Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Game 88: Mets at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats return home tonight to open a key series against the Mets.
After a somewhat disappointing four-game split in Miami, the Nationals return to D.C. for what has the makings of a very important homestand: Three games against the third-place Mets, followed by four games in three days against the second-place Braves.

"Oh, no doubt about it," Davey Johnson said after last night's 5-3 loss. "But I think we're in good shape. The whole lineup's swinging the bat good. Our pitchers are throwing the ball good. Bring 'em on."

The Nationals currently are six games up on the Mets (who have lost four straight) so there's actually an opportunity here to deal New York's surprise playoff hopes a series blow. Ross Detwiler gets the first crack tonight, facing fellow left-hander Jonathon Niese.

After flying home from Miami, I've got the night off. But Chase Hughes will have you covered with game updates and all the evening's other news and notes, so please check back...

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Sunny, 96 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF
NATIONALS (51-36)
2B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse


1B Adam LaRoche
LF Tyler Moore
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jesus Flores
LHP Ross Detwiler

METS (46-43)
SS Ruben Tejada
2B Ronny Cedeno
3B David Wright
RF Scott Hairston
LF Jason Bay
1B Ike Davis
CF Andres Torres
C Mike Nickeas
LHP Jonathon Niese

UMPIRES
HP - Angel Hernandez
1B - Mark Carlson
2B - Chris Conroy
3B - Tim Timmons

7:15 p.m. -- It was announced as 99 degrees for the game's first pitch. Rosss Detwiler got out of the first inning on just nine pitches with no men allowed on base.

7:22 p.m. -- Harper got on with a one-out single, but was stranded after consecutive strikeouts by Zimmerman and Morse. Zimm went down swinging on a high fastball and Morse was retired looking on a high pitch he thought was out of the zone. 0-0 as we go to the second.

7:32 p.m. -- Scott Hairston led off the second with a single up the middle. Jason Bay then grounded into a double play to clear the bases. Ike Davis then got on with a single and was moved to third on a hit by Andres Torres, but a Nickeas grounder to Zimmerman ended the frame. Detwiler now up to 28 pitches through two, 22 of those strikes.

7:44 p.m. -- The Nats were retired in order to finish the second inning. Detwiler allowed a single to Ruben Tejada, but got out of the inning on a Cedeno double play. Detwiler is at 38 pitches through thee innings.

7:55 p.m. -- Still scoreless as we head to the bottom of the fourth. The Mets went three-and-out in the top of the inning on a Morse catch in deep right field, a Hairston strikeout, and a groundout by Jason Bay. Morse's catch was a beauty, on a ball hit to the wall by David Wright the Nats' right fielder slammed into the United Airlines sign when he leaped to make the grab.

8:08 p.m. -- Looks like a pitcher's duel here at Nationals Park. No score as we go to the bottom of the fifth inning. The Nats will look to improve on their one-hit performance so far. Detwiler got out of the fifth with another solid inning, now has 56 pitches on the night. Niese takes the mound with 53 through his first four.

8:11 p.m. -- And after I called it a pitchers' duel, Tyler Moore takes the first pitch of his at-bat over the right-center field fence. That is his fifth homer of the year. 1-0 Nationals

8:24 p.m. -- Another great frame by Detwiler in the 6th, he has allowed just four hits and zerio walks on 68 pitches (50 strikes). It could all unravel soon, but so far Detwiler has had little trouble setting down the Mets lineup. Top of the order up next for Washington.

8:41 p.m. -- Detwiler got out of the seventh after allowing a leadoff double to David Wright. Wright hit a ball deep to right-center field and it fell just inches away from Morse's glove as he tried to track it down.

8:51 p.m. --
Sean Burnett comes in to take over for Detwiler in the eighth, the Nats starter leaves with 0 ER, 5 H, 4 SO, 0 BB through 7.0. He threw 86 total pitches with 62 of those strikes. Solid night for Det.

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SonnyG10 said...

Now begins a crucial home stand. Dog fight or cruise?

NatsLady said...

So nice to see Nats Park picture at the top of the game post! That is all.

Tcostant said...

Heading to the park. Looking for a win!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

"Bring 'em on."

Have I told you lately how much I like Davey Johnson?

Manager of the year, unanimously, and retire the award and name it after Davey. There, I said it.

peric said...

