Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Game 15: Nats at Marlins

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler starts the rubber game tonight at Marlins Park.
MIAMI — Is this a must-win game for the Nationals? Not really. There's no such thing as a must-win game on April 17. But let's just say a win tonight against the Marlins would be very good for the Nats' psyche heading into a weekend series in New York.

Ross Detwiler gets the start, looking to continue his stellar performances from his first two outings this year (and perhaps actually be rewarded with the win this time). Ricky Nolasco, whom the Nationals beat on Opening Day in D.C., makes his fourth start of the year for Miami.

The lineup hasn't been posted yet, but Davey Johnson was hoping to have both Bryce Harper and Denard Span back after each missed last night's game with flu-like symptoms. The chances of Danny Espinosa returning from a bruised right hand seemed less likely.

[UPDATE AT 5:15 P.M.] — Harper is back in the lineup, but Span and Espinosa remain out. Span said he's feeling much better today, but he's still recovering from a long night dealing with the flu. Espinosa, meanwhile, is "50/50" to play on Friday, according to Johnson.

Updates to come...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MIAMI MARLINS
Where: Marlins Park
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), XM 186
Weather: Indoors
NATIONALS (8-6)
RF Jayson Werth
2B Steve Lombardozzi
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
CF Roger Bernadina
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Ross Detwiler

MARLINS (3-11)
LF Juan Pierre
2B Donovan Solano
3B Placido Polanco
CF Justin Ruggiano
1B Greg Dobbs
RF Austin Kearns
C Miguel Olivo
SS Chris Valaika
RHP Ricky Nolasco

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

5:15 p.m. — Harper is back in the lineup, but Span and Espinosa remain out. Span said he's feeling much better today, but he's still recovering from a long night dealing with the flu. Espinosa, meanwhile, is "50/50" to play on Friday, according to Johnson.

7:12 p.m. — We are underway, with the roof actually open here! This place feels completely different when you can see the sky and the downtown skyline beyond left field. Jayson Werth taps a soft grounder toward the mound on Ricky Nolasco's first pitch, so there's already one out.

7:17 p.m. — Guess Bryce Harper is feeling fine. He laced a base hit up the middle off Nolasco, though given the fact he homered twice off the Marlins ace on Opening Day, Nolasco has to feel pretty good about the result right there. Nothing else for the Nats in the top of the first. Here's Ross Detwiler taking the mound.

7:24 p.m. — Good stuff from Detwiler in the bottom of the first. Though he allowed a two-out single to Placido Polanco, he otherwise was sharp and blew away Justin Ruggiano on a 95 mph fastball to end the inning. 13 pitches, 10 strikes. Scoreless after one.

7:38 p.m. — And the Nats are on the board, thanks to singles by Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond, some heads-up baserunning by both guys and then some productive outs by Roger Bernadina and Kurt Suzuki. LaRoche actually went first to third on Desmond's base hit to left. (That should tell you how little the Nats respect Juan Pierre's arm.) Desmond then stole second (though replays showed he may have been out.) Bernadina still doesn't have a hit this season, but he's got an RBI now after a grounder to short that scored LaRoche. Suzuki then lofted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Desmond and giving the Nats a 2-0 lead in the second.

7:49 p.m. — Though he's given up three hits, Detwiler is pounding the strike zone, throwing almost entirely fastballs yet again. 25 of 32 pitches for strikes so far, and he's got three strikeouts, helping him strand two baserunners in the bottom of the second.

8:07 p.m. — He's still giving up hits, including a double to Polanco in the third, but Detwiler isn't giving any free passes, and he continues to pound the strike zone. 35 of 46 pitches for strikes through three scoreless, the Nats still leading 2-0.

8:26 p.m. — Detwiler keeps chugging along. He retired the side in the fourth on 15 pitches. He's yet to walk a batter and he continues to rely almost exclusively on his fastball. Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Still 2-0 heading to the fifth.

8:34 p.m. — Great at-bat from Suzuki to lead off the fifth. He battled his way to a 3-2 count, then blasted a fastball from Nolasco deep to left for his second homer of the season. It landed in the Nats bullpen, just to the left of the Clevelander bar. So don't worry everyone, no dancing girls were harmed on the play. 3-0 Nats in the fifth.

