Saturday, May 25, 2013

Game 49: Phillies at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Dan Haren faces Jonathan Pettibone tonight at Nationals Park.
After a solid, 5-2 victory last night to open their homestand, the Nationals are sticking with their same lineup for the middle game of this weekend series against the Phillies. Might as well stick with what worked, including Kurt Suzuki in the 6-spot, with Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi behind him.

That lineup tonight will go up against right-hander Jonathan Pettibone, seeking to become the Phillies' first rookie to go 4-0 to begin his career since Kyle Kendrick (last night's starter) in 2007. Dan Haren gets the nod for the Nationals, hoping his ragged outing in San Diego was a mere blip on an otherwise upward trend for the veteran.

Jeff Kobernus, meanwhile, officially had his contract purchased from Class AAA Syracuse and is available off the bench. Yunesky Maya has officially been designated for assignment, possibly ending his four-year tenure in the Nationals organization.

Remember: Tonight's game is on Fox. It'll be Tom McCarthy and Bill Ripken with the call. So that's a Phillies play-by-ply guy and a former Oriole. Enjoy...

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox regional (coverage map)
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 89
Weather: Clear, 65 degrees, Wind 18 mph LF to RF
NATIONALS (25-23)
CF Denard Span
RF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
C Kurt Suzuki
LF Tyler Moore
2B Steve Lombardozzi
RHP Dan Haren

PHILLIES (23-25)
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Freddy Galvis
3B Michael Young
1B Ryan Howard
RF Delmon Young
LF Domonic Brown
C Erik Kratz
CF Ben Revere
RHP Jonathan Pettibone

UMPIRES
HP Tim Timmons
1B Mike Winters (cc)
2B Mark Wegner
3B Laz Diaz

7:15 p.m. — We are underway on another chilly late-May night in D.C. Great crowd on hand, possibly a sellout, as Dan Haren delivers his first pitch to Jimmy Rollins.

7:20 p.m. — And that's a 1-2-3, 14-pitch top of the first for Haren. He struck out both Freddy Galvis and Michael Young and was in control throughout. Solid start to his evening. Here come the Nats to face Jonathan "Don't Call Me Richie" Pettibone.

7:30 p.m. — Well, the bottom of the first got off to a good start, with Denard Span working the count full and then driving a single to right. And then it all fell apart. Bryce Harper struck out on an impressive changeup from Pettibone. Span was thrown out trying to steal second, with a pinpoint missile from Erik Kratz from his knees. And Ryan Zimmerman watched strike three sail by to end the inning. So it's scoreless as we move to the second.

7:39 p.m. — Wow, what a bizarre top of the second for Haren. He struck out Ryan Howard and Delmon Young, giving him four straight Ks, all swinging. And then Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz homered on consecutive pitches. Brown crushed a hanging curveball to right, Kratz took the first pitch he saw to left-center. Then Haren went out and struck out Ben Revere to end the inning. So, to recap: Haren has faced eight batters so far. He's struck out five, given up homers to two and retired the other batter on a flyout. That will kind of screw up your BABIP, right? Phillies lead 2-0 heading to the bottom of the second.

7:56 p.m. — Tyler Moore: Not a natural left fielder. As we just saw in unsightly fashion. Galvis sent a deep fly to left-center. Both Moore and Span had a bead on it, but Moore was closer and called off Span. The ball hit his glove ... and fell to the ground for a two-base error. That's generally why you defer to the center fielder on such plays. Fortunately, Haren pitched around the error and got through the third. So it's still 2-0 Phillies.

8:12 p.m. — Nice rally from the Nats in the bottom of the third, though it probably should have produced more than one run. With two on and one out, Zimmerman crushed a line drive to center, unfortunately right at Revere for the second out. LaRoche did follow with an RBI single up the middle, and Desmond followed by drawing a walk to load the bases for Suzuki. With Petibone on the ropes, the Nats seemed to have a golden opportunity to do some real damage. Except Suzuki check-swung at the first pitch and tapped a weak grounder to first base to kill the rally. Dagger. Nats trail 2-1 after three.

8:19 p.m. — A season-high seven strikeouts for Haren now in only four innings. The only blemishes on his evening: Those back-to-back homers. Still 2-1 Phillies.

