Thursday, June 28, 2012

Game 74: Nats at Rockies

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The Nats try to win three in a row at Coors Field this afternoon.
Having thoroughly decimated the Rockies' MLB-worst pitching staff over the last two night, the Nationals today try to do it once again. And once again, they'll be facing a struggling left-hander in Josh Outman, whose name sounds a bit ironic given his 8.64 ERA entering play today.

Adam LaRoche is back after taking a day off, but red-hot Tyler Moore remains in the Nationals' lineup, shifting back to left field. Jesus Flores is back behind the plate after getting last night off.

Edwin Jackson takes the mound, looking to keep his ERA under 3.00 and to give himself a winning record for the season and for his career (he's 64-64 at the moment).

As has been the case the last three days, I'll chime in with some thoughts along the way. And since it's a day game, I'll post some instant analysis as soon as it ends as well. Enjoy the matinee...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at COLORADO ROCKIES
Where: Coors Field
Gametime: 3:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 92 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to LF
NATIONALS (43-30)
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Tyler Moore
C Jesus Flores
RHP Edwin Jackson

ROCKIES (28-46)
CF Dexter Fowler
2B Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
1B Todd Helton
3B Chris Nelson
RF Tyler Colvin
C Wil Nieves
SS Jonathan Herrera
LHP Josh Outman

UMPIRES
HP Mark Carlson, 1B Angel Hernandez (cc), 2B Chris Conroy, 3B Ed Hickox

3:45 p.m. -- Well, this one isn't exactly off to a rousing start. Edwin Jackson was battered around for five runs in the bottom of the first, capped by Tyler Colvin's three-run homer. The first eight Rockies all reached safely, with Jackson's only out to that point recorded by Ryan Zimmerman on something of a hidden-ball trick play -- he faked a throw to first and got Carlos Gonzalez to stray off third base for a split-second. Perhaps most disturbing about the inning was Jackson's velocity. This is a guy whose fastball has averaged 94 mph all season. Well, in that first inning it was clocked between 89-92 mph. That's after his velocity was down a bit during his last start in Baltimore. Could there be something physically wrong with Jackson?

4:03 p.m. -- Yeah, so that sub-3.00 ERA for Jackson? Not gonna be the case by the end of the day. He gave up two more runs on three more hits (and committed another error on a pickoff attempt, his third such error this season) in the bottom of the second. It's 7-0 Rockies, and it's looking like this is going to be a looong afternoon at Coors Field.

4:25 p.m. -- When I said it's going to be a looong afternoon, I meant because the Nats were going to rally back to make a game of this and turn this into a slugfest. (That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.) Holy cow, they just scored five runs in the top of the third, all of them driven in by Ryan Zimmerman (two-run single) and Michael Morse (three-run homer). How important have Zim and Morse been to this sudden offensive resurgence? Well, in 24 games from May 26-June 23, those two guys combined for 14 RBI. Over the last four-plus games, they've combined for 13 RBI. It's 7-5, with a LOT of baseball left to be played in this one.

5:04 p.m. -- Just when it looked like Edwin Jackson was getting things back on track, he got a quick hook from Davey Johnson one batter into the bottom of the fourth. Jackson clearly wasn't happy to hand over the ball to his manager, and you can only imagine what he was thinking as he watched from the dugout as Tom Gorzelanny entered and immediately gave up two runs. It's now 9-5 Rockies, and they've managed to complete four innings in two hours.

5:20 p.m. -- Sweet Fancy Moses, this game is now tied in the fifth! Bryce Harper drives in a run with an RBI single, then scores on an Adam LaRoche sac fly. And Ian Desmond then drills a two-run homer to make it 9-9. Unbelievable. Desmond now has 13 homers, 41 RBI and 36 extra-base hits. I'll tell you what, folks: This guys just might be named an All-Star on Sunday.

6:07 p.m. -- Hey, when did a pitcher's duel break out? It's the top of the eighth now and the Rockies have held a 10-9 lead since the fifth. All of a sudden, the Nats are down to their final six outs and still need another run to tie this game.

6:33 p.m. -- Bryce Harper to the rescue! Solo homer to deep right-center to lead off the ninth, and this game is tied 10-10.

7:01 p.m. -- Well, after nearly four hours and 20 combined runs, why not keep this one going? Onto the 11th inning!

