Monday, April 15, 2013

Game 13: Nats at Marlins

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Marlins Park hosts the Nationals on Jackie Robinson Day.
MIAMI -- First off, as I publish tonight's game thread, there is news (and some very upsetting photos) coming out of Boston, where there apparently were a pair of explosions near the marathon finish line, seriously injuring many people. A baseball game in Miami seems pretty insignificant at the moment, but this is a baseball blog, so we'll proceed with the news of the day from the Nationals.

Two starters are not in Davey Johnson's lineup for this series opener against the Marlins: Danny Espinosa and Adam LaRoche. Espinosa took a pitch off his right wrist yesterday, so that's not a huge surprise. (Steve Lombardozzi will start at second base in his place.) Not sure yet whether LaRoche's absence has to do with the bad back that sidelined him last weekend in Cincinnati, or whether this has to do with his .147 batting average to begin the season. In either case, Tyler Moore gets his first start of the year at first base.

The Marlins have their own big-name player sidelined tonight: Giancarlo Stanton continues to be hampered by a bad shoulder, so Miami's only true offensive threat will be on the bench. That should make things considerably easier for Jordan Zimmermann, who will be looking to get the Nationals back on track after their weekend sweep at the hands of the Braves.

It's Jackie Robinson Day around MLB, and every player on the field for every team will be wearing No. 42 in his honor. Given the events unfolding in Boston, now seems an appropriate time to remind everyone how much the sports world unites us all, no matter our individual backgrounds.

Updates to come...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 185
Weather: Indoors
NATIONALS (7-5)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
2B Steve Lombardozzi
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

MARLINS (2-10)
LF Juan Pierre
CF Chris Coghlan
3B Placido Polanco
1B Greg Dobbs
RF Justin Ruggiano
C Rob Brantly
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
2B Donovan Solano
LHP Wade LeBlanc

UMPIRES
HP Alan Porter
1B Jerry Layne
2B Greg Gibson
3B Mike Estabrook

7:12 p.m. -- We are underway. They held a moment of silence prior to the national anthem to honor the victims of today's events in Boston. But now it's on to baseball as Wade LeBlance delivers ball one to Denard Span.

7:30 p.m. -- Well, that's one way to forget about a bad weekend of baseball. The Nats scored four times in the top of the first before any batter even made an out. Five hits and a walk, with Ryan Zimmerman and Tyler Moore each driving in a pair on base hits. The only real mistake: Bryce Harper getting thrown out trying to reach third base on Zimmerman's single. Even then, Harper might have been safe. It's 4-0 as Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound.

7:35 p.m. -- A nine-pitch bottom of the first for Zimmermann, who retired the side with ease. Yes, it's only one inning, but it's pretty remarkable how different a game against the Marlins is from a game against the Braves. 4-0 Nats after one.

7:48 p.m. -- Zimmermann just cruising along here early. He's retired all six batters he's faced, striking out a pair to open the bottom of the second. He's only needed 22 total pitches through two innings, which end with the Nats still up 4-0.

7:58 p.m. -- Wow, back-to-back-to-back, two-out doubles from Desmond, Moore and Lombardozzi in the top of the third, bringing home a couple more runs. Desmond is now 2-for-2 with two doubles. Moore is now 2-for-2 with three RBI. It's 6-0 and what few fans are here tonight are not enjoying the proceedings.

8:04 p.m. -- Make it 9 up, 9 down for Zimmermann on 31 pitches. Hasn't come close to breaking a sweat tonight.

8:17 p.m. -- Mike Redmond decided he'd seen enough of LeBlanc after 3 2/3 innings and 74 pitches. So in came John Maine to face Ryan Zimmerman ... who immediately deposited Maine's very first pitch into the Clevelander bar behind the the left-field fence. It's 8-0 Nats as Zim rounds the bases on his first homer of the season. Feels like the Nationals are taking all their frustrations out on Miami tonight.

8:21 p.m. -- Well, there won't be any perfect game or no-hitter here tonight. Chris Coghlan sends a sharp base hit up the middle with one out in the fourth, ending Zimmermann's run at perfection. Then again, Zimmermann immediately got a double-play grounder, so he's still faced the minimum through four, and he's needed only 38 pitches to do it.