8:32 p.m. — Wow, Span just missed a two-run homer into the second deck (yes, a homer into the second deck) by a couple of feet. Oh well, he'll happily take his subsequent RBI single to right-center, tying this game 2-2. Span is now 3-for-3 tonight, putting on quite a show.

8:43 p.m. — Oh, those two-out doubles by the opposing pitcher. They'll kill you every time. Haren is not happy with himself after giving that one up to Pettibone, followed by another double to Rollins. That puts the Phillies back on top, 3-2, as we move to the bottom of the fifth.

8:48 p.m. — Adam LaRoche to the rescue. Opposite-field bomb off Pettibone in the bottom of the fifth, tying this game back up at 3-3. Several Nats have really started to hit the ball hard the last few innings, though they don't have as much to show for it as they'd like.

8:58 p.m. — So, on a staff that includes Strasburg, Gio, Zimmermann and Detwiler ... who had Haren as the first Nats pitcher this season with a 10-strikeout game? Pretty remarkable, especially when you consider he's only through six innings. Still 3-3.

9:02 p.m. — Hmm, Haren is done after six innings, pinch-hit for by Roger Bernadina (who grounded out on the first pitch he saw to end the sixth). So now in a 3-3 game, the Nats' new pitcher is ... Henry Rodriguez. Hold onto your hats, folks.

9:13 p.m. — Well, his inning included a 100 mph fastball off Kevin Frandsen's forearm, but Henry otherwise got through the seventh unscathed. So we've reached the stretch, this game still tied 3-3. FYI: This was the first time Rodriguez appeared with the Nats either ahead or tied since April 4. His last four appearances all came with the Nats trailing by at least five runs.

9:32 p.m. — Big chance for the Nats in the bottom of the seventh, but they can't convert. After Antonio Bastardo walked both Harper and LaRoche, Charlie Manuel summoned the struggling Chad Durbin to face Desmond in a big spot. Desmond, never one to work the count, popped up the first pitch foul, then lofted a flyball to center on the next one to end the inning. Still 3-3 as Drew Storen enters for the eighth.

9:44 p.m. — Ugh, another shaky outing for Storen. He issued a one-out walk to Michael Young. Though he did strike out Howard (giving Howard a golden sombrero tonight), he then served up a base hit down the right-field line to Delmon Young, with Harper unable to throw out Young at the plate. (And yes, Delmon Young somehow managed only a single on a hit in which a guy scored from FIRST base.) Storen then compounded matters by serving up an RBI double to Domonic Brown. So it's 5-3 Phillies in the eighth, and Storen now sports a 5.30 ERA, having either been scored upon or charged with a blown save in three straight appearances.

9:59 p.m. — Another chance for the Nats in the bottom of the eighth, and another chance squandered. It didn't help that Lombardozzi couldn't get a sac bunt down, nor that Chad Tracy swung at the very first pitch Jeremy Horst threw on the night (after being summoned to pitch out of a jam) and lofted a shallow fly to left. So we go to the ninth, the Nats still trailing 5-3.

10:07 p.m. — Good stuff from Fernando Abad in his Nats debut. Flashed a 96 mph fastball during a scoreless top of the ninth. Last chance for the Nats now, down two with Jonathan Papelbon entering.

10:25 p.m. — It's over. The Nats lose 5-3, an incredibly frustrating loss at that.

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baseballswami said...

I hate Fox games!!!!! Seriously, though, how many times have we had the sane lineup two days in a row. Hope it wasn't a fluke.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Given Fox options, Phillies play-by-play guy better or worse than Bill O'Reilly?

sm13 said...
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sm13 said...

Best way to avoid the Fox broadcast? Go to the game! That's what I'm doing. Go Nats!

And, glad to see Davey sticking with T-Mo. Roger seems completely lost at the plate.

One more thing, bye bye Maya - a failed experiment.

baseballswami said...

Ouch. Those are my choices? By the way-- last night Davey was talking about some contract type stuff and some one named Menitti? Any idea who that is in the organization? What happens now ? Someone else can pick up Maya and if not he can go to our minors?

nats guy said...

Charlie and Dave are your best option. Baseball is always better in person or on the radio.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

nats guy said...
By the way Lombardozzi reminds me very much of Jamie Carrol. He was a major loss. You have to have players like him. They are worth everything.