7:27 p.m. -- Well, that was an unfortunate way for this to end. Marco Scutaro delivers a two-out, RBI single to right on a 3-2 fastball from Craig Stammen in the bottom of the 11th. Nats lose, 11-10.

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MicheleS said...

SO excited!! I can watch the entire game! On my way home now to get the TV on and watch some Ray and Johnny!

GYFNG! Let's take another series!!!

Pick to click.. Actually, I am going with Edwin!

Doc said...

Let's change the Rock's pitcher's name from Outman to Routman.

Nats feasted on the Rocks main course the past 2 games, now it's time for a major dessert!

Another 10+ runs coming up.

GooooooooooEJax, GooooooooooooooooooNats!!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

This is going to be Edwin's chance to turn his luck around against the Rockies.

Advice: pitch outside to CarGo and don't allow Fowler to get on base. Remember, don't allow Fowler to get on base.

Luckily for EJax that Helton isn't the same hitter he has faced in the past.

natsfan1a said...

Me, too, MicheleS! I've watched replays of the late games (guess which ones) but it's not the same as real time.

Go, EJ! Go, NATS BATS - stay hot!!

Re. the opposing pitcher's name, maybe it will be "out" as in being yanked from the game early. :-)

natsfan1a said...

Well done, Doc. I like "Routman" better. :-)

NatsLady said...

Am in the exact opposite situation. Have students from 3 p.m. straight through until 9. Will sneak glances at the score on my phone...

Nats1924 said...

What is GYFNG ?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nats1924, GYFNG = Go You F Nats Go

NatsJack in Florida said...

OK.....for the third game in a row....BARREL UP THE FRIGGIN BALL!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Thinking F = First Place. Maybe something entirely different.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack, sounds good to me! Espi is 2 for 14 in the series and really needs to get that RH bat going today to join the party!

JB said...

The F has evolved in my mind:
2005 = "formative"
2006 = "frustrating"
2007 = "failed"
2010-11 = er, "freaking"
2012 = "first place"

NatsJack in Florida said...

Yes Ghost. But he has barreled a couple up that were right at somebody. Only guy I've ever seen that leads off right handed and should bat 8th left handed.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Jimmy Rollins looks lost against A.J Burnett.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JB, better answer. 2008 and 2009 are ?

JB said...

Just looked at the most recent ASG ballots. Is it possible that the Nats will have 4 all-stars (SS, GG, Clip and the kid) without anyone appearing in the top 5 of any voted-in position?

Why do I feel like MLB will intentionally have the NL not pick Harper as a reserve, since his presense on the "last man in" ballot will drive a ton of voting (for and against)?

JB said...

Ghost,
This is a family blog and I can't print that word.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack, and that's why Espi will make us scratch our heads and go, huh?

Today may be the day. Espi still batting .324 RH with much of that against LH relief pitchers.

JB said...

The word also happens to be Paul LoDuca's middle name, in my household.

Knoxville Nat said...

2008 and 2009 are unmentionable on a family friendly site such as this.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JB, you have it wrong. MLB so wants Trout and BHarper as this is about ratings. Trout is "in" and Harp's mini-slump has hurt his chances.

Also much of the All Star is popularity and the rule that every team is represented.

In the end I think it will be Stras, Gio and Harp.

I could make a case for Stras, JZim, Gio, Clip, Harp, Desi, and LaRo.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JB said...
The word also happens to be Paul LoDuca's middle name, in my household.


Is that "F" for fraud or the other F word as I could think of a few for him. Mitchell Report comes to mind. The guy was a joke. Catcher, Leftfield, First baseman.

As Charlie once said about Nook applies to some of these decisions "What was he thinking" to whoever came up with the serious thought of signing him.

jeffwx said...

I'm up for Stras, Gio and Desi...
LaRosa loves Desi

NatsLady said...

Harper's slump may have hurt his chances with fans who follow closely, but with the average joe or jane outside of DC has probably not gotten past the Kid stealing home. He has a good chance to get in on that "last man" vote.

m20832 said...

TyMo is going to have another outstanding game today! I feel it in my bones (and there are a lot of them!).

GYFNG!!!

baseballswami said...

Lunch with baseball on a Thursday. Not bad at all.

Old Wino said...

Is this compete game day? Go EJax!

Old Wino said...

