Thursday, August 30, 2012

Game 130: Cardinals at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats open an 11-game homestand tonight against the Cardinals.
Amazing what a difference the outcome of one game can make. Had the Nationals lost last night in Miami, they'd return home today at tense bunch, their collars feeling a little bit tighter than usual thanks to a six-game losing streak. Instead, by beating the Marlins 8-4, they're a loose, upbeat group right now, having just joked around while taking the official 2012 team photo (you can sort of make it out above).

So begins an 11-game homestand, the longest of the season, with the defending World Series champion Cardinals in town the next four days. St. Louis will be up against a familiar foe tonight in Edwin Jackson (a member of that World Series club).

Left-hander Jaime Garcia gets the nod for the Cards, facing a Nats lineup that broke out of its slump in a big way last night. Plenty of updates to come, so please check back...

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv, MLB Network (outside D.C. market)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM Internet 869
Weather: Mostly clear, 84 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF
NATIONALS (78-51)
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jesus Flores
RHP Edwin Jackson

CARDINALS (71-59)
CF Jon Jay
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
1B Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
3B David Freese
2B Skip Schumaker
SS Rafael Furcal
LHP Jaime Garcia

UMPIRES
HP Mark Wegner
1B Mike Muchlinski
2B Brian Knight
3B Mike Winters (cc)

7:07 p.m. -- And we're underway on a warm, 88-degree night in the nation's capital. Appears to be a late-arriving crowd.

7:15 p.m. -- A very impressive top of the first for Edwin Jackson. He struck out Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig, displaying some filthy stuff including a 96 mph fastball. Would've had a 1-2-3 inning except he deflected Matt Holliday's comebacker and Danny Espinosa couldn't get to it quite in time to make the play.

7:26 p.m. -- Well, I guess Bryce Harper is feeling pretty hitterish right now, huh? He just crushed a 2-0 meatball from Jaime Garcia to the back of the right-field bullpen for his 15th homer of the season and his third in 24 hours. That was as impressive as any the rookie has hit lately, both because of the picture-perfect swing he put on the pitch and because it came off a tough left-hander. That's only the fifth homer Garcia has ever given up to a left-handed hitter. Nats take a 2-0 lead after one.

7:39 p.m. -- Jackson's first five outs recorded tonight: All strikeouts. Man, he is in a zone, showing off a devastating breaking ball to go along with his fastball. Then Rafael Furcal had the nerve to ground out to second base to end the top of the second, the first out recorded on a ball in play against Jackson tonight. The nerve.

7:53 p.m. -- Three innings down, seven strikeouts for Jackson. You'd think his former teammates would know his repertoire a little better, wouldn't you? Whatever the case, the Nats will gladly take it. They lead 2-0 in the middle of the third.

8:11 p.m. -- Harper takes another Garcia pitch deep to center and ... comes about three feet short of his fourth home run in two nights. No worries, the Nats still scored a run on Adam LaRoche's sac fly to right. So it's now 3-0 after three impressive innings.

8:21 p.m. -- If you know baseball, you've probably heard of the "neighborhood play," where a second baseman turning a double play is given the benefit of the doubt even if his foot is only in the neighborhood of the base. Well, Danny Espinosa wasn't even close to the neighborhood in the top of the fourth ... unless that neighborhood is the size of Montana. So props to umpire Brian Knight for making the right call there, even though the Nats weren't happy about it.

8:37 p.m. -- Make it eight strikeouts for Jackson through five innings. That gives the Nationals pitching staff 1,068 K's for the season, matching their all-time high set in 2010. And there are still 32 1/2 games left to play. They still lead 3-0 in the middle of the fifth.

8:49 p.m. -- How much difference has Werth made on the Nats lineup since his return from a broken wrist? A huge difference. Werth's updated slash line through the fifth inning of tonight's game: .344/.416/.489. Those numbers all just took a big jump up when Werth launched his first homer since coming off the DL, a towering shot over the visitors bullpen to give the Nats a 4-0 lead. There's been some concern Werth couldn't hit for power anymore. Well, he just showed it there in a big way. And that .489 slugging percentage isn't too shabby, either.

9:12 p.m. -- Make it 6-0 Nats as they plate a couple more runs in the bottom of the sixth. And who else but Werth (fielder's choice) and Harper (sharp single over the shortstop's head) to drive in those two runs. It's been a banner couple of days for the top two guys in the lineup.