May 25, 2013 3:41 PM


Exactly, I said that at 12:06. One of my favorite players.

JaneB said...

I love Steve too.

GYFNG!

DWS said...

I'm just happy to have the option.

Caps Fan said...

Bryan Minniti is a Nationals Assistant GM.

What happens when a player gets DFA.

DWS said...

A thousand miles away, give or take, but I'd love to hop in the car and go to the ballpark.

Drew said...

Now that he's been DFA'd, he could wind up in St. Louis.

(He might have Maya-Cardinal DNA.)

Tip your waiters...

sm13 said...

Sorry DWS, didn't mean to rub it in. It is great to be so close to an MLB park.

peric said...

Maybe they'd hire Rush Limbaugh to do games. That might be entertaining in and of itself.

Doc said...

Up to their usual standard (or lack of standards), Fox knows how to make us feel bad and manipulate the truth!

Ripken and McCarthy!

Why not Dibble and Riggleman???!!!!

With O'Reilly providing the color analysis,with the baseball word of the day---SUCKS!

baseballswami said...

You guys are making tonight's announcers sound a little better. Sometimes I can use my DVR to sync up Charlie and Dave with the tv. If I can get a decent radio signal. Go Nats! Welcome to DC Jeff K and family! Big day.

Just wonderin' said...

Would O'Reilly have an inherent prejudice again Span, Harper, and LaRoche -- all lefties?

peric said...

They could hire Anne Colter to be on the field. Wonder if she needs the jet engine heater? As cold as she is she probably needs a blast furnace.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rush Limbaugh interned ith the Royals as a young adult.

peric said...

One more thing, bye bye Maya - a failed experiment.

He'll be back in Syracuse. They are paying him too much not to be and he has no choice with the first DFA. So, I'll still have to watch him.

I just hope they don't put him back in the rotation.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Dan Haren eeds a solid first inning

peric said...

Unless Houston or the Marlins decide to roll the die. Of course Marlin country has a lot of Cubans so perhaps?

DWS said...

I've seen lots of baseball, just wish it was closer.
My first was in Jarry Park. Coco, Boots and a whole bunch of characters that would win now and then.
Le Grand Orange came and Mack Jones, and later the best outfield in baseball (according to the Sporting News) Warren Cromartie, Ellis Valentine and Andre Dawson.
Tim Raines and Mr Walker were growing up.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

peric said...
One more thing, bye bye Maya - a failed experiment.

He'll be back in Syracuse. They are paying him too much not to be and he has no choice with the first DFA. So, I'll still have to watch him.

I just hope they don't put him back in the rotation.


However it shakes out the Nats are on the hook for the bulk of his huge salary so some small market team may take a chance on him just for no other reason than to see if they can fix him because that's what teams like the Orioles do.

They have more retreads than an old Buick with 4 tires and a spare.

DWS said...

Being familiar with Mr Loria and his son in law.
I can't imagine, they'd have to pay minimum. Way to much for Maya.

natsfan1a said...

Is this a politics blog or a baseball blog?

Regarding tonight's game, hope that Dan has a good start in him, and that our bats have some timely hits in them. Go, Dan! Go, NATS!!

DWS said...

Agreed 1a. He might surprise you.
What's politics have to do with it? If you're talking a broadcaster...I'm Canadian and have no comment.

Doc said...

natsfan 1A, it's a baseball blog, but FOX started us down the political path, like they always do!

By the way,Manassas Nats, I don't think Limbaugh ever got to adulthood! At least the NFL didn't think so! LOL


GooooooooDan! GoooooooooooooooNaaaaaaaaats!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Politcal blog? Did I miss something. Posters were not political they were poking fun at the choice of announcers. Not political at all.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

As i said i must be blind i saw no political stuff at all.

Sec. 3, My Natural Sofa said...

I dunno, I thought the O'Reilly line was pretty funny.

There was a rumor, back in the old country, that Joe Alioto (SF mayor in the 60s) refused to make a left turn in his car.

SonnyG10 said...

Ok, boys, let's make it two in a row over the Philthies.

baseballswami said...

Just funnin around to ease the sting of a Fox game tonight.

Doc said...

Manassas Nats for President--Ooops, that's political.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Tonight win 3 in a row.

My theme "No more losses until we are in first."

