Friday, July 13, 2012

Game 84: Nats at Marlins

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Jordan Zimmermann opens the second half of the season at Marlins Park.
MIAMI -- Hello from Marlins Park, which doesn't provide quite the same overload of sensations when you make your second trip here. That's probably a good thing.

The Nationals open the second half of their season with a four-game series against a Miami club that dealt with all manner of calamity prior to the All-Star break, resulting in a 41-44 record. That said, the Marlins did sweep the Nats in their previous visit here over Memorial Day week. And as any longtime observer knows, no team in the NL East has been a bigger thorn in the Nationals' side over the years than the Marlins.

Jordan Zimmermann will look to reverse that trend tonight, handed the ball by Davey Johnson first out of the gate. Gio Gonzalez will start tomorrow, with Stephen Strasburg on Sunday, Edwin Jackson on Monday and then Ross Detwiler on Tuesday against the Mets in D.C. Drew Storen is not going to be activated off the disabled list quite yet; he made a two-inning rehab appearance for Class A Potomac last night, so it'll be at least another day or two until we see him.

Plenty of live updates and analysis here from this amusement park of a baseball stadium, plus be sure to check back around 5 p.m. for news of the Nats' contract negotiations with first-round pick Lucas Giolito...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Indoors
NATIONALS (49-34)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jesus Flores
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

MARLINS (41-44)
SS Jose Reyes
2B Omar Infante
1B Carlos Lee
LF Logan Morrison
3B Hanley Ramirez
RF Justin Ruggiano
CF Emilio Bonifacio
C John Buck
RHP Josh Johnson

UMPIRES
HP Jeff Kellogg (cc), 1B Eric Cooper, 2B Marty Foster, 3B D.J. Reyburn

7:10 p.m. -- The second half of the season is underway, and for some reason the Nationals are wearing red helmets with their road uniforms. That's new. They're still wearing navy blue caps.

7:18 p.m. -- Well, that was a Bryce Harper top of the first if ever there was one. He blooped a little base hit to left field, then forced Logan Morrison into booting the ball and thus advanced to second on the error. He didn't tag up on Ryan Zimmerman's flyout to right, but seconds later he noticed Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes talking to Josh Johnson near the mound and wound up swiping third base. Nobody in the park was paying attention ... including your humble beat writer. Unfortunately, Harper's hustle didn't result in anything because Michael Morse was called out looking at a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner.

7:25 p.m. -- A strong bottom of the first for Jordan Zimmermann. He wasn't helped by Morse, who was slow to charge in on Carlos Lee's bloop single to right. But no worries. Zimmermann still needed only 12 pitches to get through the inning. Scoreless after one.

7:35 p.m. -- Looks like Ian Desmond is picking up right where he left off at the All-Star break. He roped a base hit to right, scoring Adam LaRoche (who doubled off the right-field fence) and recording his 52nd RBI of the season. I talked to Desmond this afternoon about sitting out the All-Star Game, and he said the rest definitely did his oblique muscle good. Said he completely shut himself down for three days before joining the rest of the team here in Miami yesterday for a workout. Whatever he did worked in the top of the second, because the Nats now lead 1-0.

7:55 p.m. -- Barkeep, another round of cortisone shots for me and all my friends! Ryan Zimmerman puts a dent into the Home Run Thingamajig for a two-run blast, his ninth of the season. And since Harper was on base at the time, it gives the Nats a 3-0 lead. More importantly, Zim wins the giant stuffed teddy bear!

8:13 p.m. -- It's been a bit ragged at times, but Zimmermann has gotten the job done through three innings. He's allowed three soft singles and a walk, and that's all. He did have an errant pickoff throw in the bottom of the third for an error, but he bounced back to strike out Carlos Lee with two outs and a man in scoring position. Forty-five pitches (31 strikes) overall for JZ. We go to the fourth, the Nats leading 3-0.

