Friday, May 17, 2013

Game 42: Nats at Padres

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The Nationals go for two in a row at Petco Park.
Nothing like a dominant Stephen Strasburg outing and a rare offensive explosion to make everybody feel better, right? The Nationals certainly got back on track last night thanks to eight strong innings from their would-be ace and some offensive fireworks from Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche.

Now they'll look to keep it going tonight against the Padres' starter, a young man by the name of Burch Smith. Yes, Burch Smith. He made his major-league debut six days ago against the Rays ... and got knocked out after allowing six runs in one inning. So he boasts a career ERA of 54.00. Yikes. The 23-year-old right-hander, an 11th-round draft pick in 2011, did post a 1.15 ERA at Class AA, so he's obviously got some talent. But talk about being thrown to the wolves...

Gio Gonzalez gets the nod for the Nationals, looking to build off his really strong previous start in which he held the Cubs to two hits over seven innings but then was surprisingly pulled for a pinch-hitter and wound up with no decision.

Enjoy the game and the conversation. Chase will have you covered over the weekend, and then I'll be back on the case Monday...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where: Petco Park
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 64 degrees, Wind 7 mph LF to RF
NATIONALS (22-19)
CF Denard Span
LF Steve Lombardozzi
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PADRES (18-22)
CF Chris Denorfia
SS Everth Cabrera
3B Chase Headley
LF Jesus Guzman
1B Kyle Blanks
2B Jedd Gyorko
RF Will Venable
C Nick Hundley
RHP Burch Smith

UMPIRES
HP Vic Carapazza
1B Jeff Nelson (cc)
2B D.J. Reyburn
3B Lance Barksdale

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waddu eye no said...

I' m first! Yay!

baseballswami said...

Oh, no. Seems like these new guys that we should obliterate always turn into Cy Young when we come to town.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If Smirh is no Cy Young then I see a final of Nats 5 Padres 3

natsfan1a said...

Hope not, swami, but it does seem that way. What kind of name is Burch, anyway? At least it doesn't sound like a game show host, as with Mr. Barksdale.

Go, GIO! Go, NATS!! Let's shoot for a happy game results email. (Yawn.)

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Fifth ....
(Da da da DUM!!!)

Nattering Nat said...

baseballswami is right. If it's not allowing Mr. Greinke to sail through his first MLB start in a month, it's allowing no-name rookies to establish themselves. It's uncanny, and darn frustrating to watch. By mentioning this so publicly, I'm hoping reverse psychology kicks in. But I ain't expecting it.

Joe Seamhead said...

Relax...we really got this one!

Boy, are NAts Insiders emotional on the whole whole Anthony Rendon question! Haven't seen anything like it since they let Adam Dunn walk. Or the Jayson Werth signing...

I hope to wake up tomorrow morning seeing the Braves 1/2 game behind us. We really need to make up for not taking advantage of the Cubs and Dodgers. It starts..RIGHT NOW! LETS GYFNG!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Add the fact that Edwin Jackson is 0-6 against anybody not named Nats and the trend seems obvious.

Kid throws a 3 hit shutout if all goes to form.

Joe Seamhead said...

I'll wager you're wrong on this one, Jack! We will have a few guys have appreciative increases in their stats tonight!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Joe.....that's not my prediction....just a comment on "if all goes to form".

That's why I watch the games. Form really doesn't happen that much.

Eugene in Oregon said...

So, with a bit of time to spare before tonight's Oregon-Oregon State game (two NCAA top-10 teams), I decided to watch Burch Smith's major league debut on the MLB.tv archive. He got through a clean first inning (two Ks, infield ground out), but started the second with a walk and a two-run HR. There followed (if I remember correctly) another walk, a single, a single to load the bases, a two-run single, and a one-run double. At that point he was pulled and the reliever game up a sacrifice fly to account for the 6th earned run. The hits he gave up were solid; no flukes involved. I can't say he won't do a Cy Young impression against the Nats, but his inning-plus against the Rays was more Cy Vance than Cy Young. And, btw, Carlos Quentin is apparently on paternity leave for the next couple of games.

Drew said...

Cy Vance quit early, too.

NatsJack in Florida said...

