Saturday, June 16, 2012

Game 63: Yankees at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann faces Andy Pettitte in today's game at Nationals Park.
It took Davey Johnson awhile to post his lineup this morning, a product of some uncertainty about Ian Desmond's status. Turns out Desmond's potentially injured oblique isn't serious enough to keep him from playing today. Adam LaRoche, on the other hand, was a bit of a surprise scratch.

We didn't get a chance to ask Johnson about LaRoche during our pregame briefing, but the hunch is that Johnson simply wanted to give Tyler Moore a chance to start three days after he clubbed the first two home runs of his career in Toronto. And with left-hander Andy Pettitte on the mound for the Yankees, why not give Moore that opportunity today?

Jordan Zimmermann, meanwhile, will face a New York lineup that is without Alex Rodriguez, with manager Joe Girardi giving his star third baseman a day off. All of the other Yankee regulars are in there.

Lots of updates to come throughout the game, so please check back often...

NEW YORK YANKEES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 176
Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF
NATIONALS (38-24)
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
LF Xavier Nady
C Jesus Flores
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

YANKEES (38-25)
SS Derek Jeter
CF Curtis Granderson
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
RF Nick Swisher
LF Raul Ibanez
C Russell Martin
3B Eric Chavez
LHP Andy Pettitte

UMPIRES
HP Tim Timmons, 1B Jeff Kellogg (cc), 2B Eric Cooper, 3B Marty Foster

1:06 p.m. -- It's an absolutely perfect day for baseball, 77 degrees with a light breeze as Jordan Zimmermann gets this game underway.

1:08 p.m. -- Well, that was as good a top of the first as you'll ever see. Zimmermann sets them down 1-2-3, getting a grounder to third from Derek Jeter (though Ryan Zimmerman's awkward-looking throw short-hopped Tyler Moore), a lineout to right from Curtis Granderson and then striking out Mark Teixeira on three pitches, the last a slider. Solid start to the afternoon for Zimmermann and the Nats.

1:14 p.m. -- Speaking of dominant first innings ... Andy Pettitte retires the side on eight pitches and makes Bryce Harper (who is less than half his age) look silly on a strikeout. I'll be curious to see how Harper adjusts the next time he comes up, given his track record here for performing much better the second time he gets to face a pitcher. Scoreless after one.

1:36 p.m. -- The Nats take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on Jesus Flores' broken-bat double off the left-center field fence. Yes, a broken-bat double off the left-center field fence. Talk about power. Big hit for Flores and for the Nats, who needed someone to come through in a clutch spot like that.

1:51 p.m. -- Big spot in the top of the third for Zimmermann, who had to face Teixeira with two on and two out. And the right-hander came up big, striking out Teixeira looking at a 3-2 breaking ball. That's four strikeouts in three innings for Zimmermann, whose slider has been impeccable so far today. Still 2-0 Nats in the middle of the third.

2:18 p.m. -- That was, well, that was not a good top of the fourth for the Nationals, who made three -- count 'em, three -- defensive miscues. It began with Xavier Nady and Ian Desmond letting a popup to shallow left fall to the ground (though Nady did manage to force out Cano at third base, so no real harm done). It continued with Moore unable to scoop a potential inning-ending double play through from Espinosa. And then it was capped by Desmond's second error in as many days, a complete booting of Eric Chavez's grounder. That brought home an unearned run. Worse, all of the miscues made life miserable for Zimmermann, who has now thrown 79 pitches through four innings (despite allowing only two hits). It's now 2-1 Nats.

2:24 p.m. -- The Nats lineup isn't exactly helping the cause here, either, swinging at everything Pettitte throws up there. Even though each starter has given up two hits through four innings, Zimmermann has thrown 79 pitches while Pettitte has thrown only 49. That's going to come back to haunt the Nats before this day is done.

2:41 p.m. -- Wow, is Harper helpless up there against Pettitte or what? Three at-bats, three strikeouts, all swinging at sliders. Bryce hasn't come close to making contact yet on that pitch today. And after this latest one, he let out quite a bit of frustration as he walked back to the plate. Rough afternoon for the kid against the vet. Nats still lead 2-1 as we go to the sixth.