I want Desmond to make the all stars because he was the first autograph my twin boys got.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady @2:14. Spot on again. You are on a roll today.

natsfan1a said...

Seconded.

jeffwx said...

I'm up for Stras, Gio and Desi...
LaRosa loves Desi
June 28, 2012 2:13 PM

Also for JaneB and her dad (plus, her dog gets extra cookies - arf!).

Old Wino said...

I want Desmond to make the all stars because he was the first autograph my twin boys got.
June 28, 2012 2:25 PM

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

TyTanic 462 foot shot would be nice. Go TyMo!!!!

Tcostant said...

I leave Harper for the final vote. I put LaRoche, Strasburg, Gio and Clipper in and maybe Desi (who may be hurt that Cubs need to send someon). But Clipper has to make it. He was an All-Star last year and has been lights out as a closer, any manager should want him there.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Morse with a tight hammy.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I never one to make predictions on games but if Edwin can start out getting ahead and by that I mean consistently getting strike 1, I expect a better game today than Jordan gave the Nats last nite.

m20832 said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Morse with a tight hammy.
June 28, 2012 2:37 PM

Yeah, according to Kilgore, Davy says Morse is going to play through hammy issues. Please for the love of God, can get healthy? Please?

m20832 said...

"he" Can he get healthy,

Unknown said...

Worried about Jackson's ERA in Coors Field.

Theophilus T. S. said...

Maybe the hamstring accounts for a couple of the odd turns on fly balls last night.

CN said...

I don't think Morse keeping his hitting groove is worth the risk, especially against a struggling Rockies team. Too bad LaRoche didn't take today off, so that Morse could play 1B while Bernie takes over in RF.

peric said...

Even with the slump Harper is still hitting around .280 ... that says a lot. Wonder what Harper will be like when he is full grown and Tyler Moore's age 25? The end of his current contract? Barring serious injury.

Imagine an outfield that includes Harper, Goodwin, for starters? By then Werth's contract would be about up.

However, the changes to the draft rules have crippled the Nat's FO strategy. They'll have to come up with another one if they continue to win. And even if they end up losing they would still be unable to pony up the money they spent last year on the draft.

peric said...

Morse had this problem last year and had to go on the DL last year as a result.

Ron In Reston said...

Changing positions won't help his hammy. SIT HIM and let Bernie play RF, LHP be d***ed. Remember when Flores tweaked his? Took a couple of days off and was fine. Remember when Matt Kemp tried to come back too soon from his earlier this season? Think the Dodgers, now in a tie for first place, are thinking maybe they should have given him some more time?

Hamstrings are tricky things. It could just be tight now, but one wrong step and you're out for two months. And the last two games notwithstanding, our offense can ill afford to lose him for two months AGAIN.

UnkyD said...

From Kilgore (talking about Desi, in the ASG:

“I voted for him,” Johnson said. “I might be a little prejudiced, but he’s certainly to date had a great season. He does everything above board. I don’t know any shortstop in the league that I’d trade him for.”
-----------
Me? Proud.....? Yep.

Tcostant said...

How bad a hitter is Jonathan Herrera if Wil Nieves hits ahead of him? I think back of Wil fondly, but come on...

Gonat said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...
TyTanic 462 foot shot would be nice. Go TyMo!!!!

June 28, 2012 2:35 PM
__________________________

I see a marketing opportunity here.

Vodka and TyTonic 462 w/ a twist.

Gonat said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...
This is going to be Edwin's chance to turn his luck around against the Rockies.

Advice: pitch outside to CarGo and don't allow Fowler to get on base. Remember, don't allow Fowler to get on base.

Luckily for EJax that Helton isn't the same hitter he has faced in the past.

June 28, 2012 1:42 PM
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He didn't hear you.

NatsFanJim said...

2-2

send the runner

NatsFanJim said...

3-2
does he finally go?

NatsFanJim said...

hoo boy the rockies are a mess

NatsFanJim said...

jackson just cant put scutaro away

A DC Wonk said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JB, better answer. 2008 and 2009 are ?


"fifth place" ?

Gonat said...

That went right by Zim's glove.

NatsFanJim said...

good lucl with gonzalez/

watch for the upper deck shot

Faraz Shaikh said...

oh boy, looks like it is gonna be a long game for us today instead of them.

NatsFanJim said...

another hit

MicheleS said...

BLAH! I jinxed Edwin today.