If I had a chance to get a baseball player added to the Nats 25 man roster that I knew would instantly make them better it woukd be Ben Zobrist.

Man I love that guys total game.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Oh, and I meant to include that the Padres had spotted Mr. Smith a 2-0 lead before he threw his first major league pitch.

Doc said...

You're right NJ.

Predicting 'form' or baseball game outcomes is fool's errand. You could lose a lot of money doing that.

All you can hope for is a big W in the win column!

NatsLady said...

Yep, Eugene. That was a strange debut. Only four worse since 1916...

Steady Eddie said...

I'm with Joe S. -- relax, we got this. I predict Harp and Desi go yard, Gio shuts 'em down (you don't think he's ravenous after getting stiffed vs the Cubs?), we're up 1/2 game on the Barves tomorrow morning.

DWS said...

Burch Smith, making his second MLB start three hits the Nats. Nice R/L NJ.
If Greinke can deliver on his second rehab start who's to say.
Cy Young commeth.

Kirbs said...

LA up over ATL....and BJ Upton has to be the most expensive 8 hole hitter in baseball.

baseballswami said...

Speaking of light hitting back of the order guys-- Espi's back.

NationalsFanatic said...

Nationals
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Steve Lombardozzi, LF
3. Bryce Harper, RF
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
5. Adam LaRoche, 1B
6. Ian Desmond, SS
7. Danny Espinosa, 2B
8. Kurt Suzuki, C
9. Gio Gonzalez, SP

Padres
1. Chris Denorfia, CF
2. Everth Cabrera, SS
3. Chase Headley, 3B
4. Jesus Guzman, LF
5. Kyle Blanks, 1B
6. Jedd Gyorko, 2B
7. Will Venable, RF
8. Nick Hundley, C
9. Burch Smith, SP

baseballswami said...

Ryu struggling vs the Barves :(

peric said...

BTW, sjm308? Corey Brown is back playing CF for the Chiefs batting in the 3-hole. But Ryan Perry got bombed and only lasted 2+ innings. Jeff Mandel is in now to hold the Clippers at bay until the short relief can be used.

If the Chiefs get Rendon. With Rahl now leading off, Kobernus 2nd, Brown and then Rendon followed by Marerro the Chiefs would have a pretty potent lineup. If only the pitching would match the early season expectations.

peric said...

I knew would instantly make them better it woukd be Ben Zobrist.

Can't deny that's a good idea. The question would be (since he is currently with a DH-able AL team) where would you play him? Outfield or 2nd base? First base?

JayB said...

Meanwhile, Rizzo expected Jayson Werth’s slight tightness in his hamstring to keep him on the disabled list longer than expected.

Njack.....is the Nats Medical and Training staff the laughing stock of your Insiders Circle?

How can this go on year after year...they are completely clueless on getting diagnosis and treatment right even the 3rd of 4th time let alone 1st or second time.

jeeves said...

And why won't Perez get a chance to start against someone not called Kershaw? I would guarantee he'd do better than a couple of others in the lineup.

Kirbs said...

Although JB I agree the nats DRs are a joke, I don't think hamstrings show up on any types of tests...and I've hurt mine before, the only thing to stop it is rest. No amount of stretching fixed it, I just had to have no running for 5 weeks. (I tried after 3 and it pulled again, a very disappointing flag football month.)

baseballswami said...

Speaking of injuries- and I wish we were not-- I heard Det had lower back spasms and then I heard oblique. Those two things are not in the sane location, are they?? What's up?

sjm308 said...

Off to California in the AM!! Napa followed by Nats vs Giants on Tuesday night! Hiking, biking, wine, beer & baseball. Am I missing anything?

Kirbs said...

Oblique's are the new dirty word in baseball....I hope not....but it is the side muscle I think, so it could all be connected. I imagine if he hurt one of them, he would make up the efforts in the other and injure both.

Doc said...

Correctomundo Swam!

Even though the knee bone is connected to leg bone, and the leg bone is connected to the ankle bone....lower back spasms and oblique strains can only be connected by Det's mind, unless, of course, he has separate injuries.

