Saturday, April 6, 2013

Game 5: Nats at Reds

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Ross Detwiler faces Mike Leake today at Great American Ball Park.
CINCINNATI -- To a man, the Nationals all spoke last night about the need to "flush" away that 15-0 debacle of a ballgame and return anew this afternoon. The good news is that the quick turnaround didn't offer much time to rehash and analyze the most-lopsided loss in team history, so it wasn't hard to shift focus to Game 2 of the weekend series with the Reds.

Davey Johnson will, however, be without one of his big guys. Adam LaRoche has been dealing with a stiff back for a couple of days and had to come out of last night's game when the condition got worse. He's sitting today, and it sounds like there's a good chance he'll sit again tomorrow. (More details coming in a full post.) So Chad Tracy gets the start today at first base, slotting right into LaRoche's No. 5 hole. Davey did say he could use Tyler Moore later in the game if the Reds bring in a left-handed reliever.

Ross Detwiler, meanwhile, becomes the final member of the Nationals' rotation to debut this season, hoping to shut down this potent Cincinnati lineup that caused so much damage last night. The lefty does seem like a better matchup from Washington's standpoint, but we'll see if that actually holds true.

Updates to come, so please check back...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CINCINNATI REDS
Where: Great American Ball Park
Gametime: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 58 degrees, Wind 12 mph in from CF
NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Chad Tracy
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Wilson Ramos
LHP Ross Detwiler

REDS
CF Shin-Soo Choo
LF Chris Heisey
1B Joey Votto
2B Brandon Phillips
RF Jay Bruce
3B Todd Frazier
SS Zack Cozart
C Devin Mesoraco
RHP Mike Leake

UMPIRES
HP Tim McClelland (cc)
1B Jerry Meals
2B Marvin Hudson
3B Jordan Baker

1:10 p.m. -- We are underway with a strike from Mike Leake to Denard Span. Turned out to be a chillier afternoon than anticipated, only 57 degrees at first pitch.

1:13 p.m. -- That didn't take long. Leake retires the side, though he nearly had his head taken off by Bryce Harper's comebacker. Leake somehow got his glove up in time to snag the liner and end the top of the first.

1:23 p.m. -- Wow, some serious chin music from Ross Detwiler to Joey Votto in the bottom of the first, 92 mph up and in, sending Votto to the ground. Tim McClelland awarded him first base. Just one problem: The ball never touched Votto. Didn't even appear to be close. Fortunately it didn't come back to haunt Detwiler, who retired Brandon Phillips to end a scoreless first inning on 14 pitches (9 strikes).

1:34 p.m. -- Good news: The Nats finally got a hit from a first baseman ... Chad Tracy, who blooped a broken-bat single to center in the top of the second. More good news: Beard-less Danny Espinosa is now 3-for-5 with two doubles after roping another extra-base hit to right-center. Bad news: The Nats couldn't turn that into a run. Trent Jewett couldn't wave the slow-footed Tracy around third, so that allowed the Reds to intentionally walk Wilson Ramos and load the bases with two outs for Detwiler, who struck out to end the inning. Tough break there. Still scoreless here.

1:55 p.m. -- There's no question Bryce Harper is going to hit his share of home runs this season. The only question is how many guys will be on base in front of him. His two bombs on Opening Day were both solo shots, but he just notched his first two-run homer of the season thanks to Werth's double right in front of him. Harper destroyed a first-pitch fastball from Leake, sending a laser over the right field wall. It's his third homer of the season, and it gives the Nats a 2-0 lead in the third.

2:03 p.m. -- Big-time pitch from Detwiler to coax a 4-6-3 double play out of Votto to escape a first-and-third jam in the bottom of the third. Yeah, Tracy's foot was never on first base, so Votto should've been safe. But that wasn't Detwiler's fault. He made a big pitch when he needed it against one of the game's best hitters. And because of it, he preserved the Nats' 2-0 lead after three.

2:21 p.m. -- Ian Desmond isn't exactly off to a fantastic start defensively this season. He just committed his third error in 4 1/2 games, and this one was a doozy: his throw sailed into the stands, allowing Brandon Phillips to take two bases. It also led to an unearned run when Frazier roped an RBI double to left. So that trims the Nats' lead to 2-1 as we move to the fifth.