8:30 p.m. -- And the hits keep on coming in the top of the fifth. Lombardozzi, Suzuki and Span all singled, with Span's base hit bringing both guys home to make it 10-0. Roger Bernadina then pinch-hit for Werth, who is still on the bench and appears to be fine. Looks like Davey is just going to use this blowout to give a couple guys a breather and get some of his bench players at-bats. 10-0 as we go to the bottom of the fifth.

8:37 p.m. -- Another ridiculously efficient inning from Zimmermann, who is through five scoreless innings on all of 48 pitches. Only three balls have left the infield. He's just absolutely cruising here.

8:51 p.m. -- The Marlins finally got to Zimmermann in the sixth, plating a pair of runs on two hits and a hit batter. So, there won't be any shutout tonight. There may not even be a complete game. We'll see. It's now 10-2 Nats going to the seventh.

9:10 p.m. -- Zimmermann laboring more as the night wears on. He gave up another run on three hits and a walk in the seventh, making it 10-3. His pitch count is up to 84. Will Davey still let him go the distance. If he can get back on track and complete the eight at less than 100 pitches, I think so.

9:27 p.m. -- Make it eight innings on 98 pitches for Zimmermann. He certainly looks like he could finish this one, but it appears Rafael Soriano is warming in the pen as we begin the ninth inning. So Jordan may just have to settle for his second career eight-inning start. Still 10-3.

9:34 p.m. -- Here's Zimmermann back out for the ninth. He does own one career complete game (though it was only eight innings). Tonight, he'll try to go nine for the first time in 84 career starts.

9:37 p.m. - There it is: Zimmermann goes the distance on 103 pitches. Nats win 10-3.

175 comments:

Eric said...

Man...I hope LaRoche is just being given a breather and that he isn't injured or anything...

UnkyD said...

I thought this was mildly amusing... Jr. Gwynn's response to a heckler...

http://www.break.com/index/tony-gwynn-jr-owns-heckler-2433694

UnkyD said...

Be interesting to see if T-Mo and Lombo provide an offensive spark....

baseballswami said...

Jackie Robinson Day, the day Lincoln died, explosions at the Boston Marathon on Patriot's Day. Puts losing a couple of baseball games in perspective.

do1teach1 said...

A few thoughts before we start the Marlins series:

A caller to the pre-game radio show on Sunday asked about Zimm’s throwing. Dave and Charlie were full of happiness and assurance that Zimm wasn’t going anywhere, and it was all about the shoulder. Post-game, cheery Phil Wood kept all the focus on the shoulder, and said the problem Friday night was that Espi got to the bag too late—total nonsense. I have heard no commentary on the very real possibility that the problem is in Zimm’s head and appears to be getting worse. I hate the thought of Zimm going through the yips, but it looks like that may be where we’re headed.

I was in 209 for the Friday night debacle. There were a bunch of Atlanta drunks in the first row. They were super-blitzed and turned to taunt us when Atlanta did big things. It was very unpleasant. I have attended victorious Nats games at Turner Field and never taunted anyone. We used to think of Southern manners. But, with declining standards of fan behavior across the country, some people want to imitate Philly fans now.

The Nats organization spends a lot of its time congratulating itself on drafting players, developing them, and on being super-deep at every position on the field—including of course our legendary bench. After what Atlanta just showed us, the Nats PR team might want to boast a little less in the future.

Every manager in baseball will ensure the DJ quote “Nationals: World Series or Bust” is the last thing his players see before they take the field against us. Saying this was a huge mistake.

I’m not panicking about the season, but I do wonder if we’ve got enough guys who have that demonic determination to win. All costs, no prisoners, no alternatives. We have some of these guys. Whether we have enough of them will determine what happens to the Nats this season.

EmDash said...

LaRoche got his hand run into by a runner yesterday on an offline throw by Zimm, if I recall, so they could be giving him a day off as a precautionary measure for that.

Yeah, the news out of Boston makes it hard to be too worried about anything related to the team today.

Laddie Blah Blah said...

