Friday, August 24, 2012

Game 125: Nats at Phillies

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Citizens Bank Park hosts the Nationals for a three-game weekend series.
PHILADELPHIA -- Hello from the City of Brotherly Love, which hasn't quite been the happiest place on earth this baseball season. Things have picked up somewhat for the Phillies, though: They've gone 21-17 since the All-Star break and have stormed their way into third place in the NL East. (Of course, the Nationals have gone 28-13 over the same span.)

This is probably the first time the Nationals have ever played here with more on the line than the home club. It's kind of a strange position, you have to admit. As you can tell by their lineup, the Phillies are still dealing with injuries and some other glaring holes. Don't take these guys too lightly, though: You've got to believe they're motivated to prevent the Nats from running away with this division.

Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Nationals, coming off an 11-strikeout performance against the Mets that nonetheless resulted in a loss due to a lack of run support. He'll hope his teammates do a little more damage at the plate tonight against Kyle Kendrick.

Live updates and analysis from Citizens Bank Park to come, so please check back...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 5 mph RF to LF
NATIONALS (77-47)
RF Jayson Werth 2B Steve Lombardozzi
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond RF Jayson Werth
2B Danny Espinosa SS Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Edwin Jackson

PHILLIES (58-67)
SS Jimmy Rollins
3B Kevin Frandsen
2B Chase Utley
1B Ryan Howard
RF Domonic Brown
CF John Mayberry Jr.
LF Laynce Nix
C Erik Kratz
RHP Kyle Kendrick

UMPIRES
HP Phil Cuzzi
1B Manny Gonzalez
2B Lance Barksdale
3B Gerry Davis (cc)

6:30 p.m. -- Late lineup change: Ian Desmond has been scratched, presumably something related to his hyperextended knee suffered in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game. Steve Lombardozzi is now leading off at second base, with Danny Espinosa at shortstop and Jayson Werth now batting sixth.

7:08 p.m. -- And we're underway. Fewest number of fans I've ever seen in this ballpark.

7:12 p.m. -- Here's the news on Chad Tracy's contract extension; the Nats today locked him up for 2013.

7:20 p.m. -- Uh-oh, Michael Morse is down and in serious pain after taking a Kyle Kendrick fastball off his right hand. Trainer Mike McGowan came out to look at him, and pretty quickly Morse was on his way down the steps to the clubhouse, a look of disgust on his face. You never want to speculate too much before getting official word, but it wouldn't be surprising at all if Morse broke his hand right there. And that would not be a good development for the Nats.

7:38 p.m. -- Not a good first inning for Edwin Jackson. He gave up a single, walked a batter and gave up another single (this one by Chase Utley, scoring Jimmy Rollins). Jackson has had first-inning troubles often this season, and he appeared to be headed for really big trouble here. But to his credit, he struck out Ryan Howard and then got Domonic Brown to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning with the Phillies only leading 1-0.

7:59 p.m. -- Boy, Jackson is dancing with the devil tonight, but so far he's living to tell the story. After escaping the first inning with only one run crossing the plate, he escaped a second-inning jam that was created in part by his allowing a two-out double to the opposing pitcher. Rollins then smoked a line drive to second, but right at Lombardozzi, who snagged it for the final out. We're through two innings of a 1-0 game that really could be much more lopsided.

8:07 p.m. -- Here's the first official word on Michael Morse: According to the Nationals, he suffered a right hand contusion (bruise). No word yet on results of any X-rays, that probably won't come until after the game. So he's not out of the woods quite yet.

8:18 p.m. -- Here's the full Morse story, which I'll update later when we get more details.

8:32 p.m. -- Meanwhile, in actual game news, the Nats have two hits off Kendrick in four innings (Harper's double and Jackson's single). Haven't put up much of a fight here so far.