Like Davey I like the makeup, both athletic and noological, of this year's roster win lose or draw. They've already made so much progress that's great to see!

Marty said...

At least we get Jason Bay in the line-up this evening :)

Section 222 said...

Pennant race baseball in DC. Wow!

peric said...

Dog fight: Nobody is out of it.

Grandstander said...

At least we get Jason Bay in the line-up this evening :)

Dude! Get up, spin around 3 times and spit! There's no need to say stuff like that.

TimDz said...

Off topic....

The Potomac Nationals are FINALLY getting a new ballpark ...
It will be right off I-95 in Woodbridge ...
Maybe our prospects will stop skipping the area...

Wendell said...

My sister lives in Rome, GA, where the Braves have their Class A affiliate. Their ballpark is a gem! Great place to see a game.

Marty said...

Dude! Get up, spin around 3 times and spit! There's no need to say stuff like that.

Eh, I get your point, but I was meaning more from a distraction standpoint.

JD said...

Peric,

The Phills are just about cooked. Win 2 of 3 from the Mets and they will join the fish on life support at least as far as the division is concerned.

NatsLady said...

Nats Park at the top of the game thread. YES!

Davey, don't be a tough guy. It's hot. Take Det out after 5 or 6.

NatsLady said...

Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko
Lucas Giolito will report to #Nats minor league complex at Viera tomorrow. Will get on the mound and team will assess where he's at.

Doc said...

I guess Desi's still working with his masseuse.

NatsLady said...

Matt Joyce came off an oblique. He was out for a month. Hope it doesn't come to that for Desi.

ExposedinDC said...

Surprised to see Lombo in the lead off spot, Espi has been on a little bit of a roll.

A DC Wonk said...

Uh, wait a minute. I thought when a LHP goes, Espi leads off. Lombo's average is something like .179 from the right side, isn't it?

A DC Wonk said...

Exposed -- I owe you a coke ;-)

NatsJack in Florida said...

Count me as one that has seen solid improvement from the left side from Espinosa. Looks like he may be able to lead off when Werth returns.

ExposedinDC said...

Diet please.......

A DC Wonk said...

Tcostant said...

Sonny made my point, Storen is not "servicable" until he knows (and the Nationals know) that he can go back-to-back games. Once you come up, you expect business as usual.

I don't get that. Why? If he can be lights out every other night, that's a big benefit, no? Further, he's not going to start as a closer anyway. So, let him pitch the 7th every other night for a while if he can get 'em out.

A DC Wonk said...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Count me as one that has seen solid improvement from the left side from Espinosa. Looks like he may be able to lead off when Werth returns.

So, why isn't he leading off tonight?

JD said...

NatsJack,

I don't love Espi at leadoff; too many strike outs. He profiles just like Desi and is much better off batting down in the order.

My candidate for leadoff - Jayson Werth.

peric said...

Espinosa is still a work in progress ... as Desmond was in his sophomore year. As Lombardozzi, Harper, and Solano are in their rookie years. And this will be (if he makes it) Flores first full year. Given all of that they aren't doing too shabby ... now are they?

peric said...

My candidate for leadoff - Jayson Werth.

When Riggleman tried that his batting average plummeted to Mendoza levels. If Werth must be in the lineup I would bat him second and Harper first. Harper is the BEST guy on this team when it comes to making something happen ... if he is in that spot you know he will do everything he can to get something started, get on base. Then you can bat Werth albeit I am not expecting much from Jayson.

A DC Wonk said...

I like Harper at lead-off, too.

fwiw ;-)

JD said...

Harper then Werth?

I don't mind that at all.The reason to bat Werth first is that he has a .360 lifetime OBP and .370 this year and even in his poor 2011 he got on base at a reasonable .332 clip.

I know Jayson is no speed demon but having him on base sure opens up a nice hole for Bryce.

peric said...

I know Jayson is no speed demon but having him on base sure opens up a nice hole for Bryce.

And it made sense last year as well for the same rationale. But, the onus was on Werth to get something going from the top, given his gaudy contract ... the verdict handed down by Davey Johnson was that it became too much for him and he tried to do too much thus the poor season offensively.

Its not any different this year and there will be even more pressure to produce given their position in the standings and the looming Stras shutdown.