NatsFanJim said...

note on zimmerman: Zim is great doing his Ol'e acrobatics, just cloud cover for not being able to get in front of anything.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Last prediction I make this year.

Gonat said...

That is not how you begin the game. Everything changes once a pest like Fowler gets on base.

Steve, your key to the game was right on as usual.

NatsFanJim said...

Zim makes more routine plays look great because he always off balance, stumbling, making awkward throws -- all on plays that ought to r-o-u-t-i-n-e.

Zim in a word? Overrated. In two words? WAAAy overrated.

Tcostant said...

Not a good start, three straight hits for the Rocks.

NatsFanJim said...

a little rocky mountain high pop up and its 5-0.

Tcostant said...

Bases loaded no out, already 1-0. We need a DP!

Faraz Shaikh said...

come on Zimm, you had a double play. maybe a triple play if we were fast enough.

NatsFanJim said...

haha good play, Zim. covered up for your lack of play.

Gonat said...

CarGo fell asleep at 3rd.

NatsFanJim said...

Like I was saying: 5-0

Tcostant said...

2-0 bases still jammed.

MicheleS said...

OY! that stinks! Edwin hates Coors field.. poor guy.

NatsFanJim said...

safe to say EJax wont sign with the rockies next year.

mick said...

Did Edwin come to play today?

Tcostant said...

My Yahoo GameChannel is slow. Now I see 5-0; yuck!

Joe Seamhead said...

Ouch!

mick said...

hope to say we do get Grienke and can say good bye to Ejax

Faraz Shaikh said...

Rockies returning favor.

Joe Seamhead said...

Ouch!

mick said...

Only 3 legit pitchers on the is team for the long term, Strass, Gio and and Zim

NatsFanJim said...

the prospect of a split with Colorado no matter how many runs scored in games 2 and 3, 'aint' very impressive.

Gonat said...

MicheleS, this unfortunately had nothing to do with Coors Field. Those singles and the walk are all singles and a walk in any stadium in the MLB.

MicheleS said...

Mick.. Really, He has had maybe 2 bad outings this year and you are ready to ship him off? Good Lord.

mick said...

who knows, maybe we can come back but we cant give up anymore runs, thanks Ejax

Gonat said...

mick said...
Only 3 legit pitchers on the is team for the long term, Strass, Gio and and Zim

June 28, 2012 3:33 PM
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Come on Mick. That is just ridiculous.

NatsFanJim said...

Jackson is Very Legit!!! It's just the Rockies turn to circle the bases. Bad inning or not, Jackson is a very good, quality pitcher.

Faraz Shaikh said...

I didn't see RZ's out of CarGo clearly. Can someone please describe what happened there? was the ball hit to RZ really hard or something?

MicheleS said...

And since the Koolaid crowd has had a fun couple of days, now doubt the doom and gloomers will have their say today.

I am not willing to give up yet, It's only the 1st inning.

Gonat said...
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NatsFanJim said...

Wow, no speed, no movement, no placement. This is a nightmare game for Jackson.

Jimmy said...

Ok, so what is it about this park and Edwin Jackson? He's looked great just about everywhere else.

mick said...

Michele... let me clarify,... I think I would not do anything to lose Gio and if it means using money that the team would use on Ejax, that would be a mistake. if we can keep Ejax without over paying, fine, I agree with Peric and Gonat to pursue a Grienke rather than keep Ejax. this outing reinforces that

NatsFanJim said...

an outman homerun now turns this game into a laugher before 2 outs are recorded.

Gonat said...

EJax has been a notorious bad pitcher in the 1st inning. His start in Baltimore he went 1-2-3 in the 1st and had a great start.

This isn't Coors Field. This is just a pitcher not making good pitches.

A DC Wonk said...

NatsFanJim said...

the prospect of a split with Colorado no matter how many runs scored in games 2 and 3, 'aint' very impressive.


Yeah. I guess merely coming out of Colorado with the best W-L record in the NL will have to suffice.

NatsFanJim said...

how often does this happen? defense goes south along with the pitching.

Faraz Shaikh said...

NatsFanJim, please stop posting wrong info. Not funny!

mick said...

If anything, J Zim should have have had a tough time in this park, instead he came prepared last night, what the heck did Ejax do the last 3 games, he had 3 games to prepare for the Rockies!!

fresh2death1997 said...

