Saturday, July 21, 2012

Game 93: Braves at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
John Lannan faces Randall Delgado in the nightcap of this doubleheader.
Must-win game for the Nationals? It sure feels like it after they've dropped three in a row, including the first two games of this NL East showdown with the Braves. Their lead over Atlanta has shrunk to 1 1/2 games, and the last thing you want is a series finale tomorrow in which the Nats have to win to avoid falling out of first place for the first time in two months.

So the pressure is on John Lannan tonight as he makes his first big-league start of the season. It's been a roller coaster year for the left-hander, but if there is one encouraging sign entering this game, here it is: In his career, Lannan is 8-5 with a 3.25 ERA against the Braves. He's got more wins and a lower ERA against Atlanta than any other division opponent.

Bryce Harper is not in the lineup for Game 2, his bruised left ankle still bothering him and preventing him from swinging the bat. We'll see if he's available off the bench.

Plenty more updates to come, so please check back...

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (Game 2)
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Drizzle, 72 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from RF
NATIONALS (53-39)
LF Steve Lombardozzi
CF Roger Bernadina
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Sandy Leon
LHP John Lannan

BRAVES (52-41)
CF Michael Bourn
LF Martin Prado
RF Jason Heyward
3B Chipper Jones
1B Freddie Freeman
2B Dan Uggla
C David Ross
SS Paul Janish
RHP Randall Delgado

UMPIRES
HP Chad Fairchild
1B Alfonso Marquez
2B Tom Hallion (cc)
3B Dave Rackley

7:05 p.m. -- And on the first pitch of the night, Michael Bourn beats out a drag bunt to the right side of the infield.

7:15 p.m. -- Well, that didn't go particularly well, did it? Lannan appeared to be in good shape when he got Martin Prado to ground into a 6-3 double play, leaving two outs and nobody on base. Then things fell apart. Lannan walked Jason Heyward on four pitches, setting up Chipper Jones' RBI double to right-center. Freddie Freeman then tagged another RBI single to right-center. A five-pitch walk to Dan Uggla prolonged the inning, but Lannan finally got out of it on a David Ross flyball to deep center. It's 2-0 after a half-inning.

7:31 p.m. -- Nothing happening for the Nats in the bottom of the first, and then Lannan gets into immediate trouble again in the top of the second, serving up a leadoff double to the .182-hitting Paul Janish. But he battled his way out of it, striking out Bourn on a nice curveball and then getting Prado to ground out to third to end the inning. Lannan has thrown only 18 of 35 pitches for strikes.

7:40 p.m. -- You know, it's not going to matter who pitches if the Nats can't score a run off the Braves. Six up, six down so far for Randall Delgado. The Nationals have come to bat in 11 innings so far today and they've yet to score a run. 2-0 Braves through two.

7:57 p.m. -- Well, there's some offense: A solid base hit by ... John Lannan, naturally. Not that it led to anything else. Lombardozzi thought he had drawn a two-out walk, but plate umpire Chad Fairchild called Delgado's 3-2 high fastball a strike to end the third inning.

8:06 p.m. -- Lannan has settled down considerably on the mound since that shaky first inning. He's thrown 20 of his last 30 pitches for strikes, and has recorded five of his last seven outs on the ground. He's through the fourth now, the Nats still trailing 2-0.

8:15 p.m. -- Great opportunity for the Nats to finally get on the board in the fourth when Bernadina and Zimmerman each singled. But Morse struck out on a ball in the dirt and then LaRoche grounded into another killer double play. The Nats have played 13 innings today, and they've yet to score one run.

8:32 p.m. -- Another great opportunity in the bottom of the fifth after Espinosa drew a one-out walk and Leon followed with a single. Davey decided to leave Lannan in and have him drop a sacrifice bunt. That put it all on Lombardozzi to deliver with two outs and two men in scoring position ... or, perhaps Davey just knew Delgado would throw a wild pitch all along and bring in the Nats' first run in 15 innings (since Espinosa's bottom-of-the-ninth homer last night). Whatever the case, the Nats will take it. They now trail 2-1 as we head to the sixth.

8:38 p.m. -- Another quick inning for Lannan, who got three groundball outs. He's retired 10 of the last 11 he's faced and his pitch count is only at 86 through six innings. Can't ask for much more than that out of the guy.