8:45 p.m. — The Marlins get on the board in the bottom of the fifth, though it looks like they shouldn't have been awarded that run. Chris Valaika came charging around third on Donovan Solano's base hit to right. Werth fired home and Suzuki applied the tag, appearing to get Valaika's head before his hand touched the plate. Plate umpire Greg Gibson initially started to make the "out" motion before quickly changing it to a safe call. That didn't sit well with Suzuki or Davey Johnson, who was pretty animated as he came out of the dugout to argue. Regardless, it's now a 3-1 lead for the Nationals heading to the sixth.

8:58 p.m. — And the Nats get the run right back. Harper started it off with a double, making him 3-for-3 tonight and 5-for-6 with two homers this season against Nolasco. Zimmerman moved him to third on a groundball to the right side. LaRoche then drove him in with a base hit to left. So it's 4-1 now as Detwiler takes the mound for the bottom of the sixth.

9:20 p.m. — Make it 5-1, thanks to a ... wait, a triple by Kurt Suzuki into the left-field corner??? I don't believe what I just saw. Suzuki is now hitting .375 for the season. Pretty remarkable. He came around to score here on Lombardozzi's RBI single. So that gives Detwiler some more breathing room as he takes the mound for the bottom of the seventh, his pitch count at 91. No action in the bullpen, yet.

9:31 p.m. — That should do it for Detwiler, who finished off a very impressive night. His final line: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 107 pitches, 80 strikes. That's a new career-high in pitches for the lefty, who now sports a 0.90 ERA through three starts. More good news: Zimmerman has successfully handled both groundballs hit to him so far tonight. Still 5-1 going to the eighth.

9:43 p.m. — Tyler Clippard in for the bottom of the eighth, but more significantly, Chad Tracy is in at third base, replacing Ryan Zimmerman. Not sure what's going on there. Have to wonder if Zim's hamstring is acting up again.

9:48 p.m. — And Clippard gets through the eighth on all of 11 pitches. Nicely done. Looks like Rafael Soriano (who hasn't pitched since Thursday) is warming for the ninth, even though it's not a save situation.

9:54 p.m. — Make it a 4-hit night for Harper, who even managed to leg out an infield single while battling the flu. That gave the Nats another insurance run, so it's now 6-1 as Soriano enters for his first appearance in six days.

10:05 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win, 6-1. They'll head to New York for the weekend feeling much better about themselves, having taken two of three in Miami to improve to 9-6 overall.

177 comments:

baseballswami said...

Go Nats! Did I hear that the Braves lost the World Series today? I know a lot of folks are thinking first place - post season. I would be happy to see everyone play well. Because I really think if these guys play well, they will win more often than not.

Alphabet Soup Erik said...

Ryan Zimmerman ranked #28 defensively amongst 3B according to Baseball Tonight. I knew he hasn't been good, but that is a long way to fall. From #2 in 2007-2010 to #28 in 2011-2013 in runs saved. Time for Rendon.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Alphabet: with all of his errors, I'm wondering about the two third baseman who could be worse!!

Faraz Shaikh said...

What about offensively, Erik?

Alphabet Soup Erik said...

Faraz-Baseball Tonight just did defense. Offensively, he is probably 6th-8th I would guess. Move him to 2B, where he played in HS much of the time, and he would be 2nd or 3rd best offensively. Depends on Rendon, but if Rendon is better than Espinosa, that has to be considered.

Dave said...

Feeling good about tonight. Detwiler on the mound gives me non-waning confidence.

EmDash said...

You can't really just put someone in a position they've never played professionally and haven't done in more than 10 years and get good defensive results at the major league level. Zimm to 1st might happen in a year or so - it's generally a less key defensive position - but to 2nd seems vanishingly unlikely.

baseballswami said...

He is going to be fine!!!!!! He still gets to things that no one else does. The guy has been FOF and Mr. walk off for years- he is going through a bad time and some of the fans are ready to write him off? Mark my words, you will be eating yours in a few months. He is so well liked and respected by his peers that they will rally around him and pick him up. This actually might be the thing that pulls them together. Don't go bad mouthing Zim to Desi! Tough to deal with your demons in front of thousands of demanding , fickle fans.