"Be interesting to see if T-Mo and Lombo provide an offensive spark...."

I suspect Lombo will give the Nats an offensive lift out of the 7-hole.

And TyMo needs the reps. I think he's a guy who needs to play everyday to stay sharp. I had thought they might send him down to Syracuse to work on his defense and improve his approach at the plate. Owings seems to fit the profile of a bench guy better than TyMo, anyway.

And Skole will be playing every day (when he comes off the DL), learning both 3rd base and 1st base, while TyMo languishes on the bench. When ALR leaves in 2 years, Skole will have 2 years of honing his skill set at 1st base while TyMo will have a collection of pine splinters to offer as his resume for that 1st base job.

baseballswami said...

About the ATL fans-- remember the wild card game? That is who you are dealing with. It did not used to be that way with their fans. Even ten years ago their fans would never have trashed their field. New breed? Please, Nats fans, can we not let that happen here?

Laddie Blah Blah said...

"Puts losing a couple of baseball games in perspective."

Three killed, at first report. Two explosions, about 40 seconds apart. It's Patriot's Day up there. No news, as yet, on the cause of the explosions. The blast reportedly went off at the finish line. I don't believe in coincidences, and that's about 3 too many for me.

Eric said...

"I have heard no commentary on the very real possibility that the problem is in Zimm’s head and appears to be getting worse. I hate the thought of Zimm going through the yips, but it looks like that may be where we’re headed."

I think the dude spent a season throwing the ball specifically to accommodate an injury, and now is having to shake that off...but, we'll see...

Eric said...

"I don't believe in coincidences, and that's about 3 too many for me."

I would be almost as shocked to learn that Boston was an accident as I am that it happened in the first place. Really hope the casualty list is minimal :(.

Gonat said...

Lefty pitching so if LaR is resting, good time for it and TyMo needs to get going!

Gonat said...

Thoughts and prayers to the injured in Boston.

baseballswami said...

Glad the team is away right now.

Eric said...

Oy...

natsfan1a said...

Seconding Gonat, thoughts and prayers for those injured or killed, and for their loved ones.

UnkyD said...

Teach: I would be disappointed in a professional commentator who wanted to bang any. "Mental/head issues" drums after two weeks of a player coming off an injury that forced him into an unnatural throwing motion for most of the previous season. That is the purview of we, who post semi-anonymously, on blogs... Zim might have issues, but I'd certainly give him several more weeks to find his fielding stroke...

Gonat said...

SportsCenter ‏@SportsCenter
BREAKING: Boston PD reports 23 injuries, 2 deaths in marathon explosions. Reports say police are still finding "secondary devices."

Bob Saget Nats Fan 101 said...

My thoughts and prayers are with those affects by the boston explosions

Gonat said...

Senseless acts of violence carried out by chicken sh-- terrorists that spew hatred and live for their hatred of Americans, but yet they will live in our country.

I just saw a video. It's bad. Blood and body parts.

Gonat said...

Just read the lineups. No Giancarlo Stanton in their lineup and according to Mark will be one less on their bench. Sounds like he is day to day. I think this is day 3 or 4 he is out.

NatsLady said...

I have been cooped up in my studio for hours, didn't even know there was news in Boston til I saw the word here. Very upsetting. Could have been the baseball game, might have been way more casualties. I don't know how you protect a big event that is all over town like a marathon. We have them here all the time. Prayers out to the victims & families.

mick said...

out of the mood for baseball tonight, my prayers are with all the families of victims

NatsLady said...

mick, I feel the same. I doubt they will postpone games all over the country but they already postponed sporting events in Boston of course.

SonnyG10 said...

Echoed from above, my prayers to those who were injured or killed in the Boston Marathon event and their families.

A DC Wonk said...

Ditto -- a good reminder to us that this baseball thing is a _game_.

Which is why I try to follow the advice of: get happy/high when they win, but not to get cranky/low when they lose. (It sure helps one live longer!)

SonnyG10 said...

Can't let the terrorists dictate how we live. Let's play ball and beat the Marlins tonight.

Rabbit34 said...