8:56 p.m. -- And this game is tied, though the Nats probably should have taken the lead given the opportunity they gave themselves: Bases loaded, nobody out in the sixth (thanks in part to a gutsy headfirst dive into first base by Zimmerman to elude a tag). They settled for one run on Desmond's RBI groundout, and that will have to suffice. It's now 2-2 as we head to the seventh and Lannan heads back to the mound.

9:03 p.m. -- Another 1-2-3 inning for Lannan, who really finished strong tonight. He retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. And most impressively, only three of his final 18 outs were recorded on flyballs to the outfield. He did a really nice job keeping the ball on the ground. It remains 2-2 as we reach the stretch.

9:13 p.m. -- Roger Bernadina, ladies and gentlemen! Big, two-out, RBI single to right to score Sandy Leon and give the Nats a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh. Roger is now 5-for-7 since replacing Bryce Harper during Game 1. Not a bad day's work.

9:18 p.m. -- Hmm, Desmond has been pulled in a double-switch. Espinosa takes over at shortstop, with Lombardozzi at second base and Mark DeRosa in left field. We'll see how that oblique is doing after the game. Meanwhile, Sean Burnett will pitch the eighth. The bigger question is: Who pitches the ninth? Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen?

9:26 p.m. -- A big, 1-2-3 eighth for Burnett, who struck out a pair. Espinosa also made it perfectly clear he's got the arm to play shortstop in the big leagues. Mercy, what a gun. Nats pitchers have retired 16 of the last 17 they've faced. And we go to the bottom of the eighth, with Tyler Clippard beginning to warm in the pen.

9:48 p.m. -- How about that? Bryce Harper comes off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit, then steals second, then scores on Danny Espinosa's single to give the Nats a big insurance run. And then Mark DeRosa battled his way through a great at-bat, taking advantage of Janish's error to push another run across. It's now 5-2 as Clippard enters for the ninth.

10:01 p.m. -- Ballgame. The Nats get a much-needed win, 5-2, and increase their lead to 2 1/2 games over the Braves. Ross Detwiler vs. Jair Jurrjens in the series finale tomorrow afternoon.

172 comments:

baseballswami said...

Play Ball! 30 minutes until the next pre-game show. Bench pretty short tonight, but no pressure at all ;)

natsfan1a said...

Go, John-Boy! Go, NATS!!

NatsFanGino said...

Going to be even harder fielding just 8! No First baseman, no ground balls John!

SonnyG10 said...

I think Bryce could use a break. Maybe the injury will turn out to be a good thing.

Go John. I just bought your Expo's hat you wore in batting practice in 2010. Paid $220 for it at the memorabilia stand last night.

NatsFanGino said...

This would be a really nice game for Zimmerman to carry the team on his back. 2 HRs and 5 RBI.

baseballswami said...

Still hoping for a JZim bunt appearance tonight. And I agree that the time off will not hurt Bryce. Watching a game could be just the ticket for him. Bernie is doing fine - he is so relieved that Nady and Ankiel were the dfa victims. Could use some offense tonight. Seriously hoping the bullpen gets it's collective head on straight.

Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

Pitcher's Hands Out!

peric said...

They need Morse and Moore to produce because LaRoche and Harper are tailing off. Bernadina is hot but he's not a run producer. Not sure Desmond is feeling all that much better when he hits.

Looks like they may need another offensive catcher other than Flores ...

but that might require another deal where the Nats pick up a future starter ala Ramos. No guarantees Ramos can catch after the surgeries nor the recovery time required. He could end up in the minors for a year.

MicheleS said...

GYFNG! Lets Chop the Braves!

waddu eye no said...

sofa - can i quote you from last thread about the negativity?


"Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...
Phillies fans. We wait 40 years, and then turn into Phillies fans. Perfect."

(notice i said "can i" and not "may i.")

best comment i've read here in weeks

waddu eye no said...

btw - not true for all of us, thank God.

gyfng! and gyfnfg - for faithful nats fans

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The Pitchers let us down last night, hitters let us down this afternoon. Now its time to regroup take the game seriously, which I never got the feeling the pitchers did last night or batters today, but then again some people say I put too much into body language which in both cases was that of a non winner. now back to being a winner.

peric said...

Go John. I just bought your Expo's hat you wore in batting practice in 2010. Paid $220 for it at the memorabilia stand last night.

Now that's a hard core fan.

baseballswami said...

