Friday, October 12, 2012

NLDS Game 5: Cardinals at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
It all comes down to Game 5 tonight at Nationals Park.
And so it has come to this: A winner-take all, decisive Game 5 of the National League Division Series, the Nationals and Cardinals hoping to emerge victorious tonight and advance to face the awaiting Giants in the National League Championship Series beginning Sunday night (either in D.C. or San Francisco).

As was the case for Game 4, Davey Johnson will have an extra arm available in his bullpen: Edwin Jackson. Unlike Game 4, though, Johnson wouldn't use Jackson in a setup role like he did with Jordan Zimmermann. Sounds like the only way Jackson would appear in this game is if it goes extra innings.

Before it ever gets to that point, of course, Gio Gonzalez and Adam Wainwright will take center stage, a rematch of starters from Game 1 in St. Louis and an Aug. 31 encounter here at Nationals Park (a 10-0 blowout win for the Nats). We should have a sense early how both pitchers are going to be, and with the late starting time, there won't be any talk of sun or shadows for this game.

It will, however, be much colder than it's been for any game all season. If you're one of the lucky ones holding tickets, make sure to bundle up. You'll need to with a steady wind blowing in from left field.

Enjoy this game, everyone. You never know when you're going to get to experience another one like it. Plenty of updates and analysis here, as always, throughout...

NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES - GAME 5
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 8:37 p.m. EDT
TV: TBS
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), WTEM (980 AM), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 52 degrees, Wind 11 mph in from LF
NATIONALS
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 Gio Gonzalez

CARDINALS
CF Jon Jay
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Matt Holliday
1B Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
3B David Freese
2B Daniel Descalso
SS Pete Kozma
RHP Adam Wainwright

UMPIRES
HP Alfonso Marquez
1B Ed Hickox
2B Paul Emmel
3B Marvin Hudson
LF Joe West (cc)
RF Jim Joyce

8:39 p.m. -- And we are underway on another electric night at Nationals Park. Great stuff pregame, with Gen. Martin Dempsey (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) removing his jacket to reveal a personalized Nats jersey before throwing out the first pitch. The crowd roared "Gio! Gio!" as Gonzalez walked in from the bullpen. Then everyone roared again as the highlights from last night's win were played on the scoreboard. Nothing left to do now except say ... play ball.

8:47 p.m. -- Three pitches in, and it looked like Gio was still in Game 1 form, falling behind Jon Jay 3-0. But he battled back to get Jay to fly out to center, then after allowing a bloop single to Carlos Beltran struck out Matt Holliday on a devastating curveball and got Allen Craig to fly out to center to end the inning. Seventeen total pitches, 12 strikes, but if you throw out the first three balls, Gio fired 12 of his last 14 pitches for strikes. That's the top of the first he and the Nats needed.

9:00 p.m. -- So, about that question whether it's possible for momentum to carry over from one ballgame to the next ... I'm gonna go ahead and say, yeah, it does. Wow, what a bottom of the first from the Nats. Jayson Werth picked right up where he left off and poked a double down the left-field line to get it started. Bryce Harper then missed his first career homer by a couple of feet, settling instead for an RBI triple off the wall in front of the Red Porch. And then Ryan Zimmerman, as only he can, ordered up a round of hot cortisone shots on this chilly October night for everyone in attendance: 2-run bomb to right-center. Yes, seven pitches into the bottom of the first, the Nats led 3-0, with three extra-base hits. Stunning. This park is absolutely rocking.

9:11 p.m. -- Just when it looked like Gio might get himself into a jam in the top of the second, he battled back. After a one-out single by David Freese, he fought back from a 2-0 count to strike out Daniel Descalso. Then the Nats caught a huge break, with Freese attempting a delayed steal(?!) and getting thrown out to end the inning with Pete Kozma at the plate. Still 3-0 as we go to the bottom of the second.

9:22 p.m. -- A one-out single to right from Kurt Suzuki, who had been hitless since his RBI in Game 1, but he's stranded there as Gonzalez can't get a bunt down and Werth flies out to center. We move to the third...

9:30 p.m. -- Three innings down for Gio, and he's already got four strikeouts and zero walks. At this point five days ago, he had five walks and two strikeouts. I'd say he's rediscovered his groove tonight.

