Friday, May 10, 2013

Instant analysis: Nats 7, Cubs 3

Associated Press
Kurt Suzuki tags Starlin Castro on a third inning play at the plate.
Game in a nutshell: Riding high after a brief sweep of the Tigers, the Nationals really took it to the Cubs in the opener of their weekend series. Despite a lineup missing both Jayson Werth (hamstring) and Bryce Harper (toe), they pounded out seven quick runs off Chicago start Jeff Samardzija, with Adam LaRoche, Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa leading the charge. Ross Detwiler wasn't in top form but certainly was good enough to earn the win. And Craig Stammen was effective in relief, closing out the Nats' fifth straight victory.

Hitting highlight: With Werth and Harper out of the lineup, several guys were bumped up a slot or two in Davey Johnson's order. That included Desmond in the No. 5 slot, and the shortstop took full advantage of the opportunity with one of his best offensive performances of the season. Desmond beat out an infield single in the second inning, crushed a two-run homer in the fourth and drove in another run with a double to right in the fifth. That left him in prime position to go for the cycle, but alas he got only one more at-bat in the game and grounded out to third on the first pitch he saw. Oh well, Desmond will have to settle for a 3-for-4, 3 RBI night.

Pitching highlight: It was kind of a strange night for Detwiler, who inexplicably was serving up doubles like his life depended on it. The Cubs touched him up for six of them in 6 2/3 innings, four of them leading off innings. But the left-hander managed to limit the damage as much as realistically possible, allowing only two runs. He certainly was pitching to contact all night, striking out only two batters but not issuing any walks. The end result: A quality start, his fifth in seven tries this season. Detwiler may have grimaced a bit as he covered first base on the final batter he faced, but whatever it was, it didn't appear too serious.

Key stat: Over his last seven games, LaRoche is 11-for-20 and has safely reached base 17 times.

Up next: Old pal Edwin Jackson will take the mound for the Cubs at 4:05 p.m. Saturday, still seeking his first win in seven tries this season. Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, looks for his first win since Opening Day.

65 comments:

MicheleS said...

WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!! 5 in a ROW! Sweet!

jeffwx said...

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HOOO.....
oh wait, Michele already posted

ehay2k said...

This team can win a lot of games if they play good baseball. That goes double against bad teams.

Lol - why did Desi say "steak" at the end of his post game interview with Julie?

Harpo said...

Lets hope Detweiler is okay.

peric said...

Lost in the shuffle. Great game for the defense. Especially C, CF, RF and second base.

Harpo said...

ehay2K, steak as in ribeyes as in RBIs.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Wonder if John Tumpane was one of the three umps that missed the instant replay review.

He sure missed the call the double by Ryan Zimmermanw

peric said...

Stras versus EJax should be interesting.

sm13 said...

Agree, defense was excellent and bailed out Det on several occasions. I'd add 1B to the list -- making up for Ross not covering first at least once and a nice pick on Desi's intentionally bounced throw.

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jeffwx said...

could be...good chance of rain tomorrow early evening

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

@Harpo why the comment "Hope Det is Ok" Did I mtss something?

NatsJack in Florida said...

ehay2K.... you're not on twitter or at least don't follow Desi if you are.

Harpo said...

Ghost of Steve M. obviously suggested that Desi should move up in the box.

Steady Eddie said...

Michele-- 7 of our last 8.

Officially hot.

Remember, Spellcheck handcuffed us in April last year.

Harpo said...

"Manassas Nats' Fan said...

@Harpo why the comment "Hope Det is Ok" Did I mtss something?"

Hopefully just a leg cramp. He wasn't getting off of the mound well to cover 1st and grimmaced on his way and Davey pulled him.

Amanda asked Davey in the postgame about the grimmace and Davey just talked about Det looking like he just woke up out of bed.

JaneB said...

Lots of bang bang plays. Lived Zi shrugging at us when we wouldn't stop booing the ump who called him out at second. Good game!

Harpo said...

Eury Perez on his way.

peric said...

Hopefully, with Perez in house, they can let Harper have another day. Even if he thinks otherwise.

sjm308 said...