Funny that Section 3 should say that - my philly relatives spent the night here on the way home from vacation last night, and of course, the phils were on mlb. It's just really interesting watching a game with them. If you think some posters in here are negative? Luckily, they were sound asleep when the Nats game ended and they left this morning while I was still asleep. I am telling you - we have fallen way too much in love with being in first place every single day of the season. Every single thing that happens is now viewed through that lens. Let's play a good game tonight. We seem to be struggling through some kind of transitional phase and they are hot, hot, hot. Go Nats! Go Lannan!

peric said...

Mebbe Mark's been drinking again ... he left out Adam LaRoche. Maybe they're giving out free Margaritas' for the press box?

Steady Eddie said...

Mark, isn't that Nats lineup missing a first baseman? ALR or him getting the night off, TMo?

Steady Eddie said...

Eh, peric, just put that cold beverage on my tab...

ExposedinDC said...

Quite possibly one of the biggest games in our short history, lucky for us we have our ace Stephen.....oh darn, ok we have our wins leader Gio Gonz.....damn, surely we have the bulldog Jordan Zimmer....crap..best of luck John....we really need you. gyfng.......

Steady Eddie said...

Actually Mark did put ALR on his Tweet.

Whatever the double entendres might be with that one, I didn't mean any of them!

Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

Waddu, feel free! Thx!

Speaking of pitchers, and drinking, if you're near Duffy's, stop by.

UnkyD said...

Go You Frickin' LannEn, GOGOGOGOGO!!!!!!!

Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

On the replay of Harper's bad bunt, I noticed something I had not seen before--Brian McCann blinks on contact.

waddu eye no said...

ummm FP? heroes is an old david bowie song. maybe a wallflowers cover, but give ziggy his props :-)

(0r am i the only one old enough to know that?)

Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

Lannan shakes off on the first pitch to Heyward. Did they not go over the hitters?

Faraz Shaikh said...

Come on, I was hoping for a no-hitter from John.

Smatt1001 said...

Lannan needs to settle down.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lannan gets 2 outs then walks Hayward on 4 pitches so that Chipper can come up with a man on. Was that reasonable thinking. Not one strike in the attempt? This pitching is getting worse by the day this week.

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peric said...

2 walks 2 hits 2 runs first inning.

Looks like the guy who had a 7.46 ERA, 4 home runs and an 0 -3 record in July pitching for AAA Syracuse. Bring up Zach Duke for the next double header if you want a veteran or JF Mandel to try someone new who is effective.

baseballswami said...

Werth with an rbi at potomac! Something to make you smile? It won't matter what John Lannan does if our offense doesn't follow suit. We should get to this guy big time. The Atlanta hitters took advantage of a guy who has been throwing to AAA hitters immediately. Want to bet we don't do that? This guy is terrible, he'll be cy young soon.

Secret wasian man said...

2. 0 already. Anybody want to say Friday was just 1 game. That snowball is a rolling.

peric said...

Whatever the double entendres might be with that one, I didn't mean any of them!

Unfortunately, Mark really needed to skip that guy in the #9 slot.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

COme one hitters and pitchers. last 16 innings we have been outscored 17-2. Both sides of the ball playing poor at the same time. That is a very not good thing.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zach Duke looking like it would have been a better choice so far. He has pitched much better at AAA all season. Lannan got picked more out loyalty than productivity.

peric said...

If you are out there JayB you want to know why Davey tried to stick with guys and not change out Friday night? Here's your answer ... watch John Lannan ...

Drew said...

To do:


1. Get hard hats for outfielders and fans in bleachers.

2. Put Lannan and HROD on a slow boat to China.

3. Implore cast of Nissan commercial to commence rain dance.

mick said...

Lannan has not disappointed Peric.. in fact, he could be the lion tamer now that the circus is back, lol

mick said...

this is so painful

mick said...

but kinda funny too

what is the over under on Lannan lasting 3 innings as well as the Nats scoring one run tonight?

DJB said...

What was that about last night being just 1 game in 162? You just don't lose like that and come back. The vast majority of this roster will need to be cleaned out after this epic collapse. Rizzo will need to be fired. Johnson will need to be fired. Keep the young core and Zimmerman. Everyone else on the chopping block.

mick said...

Delgado may no-hit us, lol

JaneB said...