9:21 p.m. -- A nice, over-the-shoulder catch by Harper to end the seventh (and possibly Jackson's night). His line to this point: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 105 pitches. Big-time stuff against a big-time lineup. Still 6-0 at the stretch.

9:38 p.m. -- Jesus Flores ropes a two-run single to left, making it 8-0, and this one has officially become a rout. So much so that Davey let Jackson hit for himself. He'll retake the mound for the top of the eighth.

9:46 p.m. -- So much for the shutout. The Cards finally score a run (their first in 28 innings) thanks to Ryan Zimmerman's airmail of a throw to first base. No problem, because Jackson still finished out the inning to complete an eight-inning, 123-pitch masterpiece. Now 8-1 as we go to the bottom of the eighth.

10:06 p.m. -- It's over. Nats win 8-1 as Michael Gonzalez finishes off Jackson's gem. That was a big-time thumping of a big-time opponent, and a nice way to open this 11-game homestand.

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Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Guai Fung!

natsfan1a said...

(You there, in the back row, stand up straight and quit goofing off. Don't make me come back there!)

Welcome home, boys. We missed you.

(You, in the first row - yes, you - I hope you brought enough gum for everybody.)

Go, EJ!! Go, NATS!!

having just joked around while taking the official 2012 team photo (you can sort of make it out above).

Faraz Shaikh said...

What does that mean, Sofa?

anyways looking forward to the series.

Donald said...

Here's hoping we get off on the right foot with a big win. Go Edwin!

JaneB said...

I want Edwin to DEAL against his former team. GYFNG!

MicheleS said...

GO EDWIN! GYFNG!!!!

This is the start of our next winning streak.

SonnyG10 said...

Let's go Nats! I feel a win coming on.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Kilgore's got a great article on the guy I first brought up on this site late last September when I saw him in Fall Instructs, Christian Garcia. If I knew how to link, I would but I got it off his tweet.

As I said last September, this guy is real good.

natsfan1a said...

Here you go, NatsJack.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Thanks 1a, I knew either you or Michele would come through.

Gonat said...

MLB Network getting ready to do piece on Strasburg purportedly 2 to 3 more starts before StrasNoMas

Gonat said...

Funny, the MLB Network just showed Mark's tweet:

Davey spoke to Strasburg on team plane last night, told pitcher he'll make "probably 2 or 3 more" starts before shutdown.

Old Wino said...

Let's keep our helmets on tonight. ;)

Go Nats!

NatsLady said...

I know we already did this topic to death but here is the CloseCalls on Harper's ejection (this is the site that tracks ejections). You can see from the comments that opinions were very divided. Interesting that not only is this Harper's first ejection, it's the Nationals first ejection of 2012.

Ejection of Harper

http://www.closecallsports.com/2012/08/ejection-143-cb-bucknor-2.html

NatsNut said...

ok boys. no more losing streaks.

GYFNG!

Another_Sam said...

Michele, did I read correctly a few threads ago: you're on pace to attend about half of the home games this year? Can that be right? That's a stunning performance. Amazing consistentcy.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Faraz, that's the phonetic spelling of "GYFNG!"

NatsFanJim said...

This is gonna be a Whopper of a series. This could be the best baseball we have seen all year -- and that's saying something.

Doc said...

For Dave & Hiramhover:

Our real C is behind the plate!!!!!

GoJFlooooooooooooooooooo!!!GoNaaaaaaaaaaaats!!!

-Dan- said...

GYFNG!!

Lady, that site is great, thanks for linking it!

hiramhover said...

Ya know, Doc, first you cry "uncle," but now you you've got me feeling like Michael Corleone--like you're trying to pull me back in.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Time to get back to my formula. Win every series.

Eugene in Oregon said...

These are some games I really wish I could attend; I can recall Cards-Nats match-ups in the not-too-distant past that were quite exciting, even when the Nats weren't exactly playing great baseball (an extra-inning Nats win over the Cardinals in 2010 was the last game I made it to in DC). And I hope the atmosphere at the park matches the importance of the series.

But at least I'll be able to watch this one live (on MLB.tv); I've been having to watch replays the past six or seven games (albeit without knowing the results). This should be fun. GYFNG!

peric said...

I see empty seats.

NatsLady said...

Yes, Carp said it was a "fashionably" late-arriving crowd and not a "good" crowd. All I can say is that I have a lot of people gone for the last weekend before schools starts in Virginia.