8:30 p.m. -- There was nothing ragged about the bottom of the fourth for Zimmermann. He mowed right through the heart of the Marlins lineup, striking out Morrison, Ramirez and Ruggiano in succession. That's four straight strikeouts now for Jordan, whose slider is absolutely filthy tonight. Still 3-0 after four.

9:02 p.m. -- Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond can do no wrong right now. LaRoche is 3-for-3 and has scored twice. Desmond is 2-for-3 with a bunt single, a stolen base and then a great read on Jesus Flores' bloop single to left. He very nearly lapped LaRoche coming around third, which could have been a complete disaster. But all was fine in the end and both guys scored. It's 5-0 Nats in the sixth and Josh Johnson has been knocked out of the game.

9:15 p.m. -- With a sliding catch from Bryce Harper in shallow center field, Zimmermann has now completed six scoreless innings on 87 pitches (61 strikes). He's retired 14 of the last 16 batters he's faced and is showing no signs of letting up. Still 5-0 Nats as we head to the seventh.

9:20 p.m. -- Here's your stat of the night: There are only two starting pitchers in the majors this season who have gone at least six innings in all 18 of their starts. Jordan Zimmermann is one. Justin Verlander is the other.

9:27 p.m. -- And six innings is all Zimmermann will go tonight, because Davey Johnson just summoned Henry Rodriguez for the bottom of the seventh. Very curious move that will obviously need to be explained after the game.

9:42 p.m. -- Well that was ... uh, interesting. Rodriguez entered with a five-run lead and immediately threw three balls to Hanley Ramirez, only to come back and strike him out on a 98 mph fastball. He then walked two straight batters and allowed two stolen bases, bringing Steve McCatty out to the mound for what appeared to be a forceful conversation. John Buck then blooped an RBI single to right to end the shutout, and that's all Davey Johnson needed to see. Out came Henry -- why exactly he was pitching at all is beyond me -- and in came Michael Gonzalez to face pinch-hitter Austin Kearns. Yes, that Austin Kearns, who smoked the very first pitch right back at Gonzalez, who doubled up Buck at first base and snuffed out the rally dead in its tracks. So after all that, we go to the eighth inning of what is now a 5-1 game.

9:53 p.m. -- Bottom of the eighth forthcoming. It'll be Ryan Mattheus out of the bullpen.

10:01 p.m. -- Apparently Davey watched the All-Star Game, because he's doing his best impression of Tony La Russa right now. Mattheus gets two outs, and in comes Sean Burnett to face Logan Morrison. So for those keeping track, Davey is using four different relievers to record six outs with his team up four runs.

10:13 p.m. -- Onto the bottom of the ninth at least. Tyler Clippard will close this one out in a non-save situation.

10:29 p.m. -- That'll do it. Clippard finishes off a 5-1 victory as the Nats secure their first-ever win at Marlins Park. Win No. 50 of the season comes in Game No. 84.

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Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Mark, are they closing the roof, then?

Daniel said...

Normally I read this blog and root for the Nats, but when they play my Fish...Best of luck, Washington, but I do hope Miami takes another series.

Tcostant said...

Welcome back baseball - I missed you.

I'm betting we don't see Drew Storen activated until Tuesday in D.C.

Faraz Shaikh said...

I didn't know there were Fish fans among us.

Anyways, pumped for baseball being back and Nats back to their winning ways.

JD said...

only 3 1st rounders still unsigned:

Gausman - Baltimore
Appel - Pitsburgh
Giolito -Nats

peric said...

I'm betting we don't see Drew Storen activated until Tuesday in D.C.

And they might just push him out the full 31 days ... he has to be considered a trade possibility since he was in the past. Nothing has changed in that regard.

Scooter said...

oboy oboy oboy oboy oboy they're gonna play a game! A real live game!!!1!

Faraz Shaikh said...

Why would you trade him now? To get what in return? A lead-off hitter until Werth returns?

peric said...

Gausman - Baltimore
Appel - Pitsburgh
Giolito -Nats


Oh my gawd! A Boras client and the Angel'Os? (Of course!)