THiS is when we need to stand by our guys and send all the positive vibes there that we possibly can. Instead of planning for the fall...and I'm as guilty as anyone and more guilty than many...we need all to focus on THIS game and then THIS game. It feels like everyone has gotten out ahead of themselves, and we are measuring the Nats' performance on an imaginary future.

It's baseball. One game at a time. Stay positive and stay in the now.

And GYFNG!

JaneB said...

DJB, you ARE making fun of the naysayers, right?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Randall Del Gado gave up 6 runs in 5 innings to Indianapolis last start, and now looks Don Drysdale. Come on hitters 1 run now in 17 innings, back to the weak hitters again. Everyone line for the Zim shot that helped him.

Drew said...

Oh come on, DJB.

That's absurd, unless it was tongue in cheek.

We can allow for some black humor during this stretch, but break in some perspective.

As one of our former presidents likes to say:

The headlines are bad, but the trend lines are good.

Faraz Shaikh said...

despite facing his 12th hitter in 3rd inning, 42 pitches for John. If there is one thing SS needs to learn from John or any other pitcher who works fast, it is low counts.

mick said...
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Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Pitch count is one of his strengths.

mick said...

mick said...
djinFl. said...
Mick- you called these men over rated garbage?
You wish you could play half as well as any of them. They all worked hard to get here and you must have not put forth the effort they did, so now you can only criticize. I hope the young kids reading this site have been instructed by their parents that you are just one of those folks that have no class.

you need to lighten up pal, you obviously cherry pick the post from by me that you don't like. For starters, ge it right, i said there was some garbage and that 2013 the Nats will be very good, so at least get what I posted right.


stop being a nasty troll, I won't cross the bridge your under, lol

baseballswami said...

He's doing fine - getting ground ball outs. Do you blame him for being a big shaky in the first? They are great hitters and went right after him. We did not do the same with Cy Delgado. Lannan actually doing better than Stras and Gio did in their last starts.I am officially calling for Stras and JZim to pinch hit tonight. The offense needs their help. Go Nats!!!! If you can't stand the roller coaster of an up and coming team trying to figure out how to become a winning team then I suggest you become a yankees fan.

Faraz Shaikh said...

I wish we could blocks posts from certain posters. How awesome would that be!

Delgado has been perfect so far.

Faraz Shaikh said...

Leave it to the pitcher to break the no-no. Go Lannen!

happy 2 pylon said...

as per mick:
"because by then our stars in Potomac and Syracuse will be ready and the remaining over rated garbage that we count on to show leadership after games like last night will be some other teams garbage"

looks like a pretty accurate quote to me.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lannan breaks up the no hitter.

Lombo's strike out is the first in a long time where I don't blame the batter for not swinging, that thing was at least 9 inches higher than the strike zone has been all night.

Secret wasian man said...

Ok this isn't funny anymore. Davey has to pull these guys together.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

the hitters in general take too many good pitches and swing at too many ones in the dirt.

Faraz Shaikh said...

and just like that, Lannan is through top of the fourth also. Not the greatest pitchers in Nats history but I liked what he did in dark days of Nats times. I hope when rosters expand, he is up here for good and gets to do some heroic stuff for us.

mick said...

happy 2 pylon said...
as per mick:
"because by then our stars in Potomac and Syracuse will be ready and the remaining over rated garbage that we count on to show leadership after games like last night will be some other teams garbage"

looks like a pretty accurate quote to me.

what part of the word remaining" do you and dfl whatever do not understand and my below post proves that both of you cherry picks what you do not like

mick said...
Joe seam... Rizzo is excellent and so is Davey. we are a year away of finding the final pieces to win with.

mick said...

way to go Morse

mick said...

the good news is at least he did not make contact because it would have been a ground ball DP

Faraz Shaikh said...

since you were so eager to see a double play, LaRoche obliged. Maybe if you had wished for a 3-run home run, Adam would have hit one out.

mick said...

Delgado is 4-9 with 4.93 ERA and we have our 4. 5 6 hitters up, 2 on, no outs... no excuses gang

NatsJack in Florida said...

And the famous MASN rally killing text shows up in time to induce the Morse k and the LaRoche DP.

mick said...

wonder what Davey "Norv Turner" is thinking about now

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Got to love it get 2 singles to start the inning. Morse has 3 really good pitches to hit and can't get one of them fair at all. then a ball 59 feet he swings at One of 3 pet peeves . (K looking is another), and LaRoche did the third grounding into a double play. Especially because pull a ball in the middle or outer half. Just send that ball to left, why try and pull it.

mick said...