9:46 p.m. -- Sweet. Fancy. Moses. The Nats have taken a 6-0 lead after three innings, knocking Wainwright out of the game. And they did it in style, with Harper crushing his first career postseason homer, then Zimmerman roping another double, then Morse crushing a two-run homer into the left-field bullpen. Harper becomes only the second teenager ever to homer in the postseason, joining Andruw Jones in 1996. (It should be noted Harper will only be a teenager for three more days; he turns 20 on Tuesday.) What a scene here on South Capitol Street. The crowd is bonkers as the Nats open up a 6-0 lead.

10:00 p.m. -- Don't pop the champagne corks quite yet, folks. This one ain't over, and the Cards showed some life in the top of the fourth. After Beltran drew a leadoff walk, Holliday sent a double down the third-base line, bringing home their first run of the night. Gio calmed down, though, and got a big strikeout of Freese with a man on third to end the inning and keep the lead at 6-1.

10:30 p.m. -- Uh-oh, Game 1 Gio has returned. That turned the top of the fifth into a white-knuckle affair, with the lefty walking three batters (one with the bases loaded) and uncorking a run-scoring wild pitch. The Cards didn't score via a base hit, but they did score twice to trim the deficit to 6-3. It could've been much, much worse, though. Gio battled to get Molina to fly out to right to end the inning and strand the bases loaded. His night could be over after only five innings, though, with the Nats now leading by only three runs.

10:32 p.m. -- And with that, I'm handing over the keys to the live game blog to Chase Hughes so I can get started writing my instant game story. Hang in there, everyone...

10:50 p.m. -- Chase here for Mark. Trevor Rosenthal mowed the Nats down in order in the bottom of the fifth with seven different pitches hitting triple digits. He struck out Harper and Zimmerman before getting LaRoche to pop out. Stammen started the seventh for the Nats and gave up a quick single to David Freese. He then got Descalso to line out for the first out. A would-be double play grounder by Kozma was bobbled by Espinosa so Davey had to bring Burnett in for the final out. On to the bottom of the seventh. (UPDATE: should have said bottom of the sixth)

11:03 p.m. -- The Nats get two on in the seventh with two outs. Espinosa got on with a walk (no, really he did) and Suzuki followed with a single. Bernadina came in to pinch-hit for the pitcher and struck out to end the inning. Edwin Jackson will take over in the top of the seventh.

11:15 p.m. -- Jackson got off to a rocky start with a single to Jay and then a double to Beltran. Holliday grounded to Desmond who made the play at first to give the Cardinals a run. Jackson then got Craig to strike out, but then walked Molina to put two men on. Instead of going with Mattheus who was warming up, Davey stuck with Jackson and the move paid off. Jackson struck out Freese on four pitches and we now head to the bottom of the seventh. (For real this time)

11:29 p.m. -- Boggs came in and set the Nats down in order. Werth, Harper, and Zimm put the ball in play but right at Cardinals players. Top of the eighth here we go, Tyler Clippard takes the mound ready to do what he does best. 6-4 Nats still.

11:43 p.m. -- If it wasn't already tense at Nationals Park, Clippard certainly helped. The Nats setup man allowed a leadoff homer to Descalso to make it a one-run game. Three close counts later and he's out of it alive. 6-5 Nats with LaRoche due up in the bottom of the eighth.

11:58 p.m. -- The Nats get a huge insurance run in the eighth. Back-to-back singles by LaRoche and Morse gave them two runners with no outs. But Desmond and Espinosa were retired to leave it up to Kurt Suzuki. Suzuki worked a 2-2 count before hitting a single up the middle to make it 7-5. Drew Storen now in to shut this thing down.

12:20 a.m. -- Disaster in the ninth. Drew Storen allows four runs to give the Cardinals the lead. He began by giving up a double to Beltran, then walking Molina and Freese. Then Descalso hit a single to tie it. Then Kozma hit a single to put to more up on the board. Werth, Harper, Zimm up to fight for the Nationals' 2012 lives.

12:30 p.m. -- The Nationals go down in order, an unbelievable turn of events. The Nationals' season is now over as the Cardinals rush the field. 45,000+ absolutely stunned.

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natsfan1a said...

Leaving for the park shortly. Hope to see some of you at picnic tables behind 312 about an hour before the game. Look for a Natsinsider sign on the table. Be there. Aloha. Go, GIO!! Go, NATS!!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Packing my Maalox now. See you all at 312.