Please Mike Rizzo get us out of there!

alm said...

We played scrabble last night - scrabble!!

Welcome back Nats, we missed you.

Fry the fish ;>)

peric said...

Why would you trade him now? To get what in return? A lead-off hitter until Werth returns?

Everybody likes to think short-term, while the Nats FO is always thinking long-term (with the exception of the Werth deal but nobody is perfect)?

If they are going to get a slot-in replacement for Strasburg its going to be somebody with the equivalent talent level of Stras and Gio who is under 30 and under team control. That is the ONLY scenario I foresee and it is always a possibility given this FO.

They will not Dempster dive, they will not go for Bourn.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

JZim has two recent loses when the bull pen couldn't hold the lead. Tonight lets go all way Zim.

peric said...

JZim has two recent loses when the bull pen couldn't hold the lead. Tonight lets go all way Zim.

Zimmermann will win the most games of any starter in the 2nd half when its needed most. The guy is a bull.

#4 said...

On another note, they also need to say no to the three month rental. In a previous life I was a Detroit Tiger fan. In 1987, the Tigers faced a similar situation, locked in a pennant race and needing one more arm. They traded for Doyle Alexander from the Braves who proceeded to go 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA to put the Tigers over the top in the AL East. The player they gave up? John Smoltz. As a Tiger fan I would have rather had the 20 years of Smoltz than one division title.


mick said...

and what happen, The Twins who won the AL west with only 83 wins upset your Tigers in the playoffs that season. The Tigers I believe won over 100 games that season

The actually won 98. and you've made my point exactly. The play-offs are such a dart throwing exercise that it's not worth mortgaging the future.

#4 said...

The Twins won 85 - fewer games won than FOUR teams in the AL East that year. The Yanks finished 4th with 89 wins. Back then it was really tough to make the play-offs in the AL East.

Doc said...

Good to know that you are on the beat down in Miami, Mark!

GooooooooooooooooooNaaaaaaaaaaaaats!!!!!!!

MicheleS said...

i would like fried Fish for dinner! GYFNG!

peric said...

Looks like Amanda didn't make it back ...

peric said...

30 minutes to judgement day for Mike Rizzo ... lots of caterwauling about it being another Crow should he fail in his mission.

peric said...

Endy Chavez replaces Xavier Avery? The O's are going old ... and fast.

hiramhover said...

lots of caterwauling about it being another Crow should he fail in his mission.

Ok, I'll bite--who exactly, are said caterwaulers? Or do you just mean yourself?

TimDz said...

4:52 PM...
Do YOU know if your 2012 first round draft pick has signed?

NatsLady said...

At least the deadline isn't at midnight...

NatsLady said...

Nathan Fenno ‏@nathanfenno
Drew Storen will make another rehab appearance for Harrisburg. "His arm's not quite there," Davey Johnson said. #Nationals

peric said...

Ok, I'll bite--who exactly, are said caterwaulers? Or do you just mean yourself?

Not me. Chris Needham has his needles sharpened and ready. Not sure but NFA Brian was never very happy about how the whole Crow deal went down. #FireJimBowden. Then there's NationalsProspects.com.

They might recover some if Rizzo goes out and signs the 25th-27th round picks overslot. All are pretty decent prospects. Thrown in #15. Still after the Crow fiasco ... its not going to be pretty.

peric said...

Ok, I'll bite--who exactly, are said caterwaulers? Or do you just mean yourself?

Needham_Chris: Test. This is a test. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! #FIRERIZZO B OOOOOOO This was only a test.

Does that answer your question Hiram Hover? Lots of Nats aficionados just as invested in seeing the Nats as perennial winners as the many newbies who just want to see Strasburg burn out his arm going for the WS this year.

Some of us actually have brains.

NatsLady said...

Jim Callis ‏@jimcallisBA
#Nationals have signed 1st-rder Lucas Giolito.

Drew said...

If true, WOO HOO!

NatsLady said...

Oh, Ye of little faith.