2:54 p.m. -- There's something about the sixth inning that just doesn't agree with Jordan Zimmermann. Perhaps he just gets tired. Perhaps it's something else. Whatever the case, he just turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit after giving up three hits in the top of the sixth, including doubles to Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez (the latter with Pettitte on deck and two outs). Here's your stat of the day. In his career, Zimmermann holds a 3.13 ERA in innings 1-5. That ERA jumps to 6.08 in innings 6-7.

3:17 p.m. -- Ross Detwiler navigates his way through a dicey top of the seventh without giving up a run (thanks in part to a line-drive double play). So we go to the bottom of the seventh, the Nats still trailing 3-2 and desperately trying to get something going against Pettitte, who enters the inning at only 84 pitches.

3:25 p.m. -- It took 14 pitches but Bryce Harper finally made contact against Andy Pettitte. He even smoked the ball to deep left-center. Unfortunately, Curtis Granderson was there to track it down and end the seventh. But at least Harper doesn't end up wearing the dreaded golden sombrero today. Still 3-2 Yankees as we move to the eighth.

3:38 p.m. -- Ian Desmond to the rescue! With Pettitte out of the game and Cory Wade in for the eighth, Desmond crushed his 10th homer of the season, this one about 15 rows up the left-field bleachers. Just a bomb. And this game is tied 3-3.

3:50 p.m. -- Wow, just when it looked like Adam LaRoche had come through with his biggest clutch hit in weeks, Dewayne Wise guns down Tyler Moore at the plate to end the eighth. Close play. Really close play. Regardless, it's now a tie game heading to the ninth.

4:07 p.m. -- It took 29 pitches, but Tyler Clippard got through the top of the ninth. So we go to the bottom of the ninth in a 3-3 game. Due up for the Nats: Flores, Lombardozzi and Espinosa. If anyone gets on ... Harper will bat.

4:15 p.m. -- Who wants some free baseball? We go to the 10th. Harper will lead off the bottom of the inning. But first, Sean Burnett will pitch the top of the inning.

4:23 p.m. -- Another 1-2-3 inning from Burnett, who has just been fantastic all season. So we go to the bottom of the 10th, as lefty Clay Rapada enters to face Bryce Harper.

4:33 p.m. -- No drama from the heart of the Nats lineup as Harper strikes out looking at an outside pitch (and lets Tim Timmons hear it) and Zimmerman and Morse each ground out to short. So we go to the 11th, Craig Stammen now in.

4:38 p.m. -- Two spectacular plays at third base from Zimmerman in the top of the 11th, robbing both Martin and Nix of base hits. Bottom of the 11th coming up, with Desmond, Bernadina and and LaRoche due up to face Cody Eppley.

4:48 p.m. -- Let's play 12!

5:01 p.m. -- Nice job by Stammen to pitch around an ugly Zimmerman throwing error in the top of the 12th. The Nats bullpen has now thrown six hitless innings today, setting the stage for a possible game-winning rally in the bottom of the 12th. It'll be Lombardozzi, Espinosa and Harper against Freddy Garcia.

5:08 p.m. -- Harper's terrible day continues. He's now 0-for-6 with five strikeouts after whiffing at Garcia's offerings. This is the first time the rookie has really looked flustered in the big leagues. He's upset at the umpire. He's upset at himself. Just not a good day for the kid. We go to the 13th.

5:15 p.m. -- Seven hitless innings from the bullpen. Against the Yankees. Just remarkable.

5:24 p.m. -- Let's play 14! (Good thing the Nationals' annual Dream Foundation Gala doesn't start in an hour. Oh wait, it does.)

5:44 p.m. -- Rough 24 hours for Brad Lidge. He gave up a couple of runs in the seventh inning last night, and he just gave up two more in the 14th today on three hits. The first two were seeing-eye singles by Nix and Jeter through the left-side hole. The third was a double roped into the right-field corner by Teixeira, bringing both runners home. It's 5-3 Yankees, and the Nats are three outs from losing this series.

5:56 p.m. -- It's over. A thoroughly frustrating, 5-3, 14-inning loss for the Nationals is in the books as Bryce Harper grounds out to second to finish his day 0-for-7 with five strikeouts.