2:40 p.m. -- We had another possibly phantom hit-by-pitch call in the fifth when Detwiler came up and in to Choo. This time, according to the Reds' slo-mo replay, it did appear Choo's jersey was grazed. Barely. Once again, though, Detwiler came up huge with a double-play grounder from one of Cincy's best hitters. This time he got Phillips to go 4-6-3, ending the fifth and preserving the Nats' 2-1 lead.

2:55 p.m. -- The last time Wilson Ramos appeared in a game here in Cincinnati, he tore his ACL trying to corral an errant pitch. Now, just steps away from that fateful moment, he launched his first home run since that night, a two-run bomb to left-center to cap a brilliant at-bat. Can only imagine how good that felt for Ramos. Nats lead 4-1 in the sixth.

3:08 p.m. -- That'll probably be it for Detwiler, who made some big pitches when he needed them. Final line: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 HBP, 82 pitches. All in all, a strong effort from the No. 5 starter in his season debut.

3:11 p.m. -- What was that about Werth's wrist sapping him of all his power? Didn't look like on there as he destroyed a pitch from Sam LeCure into the right-center bleachers, a 419-foot bomb for his second homer of the season. Even more amazing, the guy who made the barehanded catch of the homer was holding a baby in his other hand. Kind of an all-or-nothing play there, huh? So make it 5-1 Nats at the stretch. And here's Tyler Clippard to face the top of the Reds' lineup, featuring two left-handed hitters. There's some tangible insight into how Davey plans to use his bullpen this season.

3:20 p.m. -- A dominant inning of relief there from Clippard, with some help from Espinosa, who showed some serious hops to snag Derrick Robinson's liner to second for the first out. Clippard took care of the rest, striking out both Choo and Heisey to preserve the 5-1 lead as we move to the eighth.

3:26 p.m. -- So now here's Drew Storen to pitch the eighth, even though the left-handed Votto will lead off. Helps the Nats hold a four-run lead, so it's not like Votto can turn the entire game around himself here.

3:44 p.m. -- Well, that was nearly a complete and utter disaster. The Reds scored twice in the eighth to cut the lead to 5-3, getting three hits off Storen. But the real fiasco was Mesoraco's grounder through Desmond's legs (his second error of the day and fourth in five games) followed by Harper needlessly firing a throw to the backstop. No reason whatsoever for Harper to even attempt that throw, and all it did was allow the tying run to advance into scoring position. He was bailed out when Storen struck out Xavier Paul to end the inning, but that kind of mistake isn't excusable for Harper anymore. He knows better than to try that. 5-3 now heading to the ninth.

3:51 p.m. -- And here's Rafael Soriano, in search of his third save. He'll face the top of the order, so the key obviously is retiring the first two batters and not letting Votto step to the plate with anybody on base.

3:53 p.m. -- Leadoff homer by Choo. Not at all what Soriano had in mind. It's 5-4.

4:02 p.m. -- Disaster. Votto nearly tied the game with an opposite-field homer, settling instead for a triple off the wall. No matter, because seconds later Soriano's pitch found its way to the backstop, bringing Votto home with the tying run. Just like that, this game is tied 5-5 and we're heading to extra innings.

4:10 p.m. -- Aroldis Chapman. Mercy. Struck out the side in the 10th: Harper on a slider, Zimmerman on a fastball at the eyelids, Tracy on a slider. So we go to the bottom of the 10th, with Cincinnati's own Craig Stammen entering for the Nats.

4:19 p.m. -- We go to the 11th. The Reds nearly won it off Stammen, with Frazier singling and Mesoraco sending a flyball to the wall in center, not quite far enough to clear the fence. Stammen then struck out Jack Hannahan, prolonging this game. Onto the 11th...

4:25 p.m. -- Well, that's one way to make up for a 2-error day. Ian Desmond takes J.J. Hoover 439 feet to left field, into the upper deck. So the Nats re-take a 6-5 lead in the 11th. Looks like Stammen will get a chance to come back out in a "save" situation.