8:47 p.m. -- Like I noted earlier, Jackson has been flirting with disaster all night. And it finally caught up to him in the bottom of the fourth when Rollins sent a two-run single to left, bringing home Mayberry and Nix (whose slide just beat Suzuki's tag by a gnat's eyelash. So now it's 3-0 Phillies through four as Jackson labors and Kendrick cruises along.

9:13 p.m. -- Do you think the Nats are missing Morse's presence in the lineup tonight? They had a man in scoring position and one out in the sixth after Harper recorded his second double of the night. With the cleanup man at the plate, you had to like their chances of scoring. Except Bernadina is the cleanup man now, and he struck out looking before LaRoche flew out to center. Still 3-0 Phillies as the Nats are unable to get anything going against Kendrick.

9:20 p.m. -- The Phillies have been pasting just about everything Jackson has thrown their way tonight, but he's somehow managed to complete six innings allowing only three runs. Props to the right-hander for battling his way through this game and giving his teammates a chance. The Nats still trail 3-0 as we move to the seventh.

9:37 p.m. -- Tyler Moore to the rescue! Comes off the bench to pinch-hit for Jackson with two outs in the seventh and sends an 0-1 fastball from Kendrick over the left-field fence. It's now 3-2 as the Phillies turn to their bullpen.

10:09 p.m. -- Great chance for the Nats to push across the tying run in the top of the eighth, with two on and one out. But LaRoche struck out on a breaking ball down and away from left-hander Raul Valdes, and then Werth was blown away by a 96 mph high fastball from right-hander B.J. Rosenberg. Now they're down to their last three outs, still trailing 3-2 in the middle of the eighth.

10:20 p.m. -- What's the last thing you want to do as a reliever entering the eighth inning with your team down one run? Walk the leadoff man. What's the second-to-last thing you want to do? Let that guy steal second base without even drawing a throw. Is it any surprise Michael Gonzalez's ragged start to the inning led to the Phillies scoring a big insurance run? The Nats now trail 4-2 and are down to their last three outs, with Jonathan Papelbon looming.

10:34 p.m. -- It's over. Papelbon closes it out for the Phillies, handing the Nats a 4-2 loss. Espinosa led off with a single but was inexplicably thrown out trying to steal second down two runs. Utterly pointless attempt on his part. Of greater concern is the state of Michael Morse's right hand. We should get an update from Davey Johnson shortly.

169 comments:

A DC Wonk said...

GYFNG!!

(first?)

Tcostant said...

Take over Philly - tickets are going for under $4 to al games:

https://www.stubhub.com/washington-nationals-road-games/

Kevin said...

Back in spring training, if you had told Phillies fans that in late August they'd be in a virtual tie with the Marlins and Mets, and the Nationals would be nowhere in sight, they would've said you're right! LOL...

MicheleS said...

GYFNG! CRUSH THE PHILLIES!

TCostant. There is a group of Nats Fans heading up I-95 as we speak. I follow a bunch of them on Twitter..

In Fact. GONAT have fun at Nats Park North tonight!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Thanks NatsLady for the link on the other post.

Old Wino said...

Love the steady as she goes lineup.

Go Nats!

Old Wino said...

Kevin, I'll be using that all night.

SonnyG10 said...

Let's start the Phillies sweep tonight!!! GYFNG!!!

natsfan1a said...

Go, Edwin! Go, NATS BATS!!

Glad that Mark is there for updates as we'll be at the P-Nats game tonight and I won't see the Nats game in real time. Heading for the Pfitz in a bit.

For the Nats fans heading to Philly, as a certain tv character was known to say, "Let's be careful out there." :-)

baseballswami said...

Off the subject - but I was just checking out the cub/rockies game and they were talking about the ped situation. Melky Cabrera could win the batting title. That's just wrong. Do any of you think a ped bust should disqualify you for an individual award? I do.That being said - I also will be hoping for a total silence of the bell tonight. It will be interesting to see ( hear) how Jayson is received. He just seems to be outright seething all the time right now. Go get 'em JayDub!

natsfan1a said...

Yup.