And Go You Freakin' Nats Go! (GYFNG!)

Good luck to all, and travel safely.

baseballswami said...

Cheer them on for us!! I will be right here glued to the tv, texting with my sons and my friend in Iowa. Hope some of you will be here keeping me company.

PFB Balls of Fire said...

Just listened to Charlie's call of the Werth homer. Damn I'm pumped. I know y'all at the game will make us proud.

ehay2k said...

Am at the park - at the Fairgrounds. Standing by the neon green containers. Come on by.

ehay2k said...

Am at the park - at the Fairgrounds. Standing by the neon green containers. Come on by.

MicheleS said...

GO GIO! GO NATS BATS! GYFNG!

JaneB said...

I worked out a way to get my husband the car keys so he can get his warmer clothing and ticket. The solution was just a good tip away. So I will see you up behind 312! Smart idea to get a sign!

What extremes of weather these guys have had to endure, Sunday will be warmer. But we get there throough tonight.

Is anyone else excited but not done on by nerves, the way I am tonight? And the way I have NOT been the last week or so? I feel like, "ok. THIS is how post season goes. Got it." it's a good feeling. I'd like to be able to experience it beyond tonight.

GYFNG! Seriously. Joyfully. Indubitably. GYFNG!

waddu eye no said...

Y'all got body heat and natitude times 45k to keep you warm. Enjoy

Gyfng!!!

NatsNut said...

GYFNG!

See you at the park!

SpingfieldNatsFan1 said...

Wish I could be there tonight....it's my wife and daughter's turn tonight after I got the experience of a lifetime last night. I'm not ready for the season to end yet....GO NATS!!! Hope to see everyone Sunday night if I can score some standing room only Tim.

Constant Reader said...

GYFNG!

Love my baseball team.

Love all you guys here on NI.

Contemplating throwing up.

Serenity now!

baseballswami said...

Was that a Haiku?

Constant Reader said...

No; a panic driven staccato release of random thoughts as I walk out the door.

On my way to 312.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Let's win one for Teddy Lerner!

PFB Balls of Fire said...

We need some GYFNG! T-shirts.

MicheleS said...

Wind is blowing in and its cold

phil dunton said...

Judging from the ongoing Yankee-Os game, there won't be much hitting tonight. This cold weather kills the offense. The key tonight is Gio's control. No walks allowed!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lets get going right from tje beginning

baseballswami said...

I hope some of you are going to be posting during the game. I need help with sanity!

NatsJack in Florida said...

swami..I'll be posting.

baseballswami said...

Oh, good. You are always sane and sensible!

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Wow fingers are crossed, rabbits feet are being rubbed, no one stepping on a crack on the way to the park!!!!

Let me reassure you all. This is in the bag --

Nats 6 Cards 2

Piece of Cake -- everyone chill. Congratulations in advance to the Nats!!!

SCNatsFan said...

Please let our stars show tonight

baseballswami said...

I have not washed my lucky game shirt. Good thing no one else is here. It's my Natitude shirt. Go Nats!!!!!

baseballswami said...

O's lost to the evil empire.

Eugene in Oregon said...

To echo a couple of posts I read earlier (in other threads), whatever happens this evening, this season has been a great ride for everyone -- players and fans alike. Except for one winter league season while living in the Dominican Republic, no baseball club I've ever considered 'my team' has had a run even remotely like the Nats have enjoyed this year. And I'm glad I experienced so much of it through this blog (thank you Mark Z.!), where the commentary is almost entirely intelligent and enjoyable to read. I believe it was the first Cardinals series when I first urged the Nats to 'score early and then keep the pressure on' and today I repeat that mantra. GYFNG!

waddu eye no said...

Must. Sync. Tivo.
Cant. Miss. C&D.
Cant stop thinking if nights in the deck listening to chad closing, then "take me out. "
Before i got satelliite.
Times has changed.

Gyfng

waddu eye no said...

And before iphone auto spell. Jeez

NCNatsie said...

A's and O's both out. That leaves only one upstart team. Perfect. GYFNG!

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Posting from Duffy's...stay with us, Swami!

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

NCNatsie, you did mean St Louis, right?

baseballswami said...

Is this the last series to be decided?

baseballswami said...

