Monday, June 11, 2012

Game 59: Nats at Blue Jays

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Rogers Centre hosts the Nationals for the next three days.
Not that he didn't probably prove it during his sprint around the bases yesterday to score the winning run at Fenway Park, but if you needed any confirmation of Bryce Harper's back being A-OK, here it is: He's back in the Nationals' starting lineup tonight in Toronto.

Harper will bat second and man right field, with Roger Bernadina back in center field for the second straight day. Davey Johnson said he wants to get Bernadina some more playing time, certainly after he delivered the game-winning double yesterday in Boston. The highly athletic outfielder does have six hits over his last 11 at-bats and has reached base 10 times in his last 16 plate appearances.

Edwin Jackson gets the assignment for the Nationals, facing a Blue Jays lineup that features a whole lotta thunder out of the Nos. 3 and 4 holes; Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have each clubbed 17 homers already this season.

I'm not in Toronto for this series, but please continue the conversation as always right here...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Where: Rogers Centre
Gametime: 7:07 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 178
Weather: Indoors
NATIONALS (35-23)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
DH Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Roger Bernadina
C Jesus Flores
(RHP Edwin Jackson)

BLUE JAYS (31-29)
3B Brett Lawrie
CF Colby Rasmus
RF Jose Bautista
DH Edwin Encarnacion
2B Kelly Johnson
SS Yunel Escobar
1B David Cooper
C J.P. Arencibia
LF Rajai Davis
(RHP Brandon Morrow)

UMPIRES
TBA

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Wendell said...

I can't believe Flores isn't getting a break.

Doc said...

For all of us ex-Expos fans, this Bud is particularly for us. Toronto and Montreal were always on the inter-league schedule.

Nats' pitching vs. Jays' sluggers--GooooooNats!

jeffwx said...

Doc, how do you do that cheer in Canadian ???
Go Nats, Eh

jeffwx said...

the evil empire preparing for the weekend:

http://www.meetup.com/The-Washington-DC-Area-New-York-Yankee-Fan-Meetup/

CN said...

This team's had A LOT of trouble with the opposing team's best hitter(s) single-handedly beating them:
LA: Ethier & Kemp
Pit: McCutheon
Cin: Votto
Bal: Jones
Mia: Stanton

That said, I do think that Jackson's in a very good groove. I do worry about Wang, even if he keeps the ball on the ground, the turf is very fast in Toronto and the gaps are huge there. Here's hoping that the Jays' big sluggers are held in check...

NatsFanGino said...

I think Flores will sit tomorrow. That way he gets Tuesday and Thursday (off day) to rest and plays Wed. If he sat tonight, then he would likely have to sit either Tues night game or Wed 12:37p game - doubt he would play both of those.

JD said...

Wendall,

This also shows how little faith the management has in our backup catchers.

Steady Eddie said...

JD -- I think it's much less that (tho it's present) than reflecting JFlo's determination to play almost every day after being out entirely for 2+ years and then being a once-a-week backup when he finally returned last summer.

His mindset is, now that I'm #1 again this summer, I WILL PLAY unless Davey and Docs order me not to. Understandable, and takes him a long way endurance-wise.

sm13 said...

It makes sense to sit Flo on Wednesday and give him 2 days off in a row. It's not so unusual to play your #1 catcher multiple days in a row - Yadier Molina rarely gets days off.

MicheleS said...

Okay.. So GIO needs a Date... anyone have a 20 something girl that would be interested?
Gio Gonzalez‏@GioGonzalez47

Hey I need a date for the gala on Saturday night, an sexy single ladies interested.....

Laddie Blah Blah said...

CN

"This team's had A LOT of trouble with the opposing team's best hitter(s) single-handedly beating them:
LA: Ethier & Kemp
Pit: McCutheon
Cin: Votto
Bal: Jones
Mia: Stanton"

Yeah. They seem to have forgotten the old maxim to not let the other team's best guy beat you. Other teams have already learned to pitch around the Cyborg, even with Ryan on deck. All you have to do is look at the stats to see why they would rather pitch to Zim than to Bryce - at least, for now.