4:28 p.m. -- Sweet. Fancy. Moses. Wilson Ramos goes deep again. And he enjoyed the heck out of this one. Stood there and admired it. It's 7-5, still in the 11th.

4:40 p.m. -- Ballgame. The Nats win, 7-6, and improve to 4-1 on the season. What a wild one that turned into, with Stammen giving up a run in the 11th on Phillips' RBI double before getting Bruce to end the game.

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timeless46 said...

Can't wait for it to start.

SCNatsFan said...

Interesting it is Tracy not Moore. Know one poster who won't be happy about that.

NatsLady said...

Read this about Scutaro. Wonder if ALR's back is slowing his start also.

Marco Scutaro, who hit everything in sight as a Giant last season, has one bunt single in 15 at-bats and acknowledged that his lower-back injury from the end of spring training is contributing.

"I don't want to put an excuse," he said, "but after the back locked up I got into some bad habits. I'm jumping too much at the plate. These days are going to come in a season."


Scutaro was wearing an ice pack on his back as he said he has "good days and bad days."

Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Behind-Scutaro-s-slow-start-for-SF-Giants-4414213.php#ixzz2PhOcqEhy

Candide said...

Last night, Bob and FP were going on about how Bailey was throwing almost nothing but fastballs, that he could get away with it because he was moving them in and out, up and down, on the paint all the time.

That could be Det today.

D'Gourds said...

Leake is a righty. Why not start Tracy?
This is a big game for Detweiler to step up and become a true leader on this club. Let's see if he can be a stopper and get us back on track. Gosh was Haren awful last night. Low velocity, poor location and no movement = 15-0. I really hope this was an aberation. If not, what a waste of $13 million! Henry Rodriguez is atrocious. Please, let's end this experiment and release the dude. Billy Beane won that trade. Get over it. No one will probably pick him up anyway and we could get him back on a minor league contract. We're too good a team to be wasting major league playing time on an experiment. I think Det is going to come through big time today. Go Nats!

TheManBearPig said...

There was some good news from last night's game - Desmond and Espinosa both getting extra base hits. The Nats really need both of them hitting.

Laddie Blah Blah said...

"This is a big game for Detweiler to step up and become a true leader on this club."

He already did that, in spades, during the playoff series against the Cards last fall. Detwiler has come into his own, and is one of the best, if not the very best, no. 5 starter in the ML.

D'Gourds said...

ALR has really hit the ball hard so far so I don't think the back has been the cause of his 0 hits. But there was a play where Desmond made an amazing grab on a sharply hit short hop grounder and threw wide inside to first for an error. I was surprised that ALR couldn't come off the bag to get it, and the ball went to the railing. ALR looked slow on that one. Maybe his back affected him on that one. Who knows? He'll be good soon.

Sam said...

As I was falling asleep last night, I thought to myself, "I bet Davey starts Tracy tomorrow to keep the left, right thing going." Sure enough... Personally, I'd prefer to see Moore get some more PAs, but my opinion doesn't matter. In Davey I trust.

D'Gourds said...

I agree, Blah Blah, that he was awesome in the playoffs. I guess I meant it is another opportunity to solidify his leadership role. It takes a special pitcher to turn around the mometum after a bad loss. What he did in the playoffs after that bad loss to the Cards the night before was just that. I think he'll do it again today.

Steve Hayes said...

Funny how ordinary Davey is with a bad pitcher on the mound. He's always genius when his staff is only giving up a run or two.

Haren is washed up
Duke is low quality
Henry is well, Henry
Rizzo dissed three lefties who contributed mightily to our monster 2012 -- but he let go. Were left with Zach Duke and Henry? good luck.

meanwhile we're now TEACHING our great acquisition to steal bases?????
Do you think Seattle is teaching Morse to hit??
Nope, if they're not laughing at the Nats yet, they will be soon. Span is an average player -- and a lousy basestealer -- Rizzo f'ud up BIG TIME on this trade -- and on his off season handling of our bullpen and getting rid of Jackson and picking up a damaged, out of shape, washed up Haren.
But I have been saying this all year. The Nats are not as good as last year and will win 5-8 less games.