Harper, at age 19, is the only guy on that team that I think can handle it. His intangibles are why I picked him as the first half MVP. I am pretty sure his numbers in the second half will support my supposition. Once he adapts and starts figuring it out he is going to go on an unholy tear.

You bat Harper first, Werth the team's aging "sage mentor" second, and their best hitter, the cortisone shot miracle, third. After that it depends on who is producing ... I expect it will end up between Michael Morse and Tyler Moore. With all the rest following.

Frediemac said...

Easy...Dogfight. It's never easy winning a divison unless your the Big Red Machine of the 70's and even they had to deal with the Dodgers every year.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

***METRO IS MESSED UP ALERT***

All lines are having heat-related delays, and the green line is still [backed] up "from an earlier disruption" at Columbia Heights.

From what I hear, not much is moving.

Be forewarned.

Will said...

Regarding Werth at leadoff, he only lead off for 12 games. And I don't get the argument that there's a different mentality to lead off vs anywhere else. The only AB that could support that argument is the first one to start the game. After that, it's no different from batting 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or so on.

Both Werth and Harper would make good lead off candidates.

natsfan1a said...

Go, Det! Go, NATS!

peric said...

Regarding Werth at leadoff, he only lead off for 12 games. And I don't get the argument that there's a different mentality to lead off vs anywhere else.

The problem was that Jayson Werth didn't see it that way. He put enormous amounts of pressure on himself when Riggleman moved him up to that slot.

NatsLady said...

Davey says Desi won't be healed until the season is over. Get ready for a bumpy ride. As if it was smooth before...

A DC Wonk said...
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A DC Wonk said...

WhoooHoooo (TM, MicheleS).

You gotta like the start: Detwiler, going on 11 days rest, starts of by retiring the side on nine strikes (actually, 0-2 to each batter, who then made an out on the third pitch). All three batters swung at the first pitch.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Thanks for the PxP, Wonk!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Isn't Angel Hernandez officially something like the third-worst umpire in the world? I thought I read that somewhere.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Looks like a fairly good crowd, considering the weather.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Mets usually draw well, but there is an awful lot of red in the seats.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Well, if I have the game thread to myself, at least we know who to blame when it sucks.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I'm here but busy watching this and the Braves game.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Wonk, if you're doing the updates I'll happily enjoy them from the comfort of my regular seat.

slidell2 said...

Det's 2nd inning not as good. Hope he's gotten that out of his system.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Detwiler shoehorns a 6-4-3 double play and a ground ball to Zimm among 3 hits in the top of the second; no runs. Better watch that middle-of-the-plate stuff, though.

So with Morse, Tyler Moore, and LaRoche, the Nats are sending three first basemen out there?

Two of whom started that 1-2-3 bottom of the second, along with Espinosa. Nice play by Rubin Tejada on Moore's grounder in the hole.

0-0 after 2.

Ratiocinational said...

The NYTimes has decided to weigh in on Strasburg's shutdown:

http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/strasburgs-season-to-test-nationals-limits/?ref=sports

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Family reunion! Detwiler seems to be featuring his Uncle Charlie tonight. K, a hanging curve for a hard single, and a 4-6-3. Works so far.

MicheleS said...

IT'S HOT HERE! !! GYFNG!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Hats of to Lombo and Det for a very good play.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Giants up 2-0 in the 4th in ATL.

Det only 55 pitches through 5.

UnkyD said...

Holy moly!!! This games too fast to keep up with, by checking in!! Niese and Det are gonna get through 9 in less than 100 pitches each, at this rate...

A DC Wonk said...

Tyler Moore: make room for me!

slidell2 said...

Would have been to Det's advantage to make Niese work a little bit.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Giants 3-0 in the 4th.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Hummm Baby! 3-0 Giants

(yeah, yeah, "it's too early to watch the scoreboard." Sue me.)

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

5-0, Giants. Here comes Fredi. Jurrjens is out in the top of the fourth.

slidell2 said...

SF now up 4-0, bases loaded in the 4th.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

So they're interviewing Giolito on the air. Man, he has a deep voice for an 18-year-old.

A DC Wonk said...

Extremely impressed with Detwiler. For how much longer can he keep this up?

NatsJack in Florida said...