159 comments:

MicheleS said...

GYFNG!!!! BEAT THE YANKEES!!!!

TimDz said...

Ok.....
The flatness rationale can not be applied here...

The team needs to drive in the RISP ...

GYFNG!

Doc said...

Danny at leadoff....OK...wad's that about??

m20832 said...

With Espi batting RH and Tyler Moore in, I can see a win!

GYFNG!!!

Grandstander said...

Danny consistently bats leadoff against lefties while Lombo sits.

peric said...

As I keep saying much prefer HRod to Brad Lidge. Lidge is done. HRod still has it if he can control it. Not sure why Lidge is even there if Mattheus is ready?

Candide said...

Update to yesterday - couldn't get a web connection in section 117 but doing fine today in 409...

Anyway, two notes:

1) Cunegonde and I both sang The Star Spangled Banner out loud - decent singer made it easy.

2) Of all the people in the world to be sitting in the row behind us, about 50 feet away - Robin Ficker. Jeeze, made me embarrassed to be a Nats fan. What a loud-mouthed jerk.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Oeric agree I can live HRod as he has potential, Lidge is on the down hill slide.

Aslo concerning my rant two weeks ago about the pathetic 26th place hitting with RISP .221 aveage after the marlins series. Since then we have improved the average to .224 ( not much_, but worse we dropped to 27th meaning other teams improved more. Despite that we are 14 games above .500

just imagine if the players started hitting with RISP

GYFNG

Drew said...

To put the Nats' degree of difficulty in perspective:

Only 15 teams have scored more runs than they've allowed.

Five of them are in the AL East.

natsfan1a said...

I have no idea who Robert Ficker is, but I'm okay with that. :-)

On a game note, evidently Pettite has never won in Washington. Let's keep it that way, boys! Would be nice to give Jordan some run support as well. But if we can get only one, let's get the curly W for the team. Execative summary: I can has win? kaithxbai.

Wendell said...

Well that's a good start

realdealnats said...

Candide--

Robin Ficker makes me embarrassed to be an American. A tawdry example of democracy at work and gone awry all rolled into one.

Drew--

Great stat. AL East is tough despite our early luck with it.

realdealnats said...

Don't nibble, Jordan, lock in and put Swisher away.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

@MicheleS: It was an absolute pleasure meeting you last night. Thanks so much for taking the effort to track me down. Trust me, that's not where I normally sit. Jaleh (wife) was suitably impressed. When I finally told her all about Nats Insider and that's what I do most days and nights, I think she was suitably relieved it wasn't a porn site or something untoward. She logged on last night, read a few comments turns to me and goes, "I don't understand any of this stuff. But it looks like you people have fun with it."

Now that I've used up by one game a season with her, we'll have to go to a game together. She's cool with it. Once you showed her the picture of Baby Z, I think she realized it's all G-rated here.

Again, thanks for stopping by. It was the highlight of that game.

GYFNG!!

baseballswami said...

It's like pulling teeth with tweezers to get these guys out. It's like having a root canal to watch. Oh, Jordan.

realdealnats said...

Here we go with one of Zimm's troubling mid-innings. Work fast, throw strikes.

realdealnats said...

Nady comes up smelling like a rose. Wow. Come on guys buckle down.

Drew said...

Robin Ficker was a legendarily obnoxious fan of the Wasington Bullets back in the day. He was such a heckler that he ruined the experience for the team's supporters, as well as its opponents.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

desi field the damn ball

Drew said...

Oh for God's sake. When did Desmond climb into the way-back machine?

realdealnats said...

Can't give these guys five outs.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Well, that top of the fourth qualifies as this year's Chernobyl inning of the year. Sheesh.

baseballswami said...

Usually jz victimized by his offense. Today it's his defense. These guys are murder to get out. It's work and takes a lot of pitches.they have fouled off quite a few.

NatsLady said...

Gosh, don't you wish McCatty could just SIT out there on the mound? What DOES he say to them??

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desi getting on the bad list sudenly erros in 2 straight games, and souble play with bases loaded. Must not like playing the Yankees, or is intemidated playing Jeter.

baseballswami said...