Good point on Jayson. Go get 'em, tiger! grrrrr!!

Do any of you think a ped bust should disqualify you for an individual award?

Knoxville Nat said...

Swami,

In regards to your suggestion that a ped bust should disqualify you for an individual award, all I can say is amen bro!! I'm with you on this one.

rabbit34 said...

The Nationals still don't have a playoff caliber lineup. In a short playoff series they won't stand a chance. But....wait until next year when changes are made this off-season. An improved lineup, with the pitching they have, will be lights out.

natsfan1a said...

In fact, I was just blathering about it to my husband this morning, "Should the taking of performance-enhancing drugs disqualify one for a performance award?" Um, yeah. imho.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Swami, Lance Armstrong called and asked me to tell you, no way, the win should stand.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Nice try, rabbit, but if you're going to troll, you need to work the Stras-down in there somehow.

JaneB said...

rabbit, you're quoting a generic Phillies phan, right? Because last I looked, this is the #1 team in baseball. I'm just sayin'.

I hope Jayson hits dinger after dinger. I actually am missing Lombo in the line up, though I don't know how he gets in there. I know if he should be in, Davey wold have done it. Still...

GYFNG!!!!

natsfan1a said...

Maybe have a cheesesteak and try again later.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

And, rabbit, maybe a mention of the Rizzo Fail in not getting in on the Red Sox's Adrian Gonzalez waiver, calling for them to trade Giolito and next year's first-round pick.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

I can't keep giving you all this free advice!

natsfan1a said...

Okay, this is fun and all, but the Pfitz awaits. Hold 'em, Insiders. :-)

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

OK, here's a thought: next time the Legion of Dumb comes in, instead of validating the premise, try playing Top the Troll--suggest better ways to have done whatever they seemed to be suggesting.

I have to go to a show now, but keep it in mind. It's a marketing thing.

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

OK, guai fung! Take back their park, too, while we're at it.

MicheleS said...

Wait? We didn't claim Josh Beckett? How we will we survive without that guy? Wow StanK is going against his normal plans.

Hmmmm.. Maybe we claimed Justin Upton? Wait? We already have 12 outfielders?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

EJax pitch like last Saturday. Watched Zito last night he was solid. 6.5 up. let's win another series

baseballswami said...

You know everything would have been just fine if Corey Brown hadn't been sent back down. ;) If he was still here we would have won 87 games by now!

baseballswami said...

Who is pitching for the Giants tonight?

MicheleS said...

Swami it's Vogelsong for the Giants and Sheets for the Barves

baseballswami said...

Hmmmmm - Should be interesting.Sheets has not looked good recently. Big series starting tonight with the Reds and Cards,too. Hope they have extra security and medics standing by as these teams seem to end up in a MMA bout at some point.

MicheleS said...

From Mark:

GOON SQUAD!

Mark Zuckerman‏@MarkZuckerman
Davey says #Nats have given Chad Tracy a contract extension, signed for next year.

NatsLady said...

Best pinch hitter in MLB--why not? No reason to expect he couldn't continue?

SCNatsFan said...

This is the time for the Nats to step on the throat of the NL East. A sweep of the Bravos would have been nice but playing .667 the rest of the way is something I can live with.

sjm308 said...

Sec 3!!!!
from last post - pretty f'in fast!

I just feel better now although if for some strange reason we lose tonight I am expecting a new moniker or whatever you call it

Go Nats!!

MicheleS said...

Sec3.. Love the Hat! Can we let those Mantis' loose during the St Louis seriers? I wonder if a swarm of them can take out that squirrel

baseballswami said...

So what is actually the status with DeRosa? - We see him in the dugout, we hear about what a great mentor he is, we hear nothing about his status. He is on the DL with dfa-itis? I think he is getting paid to be a mentor at this point and should be considered for a coaching job in the minors next year. We have not heard one thing about him going on a rehab assignment or returning to the line up ( oh, please, no). Minor leagues are winding down. But the rest of the bench? Bernie, Lombo, Tracy, Moore. Yikes - potential to hurt you in the late innings, 2 with speed, defense and contact, 2 with big hits. Not to mention JFlo in there. Right now I think Bryce Harper is the weakest link in the entire offense. What does that say?