Excellent goal.

peric said...

With Lombo now at second they don't have to parcel out left field to Lombo, Moore, and Bernadina in that order seemingly ... with Werth out.

They can just go ahead and see what Moore has with Werth still a long way from returning apparently. If he is you have to wonder if Danny isn't? If he got the big surgery done now (along with the right wrist) he'd be ready for spring training next season.

Again, the only reason that isn't happening is the ginormous hole behind one Ian Desmond should that happen.

DWS said...

Up here you have to pay for Fox news. Not worthy of paying for mind you.

Back to the ball game.

peric said...

Political blog? Of course! What the heck are the racing presidents if not political? And not a one of them is a democrat per se. Mostly Republicans or something entirely Whiggy I guess. Now, is that fair Natsfan1a?

peric said...

Up here you have to pay for Fox news. Not worthy of paying for mind you.

I'd pay to see Anne Colter in front of a blast furnace on a cold day. Of course she might have nightmares about Satan coming to get her that night ... :)

David Proctor said...

Teddy may not have been a Democrat, but he'd be a modern Democrat. Very progressive.

Of course, the Nats had him lose every race for years so...

peric said...

Teddy may not have been a Democrat, but he'd be a modern Democrat. Very progressive.

As would Richard Milhouse Nixon give the current tenor of the Republican party.

DWS said...

One can hope Werth will be back soon, because he is missing in the clubhouse and the box score.

baseballswami said...

DWS--, I think that was glaringly obvious on the road trip.

jeffwx said...

Peric, In my mind, I don't think written attacks is helping to make your point. It may be better to stick to the facts that you bring across to get your ideas through. Your argument will carry much more weight by omitting the following lines that occurred within a 20 min period :
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I think you need the money for a brain transplant and maybe another pair of eyes.

Might the moronic brain that opens its pie hole whenever Zim makes an errant throw ... he's not injured now is he? Yeah right moron.

You all know absolutely zilch about baseball that is clear

Because that is what you are saying moron.

W-R-O-N-G as usual moron.
==============================================

One thing that a blog facilitator should demand is respect from his participators. Continuing to Permit mean spirited behavior not only looks poorly on the blog leaders but also the organizations which they belong to. This behavior has been going on for years and therefore, I wonder if the insider actually condones these comments.
I will be forced to write to the employers of the NI facilitators if nothing can be done to moderate this kind of interaction. At least the blog posts should be removed.

jeffwx said...

I write this because I fear that kids who love baseball maybe the recipients to or being intimidated by these continual harassing remarks. Baseball is a beautiful sport and no one should be deterred from it or speaking his/her mind on the subject.

DWS said...

I'd like to see intensity in the dugout. Like somebody on that team cares. Early in the season yes, but it's season long. Oh re: Danny about time and I wonder about the excuses.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Technicall GW was a fedralist, which would be a democrat, and TJ was democrat reb
Publican which became the democrat party.

Teddy was a republican, but being a prgressive he was more a democrat then republican.

But now back to baseball not the president race.

Mets vs. Braves from last night restarting.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Mets trying to give the Braves a W.

DWS said...

jeffwx. I enjoy this blog and I can see where you're coming from but I heard a lot worse at the ballpark. The person you're speaking about has a few valid points as do you. If you have kids that are that serious about baseball, congratulations.
And they'll learn everything anyway.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

jeffwx, interesting and what you are talking about is more moderation. I noticed many of the trolls are now gone. If you don't engage them they leave.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Double play got Mets out of jam.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Justin upton hit the double play.

baseballswami said...

Forgot about the continuation game. Hope it goes a really, really long time :)

peric said...

One thing that a blog facilitator should demand is respect from his participators. Continuing to Permit mean spirited behavior not only looks poorly on the blog leaders but also the organizations which they belong to. This behavior has been going on for years and therefore, I wonder if the insider actually condones these comments.

Mostly likely because Jeffwx you seem to be focused on my posts and not those of sec 222. He started it. I just finished it. Now, the moderator currently in charge has seen that FOR YEARS and knows well that section 222 is well and deserving.

Your problem is you haven't been here that long and seem focused on my posts for some odd reason. Many claim they scroll by them. Honestly I've seen far worse on the WaPo blogs and on other team's sports blogs.

