Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Game 129: Nats at Marlins

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The Nationals need to win tonight at Marlins Park to avoid a six-game losing streak.
Another day, another attempt by the Nationals to end their losing streak. They've dropped five in a row now, last night's 9-0 trouncing at the hands of the Marlins easily the worst of the bunch.

No changes to Davey Johnson's lineup. He'll stick with the exact same starting eight that couldn't score a run off Ricky Nolasco last night, hoping these guys have more success against 21-year-old right-hander Jacob Turner (making his eighth career start).

Turner hails from St. Louis, as does the Nationals' starter tonight: Ross Detwiler. The 26-year-old left-hander was on the mound when this losing streak began Thursday night against the Braves, so it would perhaps be fitting if he was the guy to put and end to the streak.

As you know, I'm not in Miami. Please enjoy the conversation as always, and I'll be back at the park tomorrow night for the start of the Nats' 11-game homestand...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 187
Weather: Indoors
NATIONALS (77-51)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Ross Detwiler

MARLINS (59-71)
CF Gorkys Hernandez
2B Donovan Solano
SS Jose Reyes
1B Carlos Lee
RF Giancarlo Stanton
LF Justin Ruggiano
C John Buck
3B Donnie Murphy
RHP Jacob Turner

UMPIRES
HP Bill Miller
1B C.B. Bucknor
2B Dan Iassogna
3B Dale Scott (cc)

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TheManBearPig said...

Let's hope the Nats can keep Turner pitching from the stretch most of the night. Singles, not fly balls. Keep runners on base, keep pressure on Miami pitching.

natsfan1a said...

Come on, Ross and Nats. Win one for Brian on his birthday. :-)

peric said...

N1a,

I don't think Mark is a Nats fan ... :)

MicheleS said...

Per Amanda, looks like there was a team meeting. Hopefully, it was just relax...

Amanda Comak‏@acomak
The #nats are holding a team meeting today. Sounds like it was coaches/manager called, not called by players. No one seemed alarmed.
One veteran player said he saw it as a really good thing, good to come together every now and then and get everyone on the same page.
Davey is not a huge fan of team meetings but he picks his spots. Held one in Pittsburgh in May.

A DC Wonk said...

NatsLady said...

Wonk--you don't think Stras felt the pressure when he saw the Nats flubbed around and didn't score in the top of the first?


No, I don't. Teams are usually (more than 50% of the time) scoreless in the first inning.

But, if he _was_ effected by it, well, then, he didn't "step up."

MicheleS said...

1A.. agree.. a Nat's win for Brian's Birthday.

Plus Cookies and Cake (or mashed bananas)

natsfan1a said...

Mark is neutral but maybe we can get to Brian. :-)

I don't think Mark is a Nats fan ... :)

natsfan1a said...

If nothing else, maybe on home games Brian can root for the bottom of the 9th to be canceled at Nats Park so his dad gets home earlier. :-)

natsfan1a said...

Maybe mashed banana cake? hmmm...I may need to rethink that one.

A DC Wonk said...

Amanda Comak‏@acomak
The #nats are holding a team meeting today. Sounds like it was coaches/manager called, not called by players. No one seemed alarmed.


Great! I was just thinking that this was the perfect time to call one.

And I was imagining Davey saying something along the lines of:

Well, we didn't think we would coast to the playoffs, right? So, let's just get back to basics. Let's see some patience at the plate, some quality at bats. You guys are good, so all you need to do is to play within yourselves, keep the focus, and trust your teammates.

peric said...

The meeting might have been to convey the points that Rizzo during the "fracas" which Davey alluded to when he said they were "valid and taken to heart"?

JaneB said...

I am rooting for Ross to see his opportunity to pitch the dickens out of the Fish. And may the team meeting have woken up a few of our bats.
GYFNG! Happy Birthday, Brian Baby!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Time to get the act together and start inning at least 5 in row.

JD said...


Manassas,

How about we win 1 in a row?

sm13 said...

Yes JD, let's take it one day at a time, and the good lord willing.....

rabbit34 said...