5-0, bases loaded 1 out still in the 4th - Giants

NatsJack in Florida said...

8-0 Giants.

mick said...

Impressed with Giolito, Det is pitching grear... what is with the anemic bats??

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

8-0, Giants, still only one out in the 4th.

Look, if they can do it, you can do it.

mick said...

Giolito and his family seem like a class act! Good character kids on this team.

what is with our bats?? Its not like were facing Cy Young

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

what is with the anemic bats??

If I said they were drinking, would you cut them some slack?

mick said...

we have to win this tonight

A DC Wonk said...

Sec3: awesome!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Morse didn't quite judge the wall, there. Tough play. Man, they really, really, really need to change that thing before somebody gets hurt badly.

slidell2 said...

Youklis just got a bit of payback; hit a 3-run dinger against the BoSox.

mick said...

sofa.. if they paid me to drink, yes I would, lol

mick said...

so I wonder how many of you will blame Detweiler, if we lose??

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

I think they miss Pudge in ways big and small, on the bench.

mick said...

when does Dickey pitch?

mick said...

sofa... the Corona's taste good tonight

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

so I wonder how many of you will blame Detweiler, if we lose??

That would seem churlish, indeed, but in fact it wouldn't matter much if we all did. It's not as if anybody who matters reads this [stuff].

mick said...

sofa... I'll drink to that, lol

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

FP makes a good point, there--on that shallow fly to Harper he didn't try to score; on, say, Bonifacio, he probably goes.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

"He" being David Wright, on third with one out.

mick said...

please no gonzales... what are you thinking davey

mick said...

a few runs would be nice

A DC Wonk said...

I'm sure that Mets fans are wondering what made Detwiler into Cy Young today, too

Nattering Nat said...

While folks are still exhaling, could someone please 'splain something to me?

Mets strength is starting pitching, weakness is relievers. So why have the Nats batters been swinging so aggressively as to ensure Niese could pitch a complete game if necessary?

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Wonk, I'm looking at 97 reasons, at 8:48 at night.

mick said...

sit down Adam, please, I'm begging ya.

mick said...

maybe Werth can replace Morse and Tracy or Moore replace LaRoche, just a thought...

mick said...

I guess Burnett comes in, I would think?

mick said...

Do we face Dickey this series, if so, this is why we need to win tonight

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

So why have the Nats batters been swinging so aggressively as to ensure Niese could pitch a complete game if necessary?

Nattering, I'll take a shot there: That's not why they're doing it.

Not everyone advocates taking a lot of pitches, and hoping you can score off the bullpen, especially teams with some confidence in their hitters. Davey teaches an aggressive style of baseball, and that includes hitting early in the count.

MicheleS said...

Cookies for Det! His best game this year!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Mick, Young tomorrow, and then Dickey, are probable.

mick said...

sofa... thanks

A DC Wonk said...

Nattering Nat: it's because he was throwing so many strikes. I think in his first 40 pitches he threw 32 strikes.

A DC Wonk said...

Wow. He was clearly safe at first. Nats catch a break

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Wow, Torres was SO there ahead of the throw from Lombardozzi. And would have tied the game on Daniel Murphy's double to right, very possibly, on Morse's arm, assuming he hadn't stolen second by then.

I'm really starting to notice how often I'm hearing "Nats get a call." Not that I'm complaining.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

What Wonk said. That too.

mick said...

please, on more run boys, or its Fred G. Sanford time in the 9th, hear that Elizabeth, lol

A DC Wonk said...

Both pitchers were pounding the zone. No walks by either of them

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Is it me, or does the hot weather seem to make this more of a pitcher's park?

Nattering Nat said...

Yeah, thanks guys. I figured it was based on the strikes, mainly. I know Davey preaches aggression, but he likes to say "patient" aggression. Desi is someone--so is Morse, sometimes--who with two strikes tends to draw a long at-bat. Harper was doing it, too, earlier in the season, if he didn't hit the first pitch.

So the answer is for them to get HITS when they swing early ;--).

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Nattering, I'd go with what Wonk said, really. There's not much point taking a lot of pitches when they're mostly strikes.

Looks like a pretty good crowd. Anybody heard the attendance yet?

Nattering Nat said...

Baseball math: Braves sweep Mets. Nats sweep Braves. Giants shutting out Braves. Nats xx Mets....