Steve Hayes said...

Davey's penchant for the left/right thing.

How childish. Davey thinks he's playing Strat-O-Matic. He lets the best lineup get crowded out by his L/R novelty.

Oh Davey, you are so grossly overrated.
The Emperor wears No Clothes.
Davey is a genius when his pitching staff is blowing em away. Very average at best when they're not.

Sam said...

I think you're wrong, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

Haren was great down the stretch last year. I think there's a good chance that he can pitch well again.

Duke is the 7th reliever out of the pen. Big deal. He's no worse than Gorzelanny.

Span is well above average. He gets on base more than Morse, and he plays significantly better defense. And he sees more pitches per PA. All good stuff. Morse is off to a hot start, but if the past is any indication, he will be what he is: an average to above average player (around 2-3 WAR).

D'Gourds said...

Steve, while I agree that left-right matchups are over used, I think you are missing out on Davey's real strength--his teams have confidence in themselves. They bounce back from bad losses. Davey sticks with players he believes in and allows them the time to grow (much to our joy with Desmond and dismay with HROD). I do believe in him. Yes, he does make mistakes (like pitching E-Jax in relief last October), but I'd take him over anyone to manage the Nats at this time.

Alphabet Soup Erik said...

I am ready to see Rendon. Werth in the 2-hole isn't going to work. Pitchers are not going to walk him with Harper and Zimmerman on deck, and he isn't a good enough hitter to hit 2nd and not walk. Pitchers are not afraid of him and I see a big drop in OBP. Put Desmond there or bring up Rendon.

Candide said...

I was wondering when the LoD was going to show up...

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

Sour-cherry picking ...

NatsLady said...

Rizzo made three big moves (Soriano, Haren, Span; several "non-moves" (Burnett, Gorzelanny, M. Gonzalez); and some minor moves (Abad, Chris Young, etc). I for one am not giving him a grade baseed on four (count 'em FOUR) regular season games.

NatsLady said...

I'm counting Morse/Span/ALR as one "move."

NatsJack in Florida said...

Expect the trolls to show up about 57more times this season.. That would be after every loss.

waddu eye no said...

The emperor is wearing a manager if the year award


waddu eye no said...

The emperor is wearing a manager if the year award


Sam said...

104 wins. I like where your head's at.

Joe Seamhead said...

Somebody handing out "stupid" pills to some of the bloggers today.

Steve Hayes said...

I know I'm talking to the Pollyanna crowd, so I expect an awful lot of attacks.
So do what you all do best: attack posters who don't see the Nats entirely through rose colored lenses.

But it is what it is. I'm just glad that you can read my opinions -- I hope I'm wrong. But I don't think so.

Cwj said...

Who the hell is Steve Hayes?
Jeez I go away for a few months and we get a clown like him here...

Steve Hayes said...

D'Gourds: I agree with you on Davey's strength - I agree 1000%. But that only goes so far. You simply cannot weaken a team in the offseason and expect a Rah Rah manager to make up for those serious mistakes. I fear Rizzo's weakening of the club may not be overcome by brotherhood in the clubhouse. But we'll see.

Go Nats - overcome Rizzo and Davey

Steve Hayes said...

CWJ: why the personal attacks? I haven't attacked anyone. I have criticized Nats management? I'm not allowed to do that? Or if one does, you're run out of here by a barrage of Ad Hominem attacks?

Steve Hayes said...

And I could ask: Who is CWJ? and really, who are you? To state "I go away for a few months and the clowns come in." Are you the forum moderator? Are you the forum policeman or enforcer? Or are you the forum jerk?

Rather than attack me personally, attack my opinions. I'd love to get it on with you - good luck arguing with me. Good luck

Cwj said...

Steve- You're right. I apologize. Thought you were an O's fan posting on a Nats blog.

sjm308 said...

actually, I think that posts from Steve are good for discussion. I just wonder why he waits for a loss to come out instead of when we are going well? He likes Morse, was not crazy about keeping LaRoche and thinks Davey over manages. I would point out that Davey did win Manager of the Year and that there will be lots of discussions concerning Morse/LaRoche all year (until Morse gets injured). I also think Span was an excellent pickup.