If this bothers you sir you should not be reading this blog nor any other sports blog ... nor facebook for that matter. And definitely NEVER watch Fox Sports.

DWS said...

Couldn't help yourself could you?

peric said...

But Ghost/Joe/swami, he's a GG on D. You can't give up that up the middle defense. He is the best athlete on the team. He could play any position. Who's going to back up Desi at short? He has more natural ability and a bigger upside than Harper. He's a future Hall of Famer.

Who are you going to trust? Me or your lying eyes?


This and several other recent previous posts by this person were aimed directly at me. They are highly disrespectful from my perspective. Deserving of the response they received.

Jeffwx please start with the folks that appear to enjoy creating what you seem so disturbed by first. Thank you very much in advance.

David Proctor said...

Well Werth is back in the clubhouse. They showed him sitting in the dugout during last night's game. We need him on the field though.

peric said...

Couldn't help yourself could you?

And Jeffwx, Make that : NEVER watch FOX News. Or listen to Rush Limbaugh for that matter. Doubtless children often hear that gentleman's less than well mannered rants.

No, of course not DWS. I don't like getting blamed for trolls like sec 222. I don't like folks blaming Danny Espinosa for every single problem the Nats have right now. In both cases its unfair and rather silly.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Mets 3 up 3 down on to the 10th

jeffwx said...

yes you are right that I focused on only one blogger's post and that is misleading and unfair. I want to apologize for that. I've not been on other blogs but understand your point. I would love to see some basic blog ground rules...basically, that our discussions lose something when we demean or attack another person on the blog. I think we all want to encourage discussion, not deter it.
enuf said...let me see if I can blog cause I'm not innocent either.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Mets bullpen arggggggg.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Mets back to giving game away; Braves up by 2 with one out and two on.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Will Kobernus be used like Eury or given a start?

After Davey couldn't remember his name during the post-game, I'd say he will get limited reps.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Mr. Kimbral trying to give it right back.

SCNatsFan said...

Once again the blog starts to deteriorate into some baseball, some posters attacking each other. Usually a common denominator.

Nevertheless, lets hope our guys continue to kick the boys from filthadelphia right into the retirement home.

Eugene in Oregon said...

But Mets don't want it. Braves win.

baseballswami said...

Oh, I want this series really bad.

David Proctor said...

Barves win.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Mets get first two batters on to start 10th then a popped sac bunt and double play killed that rally fast.

David Proctor said...

Steve M, Davey said he may start Kobernus tomorrow vs Hamels.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We just need to keeping winning.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Well, the Fox-MLB.tv blackout rules sure make a lot of sense. The closest Fox outlet for this game appears to be Johnson City, TN (or thereabouts) -- that's three or four major river systems, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the high desert, plus the Cascades away (if you're counting) -- but the game is nonetheless still blacked out in Oregon on MLB.tv. Guess I'll watch tonight on the archive, trying not to learn the score between now and then. Enjoy!

peric said...

Once again the blog starts to deteriorate into some baseball, some posters attacking each other. Usually a common denominator.

Reminds me of the Iranian periodontist I was recommended to handle a toothache. He ended up pulling it (it might not have to have been pulled) and putting in an implant which may now have to come out. All because he claimed he didn't need any panoramic skull scan, no cone beam. After all he said it would make it more expensive (turns out he cost more) and they've been doing it since the stone ages (true the Mayans did it).

This is what I will now think of when I think of you SCNatsFan.

Just wonderin' said...

Mayans had dental x-rays?

peric said...

Mayans had dental x-rays?

Dental implants.

Candide said...

Glad Cunegonde and I are at the game tonight. Already sick of the political sniping here. I like a good political argument as much as the next guy.

But not here, gentlemen; not here.

GYFNG!!!

Just wonderin' said...

Maybe that's why they got that calendar thing all screwed up last year?

peric said...

Maybe that's why they got that calendar thing all screwed up last year?

Certainly plausible give that their oral surgeons were likely as bad as the guy I had.

David Proctor said...

Haren's velocity is up. He just hit 92. Don't overthrow Dan.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ok Dan 8 mote innings like this

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The called 3rd ball about same as where he swung.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Is the pitcher any relation to Richie Pettibone?

peric said...