Nattering Nat said...

PLus Nats sweep Giants, sorry/

Nattering Nat said...

They got to the relievers! They got to the relievers!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Nattering Nat - +1

NatsLady said...

Come on, Clip. It's hot. Let's zip this along. Oh, turtles, a single.

mick said...

lats time Nats lost at home was against Col. Lombo delivered a hit to increase the lead to 2 runs and Clip lost it. I hope this is not deja vu

mick said...

actually, Brunett gave up tow runs and Clip lost it in extra innings

mick said...

what the hell....

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

So how far up the bat is that pine tar on Wright's bat?

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

OK, Tyler, how's that adrenaline working now?

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

26,242, I think Bob just said.

A DC Wonk said...

Attendance: 26k

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Looks like more than that, doesn't it?

Marty said...

Clip plays with fire with one too many batters...

rogieshan said...

Think I'm gonna be sick. Dude was sitting on the change-up.

Cameron said...

Awesome!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

So the question is, who's sitting near that guy? He looks pretty skinny, I think most any one of us could take him.

NatsLady said...

Clip did it once too often. I hope he learned his lesson.

Cameron said...
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mick said...

Don't complain Davey... you just got out coached . This guy homered verse Nats last time they played here. Clip is up 1-2 and blows it. Like I said, we will be in 2 place by this time next week.

good call by ump... this is all on Clip, thank you

mick said...

Cameron.... this is why the Nats are a year away.

A DC Wonk said...

Please. He didn't get out coached. Clip blew it

mick said...

Mets are struggling and to lose a game at HOME up 2 in 9th is not what playoff teams do.

Ratiocinational said...

Thanks for jinxing us mick!

H Le said...

A year away from what?

mick said...

DC... the guy that homered has 2 pinch hit homers, one against us, maybe its not Davey's fault, but at least make your pitcher aware of it.

NatsLady said...

A shame for Det after probably his best game.

mick said...

H Le making post season as a serious contender. The team still has some holes, although very few of them

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

There's no such thing as "a year away." At the end of the season, the team with more wins, wins. That's all.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

OK, one to tie, two to win. Let's go get 'em.

rogieshan said...

I'm glad Davey didn't replace Moore with Ankiel for defense. Hopefully, we can pull this out.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Nattering, if you've saved any bullpen mojo, now's the time to let it rip...

Sec.3, My Sofa said...
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Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Ian Desmond available to pinch-hit?

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Desmond running? Not Jackson?

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Rally napkins...

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Rally Napkins!!

Jessica Barlow said...

Is Chase ok? No post for over an hour...

GYFNG!!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

WHY is he guessing????

Cameron said...

Worst at-bat I've seen from Moore. Let's go Espinossa.

Marty said...

Oof on 3 pitches, Tyler...

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

"He" being TyMo with one strike, taking a very drive-able curve for strike 2.

NatsNut said...

OMG my heart is RACING

Cameron said...

YES!!!

Marty said...

:)

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Gotta run Bernie for LaRoche here, don't you? Well, last ab, really, but here for sure...

Cameron said...

And once again Flores looks like a clown.

Les_in_NC said...

Wow! Espinosa really battled there! With Parnell overworking his Curve, its a wonder Danny could catch up to that 99 mph heater! WTG Danny boy!

A DC Wonk said...

Oh please mick. Clip knew that. We all knew that. He made a bad pitch.

Nattering Nat said...

I'm still here, My Sofa, but was about to say an excruciating, stomp around the room loss. Thank Gd for the Mets relievers! (so far). One strike from excruciating, now, who knows?

But still, the Mets were reeling, then couldn't score in 8 innings. Why, oh why, do these Nats give the Rockies, the Marlins and now the Mets hope? Boswell would say it's the ups and downs of the season, I think it's a team still learning how to put other teams away, still young.

Les_in_NC said...

Chase must be out of his mind. He is,well he is typeless...

NatsLady said...

LOL LaRoche!!!!!

prank

http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120717&content_id=35098672&notebook_id=35098684&vkey=notebook_mia&c_id=mia&partnerId=aw-6016354863062498979-996

ExposedinDC said...

I'll say it while it's tied.....we will not win the east with Flo as our catcher, not a knee jerk reaction just stating the obvious.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

I'm still here, My Sofa, but was about to say an excruciating, stomp around the room loss.