NatsLady said...

Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko
There it is. #Nats exceed bonus pool limit and will pay a tax, but don't spend full amount. RT @keithlaw: Nats sign Giolito. $2.925 million.

peric said...

Yay! Rizzo once again completed Job #1!

JD said...

I hate to say I told you so but I told you so. They exceeded the max but not to the point of losing draft picks. As always last minute deal.

hiramhover said...

Glad to hear the tweets that the deal is done!

And peric - I'm sure the fire Rizzo crowd will find something else to get themselves ginned up about.

peric said...

Lucas Giolito-->Auburn

Drew said...

Great news. Fantastic.

With flamethrowers Giolito and Meyer in the stable I feel a lot better about trading A.J. Cole.

SonnyG10 said...

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Hooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

peric said...

Orioles and Nats succeed, but the Pirates with a Boras client fail.

peric said...

With flamethrowers Giolito and Meyer in the stable I feel a lot better about trading A.J. Cole.

And so does the system. With righty Giolito and lefty Moneyham the arsenal of power pitchers again gains depth.

Brian Hernandez said...

So now we can say that taking Giolito at #16 was a BRILLIANT strategy, as well as using several subsequent picks to (over-)draft sure-fire signees under their benchmark amounts. Wow! Remember, Rizzo detractors, this coulda easily backfired. Give Rizzo credit for taking the smart gamble and winning. This is how teams get a leg up on the competition!! Giolito is probably going to be a lot better than a #16 pick would imply.

The future looks bright!

:-)

Grandstander said...

So, can someone more enlightened than me explain in more depth about the fine? Does it multiply over time or something? What's the disincentive beyond just paying a few more bucks?

NatsJack in Florida said...

What did I tell everbody?

peric said...

Give Rizzo credit for taking the smart gamble and winning. This is how teams get a leg up on the competition!! Giolito is probably going to be a lot better than a #16 pick would imply.

All or nothing draft. If they didn't sign Giolito it would have been a horrible draft. That was a pretty big gamble.

Steady Eddie said...

peric @ 5:18: If they didn't sign Giolito it would have been a horrible draft

So the LHP Mooneyham you touted as a "power pitcher at 5:14 is "horrible"?

hiramhover said...

Grandstander

If you actually have the stomach for it, the CBA in on-line:

http://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/pdf/cba_english.pdf

the relevant portion is on p. 270-71. A team that goes up to 5% over its total ppol has to pay a 75% "tax" on that overage; if they go 5% or more over, they suffer that penalty, plus are prevented from offering more than $500K to more than 1 pick in the following year's draft; over 10%, they start losing draft picks.

So short answer: yes, they pay 75% "tax" on something like $100-150K. No big whoop.

peric said...

The Braves ARE getting desperate. They're putting Ben Sheets in the rotation.

peric said...

So the LHP Mooneyham you touted as a "power pitcher at 5:14 is "horrible"?

There really isn't all that much after those two ... until the 25th, 26th, and 27th rounds. Those three could make a draft decent as opposed to horrible but they weren't signed now were they?

peric said...

The Phillies failed to sign their 2nd rounder ... Be interesting to see how Keith Law grades this draft.

baseballswami said...

About Storen--perhaps the Nats have finally learned their lesson about bringing players back too soon . I am ok with them using every day of their rehab.

SonnyG10 said...

Man do we have a good GM or what! I hope they pay him well so he never leaves.

NatsLady said...

O's also went over slot. Gonna be some fines paid, I guess.

SonnyG10 said...

I wonder who gets to keep the fines. Bud Selig?

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

The money gets distributed to "small market" teams according to some double-secret formula.

natsfan1a said...

Ah, baseball. Let me see if I remember how it works. It's a simple game, as I recall. You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. Yes, I do believe that's the way it's done. Batter up.

Go, Jordan! Go, NATS!!

baseballswami said...

Take a deep breath-- here we go!!!

sm13 said...

First place Nats back in action! Let's get some runs for Jordan.