I;ll give it to Lannan, he settled down and now he gets no support

baseballswami said...

We hit into a lot of double plays. My plan as imaginary manager for the night is to just let John Lannan pitch 9 innings tonight and then everyone is available for tomorrow. The offense is going to go 0 for the day, so what does it matter. Uhoh - the negative disease is creeping up on me after almost 24 hours of sub par baseball. Actually at this time last night I think we were still winning. That happened so fast.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I can guarantee you if wishing got homers they would have plenty. I assume every pitch is going to be a homer. They let me down a lot.

mick said...

swami... that is good advice, i would just let Lannan go the 9, we wont score a run period the rest of the series

mick said...

if some one told you this morning that Ejax will only give up 1 run in 7 inning and Lannan would only give up 2 in 5, you would assume the nats would be tied or up

Faraz Shaikh said...

i know what you mean Manassas, but that's on us to expect that every at bat.

mick said...

I bet Mark and Ted Lerner have to be a little ticked off, they are filling the park up and their players and so called stars cant hit their way out of a paper bag against pitchers that are 4-9 with ERA's at 5 runs!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Delgado pulled an Hrod.

Still not hits with RISP in 20 innings, That is not a good thing when you playing the team chasing you.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I wished for a home even on Lanna's bunt (a Little League homer where it is was thrown all over the place).

djinFl. said...

oops, there went 0 for the day!

mick said...

djinFl. said...
oops, there went 0 for the day!

yup... it was that solid hitting that drove the run in, lol

Nats212 said...

Call up john lannan! He is ready!

baseballswami said...

So - the Strasburg/Hanson so-called pitchers duel was 11-10. This game with the two AAA replacement pitchers is 2-1. Go figure. This game just bamboozles me. Lannan is the master at ground ball outs. Gio and Strassie should be taking notes. And - whew - we are not 0 fer today anymore.

mick said...

Lananna has impressed me

peric said...

I admit Lannan has done well considering he has walked 2, HBP 2, and allowed 5 hits. He at least didn't implode as used to happen back in the day of Giggleman's Island. This is already his best start for July. Substantially helped by excellent defenders behind him. Which is how this script is supposed run ... so not as bad as folks may think. I was expecting a blow out.

mick said...

this is the inning that the Nats need to score

mick said...

peeric, lol "giggleman's Island" ha ha

Drew said...

I'm not a fan of Lannan's work, but he deserves a tip o' the Nats cap for righting the ship.

Two earned over six is a 3.00 ERA, a very nice outing.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

C'mon ALR...It's slammer time.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Thanks, peric, for admitting when you were, ah, eh, em, wrong.

Drew said...

Ryan Zimmerman passes Bryce Harper in batting average, .269 to .268.

That's really something given Ryan's slow start and Bryce's ability to leg out hits.

mick said...

this is lame

mick said...

bases loaded, zero outs, heart of the order up... and 1 lousy run! we are pathetic!!

mick said...

what should concern any Nats fan is how poorly the veteran like LaRoche have played in the biggest home series since the team has been here.

mick said...

again... Delgado is 4-9 with 4.93 ERA

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

21 innings now and still no hits with RISP. bases load 0 outs. LaRoche sticks hot on a pitch way low. Desi a slow roller scores a run but on a 3-1 count, and Espi swings at one outside to K. That is just not good baseball.

However pitching is better this game than it started.

Come on guys start hitting with men in scoring position. First few guys up in the innings have been fine.

By the way the wishing for homers is worthless.

baseballswami said...

We really should have scored more there. Very proud of Lannan tonight. You don't have to be a power pitcher to get guys out. See - Milone, Tommy. He has looked better than Stras and Gio in their last outings. No muss, no fuss. Gio and Stras both seem to struggle with expending too much energy on emotions. John is a veteran of the wars. He can hit and bunt, too. It might not be flashy, but it can work.

mick said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
21 innings now and still no hits with RISP. bases load 0 outs. LaRoche sticks hot on a pitch way low. Desi a slow roller scores a run but on a 3-1 count, and Espi swings at one outside to K. That is just not good baseball.

totally agree

mick said...

John "Walter Johnson" Lannan, i love it!

baseballswami said...

By the way - P-Nats 3 outs away from a no-no for the first time ever.

mick said...

swami... seriously??

mick said...

does Lannan bat in 7th?

