Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Game 59: Mets at Nats

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Can one ninth-inning rally carry over to the next night and create long-term momentum for a struggling ballclub? The Nationals certainly hope so, though you all know the adage by now: Momentum is only as good as your next day's starting pitcher. So the Nats will need Dan Haren to come through with a strong performance tonight against the Mets.

But they'll also hope to string some more hits together, with a lineup that tonight will include Anthony Rendon making his first big-league start (and only ninth career professional start) at second base. All the Steve Lombardozzi fans out there need not worry: Lombo is scheduled to start in left field tonight, so he's not being cast aside to the bench 24 hours after driving in the game-winning run last night.

Meanwhile, Stephen Strasburg and Ross Detwiler are each supposed to throw bullpen sessions this afternoon, after which the Nationals will determine when each injured starter will be ready to return to the mound. So stay tuned for updates there, and right back here for game updates throughout...

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Clear, 77 degrees, Wind 10 mphRF to LF
NATIONALS (29-29)
CF Denard Span
RF Jayson Werth
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
2B Anthony Rendon
LF Steve Lombardozzi
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Dan Haren

METS (22-33)
SS Omar Quintanilla
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
LF Lucas Duda
RF Marlon Byrd
1B Ike Davis
C Anthony Recker
CF Juan Lagares
RHP Dillon Gee

UMPIRES
HP Marty Foster
1B Tim McClelland (cc)
2B Marvin Hudson
3B Wally Bell

5:08 p.m. — Breaking (though not surprising) news: Stephen Strasburg is being placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right lat muscle. Full story here.

7:07 p.m. — And we're underway on a gorgeous night at Nationals Park. Dan Haren fires strike one to Omar Quintanilla. There is, unfortunately, black smoke rising from several blocks behind the center-field fence. Rumor is it's a hardware store on fire.

7:13 p.m. — It only figures Anthony Rendon gets two chances in his very first inning at second base. Neither grounder was particularly tough, but he fielded each flawlessly. So, a 1-2-3 inning for Haren, a nice start to this game.

7:28 p.m. — And the Nats strike first, thanks to Ian Desmond's two-out RBI single to left. It all began with Denard Span's leadoff double over the head of a mystified Marlon Byrd. Span wound up on third base with two outs, then Desmond drove him home with a nice, controlled base hit to left. So the Nats take a 1-0 lead after one. Momentum, baby!

7:43 p.m. — Though he's been much better over the last month or so, Haren still has been victimized by the long ball, and he just was again in the top of the second. Byrd crushed a 1-1 cutter into the Red Porch, which is the 13th home run allowed by Haren in only 64 2/3 innings this season. That's not a good rate. The Nats now trail 2-1.

7:53 p.m. — The Nats tried to mount a two-out rally in the bottom of the second, on a double by Haren (?!) and a single by Span. But Werth was rung up on a check swing, so that quashed any hope of a run there. Still 2-1 Mets after two.

8:04 p.m. — You know what the Nationals really didn't need to have happen tonight? Haren really struggle. So much for wishful thinking. He's been rocked for three homers in three innings, which makes it 15 for the season surrendered by the right-hander. Marlon Byrd has gotten him twice. Yes, Marlon Byrd. It's 5-1 Mets, and there's no action in the Nats bullpen. Given the injury woes and need to save some relievers for upcoming games, Haren may have to stay out there and wear it for a while tonight.

8:15 p.m. — Adam LaRoche just bunted for a base hit. Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle.

8:30 p.m. — And that'll do it for Haren. He's done after four innings, having allowed five runs on seven hits (three of them homers). It'll be Craig Stammen in to replace him in the fifth, the Nats trailing 5-1.

8:50 p.m. — And Stammen only makes things worse. He walked the very first batter he faced on four pitches, walked another batter, gave up a pair of singles, let two runs score and threw a total of 32 pitches to record three outs. It's 7-1 Mets in the middle of the fifth as Momentum laughs at everyone in the ballpark tonight.

9:02 p.m. — Here's Ian Krol to make his MLB debut in the sixth inning of a 7-1 game. The 22-year-old left-hander was one of the players acquired from the A's in the three-team Michael Morse trade over the winter.

9:11 p.m. — Well, Krol gave up a leadoff double but then he delivered big-time, striking out Murphy, Wright and Duda in succession. Nice job by the kid in his MLB debut. Still 7-1 Mets heading to the bottom of the sixth.

9:19 p.m. — The Nats have put six men in scoring position so far in six innings tonight. And only one of them has scored. They just can't get anything going.

9:38 p.m. — Oof, it's 10-1 Mets at the stretch as Erik Davis gets lit up by the bottom of the lineup in the seventh. Seriously, Anthony Recker, Juan Lagares and the No. 9 hitters are a combined 6-for-11 with four RBI tonight.

9:53 p.m. — Hey, a scoreless inning from Fernando Abad.

10:04 p.m. — Three outs from a sub-.500 record and third place in the NL East.

10:19 p.m. — It's over. Final: 10-1. The Nats are in third place for the first time since the final day of the 2011 season.