Positively Half St. said...

Daniel-

You are welcome here, of course, but we are not Fish fans. Your input and perspective would be really interesting, if you can get past the ill-wishes for Miami.

+1/2St.

JaneB said...

After a long real baseball drought.... Baseball!!!
GYFNG! Drown those fish. Have fun NatsJack!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Sweet......Flo-Rida throws like a girl but did get the pitch from the mound to the catcher on the fly.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Buckle up, everybody. It's a pennant race, and we're under way in the second half. It's going to be one long joy rider.

GYFNG!!

Swift Eagle said...

NO!! Can't change helmet colors now!

"Never F*** with a winning streak" Crash Davis

Besides, they look like the Angels...

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Nicely done, kid! Way to hustle.

Swift Eagle said...

WOW!! Just like little league!!

sm13 said...

I noticed the helmets, too. I wondered if they just shipped the wrong ones to Miami.

JaneB said...

SaWEET! Go bryce

joemktg said...

I've got 14U boys that I would ream out if I saw that. Not acceptable.

JaneB said...

That was NOT A STRIKE! Incredible.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

I've got 14U boys that I would ream out if I saw that. Not acceptable.

Just got here. What happened?

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

oh, and I've always found anger to be the enemy of instruction. Just sayin.

joemktg said...

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa: Harper on 2nd; SS and 3B have a brief conference on the edge of the grass as P starts to walk to top of bump; Harper takes off and steals 3rd. Smart by Harper, not MLB smart by Marlins.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

But I did tune in just in time to see ball four to Morse. Geez what a bad call, again.

RE-PLAY!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Ah, somebody forgot to call time. Got it.

Swift Eagle said...

Gameday still on break? Not working for me...

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

well, "ask for" time. I sorta did that once in a game, catching, going out to talk to the pitcher, I asked for time, but didn't wait to see if I got it. HP didn't hear me, apparently, and the base ump saw me ask, but never called it.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Golly, I love hearing Johnny.
"LaRoche flying around ... rounding ... [would you believe] headed for second."

efowl4 said...

Anyone having trouble with MLB.tv? Have the commercial "this game will begin shortly screen" screen on all my devices.

JaneB said...

Hmmm. I don't love hearing Johnny so much. Wish it was all FP.

Swift Eagle said...

J. Holliday...talk about a guy who's lost his fastball...I've already switched over to Charlie and Dave

My MLBtv is working, but no Gameday available yet

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

You kinda have to roll with him, JaneBee

Feel Wood said...

Johnny Holliday on PBP. Gonna be a looooooooong four day weekend. Second inning of the first game and he's already sounding confused.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

FWood, true, but he has such nice pipes doing it.

djinFl. said...

We can not get the radio crew through gameday.
Stuck with Marlins tv crew, that blackout rule.

Feel Wood said...

Nice pipes are a good thing for a top 40 DJ or a dinner theater actor. For a PBP announcer, way overrated.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

I spose. I just like listening to him wrestle the pxp to a draw. And FP is mostly letting him twist there.

djinFl. said...

Well you could have an interview with kids in grass skirts and not see the Lombo hit. Then there was the setting of the infield and not see Harp steal. I will take Johnny any day.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Harper has shaved the beard, again. Working on that 2-part double-decker moustache.

FP, I love you man, but Harper is not a "very very good outfielder," and if he "did not miss a fly ball" in the All-Star game, well, he didn't catch it.

Feel Wood said...

Johnny Holliday is doing the impossible. He's making me long for the MASN Orioles combined broadcast booth.

Swift Eagle said...

Ryan hits the centerpiece!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Zimm didn't miss that! BangZoom! center field!

3-0 Nats.

NatsLady said...

Good, some runs for JZ.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

I like the red hardhats with this grey road uni.

ehay2k said...

Best comment by Johnny H. - "That pitch didn't work, did it FP?"