Keep us sharp Steve, Keep us sharp.

Cwj said...

Steve- I'm no one :-)

I'm hating these Reds and especially Dusty Baker already.
Like Detwiler was trying to kill Votto or something...

Steve Hayes said...

Interesting, albeit anecdotal stat.

ESPN Baseball Fantasy Leagues

Span: 11.2% owned
Morse: 100% owned

hilarious

Steve Hayes said...

If you were a pitcher, where would you rather pitch? Colorado or Cincinnati?

Cwj said...

Steve- No doubt because of Morse's power.
It was a toss up for me, but I do like Span.

Steve Hayes said...

Why does Davey have his strongest arm playing Left field? Is he afraid to offend Worth?

Cwj said...

Steve- Because most hitters are righties and tend to hit the ball to left field. More chances of throwing someone out.

peric said...

Detwiler looks more like a #4 starter ... far superior to Harren?

If Davey loves the left-right-left thing why does he place Harren after JZimmnn when Haren definitely appears to be on the decline.

There does appear to be some veteran preference going on.

Joe Seamhead said...

Yep,double dose of stupid pills handed out.

Steve Hayes said...

SJM I was a little busy this week -- work - life, things like that. But I had already posted plenty just before the start of this season -- and it wasn't the time or place to comment on the slow start on 3-4 of our starters. Why? I do feel our bullpen isn't balanced -- it was last year. I do feel that LaRoche should have been allowed to walk and Morse should have remained. But you know that opinion (ad nauseum) already.

I'll try to be more positive because I love the Nats. I'm just a little out of sorts because I think Rizzo hurt the team.

Go Nats

Cwj said...

YES! Harper hits a bomb!!

Steve Hayes said...

Harper is a Super Star.

peric said...

Now, if we can just get Tyler Moore in the lineup ... we'll get some consistent run production ...

JaneB said...

Bam bam!

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...


"Why certainly I'd like to have that fellow who hits a home run every time at bat, who strikes out every opposing batter when he's pitching, who throws strikes to any base or the plate when he's playing outfield and who's always thinking about two innings ahead just what he'll do to baffle the other team. Any manager would want a guy like that playing for him. The only trouble is to get him to put down his cup of beer and come down out of the stands and do those things." -- former Pittsburgh manager Danny Murtaugh

Joe Seamhead said...

BTW, my last comment wasn't directed at you, peric.

Steve Hayes said...

And I will try to get over the Morse dumping and bring a better4 mood here.

peric said...

Yep,double dose of stupid pills handed out.

Once again the brain-damaged pot calling the other kettles black.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

"It's like most anything. If you want to be a loser, there's always a way to dwell on the negative. If you want to win, there's always a way to think positively." - Tony La Russa

peric said...

BTW, my last comment wasn't directed at you, peric.

Sure the moron who probably thinks Tim Cullen was better than Danny Espinosa. Seamhead full of those rubber bands but no brains to be seen.

timeless46 said...

Love the Murtaugh quote. He was a good manager

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts." - Earl Weaver.

Joe Seamhead said...

peric, when did I ever even mention Tim Cullen on this blog?

djinFl. said...

The reason Harper is in left is that he had not proven he could hit the cut off man. To many runners were able to advance when he would throw to get a runner he had no chance of.
Davey made it clear that was the reason.

peric said...

And I will try to get over the Morse dumping and bring a better4 mood here.

The main reasons Morse is gone are in the following order:
1. Morse was on a 1 and done contract.
2. Tyler Moore actually was superior using advanced stats as a metric.
In fact Moore was the best extra base hitter even over Harper.
Moore is under 30, under team control, cheaper and fields the same
positions.
3. Davey wanted another left-handed power bat in the lineup in addition
to Harper.
4. Rizzo wanted those young pitchers to replenish the bare cupboards.

The problems is Moore isn't in the starting lineup where he belongs.

Dave said...

Good lord. Peric, the man just said he was not directing that comment at you. So you attack him. You really make these threads unreadable quite often. But you know that already, I guess.