Desi playing hurt . Davey-- you know they all lie. Should have rested him.

realdealnats said...

1A and Drew--

He also slipped a couple referendums into the works various election days in Montgomery County that are no good and as difficult to rid ourselves of as a computer virus.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Baseballswami, so true. 5 out inning, extra pitches, instead of facing the 8th and 9th batters next inning now gets the top of the lineup.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We looked pathetic in the 4th. No rest for JZim

realdealnats said...

Jordan, you gotta puttem down quick this inning. This is where you rise above it all! Go after them.

djinFl. said...

Robin Ficker voice coming through the tv. He was one of the reasons NBA teams started moving their chairs for timeouts. His screaming abuse of the players during timeouts was unbeliveable.

The boys seema little tight again. Somebody needs to loosen them up.

NatsFan05 said...

That's twice Nady couldn't catch the ball that he could've had.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Wish Mccatty wuld work with starters on keeping the pitch count to 12 an inning so we could get more innings pitched. getting 100 pitches in the 5th or 6th inning is a wakness that needs to be worked on.

rogieshan said...

realdealnats said, "Nady comes up smelling like a rose."

A rhinoceros?

Back-to-school weekend for some of our young players, so it appears.

At least Morse is getting some good swings in today.

Drew said...

Let's go Kid! Don't bite in that off-speed slop!

NatsLady said...

Bryce-- follow your own advice~~ play your game not his!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Pettitte is the first pitcher to make Harper look pathetic more than once. He has only had may 10 bad at bats all season, but he has 3 against Pettitte. He has swung at 8 pitches, of which I believe one would have been called a strike. Not sure what Pettitte is doing, but hopefully no other pitcher will figure it out either.

Ouur RISP is headed south again.

Gonat said...

Ryan Z. has to pick up Bryce Harper in that situation. Rolls over another grounder with 2 on.

Gonat said...

Ryan Z. has to pick up Bryce Harper in that situation. Rolls over another grounder with 2 on.

NatsLady said...

OOOh, TyMo should have got that. And Swisher makes him pay.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

This is where all those extra pitches catch up with you.

rogieshan said...

Young players are going to make mistakes, but the vets need to step up to ease the pressure. Zimmerman, Nady, Lidge, LaRoche --- Hello, anybody home?

I wonder if Jordan Zimmermann is better suited to being a closer - he's devastating with his stuff the first go around, but always hits a wall by the third time in the order.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

This is the 3rd time in 4 games JZim has been given a lead that he has fiven up in the 5th or 6th inning. My thinking is he is runniong out of enrgy because he pitches too many pitches earlier in the game. THis has to be fixed. It is becomeing a long term problem, and is fixxible. Throw strikes and less nibbling.

Drew said...

Great play Jordan Zimmermann and we Still have the middle-inning meltdown.

Awhile back Carp wondered whether Tyler Moore will be the Nats' long-term first baseman. The Nats have some huge decisions on LaRoche this off-season and on Morse next fall.

Marrero homered at Harrisburg last night, Rendon has to play somewhere and in a few years Matt Skole will be a factor.

rogieshan said...

Manassas: "My thinking is he is runniong out of enrgy because he pitches too many pitches earlier in the game.

All that hitting and running around the bases are not helping his stamina, either.

baseballswami said...

I love how people just think the pitchers are choosing these long innings. Have you been watching? Our hitters should be watching. They take and take and take, foul, foul,foul. Our hitters swing, swing, swing. Add to that the extra puts needed today and Jordan loses another game. Gio had similar issues. Every hitter is a tough out. Why did we pitch to their number 8? Extra pitches again. Don't blame jordan .

rogieshan said...

It seems like every player in the Yankees lineup is a disciplined, professional hitter, with a game plan up there. Is it because that's who they are, or just a by-product of being a Yankee?

baseballswami said...

Both ? I feel like our young pitching staff is spending the weekend at school. This is the mountain you need to climb. Are you up to it? Now they know what to expect in October . Will they learn from this and take it into the second half? This experience could really push them.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

As good as our pitching staff is they have been way outpitched by the Yankees (and everyone says they have a bad staff if you listen ro MLB radio).