Gonat said...

Nice to see by EJax. Great movement!

Gonat said...

Should be big crowds this weekend. I will be there on Sunday.

Gonat said...

Kind of surprised Bryce is in there. Hope he is seeing the ball well. Garcia can be a soft tosser.

Swift Eagle said...

Early Thunder from Harper...BOOM!!!

-Dan- said...

I guess Bryce is hot, don't you think so?

Eugene in Oregon said...

Keep the pressure on; don't let up.

NatsLady said...

Apparently Bryce is seeing the ball just fine!

Gonat said...

Gonat said...
Kind of surprised Bryce is in there. Hope he is seeing the ball well. Garcia can be a soft tosser.
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Answer questioned. LOL Or maybe random thoughts answered.

Joe Seamhead said...

Who should sit against lefties? Not!

Gonat said...

Swift, Legion of BAMH

Swift Eagle said...

Haha Gonat...a little reverse whammy there...Let me try...

I'm surprised Morse is in there, hope he is seeing the ball well...

hiramhover said...

What - no helmet spike?!

Swift Eagle said...

Give Werth some credit too, worked a walk, got Garcia in the stretch early...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gonat, Do you remember when Bryce was hot after his callup he hit lefties better. It's a matter of seeing the ball well.

-Dan- said...

This is the third time this year we've gotten a 2 run lead in the first thanks to a Harper homer, right?

Gonat said...

SteveM, great point.

Swift, big time credit to Werth doing what leadoff guys are supposed to do.

Gonat said...

-Dan-, no 3 HRs in the 1st inning but on June 3rd was a solo jack!

Gonat said...

Bryce's HRs by inning:

1st 3
2nd 0
3rd 2
4th 2
5th 4
6th 0
7th 1
8th 2
9th 1

Swift Eagle said...

Molina's swing looked awful, still looks hurt

-Dan- said...

Gonat, yeah, it came after Lombo's leadoff homer against the Braves, thanks for the help, i had forgotten. The other if i remember well was in Flushing against the Mets.

Swift Eagle said...

Lol, Flores to Edwin: "Strikeouts are fascist, throw some ground balls, more Democratic"

Gonat said...

Harps 5th HR vs LHP

Gonat said...

-Dan- I just have been going through box scores, yes, 2 run 1st inning jack against Chris Young of the Mets

Gonat said...

http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=23273767&c_id=mlb&topic_id=vtp_interstate

Here you go -Dan-

Gonat said...

Swift, um, McCatty to EJax, "Strikeouts are bulls--t. Get some quick outs to your fielders".

Swift Eagle said...

Haha, if there's ever a pitching coach movie, I hope it's based on McCatty aka "quote machine"...The reporters should interview every day, he's gold Jerry, gold...

Gonat said...

Swift, he believes what he says and says what he believes.

Like it or not, he and Rizzo want hard throwers who can get K's when they really need them to strand baserunners.

Gonat said...

LaRoche doesn't have the reflexes any more like he used to. Looked like Zim last night.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

7 K through 3

Gonat said...

Gonat said...
Swift, he believes what he says and says what he believes.

Like it or not, he and Rizzo want hard throwers who can get K's when they really need them to strand baserunners.
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Like that K of Holliday

Eugene in Oregon said...

Keep the pressure on; don't let up on offense.

Gonat said...

That Werth guy sux. LOL

A DC Wonk said...

I think Harper is seeing the ball well tonight.

(Understatement of the year?)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Almost

Swift Eagle said...

I'm on board 100% with the pitching philosophy too, hard throwers get wins in October...

A DC Wonk said...

McCatty to EJax, "Strikeouts are bulls--t. Get some quick outs to your fielders".

I don't think it's that simple. Sometimes guys just can't get a bat on your stuff.

Davey mentioned that regarding Dwight Gooden. They wanted him to get less K's, and Davey said, "what? you want me to change how he pitches?"

(Yes, Gooden had problems later, but it was because of too many innings too young, and too much partying)

Gonat said...

Wonk, you are right. Its philosophy.

NatsNut said...

Maybe you guys talked about this already, but all the infield grounders looks like it might be time for another cortisone shot.

Gonat said...

LaRoche swings at ball 3 to help Garcia

Swift Eagle said...