I think all these guys have trouble if they can't have a quick inning.

NatsFanJim said...

A D.C Wonk: what you stated is referred to as a

Non-Sequitur.

I pleased though that you think splitting with Rocks is a good thing. haha

mick said...

I am bothered by Ejax mental preparation for this game. He had 3 games to watch these hitters and he came out flat and clueless.

NatsFanJim said...

And what wrong information have I posted, Shafik?

mick said...

agree with Nats fan that a split against a very very bad team is not good.

Gonat said...

Unfortunately pitching records are cumulative and don't allow you to remove your worst start.

I take Steve's 3 keys to the game which he said EJax had to do:

1. Keep Fowler off base
2. Keep Fowler off base
3. Pitch CarGo on the outside

SCNatsFan said...

I hate to say it but I've been waiting for the occasional game Jackson implodes. Hopefully the offense stays on track so something positive comes out of this game.

And, on a bright note, have to think Wang will be safe to pitch today.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Jackson never missed a bat till Fowlers 2 AB.

Faraz Shaikh said...

"an outman homerun now turns this game into a laugher before 2 outs are recorded."

mick said...

only need to get 1-2 runs per inning, there is no 5 run at bat, a little at a time here

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

OK, so I just got here. Criminy, I can't leave you people alone for one inning??

Faraz Shaikh said...

anyways, the game isn't over yet so tecnically no split yet. we can make it 3 in a row. it is not like cy young is pitching at the other end.

NatsFanJim said...

Shafik: an Outman homerun at that time with two on would indeed have made the game a laugher. ???? Just post and don't worry so much about others, Shafeek.

Swift Eagle said...

Haha...The Legion of Doom has returned! Can't wait to see the posts today...Another inning like that and they'll want the team to fold

NatsFanJim said...

We could score double digits again.

mick said...

so I guess our offense decided to take a game off

mick said...

horrible at bat for Morse

NatsFanJim said...

The vibe isnt there, though. Lots of weak swings: let's call them Monday Night swings.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gonat, like I say, I'm not a genius, I do my homework. It also doesn't take a genius to make the observation after the fact.

mick said...

we are facing a pitcher with an 8.00 ERA and it looks lie he may pitch the game of his life. I think the Nats came in today with a lack of respect towards the Rockies and they are paying for it.

NatsFanJim said...

Junky lefties who throw in the dirt gives Nats fits. Look at LaRoche: the ball bounced in front of the plate -- he swings -- and ADD's the dropped third strike.

mick said...

so who wants to play baseball today boys?

NatsFanJim said...

Give it time, Mick. This IS Coors Field

NatsFanJim said...

Why any pitcher throws any National a ball that cuts the plate is beyond me.

mick said...

This would be a good time for Davey to kick some ass in the dugout, that would at least light a fire under them

mick said...

NatsfanJim... I could see us scoring 7-8 if they get their focus back

JaneB said...

What's the deal with people getting snarky so fast? He had a bad inning. It happens. It happens TO us and it happens FOR us. Last night, it was FOR us. It doesn't make EJax a bad pitcher, or a lazy pitcher or an Unobservant pitcher.
He is just having a bad day. Send him good vibes for the next innings, how 'bout?

Gonat said...

Steve, good point.

baseballswami said...

Faraz - no one ever answered you on the RZ trick play. He booted the ball a little, pretended to throw it and caught the runner off base rounding third and tagged him for the out. It worked. Nothing else is working , but that worked. It is Coors, though and there is lots and lots of time left. If it takes this long for each inning, they will get to Atlanta some time next week. And they do have to face Atlanta and the Giants next.

mick said...

OK JaneB..... I'm sending good vibes... please Ejax... pitch good, lol

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

SO, first inning, from Gameday:
Three consecutive singles, CarGo's for an RBI. Helton walked to load the bases.

Nelson hits a ground ball to Zim, where something happened. Run scores, CarGo out at home, one out. 2-0, Rox.

Tyler Colvin hits a 3-run dinger. 5-0.

Nieves singles, Herrera walks. Outman grounds to Desmond, but Espinosa drops the relay, no DP, just a force. Fowler strikes out.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Don't worry, wait for the Nats bats to get Outman second time through.

Swift Eagle said...

Jane, I think there are those on here who will be unhappy until they see the 162-0 version of the Nats...

m20832 said...