Eric said...

+10, swami!

A DC Wonk said...

He is going to be fine!!!!!!

What?! Two weeks doesn't predict the rest of the year?!?

Ben1029 said...

Espinosa would be an interesting experiment at third base. He has a gun so he could make the throws

jeffwx said...

These are the saddest of possible words...
groundball to Ryan Zimmerman
picking up balls without even a word
groundball to Ryan Zimmerman
Making the toss to firstbase from third
ground ball to Ryan Zimmerman
Sailing right over first and the bird
ground ball to Ryan Zimmerman

JD said...


Swami,

Well put ! I also object to the analysis blaming Zim for 2 or 3 loses. When Zim made the error on Saturday no one ordered Stras to throw a home run pitch to Gaddis and when he made an error yesterday no one insisted that Haren implode culminating with a hanging splitter to Hetchveria. There is also such a thing as picking your team mate up and our pitchers haven't been doing it this year.

Eric said...

Hope Harper's truly feeling better.

I'm bummed Span is still out...I've really come to love what that guy brings to the team.

baseballswami said...

Eric- I would agree on Span. I usually take ages to warm up to new guys but I can see that he adds a lot to the team. I love he way he leads off in the very first at bat of the game . Sometimes the pitcher is frustrated by the time hen even gets to Werth- I hope they keep up that pressure early in the game. It seems to set a good tone for the game when they do that.

Section 222 said...

JD, under that theory, even Friday night's loss can't be attributed to Zim. No one ordered the Nats to go down in order against Kimbrel in the 10th. Those guys failed to pick Zim up too. And of course, no one ordered Storen to allow a sharp grounder to Zim that he botched, or to walk Heyward to load the bases. If the ball had been hit to another fielder.... The permutations are endless. That's baseball.

Baseball is a team game. We all get that. It's highly unusual for a single player to be solely responsible for any win or any loss. But on the sliding scale of relative responsibility, I think you have to give Zim a very big share on Friday and a pretty big share on Saturday. Last night, not so much.

As for swami's certainty, which you apparently share, that Zim will get over this, of course I hope you are right. But we've been told for years that his throwing would improve -- after the abdominal surgery in 2011, last year, after the shoulder surgery, this spring. I cringe whenever I hear people say "he'll be fine" or "I'm not worried about Zim." Four errors in five games has finally put this on the map of something definitely to worry about. We don't know what will happen. We can't know what will happen. I understand why the players would say things like that, and I respect them for supporting their teammate, but this situation is serious and I'm sure not going to predict, as opposed to hope for, a good outcome.

jeffwx said...

One good sign...We have a replacement for Kristina Akra and her name is not Bob Carpenter!, (not that anyone can really fill her shoes, they should have paid her a Werth-while salary to keep her).

And Tommy Milone is 3-0!

peric said...

Rendon's ankles

JD said...


Sec222,

I agree with the statement that Zim has contributed greatly to 3 loses. I just don't agree that it's all on him; that's all.

BTW I am not certain at all that 'he'll be fine"; no one can be.We don't even know if it's mental or physical. We just know that it's been going on for a long time and it's disconcerting.
I think Zim should treat every play like it's a bang bang play and rush his throws. He always seems to make accurate throws under that scenario.

peric said...

are not good at second base he's at third.

Doc said...

Rendon at 2nd base---that's an accident ready to happen.

It's his bat we want, and 3B is his position.

JaneB said...

I hope Det is his lights out tall smiling self. ANd that The Kid is feeling hitterish tonight.
GYFNG!

MicheleS said...

GO DET! GYFNG!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Doc, Rendon will have to start somewhere else and move to 3rd in 2015 is what I'm thinking.

baseballswami said...

Look back at the late spring training posts. Zim was not throwing at all- I really thought he would not start the season. Then every day, suddenly, the distance is increasing, no pain. He did not play third, only hit, then suddenly he is playing third, but very, very late. He wanted to break camp, the docs cleared him, but he was not ready. His mechanics were totally screwed up from last season and he did not take the time to re- learn. We are seeing that happen right now, while he is in the lineup. Really, look back and see how very little throwing he did, or playing third. He basically came in cold, without much practice and re-training because he wants to be here for the team. You know this is killing him if you have followed this team since the beginning.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

What gives me joy?
Baseball.