Section3-- your mission: do not let me go all legion of doom. I hate myself when I go there!

NatsJack in Florida said...

swami...stay inside, preferably on a first floor and we'll keep you on the good side. First things first is Gio throwing strke one to every hitter.

baseballswami said...

It's still surreal for me that we are actually playing in the post season. Watching the national broadcast, seeing NatsPark so crazy- just seems like a dream. This has been awesome.

NatsJack in Florida said...

It's something you can never take for granted. Just enjoy!

djinFl. said...

Let's play some baseball

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

I'm here until my battery dies, Swami! Remember The Man In The Arena!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Time to barrel up, guys. Work the count and crush your pitch!

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

3 down, 24 to go!

baseballswami said...

Gio!!! Busting out the teddy speech was epic! The ledge is not calling me yet.

Nicky said...

Jason!,,

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

So there's 1 tv here with a soccer game on. Poor bstds trying to watch that, good luck

Bambam!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Two Barrel Ups!!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Three Barrel Ups!!!!!

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Like I said, people ,-- chill

This game is in the bag -- already done and won in the cosmos.

natscan reduxit said...

... to echo what a few of you have said, G Y F N G!!! Get your October Natitude in gear.

Nicky said...

Not a bad start

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Not to shabby

dabassguy1 said...

I forsee the swami being able to avoid Legion of Doom status.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Pretty pitch for strike 3 on ALR nothing he could no on that one

natscan reduxit said...

... someone help me get a check on my emotions, please. Like the Yog said, "it ain't over til .." well you know.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Time for Morse to cut loose

dabassguy1 said...

Can you believe he struck out? We should fire the hitting coach.

Just kidding. Loving this start.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Nobody here hit the high note. NP.

djinFl. said...

I love the way they keep carrying on about our fans.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Nonono. Don't let Wainwright back on.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Thats okay 3 Gio is going to completely shut this Cards team down

NatsFanSinceStart said...

We have to lay off that curve!!

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Damn I ought to be there -- we all ought to be out there.

NatsJack in Florida said...

GIO THROW STRIKES!!!!!!!

baseballswami said...

Well, that was interesting. Should have added on , though ; )

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Shut down inning needed

Nicky said...

4 down 23 to go

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Jack, I don't mind wild, I mind wild IN the strike zone.

Nicky said...

5 down 24 to go

Nicky said...

6 down 21 to go

baseballswami said...

Was that a caught stealing by a Nats battery??? Awesome!!!

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Ok, that was a better AB from Danny there.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Still....When you are 3 runs up...there is no reason to nibble.

baseballswami said...

That was the ugliest bunt attempt ever.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Swami, he didn't even foul it into his own face. I've seen MUCH worse. Did suck, tho.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

It's not nibbling, it's "favorable deviation."

Nicky said...

7 down 20 to go
Every out is a step closer to victory

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

*UNfavorable, rather

Nicky said...

8 down 19 to go
Closer

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

But it seems to be working

Nicky said...

9 down 18 to go
1/3 of the way to win

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

I don't think Gio's planning in matching Verlander, tho.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Add-on runs. Play small ball and whatever it takes.

natscan reduxit said...

... oh my, but Gio is a magician tonight. How could Bean let him and Kurt both go to Rizzo. Peacock and Milone must be very good indeed.

Go Nats!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

And ANOTHER BARREL UP!!!!!!

Exposremains said...

Harper..You could just feel it.

natscan reduxit said...

... Bryce Harper is ... [Error: superlative overload, superlative overload]

Go On Nats; just Go On!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Better. HR by Bryce. Told you he was just missing them. Both hits with JAYSON WERTH's bat.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

What are Zim's chances for a triple?

Hey Swami, how's this?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hsrp and Zim 2 extra base hits each

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on laroche advance Zim

natscan reduxit said...

... I want to hear from all you Michael Morse detractors now please.

NatsJack in Florida said...

AND ONE MORE BARREL UP!!!!!!

natscan reduxit said...

...I thought maybe next week I might just go "Walking with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay".

Come On With Me, You Nats!!

waddu eye no said...

Charlie : " wings for everybody"

Gonna be a crowd at hard times!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

See......Simple game....... throw strikes.......barrel up......

peric said...

I said they needed one of these ... never expected it to happen in the final, key game.