Even if Moore and Lombo don't do anything great, nothing great was being done anyway. Although, I must say, I am pleased at Espinosa striking the ball. He is at least giving it a chance this year. Zimmerman should sit out many games also. We need to give the lineup a shot. We need bats! It would also be nice to have someone who can throw from third to first and not from third into the stands. Just another night at the park.

NatsLady said...

The video from the Boston Glove is absolutely terrifying, especially when the 2nd bomb went off. If you have never lived through a city bombed in a war, that is what it is like--devastating, mentally, even if you are not injured.

NatsLady said...

Apparently the Rays-Red Sox game ended 40 minutes before the explosions and they were able to get to Baltimore. Pachelbon lived right above where the bombing took place (from Twitter).

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Time to get back to winning.

Candide said...

NatsLady said...If you have never lived through a city bombed in a war, that is what it is like--devastating, mentally, even if you are not injured.

My mother grew up in Paris during WW II. To this day, the sound of ambulance, police, or fire sirens gives her the willies.

And that's all I'm going to say about bombings here, because I'll eventually write something Mark is forced to delete.

Candide said...

Everyone wearing #42 always reminds me of that Monty Python skit about the philosophy department at the university of Australia.

JaneB said...

Sports DO unite us. Thank you for writing about Real World stuff, Mark.

GYFNG! Be awesome goons!

Old Wino said...

Great job Mark.

Old Wino said...

By the way, am I the only one that hates the stadium in Miami? What were they thinking?

Section 222 said...

Condolences to the families. Horrible day.

Ok, this is my last comment on this topic, but I can't resist.

MLB Now (with Brian K and Harold R, moderated by Kristina A) did a piece on Jason Heyward's hustle today and showed an overhead view of Zim's throwing error on Friday night that I hadn't seen before. It's absolutely clear as day that any commentator who said Zim had no chance to get the runner at first or who said that Espi is to blame for the error was absolutely dead wrong.

The play is at minute 18 of the show if you happened to record it. When Zim's throw was about halfway to second base. Heyward is maybe 8 feet from the base. Danny is closer to the base, and on a line to where a good throw would end up. The batter is literally only halfway to first at that moment. When the ball arrives at second, Heyward and Danny are both already there. Even on a good throw with Espi in perfect position, Heyward would have been safe. (At least only one run would have scored.)

At that moment, the batter was at least four to six steps from first. It was a long throw, yes, but if Zim had a major league arm, he could have thrown out the batter and we would have won that ball game. Case closed.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

good job zim.


Arg never make iut 1 at third

Candide said...

Harper might have been safe there, but he was a bonehead.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Though he was easily safe. Not sure how ump mised that.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Time for Tyler to get off the 0 for 2013.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas, the throw beat him by a mile. He's out. Can't do that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

TyMo good hit.

Zim looks hurt.

NatsLady said...

RZ looks terrible! Something is wrong with him.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And he does. Plus 2 ribbies.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Agreed Candide @7:21

Steve J, Alexandria said...

Zims hurt -- Rendon is coming up, boys and girls!!!

they'll start with Lombo at 3rd and work in rendon.

Its a Hammy Mammy!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

When a throw beats Bryce by that much you are out.

Steve J, Alexandria said...
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Depot Master said...

Wow. That #42 is pretty good!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Still enjoying this. Keep going.

Steve J, Alexandria said...

"Time for Moore to get off his 0/13" haha

time to give him some ab's, that would be nice.

Lets let Zim get off his 0/13 homer drought. But with his Hammy, he wont get that chance until may, maybe Never

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

A lot of cursing you can hear.

Steve J, Alexandria said...
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Steve J, Alexandria said...

If JZim ever throws a no no, maybe its tonight!!

Rabbit34 said...

Top of the first. 4-0. I don't believe this lead is anywhere big enough for the Nats to hold. LaRoche did well...oh, that was Moore. What can you say about Zim, huh? Hey ma, look what I did!!!! Yea, go nats.

Gonat said...

NatsLady said...
RZ looks terrible! Something is wrong with him.

April 15, 2013 7:24 PM
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He's still out there unless there's another 42 at 3rd.

Scott Margenau said...