Speaking of injuries, the Rubber Tomahawk Throwers have recently lost 50% of their back end bull pen. Venters is having TJ surgery, and Walden has been put on the DL. And Kimbrel is having his problems.

Good time for the Nats to charge ahead!!!!!!

NatsLady said...

So, I'm listening to the Barves radio, and they have this and that promotion (including season tickets) and this and that contest. One of the prizes is "a year's supply of lottery tickets." How many is that? One a day?

David Proctor said...

Justin Upton just hit a grand slam to take the lea for the Braves...

NatsLady said...

Justin Upton grand slam. Thanks a lot, Arizona.

LoveDaNats said...
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peric said...

And why won't Perez get a chance to start against someone not called Kershaw? I would guarantee he'd do better than a couple of others in the lineup.

Its basically a choice between:
1. Denard Span
2. Stephen Lombardozzi
3. Eury Perez

Offensively these three are all the exact same player.
Span is left-handed making him advantageous to have against
a right handed pitcher. Plus he is a veteran CF and doing reasonably
well.

Lombo is a switch hitter who can hit against either kind of arm.
He's in his 2nd year as an infield UTL.

Perez isn't even a rookie. He's more a plug-in replacement on the bench
while Werth heals.

Next question?

NatsLady said...

Morse out of the lineup today with eye irritation---??

Michael Morse

http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130517&content_id=47805136&notebook_id=47815574&c_id=sea

peric said...

Am I missing anything?

Music festival, wine/strawberry/etc. festival, car show, Osmosis for the aching joints afterward.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Notice Dodgers go to the bullpen and Braves immediately score 4 runs. Nats rarely score on thebullpen.

We will still win the division.

baseballswami said...

So the Dodgers beat us 2 of 3 and then have the absolute nerve to let the Barves get ahead of them?

peric said...

Notice Dodgers go to the bullpen and Braves immediately score 4 runs. Nats rarely score on thebullpen.

Zim's bat is the catalyst. If he can avoid getting upset about his now mediocre fielding at third he can still produce big clutch numbers at the plate. If he continues to stay healthy and hit.

Desmond is also coming on.

Harper is just Harper. He'll hit if they give him something good as we saw last night. That's the problem getting him something good. With Zim hitting he gets something good.

Let's wait and see if LaRoche is truly back ... as Natsjack says let's wait until he gets over the .230 mark but that's Espinosa at the back of the lineup this guy bats FOURTH or FIFTH depending. He needs to get over .260.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We pitched better against the Dodgers 7 runs in 3 games.

Drew said...

I agree with Peric that Syracuse's pitching has been disappointing.

There are several promising hurlers at Potomac, but we haven't seen much at the higher levels aside from Rosenbaum and Karns.

I'm looking forward to the returns of Solis and Giolito.

David Proctor said...

I can't wait to see Giolito pitch even though he's probably 3+ years away from the majors.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Keep an eye on the 2 guys I named in ST as the guys to watch......Taylor Jordan and Robbie Ray.

Both guys worked extremely hard lasf year, Taylor rehabbing his TJ surgery and Ray sacrificing a season to develope consistent mechanics. Their work has paid off and both should continue their progress to the ML staff.

David Proctor said...

We'll get this guy second time around the order.

NatsJack in Florida said...

His ERA just dropped to 27.00.

David Proctor said...

Gio does not have his good command tonight.

Exposremains said...

Throw strikes. I cant stand it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

did Gio miss the scouting meeting. Absolutely do not walk Cabrerra.


Got lucky batter swung. Carerra had base stolen.

Exposremains said...

So annoying.

NatsJack in Florida said...

This is an extremely aggravating Gio Gonzalez.

David Proctor said...

Yikes.

Exposremains said...

Just pathetic. Walks all over the place. Zim now cant catch.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is called an E 9, but I dont see how Zim lets that by.

Exposremains said...

Reminds me of Game 1 against the Cards

David Proctor said...

We won Game 1 against the Cards.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I stayed up for this?

DWS said...

Pick the man up. Simple. Yes he should have blocked the ball.

Exposremains said...

Which game was it that Gio had something like 6 walks

David Proctor said...

Game 1. But he didn't give up many runs and we won the game.

Exposremains said...