Smatt1001 said...

Nice finish from Lannan there.

ehay2k said...

This Lannan kid looks pretty good. Calm, pitches to contact, trusts his defense. A pro.
Maybe we can bring him up to fill the void when Strasburg is shut down?

NatsJack in Florida said...

Hey. Where's that one guy that's been complaining about John Lannan and wantng Zack Duke instead.

Man, he sure got that one right.

mick said...

I'd rather have Lannan hit, jeesh

ehay2k said...

There's one in every crowd NatsJack!

mick said...

watch out Bryce, lol

rogieshan said...

The Shark is having a career day. Good on him!

NatsJack in Florida said...

And that horrible bench guy, Roger Bernadina just has to go. Rizzo is a huge fail on keeping that guy around.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Post of the day candidate from NatsJack:

NatsJack in Florida said...

Hey. Where's that one guy that's been complaining about John Lannan and wantng Zack Duke instead.

Man, he sure got that one right.

rogieshan said...

Wonder if it took the release of Ankiel of Nady for the Shark to finally feel secured about his roster spot.

mick said...

Zim, Morse and ALR not ready for prime time, its that simple

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

C'mon bullpen!

waddu eye no said...

i think we're gonna need a bigger boat.

mick said...

Roger came to play this series, where is the rest of his team???

mick said...

Heyward, Jones and freeman this inning

mick said...

whats the over under that Brunett (who began this nightmare series in the first place) gives up another 3-4 runs, lol

mick said...

its Fred G. Sanford time ohhhhh

mick said...

slider aint working

Knoxville Nat said...

As much as I disagree with Peric's posts (usually all of them) I'll give him some props for admiting he was wrong about Lannan tonight.

John pitched a heck of a good game tonight and got his team into a position to win with minimal pitch count. Stras and Gio should take notes on his efforts and try to copy them.

mick said...

now why couldn't this goof ball pitch like this last night??

mick said...

dont ,losse him after 0-2

mick said...

wow.... good show Burnett

mick said...

$64,0000 question..... who will close?

Faraz Shaikh said...

mick, you realized Roger had to drive in someone. Didn't hit a HR.

happy 2 pylon said...

burnett reverts to his norm.

Joe Seamhead said...
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mick said...

OK, is LaRouche on some type of pain killer.. he looks spaced out and disinterested

Joe Seamhead said...

Mick, you are really coming across as un-informed,
I fear there is a lot of ignorance on this board lately.
Peric, what say you about John Lannan's outing tonight?

mick said...

its Clip in 9th... I'm coming to join you Elizabeth, with another blown save, lol

peric said...

Hey. Where's that one guy that's been complaining about John Lannan and wantng Zack Duke instead.

Posting well before you said this @8:39 JackOfGnats and Mr. Rally Carpy Fish ...

mick said...

Joe Seamhead said...
Mick, you are really coming across as un-informed,

how so?

peric said...

Peric, what say you about John Lannan's outing tonight?

See my posting @8:39.

mick said...

thank you Danny!

mick said...

Joe seam... sorry, in my viewAdan looks disinterested

happy 2 pylon said...

not uninformed. just obnoxious

Drew said...

Wow, what a big hit. Way to go Danny and Bryce!

mick said...

I do not agree with Clip coming in now, bad move. have a very bad feeling

peric said...

Meanwhile, where are those Espinosa haters who wanted to 1. release the guy. 2. Replace that glove and arm with Lombardozzi? 3. send him to the minors or trade him?

djinFl. said...

Mick just saw your reply---
This is what you said about our players

" the remaining over rated garbage that we count on to show leadership after games like last night will be some other teams garbage."

None of our players should be compared to garbage. And I am not a troll. I paid to be part of this site when it started. You showed up later and have added nothing positive to this site.

mick said...

if Clip is off with first batter, Davey has to pull him, he is not ready yet, I know it

Faraz Shaikh said...

time to use strasburg as a PH.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And I'm not real sure Sean Burnett should be classified as a "goofball".

UnkyD said...

Love these guys. And, I Believe.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Clippard coming in for the ninth:

I'm breaking out the bourbon and Maalox early.

Cheers, everybody! C'mon Clipp!

Tcostant said...

Kind of ironic, Lannan is better with 2012 defense.

mick said...

I don't think Clip is ready mentally, why not let him sit this out?

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rogieshan said...