Oh, and if you haven't seen that before, don't watch it.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Swami, I think there's a lot to what you say there. If he's learning new mechanics, at this level, there are going to be rough patches, and consequences.

baseballswami said...

Random info. Lombo had six hits in sixteen at bats. Three of them are doubles. Next-- when Tyler Moore hits the ball, he crushes it and it goes a long way. In Miami there was some silly hang time on the balls he hit. They would have been in the river in Cincy. And those are back up players?

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Deep bench, swami.

Anybody going to Duffy's for this one?

Dave said...
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Dave said...

Wow. Julie Alexandria, the new MASN sideline reporter, is sure enough an enthusiastic Mets fan. I just followed her on Twitter and took a look at her timeline. It looked like our comment thread here on NI, except for the Mets.

And I'm not talking about last week. I mean 18 hours ago--I.e., last night.

So just how is this going to work?

I do miss Kristina A., who never showed any real baseball-partisanship.

Candide said...

First pitch coming up. It's Take Back the Blog Night. Scroll past the trolls. Remember the words of the immortal Leonard McCoy: "What the Klingon has said is unimportant, and we do not hear his words."

baseballswami said...

Jayson- what ever happened to working the pitcher??

Gonat said...

Tom Verducci just did a segment on Ryan Zimmerman with the help of Billy Ripken on the MLB Network.

It was tough to watch. Over his career, 72% of all of his errors are throwing errors which is well above the averages in baseball history for 3rd baseman where throwing errors are just about 50%.

By the way, this isn't anything new debating the issues of Ryan Zimmerman. It's been years now.

Gonat said...

baseballswami said...
Jayson- what ever happened to working the pitcher??
______________________________

That was supposed to be an ambush and instead was a 40 foot trickler.

Gonat said...

Bryce is back on it!

Gonat said...

Amanda Comak‏ @acomak
Rizzo on Zimmerman: "The #Nationals do not need a new 3B. We’ve got one of the best 3B in all of baseball.”
_______________________________

This is why you shouldn't expect Rendon called up as a 3B initially. Once LaRoche leaves, Rendon is your 3rd Baseman.

Gonat said...

You just saw a Verlander/Strasburg K on Ruggiano. Detwiler ramped up that last pitch to a power sinker and blew Ruggiano away. I wish Det would mix in some changeups as it would just enhance his entire outing with some swing & miss.

Candide said...

Det first inning: 13 pitches, 10 strikes

Faraz Shaikh said...

that was out?

Candide said...

Tough call. Ump's face seemed to be saying, "I hear ya, it was really close, but he looked safe to me."

Faraz Shaikh said...

nats take lead on bernie's grounder.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I think tag missed him by. swiping and the out side leg scored.

Good at bats Shark and Sazuki.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Marlins feed had a great shot showing the shortstop whiffing on the swipe tag.

Faraz Shaikh said...

one more thanks to suzuki sac fly.

Gonat said...

I think so NJiF

Faraz Shaikh said...

Agree. If you look Marlins feed, it seems Desi might have been safe. That SB saved an out.

JaneB said...

Go Bernie!

NatsJack in Florida said...

So when it finally dawns on everybody that Det is only throwing fastballs, hitters will hit.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Then finally a curve to Olivo. Nice.

Gonat said...

Detwiler appears to be missing his spots based on where Suzuki is setting up on these fastballs.

NatsJack in Florida said...

We only get the Marlins feed here in Florida but I sync up with Charlie and Dave.

Man do those guys make up stuff on pitch location.

Gonat said...

20 pitch inning by Ross. Too many.

Gonat said...

NatsJack, that's funny!

NatsJack in Florida said...

John Lannan doing his best Bad John Lannan in Cincy down 4-0 with 1 out in the 2nd.

NatsJack in Florida said...

One time last night they said "strike called on rhe outside corner" on a foul ball.

Scott Margenau said...

Routine third to first...

Nice. I'm jealous

NatsLady said...

Lannan getting shelled.

Pedro Gomez ‏@pedrogomezESPN 5m
Philly's Lannan has allowed hits to 7 of the first 11 @Reds. Pitches are up in the zone tonight.