Zim has started to square them up and drive the ball, lately, so that strategy may fail in the not-too-distant future. We could have pitched around Votto, Stanton, jones and McCutcheon, and the Nats would have an even better W-L record, if they had. Only Kemp was well-protected, by Ethier. Jones, Votto, McCutcheon and Stanton are not protected by anyone else nearly as good as Ethier, or Zim, for that matter.

phil dunton said...

The Beast needs to heat up. His bat is in spring training and the opposing pitchers are in mid-season form. That's not a good match up.

David said...

im surprised Moore isn't getting a start to give ALR a break.

realdealnats said...

Michelle--

What's up with Gio's email--Is this some kind of romantic version of the triangle offense? WhooooHoooo!

MicheleS said...

RealDeal..

He tweeted out that he needs a date for the Gala on Saturday night and most of the Guys on twitter Re-Tweeted it - I figured they are giving him grief about it.. Sadly, I am old enough to be his mom...

Section 222 said...

im surprised Moore isn't getting a start to give ALR a break.

Are any of the Jays starters lefties? That's when Moore is more likely to the be in the lineup, though I wouldn't expect him to replace ALR.

NatsLady said...

MicheleS (sigh) Me, too--on the age diff.

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MicheleS said...

222.. all the Jays starters that we face are righties.

David said...

hasn't Moore played the majority of his games at first base over the past year or two in the minors?

MicheleS said...

I had to laugh at this one..

Gio Gonzalez‏@GioGonzalez47

Must be 21 or older, please

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gio with one of the more interesting Tweets. Have to wonder who Bryce takes.

A DC Wonk said...

Holy moley!

I just looked up Brandon Morrow's stats -- his WHIP is 0.991 -- that's better than anyone on the Nats. And he doesn't get to face any pitchers in the AL.

OTOH, he's allowed 4+ runs four times, and 6 runs three of those times. OTOOOH, he has three complete game shutouts where he allowed 3 hits or less. (And another 7 inning start where he allowed just one hit).

Perhaps he's similar to Good Henry 70% of the time, and Bad Henry 30% of the time.

ehay2k said...

Um, I wonder how Gio would respond to a "how much older?" Tweet?

realdealnats said...

Michelle--Just getting a kick out of all the ladies loving Gio!

MicheleS said...

RealDeal.. like is said.. sigh.. I am old enough to be his mom...

realdealnats said...

Had a dream last night re: Good Henry and Bad Henry where we all wore those red and blue 3D glasses like they gave out in theaters in the early 60s. Henry was being Bad Henry and I was trying to get everyone in my section to look through the blue glasses so we'd see Good Henry. The cat woke me up before Davey pulled him.

hiramhover said...

Speaking of slumping Nats...

Lombo's slash line over the last 7 days

.071/.188/.071, wRC+ = -21

Ouch.

NatsLady said...

One of my students (starting college in August) has a pic of Bryce with one of her friends at the local Chipotle. She showed me the pic on her phone and I'm aiting for her to email it to me...

NatsLady said...

Wonk, yes I looked him up this morning, that's why I posted he's no slouch on Brandon Morrow. Not necessarily going to be a walk in the Park with these Jays.

realdealnats said...

Michele--

When I told Steady Eddy I teach at his alma mater High School in Bethesda, he told me the year he graduated, thinking it was well before my time. I didn't tell Eddy that I went back to teaching from business and think I actually have Eddy by a couple years! But teaching kids is like following the Nats--It keeps you young.

realdealnats said...

I wouldn't be surprised if we came out a little flat in this series after what we just experienced. Especially with Morrow tonight. Also, gotta get Flores some down time before his hammy flares up. Still PFB. GYFNGoGo

MicheleS said...
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MicheleS said...

Yes RealDeal.. the Nats DO keep us young (or at least young at heart!)

JD said...