MicheleS said...

Swami.. DeRo has DFA-itis until 9/1.

Take Deep breathes! Remember Rizzo and Davey will figure this out. How weird is it that we are worrying about a bench guy in September.

peric said...

Uh rabbit34 what changes? Sre you not following? The Nats aren't changing this lineup its one of the youngest and hughest ceiling in the NL and AL? Who would you replsce? Most all are young and developing? And Werth has a long term contract excluding trades. LaRoche will come back until Rendon is ready. They aren't going to replace Zimmerman, Espinosa, Desmond, or Harper. They get Ramos back but catching stays the same. Morse likely stays as well.

MicheleS said...

Peric.. Rabbit34 likes to drop in and stir trouble every once in awhile.

Rabbit.. being cheeky today.

Joe Seamhead said...

I wonder if my new Cyber Raid! works on rabbits?

MicheleS said...

So nice article about Jayson. Still hope he sticks to the phillies this weekend.

Jayson Werth

baseballswami said...

Michele - very nice.Classy guy. But do you think his competitive juices will be flowing?

MicheleS said...

Swami, if you haven't noticed.. Umm Jayson is a bit intense, so yes, those competitive juices will be flowing.

MicheleS said...

Ian Just got scratched!.. OY!

MicheleS said...

Nationals PR‏@NationalsPR

Davey Johnson has scratched Ian Desmond (right knee) from tonight's lineup as a precaution. He is available to pinch hit. Lineup to follow.

baseballswami said...

Lombo sighting?

MicheleS said...

Yup we have a lombo sighting

Nationals PR‏@NationalsPR

Davey's New Lineup: Lombardozzi 2b, Harper cf, Zimmerman 3b, Morse lf, LaRoche 1b, Werth rf, Espinosa ss, Suzuki c, Jackson rhp.

JaneB said...

My dogs will get no cookies tonight with Ian out. But Lombo will get us some runs, I'm predicting, so it's a fair trade.
(I forgot who rabbit was, guys, Sorry. I'll ignore him in the future).
And welcome back to FP! I'll be glad to hear him announce the end of Kyle Kendrick's possible no-hitter.
GYFNG!

-Dan- said...

So the Nats have the lineup they used during the last road trip, given the way they played, we shouldn't be that worried. It's nice to have an excellent bench as well, i see why Davey gives much importance to bench players.

baseballswami said...

I like the interchangeable parts. That's the way it's been all season.

MicheleS said...

All I want to know is if Chad's coming back, is Davey. I want to create a sign for Davey to draft him for 2013.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Go Nats

-Dan- said...

Does somebody know why they aren't showing the Nationals Baseball intro on MASN before games? I think it has been a week now.

MicheleS said...

BAM BAM!!!! Way to go! Hustle double.

-Dan- said...

There goes the no hitter, FP is back!

MicheleS said...

NOOOOO! Not a HPB for Beast Mode!

-Dan- said...

And there goes the Beast too... Let's hope he hasn't gotten anything broken, we need him in September.

baseballswami said...

I really like the way they made the pitcher work. Many, many pitches and some stress. Hope the beast is ok.

mick said...

unbelievable..... are the x raying Morse, MRI?

mick said...

Dan.....



Let's hope not

mick said...

BTW: Charlie Manual is classless... Morse hurt and he is out there arguing a third strike

MicheleS said...

WOW Carp and FP banging on the Philly fans for not showing up.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

EJax buckle up. Suzuki you need to catch foul tips

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Suzuki drop I knew would backfire.

-Dan- said...