Steve Hayes said...

Why do you throw a pitcher a curve?

djinFl. said...

My first mlb foul ball, off the bat of Mr Cullen

Steve Hayes said...

Sin chu was a good pickup for cincy

Steve Hayes said...

heisy shows great speed

Steve Hayes said...

Did Chad have his foot on? Ump thought so

Steve Hayes said...


foot on!!!

Steve Hayes said...

I feel an Espi Homer today

Cwj said...

Yes, replay shows his foot touched the base...barely.

Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said...
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Steve Hayes said...

Espi just may have fixed that hole in his swing. Not enough is being made about that -- it's Huge!! Espi will be a literal monster if that is the case

Steve Hayes said...

If Espi is 'all fixed" it may be time soon to bat Espi 2nd -- moving Desi to 6 and Werth 7

Cwj said...

Funny how often pitchers nibble when pitching to other pitchers.

Steve Hayes said...

If they ever make a movie about Leake (which they probably wont), Decaprio will be chosen to play him -- they look alike

Cwj said...

Mark Z- Tracy's foot was on the base.
MASN had it on replay

Steve Hayes said...

Prediction: Det wins between 17-21 games this year --
Haren will be gone by Memorial day

Cwj said...

I doubt Mark reads these comments very often though :)

Steve Hayes said...

Whats up with Desmond? He's playing like he did 2 years ago. 3 errors already? His throwing mechanics have changed -- he's dropping his arm down before his throw -- different release point. Cant the coaches see this?

Steve Hayes said...

watch out, frazier can hit the Ball!!!

Steve Hayes said...

Careful, Det -- you forgot to stop in your last pitch

Steve Hayes said...

Frazier makes Desmond pay for that error

Steve Hayes said...

walking #8 to get to leake -- okay, but don't throw him offspeed

Cwj said...

Hopefully nothing but fastballs to Leake this time around

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks Desmonfd. his WAR must be negative so far for the year.

Cwj said...

Detwiler at 93mph today. Nice.

NattieNation13 said...

Anyone concerned that every single hit Bryce seems to get is to right field? I can't remember the last time he singled to left. Even his run of 11 in a row in ST seemed to be to right

Steve Hayes said...

to Leake

Fastball -- swing/miss
Fastball - swing/miss
fastball -- swing - foul
fastball - swing and Miss you're out!!

good job!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Det pitched well that inning.

Cwj said...

Manassas- Desmond will be fine :)

Detwiler pitching a very good game. Come on Nats give him more than 2 runs...

Steve Hayes said...

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Steve Hayes said...

Span L-7 that's the extent of his power

Cwj said...

NattieNation- No, I'm not concerned about Bryce :-)

Steve Hayes said...

Werth does well Gluten-free

Steve Hayes said...

Leake vs. Harper Round 3

Leake is pitching worried

Leake escapes barely

Steve Hayes said...

Zim is due for the tater

Steve Hayes said...

This ump: a pitchers ump

Steve Hayes said...

Come on Leake bring it in to Zim

Steve Hayes said...

Leake Does NOt Want To Throw to Zim

NatsNut said...

You're right NattieNation. I'm really starting to worry about that kid. ;)

Steve Hayes said...

Leake wins that battle

Steve Hayes said...

didn't look like it hit him

Steve Hayes said...

replay does not confirm the hit batsman

Steve Hayes said...

This is where Votto is paid to produce

Steve Hayes said...

Harper just doesn't get a good jump on flies yet. Must be hard going from a catcher to an outfielder

Steve Hayes said...

Go ahead, Det!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

last couple innings Detwiler pitching like Houdini. Good job Ross.

Steve Hayes said...

Det is outstandingly commanding today

Steve Hayes said...

McClellan misses another pitch!

Steve Hayes said...

Desmond is swinging from the heels, pulling his head out and isn't even looking at the ball as it crosses the plate -- lets go, Eck, talk to him

Steve Hayes said...

Espi is getting ready to go on a tear

Steve Hayes said...

hmm just missed that 3-1 pitch

Steve Hayes said...

expect off speed, Espi has you set up

Steve Hayes said...

great at bat, Espi!!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Is it meor is there somebody talking to themselves here?