NatsLady,

This feels like a classic trap series to me. Between the Fenway carnival and the evils visiting Nats park this weekend this one could be tricky.

EJax will need to be at his best tonight especially if Morrow. Clippard is not likely available tonight either.

SS needs an easy game on Wednesday after the 120 pitch effort last Friday; I would really keep his pitch limit down.

A DC Wonk said...

Totally off topic, but I wanted to share "the continuing adventures of my daughter, the new Nats Fan."

Those who have followed in the past might recall the basics: she's 17, we've been going to games since 2005. She hadn't been particularly interested in the games so much, but she liked the atmosphere (and the wave, and the music between innings, the shirt throw, and all the things we fans generally hate). For whatever reason (and not because the Nats have been winning -- probably because she's sensed my increased fanaticism/happiness this year) she became, like overnight, a hard-core fanatical fan about four weeks ago.

And right around that time, we were _at_ the game where Hamels hit Bryce and the subsequent steal of home. That cemented it (and, she spent the latter innings with her girlfriend out in the left field bleachers, to get closer to Bryce and yell things like "we love you" at him. Hey, she's only two years younger than him!)

What's totally and absolutely hilarious from my point of view, is that everything she knows about baseball has been from watching the games since then. She's been paying attention -- and so her knowledge is stupendous for a four-week fan, but has some startling holes in her knowledge, too.

Examples:

As a hard-core fan, she can tell you the probable batting order off the top of her head if a lefty starts for the other team, or a righty starts. She knows Espi has been stinking it up from the left hand side but is great from the right. She's trying to figure out what the outfield should be when Werth comes back (she worries about him, and Ramos, and Sandy Leon, because she saw them get hurt)

OTOH, she's not yet convinced Morse is any good. (We missed the game where he got two doubles, and have seen a lot of o-fer games from him).

So, here's the funny part: despite knowing all the above, I've had the following hilarious conversations with her:

Me (last week): now we'll play teams from the American League?

Her: what's that?

Me (last week griping): he's not even batting .200!

Her: what does that mean?

Yowza! Cracks me up!

She's trying to understand the whole thing about pinch hitting, and taking somebody's place in the lineup doesn't man taking somebody's place in the field -- and then I had to explain the "DH" to her.

Her first question: if their DH (Ortiz) is for the pitcher, how come he isn't batting ninth?

And -- again, hilarious to me -- she's amazed at how both the players (and I) know so many rules -- such as "swinging strike three in the dirt you can run to first" (I didn't tell her the exceptions) or -- as happened in yesterday's game -- "if the ball hits fair, but goes foul before third base it's foul"

Her: How did you know that rule? How do the players keep track of all those rules?

(I haven't told her about the infield fly rule yet! I'm telling her those kinds of rules on a need to know basis! ;-))

She still gets confused about when you have to tag someone and when you don't. When there was a pickoff move to first, and she saw the firstbaseman swipe at the runner she asked, "I thought you said that you don't have to tag the guy at first base?"

OTOH, she can recognize any Nats by face (except Lidge -- she never heard of him before), and she knows, e.g., that Ankiel strikes out on high hard ones.

And yet she worries about Tyler Moore and Corey Brown, hoping they can get some playing time.

And she, like me, stop doing anything else whenever Bryce is up!

I told her a righty was starting -- she figured out the whole line-up.

I'm having very fun bonding experiences with her, as I watch her grow into a seriously knowledgeable fan! (And perhaps, when her 19 year old brother comes back for the summer, she might get him interested)

NCNatsie said...

"Shape up, Insiders. We're good, good, good. We don't have to fear anybody. We handled Halliday, Beachy, Lester...this guy's nothing compared to them. He's got nothing. We got just two kind of hitters on this team, guys that are hot and guys that are due. So go out there and beat the s*** out of that worthless Canadian..."

(Paraphrased from a pre-game pep talk from my old Am. Legion team a million years ago. There were a lot of Canadian kids in our area of Maine, and it was a different time as far as ethnic slurs were concerned.)

Another_Sam said...