TMoore and Lombo !!! Ty baseball gods!!

Rabbit34 said...

NatsLady, yes. I somewhat kid about Zim, but he reallly doesn't look good.

Gonat said...

Interesting how BABIP giveths and takeths. Span and Zim with those balls that found there way through. On Sunday, they're outs.

Mark Zuckerman said...

Steve J: Watch it. Tonight is not the night to push people's buttons. Please keep it civil and respectful.

That goes for everyone out there.

Candide said...

Thank you, Mark.

Gonat said...

LaRoche in the dugout "Why did I get this game off. I could go 4 for 4 against this guy".

Candide said...

MASN has a cruise ship?

I hate Angelos even more now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I didnt see what he wrote, but nothing on the field h
as happened to upset anyone yet.

Gonat said...

Steve J, Alexandria said...
If JZim ever throws a no no, maybe its tonight!!

April 15, 2013 7:33 PM
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Thank you Mark! If Stevie J can post like this or be constructively critical then I say welcome. I do like his post above.

Gonat said...

Wow, K's Ruggiano on a sizzling 4 seamer!

Faraz Shaikh said...

Mets game postponed as NatsLady thought was likely. But I do want to see Harvey against Nats.

Faraz Shaikh said...

Cincinnati is 5-7. I wonder how their fans are panicking.

A DC Wonk said...

a little luck, a little skill . . . nice combination

- Stanton not playing: he already has three home runs off of JZ. Nice break for us.

- LaBlanc: has an ERA of 0.00 this year after the first inning -- nice to jump on him in the first today

- Nats: hit the ball sharply, but on the ground in the first inning -- nice that all those grounders went through for hits

I feel good tonight -- and JZ is dealing

NatsNut said...

Don't get too comfy with this 4-0 lead, boys. Keep it coming.

Candide said...

Nats jump out to a quick 4-0 lead. Pitcher's dealing. Nats bats go to sleep.

Wait a minute, didn't I see this show last week?

Candide said...

NatsNut, I think I might owe you a drink. What say you?

Gonat said...

Rendon goes yard again!

Gonat said...

Rendon with a double and a HR. 2-3

TyMo!!!!

NatsNut said...

Tyler owes LaRoche a nice steak dinner.

Gonat said...

Goon squad!!!!!!!

Candide said...

Okay, starting to feel better now...

NatsNut said...

Not sure Candide. Can we call in another judge?

Gonat said...

NatsNut said...
Tyler owes LaRoche a nice steak dinner.

April 15, 2013 7:55 PM
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TyMo needed that and deserved it. This is what should have been done earlier against the lefty pitching.

RickH said...

Amen, NatsNut. And they are!

Candide said...

Ooh, John Maine. I remember being at a Nats-Mets game and Dunn hit a monster HR off him.

Brendan said...

Man, bring in some relief for Jackie Robinson, he is getting lit up out there.

Scott Margenau said...

Wow! T Mo + Lombo and instant offense! Come on Steve!!! Preach it!

Candide said...

NatsNut, I'm feeling generous; I'll head over to NIDO and pour you one. BRB.

A DC Wonk said...

ok, so I jinxed LeBlanc. So sorry (not).

So, he ERA ain't 0.00 after the first anymore.

GYFNG!

A DC Wonk said...

Candide said...

Nats jump out to a quick 4-0 lead. Pitcher's dealing. Nats bats go to sleep.

Wait a minute, didn't I see this show last week?

Nope. New show this week!

NatsNut said...

Cool, Candide. I've arrived!

Candide said...

NatsNut, 1a already owed you two. You lost your virginity a while ago!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gotta love JZimms pitch count. 9 that inning for a total of 31 through 3 innings.

Gonat said...
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Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

It's a simple game, for a thrower, catcher, batter ...
"A little luck, a little skill ..."
With the emphasis on the latter!

Gonat said...

Bryce is bummed. Everyone is hitting except Bryce and JZim and Zuk.

RickH said...

Well that pitching change worked. Go Zim!!!

Gonat said...

There's nothing wrong with ZIM

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

zim hits with bad leg

NatsJack in Florida said...