Jacob Turner. Another new guy pitching against our impotent lineup. This is going to be ANOTHER one of those times when a rookie (eighth career start) pitches like Cy Young against us. We are on the road to at least 10 losses in a row. Hopefully, one of our stoppers will prevent that from happening. But, WE NEED BATS!! This is the pits.

natsfan1a said...

Just keep grinding 'em out and maybe we can help out the ballclub. :-)

sm13 said...

Yes JD, let's take it one day at a time, and the good lord willing.....
August 29, 2012 5:59 PM

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I take them One at a time. I also assume I will win every one of them.

MicheleS said...

Well, at least they still have a sense of humor..

James Wagner‏@JamesWagnerWP
Davey on why he called meeting: "I was watching all those speeches last night on the Republican Conv. & I said maybe I outta give a speech"

Secret wasian man said...

Rabbit cmon. Lets wait until at least the 3rd to start complaining. I would however, have put in some differnt guys tonight. Lombo especially.

Secret wasian man said...

Lets go NATS. PLEEEEEEEASE don't force me to turn on the Redskins game tonight.

natsfan1a said...

Maybe he oughta look up spellings before Tweetering. :-)

maybe I outta give a speech

natsfan1a said...

What are these potatoes you speak of watching, SWN? Speaking of which, gotta go make dinner.

Secret wasian man said...

Would be nice if Werth (who has the WS experience) would hold a players only meeting.

Secret wasian man said...

Natsfan1a, very funny. I hope it was a joke and not a politically correct lecture. I prefer mashed BTW

mick said...

I got a good feeling tonight, I think Ozzie and his team are in for a long night

MicheleS said...

SWM.. definitley a joke (1a doesn't no pointy ball sport). I like twice baked with lots of cheese.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nats have not been swept in a two series trip since 2009. GYFNG

sm13 said...

So, did Davey's speech include the word "lollygagging"? Given the lack of hustle on the bases and the pitchers' lack of focus with men on base, it might have been appropriate.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on batters. new night. lets kick a$$

rabbit34 said...

Zzzzzzzzzz............

MicheleS said...

Here is Amanda's report on the team meeting

MicheleS said...

Good Night Rabbit.. Sweet Dreams.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Harper is a sucker for the breaker.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Team meeting must not have said score in the first.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

.165 BA leadoff man for Fish.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

No Harp, alligator arms.

Grandstander said...

sigh... here we go again...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Is Det going to Torre on that call? That is an E8

JayB said...

Yea Davey sure knows how to keep em lose and focused.....These guys need kick in Ass in the worst way. They are embarrassing to watch and telling jokes in a team meeting is not getting it done!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Detwiler threw 6. extra pitches based on Harps blunder.

MicheleS said...

So it's a positive half inning. The Fish didn't score.

NatsLady said...

Good on Det for not losing his cool. Kid is growing up. :)

JayB said...

that is true...he used to make faces...roll eyes and get lite up after stuff like that.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady, sigh of relief on Reyes liner.

phil dunton said...

Harper is hurting the team big time while Bernadina rots on the bench. Who is responsible--Davey or Rizzo? This is just as painful as watching H-Rod trying to pitch.

MicheleS said...

Who has the scouting report on this kid Turner? I know he was a top prospect for the Tigers, but that's it.

NatsJack in Florida said...

8 pitch inning with 2 K's. Another Cy Young candidate throwing at the vaunted Nats.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I figured the team meeting stressed taking pitches. that is why of 4 k in 2 innings 3 were looking.

phil dunton said...

The way the Nats are hitting, they are going to make even a marginal pitcher look like Sandy Koufax.

Nattering Nat said...

Davey to team: I'm so happy we had this little chat. Now can someone, anyone, on this team please get a HIT?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MicheleS, throws fastball, slider and curve and very inconsistent.

That K pitch to Morse when he's hot is a hard line drive.

MicheleS said...

Thanks Ghost. At least Ian made contact :-)

Liking the ground ball outs by Ross!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MicheleS, he will miss locations and that's where you have to beat him.

MicheleS said...

Pads lead 2-0 bottom of the 4th

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

PADRES score 2. One with a double One with a grounder

MicheleS said...