IMHO Flores and [of course] Clippard need rest.

Wonk -- regarding Morse: Assuming he is the real deal and your daughter is wrong, to what do you attribute [when explaining to her] his departure from early career form to being the beast he might be now?

realdealnats said...

DC Wonk--Beautiful and hilarious post.

realdealnats said...

DC Wonk--your daughter must've gone crazy Sunday. 1st Harper's not in the game, then he gets inside the pitcher's head, then she sees him steaming around the bases for home. Could be love.

NCNatsie said...

correction: ...Am. Legion team coach...
sorry

ehay2k said...

Nice post Wonk! Now you need to teach her to score games in a book!

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Wonk, good story, but do be careful. Years ago, I talked a photographer friend of mine into coming to Giants games as a chance to practice "action shots"--partly because I enjoyed her company, and partly because her employer had really nice seats for season tickets. Being single herself, she asked me which players were not married, and I carelessly tossed out "Maldonado, I think." She went on to develop a massive crush on Candy Maldonado, and was crushed when she found out he was, in fact, quite married.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

I think she's forgiven me by now. Probably.

realdealnats said...

Back to yesterday's thread--

I think everyone appreciated Shark's clutch hit. And it's good to see Davey riding his hot streak tonight. But from the moment Harper stepped into the box to pinch hit, everyone was glued to him. And after he took the walk, everyone saw him get into the pitcher's head on first. We all remembered him timing Hamel that night on third. And every time he took a little bit more of a lead we felt we were a little closer to something big happening. So when he took off on the hit and run everyone knew he was going for home. Shark was clutch. And Espi was clutch w/his double. But Harper is the only guy on this team we feel can "will" a victory. He won't do it every day. But in my heart of hearts he did it Sunday, even though Shark laced that double.

NatsLady said...

More from Bobby V, who doesn't seem to understand the words, "SHUT UP AND PLAY BASEBALL!" This jerk is almost makin' me root for the Feeeeeeeesh. Not quite, though.

Valentine umps (again)

http://blogs.providencejournal.com/sports/red-sox/2012/06/valentine-umps-shouldnt-be-asked-to-do-the-impossible.html

NatsLady said...

Nats/Blue Jays is the MLB free game of the day, so if you are out of the area you can watch on MLB.tv for free. (In the area, of course... blackout...)

Bigfish said...

Wonk, I've got an 18-year-old daughter who's been joining me at games since 2005. I don't think she's quite as committed as your daughter -- she has a serious boyfriend for the first time -- but she had a serious crush on Josh Willingham, to the point that our season tickets in 2009 had to be in left field. And she was intensely PO'd when The Hamma got traded.

This is one of the best aspects of baseball: watching our kids develop the passion for the game we love so much. And it's to the everlasting shame of MLB that an entire generation of DC-area kids missed out on this.

Joe Seamhead said...

Ladies, you're killing me. There will be no, I repeat, no, Nationals Gio Graphic on this family blog.

MicheleS said...

I would like to thank all the Dads for developing the daughters into fans. We have some on this blog, but I can remember going to games (in Texas) where there were no girls in the stands except me and my college roommates!! My dad basically started us at birth with the Cubs, so I have no idea what life is like without baseball.

MicheleS said...

And thanks to the Moms as well - JaneB has a daughter as well!!!

MicheleS said...

Oh and for those of you on the Bad Henry Vs Good Henry.. Please take a look at what happened to Adrolis Chapman of the Reds over the last few days... I am sure the Reds fans are injesting the bourbon/Maalox too!

JaneB said...

My 22 year old GORGEOUS daughter has replied to Gio. He should pick her. She is smart about baseball, laughs all the time and is one of the funniest people I know. Funny in a good way.

I am especially rooting for the Canadian Nats fan to have fun tonight! I love that you didn't abandon the franchise even though they moved south.

GYFNG!

JaneB said...

Michelle S -- I just saw your shout out to parents of baseball fan daughters! I think there are more and more of them all the time!

NatsLady said...