Uh....want to add Zim to the hit parade there Gonat?

Candide said...

When you hit them out, you don't HAVE to run well.

Gonat said...

Ian Desmond almost decapitated Maine.

Gonat said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
Uh....want to add Zim to the hit parade there Gonat?

April 15, 2013 8:15 PM
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I wrote JZim. RZim already had a hit, now he has 2.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harp slumping 0 for 10

NatsJack in Florida said...

My bad.....you're right, Gonat.

Any chance we'll see you next Sunday at the O's/Dodgers game?

Gonat said...

Oh well, no no-hitter tonight.

Gonat said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
My bad.....you're right, Gonat.

Any chance we'll see you next Sunday at the O's/Dodgers game?

April 15, 2013 8:20 PM
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I can go Friday night.

NatsNut said...

this is starting to feel as if we're coming home and kicking the dog after being bullied by the boss all day at work.

Candide said...

I STILL haven't ever seen one. Saw Mussina come within an out or two of doing it once.

JZimm still facing the minimum through 4.

Candide said...

NatsNut said...

this is starting to feel as if we're coming home and kicking the dog after being bullied by the boss all day at work.


Dammit, where's that "like" button? :-)

A DC Wonk said...

38 pitches for JZ after four. I like this.

NatsJack in Florida said...

We're not getting to DC till Saturday.

Sweet! Another quick 7 pitch inning for a total of 38 through 4!

NatsJack in Florida said...

I owe you one Wonk. I'll mark it up in the morning.

Gonat said...

DC Wonk, agreed. Only one long at-bat on that K of Ruggiano.

Gonat said...

JZim needs to join the hit parade!

Scott Margenau said...

Damn! No hitter gone. Anyone else loving this lineup? Granted marlins are not good, but still...

Candide said...

"Too early to call off the bunt?"

Seems I recall the Nats losing to the Cubs after leading 8-0 last year.

Pour it on.

Gonat said...

Carp just pulled out an old word of Bryce Harper's "hitterish"!

Gonat said...

Candide, July 20th to Barves last year was a 9-0 lead.

Candide said...

Yeah, but the Barves were a GOOD team.

Candide said...

Keep kicking that dog.

Gonat said...

That was great Jayson Werrrrr Bernadina. WTG, Carp!

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

"this is starting to feel as if we're coming home and kicking the dog after being bullied by the boss all day at work."

I was just thinking of a Far Side cartoon: two huge cowboys drinking at the bar with a very much smaller cowboy sitting next to them. Drunk at the end of the bar yelling at the small guy, "You! Yeah, I'm talkin to you!"

RickH said...

Desmond flashing the glove!

A DC Wonk said...

48 pitches after five. Outstanding.

Gonat said...

I posted yesterday that their would be a Fish Fry today as the Nats would take out their frustration on Miami.

NatsNut said...

LOL, Sofa.

Gonat said...

I hate when Bryce plays outside of his disciplined game plan. He's swung at some lousy pitches.

A DC Wonk said...

JP & Carp note: Nats outscoring Marlins 21-1 this season thus far.

Ouch.

Joe Seamhead said...

Hi, everybody. So glad all of the Nats are doing well tonight.
An emotional afternoon and evening here. One our best friends' girlfriend ran the Boston Marathon today. Her mom, brother, daughters were all up to cheer her on. Her brother was waiting at the finish line for her, across the street from the hotel when one of the bombs went off. He saw the explosion, but thankfully didn't get hurt, neither did our runner friend Jill. Nothing but dumb luck, or fate. Our friend got a call from his girlfriend right after it happened, and she was understandably a bit of a basket case. Folks, hug a loved one tonight. Prayers for all of the victims, and their families, and for the USA.
GYFNG!!!

Candide said...

Happy for your friend and their family, JS.

Candide said...

...and that's why you keep kicking the dog...

Gonat said...

Sorry Carp, JZim went a full 7 innings vs the White Sox last week.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Nevermind what I said before. This is my new run-in music.

WARNING: It is so invigorating!

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

I remember a time not so long ago Zim would have lain out and caught that little looper. Sigh. He was better at that than anybody I ever saw, in those days.