Just checked it, it was 7 walks

NatsJack in Florida said...

This is a guy Espi can hit.

Exposremains said...

They haven't lost the game yet and a guy that almost won the Cy Young should be able to throw strike.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Already striking out on balls not near rhe zone. Will that ever change.

This guys pitched pathetic last game again making rookies looks like Cy Young. Last game the opponents figured him out easily.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Maybe not.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Did anyone hear the Dodger announcer when talking about Nats hitting?

Exposremains said...

No NatsJack, it was even worst than usual.

DWS said...

19 strikeouts. Nice swing Danny.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And now his ERA is 18.00.

DWS said...

The way this is going it will drop quickly. Another ace coming.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I guess Espidefense is so so good they csn afford his terrible batting.

Gio is becoming more inconsistentthan HRod. You never know what you are going to get.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And I should have figured Espi was toast after that typical wimpy fake bunt attempt on the first pitch.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The Dodgers announcers say the Nats need to get Espi, Moore and Bernadina or at least have them on the benxh if they plan to advance.

DWS said...

Gio's got to pay attention. Watch Zimmermann.

Exposremains said...

Unacceptable. He should be fined.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Nats ought to bring in Henry right now, just for fun.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What is Gio doing walking a pitcherin his first major league at bat.

I rarely use the word stupid, but GIO is living up to that word.

Exposremains said...

Im starting to understand why Gio got traded so many times. He will drive you crazy.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Manassas.....I don't understand 1 iota of what you wrote.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Referencing your 10:47 comment.

Section 222 said...

Why are the Dodgers announcers talking about the Nats' hitters? Aren't we playing the Padres now?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I put my Curly W hat Suzuki redponded for a hit.

Why is Span hitting flies That is not helpful at all.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gio's on pace for like 110 pitches in the 5th.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

looks like Lombo getting lessons from Espi.

Saw Harper throw again. Zim turns his body so if he missed it would miss him. No doubt in my mind E5.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They were comparing Brave hitters and ours.

Perfectly legitimate analysis as far as I was concerned

NatsJack in Florida said...

Now this guys ERA is 13.50.

Not bad for a guy whose ERA was 54.00 an hour ago.

David Proctor said...

ADAM LAROCHE IS LOCKED. FREAKING. IN.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Thaaaaaaaank you again, Larry.

Drew said...

Stay hot Adam LaRoche!

Joe Seamhead said...

You all that threw Adam under the bus? Ha!!!
GYFNG,!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I changed hat along with a buddy to opening day hat 3 runs since thishat.

David Proctor said...

That ball was well outside.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And the poor weak old man does it again.

A 14 game hitting streak for the old man. Maybe Espinosa can stretch his to 2 today.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why is it so damn hard for an umpire to call balls and strikes correct. Pitch track shows it clearly and you would they would know we know tgey are not very good.

David Proctor said...

Bob and FP are really loving this 80s night.

Section 222 said...

So I'm just wondering, how many games in a row does ALR have to homer in before peric will admit that he's more than just a singles hitter and might actually be a pretty good choice for the 4 or 5 spot in the lineup?

DWS said...

Nope.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

gio better get some calls toi. Now we need a shut down inning.

DWS said...

Danny nope.
peric maybe.

NatsJack in Florida said...

It is now tiime for Gio to throw strike 1 to every hitter....first pitch every time!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Held my bteath on the Zim throw.

DWS said...

A throw from third. Bonus.

Joe Seamhead said...

Go ahead, breathe now!

David Proctor said...

Great inning from Gio. Finally starting to get on a roll.

DWS said...

Nice. Keep it simple Gio.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And the first 3 hitterz all got first pitch strike 1's.

I like me some me :-).

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

gio pitching better.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

@222 he will stay on ALR like I do Eck.. Only differece is I am right.

David Proctor said...

Agree with FP that the 2 hole is a black hole right now. We need someone in there who can hit, but not many options. We need Werth back.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

For a non power hitter and a short swing Span should K about half what he does.

Lombo at least made contacts

NatsJack in Florida said...

Says who?

DWS said...

Manassas I'd still sooner have Span in my lineup. He at least knows the strike zone, depending on the day (ump). And don't poke the bear.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

A terrible throw.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

carp was right no where near the running box

Drew said...