The roof is not retractable? They were saying it's 82 degrees outside in Toronto.

MicheleS said...

NatsLady.. It looks like there is a light rain outside.

efowl4 said...

Morrow appears hurt and he is out. Wow.

djinFl. said...

WOW! What are the baseball gods up to now ?

Grandstander said...

Wow. I feel terrible for that guy. He's been having such a dominant year. Hopefully it's nothing too serious.

MicheleS said...

Anyone know anything about the Jay's Bullpen???

Candide said...

Something wrong with the broadcast sound on MASNHD? Carp and FP keep cutting out.

Gonat said...

This exact thing happened earlier this season against the Pirates.

Gonat said...

Now lets see if Carp or FP recalls that fact.

NatsLady said...

omigosh, poor guy. Sheesh.

Gonat said...

BRYCE!!!!

jeffwx said...

what is the era for giving up 1 run and 0 ip

CN said...

I am really impressed with FP, he called the injury the pitch before, saying that Marrow looked in long & hard on the 2nd pitch (strike call) to Harper. That is a keen eye.

Dibble OTOH, well, we know what he would've said in that situation.

Tough break for Marrow, but it's part of the game, hope he's ok.

CN said...

Man, that turf is much much faster than I thought...

Gonat said...

That was May 9th against the Pirates and Erik Bedard was the pitcher who came out after the 1st inning. He didn't go on the DL and pitched a week later against the Nats in Washington and lost.

Candide said...

jeffwx said...what is the era for giving up 1 run and 0 ip

No meaningful number. Can't divide by zero.

MicheleS said...

BEAST Shaved his beard! What happened?

jeffwx said...

thanks Candide, wasn't sure if they used a default like 54. or something.

Gonat said...

MicheleS, the Beast's beard was slowing him down as he was getting too much wind resistance from the Beard.

jeffwx said...

Gio got a date yet. I don't....Another Saturday night and I aint got nobody.

jeffwx said...

yep...we're in stadium sound mode here. you can do that with mlb.tv online too.

CN said...

yep, definitely a problem with the audio!

Grandstander said...

They're really spoiling us with dropping the commentator's feed here. Nothing but the sweet sounds from the stadium, so pleasant.

Candide said...

Definitely a broadcast sound problem tonight.

MicheleS said...

I watched Intentional Talk today (yup.. I am a Nerd) and Millar was talking about ALR "As cool as the other side of the pillow" Got to love that!

Gonat said...

FP and Carp may need to phone it in. Great background sound. This must be part of the Angelos MASN revenge. LOL

MicheleS said...

Candide. Who is your cable company? I tweeted MASN and they are asking.

Candide said...

Comcast in Alexandria.

jeffwx said...

I'm on Fios.
Wait Sunshine is back.

NatsLady said...

Audio is cutting in and out on RCN cable also. So has to be MASN. Carp just mentioned they are working on "audio problems."

MicheleS said...

Well at least it' all of us! But FP made a funny about this being the best they ever sounded

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Like I said earlier, EJax and his adventurous 1st innings.

jeffwx said...

I guess this game may eat up the Jays bullpen a bit.
Hopefully not ours too.

Good day, Sunshine.

JaneB said...

Does anyone know what happened to Morrow? We were watching without sound because of a phone call. Turns out, watching WITH sound doesn't contain a lot of info, either. I love that FP was watching so closely -- thanks for that tidbit, CN.

I heard the MASN deal doesn't get settled till July 1, now. I hope Angelos has to pay a fortune to the Nats.

NatsLady said...

Edwin having issues in the first inning again, I guess.

baseballswami said...

And so if you think Morrow leaving the game meant an easy night for us - not so much. Didn't this happen once before this year and we were all geared up for a certain pitcher? I don't think that went well, but I can't remember for sure. The Nats stress me out so much I tend to forget things. It would seem that our pitchers would love early leads, but they don't always react well. Go figure.

Gonat said...

JaneB, no speculation yet but looked like this oblique thing.

MicheleS said...