Manassas.. I like Diet Dr Pepper...

JayB said...

This team still needs a leader. It is not Zimm that is for sure. Werth...not a chance...Ian D is the only one close to any leadership qualities. He should get in the face of Morse and Adam and Werth and tell them stop taking fastballs right down the middle. Have some fight and get mad about getting shown up by a rookie pitcher with 5 starts and a 5+ era!

Davey is missing the boat here. This team is full of wimps who want to be told it is all OK to lose.

Swift Eagle said...

Marlins should take the field next inning with just the pitcher, catcher, and first baseman, apparently that's all they need...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My goodness the first time through line up was Warhol. Only Desmond hit the ball like a hitter. The third inning 3 broken bats to the pitcher.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Swift and a LF when Desi comes up

rabbit34 said...

I just woke up. So, how we doin'? Did we get any hits yet???? Zzzzzzzzzzzz..

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Error allows braves to score unearned run

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Love that high K by Ross.

MicheleS said...

JayB.. How do you know that isn't happening? Who knows what goes on behind closed doors?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Pleeeeze no more 3-2 counts to opposing pitchers...

Swift Eagle said...

In the losing streak Nats now have 47 strike outs and 6 walks....and 3 of the walks were in 1 game...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Chopper dropped an easy pop up. man on second 2 out

MicheleS said...

It's time people. Repeat after me:

JINX JINX JINX JINX JINX!!!!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

No way was that a double off of Harps glove. I have zero hits in my cranial scorebook.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MicheleS!!!!

Swift Eagle said...

Michele is a little spooky....Lol

MicheleS said...

I wish I could conjure up Lotto numbers. I would by a Winnebago and follow the Nats around.

Swift Eagle said...

Michele, I hope you always use your powers for good...

Swift Eagle said...

FINALY!!!!!!

MicheleS said...

Yup, Always for good as you can see by BAM BAM's HR!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Mistake pitch MicheleS!

Swift Eagle said...

I just threw confetti at my TV...time to Celebrate!!

MicheleS said...

RABBIT WAKE UP YOU ARE MISSING THE HITS!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Good job Bryce. Tell phil dunton to rot on rhat!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nats score 2 Padres score 2

Swift Eagle said...

Oh Michele and Jack...must you poke? Haha! They'll be back soon enough...Last night, one of them actually predicted the team would fold and move away (again)..

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Bryce Harper rules. Anyone who disagrees, drools....

MicheleS said...

BEAST!!!! HOW AWESOME

Swift Eagle said...

Beast Mode...How the hell is that not a HR??!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

What is the definition of a triple?

An extra base hit where La Roche is able to score from first....

MicheleS said...

Swift, I actually like Rabbit, I take His/Her/Its commentary more as snark.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Some days your balls just go where you want them to....

Swift Eagle said...

Starting to look like the 2012 Nats again...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Padres 4-1 after 5

JaneB said...

I remember these guys. Team meeting every day till Octoberr whatevereth. That's my advice.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

And just remember, the Marlins and the Phils are the favorites to win the NL East this year....

Cwj said...

Indeed, now this is the Nats we've grown used to seeing this year.
4-0 inning still not over.

Detwiler is looking very sharp as well

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

5 Hitters woke up.we want more next inning. go Nats. go Padres.

det time to stop them after we scored

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Hey, the Redskins are on tonight, too!

rabbit34 said...

Huh....Huh....Whaa Happened!!! Four hits!? Oh, FOUR RUNS!!!!! ALL RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

You remind me of my father, Rabbit....

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Everybody complains about the so-called trolls, so I came on specifically to cheer our big lead and nobody is bothering to post, so maybe me thinks people on here doth protest too much and I am signing out.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Great team meeting today Davey. And way to go team leaders.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Padres just escaped bases loaded.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stoltz gets out of bases loaded jam 4·~1 bottom 6th

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

AMBUSH!!!!

MicheleS said...

BAM BAM hit ball FAR!

NatsJack in Florida said...

And another one for phil dunton.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

3-0 HARP AMBUSH!!!!