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They can only take balls, pitch the ball on the formners with movement and they can't foul a lot either.

baseballswami said...

Pettite is quite crafty. Rogieshan is correct about this line up - every single one is a professional hitter and a tough out. That's why Gio and Jordan have had to work so hard. Still -- 3 earned for Gio, only 2 for Jordan and some defensive miscues -- should be good. The offense has failed both of them. Last night those other runs were off of Lidge and Rodriguez, who would have not been in the game had we been ahead.The good news - this is probably the best line up top to bottom that they will face the entire season. Learn, learn, learn,

baseballswami said...

Man Nats Fan -- with hitters like this you can't just pitch it in over the plate. You have to draw their eye out and in, up and down , to try to set them up. You also have to go for corners and edges, which sometimes you get from the ump, sometimes you don't. If you just pitch it right down the middle you get homeruns from them. None of Jordan's walks scored - much better than home runs. That's why it's so hard to get them out - fat strikes they hit out, marginal pitches they take - some are called strikes some are not. Tricky business.

Drew said...

I meant Desmond hits it way back -- like a machine.

Big clutch homer.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Yep, 1 run behind!!!!

Faraz Shaikh said...

I was planning on sitting in LF, exactly 15 rows back. :P
let's score a couple more now.

PChuck said...

SAFE!

realdealnats said...

Rogieshan--

Rhino botching the catch turns into a rose getting the lead runner at third is what I meant earlier.

Drew--
Regarding 1B next year: keep LaRoche, but work Tyler Moore into the starting lineup sooner than later. Let Adam teach the kid for another year and keep LaRoche for insurance--and his glove.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What the hell is time timmons looking at. The hand is on the base, the glove is about to tag him. Looked like that with naked eye, and replay clearly confirmed it. bad call

m20832 said...

I am sooooo pissed!!! MLB needs instant replay. That was a joke F'N call by Timmons! And he was looking right at it. A'Hole must be F'N blind as a bat or paid off by Girardi!!!!!

m20832 said...

Should be 4-3 Nats right now. What a bunch of Bulls**t!!!!!

realdealnats said...

Nothing going the Nat's way right now. Good lesson in hanging tough. C'mon Clip can't walk him.

Another_Sam said...

Screw replay. But: safe. Blown call.

realdealnats said...

Clown call.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

This is when I wish someone in the media would sit with an umpire look at the replay and explain why a call is called. The umps are always bailed out because no one makes them accountable to the press. When a player screws up he has to face the media, why does the major leagues protecht the umps?

Another_Sam said...

On TV, clearly safe on the first view. But TM's slide was a just bit akward; IMHO that's what drew the out call. A graceful slide gets the safe call.

realdealnats said...

Nothing better than beating a good time despite a lot of late inning calls going against you. Com'n Clip.

realdealnats said...

"good team"

realdealnats said...

Yesssiir.

baseballswami said...

They are the ny Yankees and they come with lots of crap like pitches and calls going their way. Now clip is ticked because he isn't getting calls. I just cannot wait until they leave, along with their "fans".

realdealnats said...

I like'm to stay so we can beat'em.

realdealnats said...

Give'm some high cheese Clip

realdealnats said...

Good enough, guys. Let's get one now in the 9th and go home winners.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The game should be over. Thanks Tim TImmins.

baseballswami said...

Now we have got th right where we want them.

realdealnats said...

Good eye Flo. Nail this one.

baseballswami said...

You see, innings like that are a problem. Very weak.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If I was commissioner one thing I would change, is I would want the media interviewing umps as much as players, as I want no hidden agendas etc by umps. Have them explain what they did.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Reading Marks analysis up there he says it was a close play at the play, it wasn't really close just sort of close it was an easy safe call.

baseballswami said...

Now we have to get them out three more times. Probably take another 30 pitches.

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Another_Sam said...

Manassas -- I don't for a minute even suspect that the call we just saw or any other call is anything other than the umpire's best effort good faith call. Are you serious with your accusations?

Drew said...

What a job by Burnett.

Go get 'em, Kid!