JaneB.. looks like Morrow pulled something in this "side" Probably an oblique

Let's hope this is not a bad EJAX outing. UGH.

MicheleS said...

Gonat.. I owe you a beverage of choice.

sm13 said...

Add me to the list of baseball loving daughters. My 19 year old is my constant companion at games and on our sofa when the Nats are on TV. It is something we'll be able to share for ever, like I was able to do with my Mom and Dad

baseballswami said...

Michele - Looks like our beverage of choice tonight is definitely going to be the maalox/bourbon cocktail. oy.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Morse needs to play a position. He proved last year that he's just one of those guys who needs to be involved in the game. Look how he's doing as DH. I dont quite get that Davey doesnt get that.

Give Morse back his outfield position!!

Gonat said...

MicheleS, I think you owe me a 6 pack by now. LOL

Gonat said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...
All metrics so far point to EJax being a Top 20 pitcher in the NL. He has his flaws such as his pickoff move and shaky 1st innings, but when he gets going, he has been a great addition to the team.
June 11, 2012 11:40 AM
______________________________

SteveM, as usual, you are ahead of the curve. FP just said the same.

Candide said...

FP: "His index finger is all swoled up..."

:-)

baseballswami said...

Wacky Monday so far.

Gonat said...

24 pitches for EJax. Not great. Glad he got out of it with only 1 run.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Let me join this fine group of parents with baseball loving daughters.

My daughter was our scorekeeper many years ago when I coached little league: she learned to keep score the Right Way. We used to go to many O's games back in the day, and she would always keep the book.

Today, with her own son crawling around while we watch the Nats on Masn, it's still makes me proud to hear her say things like, "He was a little behind on the fast ball, wasnt he?"

dabassguy1 said...

Back to no commentators.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gonat, I think he said shakey 1st inning and then gets into a groove.

dabassguy1 said...

And then a quick fade in. I might just go to Dave and Charlie on the Gameday Audio,

NatsLady said...

Different umpires, but Boston still losing.

Gonat said...

Back to Left-handed Espi. The evil twin is back.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

That bottom of the first was the best inning that I've ever heard on a Nats telecast. Pure bliss.

Wonder who pulled the plug on Sunshine?

Charlie? Dave? The revenge of Debbie Taylor?

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Just got back. No Mark for updates--how'd the Nats score?

Gonat said...

JFlo got robbed. Call the Royal Canadian Mounted Police!

Gonat said...

Soul, Lombo double and Bryce RBI single

Gonat said...

Then Zim got on via an error with Bryce going to 3rd and Morse Sac Flied him in. 2-0 lead. HR by Blue Jays. 2-1

JaneB said...

It just looks weird without the dirt base paths.

MicheleS said...

Zim hit a liner off the 1B and Harp got to 3rd. ALR hit a Sac Fly that scored Harp.

MicheleS said...

Dang it GONAT..just add it to the tab.

JaneB said...

AT least Zimm kept it from getting away. But no fair calling it an error.

baseballswami said...

Harry Wholestaff for both teams tonight if EJax can't pull it together. Whatever - if our offense has a cold game it won't matter anyway.

Gonat said...

Not upset at all by Zim not making that play, but why the heck are you throwing the ball to 1st?

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Thanks, both of you.
: ) When it's good news, it's never enough.

NatsLady said...

They gave RZ an error for THAT?????

Ejax getting into his groove now, speeding up his game. That turf, wow, it's like a skating rink. Glad we only see it every six years.

efowl4 said...

Anyone notice it looks like espi has switched to seeds over the chaw today? He needs to switch everything up when he is batting from thr left side.

MicheleS said...

Just saw this on twitter and it's a shocker:

Wow.. Barry Bonds has SHRUNK

Candide said...

Pitching around Harper to get to RZ? Yeah, keep doing that. Please.

NatsLady said...

Ankiel taught Harper that slide. Amazing.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

I dunno, Candide, it seems to be working for them.

MicheleS said...

ALR.. ROCKS!!!!