Hi Folks: Have to believe everyone behaved during game posts!

So many nice plays. Loved Span once again and Shark had a nice assist when the game was still close. Zimm was safe at 2nd but I am just happy to see him continue to hit, same with LaRoche and even Espinosa.

Have to think that MicheleS's dad is hanging out with Steve Goodman as he sings his lament about the Cubs. I still miss seeing him live although I get "Souvenirs" every time we see John Prine.

We should have 25 men in the dugout tomorrow. I was just a little worried we would be short tonight but the Cubs really are not like the Tigers or Braves are they? Also thought we might see Henry tonight at 7-2 but Davey is in charge.

We are now just a -5 in run differential. We could be on the plus side by Sunday.

Go Nats!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Wow.....watching Phillies/D-Backs and Cody Ross has no arm from right field.

sjm308 said...

NatsJack - just think about Bernadina, he is probably only our 3rd best arm. I wonder if Bryce was in right and healthy if they would have challenged him? I doubt it.

Harpo said...

Ian Desmond moves up in the batters box and Ryan Zimmerman moves closer to the visitors dugout. He hits pitches over the center of the plate like hes hitting to the opposite field.

baseballswami said...

Away from all the action tonight. Why was the game over so fast? Looks like there was plenty of folks on base. Was Angel Hernandez his usual dreadful self? Why Eury Perez? Has Corey Brown missed his chance?

sjm308 said...

Hoping Strasburg really has his game together tomorrow. Bullpen is actually in great shape but I would love to see 7 strong innings. When is the last game Duke or Henry pitched? I would guess he would bring Mattheus in if its the 7th and still close. I like seeing Stammen and Mattheus getting regular work and I love that Soriano had a nice day off today.

Go Nats!!

Depot Master said...

Is it just me or do the players seem to be a bit more dismissive of Davey than in the past? Desmond mentioned about moving up in the box that sometimes you have to make stuff up to make a manager happy, and Ross Detwiler doesn't seem to hide his frustration with Davey's decisions. What's up with that?

David Proctor said...

Corey Brown is on the DL, he's hurt.

sjm308 said...

Swami - Peric's boy is on the dl

sjm308 said...

Off to the NIDO to add mr proctor to my drink list (damn!)

NatsLady said...

Glad we got this one in. Weather is a-comin'. Stay safe, people.

sjm308 said...

god, I am so helpless! I went to the NIDO sight and actually figured out how to scroll to the right and when I got to the end (Chase was the last guy listed) I have no idea how to add another name.

Looking for help for adding a stupid pretend drink. Not much of a life huh?

ehay2k said...

Sorry, I should have gotten the RBI reference for steak.

Natsjack, I am on the Tweeter but don't follow Desi. Or any player, for that matter. Might follow Buffet (Warren, that is) one of these days though.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Yes ehay2k....check with MicheleS....she can fill you in on the Ian Desmond #Steak thing.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I took my students to Kings Dominion so listened to the game.

Did not hear pregame. Did MLB say anymore about any discipline against Angel Hernandez?

I suspect Joe Torre will sweep it all under the rug. Not sure why they do so little to the umps.

BxJaycobb said...

We could really use a vintage Stras performance tomorrow (by vintage I mean 6 innings, ton of Ks, dominance albeit inefficient dominance.) It isn't the same with him getting shelled like a 3/4 starter. And one of these days Edwin is going to pitch well and get his first win. We all know how inconsistent but suddenly dominant he can be. Time to wake up Stras. "BECOME WHO YOU WERE BORN TO BE." #LOTRgeek

NatsJack in Florida said...

I agree.... Stras needs to get his mechanical issues under control. Quit flying wide open when he tries to thow his 4 seamer up and in to right handers and up and away to lefties.

Just do the basics. Keep pounding the zone down with the 2 seamer and kill them with the hook and change up.

natsfan1a said...

I don't have a life either, sjm (fixed it). :-)

ehay, no need to apologize for not getting the steak reference (or as regards being or not being on Tweeter, which I am not). I didn't get it either, although I'm also familiar with that particular baseball jargon.

sjm308 said...

god, I am so helpless! I went to the NIDO sight and actually figured out how to scroll to the right and when I got to the end (Chase was the last guy listed) I have no idea how to add another name.