It's also about executing pitches...certainly appears the book on the Nats lineup is to go off speed and breaking balls, but if they're not quality pitches, the Nats will kill fastballs when ahead in the count....

Joe Seamhead said...

Harper induced hustle by Ryan for a base hit. Great throw, greater hustle by Zimm. Morse walks on four pitches. ALR? We'll take the sac fly!

Swift Eagle said...

Somebody Must have missed the game last night, Zimmerman smoked the ball to right 3 times last night, he's fine...

Swift Eagle said...

Also, the Nats are still 15-3 when Werth, Zimmerman, and Morse are in the starting line-up (not including the game when Morse was HBP and left in the 1st inning)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hold them again ejax

Gonat said...

Sorry, 1 run in that situation let Garcia off the hook.

Sure, LaR got that Sac Fly but he swings at ball 3 and falls in a 2-1 count then 2-2 and lost count leverage.

Joe Seamhead said...

Well, again you gotta give Werth a lot of credit for his ability to get on base leading off.Too bad to only get one run that inning though.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Molina can't swing without pain. Why goof around with balls

Joe Seamhead said...

Gonat, I'm not saying it was a great AB by ALR but With one out I'll take the sac fly, rather then say a ground ball double play. Would've liked Desi to come through with guys on the corners.

Swift Eagle said...

Wow, now we're not giving the "Neighborhood play" Are they going to start calling that too!!

blovy8 said...

too much to allow there I suppose on the DP

Swift Eagle said...

He better make that call EVERY time now...I'm guessing he won't...

blovy8 said...

just need an out

Gonat said...

Danny has to get the lead runner.

blovy8 said...

make your pitch with the pitcher coming up

Gonat said...

I think the ump thought he had to come off the base to take the throw.

Swift Eagle said...

I'm not blaming Danny there, that call is NEVER made....Unless the base runner is named Jeter...

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

Swift, you don't think the ump thought Zim's throw pulled him off?

Now you have to call that consistently.

Joe Seamhead said...

I had no problem with the ump on that call. Danny was way off the bag. No problemo! EJax looks pretty darn good!

blovy8 said...

Yeah, but it was egregious, he was all the way off the bag and stradling nothing but dirt, not "on his way" off the bag, where one leg is kinda over it. Still, it's kind of in keeping with this whole crew to get noticed.

Gonat said...

Wonk, it was Espi, not Desi

A DC Wonk said...

Thanks, Gonat. Let me rephrase:

I disagree. The "neighborhood" has boundaries. On replay, he was pretty far off the bag -- at least 3 feet. Ump made a good call, imho. Espi came off _way_ too soon for that to be called out.

Gonat said...

Now the Nats go on 7 pitches in this inning. Just not smart the last 5 batters

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Danny still leads NL in K

Swift Eagle said...

We have umps who have trouble with Safe/Out, Fair/Foul, and Ball/Strike....How about they get those right a little more often before enforcing the "look at me" calls like the neighborhood play and ejections for thrown equipment...Get the important stuff right first blue...

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

So, following up on my previous post, since exposure to second-hand negativity and complaining destroys brain cells and makes one stupid(er), I wonder, does exposure to stupidity make people complain more?

blovy8 said...

Flores is handling those balls in the dirt really well

Swift Eagle said...

Whoa Sofa, are you saying the Legion of Doom is making me dumber? That ain't not good...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Too many balls 19 batters 33 balls

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Is that former mayor Anthony Williams in the second row behind home, in the red curly-W cap?

blovy8 said...

Man, that's not like Beltran to be that aggressive, pretty cool ending to that inning.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Top of the order coming up; keep the pressure on; don't let up.

Gonat said...

Huge K of the leadoff batter. Didn't think he would throw the slider twice in a row!

Got Beltran out of the way for the 6th inning.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Swift, not me. Scientists.

Gonat said...

Yep, Werth sux. He has no power. His ISO sux. His SLG sux.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Go werth

blovy8 said...

dazed and confused for Werth? ought to be Whole Lotta Love after that bomb.

Gonat said...

The Legion of BOOM!!!!

Joe Seamhead said...

I think somebody is very wrong about Werth not having any power anymore.

Swift Eagle said...

Anything can happen of course, but so far the NL teams outside the East just have not looked all that great to me...I mean yes Cin and St Louis have a lot of wins, but they play a lot of games v Hou, CHC, and Mil...and they didn't play the AL East in inter-league either...Nats won 5 of 6 v SF, and we'll see with the new-look Dodgers...