Glad Cunegonde and I are at the game tonight. Already sick of the political sniping here. I like a good political argument as much as the next guy.

Given that the Novella by Voltaire you seem bound whose chief characters you seem bound and determined to use as your avatar is a cynical political satire full of mockery far worse than anything voiced here I find your complaint somewhat hypocritical sir?

SonnyG10 said...

I'm listening to Dave and Charlie on MLB.com, and amazingly they are in sync with the fox picture. Yeaaa!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Argg harper don't try to pull outside pitches. Hit them to left.

David Proctor said...

Span is good at a lot of things. Baserunning is not one of them.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span must not be as fast as we though as he gets caught stealing too often.

Kratz throws himself from his knees.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ryan Howard got a cordazone shot hitting great since. Shark needs a shot.

jeffwx said...

Is Maya still around ?

peric said...

Chris Young in Syracuse and Dan Haren in DC are baseball's optical isomers.

SonnyG10 said...

Drats! back to backs by Philties

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Pitch great for 5 batters, then suck eggs 2 in a row. We can'rt have that with our offense.

peric said...

err optical isomer singular.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I might be mad at Haten, but no thanks to Maya.

Hitters get serious.

peric said...

Could be Zach Duke time and then? Two more DFA's?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Just came on to comment on Span. Between his caught stealing and pickoffs, he's been awful in baserunning. Include in there getting doubled off 2nd in the first game of the Braves this season in the first inning.

David Proctor said...

Hey maybe that fluky infield single really did get Tyler Moore going.

peric said...

Honestly, Davey should just let Werth lead-off when he comes back. The reasoning behind it is simple: it worked unbelievably well last season.

Just put Span back in the lineup 7th or 8th ...

David Proctor said...

Just keep the game at 2-0 Haren. Please.

David Proctor said...

That's what we get for playing a 1B in LF.

Joe Seamhead said...

Don't get me going.

Joe Seamhead said...

No damage, but Tyler should not be out there. Period.

SonnyG10 said...

Didn't cost us anything...this time.

peric said...

Corey Brown has 5 home runs now, 2 since he got of the DL. Last one he hit left the park and went into the road to win the game. That's who's next if T-Mo can't do it.

Drew said...

Some LF duty is in Kobernus' future.

peric said...

Some LF duty is in Kobernus' future.

And he's not bad but he doesn't have power like Brown and Rahl do. But yeah that's one of the reasons he is here now. He could conceivably play in any of the three spots.

Joe Seamhead said...

That was a lack of communication.
That was a lack of experience.
That was a lack of talent to be able to play a respectable outfield.
That was lucky that there was no damage done.

peric said...

That was an outfielder who barely played 2 games in the outfield in the minors, who before that, was exclusively a first baseman? And then he is asked to learn and play the position in the majors? And he isn't the fastest guy in the outfield although he was athletic enough to play quarter back in high school. Still? What can you expect they didn't certainly did not do that to Harper?

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go ADAM LaROCHE!

peric said...

I think that's called a lack of management. Moore should be in the minors learning to play the outfield and getting ab's every day. Not on the bench and then expected to run out to the outfield and play when asked.

In other words: Its Davey and Rizzo's fault.

David Proctor said...

Suzuki checked his swing and made accidental contact. Bad luck there.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Check swing on a ball probably outside the zone and a good rally dies.

Just not bases loaded hits this season.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Are you saying Suzuki makes contact by luck

He's better than that.

David Proctor said...

I'm not saying Suzuki makes contact by luck. He wasn't trying to swing there. It was bad luck that the ball hit his bat and stayed fair.

baseballswami said...

Base stealing is only partly about speed. It's more about reading pitcher's and catcher's moves. My guess is that Span was well versed in his division in the AL and is not here in his entirely new environment. I have seen guys known as slow- Zim for example, steal successfully because they are choosing exactly the right spot to go. I think the second half of the season will be better. I hear the new kid knows how to steal. We used to have a first base coach who was great at stealing and taught our players a lot. Forget who it was, though.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lombo played the roll of Espi tonight.

Lombo leaves man on second on first at bat.

No one on second at bat he gets a hit.

That would be in the spirit of Espi.

Knoxville Nat said...

We also use to have a third base coach who was pretty good at knowing when to send a runner home and when not to do so. I'm told he also did a good job at coaching up young outfielders and those would be outfielders. Oh to have him back.

baseballswami said...