Looking for help for adding a stupid pretend drink. Not much of a life huh?
May 10, 2013 10:03 PM

baseballswami said...

Bryce tweeted a pic of his very disgusting infected toe. Ick.

Eric said...

"ehay2K, steak as in ribeyes as in RBIs."

Ha! That's funny right there. I have a twitter account, and I think I follow Desi, but I almost never log in.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

i hear ump from Houston game got suspended 2 games.

Angel Hernandez then should get 2.

hershbeck should get 1

baseballswami said...

Caps, Caps, Caps!!! Walk off win!!!!

peric said...

just think about Bernadina, he is probably only our 3rd best arm.

And Perez's arm is not very good. Of course Ankiel is still out there ... :)

peric said...

Bryce tweeted a pic of his very disgusting infected toe. Ick.

Might have just bought himself a couple more days off if Davey saw it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

agree about Stras I ptefer he not pitch to contact. pitch 6 innings 105 pitches with 12 K.

The pitching to contact theory, which I generally like, is not goos for Strasburg.

peric said...

The pitching to contact theory, which I generally like, is not goos for Strasburg.

Just like JZimnn Stras needs to learn to mix and match K's and pitch-to-contact; and his catchers need to work with him on that.

Remember, JZimmnn is still a year ahead but he has almost the same ceiling. Its just that only Rizzo saw that before he drafted him. The Wisconsin muscle proved he could whip the ball up above 97 in relief in the post season. Hit close a couple of times this season.

Eric said...

Cool, in-depth article about Harper's swing

Check out this quote from Joey Votto:
"'To me, when I watch him, I don’t see a standard left-handed path,' Votto said. 'I just see a beautiful, flat, powerful, quick stroke through the middle of the zone.'"

Nice.

Eric said...

"The Wisconsin muscle proved he could whip the ball up above 97 in relief in the post season."

That was so, so nasty. What an inning!

peric said...

Bat speed its what makes steak.

Steady Eddie said...

Looks like we'll be at one back tomorrow morning. Giants up 6 on the Barves with Cain tossing a one-hitter into the 5th.

For this weekend, go Giants!

JaneB said...

Anyone noticing that Hudson is losing to the Giants? An even better night.

SteadyEddy....we were in our usual seats but I can't get on line I. The stadium so I didn't see your question.

Headed to LA in the morning, so look for Nats gear in the stands on Tuesday night! Dannyelinosa and I will both be there!

Eric said...

Wow...hold steady, Giants!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

tim Hudson gives up 6 runs and 7 hits in the 4th.

Eric said...

Lead off walk to Uggla in the top of the 5th...not a good way to hold steady...heh ;).

David Proctor said...

The Braves are being blown out! Tim Hudson gave up 6 runs in the 4th.

Eric said...

McCann 2 run blast. 6 - 2

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

angel Pegan 2 run dinger 8-2

Eric said...

BA-BOOM!

Eric said...

Bottom of the 8th coming up in San Fran. We're three Braves outs away from 1 game back!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nats only 1 game behibd.

Eric said...

SWEET

natsfan1a said...

For any weekend they're not playing us (and for my late brother) - go, Buster! :-)

For this weekend, go Giants!

Gonat said...

Nice to see the Braves lost.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

So taters are actually steak, or at least the sizzle.

Now I'm getting confused again.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

@1a -- Humm Baby. Wore my Croix de Candlestick hat for good luck last night. Didn't help me, but it seemed to work for their game...

natsfan1a said...

Sooo, he's a steak and taters kind of guy? Now I'm confused...

Good work with the hat, sec3. As previously noted, we saw part of a SFO/LAD game on tv during our recent trip. It was the final game of a series, in SFO, and I noticed a number of fans brandishing brooms in the stands. We didn't see the end of the game, as we had tix for an excursion that evening. As it happens, there was a Dodger fan on the excursion. I thought about asking him about the brooms ("What does that mean? I'm so confused."), but decided not to do so. :-)

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