Steve Hayes said...

Go ahead, Wilson! much needed

JaneB said...

Wilsooooooon!

D'Gourds said...

FP Is A Genius!

Steve Hayes said...

Wilson's tater rattled Leake

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good job Ramos.

Joe Seamhead said...

Yeah, that Zimmerman guy is done at third...not!
Jack, it reminds me of a favorite LP album with a scratch on it in here today.

Steve Hayes said...

NatsJack: Why ginning up attacks on people? Just talk baseball. No one is attacking you

Steve Hayes said...

Werth is on fire

Steve Hayes said...

Citizens' Park: what goes around comes around

Steady Eddie said...

I guess JDub's Gluten-free wrist is OK.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth

djinFl. said...

Heck of a day Jason.

peric said...

I bet gluten free reads this blog ... and hates when I diss him ... just like last season ...

note to self: keep it up.

NatsJack in Florida said...

So the old guy with a bad wrist went yard again?

Steve Hayes said...

Will Det go 9?

Steve Hayes said...

last play pending ...

Steve Hayes said...

Hit you knew it

djinFl. said...

Sorry Steve but that was a great line by NJ.
You were guilty.

Steve Hayes said...

Werth could play "The Dude" in the Big Lebowski

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I wish Zim would not hit grounders wuth a man on first. among league leaders in double play yearly as he hits it hard and runs not quick enough.

Steve Hayes said...

? guilty of what, exactly?

Steve Hayes said...

Yes, but Zim is a .300 hitter with power -- I'll accept the glitch

Joe Seamhead said...

Did someone say something about this lineup being void of HR power?

Steve Hayes said...

What day will Haren and Henry be gone?

Haren: by Memorial Day
Henry: to be determined (maybe by All star time)

NatsJack in Florida said...

The only thing about that poster whose name I can never remember that literally pisses me off is that his posts make me laugh so hard I've had to double up on mu weekly Depends purchase.

Steve Hayes said...

great catch Espi -- where o where is Rendon going to play????

Steve Hayes said...

Clip is sharp

Joe Seamhead said...

This past week, on Late Night with David Letterman:
Letterman: "You know what people are doing now?
Remember the movie 'Jurassic Park' about the dinosaurs?
It's coming back in 3D, so you can watch the dinosaurs running around in 3D.
And I thought - that's exciting.
But you know what?
Honestly, if I want to watch dinosaurs run around, I'll just go to a Yankees game."

Steady Eddie said...

"Sharp" is what Det was.

A dominating monster is what Clip was.

Nats Lady has it: Fear the Goggles!

Joe Seamhead said...

LOL, Steady!

Timothy Folk said...

... peric is annoying

Faraz Shaikh said...

I have come to accept and ignore personal remarks. I don't think this blog will ever stop that. Just saying!

happy 2 pylon said...

http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0371025/

He's baaaaaackk

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I saw Span catch tons those as a Twin. His first real good chsnce to make a good catch as A Nat, I was less than impressed.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Storen is ticking me off.

Steve Hayes said...

Storen is altogether too hittable -- was last year too, as we all know

Steve Hayes said...

Davey could leave Clip in for 2 -- but that's not his style, is it?

Steve Hayes said...

I'm lobbying for Espi for the gold glove this year. shoulda won it last year

SCNatsFan said...

Nice play by Danny

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good job Espi.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

what on earth is wrong Desmond Lack of focus?

Steve Hayes said...

Four errors on Desi -- just not the same Desmond, definitely not

Harp shows his age -- stupid throw

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desmond's WAR is terrible so far.

Steve Hayes said...

I was thinking the as Manassas; it would have been a great time for Span to sell me on him with that catch

He didn't make it -- still has some selling to do

Steve Hayes said...

Shades of Game 5 with Cards

Steve Hayes said...

Desi is hitting .105 with 4 errors -- trouble at home, Desi??

JaneB said...

Ian will be ok. But man he is not our normal Ian. THANK YOU DREW!