Zimmnn only needs to hit a dinger himself to have a comfy lead.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

I like how Jordan Zimmermann heads to the ball on foul popups. I don't want him running into railings, I just like that he plays baseball, not just pitches.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

And a nice hard single for LEFTY Danny to lead off the fourth.

mick said...

I love Johnny H, he is an icon and a class act

ehay2k said...

Crazy DP turned by Infante. But either way, I believe the inning would have been over because Zimnn would have hit into a standard DP.

ehay2k said...

Mick, Johnny is indeed and icon, but he is a pretty pixelated one these days.

JaneB said...

Open mouth closed mouth! I had no idea!! Thank you FP!!!

Swift Eagle said...

All these pitches the Marlins are complaining about have been strikes per Pitch F/X...Get them back in the box!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Jane, think of a very exaggerated YOOOOOOUUUUUU with pursed lips, vs. MEEEEEE stretched wide through clenched teeth.

DWS said...

Apparently "The Game Will Begin Shortly". Took a night off to watch it. Sure hope it's archived.
So far so good. Gameday will have to suffice.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

which also works in Spanish. Not sure what they do in Japan.

ehay2k said...

Well, for Spanish-speaking Japanese, it's the same.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

That's a good point, ehay.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Oh, and to answer my own question at the top of the post, yes, the roof is closed. Ozzie said he has requested it be open, because G-d is clearly not hearing his prayers as it is, and he'd like to make it easier. I wonder if he's considered what would happen if he makes heaven actually watch his team play. Could backfire. Just sayin.

ehay2k said...

Good point about the roof. Not sure G-d would be wild about the stadium or uniform colors either. Not seen in nature, and all that...

But, I bet there's a Castro listening on AM radio, so Ozzie's got that going for him, which is nice.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Yeah, did anyone ask Fidel if he is an Ozzie Guillen fan?

ehay2k said...

Maybe he reads NI and will post a repsonse?

JaneB said...

I partly blame FP for this and I love Jesus, I do, but I am
Really Missing Wilson now.

ehay2k said...

LaRoche's value just grows and grows.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

So how many innings is that, where Znn walks off the field with a K for the final out?

ehay2k said...

I love me some Desi. He got Hanley that time.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Take a strike, Flores, let Desmond get to second.

JaneB said...

Would be good if the PBP guy knew a ball from a strike. I'll shut up now.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Better still if the HP ump did, Jane. Just sayin.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

WOW, Desmond scored from second on that??!!

GREAT baserunning!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

How much you want to bet Mark is out of the box?

Swift Eagle said...

Even Flores thought that was going to be caught. Great read by Ian

ehay2k said...

"Dangit!!! - why didn't Flores go to Second? Gaah - these Nats are infuriating."

This Complimentary Neganon post brought to you by Maalox.

Nice bloop Flores, and great base running Desi. Just don't give LaRoche a flat tire. Man was he close behind him!

JaneB said...

I love Ian Desmond. That is all.

JaneB said...

I'm sorry Johnny. WHAT is the score??????

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

JaneB said...

I love Ian Desmond. That is all.

You speak for all of us on that count, Jane.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

@MicheleS: It's beer stein night next Friday against the Braves? I'm off that night. You interested? I'll buy (tickets, that is). Let me know.

JaneB said...

I feel bad because I'm not usually a negative person but sheesh!
When did Jose cut his hair?

Our guys are playing like real big leaguers, making runs and Jordan is bringing it. Think of all the new fans this is making.

NatsJack in Florida said...

The Wave......awfull.

JaneB said...

Web gem from Harper!!!!

DannyEllinosa said...

Jane, gotta love Johnny. Our own dotty Godfather of DC Airwaves on PBP. Kind of a test to see if we're all paying attention!

JaneB said...

Zimm has arrived for real. This is how we will feel about Stras next year.
Jack, help the wave. It only hurts the home team.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Maybe that's it, DannyEllinosa. It's like watching a game with your grandfather, who knew Hank Aaron personally, but gets the baseball parts wrong half the time. You're watching the game, too, so you don't need much pxp really. It's just fun hanging out.