The Nats have committed 34 errors -- the most in the major leagues.

Not good.

DWS said...

Pick himself up...

David Proctor said...

Good job Gio.

DWS said...

Just like that.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Anybody know what OBP Lombo and Span have?

And great job Gio. 6 more outs and your day is done.

David Proctor said...

Zim's power is returning.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

zim driving to right.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And now Zim goes yard!

Joe Seamhead said...

Interesting stat regarding errors: Justin Upton (3) has more errors than our entire outfield so far this year(2).

David Proctor said...

WOW. LAROCHE!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

ALR......you just gotta laugh at some people.

MicheleS said...

God I love Adam - Papa Roche...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bring Chipper Jones as our hitting coach. Since he talked ALR he has hit very well.

Joe Seamhead said...

You all that threw Adam under the bus? Kiss it goodby. Again.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Desmond walks??!!! Wow!

Drew said...

LaRoche raises his OPS to .718.

And he brings on the Burch bier.

David Proctor said...

Desmond has been walking more often lately. He's getting pitched around. Especially with Espinosa behind him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

chipper talk to espi please.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Now I have a whole bus terminal waiting on Espinosa...AS A HITER.

I totally appteciate his defense.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Espi and lombo tied. 2 K and a fly out.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Wow. Espinosa struck out? Imagine that.

Drew said...

Stauffer is a University of Richmond product. I'm glad to see him back in the Show.

Steady Eddie said...

Manassas, how far do you have to go to avoid giving ALR credit for what he's doing?

First it was your hat that caused him to hit the HR, then Chipper Jones.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Esp's fielding is outstanding. but his plate discipline is pathetic. Needs lessons from Chipper.

Joe Seamhead said...

I was wrong. Harper tied J Upton with his error tonight. Bryce, I believe, has the only OF errors so far this year.

David Proctor said...

That's the play Zimmerman will make no problem. If only he could do that when he has time.

Joe Seamhead said...

Nice play, Zimm!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I give him all the credit. chipper showed what he was doing different than when he was successful.

He listened tgen adjusted it and he is doing fine.

Did I imply that Jones was doing the hitter?

DWS said...

Uh oh. Zimmermans getting it. To bad he couldn't catch that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That's the game as my pregame prediction was Nats 5 Padres 3

NatsJack in Florida said...

Drew....you know OPS dosen't mean anything. What is his ISO?

I mean, I never knew how to tell if someone was a power hitter or not until ISO.

Before, I'd just look at how many extra base hits they had and stumple through the determination and hopefully, I could tell but ISO....now it's so clear.

MicheleS said...

Geesh.. .move the fences in and Petco becomes Coors field

Joe Seamhead said...
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David Proctor said...

Get through the inning Gio.

David Proctor said...

Good job Gio. Now it's up to the bullpen.

Joe Seamhead said...

OK, breathe!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gio needs to go one more inning.

David Proctor said...

Interesting. Gio not done?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

@Eddie still trying to figure out where I wasnt giving ALR credit.

Where did I say that.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And the kid Gyrko for the Padres seems like an Uggla who can actually hit.

MicheleS said...

seriously, when can Werth get back? I want him in RF and batting in the 2 hole, like yesterday.

Drew said...

Speaking of the promising pitchers at Potomac, Blake Schwartz had another dandy start tonight.

He gave up one earned over six innings and lowered his ERA to 0.96.

David Proctor said...

I'm not sure I like that Gio is still in, he looked gas last inning. We'll see how it goes.

EmDash said...

Don't like Gio still being in here. He seemed gassed. Hope I'm wrong...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Riddle me this. gio many less pitches last game and much better pitching and Davey pulls him. this game and Gio stays. Why?

Steady Eddie said...

Manassas, did you really think I was saying your hat hit ALR's first homer? No more than Chipper did the second.

The point was that the first guy you gave credit to was Chipper even after ALR was the first Nat tonight to hit with RISP, and took us from dangerously behind (given our offense this year) to a 90% chance of a win (given our starting pitching this year).