Swift Eagle said...

There goes Harper "hurting the team" again...Lol

JaneB said...

Wowza! more of that, Bam Bam.

MicheleS said...

I wonder what Ozzie is thinking right now?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MicheleS, coincidence his initials are BAMH

sm13 said...

You can see how much quite Harper's body was on both hr swings tonight. Hope he can keep it up for another 2 months or do.

sm13 said...

That's "quieter" not quite...

andrew lang said...

Swift, remind me again, is it the Region of BAM?

Secret wasian man said...

Sorry I'm late. Gloom and doom is here when things are good. BRYCE. It's still going baby. Lotta fast balls on 1st pitch. Wack em baby

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Bryce Harper Rules

ehay2k said...

Finished work, turned on the game, and Werth starts off the 4th, then BamBam goes big!

Get a follow up phone call, come back, Harper up (wait, what inning is this? Fifth?!? How...) BAM dang BAM.

Tempted to go do something else for 15 minutes then come back and see if he can hit three in a row. :-)

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

5-0 lead. I hope Davey keeps a close eye on Det.

andrew lang said...

Bryce with a really nice catch there. Nice to see him turn his day around.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Bryce Harper Rules

Jim Webster said...

Exhale. At least for a while.

MicheleS said...

Tommy Hansen out for the Barves.

Gonat said...

Ghost, The Legion of BAMH for sure tonight.

Jim Webster said...

Exhale. At least for a while.

MicheleS said...

An Austin Kearns sighting.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I will mention it now, Det pitching on 2 extra days of rest.

JaneB said...

Isn't it nice to see Ross grinning like that?

MicheleS said...

Bryce has 14 HRS at 19. Mickey Mantle 13 at 19. how nice is that.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Griffey Jr. at 16, Ott at 19, both are doable.

ExposedinDC said...

Detwiller= Stopper

Gonat said...

William, thanks for that! That is rare company!

Gonat said...

5-1 lead and you are issuing freebies to the leadoff man?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

No free passes. make them earn everything

MicheleS said...

Interesting little nugget:

Peter Gammons‏@pgammo

Strasburg's 150 1/3 IP are 15 more than The Great Nolan Ryan threw before age 24

dabassguy1 said...

And nice work, those who often post when things are not going well. It's good to see you all when things are going well. Balance is good. I don't post much, but read almost all the posts. Back to lurk mode.

GYFNG. Bam-Bam

NatsJack in Florida said...

And the lead off walk scores yet again. Now does Det crumble or get tough?

Gonat said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...
5-0 lead. I hope Davey keeps a close eye on Det.

August 29, 2012 8:30 PM
______________________________

Since you wrote that 30 minutes ago, I would say he gave him a lot of rope.

MicheleS said...

Ghost/Gonat.. At least the bullpen is up.

MicheleS said...

and now we have a Lombo sighting

Gonat said...

I hate to say, not a good finish to his night. Went from a gem to a so-so night because of that leadoff walk.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Amazing. I believe Carlos Lee can out run both LaRoche and Morse.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What took them so long. walking a lefty .201 average guy was enough for me. we can't afford to give this away. soon as Eskimo got the hit the switch should have happened. bad managing this time

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MicheleS, his pitches were up in the 5th. After the leadoff walk I would have pulled him.

Not happy with Davey giving them an opening.

rabbit34 said...

The rabbit is going back in his bunny hole for a few days. Hope we win. See ya Sunday.

Gee, I hope we hold onto this game!

NatsJack in Florida said...

And you know Stamton has a big fly in him on his bobblehead nite.

MicheleS said...

I HEART Ryan Matheus!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Great job by Mattheus.

MicheleS said...

Ghost. I think that is all part of Davey's plan to let the Pitcher learn how to work out of jams and make adjustments. He did it with the Mets, he is doing it with the Nats. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't (looking at you Stras)

NatsJack in Florida said...

Good call Michele. And I thought the pitch to Lee could havegotten him out of the inning.

But the lead off walk with a 4 run lead was inexcusable.

MicheleS said...

Sweet! Pads up 6-1

NatsJack in Florida said...