Steve Hayes said...

haha look at Storen swaggering after his K -- come one, Storen, that isn't you -- a fist pump would have been more fitting -- you needed that out and were lucky to get it

JaneB said...

Steve, seriously? Seriously? There's negativity and there's mean spiritedness. These are people. not just players, Sheesh.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Fielding by Span, Desmod Harper poor in 8th. Span caught almost all like that last year. Desmond 4 E now. Harper overthrow was the only problem last year.

Lets get a couple runs back.

Steve Hayes said...

Anyone got Desi's cell phone #? I want to text him to take his meds before all the games

Scott Margenau said...

Steve Hayes. I agree with most of your comments. Also TMo should be in not chad. He needs the bats, Tracy is not the future. Dumb move.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The error by Desmond also guarenteed Votto would bat. Thanks Ian. Make this easier.

Steve Hayes said...

Span gets the collar" 0-5

Steve Hayes said...

We should have opened up the pocket book and signed Bourne

Scott Margenau said...

Werth near deep again

Steve Hayes said...

Yep, agreed Scott. Exactly -- Davey's stuck on his l'r'l'r combos is what I think -- another reason why Davey's not my favorite manager

Scott Margenau said...

Stat to stat Bourne not much better...look at carreer

Steve Hayes said...

Put em in the Book, Raffy. Fatten up my Saves column in the Fantasy leagues

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span last year caught all those. So now with a new team new fans he needs to do exactly what he did in Minnesota. That is not asking to much. It asking to do tge normal.

Phillips as second out probably would have set up an easy 3rd out.

Scott Margenau said...

Let's see how sori does.

Steve Hayes said...

Imagine what Bench, Frank Robinson, Tony Perez or Foster would have done in this bandbox?

Steve Hayes said...

Soriano: Mr. Cool

Scott Margenau said...

Soot. Grrr

Steve Hayes said...

that was a tough pitch -- poor sequencing -- blame that on the signal caller

Scott Margenau said...

Dumb pitch

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

starts 0-2 count. Sorianno you need to save this not blow it. Bullpen only one guy in it today who was ready.

Scott Margenau said...

Malox time NL

djinFl. said...

You ever think it takes a few visits to learn not only how to play the park, but the individual batters. Span will be just fine.
It has been a long time since I have heard this much negativity. Chill

Steve Hayes said...

one out

Steady Eddie said...

No, Steve, you don't blame that on the signal caller. From where Wilson was set up, that slider was supposed to break inside but went in the wrong direction, right across the middle of the zone.

Steve Hayes said...

djin: you must not have been here last year when Espi was on the hot seat -- or in 2011 when Desi got ragged on all year

Even so, Span has yet to prove his worth -- comments on his play are most appropriate.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

let the winning run come to the plate. Why?

Scott Margenau said...

Damn it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rout would have caught that.

Steve Hayes said...

Yeah, Raffy, "I only need 6 games to get ready for the season." Haha yeah, right

Scott Margenau said...

Looks like grapefruit game

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Might as well have HROD pitch.

Steady Eddie said...

And once again Soriano put the ball in the wrong part of the plate and then WP'd Votto home.

JaneB said...

Ugh. SOriano has Bad Henry disease now.

Timothy Folk said...

Hold on to your butts

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The last 2 pitchers totally choked today.

Scott Margenau said...

Ty zim

SCNatsFan said...

This team is just paying stupid, flat. Blame it on whatever you want but you can't have this many errors, miss this many plays and give teams a chance. You can't win based on reviews by pundits you have to do it between the lines.

Joe Seamhead said...

Nobody moving Ryan to first anytime soon.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

it all goes back Span's non catch in the 8th. He started the whole mess.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harper needs to start it again.

Again Det gets screwed by his fielders and 2 of his relievers

Joe Seamhead said...

Well, win, lose, or draw, it sure is an exciting game.

Steve Hayes said...

Zim is fantastic sure saved Soriano more trouble

Steve Hayes said...

Thanks Rizzo for weakening a 98 win team

Scott Margenau said...

Scfan. 100% correct. Glad not everyone has to be happy shiny people all the time or get flamed.

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