Harper and Morse ... where are all the gloom, doom, fire Rizzo, gut the team negaanons now?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My radio 4 secs.ahead so i can reaf text and look up

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desi fishing tonight

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Is it too early to sing San Francisco"? Yeah.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Wow....Espinosa struck out. who'd of thunk?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Shut down inning time again.

Smatt1001 said...

This is just pure awesome! GYFNG

Swift Eagle said...

6 Extra Base Hits and 7 K's in 3 innings!!

That's How we Roll...

Legion of BOOM!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

It's all about throwing strikes.

rogieshan said...

Evidently, the Nats hitters prefer night baseball. Hope Gio can keep his focus.

natscan reduxit said...

... sorry Sofa, you're right of course; it IS too early to sing. But I'm so excited I simply can't help myself.

Move On, You Nats!!

baseballswami said...

Don't start counting chickens . It's early and it would appear that Gio might be letting them back into this game.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

How long do I have to harp on no ealk especially lead off walk. Seems like that concept is totally not coached

NatsJack in Florida said...

OK Gio.....walk someone else now. that seems to work.

Nicky said...

10 down 17 to go up 5
It's all about outs

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

That darn leadoff walk.

baseballswami said...

I just hate lead off walks.

Nicky said...

11 down 16 to go
Ok no runs

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Was that really a double. looked foul.

Nicky said...

12 down 15 to go
No runs
Looking good

Smatt1001 said...

Not a bad recovery by Gio but we still need to keep them off the board

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Well lead off walks scores again.

baseballswami said...

Need to add on, then shut them down.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Ghost, it just caugjt the bag. Good call.

Jim Zurer said...

The Presidents race gets stupider and stupider. What a travesty!!!! Great game though.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

My Cortizone Shot is finally coming. I will let you know

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Need a shut down inning for real this time.

baseballswami said...

Oh, Gio . Please shut them down. Please ??

baseballswami said...

Gio not long for this game?? I hear the ledge beckoning.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Who's up?

NatsJack in Florida said...

I am so pissedt the inability to throw STRIKE 1!

It gets you in trouble every time..

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

In the pen, I mean

baseballswami said...

I hope Davey doesn't let this get out of hand.

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

If you are not afraid to hit 0-2, you can't be afraid to pitch 3-0.

baseballswami said...

I just can't believe Gio is pulling this crap with a big lead. And no one up in the pen???

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why does McCatty always wait till troble already started to go out?

13 Out 14 to go. need a double play

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Gio shown signs of being gassed last inning.

He IS gassed now. Bases jammed, one out

yet the Bullpen remains quiet.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

What is Davey seeing. I can't tell except on DeScalso he missed badly and these walks can't continue.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Gio has thrown his curve for a strike just 3 times. Where has his curve gone??

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Get him gio

NatsFanSinceStart said...

If Gio blows this lead ... I'm gonna start thinking him a choker!!

Now a wild pitch!

Gio, you are a choker!!

Smatt1001 said...

Need to get out of this inning.

baseballswami said...

Really, Gio?? This again?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Damn you Gio throw strikes. They gave you a 6-0 lead and your nibbling. Why?

NatsFanSinceStart said...

still no bullpen action ...

NatsFanSinceStart said...

G E T H I M O U T O F T H E R E !!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What are you doing. all you have to do is show control. Why nibbling?

Smatt1001 said...

TBS is now commenting on the lack of action in the bullpen...

baseballswami said...

This is on Davey. No one warming up.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

He's classic high pressure choker

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Davey, what are you seeing? I don't see anyone warming. What am I missing?

Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa said...

Got to grt somebody up here Davey.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Allan Craig

got a bad feeling

baseballswami said...

Everyone on the ledge right with me tonight.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Curve ball 2 feet inside 1-0

NatsFanSinceStart said...

2-0 another curve waaay inside

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why balls?

NatsFanSinceStart said...

high fast ball gio got lucky

Smatt1001 said...

Finally Stammen up in the 'pen.

natscan reduxit said...

... Stammen up.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Craig takes another pitch literally 3 feet outside

one pitch from forcing in a run

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Whoa, Gio had a GIDP linebacker there and barely gets it to Suzuki.

I see Staymen warming.

natscan reduxit said...

... 3 & 1. Does he have another strike?

baseballswami said...

What is Davey thinking???????

Smatt1001 said...