Gonat said...

John Lannan read all the Haren comparisons but seriously, Revere was playing Leake like a chump and he tripled over his head and cost him 2 runs and a longer inning. This is Cincy where everything flies longer!

Joe Seamhead said...

Wow, I just dropped in to see what condition our condition was in. Looks good in here.Carry on, you all are doing a fine job!

Faraz Shaikh said...

Leake is former SS, isn't he? so he used to be a solid hitter before he chose pitching full time.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Agree on Revere.....he's been stinking it up in the field lately.

On another note, Dave just correctly spelled "Rumplestiltskin."

Gonat said...

Lannan now in complete meltdown and approaching Haren's ERA

Faraz Shaikh said...

what a pitch by RD!

Joe Seamhead said...

6-0 Reds over Phills

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

So when it finally dawns on everybody that Det is only throwing fastballs, hitters will hit.

Seems to be working out so far. Maybe he's just saving something to show them the third time around?

Gonat said...

Faraz, I think you are right. He can hit! Revere has made some amazing catches but also had a costly error this week and just makes some poor reads also.

Gonat said...

Harper again throws behind the runner. No harm but the play is to 3rd.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Correct me if I'm wrong--that was a breaking ball Polanco hit there.

Gonat said...

Lannan is out of the game after 1 2/3

Gonat said...

Sec3, it was a slider that Ross loves to throw in on the RH batters.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Harper again throws behind the runner. No harm but the play is to 3rd.

That's Harper's mission: subvert the dominant paradigm.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Det started mixing in a curve at the end of the 2nd.

Polanco has no power but he is a professional hitter.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Slider? Really? Looked like it broke down and in, to me. His slider doesn't generally do that.

Exposremains said...

I'd rather have Nolasco as the Nats 4th starter than you know who.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

getting little anxious ar the plate swinging at a lot of balls.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Exposremains, I think the Nats would have to eat the salary AND throw in Danny Rosenbaum to get the Marlins to agree to that trade.

Exposremains said...

Natsjack: what channel do you get the game in Orlando?

Exposremains said...

well, that would be an easy trade they were willing to let Rosenbaum walk in the ruleV. of course, Haren money would have been more than enough. I just hope we see whatever the scouts saw in Haren to warrant that big contract. Seems like Angels knew better.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Directv channel 655-1

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

only problem with that inning 15 pitches to 3 batters. That. includes getting lead off bstter on first page.

Faraz Shaikh said...

so none of desi throws have been in dirt I believe. that's good, right?

Exposremains said...

good for you.. brighthouse is showing some junk

Faraz Shaikh said...

at the current pace, it puts Det at 90 pitches and six innings. what's wrong with that?

Gonat said...

Leake singles. Outfield played him at normal depth that time.

Faraz Shaikh said...

what an at bat by Suzuki.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Zooti ... Zook-zook!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

2 rbi at bats for Suzuki

David Proctor said...

Suzuki may be one of Rizzo's most underrated moves as GM.

NatsJack in Florida said...

They could offer brighthouse for free and double my $190/month Directv bill and I'd still take Directv.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

the number 8 batter for Marlins was really first bsd pitch squence of the game.

Gonat said...

David, when Oakland got Derek Norris it made Suzuki expendable and he was in a large part a salary dump.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Indeed, MNF, Valaika really hit the [stuff] out of that fastball, didn't he?

OOOOH, nice arm Desi!

Gonat said...

The Reds are thumping the Phoolies.

Gonat said...

He was safe.

Gonat said...

or was he out.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

He was out. Tough call.

Gonat said...

Ump changes his own call.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

the replay showed tagged on the helmet hand touch the plate. That. was not even a hard call.

Joe Seamhead said...

Great throw by Jayson. Zook tagged him on the head. Poppycock!

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

It took three slomo replays for us to see it, but Zuke got the helmet before the runner got the plate. Ump was in position, bang-bang play, not a horrible call, but he got it wrong.

Faraz Shaikh said...

come on ump was going to call him out and he should have. anyways, RD gets out of it.

Faraz Shaikh said...

come on ump was going to call him out and he should have. anyways, RD gets out of it.

Joe Seamhead said...