Just seems like you have a whine about everything tonight and very little positive to say even when the te turns what looks like a disaster into a reasonably solid game.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

One thing McCatty has not worked witge pitchers with since joining Nats is how to hold runners.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Glad you're up and watching, Michele. Check out any of the Face Book pics from Curly Washington on his West Coast trip?

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Off to California in the AM!! Napa followed by Nats vs Giants on Tuesday night! Hiking, biking, wine, beer & baseball. Am I missing anything?

If you're in San Francisco this Sat, the Asian Street Fair is on from 11 - 6 pm on Larkin St. Live bands, good food.

David Proctor said...

Aww.

Steady Eddie said...

Manassas, your 12:16 was a good example. You'd think we were losing.

Clearly Davey left him in put of a combination if "you took me out too early last time" and "if Stras can start an inning at 100+ pitches, why can't I start one at 96?"

It's the human psychology of managing people.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am one of the most positive people I know just ask my friends. I expect to win every single game and assume the only way we will lose is if we screw up.

Obviously the hat is tongue in cheek, that you didn't get.

The Chipper reference didnt read as I implied it eitger. I was saying Chipper saw a flaw that Eck should have seen and didn't.

Ivan Tuski said...

A little high there

MicheleS said...

NJ.. YES, I saw someof Curly's pics and i have noticed them on some of the replay's. I think it's great that Nats fans are traveling!

SJM308 - HAVE FUN, I am so jealous.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Just flipped over to the Angels/White Sox game.

Note to Arty Moreno.....you obviously have more money than baseball sense.

David Proctor said...

Clip has been great lately.

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go, Tyler Clippard!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

And he brings on the Burch bier.

Didn't see this the first time. Can of corn, but hard hit.
; )

NatsJack in Florida said...

No. Eck showed him the flaw and Chipper confirmed it.

EmDash said...

I'd like to see Mattheus in the 8th, it's been a while since he had an appearance.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Non whiney alert.

Good job Clip. That is last 11 games only 1 earned run.

Whiney alert.

Wish Espi would learn to get hit with 2 strikes.

NatsJack in Florida said...

EmDash....I think you might.

Joe Seamhead said...

Funny...Zimm seems to be in the same spot in the box that he always is.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Obviously the hat is tongue in cheek, that you didn't get.

The Chipper reference didnt read as I implied it either. I was saying Chipper saw a flaw that Eck should have seen and didn't.


BullRunNatsFan, FWIW, I thought the hat thing was funny, and LaRoche definitely needs to take Larry to Mortons, not Sizzler.

You could let up on the "everybody sucks" pedal, though.

David Proctor said...

Awesome, tomorrow's game isn't at 10, it's at 8:30.

Scott Margenau said...

Good to see LaRoche on fire. I'll eat my former anti ALR comments.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Yep, Michele....I've been seeing Jeff and Colleen all week on TV....actualy once during Zim's at bat just now.

David Proctor said...

Wonder if Clip goes back out.

Scott Margenau said...

I know right DP??!!

I haven't. Slep much this week! Lol be nice to have games end b4 1:30 am

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

You can't un-ring a bell, folks.

NatsJack in Florida said...

T-Clip ....need strikes!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

That Blanks kid looks bigger than 6'6" 265.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

That's a awfully big strike zone to miss. Just saying.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Not at all comfortable with Clippard right now.

EmDash said...

Clip is not usually at his best after he has to sit and come back out. Not sure why he's still in.

DWS said...

Lead off walk is poison.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

whiney alert last 8 games vs bullpens 26 2/3 Ip 4 R 3 ER 15 H 8 BB 23 K.

Clip the old second inning trick.Has worked often? Not often enough.

NatsJack in Florida said...

This pinch hitter is 37 years old! Where's his walker or attendant?

David Proctor said...

Good job Clip.

EmDash said...

Suggests a scouting problem with opposing bullpens, I'd guess?

Yay good Clip!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Compliment alert

Clip did fine pitching in 2 different innings.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Could have been easierbut I'll take it. Good job, Clip.

David Proctor said...

NatsJack, don't make fun of him for being 37. Other fans will be saying that about Werth in a few years.

David Proctor said...

Danny is in a bad, bad place right now.

DWS said...

Danny needs a break.

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