With his gutsy start tonight, Lannan has put himself back into the conversation again. Should Rizzo

a) gauge his immediate market value and trade him

b) send him back down and save him for September to replace Strasburg

c) keep him on the roster and find a taker for either Henry Rodriguez or Tom Gorzelanny

NatsJack in Florida said...

Not sure about Espinosa haters but I am aware of alot of knowledgeable posters expressed concerns about his inability to het that loop out of his left handed swing.

Heck, I even recall one poster stating a couple of days ago that he's improved enough to maybe move to the lead off spot when Werth returns

Wait a minute......that was me.

hmm... said...

gee. the lerners must be ticked off to sit in a sold out stadium listening to a sellout crowd stand in the rain cheering a team that, even after two miserable losses, refuses to quit.

mick said...

djinFl. said...
Mick just saw your reply---

You showed up later and have added nothing positive to this site.

really, I've added NOTHING positive to this site? well then it is clear you cherry pick and I have a problem with that and it only appears to be me that you do it too.

Like I said, I won't cross your bridge.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Tcostant said...

Kind of ironic, Lannan is better with 2012 defense.
July 21, 2012 9:48 PM

That is, actually, a very shrewd comment. Sticks out here like a sore thumb tonight.

mick said...

oh jeesh.here we go with Clip

Steady Eddie said...

Sunshine @ 9:54-- Word.

mick, to quote Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, "what you don't know is a lot!"

mick said...

come on Clip this is a 210 hitter

Joe Seamhead said...

Joe Seamhead said...
Mick, you are really coming across as un-informed,

how so?
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mick, you have been trashing almost every member on the team especially for the past 24 hours, from Ryan Zimmerman to ALR to DeRosa to Sean Burnett. Burnett has overall been a rock this year, DeRosa has been terrific in his limited chances, ALR makes this whole infield better, and Ryan Zim has been a joy for most of us to watch. Do they screw up? Of course they do, baseball is a game of failure, but these guys all perform without failing at a very acceptable level overall. There isn't a team in the majors that wouldn't grab Sean Burnett given the chance.

mick said...

so your Einstein eddie!

mick said...

Joe.... am I the only one doing this in here as dfl states???

Joe Seamhead said...

Mick, Clip was our best guy to bring in for the ninth. Who would you have brought in?

Smatt1001 said...

Nice recovery by Clip and Lannan gets the win!!

happy 2 pylon said...

"whats the over under that Brunett (who began this nightmare series in the first place) gives up another 3-4 runs, lol"

"I don't think Clip is ready mentally, why not let him sit this out?"

maybe he just needs a few dozen drinks. works for mick.

mick said...

Storen or Matthues and I said that only because I felt Clip was not mentally ready... hey i was wrong and glad to be wrong

UnkyD said...

Nicely done...for a bunch of guys that flushed the whole season down the toilet, last night....

Let's hear it, Michele...?!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Pinch-hitting for MicheleS, in absentia:

"WOOOO-HOOOO!!!"
(Copyright, MicheleS, 2011).

waddu eye no said...

welcome home lannan. see you in september/october

mick said...

maybe he just needs a few dozen drinks. works for mick.

that is what I'm going do now, cheers, lol

Section 3, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

For the record, it doesn't help that you were glad to be wrong. You were wrong 1000 times. You are not glad to be wrong. You just don't care if you're wrong.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bernadina had a great doubleheader. Good to see Harper back.

Lannan fine.

Burnett and Clippard why not pitch that way both nights?

snopes1 said...

We're taking a long step toward becoming like the Nats Journal comments. That is not a good thing. At all. Some moderation is clearly called for.

Who's that guy over Nats Journal? Poopy MickPoop?

djinFl. said...

@snopes1
You are correct and we do not want to become another Nats Journal.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

We should all just ignore the posters like Mick. What is the point of dealing with people like Mick who are just trying to rile people up and who then say that they are glad that they are wrong?

The idiocy of people on a baseball site who think that any one game determines a season is the height of foolishness.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

We should all just ignore the posters like Mick. What is the point of dealing with people like Mick who are just trying to rile people up and who then say that they are glad that they are wrong?

The idiocy of people on a baseball site who think that any one game determines a season is the height of foolishness.

Steady Eddie said...

WODL -- that WAS ,worth saying twice.

JaneB said...

Agree with WODL. THANKS. skipping those posts from now on.

So happy for them.

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