Sofa, he was right on top of it, screwed it up. Sorry, I disagree, it was a horrible call.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

I don't agree, but either way, it's in the box score.

Does Harper look a little pale to you? And he's still 3 for 3 ... amazing.

Candide said...

Harper must be feeling really sick. He looked like John Kruk chugging around first. Woulda been a triple if he'd been feeling okay.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Nice job, LaRoche--get Harper in the dugout easy, so he can throw up and get back out there...

Joe Seamhead said...

Nice BH for ALR!
Harper hitting .358, but how about Suzuki? .348!

Scott Margenau said...

Lol. Untucked! Good one.

Gonat said...

Crazy counterpoint, next time Zuk really needs to shove the helmet. I watched it again and saw no movement of the helmet or head coming forward. To be fair, you see the mitt behind the helmet and with depth perception you can't tell if he tagged him out.

Gonat said...

Have to like that Bryce goes 0-13 and comes in today feeling like $4!T and goes 3-3!

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Det coming on deck at 91 pitches. Davey not so sure about the pen? Or just feeling good about Detwiler?

Joe Seamhead said...

Sola, you a funny guy. Go ahead and quit your day job!
Curious how deep Johnson lets Det go.

Gonat said...

Running on Juan Pierre. LOve it

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Gonat, I think FP had it right--if you haven't been doing well, and then come out feeling sick, you can't think about yesterday--you're just trying to survive the game. Thinking can only hurt the ball club.

Wow, Zuke is a single and a double shy of the cycle?

Candide said...

Catcher with a triple. Don't see THAT every day.

Joe Seamhead said...

Triple for Suzuki! Very cool!

Gonat said...

Now that it's a RBI situation, by the books, not a good move by Davey.

Gonat said...

Candide said...
Catcher with a triple. Don't see THAT every day.

April 17, 2013 9:11 PM
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Rarely see triples in the leftfield corner.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Thanks, Joe. As it happens, I'm looking for my day job.

Dave said...

Zuki triple! Nice.

Gonat said...

Gonat said...
Now that it's a RBI situation, by the books, not a good move by Davey.

April 17, 2013 9:12 PM
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Told you.

Candide said...

Gonat, FP owes you a drink!

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

Triple, from a catcher, hitting 8th, to left. I think there must be people reading this with better arms than Pierre.

Candide said...

Not me.

Gonat said...

Candide said...
Gonat, FP owes you a drink!

April 17, 2013 9:13 PM
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Yes he does!

By the way, have to like Lombo batting 2nd!

Joe Seamhead said...

Gonat, Johnson trying to make up with Ross for past slights...He may not get a complete game, but he's going to get a chance to go eight.

Gonat said...

Joe Seamhead said...
Gonat, Johnson trying to make up with Ross for past slights...He may not get a complete game, but he's going to get a chance to go eight.

April 17, 2013 9:18 PM
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I think Davey has handled the starters well but I didn't like the way he jumped up Stras 2 starts ago to 112 pitches.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Gonat, FP owes you a drink!

Unfortunately, I don't think FP is going to put that on the NIDO spreadsheet

Gonat said...

Zim has been a K sucker for that slider thrown to the black as Zim can't reach it. 2 more K's tonight for Zim.

Exposremains said...

Natsjack

I usually use mlb.tv but it's blacked out and there's no other possible legal way to watch the game. I'm surprised that Direct TV doesn't black out the game as well. This is already the 3rd game I can't watch this year even tough I pay for MLb.tv and brighthouse so I found an "other" way to watch it.

Dave said...

Good link there, Untucked One. That's a helpful thing for folks to do when talking about NIDO. (I don't have it bookmarked on all my school's computers, for example.)

Joe Seamhead said...

I understood Davey's madness both times with pulling Det earlier, Gonat, but they both want Det to get the Curly W tonight.

Gonat said...

Sec3, please add FP, thanks!

Dave said...

Who's Joe Mahoney? Carp just said his name like he's somebody. (And then explained that he's, you know, just a guy.)

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Gonat, I could do that, but the rule is one has to enter drinks owed for oneself. FP would have to put that one in. He's got my twitter handle, if he wants me to do it.

Avar said...