Or not, in some cases. YMMV.

MicheleS said...

Sunshine.. I wish I could go, but I am actually going to be in Cooperstown for the Hall of fame Inductions Ceremonies (honoring Ron Santo for my Pops) And i am such a sucker for free stuff!

MicheleS said...

JaneB.. Marlins have a hair length rull like the Yankees, Jose cut his hair on MLB Network before the season began (Harold Reynolds cut some of it off)

JaneB said...

MicherleS you can have my beer stein.

sjm308 said...

Test

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

No problem, MicheleS, we'll do it later. Great that you're going to the Hall. Will be a great day for Chicago. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Tell me all about it when you get back.

Any chance you're going out to the matinee on Thursday? Will be with Wanda, my 83-year-old mother-in-law. You two would REALLY hit it off! We'll be in 134 ... next to last row, in the shade.

sjm308 said...

MicheleleS enjoy Cooperstown! So much fun

UnkyD said...

Checking in with gameday... Looks like JZ is on the attack? Not so much with the nibbling? We really do have three Aces!

GYFNG!!!!!

JaneB said...

Gulp

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

The resurrection of MPH Rod has begun: in a meaningful game, in a pennant race, middle of the Fish order. Mow 'em down!

Swift Eagle said...

Davey???

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

Heeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrre's Henry!

(who's warming up?)

NatsLady said...

Really, the Marlins have a hair length rule? So Ozzie is ok with bad language but not hair?

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

(Michael Gonzalez)

JaneB said...

Henry!!! That's a good one!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

In some ways, Henry is like a knuckleball pitcher. No one knows where the ball is going, and you pretty much can't hit it anyway, so he just throws until you strike out or walk; rinse and repeat.

Faraz Shaikh said...

haha good comparison sofa.

Faraz Shaikh said...

my gameday is not working. anyone else having same problem?

mick said...

why do I feel like Fred G Sanford everytime HRod pitches? lol

JaneB said...

Oh my. Davey????

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Yep, JZim with another Ace start. Like I said, why wasn't he an All-Star.

MicheleS said...

Is a 5-0 lead enough for Henry (and us)... mmm.. going to find the Maalox..

Sunshine, won't be at Matinee, will be heading up to NY That day. I would love to meet the Mother In Law!

MicheleS said...

For love of my stomach lining! GOOD GRIEF! I don't know if I can take this!

Faraz Shaikh said...

why do you do this to yourself Davey?

mick said...

its the big one Elizabeth!!! lol

phil dunton said...

Where is the short leash for this turkey?? This guy deserves no more chances.

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

I do NOT like what I'm seeing in Henry's eyes right now.

I've seen that look before, and it's always bad.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Come on Henry. Shut down!

JaneB said...

Why dO you dO this to US Davey? And to
Our guys???

Swift Eagle said...

Why??? Giving them life! We have trouble with the Marlins as is, needed to put them away,,,

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I have broken out my second half case of bourbon and Maalox. Now Henry, this has to last the entire rest of the season, pal.

Pitch to the mitt, not the backstop, please.

mick said...

I'm coming to join you Elizabeth!!! take care of the junk yard, Lamont, you big dummy!

JaneB said...

I'm
Snatching myself bald.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I guess Davey is out of stomach lining too.

phil dunton said...

Henry leaves with a big smile on his mug--how insulting!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

that's not a smile, phil.

mick said...

I think we know who goes down when Storen comes back

JaneB said...

Thank you Michael!!!!

jeffwx said...

show em how it's done, MG

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

yeah, his mouth got wider, but that's humiliation.

Swift Eagle said...

Strange move by Davey...Jordan was cruising

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

One-pitch DP.

Now that will preserve the bourbon and Maalox supply!

Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa said...

So, as I was about to say, you people worry too much.

Secret wasian man said...

SHAME ON YOU DAVEY JOHNSON. Your players deserve better.

Faraz Shaikh said...

I will take it.

mick said...