I'm not gonna post in this thread due to still enjoying the last two days and don't want it to go away...

mick said...

Ghost... that is what i think too

Faraz Shaikh said...

thank you swami. I just barely caught the play and wasn't 100% whether RZ had a shot at two outs.

mick said...

Wang pitched lasst night, if Ejax has to leave, I guess Gorzo comes in?

MicheleS said...

NatsFanJim.. Some people only have access via this blog to some play by play (other sites are either blocked out or in serious delay), that's why Faraz was asking about the homer run post. So we try only to post what has actually happened.

mick said...

R Zimm's play was old school and TEXT BOOK!

baseballswami said...

Soul -- I can't believe it took you so few words to recap that - seemed like an hour to watch it. He has a very high era at Coors. I am wondering if his body is very sensitive to the altitude because he was really laboring although they have been in CO for a few days now. He truly did not look good physically. We all know that's not how he rolls. Reason for concern that he was missing so far off and his velo was down. Injury?

NatsFanJim said...

Wow. Looked like a perfect pickoff throw by Jackson. E- 1B

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

I think there are those on here who will be unhappy until they see the 162-0 version of the Nats...


Don't kid yourself, they won't be happy. They just won't have as much to [complain] about. It's a habit of thinking, they don't know how to do it the other way.

mick said...

get him otta here now....

NatsFanJim said...

Michele: oh, that makes sense now. thanks

MicheleS said...

You do have to wonder if the altitude is impacting him.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Soul -- I can't believe it took you so few words to recap that.

Professional writer, closed post--don't try that at home. ; )

baseballswami said...

mick - something is really off. The one thing that I just can't understand right now, though, is the obsession with pick off throws. In the first inning he must have thrown 25. Maybe concentrate on getting the ball over the plate. Still- for those of you who can't watch - this does not look like our EJax, afraid he is ill or injured.

mick said...

He had 3 games to watch the Rockie batters and learn from Strass, Gio and Zim. instead he comes in unprepared, its that simple. No excuse for Ejax, he simply stunk it up today.

NatsFanJim said...

Amazing how much the thin air keeps Jackson's pitches straight as an arrow.

Give Ejax some pine tar for those fingers.

Faraz Shaikh said...

thank you Michele.

I will take the outs in any form right now.

another run in by nelson's double.

MicheleS said...

And we have a Gorzo sighting. i am okay with that. It can't get much worse.

NatsFanJim said...

Me thinks the Nats crowed about their hitting prowess a bit much.

Swift Eagle said...

EJax wouldn't be the first pitcher to let Coors Field get in his head...

First time all year he has looked like a 4th starter..

He's a big boy, he'll bounce back

Gonat said...

Nats can score runs in bunches. This is far from over.

mick said...

so we now will split with the worst NL team and 2nd worst team in MLB overall. I hope Ejax learns from this and comes back strong his next outing. Today, he let his team down and its all on him period.

Swift Eagle said...

Haha...After 2 innings you're ready to declare the "hitting prowess" over....

NatsFanJim said...

Talk about messing up the stats -- bear down, Jax

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Jackson keeps trying to throw off-speed, and they are mostly hanging. That last one to Colvin looked like a slider that just didn't. Could be the altitude in the first inning. By the second inning, and a full trip through the lineup, you'd think he'd notice that the breaking stuff is broken.
Not sure I have the stomach to go back through gameday and see what they did hit.

Fear and Ignorance said...

Extra point is up and good. It is now official...John Lannan with better stats through 3 months last year than Jackson has through 3 months this year. And no, none of those hits had anything to do with Coors Field.

MicheleS said...

NatsFanJim.. If you consider 2 days crowing and the other 72 games grinding our teeth.

baseballswami said...

Watching the game - this just doesn't look like an unprepared pitcher at all. If you have been watching him regularly at all, that's out of character, too. This appears to be physical - laboring, weak -- I am thinking he is sensitive to the altitude or ill. I really hope they take him out, not just to stop the scoring, but because I am kind of worried about him.

Faraz Shaikh said...

let's open the floodgates on Outman.

Unknown said...

Splitting this four game series against one of the worst teams in the majors is exactly a reason to celebrate. Someone needs to wake Davey Johnson up from his afternoon nap so he can make a pitching change.

Ron In Reston said...