Wait a minnit. You guys write up your negative posts in anticipation of a bad things happening??? Criminy.

Nattering Nat said...

No, I was waiting, hadn't typed it yet--but I was THINKING it! Still am....

A DC Wonk said...

Learning how to put teams away?

Tell me, which team has the most wins in the NL?

Just sayin'

phil dunton said...

Nats relief pitching has been very shabby lately.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

not a knee jerk reaction just stating the obvious.

No, you're stating an opinion, which you are of course entitled to. No one knows who will win.

Pretty sure it won't be Philly, though. Or the Marlins. So there's that. Which is nice.

mick said...

so, the advantage is suppose to be to us with our bullpen verse a weak hitting Mets team.... why Gonzales in the first place.

mick said...

I'll take Matthues verse a left handed batter over Gonzales who is a joke against any batter

Cameron said...

3 rookies up. Let's go guys.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

What is it with you and Gonzales, Mick? Clippard coughed up the dinger.

mick said...

I love the fight in our club, but this would be a very bad loss. Clip was bailed out, you knew Flores is an automatic out (cant wait for Ramos to be back next year) and Gonzales is as much of a joke as HRod

mick said...

sofa... the last 2-3 appearances by Gonzales he has given up at least 1 run

mick said...

Solano bat over Flores any time

mick said...

I thought Mets bull pen was weak... we will see

mick said...

Bryce Baaaaaaby!!!!!

NatsLady said...

Bryce!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cameron said...

Harper...

Nattering Nat said...

Team with most wins in the NL? Still the Nats. But not the same point.

The Nats have been excellent in taking on the Giants, the Braves and some other top teams. They have been usually terrific once they have the lead. But not recently--the Rockies, Marlins and now the Mets games were all eminently winnable. This will happen, once, twice, even a few times in a season. But when it starts happening all at once, it's darn irritating.

I'm not jumping out the window, it's a long season, etc. and they are still a wonderful surprise this year. But NOT at times like these--EXCEPT when Bryce hits a triple!!!! Then they are magnificent! Never say die.

And I'm not bipolar, this game is!

mick said...

OK just a fly ball, is it much to ask among your 3rd hitter??

mick said...

just a fly ball.......

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Rally Napkins, everybody!

Les_in_NC said...

Once again Chase is typeless, get that guy some air! Is he awake?

WTG Harper! C'mon Zimm!

Nattering Nat said...

Repeat after me--Mets relievers, we are not worthy! We are not worthy! DO your thing!

Marty said...

Load 'em up. Here we go.

UnkyD said...

2 IBBs.... To load em with only 1 out? Confused...

mick said...

woof woof Adam

Nattering Nat said...

Pray for a wild pitch.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

the last 2-3 appearances by Gonzales he has given up at least 1 run

No, he hasn't.

mick said...

Unky... smart move by Mets Adam is an automatic out

MicheleS said...

NO QUIT IN THIS TEAM!

NatsLady said...

UnkyD, to get the force at home. As happened.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Seriously, is Chase OK?

A DC Wonk said...

Every team loses games they shouldn't. Even 100 win teams lose 62. Sheesh

mick said...

you would think bases loaded, 1 out your 4th hitter would at least hit a fly ball

UnkyD said...

I guess it doesn't matter...only takes one to win, right? Go TyMo!!!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...
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mick said...

wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, beat you to it Michele

MicheleS said...

WOOOOO HOOOOOOO

H Le said...

Nattering's prayer was answered...

NatsLady said...

Nattering===> you got a direct line???

Nattering Nat said...

Prayer answered. ANything else you guys want?

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Two out of three here could be a dagger. GYFNG.

A DC Wonk said...

mick said...

Cameron.... this is why the Nats are a year away.

Let's see . . . they flew back from Miami, landing around 3 or 4 am. Play in 99 degree weather, get a punch in the guy with reliable Clip blowing an easy save, and still win.

You know, that's why they play the whole game.

UnkyD said...

Yippee!!!!!!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Nattering, that was off their bullpen, to be sure. Take a curtain call.

A DC Wonk said...

Nattering Nat said...

Pray for a wild pitch.

Wow! Will you pray for a World Series title while you're at it?

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