Padres up 6-1 bottom of the 8th.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Dr. Pepper, huh, Michele.

MicheleS said...

Umm.. anyone warming up yet?

MicheleS said...

Or a beer.

Secret wasian man said...

Can not lose this game. This would just be devastating

MicheleS said...

Venters is getting hit. 8-1 Pads

Secret wasian man said...

At least if we blow this we can blame the pitching and not the bats. BTW even though braves lose we need a win

MicheleS said...

SWM.. we always need wins. Barves losing is just icing on the cake

Swift Eagle said...

We're on pins and needles in the 7th inning of a game on Aug 29!! Imagine how great October is going to be...

Got to love this game...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Devastating would be a levee breach in New Orleans.

This is entertainment.

Secret wasian man said...

Agree Michele. Getting more than a little nervous.

Swift Eagle said...

It's just 1 of 162 SWM....no matter what happens tonight the Nats will have to play well in Sept to make the post-season...

MicheleS said...

So.. is it DRUUUUU or Sean for the 8th?

Secret wasian man said...

Your right swift. I just sleep better when we win. Haha. Burnette and clip should be fresh. Let's get some runs.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Man, I already had this down in the winner's column.

Swift Eagle said...

I know Davey likes to play for the big inning, but I'd be a fan of some small ball here in the 8th an 9th...Another run would feel pretty good

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MicheleS, I hear you and would heartily agree with a 5 game winning streak.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hitters back to taking night off. pitchers giving 5-0 lead and gave 80% back already.

Swift Eagle said...

Looks like Sean for th 8th, Drew sitting down

Secret wasian man said...

Yes yes yes. Lets get a run here.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We need to get Zim in. no Tom foolery

NatsJack in Florida said...

Righ center field shot by Zim is encouraging.

Secret wasian man said...

La Roche is not delivering. First pitch swinging? Ughh

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

LaRache didn't get message

Braves lost 8-1

Swift Eagle said...

Big knock by the Beast

MicheleS said...

Okay.. LaRoche advanced the runner and he did get a hit earlier in that horrible shift.

And yes the Barves lost 8-2 (Manassas, they tacked on a run in the 9th)

Let's lock this one up.

Secret wasian man said...

Yeah baby. Morse the beast.

MicheleS said...

Sweeeeet.. Insurance run!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks beast. go Ian

sm13 said...

Nats showing a bit of fight. Maybe the pep talk is paying fividends ?

MicheleS said...

Carp and FP are getting loopy in the booth

NatsJack in Florida said...

Zim 1 out double, LaRoche (already with 2 hits) moves him to third, and Morse drives him in.

Not bad for some veterans.

MicheleS said...

That some great Goon Squad stats for the pinch hitters.

ehay2k said...

Why is baseball so up and down?!? Why can't they just hit the same, and pitch the same, every time out? Sheesh! :-)

MicheleS said...

Not happy with the Onion's brother.

Gonat said...

Nats not getting the leadoff man out.

ehay2k said...

Bench is looking pretty good, at least of batting avg. RBIs, and other stats matter. I guess the Mike Cameron issue is a non-issue?

Gonat said...

No Zim you didn't.

Gonat said...

How does Zim miss that completely. Come on. I can see knocking it down but that is a horrible effort.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Is Sean Burnett a spy?

MicheleS said...

bad hop?

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Yeah, sometimes I would prefer solid over flashy at 3rd.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

A hop yes but Zim got air. A single becomes a double.

ehay2k said...

Off night by Burnett, but defense didn't help him there.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

You have to get leather on that.

JaneB said...

Davey's leaving US in to see how we do under adversity. Let's go NATS! See the curlie W, guy. Go get 'em Storen.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Yeah, Bryce needs more time in the minor leagues....

MicheleS said...

Best Throw by Harper in about a month.

Swift Eagle said...

And now it's Stanton....Gulp

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

ehay2k, not bad by Burnett, found holes.

sm13 said...

Why are we pitching to Stanton?

Swift Eagle said...

This is a tougher situation for Drew than all those 9th inning saves he had last year...

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