Mick, Morse is one of my favourite players, but the HBP looked so bad i couldn't wind up thinking about that. Let's hope he'll be back in the lineup on Sunday, not only for the team but also for the Beast himself. Let's keep the Phills at 1, there's still a long way to go, and Werth is leading up in the top of the second.

djinFl. said...

Well doom and gloom showed up in a hurry.

MicheleS said...

Good Double Play there. Got out of the inning with Minimal damage. Hope Jayson scorches one out.

rogieshan said...

Cue the Bring Back Alfonso Soriano rumor.

-Dan- said...

*leading off

Great job by Ejax getting the DP ball, both pitchers had long 1st innings, let's see when the bullpens will come into play.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good dp

MicheleS said...

Wow it's really empty there. I wonder if they will consider it a seel out ;-)

MicheleS said...

SELL OUT.. geesh. fat fingered that one.

SCNatsFan said...

Seems like Ejax has Wang disease, the inability to pitch well early in games and gets stronger as the game progresses. Let's hope he gets it together soon tonight.

-Dan- said...

Lombo saves two runs, another very long inning for Jackson though

mick said...

any word on Morse?

MicheleS said...

Mick.. nothing yet on Morse.

MicheleS said...

Mick.. Latest.
Nationals PR‏@NationalsPR

Michael #Morse left tonight's with a contusion on his right hand

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on guys. this is getting old. poor hitting 2 consecutive games

djinFl. said...

contusion for morse

-Dan- said...

Contusion for Morse, Bob says everybody think it's a good news, glad to hear that.

Depot Master said...

A contusion is a bruise. It may not eliminate the possibility of a break, as the swelling may get in the way of an accurate reading.

However if it is just a bruise, perhaps the Nats have finally caught a (wait for it...) break!

Now - what is REALLY going on with Desmond?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Did they take a XRay on Morse? Why don't these guys invest in Kevlar lined gloves on the top of the hand.

djinFl. said...

Mark Zuckerman‏@MarkZuckerman

No word of X-ray on Morse's hand. We may not know that til postgame.

MicheleS said...

Ghost, no news of Xrays. and I think it was the bottom hand for morse, but not sure.

SCNatsFan said...

Contusion is good news but let's wait; some fractures are small and need films or cts the next day. Let's hope for more good news tomorrow.

In the mean time lets get some offense going boys.

MicheleS said...

Ghost, it was right hand so bottom hand, don't think Kevlar would have worked on that.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

There's so much medical news on this blog tonight I feel like I should show my insurance card and pay $5 co-pay just to be in full compliance.

NatsFanJim said...

Jackson may not be the best pitcher on earth, but he sure is the greatest battler. He never, ever gives in or gives up. I love watching him pitch.

We need some fireworks about now!!

NatsFanJim said...

I have never heard a phillies home crowd this quiet.

MicheleS said...

NF Jim, it's empty, but I am sure they will call it a sell out.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I gotta disagree with you, MicheleS. I think there's as many people at this game tonight as there were for the Monday and Wednesday games of the Atlanta series here. About 30,000. They are quiet. I didn't think 30,000 Philly Phans could be this quiet.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on hitters

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haven't hit well since Tuesday

Fear and Ignorance said...

257 consecutive sellouts...longest streak in National League history and we have people saying that 40,000+ looks empty??? They had 44,000 on Monday night and are 19.5 games back...we had 21,000. Need I say more.

Eugene in Oregon said...

NatsFanJim @ 8:20: Ever see Bob Gibson pitch?

MicheleS said...

F&I.. Interesting take on the "Sell out" streaks.

http://deadspin.com/sellout-streaks-are-fake/

-Dan- said...

It feels like the Nats are not in this game, let's hope someone can turn things around soon.

mick said...

thanks Michele.... I hope the guys are not down because they know something about Morse's injury that is not good

NatsLady said...

Jeez. They oughtta give Jackson a contract cause they sure don't give him any RUNS.

Secret wasian man said...

Second straight lackluster game. Which is the first place team?

mick said...

may as well watch a little of Good Counsel verse Bishop Gorman, can't believe Bobby Milloy is 69 years old.