RBI Walk...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Davey what are you waiting for a grand slam?

NatsFanSinceStart said...

BALL FOUR
3 WALKS THIS INNING
10 WALKS FOR GIO IN LAST 8 INNINGS

A RETURN OF HIS OAKLAND FORM
BASES LOADED STILL
NO CHANGE OF PITCHER

Smatt1001 said...

The Nats bats better be ready...

NatsFanSinceStart said...

bALL WAAAT HIGH

baseballswami said...

Seriously??? No reason for this!!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Just throw strikes. Gio is his own worst enemy..

And NatsFanSinceStart....please know that the regulars at this site consider you as mostly a troll.

natscan reduxit said...

... we've had a good pen all year. Now it's time to prove it.

Go Pen! Go Nats!!

baseballswami said...

I mean, if they get hits, you get it. But handing them run after run???

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why does Gio have innings like this. it is totally crazy. You cant nibble. We need runs as the Cards are going to score more

baseballswami said...

Trying to remain level but scratching my head at this point.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

That wasn't nibbling, that was loss of command.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

This is scary, people.

Our 'Ace' cannot find the plate -- two straight games -- and alarming wildness!!

What is wrong with Gio?
Can he get himself together?
is it nerves?
Can we go anywhere without him?

rogieshan said...

Near disaster of his own making.

I wouldn't bring Stammen in with the sacks drunk either, but why not warm Garcia or Mattheus?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

After the inning I think Gio was yelling over his shoulder. Gio needs a mirror. Absolute meltdown with the bottom of the order.

Nicky said...

Ok
15outs
12left
Up by 3

NatsFanSinceStart said...

I'm concerned about Gio's Big Game performances. Is he so high strung, that he is a liability on the mound in the playoffs??

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Damn it ball 4 swung at. You dont see cards stop rallies by swinging at ball 4.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

I saw that, Ghost. almost looked like Gio was yelling at the ump. -- if he was yelling at the umpire, Gio is a quite a fool or a baby.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Since Morse homer team back to games 1-4 hitting style

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Rosenthal sure can bring it

NatsJack in Florida said...

It's thinking that that you can place your fastball in a particular spot instead of "HERE IT IS, HIT IT!"
I'm not sure Gio can do either when he's over throwing.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

No more base runners bull pen. our hitters have gone dorment after the great start.

baseballswami said...

Maybe Gio is out of gas . He is so high energy, he just burns himself out. Maybe the intensity of the season has him depleted. Just think in such a decisive game there should be a quick hook. Mattheus was good on Sunday, pen is pretty fresh. Why not use them? Seems like always Stammen.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desi you must make that play darn you.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

It almost seems like Davey wanted Gio to get his 5 innings.

NatsJack in Florida said...

These guys are defending Champs. They are not going quietly into the night.

But nothing changes.....throw frigging strikes.

And Desi has to make that play.

natscan reduxit said...

... sorry but I don't have a lot of faith in Stammen. And now Desi misses a ground ball. I'm feeling queasy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

11 Outs to go.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Turn 2. Let's go and get out of the inning.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Quit nibbling damn it

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Tailor made. Espi is in there for defense CLEARLY. Have yoake that play.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

10 Outs but Espi who cant hit worth a crap decides to ot field worth a crap either

natscan reduxit said...

... Stammen is gone - whew. Now we need Mark De R to lead the guys in another big Teddy quote.

Go Nats!! we still believe!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Sean Burnett......LOGY...one out and one out only....Throw friggin strikes!

baseballswami said...

When was the last time Burnett pitched ? This is just scary. Too many outs left.

natscan reduxit said...

... on to the seventh. I'm not sure I have enough fingernails left.

Come On, Nats - Go!!

Nicky said...

Ok
18 outs
9 to go
3 run margin
Gyfng

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Goid news is Rosenthal is out if the game and LaRussa is quickly using his bench.

baseballswami said...

LaRussa???

NatsJack in Florida said...

And now we go to the toughest 9 outs in baseball.

But right now, add ons would really be helpful.

JayB said...

Davey's choice to play Danny E all NLDS and stick with "his guy" (Gio) even when he knew that he was imploding may well cost this team the what should have been an easy win.

Davey is very stubborn...not really what you want in the playoff elimination game. You use everyone that can help you with each AB and Each pitch....Davey did not do that tonight.

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