up empty is just beyond pathetic.

MicheleS said...

That was a rare bad AB by Bam Bam.. Face didn't help.. elevate the ball to the OF boys...

mick said...

that was terrible! Bryce was too excited, and Zim just hits too many ground balls with men in scoring position. terrible terrible, against a really bad pitcher

Gonat said...

OK, that was on the pitching

Candide said...

Stammen is done and so am I.

baseballswami said...

This looks like the nats of a few weeks ago. The opposite of clutch. Another Nats starting pitcher battles and gets no run support. That inning was perfectly set up for runs, wild pitching, the "right" hitters up for us. Epic fail. Stammen gave up a home run? Is that the first? I am sure that the Nats will be thrilled to come home to DC on Friday. They even have the day off Thursday. Need to salvage a game tomorrow.

Gonat said...

Goes back to the theory of Stammen coming out for his 2nd inning of work...

Exposremains said...

Typical Marlins-Nats game. Nats take the lead. Marlins catch up. Nats miss many opportunities.Marlins answer by putting the game out of hand. Nats fail in big spots. Marlins thrive in big spots.

mick said...

looks like the Nats of 100 losses

Gonat said...

baseballswami said...
Need to salvage a game tomorrow.

May 29, 2012 9:38 PM
___________________________

Its a 3-1 game. Nats need 2 to tie and 3 to win. What's wrong with you all?

ehay2k said...

Seems like whenever we put in a reliever for the final out of an inning, then have him come back for the next inning, he gets rocked. It's like they don't get enough pitches in to stay loose.

I have no stats to back this up, but it seems to me to be a recurring theme.

Fear and Ignorance said...

Game over!!! More clutch hitting from Zimmerman. Can the Nats get a refund on that contract??? And btw...looks like NatsJack is getting a front row seat to the Hanley show...you know the guy he said is much worse than Zimmerman about 10 times earlier this year. I thought the Marlins were supposed to implode also??? Still waiting.

mick said...

Gonat, our 2nd and 3rd hitters could not get it done, LaRoche has not gotten a hit in a month, game over

mick said...

Fear and Ignorance, i agree. I am so sick of watching Zim hit into double plays or a lame weak ground ball with men on base.

baseballswami said...

Sorry Gonat -- we fans need to hustle all the way to the end of the game, too. You were right to call me out on it. Go Nats!!! So Stammen is mortal? Who knew?

mick said...

Marlins are very good and Ozzie has them playing his style of ball which is aggressive and in your face.

MicheleS said...

Wait.. JZ or Stras can hit in the 9th!!! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? NO.. LETS GO NATS!!!!

Gonat said...

baseballswami, Stammen has not been good when he comes out for his 2nd inning of work. He didn't throw much the inning before so not a good excuse. He missed down and in to middle of the plate and in.

MicheleS said...

And for you younsters out there.. See Animal House for the Germans/Pearl Harbor reference ( or go to a game and watch the scoreboard)

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