Secret wasian man said...

Very concerned about the lack of hitting the last 2 games. Be lucky to get one this weekend. Go sf

Eugene in Oregon said...

So, if I'm reading the (somewhat conflicting) reports correctly, the Dodgers are about to execute a multi-player deal for -- at a minimum -- Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett. But for that to happen, the Dodgers will have to put any major leaguers (e.g., Ivan DeJesus, James Loney) through waivers. Do the Giants and/or the Nats claim DeJesus (or someone else) to muck up the deal?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

3 of last 6 games we haven't have the batters show up.This is even worse than some of the April batting.

Fear and Ignorance said...

The Revenge of the Werth-scary movie!!!

Secret wasian man said...

I'm throwing in the towell. Better get some runs tommorrow. This is really boring stuff.

JaneB said...

We need the Giants to come out guns a'blazing, especially if we aren't hitting. Yikes. The good news is Bryce is doing better.

sjm308 said...

I don't usually post during games but Sunshine Bob has driven me back to the radio once again. His homerun call on Mayberry that did not even get to the warning track was bad enough, but then saying there is still lots of time as we head into the 7th inning is just silly. They need 9 outs and Kendrick has been in command the entire game. What game is he watching?

Hoping Charlie & Dave will bring me/us luck. I will post again in the post game. Just hope the Legion of Doom doesn't rise up to the point of overpowering Swift, Michelle and others.

By the way, with all the small bones in the hand and what is probably obvious swelling, I am guessing they will wait and also probably have a hand expert look at Morse before releasing anything.
Go Nats

mick said...

with or with out Morse, this lack of hitting is a concern.

sjm308 said...

Mick - what don't you believe? 69 is just a number.
He has had a great career where ever he coached.

mick said...

The Nats were off last night, only travel is up I-95, so why we look tired is a mystery.

Secret wasian man said...

One more thought. Suzuki is pathetic. Mayne hes hurt
Bring on flores

MicheleS said...

Gee it's 3 to 2.. HMM Legion of Doom needs to slow down a bit!

NatsLady said...

Tyler Moore. FP called it! Manual left Kendrick in "one hitter too long."

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Guys hit like Tyler Moore

mick said...

hey coach... I have known Bobby over 30 years, and its just hard to believe how time has gone by so fast... you bet he is one hell of a coach, from Little Flower, Dematha, Whitman, Springbrook, Sherwood and GC!

NatsLady said...

Carp, listen, it's not a "brand new game" until it's TIED.

mick said...

how bout Tyler, that is how you step up!!!

djinFl. said...

So we ended a 21 inning shutout strech. Where is the love for that, 2 other teams never scored.

mick said...

why so much anti Carp here???

djinFl. said...

Heck Mick why so much anti at all here tonight.
We are still in first, much further along than any foresaw. Lighten up and enjoyfolks.

MicheleS said...

I am really liking Ryan Matheus.

Eugene in Oregon said...

djinFL,

But it's still okay to be anti-Braves, right?

NatsLady said...

Nice job, Ryan Mattheus!!! Now, let's get this game tied, and then let's WIN it!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Addendum Bob Carpenter Drinking Game:

Take a drink every time he says "serious jammage."

Take another drink every time he says it's a "brand new ballgame" when the score is actually 3-2.

To be continued...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Mike final good job. now more runs please

djinFl. said...

That is always a good anti Eugene.

And Mick, I here there was a serious round of golf before they left town.

mick said...

agreed DJ!

sjm308 said...

There is so much to like here. Espinosa moves seamlessly over to short, Jackson not great but 3 runs in 6 innings is not horrible. We are into their bullpen and we will be in first place by at least 5.5 games no matter what happens. I need Dave & Charlie to keep this going for me.