In top of 7th, I though Webb was failing to come set about half the time. Should have been balk. Anyone else see that?

Gonat said...

Det needs a quick inning. His last outing was 90 pitches. For a stamina guy, probably want to move him up gradually.

His career high before tonight was 100 pitches on May 25,2012.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Dang. That's a Ponce error. These guys need a "rain delay."

Gonat said...

Okay, Sec3, please let FP know! ;_)

Candide said...

See? An infield error doesn't mean the pitcher's supposed to melt down.

Faraz Shaikh said...

True Candide.

Anyways Desi baffles me sometimes. He was having such a great day in the field and then he goes and commit that error.

Exposremains said...

Some people on tweeter made fun of Rick Sutcliffe's comment on ESPN during spring training on how he thought Detwiler could be the win leader for the Nats. After 3 turns, he's been the best and should be 3-0 by the end of the night. At this point, he looks more composed and confident than Gio and even Strasburg.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I wont give the ump a break he was going to call him out. Tag looked legit.

Why the change. If you have to change, you are daying he wast sure in the first place.

More important Why was Det pulled with 90 pitches last time and allowed to stay after 91 this time?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

At least Desmond's error no harm this time.

Dave said...

Ross is Boss. Thanks for the nickname, FP.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

It's not mutually exclusive, Faraz. It's not that unusual to make only one error.

Avar, I didn't see that, but I went back and looked at Harper's and Zim's ABs, and there was one, the 0-2 pitch Zim fouled down the line, that might have been a little quick.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

MNF, I do wonder why he changed the call. Not that he'd tell, but if I were Davey in that case, I'd have asked. It's a good question. But either way, it's in the books.

Faraz Shaikh said...

I hope he is OK.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

OK, cherry blossoms are about done anyway. For Ross, my new avatar.

MicheleS said...

Like the new AVI Untucked.

Also, could Zimmy's hammy be barking?

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

"Chad Tracy is in at third base, replacing Ryan Zimmerman. Not sure what's going on there. Have to wonder if Zim's hamstring is acting up again."

Quit while he's ahead. Give the Goon an inning as a payback for the advice earlier today.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Oh, and don't get too used to "Untucked." That's the part of the meme that changes.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Thanks, Michele, but it's not an AVI, just a jpg.

Gonat said...

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/danny-knobler/22091901/zimmermans-errors-could-become-a-national-problem

Danny Knobler on Ryan Zimmerman. OUCH!

Gonat said...

Bryce gets a RBI single! Hustle pays off!!!!

Joe Seamhead said...

How much fun is it watching this Harper kid? Wow!

NatsLady said...

I like it. Adding on. I don't care how well Det is pitching, ADD ON.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Gonat, thanks for the link. I don't think he's saying anything surprising. They say the shoulder is healthy, but I wonder, if that's so, if the strength is back.

Am I the only one who hates this obnoxious tequila guy in the suit?

Faraz Shaikh said...

WOW that kid is sick. He needs some days off.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

OK, tucking it in here, boss!

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Wait, so now BOTH our catchers have games with a homer and a triple??

Scott Margenau said...

The Det, Harp, Lombo, Zuki show!!!

Gonat said...

Untuck!!!

David Proctor said...

First game all season that Sorinao has had his good slider going. Makes a huge difference.

MicheleS said...

WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!.. Nice win boys

Faraz Shaikh said...

nice win.

Candide said...

A refreshing absence of trolls tonight.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's been a pleasure.

Good night.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Untucked.

Gonat said...

FP with "untuckage" and Det with his 1st win---finally!!!!

Joe Seamhead said...

Does Soriano have notes in his hat, or magic stones? He's always looking into it when he starts an inning.
You're up MicheleS!

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Instant post.

Joe Seamhead said...

Oops, I might owe you, Michele!

ehay2k said...

Not too long ago, the Nats would lose to inferior teams. Natslady and I have a strong aversion the the fish because of it.

Not tonight. Not this series. Let's see how the Barves deal with adversity. Personally, I prefer Zimm's to Up tons.

peric said...

Lannan is out of the game after 1 2/3

He'll be pitching against the Chiefs and perhaps Rendon soon enough.

Scott Margenau said...

Just read whole game thread...what a great read.

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