Swift Eagle said...

BOOM goes the Lead-Off Man

MicheleS said...

That was a blast by Werth. About 25k here tonight.

blovy8 said...

Garcia's pitches all look like they're in the 80s, not a whole lot of difference in speed if he's not hitting his spots or particularly deceptive.

Gonat said...

Espi really in a funk again. 5 for his last 37.

Gonat said...

Hoping that gives him some reverse un-funk.

Swift Eagle said...

EJax looked amped up tonight, really driving on the front leg, his stuff is moving like crazy!

blovy8 said...

EJ is TCB

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Nats Rule, Cardinals Drool....

ehay2k said...

LOL at all the Zeppelin references. "We're gonna groove" is apt tonight - for our guys easy playing and Garcia's pitches.

blovy8 said...

Good for Dan

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gonat at 8:48, good job!

Swift Eagle said...

Gonat on fire..just fixed Danny's swing

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

ehay, when the game gives you lemons, play lemon songs.

ehay2k said...

"Bring it on Home" please.

Gonat said...

Flores hitting the 5 1/2 hole.

blovy8 said...

Going for the jugular would be seding up Tyler here. But Edwin could hack something

Gonat said...

Ghost/Swift, I thought I would give it a try! Its worked twice tonight.

Swift Eagle said...

Unlucky

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Man, that is some LOUSY luck on babip.

blovy8 said...

i forgot the memo about reverse jinx psychology complaining

ehay2k said...

Sofa, I am just recycling some old junk.

Swift Eagle said...

Could have been worse, Ive seen triple plays on balls like that

Gonat said...

Lucky he didn't catch it as Desi would have been doubled off 3rd. Unlucky as it would have gone into CF if he doesn't get a glove on it.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Keep the pressure on; another hit or two, please.

blovy8 said...

ugly way to get an rbi

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

True, really bad luck would have been multiple outs.

ehay2k said...

"Baby Come on Home"

Swift Eagle said...

Eugene? are you still nervous b/c of the losing streak?or did you just take The Over tonight?

ehay2k said...

I believe Eugene is not underestimating the Card's offense.

blovy8 said...

will it be "Hats Off To Harper"

yeah, I don't leave the needle on that one...

Gonat said...

Love Bryce going with the pitch!

ehay2k said...

"Hats Off to Harper"

ehay2k said...

Ooh, coke owed

blovy8 said...

The Nats have more than Four Sticks tonight.

blovy8 said...

And Matheny may be thinking this is When The Levee Breaks...

Joe Seamhead said...

Ugly RBI? I don't think so.

Eugene in Oregon said...

No, no panic. Just respectful of the Cardinals' offense (and their whole franchise). So, as I said, keep the pressure on.

ehay2k said...

Just checked, no Walters for us to Walk.

(This is the best use some of these titles may have ever had. )

Swift Eagle said...

Very true, Cards are champs for a reason...but it feels a little like a vacation to be out of the NL East...

I mean Jimmy Rollins actually plays hard against the Nats! Cliff Lee wins games against the Nats! Carlos Lee steals bases against the Nats!...I'm glad to see some other teams..Lol

Joe Seamhead said...

I agree, Eugene. Step on 'em and grind it in
Ryan, that wasn't a strike. Oh, we'll, we picked up two more. I loved Bryce's hit, and I'll take Werth's RBI groundout. 6-0 is a good thing.

A DC Wonk said...

Gonat said...

Yep, Werth sux. He has no power. His ISO sux. His SLG sux.

Clearly a bench player, right?

ehay2k said...

Joe and Eugene, I think you are saying the Cards should be "Trampled Underfoot"?

Gonat said...

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

Yep, Werth sux. He has no power. His ISO sux. His SLG sux.

Clearly a bench player, right?

August 30, 2012 9:16 PM
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Clearly! Splinters and all!

A DC Wonk said...

Next time a Nat gets on:

"Bring it on Home"

The last week for the Nats: Good Times Bad Times

ehay2k said...

OK, Werth IS playing well. No need to rub it in to those opposing opinions.

Swift Eagle said...

I know he used to work in St. L, but man Carp sure knows a lot about the Cardinals! I'm waiting for him to tell me their food allergies when they come up to bat...

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Dang, ehay, you beat me to "Trampled."