Mick, I just can't take Carp and actually feel the same way about the guy for the Orioles - I think his name is Jim Hunter. They are just so over the top for the home team and I really don't think Sunshine Bob is all that knowledgeable. Too many cliches and very poor reads on most balls into the outfield. No problems with people enjoying his call of the game, its just not for me.

Go Nats!! one more run (for now) please.

sjm308 said...

I vote Bastardo as one of the best names in baseball. If he was not a philly I would ask Sec. 3 my sofa to incorporate it into one of his many alias'

NatsLady said...

I love Manual brings Lindblom in just to pitch to RZ and he walks him. What's he gonna to if it goes to extras?

sjm308 said...

Charlie is just a good ole West Virginia boy! Not sure how many more seasons they will put up with him if they keep losing. He used 5 relievers yesterday so this will catch up to them soon unless his next two starters go deep. Mick, hard to believe but Charlie is younger then Miloy (and Davey).

mick said...

coach, ha ha lol

NatsLady said...

Cholly must really figure Papelbon is going to get a save if he is using 4 relievers in the 8th inning... Jayson, make him PAY!!!

mick said...

your right DJ, I forgot about the golf

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Don't leave these runner. At least Harper K on a strike LaRache swung at 1 8 inches outside

mick said...

that Bastardo lol

Eugene in Oregon said...

NatsLady: Well, they traded Wilson Valdez, so there went that option.

mick said...

Adam is not seeing the ball at all

ehay2k said...

Cholly is channelling Riggleman with all these pitching changes and double switches!

mick said...

what a time not to hit

Fear and Ignorance said...

Good job Charles Manson!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth then follows with a K on a ball way inside. this hitting much more like April then July and early August

mick said...

F and I.... OMG ha ha

mick said...

all I care about is Morse, if he is OK, I don't care if Nats lose 12-2 tonight

JaneB said...

Argh. Argh. Argh. And after a good Shark hit, too. Though I am stepping closer to mick's camp: as long as Michael is okay...though the Giants REALLY need to win tonight. Argh.

mick said...

F and I Gonzo looks like Mr Stratch in the old 1941 movie classic. The Devil and Daniel Webster, lol

ehay2k said...

Johnny Holiday is sick?

mick said...

come on Mr Stratch... its Friday...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

As good as gonzo was in 7th he has been that bad in the 8th

ehay2k said...

Big run by Utley, that little chisler!

mick said...

Jane B I don't care if Giants win tonight either, just tell em Morse will be back in a few days and I am happy

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We work like help in the top oh 8th and score 0. first pitch they swing at they single for a run. frudtrating

Fear and Ignorance said...

Mick-I'll have to look that one up...little before my time, as I am still in my early 30's...lol. Definitely a big movie buff, so will have to put that one on Netflix.

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Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Braves scored already

mick said...

F and I I think you would like it, black and white 1941 and you will see Gonzo, lol

mick said...

F and I the Manson post cracks me up because I think Jayson looks more like Jesus, although Manson claimed he was Jesus too, lol

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Drew Sore looks great again. Wish hitters would look great.

mick said...

Drew looks sharp, that is a good thing from tonight as well as Tyler's HR and Shark playing well

Fear and Ignorance said...

Mick-Well, I have seen him kill quite a few rallies, but never seen him walk on water. Lol!!!

ehay2k said...

Ugh! Not smart.

Fear and Ignorance said...

THAT was the dumbest baseball play I have seen all year. Unbelievable. Who does that???

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What the help was Espi doing. in landfills court a major fine

Drew said...

Why is he stealing when Tracy is the tying run?

ehay2k said...

I would give the Nats a C- tonight. Just not sharp at all. Golf hangover, perhaps? They do seem to have poor outings after social events.

Secret wasian man said...

Another hapless effort. Where is the heart?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Swing at balls 3 of 4 k in last to were swings at balls. That habit must go away again. Not sure why it reappeared. losing 1 angers me, but two reply make me mad. Gio must perform tomorrow

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Batters after Harper really hurt us. he is on second with 1 out and later 0 outs

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