Positively Half St. said...

Let's see if the legend of Bryce Harper grows here.

+1/2St.

realdealnats said...

OK Harp you saw this guy last night. Adjust, adjust... Let's get about ending this thing...

Positively Half St. said...

I think that this game has shown MLB pitchers to throw Bryce Harper sliders.

+1/2St.

realdealnats said...

Wow. That called strike on Bryce is the worst call of the game. Not the most deadly but the worst.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

as bad as I think eck is as hitting coach Tim Timmins is worse as home plate umpire. Please someone in MLB check his credentials.

baseballswami said...

Another bad call. Waaay outside. They do not need extra help, dudes.

T-Rex said...

Are you kidding me?

realdealnats said...

C'mon Zim time to lead.

baseballswami said...

Our hitters just look so bad. Pitchers have battled, but hitters, not so much.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If that is the umpire's best effort, then he needs a different job. That call was easy to make.

Harper asked if the pitch was outside that he swung at the ump nodded yes, the next pitch is even further outside and he calls it a strike.

os that his best effort? I seriously doubt it. Seems to me he is putting out little effort to me.

m20832 said...

That along with a crap HP umpire will probably lose us the game.

Drew said...

Nats' 3 and 4 hitters in this series are 2 for 16 with 0 RBIs.

rogieshan said...

This is turning into a must-win game for the team's overall confidence and psyche.

Drew said...

But Zim sure can pick it!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim looked great in the field in the 11th, come on Desi walk off please

NatsLady said...

I don't know what's wrong with Ryan's bat but BOY can he pick 'em. WOW!

baseballswami said...

That had to be the shortest inning by our pitchers this series. Good time for it. End this , boys!

realdealnats said...

Great fielding between Espi and Zim. The game is up for grabs, but it's beginning to feel like the Yankee's mystique is wearing off for our guys. Nice to end it here in the bottom of the 11th.

Another_Sam said...

I'm thinking drop one in the bullpen, Adam.

realdealnats said...

LaRoche no Ankiel on either of his last two at bats.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hitters looked wak in the 11th. Lets pitch a strong 12th.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

weak not wak . my fingers must have been controled by Timmins.

jeffwx said...

What makes the Yanks great......their RISP percentage must be pretty high. The Nats a good team with excellent pitching/D, but their RISP Percentage must be low (eg: 1 for 8 last night).

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

after we all brag about his 1th inning, he screws a simple one.

NatsLady said...

And THAT is why Davey didn't use Stammen yesterday!!! Great job.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stammen bails out Zim. Now lets score.

baseballswami said...

Pitchers have certainly done their jobs today against a brutal line up. Hitters?

Another_Sam said...

I've been yelling at the tube all afternoon -- bad calls, poor plate work, fielding blunders -- and yet they're still in it. Go figure.

Drew said...

No more lefties to face Harper.

baseballswami said...

Harper has no composure today. Looking every one of those 19 years. Yankee fans love it. He needs to chill and pull it together.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harper at least isn't taking lack of hitting to the field. 2 great catches, and one real good catch today.

baseballswami said...

But yet he doesn't take it into the field with him.

djinFl. said...

Maybe the boys just aren't in the mood to don the tux for dinner tonight. Rather stay out and play in the dirt.

jeffwx said...

Gio is still looking for a date

realdealnats said...

Uncharted territory for this year. Whose BP is deeper and who wants it more. Here we go...

jeffwx said...

..nats on a lidge now

baseballswami said...

Our pitching has been terrific. How long can they keep this up against this line up? Our hitter just look so very bad. Zim on third with some outs to play with and nothing. Oh no it's Lidge. We are done for.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Going to be a second seventh-inning stretch.

phil dunton said...

Lidge in. Game over.

baseballswami said...

Yankees warming their closer in anticipation of a lead. They are not dumb and they know brad Lidge.

jeffwx said...

9 runners left on base against the yanks... Even the yanks are preparing for Lidge's demise by warming up their closer.

realdealnats said...

Old Yank's trick: foul a ball off catcher's mask and then steal second on the next pitch...

baseballswami said...