JaneB said...

ALR!

Candide said...

LaWOOSH!

Gonat said...

He doesn't need a rest.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Now, getting to LaRoche ...

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

ALR!!!

Ball if flying out of this bandbox.

NatsLady said...

And ALR with a no-doubter-- Second deck!

Gonat said...

Beast Mode!

Candide said...

Soul - it's eventually gonna bite someone, hard.

Nice having 4-5 guys in a row who can launch one.

NatsLady said...

Almost feel bad for this baby pitcher, looked at his stats, he was just brought up Thursday and has pitched exactly one inning in the majors before tonight. Almost.

Will said...

I'm watching the Blue Jays broadcast on MLB.tv, and the announcers have called both HRs now. One was in mid-sentence about how Rasmus can crush the ball to RF, when he went and did just that.

Not 3 seconds after the announcers raved about how good of a season LaRoche was having including hitting 10 HR and 16 doubles, LaRoche turned on the pitch...

Here's to hoping they rave about Espinosa, Bernadina and Flores' power next inning.

Joe Seamhead said...

ALR is very good even when he is in a perceived slump.
BTW, the word on the Phillies blog today is " Sell."

baseballswami said...

All the former players turned broadcasters are apparently appalled at the official scorekeeper calling that an error on Zim. You would think they would give their own guy a hit.

MicheleS said...

Update on Morrow from Amanda:

Amanda Comak‏@acomak

Pressbox announcement is that Brandon Morrow left the game with a left oblique strain. See ya in a few weeks, Brandon.

Gonat said...

Now MASN is scrolling underwear ads on the bottom 1/3 of my screen. Yep, Angelos needs money.

NatsLady said...

I love our infield.

Gonat said...

Nice, EJax at 45 pitches. Good job of getting his pitch count down.

MicheleS said...

Speaking of Young Ladies who like baseball, not sure if you all follow her on twitter, but Meggie Zahneis is a young scribe on MLB.com and mostly does Reds stuff. She is delightful.

‏@MeggieZahneis
Verlander Interview

Gonat said...

Oh, Danny is going to get back to using his hands when swinging left-handed. Whatever works.

NatsLady said...

SYR Chiefs Radio ‏@ChiefsRadio
Yunesky Maya just slid to field a bunt in the sixth. He's coming off limping. Spoils a great outing. 5+, 2H, 45 pitches.

Gonat said...

Beck probably saw Bernadina was hitting .600 in his last week and pitches around him. LOL

JaneB said...

Sharkadina!

JaneB said...

oooof! I hope he is okay!

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

He really needs to learn how to slide feet first. Soon.

MicheleS said...

Wait?? what happened? how did he hurt himself on that slide? I can't figure it out?

MicheleS said...

OH NOOOOO!!!!!!

JaneB said...

Just when he's hitting! I feel bad for him.

Candide said...

...'cuz we don't have enough injured players already...

Joe Seamhead said...

Belly flop/knee flop on basically concrete could not have felt good.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

So, on taking that extra base--Harper-influenced?

Gonat said...

Unreal. Hope Bernadina isn't hurt badly. Then in a contact situation, Flores fails to make contact with the runner standing on 3rd and 1 out.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Cory Brown come on down.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Maybe dislocated his left kneecap on the landing, is all I can figure.

NatsLady said...

Soul, I don't think so. Bernie always hustled. Just, um, he didn't need to slid at all. So, lots of hustle, not so smart. He walked off and didn't seem to be limping. Hope it's not the knee, maybe just got the wind knocked out of him.

Gonat said...

Blue Jays going to eat up lots of relievers. 9 innings worth.

MicheleS said...

NJ.. was thinking the same thing...

MicheleS said...

Is Corey eligible? isn't there a 10 day rule?

NatsJack in Florida said...

The only thing that could have been hurt was jamming his knee cap. And that can be extremely painfull but not serious (hopefully).

Joe Seamhead said...

He didn't need to slide feet first, or otherwise. The catcher had not even picked up the ball yet. Was Shark even looking at Porter, and if so, what was Porter doing?