I'm gonna crawl over to the coke machine...

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

All you people who dis Bryce....

A DC Wonk said...

Yeesh . . . Cards have 0 runs and just 13 hits over the last three games (including this one thus far).

As I wrote yesterday, I'm hoping that it's the start of a week-long batting slump for the team.

ehay2k said...

Or perhaps you are commenting on Werth's play as What Is, and Peric is saying it is What Should Never Be?

Best to find common ground, no matter how small the acreage.

A DC Wonk said...

ehay2k said...

OK, Werth IS playing well. No need to rub it in to those opposing opinions.

True . . . but the thing is: Werth has played well all season, before and after the injury. Yes, his power was down, but he has been the most consistent "get on base" machine on the team all season long.

Swift Eagle said...

Another SportsCenter moment for Bryce...and no equipment was damaged during the play...

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

Best to find common ground, no matter how small the acreage.

It's the battle of evermore...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

For those of us who saw Paul Blair play CF, I think Bryce is now playing a few steps too shallow. Good play on that one though.

Swift Eagle said...

You're right Wonk, I was a Werth-basher for a long time, have to give him his due...He's had consistent ABs all year...MMMMM Crow

ehay2k said...

Sofa, I will buy you a beer for that one!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

ehay, Thank You

; )

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Paul Blair. I loved those O's teams.

blovy8 said...

That's The Way, Sec. 3

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

I'll just ramble on, V8

blovy8 said...

hopefully there's no Communication Breakdown

ehay2k said...

Cards pitching coach must be " Sick Again"

Gonat said...

BABIP in the 5 1/2 hole

Swift Eagle said...

Ground Ball with eyes...Slump Officially Over...

blovy8 said...

How Many More Times can they score?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Flores hitting the 5.5 hole well tonight

Eugene in Oregon said...

I kid you not: When my daughter was 8 or 9 she had a pet lizard named Jesus Flores.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...
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ehay2k said...

"Stupid Pitcher"

Oh wait, not a Zeppelin song.

Gonat said...

Manassas, you owe me a Pepsi!

Swift Eagle said...

Eugene...did the lizard ever throw anyone out?

Gonat said...

3 crooked number innings tonight so far!

Faraz Shaikh said...

what? only eight runs scored so far. I am disappointed.

ehay2k said...

Gonat, I was tempted to look at the Robert Plant discography for any song with BABIP (unlikely} or 5 1/2 hole (possible).

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

The 5-1/2 Hole would be a good name for a band, better name for a bar ...

Eugene in Oregon said...

Swift River @ 9:39: No, but he beat her turtle (named Ryan Zimmerman) in a series of races that were staged as part of science fair experiment. And I'm not making this up, I promise.

ehay2k said...

Swift, the lizard may have insured his throwing leg in a freak "falling lid-weight" accident.

ehay2k said...

*injured. Dang auto correct.

Swift Eagle said...

Well Eugene, w/out a cortisone shot, I'm sure the turtle would have no chance...

blovy8 said...

the five and a half hole is about where I quit playing golf and find the nineteenth.

Gonat said...

108 pitches and counting. Why push it.

Gonat said...

Zimmerman, really?

blovy8 said...

ok, last one - that Zim throw was Over The Hills And Far Away

ehay2k said...

Ejax is tired, McCatty just gave him a "Your time Is Gonna Come" look.

Swift Eagle said...

Man, that Zimmerman Throwing thing is Weird!

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

That throw was Goin To California

Eugene in Oregon said...

blovy8,

Actually I think it took a 'Misty Mountain Hop' into the stands...

blovy8 said...

I could see Zimmerman as a turtle, but he'd be pissed thinking it was a Terrapin, being a former Cavalier, that would not do.

Gonat said...

ehay2k said...
Gonat, I was tempted to look at the Robert Plant discography for any song with BABIP (unlikely} or 5 1/2 hole (possible).

August 30, 2012 9:40 PM
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ehay2k said...

No, it was definitely headed East.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why have EJax.have a bad inning?

ehay2k said...

East, as in toward The Ocean.

Sec.3, My Sofa said...

So shut it down here, let that be unearned, at least.

Gonat said...

Ryan Zimmerman is going to get roasted on Intentional Talk with a "Got Heeeem"

Swift Eagle said...

Imagine how great it's going to be when Stras and Jordan are 28 and nobody will care about their pitch/inning counts...

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