And of course. He is the only guy on the team doing that....

peric said...

I hear the new kid knows how to steal.

Kobernus and Perez probably are the two best and two of the best in the minors right now when it comes to stealing.

peric said...

The problem with them all and Espy still is the inability to take a walk.

Knoxville Nat said...

MNF......to be fair don't forget the very good night Lombo had at the plate last night.

David Proctor said...

Span is having a big day!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Took advantage of an error.

Joe Seamhead said...

No bad for a spray hitting singles hitter. Gotta love it!

David Proctor said...

Span will square one up every once in a while. He's good for 4-6 HRs a year.

baseballswami said...

And also to be fair to Lombo, he was peppered with chances defensively last night and made some very, very good plays. The error was not all that routine .

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nice AB by Span to make contact and rewarded with a RBI single.

Drew said...

Nice work by Lombo and Span.

Meantime, Blake Schwartz just put up another tremendous start for Potomac -- 2 hits, 0 walks, 1 earned over 8 innings. A reliever is on in the 9th trying to preserve the 3-1 lead.

Schwartz might be a find from the 2012 draft. In 36 innings at Potomac, he has a sparkling 1.00 ERA.

baseballswami said...

Apparently the Harper foul ball injured a fan not paying attention. Hope they are ok.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I like how Span went a little longer in the 1 strike count and just got in front of it. On the 2 strike pitch he shortened up. That's the way to do it. Span is like Rendon where he doesn't panic on 2 strike counts.

That should be the 1-2 hitters one day for the Nats.

peric said...

Robert Gilliam did well starting for Harrisburg last night ... one of he pitchers they got from the A's. Small sample size so we'll have to see ...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Sitting down the line you must pay attention

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Come on, why are you playing a pitcher like a chump.

baseballswami said...

Oh, and it's a kid.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

You can play him like a chump to left field but not CF or RF.

David Proctor said...

Can't allow doubles to the pitcher.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

And there you go. You hold the pitcher to a single and he's at 3rd base on that double.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks Haren we tie it and you immediately get 2 outs and then 2 doubles including the pitcher. You should be better than that.

Joe Seamhead said...

Drew, do you know what's wrong with Billy Burns in Potomac? Talk about wheels on the base paths!
Come on Dan Haren.

baseballswami said...

Oh, so it's going to be one of those nights..... Can we answer back again?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

6 left on base through 4. We get so frew clutch hits.

David Proctor said...

I thought our clutch hitting has been fine today for the most part.

David Proctor said...

LAROCHE! OPPO BOPPO!

baseballswami said...

You see Pagan had a walk off inside the park homer run? That is just weird . Only at AT and T.

Joe Seamhead said...

That was dedicated to our resident ALR haters!

David Proctor said...

That shot by Desi is probably an XBH if it's a slower CF. Revere has glove issues, but he's very speedy.

SonnyG10 said...

Dang! Suzuki needed a golf club to hit that one in the dirt.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

When the ball is outer part of plate you should always go the other way ALR just did.

Haren hold the line.

SonnyG10 said...

What happened to the WJFK feed?

baseballswami said...

After a JZim start, the pace of the game always seems to drag.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I'm still ticked about that double to the pitcher. If Tarasco and his outfielders can't figure this stuff out then get a new coach. That's 3 very poor outfield positioning in a week and the one in SF cost the Nats a game and controversy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Suzuki cant see this guy, remember his check swing hit one out of the zone

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

SonnyG10 said...
What happened to the WJFK feed?


I was listening on MLB Radio and I gave up. Listening to these FOX guys. Yuck.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What happen to strikes

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nice play by RZim!!!

baseballswami said...

Did I hear that Duke is getting ready in the pen? Gulp.

David Proctor said...

I think he was warming in case Haren ran into trouble that inning. He wouldn't come in for the 7th of a tie game, I would hope.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

WJFK is back on.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Joe Seamhead said...
That was dedicated to our resident ALR haters!


Make that singular, 'hater'!

peric said...

Did I hear that Duke is getting ready in the pen? Gulp.

That is is role.

SonnyG10 said...

That's what I have to do now, Ghost. double Yuk!

peric said...