JaneB said...

But he didn't know he didn't need to slide. He as hustling and who knew the guy wasn't going to try to throw him out? I do wonder what Bo was showing him -- couldn't see that.

Gonat said...

Unfortunately Lombo's contact was with 2 outs. 1st squandered opportunity of the game.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ot's been closw to 10 days, hasn't it?

Joe Seamhead said...

Nice play by Lombo.

MicheleS said...

NJ.. I can't remember what day he got sent down!

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

They can bring Brown back before 10 days if there's an injury.

baseballswami said...

I feel that when the Nats get someone on the ropes and have a chance to go for the jugular, they don't. Still plenty of game left, though. Seems like so often when someone starts to play well offensively, they get injured. Not a good trend.

NatsLady said...

Must be your cable company, because I'm not getting those at all. Just Obama ads between innings, and "Maximum Tax Resolution."

Gonat said...
Now MASN is scrolling underwear ads on the bottom 1/3 of my screen. Yep, Angelos needs money.

Gonat said...

Bryce Harper batting .292 Nice!!!!

NatsLady said...

BAM-BAM. Now batting .292...

Candide said...

Soul, you owe me a drink, even if Bam Bam got caught.

Gonat said...

Going for the jugular and losing the lead runner with LaRoche on deck. Not smart.

NatsLady said...

Bo didn't put up the stop sign. Looks like he waved him on, but only once Bryce had already rounded second. FP does NOT approve.

Gonat said...

Bo didn't wave him on, Bo didn't give him the stop sign. Bo didn't do nothing except give him the slide sign. Huh? Does Bo not give signs when Bryce is on the base path?

MicheleS said...

Gonat.. BO has probably given up on giving Bryce signs.. remember it's run until you get tagged out with Bryce

MicheleS said...

At least ANK is telling Bryce what he did wrong.

JaneB said...

I love the dugout shots showing how Harper is getting coached up down there. And FP is hilarious and wise out of the same mouth. Makes not being there okay.

MicheleS said...

For our puck lover.. Kings up 2-0 on the Devils

Nicky said...

Lombo starting to look competent in left

baseballswami said...

Every inning -- opportunities to add on are not taken.

JaneB said...

To be fair, swami, SOME innings they aren't adding on. But some they are.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Soul, you owe me a drink, even if Bam Bam got caught.

I'm not disagreeing, but what for?

MicheleS said...

Kind of a sparse crowd in Toronto.

efowl4 said...

I know a lot can change in the next few months..... BUT

What is our starting lineup when Werth returns. Also does DeRousa take a spot on our bench?

Candide said...

Soul - earlier:

Candide: Pitching around Harper to get to RZ? Yeah, keep doing that. Please.
June 11, 2012 7:59 PM

Soul Possession: I dunno, Candide, it seems to be working for them.
June 11, 2012 8:00 PM

MicheleS said...

OY! Xavier with the dp!

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Getting to Zimm worked. LaRoche, not so much. I call that a wash.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

What is our starting lineup when Werth returns. Also does DeRousa take a spot on our bench?


DeRousa??

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Oh, wait. Mark DeRosa, who is currently on the DL, back to the bench when he comes back. OK. Got it.

baseballswami said...

What I said at 8:48 - again.

MicheleS said...

Swammi.. on the bright side.. EJAX has settled in and doing quite well.

efowl4 said...

Sorry DeRosa. I guess I would rather have T Moore as a sub on the Bench. I also wonder if when Storen comes back do we keep Lidge especially with Matheus getting healthy too.

MicheleS said...

Shark injury update. Strained Left Hammy per Nats PR.

a3fac11a-b42a-11e1-9345-000bcdcb5194 said...

Wonder how much Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals has affected attendance.

a3fac11a-b42a-11e1-9345-000bcdcb5194 said...

Wonder how much Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals has affected attendance.

Candide said...

Yanks helping us, lead the Braves 3-0 in the 6th.

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