Saturday, September 8, 2012

Instant analysis: Nats 7, Marlins 6 (10)

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A major storm system struck Nationals Park before the bottom of the ninth.
Game in a nutshell: The day began with official news from Davey Johnson that Stephen Strasburg is being shut down now for the remainder of the season, putting a damper on everyone's mood. Things remained sour when the game began with Ross Detwiler serving up a home run to Marlins leadoff man Gorkys Hernandez, then another to Giancarlo Stanton. Some bad defense and some bad umpiring left everyone in a foul mood, but then Ozzie Guillen handed over a three-run lead to the Miami bullpen, and suddenly this became a game again. The Nats rallied to score twice in the bottom of the eighth, cutting the deficit to 6-5. Then just as the bottom of the ninth was about to begin, a massive storm system swept through the area, sent fans scurrying for the concourse and delayed the conclusion of the game. Finally, after 2 hours and 33 minutes, the bottom of the ninth resumed. With a bang. Jayson Werth crushed a 3-2 fastball from Heath Bell into the Red Porch for the game-tying homer, ultimately forcing extra innings. The Nats then won in dramatic fashion in the bottom of the 10th when Corey Brown lofted a bases-loaded single into right field, just off Giancarlo Stanton's glove.

Hitting highlight: They had to wait around for a very long time, but the Nationals made it worthwhile with their game-tying rally in the bottom of the ninth and game-winning rally in the bottom of the 10th. Werth sent the 300 or so fans who stuck it out through the rain delay into pandemonium when he battled his way to a full count against Bell to lead off the ninth and sent a fastball flying into the Red Porch. That crowd roared even louder in the bottom of the 10th when Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond singled to start the rally. After Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked and Kurt Suzuki grounded into a rare 7-2 fielder's choice at the plate (thanks to the Marlins using an extra infielder), Brown delivered the game-winning hit to right.

Pitching lowlight: The numbers didn't look great for Detwiler (five runs allowed in five innings) but the left-hander wasn't helped by either his defense (which committed two errors) or plate umpire Todd Tichenor (who appeared to squeeze him on several close pitches). The Nationals were so frustrated with Tichenor, Gio Gonzalez managed to get ejected after yelling from the dugout in the top of the first. But there was nothing Detwiler could do about the strike zone except try to make better pitches, and he struggled with that all afternoon. This felt more like a Detwiler start circa 2009-10 than 2012, the young lefty letting his emotions get the best of him. He had been great at not letting that happen this season. The Nats have to hope this was a mere bump in the road and nothing more.

Key stat: With his 18th homer today, Bryce Harper matched Hall of Famer Mel Ott for the second-most ever hit in a single season by a teenager. Harper now trails only Tony Conigliaro (24).

Up next: The series concludes with Sunday's 1:35 p.m. game. Edwin Jackson gets the ball for the Nationals, facing fellow right-hander Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins.

25 comments:

MicheleS said...

woooooooooo hooooooooo!!! 86 wins! That is what I thought we would have for the entire year!!! This is SO GREAT!

baseballswami said...

Clip then Storen. Like the good old days. Did drew get the win?

dabassguy1 said...

I guessed 88 wins and I thought I was going out on the limb.

As so often happens, I was wrong. And I'm loving it.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Another signature win. It was gut check time and Werth stepped up.

Congrats to Corey Brown!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

This team has "it". You can't define "it". You just know "it."

baseballswami said...

Sweet!!!!!

Secret wasian man said...

And Ghost I luv IT

rabbit34 said...

This season is ending just the way I thought it would!

baseballswami said...

I have over-used the word " unbelievable" this season. Vocabulary challenged at this point. Surreal? I watched - I really did, but it had a dream-like quality. Once Corey Brown got up with only one out, I knew we had a chance because he can hit the ball into the air and the outfield had been vacated. How about ALR taking the extra base and sliding head first? Did you ever think you would see that? Talk about all - in!

NatsJack in Florida said...

when Mark tweeted abour the rain delay and the delema with Heath Bell coming in , I amswered that the game was over.

As I was leaving the bar my idiot Dodger fan friend hollered that I how lucky the Nats are in their come from behind wins

All I could say was "Oh well".

Positively Half St. said...

I don't know, honestly, if I would have stayed very long once that rain delay started, but I certainly was tuned in at home so I wouldn't miss the end. What a pleasure to follow a season when the 9th inning comeback was so plausible that I just had to hear it.

I admit I was ready to mope about the Braves getting to within 5 1/2, even though it likely would have meant little. Instead, the Braves' pounding of the Mets is of much less consequence, because they have to see their position in the standings stagnate.

+1/2St.

baseballswami said...

I really thought they were going to call the game. My phone was in another room and I had no idea they restarted. Happened to check just after Werth's homer and watched the rest. Impressed with Drew today. Did you notice that the first guys to get to Brown were his syracuse teammates? Moore and Lombo were going nuts!

Jim Webster said...

Wish we had stayed with the hardy 300.

Dave said...

Has anybody said how long Werth's homer was? I missed getting the ball by about eight feet, beat out to it by a much younger and more agile fan. I slipped and fell on the way, and got a green card from the usher. So I am now officially somebody.

It hit on the TABLE level of the Red Porch, the terrace above where the seats with the small red tables are. It was a blast.

I was slow on the jump because I thought it was going to the batter's eye. I am eager to see the replay on TV and see myself as the doofy middle-aged geezer trying to race a 10-year-old for a baseball.

baseballswami said...

I will definitely be watching the replay again just to see you , Dave. I was kind of looking at other things the last time!

Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa said...

That's always puzzled me, "on the horns of a dilemma."

Di-lemma. Greek. Isn't that redundant, "horns of a dilemma"?

I'm done. GYFNG.

Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa said...

Dave, you are my new hero here. What are you doing tomorrow morning? I need a left fielder.

SonnyG10 said...

Dang, I taped the game but then deleted it, so I won't be able to see you, Dave.

Dave said...

Look for a late-50s guy with a red BP cap, glasses, red T-shirt, khaki cargo shorts, black sandals, skinned left shin, and no baseball in his hand. That will be me.

Dave said...

Replay, SonnyG. I just set my DVR a couple minutes ago.

NatsJack in Florida said...

meaning the Nats are out of the play offs when the Dodgers leave town 2nd rate troll rabbitt?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Sonny MASN replaying game at 1130

Dave said...

Oops. I'm actually the doofy middle-aged guy in the white poncho left of the aisle across from where the ball landed. I stand there like a tree while those two kids jump across that railing like cats to go for that ball. Fortunately, when I slipped and fell going for it I was off-camera! LOL

Anna Peregrina said...

Hitterish, here's a good quote on "horns of a dilemma" from "World Wide Words": The original dilemma in rhetoric was a device by which you presented your opponent with two alternatives; it didn’t matter which one he chose to respond to — either way he lost the argument. When you did this to your opponent you were said to present two horns to him, as of a bull, on either of which he might be impaled. As the scholar Nicholas Udall said in a translation of a work by Erasmus in 1548, it didn’t matter to which of the two points a person made a direct answer, either way he would run on to the sharp point of the horn.
--annapmagistra, Latin maven

waddu eye no said...

another "famous dave."
some have greatness thrust upon them

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