Gonat said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
We're not getting to DC till Saturday.

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If you aren't doing anything Saturday around DC, you should come to the Big Train Redskins Celebrity softball game in Bethesda.

Gonat said...

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...
I remember a time not so long ago Zim would have lain out and caught that little looper. Sigh. He was better at that than anybody I ever saw, in those days.
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No doubt about it. He just looks off, uncomfortable, and a little doughy. I'm sure with the shoulder he couldn't do his normal off-season workouts either but at least offensively maybe tonight is the start of something.

NatsNut said...

I don't care if it's 22-3, I still want to see us play good baseball. Doesn't sound like we are at the moment.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Gonat, indeed. Sec 2 here was just asking why for the love of Doubleday Zim was still in this game.

"Two words: Wally Pipp." I said. "After all these years, all baseball players know that name. There's a reason for that."

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Yeah, Zimm has as secure a job as anybody on the roster. Still, the culture is what it is.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

So JZnn threw three strikes and walked the guy on four pitches.

I can relate.

Gonat said...

JZim getting squeezed. 3 of those pitches to Skipworth inside or touching the box. He earned those calls in my tainted opinion.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

I don't care if it's 22-3, I still want to see us play good baseball. Doesn't sound like we are at the moment.

... because there's some kid in the stands who's seeing us play for the first time.

Oh wait, my bad. There's nobody in the stands.

Candide said...

Thanks, Gonat. Was wondering if my eyes were going crazy.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Gonat, I'll take a Yeungling.

Faraz Shaikh said...

Haha good one Sofa.

Gonat said...

Sec 3, I was talking about the batter before he walked on 4 pitches, 3 were on/in the box. The 4th one was fully in the box.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

So, is it Henry Time? Davey really, really needs to get Jordan a good seat for the rest of this game.

Gonat said...

Why don't they bring in Chad Tracy for RZ?

MicheleS said...

Bryce needs to join the hit parade tonight

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

He walked Hechevarria, no?

MicheleS said...

And of course he doesn't.. sigh, maybe they can bat around in the 9th so he gets a chance

Gonat said...
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Gonat said...

FP perfectly diagnosed the small flaw in Bryce's swing today.

Gonat said...

I think this is the furthest now that a Nats starter has gone this year.

MicheleS said...

Sofa.. Henry pitched yesterday. He needs a day off (or three)

Faraz Shaikh said...

Good to see JZ out there.

Gonat said...

MicheleS said...
Sofa.. Henry pitched yesterday. He needs a day off (or three)

April 15, 2013 9:22 PM
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That is funny!

MicheleS said...

Mark just tweeted the Soriano is warming in the pen. Bummer, kind of hoping that JZ gets a shot at the complete game.

MicheleS said...

And FP just tweeted that JZ is back out for the 9th

Gonat said...

Soriano needs some work!

Candide said...

As good as he's pitched tonight, JZimm's ERA is going up.

Candide said...

Accurate throw from RZimm, but you compare his tosses to the bullets Desmond shoots...

Gonat said...

RZ! Wow *** 3 stars in my book on that play!

Scott Margenau said...

Omg did zim throw overhand??!!

Candide said...

Remain tucked, Sofa!

MicheleS said...

WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!! JZ with a complete Game!

RickH said...

Congrats, JZimm!!!

Gonat said...

Candide, you are correct about the ERA. A bleeder by Pierre but this was looking no-hitterish for a while there!

Scott Margenau said...

Jzim rox

Scott Margenau said...

Candide, such a wordsmith! R u a copywriter?

Candide said...

Copywriter? Me? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

Scott Margenau said...

UnkyD

I guess that answers your question about whether or not Tmo and Lom will off spark :-)

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Soriano needs some work!

Candide, such a wordsmith! R u a copywriter?

I'm a copywriter and we always need work. Copyeditor, too. Capybara, even, if it pays enough.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Have I mentioned lately, WooooooHooooo (TM Michele)

natsfan1a said...

hmmm...rally capybara? Nah.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

You can't wear a rally capybara inside out. I mean, you could, but only once.

natsfan1a said...

Ewwww...

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