I hope Davey has seen enough of Henry for 2012, I know I have

NatsLady said...

Well, one-pitch Gonzalez to the rescue! I dunno about Henry... Saw CMW made a throwing error and gave up 3 runs. Maybe not the best day for "projects"? Senators didn't score any runs so he took the loss.

UnkyD said...

Well Henry..... ?
Davey may be noticing some writing...On the wall?

Rats

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Obviously Davey is crazier than us. Unless JZim said something no reason to take him out with 86 pitches. Also Hrod afte the second walk would have on the pine. What is he thinking. Mark find out please this idiotic.

Section 135 said...

No place for an HRod on a team competing for the division. He's talented but that won't help you in September when you can't throw strikes. Throw in his 5 cent head and I can't see him ever pitching in meaningful games in sept. Everyone else in the bullpen has a role and some value.

Swift Eagle said...

Against the Nats, the Marlins are never out of a game...I really wanted to see Jordan shut them out...

peric said...

why do you do this to yourself Davey?

They need H-Rod for the stretch run ... its 5 to zippy? When else do you put the guy in the game? There's also the possibility of raising his trade value. Or seeing if they can stick with Henry in lieu of someone else?

Henry's is working himself out of a job ... not with the run scoring hit. But with the walk and the almost wild pitches.

NatsLady said...

Yes, I'm a little surprised at Davey, he said he was going to leave the starters in longer, and what was the reason to take JZ out? I would love to build him up to a complete game!

Drew said...

What was Davey Johnson thinking?

What was he watching?

Where was he going?

Secret wasian man said...

I don't care how good the apple pie is HR is bringing to Daveys house. CMON!!!! This isn't rec league.

mick said...

The only defense for Davey is that, a 5-0 game was a good time to find out if Henry was ready to be a significant factor for this team the second half of the season. Now it should be clear that HRod should be shut down for 2012 and give him one more shot in 2013.

phil dunton said...

Didn't the Nationals learn anything from their terrible Daniel Cabera experience? Fast ball pitchers with absolutely no control are nothing more than big teases.

mick said...

phil.... excellent point!

JaneB said...

I get the upside of Henry. I do. But I am ready for someone else to get his head right . This is Serious Baseball now.

djinFl. said...

Davey continues to save his staff for a late season run.
I wish he would do it without risking our hearts, livers or stomach linings.

Secret wasian man said...

We were 1 swing from game being 5-4. you want to give Henry a chance? wait for 10-0

mick said...

My guess is that both HRod and Wang are done this year. This means there is room for only Storen and Lannan, or Storen and Dempster/Grienke?

My guess is that it will be Lannan and Storen

NatsLady said...

Danny--lefty again! Nice.

MicheleS said...

Mick is on fire tonight! Love the old Sanford and Sons quotes..

And super happy that Danny has gotten a couple of hits tonight!

mick said...

yes sir Danny!

peric said...

I think we know who goes down when Storen comes back

No more options left on Henry. They'd have to try to trade him because they know he'll get claimed once they waive him. Its still a choice between Stammen and Mattheus who are still a phone call away. Its a competition between Mattheus, Storen, H-Rod, and to a lesser extent Stammen who is the long-man/spot starter on the right side. Clippard is the closer.

mick said...

lol micheleS

MicheleS said...

Mike Gonzalez.. who knew! So far kind of a nice suprise.

Where is Carp?

mick said...

peric, Stammen has to stay, I think I would move Gorzo down and just let HRod go period

if there is room, why not bring up a Rosenbaum just for the experience

Swift Eagle said...

What the???

mick said...

why Danny, why Bo

MicheleS said...

Does Gorzo even have an Option? I didn't think he did (I thought we had hashed out how has options and who doesn't)

I get why Davey brought HROD in. the 5-0 lead was enough and he had Mike G warming up pretty quick. I do see another "cough" injury to HROD before too long

Swift Eagle said...

it's 5-1 right?? They're playing like it' 10-1..I'm blaming the helmets...

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