Mick, they aren't even the worst team in their division, San Diego is behind them

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

So if you don't have velocity, and you don't have command, and you don't have a breaking ball, what do you have? Besides a bullpen, I mean.

mick said...

will probably be up 2 and a half game going into the Braves series. That will be a true test, will Nats win 2of 3 in the series or will they leave Atlanta in 2nd place spiraling downward?

baseballswami said...

Ok - time to start hitting now.

Unknown said...

There is a good reason why Edwin Jackson has pitched for about 6 teams in 6 years.

NatsFanJim said...

haha then our teeth are ground down to the nubs -- hey, let's crow some more!! Plenty of time.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

This is why I stay away from the Game posts. I don't mind the thoughtful analysis, it's the doomsday talk that is tiring.

Gonat said...

TyMo with another great at-bat. Who is this guy?

NatsFanJim said...

Jesus is about due for a bomb.

Swift Eagle said...

Wow. Nothing is proves a point like trotting out John Lannan's 2011 stats...really makes you stop and think

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Is it me, or do they tend to lose some intensity on getaway days? Just asking.

baseballswami said...

Where have we heard this before? The next six games will be a "true test". And it will - because the entire freaking season is one giant endurance test. Starting with today and then going on to the Braves and Giants, neither of which will be a picnic in the park. Let's go guys!

NatsFanJim said...

Unknown: Keep telling yourself: "This is Coors field; this is Coors field." No more, no less.

Gonat said...

Unknown said...
There is a good reason why Edwin Jackson has pitched for about 6 teams in 6 years.

June 28, 2012 4:06 PM
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Please enlighten because I don't know.

Swift Eagle said...

Come on Ghost, this is fun...The Legion of Doom is out in full force today! They'll probably be calling for the implosion of Nats Park by 6th...

fresh2death1997 said...

So jackson is still gonna be in.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Ghost, if it weren't for the logorrhea, I have no idea why anyone pays any attention to him. Just scroll, man. Just scroll. Or light a candle.

Gonat said...

baseballswami said...
Where have we heard this before? The next six games will be a "true test". And it will - because the entire freaking season is one giant endurance test. Starting with today and then going on to the Braves and Giants, neither of which will be a picnic in the park. Let's go guys!

June 28, 2012 4:08 PM
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Every series is a battle within the war.

baseballswami said...

Come on now, buck up, fans! Bright spot = Tyler Moore Wish we had access to the " was it over when..." speech. Plenty of time.

NatsFanJim said...

Atta Boy, Jackson!!! That'll work.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

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Unknown said...
There is a good reason why Edwin Jackson has pitched for about 6 teams in 6 years.

June 28, 2012 4:06 PM
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Please enlighten because I don't know.
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Gonat, it's because a lot of teams are willing to part with value to get him on their side. He's valuable, one bad inning here notwithstanding.

NatsFanJim said...

Espi: 2-15 in this series. Ugh

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

and yes, I know you know that.

NatsFanJim said...

Espi still uppercuts around the pitch.

baseballswami said...

Time for Lombo to get some playing time again?

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

OK, here we come, here we come...

NatsFanJim said...

Hey Hey Hey: we got the bloop, now we need the blast.

harper: lay off the dirt ball sliders, will ya?

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

tying a rally napkin to my ankle now...

RALLY NAPKINS, everybody.

NatsFanJim said...

how did harper lay off that one?

NatsFanJim said...

Harper moves Waaaaay up in the box: Good boy.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Swift, it's just reactive with stupidity. The EJax 6 team comment is case and point.

NatsFanJim said...

Harper moves back. hmm

NatsFanJim said...

blew the 93 past harp??

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

wow, Bryce has the full warpaint on, the stuff that was never going to be allowed in MLB.

NatsFanJim said...

FP makes good point. When you pull off, pitchers will gtive you nothing.

NatsFanJim said...

"Harpe swing and a miss on what appeared to be ball four."

The rookie needs to learn from the other rookie, Moore.

Soul Possession, My Hitterish Sofa said...

case in point, but nevermind.

SCNatsFan said...

Bryce... c'mon

Gonat said...

Philthies just lost.

NatsFanJim said...

Zim gets it done here, watch

Swift Eagle said...

Yes Ghost, it's the stupidity that makes the In-Game thread so funny...It's like watching a new version of "Dumb and Dumber" every inning!

NatsFanJim said...

Oh yeah. Zim gets it done.

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