I see the light of an on-coming train.no outs runners on first and third. Lidge needs to retire.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

as bad as the ump has been Davey takes the cake now for bringing Lidge in, I thought he got DFA's yesterday, I see he is still here.

phil dunton said...

Too bad Davey can't put H-Rod in. Davey needs to end this game so he can have his nap.

realdealnats said...

Miracle #1 of 3 in hand.

MicheleS said...

Lidge is giving me indigestion

baseballswami said...

Anyone who cannot contribute in a positive way needs to be gone. No room for dead weight. A strike out? Wow.

jeffwx said...

Lets go shadows...got a call at the ankles!

AnonJohn said...

lidge.

realdealnats said...

I guess Miracle #2 was Swami's train coming through the tunnel.

jeffwx said...

OK, game over, let's not waste any more of the bullpen.

baseballswami said...

Brad Lidge. Way to go. All other pitchers get a gold star from me today. Hitters? Oy.

phil dunton said...

Lidge is worse than H Rod and Davey is worse than Riggleman.

peric said...

H-Rod at least has potential. Its a complete waste of time and demoralizing to use Brad Lidge ... as I stated before he came back.

That's one player you either release or leave on the DL. Its ridiculous to even try using this guy instead of H-Rod who actually has nine saves? Does any of the silly fans here or the FO and Davey believe Lidge could actually do that/

Sheesh.

Exposremains said...

Please get lidge off this team. He needs to retire. He has done nothing year.

baseballswami said...

Hey . He got their pitcher out ! Yay! Time for showers and tuxes. Second party in three days. Think it will be fun? Ejax gets to face them tomorrow . 180 pitches ought to do it.

ehay2k said...

Some poor decisions these last two games. Seems like a no brainer to walk a good hitter to get to an AL pitcher.

Lidge definitely is our white towel. He cannot get good hitters out.

I guess we know how they can make room in the bullpen when Storen comes back....

NatsJack in Florida said...

And Phil Dunton is worse than all of them.

JayB said...

And why was it so important to activate Lidge without having him prove himself in a rehab stint.....he got hammered in single A.....anyone surprised he going to get hammered by AL east hitters.

Rizzo......dumb move

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thank you Lidge, got a love you.

Unknown said...

We only need 3 runs against Soriano.

Nattydread

phil dunton said...

Lack of any offense is the real reason the Nats lose today. This has been a problem all season. The sad truth is when Harper doesn't hit, this team has no offense.

realdealnats said...

Unknown--really just two. Not impossible. See what we're made of.

baseballswami said...

Forgotten in the Lidge drama. Bottom line is we only score 3 runs in13 innings. Stranded probably ten? Can't win like that no matter who pitches.

realdealnats said...

Another good at bat for Adam.

realdealnats said...

Flo hit that like Lidge was pitching it.

ehay2k said...

Swami, point well taken. And Zimmerman has not ben hiring well. His shoulder is very likely still an issue and he needs a break.

baseballswami said...

So I ate lunch and turned on the pre.-game show. I'm hungry again. What ever te is it now? Lost track. Day shot. Oh, we'll. We going to tie it up? Lerner's dinner on hold?

baseballswami said...

And you can tell by my massive typos.

realdealnats said...

Bryce, this is what you were made for.

Unknown said...

Harper. One more chance to be a hero.

Please...

Nattydread.

m20832 said...

When is Davy going to tell Espinosa that he can only bat right handed?

realdealnats said...

So there's work to do before we see these guys again. Great pitching minus Lidge. Some great fielding. Need to avoid the injury bug and get our bats all swinging together.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I still go back to the 8th have watched th replay on the DVR who knows how many times, and cannot figure out what the umps saw that looked like an out. I sure would love to sit down with him and figure it out, because nothing tells me it was anything but safe, except his stupid slile when he called the out.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lidge in his 4 apprearances back 2.1 innings (7 outs) 6 earned runs.

That is not worthy of a major leaguer in the bullpen.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

When is Davy going to tell Espinosa that he can only bat right-handed?

When he starts platooning him and only starting him against left-handed pitching. They guy's been a switch-hitter all his life. It's not that he can't hit left-handed, it's that he can't hit right-handed pitching.

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