Double switch Bernadina and Moore leaves the game or will they send Kobernus out?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hrod no Duke

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Shark needs a cordazone shot

Joe Seamhead said...

Would you believe that bum Adam LaRoche is tied with Bryce Harper for the team lead in RBI's?

David Proctor said...

Well H-Rod has actually been somewhat decent lately. We'll see how he does in a tie game.

baseballswami said...

I am aware that is his role. I just feel that he and HRod are not reliable. Now with Mattheus out, I think we need a pen revamp. Just does not seem to be solid.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

First medium stress inning for Henry in a long time. Heart pumping.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Henry gets the bottom of the order.

peric said...

That's what I have to do now, Ghost. double Yuk!

its back.

And right now former Oriole Mark Reynolds has a better chance at an all star appearance at first base than one Adam LaRoche. He has 12 home runs and 40 RBI. He's batting a robust .263.

Shouldn't Adam at least be at THAT level Ghost? Or does he get all the excuses that you refused to give to players oh ... like Espinosa?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

That's what RZim has to do, charge every ball.

SonnyG10 said...

So far, Zim's making good throws from third tonight! Way to go Zim

Joe Seamhead said...

Haren only threw 88 pitches. I'm surprised he didn't get another inning.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Why didn't Davey swap out Bernie for Moore?

baseballswami said...

At this point of the season, guys either have to show up or be gone. Might as well find out before we get any deeper into the season. Billy Ripken mentioned earlier in the game he thought Haren was limping or something. Maybe his back?

SonnyG10 said...

OK, got Dave and Charlie back. Thanks for the heads up, peric.

peric said...

Why didn't Davey swap out Bernie for Moore?

Kobernus.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I was getting ready to congratulate Henry. He just can't get a clean inning.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

This is where I would have pulled Henry. He's all over the place now.

David Proctor said...

Nice inning for H-Rod.

baseballswami said...

He is going to kill someone.

SCNatsFan said...

No mlb feed for me stuck watching box on the net. Henry looks much better over the net and not on tv.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Whew, heart beating.......

All in all, Henry did good.

SonnyG10 said...

Yeaa! Henry. Making a comeback.

baseballswami said...

Triple digit wildness. Scary.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Usually Henry falls apart when he HBP's someone or walks them as the WP can happen. Henry kept his composure.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good henry. HBP guy dives in and tried to get hit earlier in the at bat.

Now score and put henry in position to win.

Joe Seamhead said...

Well, now, how about that? HRod comes through
Now let's get some runs!

peric said...

Heart pumping?

At this point I don't trust Storen to get an out. Henry's stats are a lot better right now!

baseballswami said...

Does he ever have an outing where he doesn't hit a batter or the backstop?

peric said...

Does he ever have an outing where he doesn't hit a batter or the backstop?

Yes, when he averages around 96. Then they can hit him. Today he was up over 100. That's when he uncorks them.

peric said...

Henry is still a work in progress. I know it sounds odd ... this is the "performance league" but it sure looks like its been baby steps with Henry.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

peric said...
Heart pumping?

At this point I don't trust Storen to get an out. Henry's stats are a lot better right now!

May 25, 2013 9:16 PM


I don't know about you, but I don't compare pitchers that come in for mostly low leverage appearances vs all high leverage appearances.

It's apples and oranges.

Joe Seamhead said...

Actually, it's a 3-way tie in RBI's with Harp, Adam and Zimm with 23 each.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Just saw a replay of ALR's home run. It's absolutely amazing how such an old man can hit a ball that far.

baseballswami said...

Any word on Haren's departure?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

peric said...
Does he ever have an outing where he doesn't hit a batter or the backstop?
----------------

Yes, when he averages around 96. Then they can hit him. Today he was up over 100. That's when he uncorks them.

May 25, 2013 9:18 PM


Just more excuses. I'm so sick of hearing excuses. Just do your job.

peric said...

Just saw a replay of ALR's home run. It's absolutely amazing how such an old man can hit a ball that far.

Henry Aaron never hit home runs that far. He left that to Dave Kingman. He was just consistent offensively. As a guy making $10,000,000 and next year $15,000,000 should be.

baseballswami said...

Like I said -- it's that time if the year. Show up or move aside for someone who will be happy for the opportunity.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Somebody seems to love guys with excuses.

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