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baseballswami said...

Oh, please, oh, please, oh, please, let Det and Stras be ok!!! I was a bit worried last night when I watched all of the dinged up guys jumping the rail. I was afraid one of them would get hurt in the dog pile.

BigCat said...

Ok Haren, lets keep the ball rolling.

baseballswami said...

Would begging help?

SCNatsFan said...

Jesus Flores signs a minor league deal with Rays

Kirbs said...

I like this line-up...let's keep the ball down DAN!

Section 222 said...

Dave Cameron at Fangraphs with some interesting perspective on the Rendon switch to 2B. Particularly interesting is the noticeable improvement of other 2Bs who started out as 3Bs - - Neil Walker, Matt Carpenter, Daniel Murphy.

Steady Eddie said...

“@ZuckermanCSN: Detwiler's done with what looked like roughly 2 simulated innings in bullpen. Still no sign of Strasburg, who was scheduled to throw today.”

Tcostant said...

Why isn't this a bigger deal? I had to hear about this from my wife who hear about it on a non-sports channel. How sad that something that happen at the beltway series is so ignored:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/fan-seriously-injured-assault-wednesday-nationals-orioles-game-191014581.html

NatsJack in Florida said...

I'm really ready for D-Span to start trending his OBP up instead spiraling down like it has been.

baseballswami said...

Some of us were discussing it on the weekend. O's fans from Annapolis. Got arrested. Real classy.

Steady Eddie said...

“@ZuckermanCSN: Strasburg in bullpen now preparing to throw for first time since leaving Friday's start with lat strain.”

Mark seems to be first on the case today...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Don't know how you missed it Tcostant. It was certainly discussed here.

phil dunton said...

Werth was better in the lead-off spot than Span. Span's OBP is disappointing, as is his base running/stealing.

Tcostant said...

I must have miss it - sorry. I've been to over 25 staduims over the years and never have been treated like that. Maybe a little good natured back and forth. Just scary.

JD said...

Here is the Biogenesys deal as I see it:

Tony Bosch figured he is probably in the clear until baseball sued Biogenesys. This wasn't going to put him in jail because it's not a criminal charge but it was going to put a large hole in his pocket book based on large lawyer bills.

Tony decided to play ball with MLB in order to rid himself of the legal costs and Baseball is dying to prove that it has turned the page and wants to rid the game of drugs (they are particularly interested in nailing a big fish like ARod and/or Braun).

The union and their lawyers will go hard after Bosch's credibility and they will appeal all the suspensions so unless Baseball has corroborating evidence this is not over by a long shot.

JD said...

As far as Gio is concerned. I like the guy a lot both as a character and a player and I love his compete level but I have a really hard time buying the notion that a baseball player buys legal supplements from Tony Bosch. GNC would be a more reasonable destination.

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Section 222 said...

Re: Mark's latest tweet on Stras:

Ruh roh. DL here we come.

Janus said...

Hey folks, if you want to get your blood in a boil over arrogant umpires give this a quick read/watch: http://www.lobshots.com/2013/06/01/gum-throwing-umpire-jordan-baker-has-no-respect-for-baseball/

The updates linked at the bottom of that site are worth reading too.

It was enough to get me to send an email:
majorleagueumpires@majorleagueumpires.com

Now I'm just sitting back waiting for my pesonal apology from the umpires union.

Section 222 said...

Great link Janus, thanks. This guy is a piece of work. Right at home on Angel's crew.

baseballswami said...

Section222-- I thought the same thing. Did not even throw a pitch. Must be bad if he told the truth about it. Now we wait to hear how Det feels.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack, more troubling than Span's OBP is his poor baserunning. With the caught stealing, pickoffs and doubleplays on balls in the air he is in the .290s. He has to draw walks and never upper cut on a swing. Span doesn't have 1 flyball hit all year only balls in the air categorized as line drives.

Section 222 said...

Mark posted his game post yesterday at 3:33. By this time (4:20 pm), the big news had broken and there were over 75 comments on the post.

baseballswami said...

I am hoping that DSpan just needs some time to get used to the completely different pitchers. He is money in the outfield, though.

baseballswami said...

Byron Kerr- Stras to the DL. Rats.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Yep, Sheesh

baseballswami said...

And Detwiler???

baseballswami said...

This is becoming a minor league exhibition month. And there is so much pressure because the Braves don't seem to lose and the Phils are playing the Marlins.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ghost....I prefer to address the problems in order. His OBP has gone from the .360's to the .3teens. Start getting on base, then correct the base running issue.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Det threw the equivalent of 2 innings. Now they wait to see how he feels.

JD said...


Swami,

Not surprised. And if it's back dated he only has to miss a couple more starts. You don't want him to hurt his arm because he is favoring his side. If Det is ready he and Stammen can work Saturday.

I am concerned a bit about Karns and his tendency to give up the long ball. I am not convinced he's ready but it is what it is.

MicheleS said...

Well hopefully Stras is only down until the 15th. I wonder who will take his spot? Tweets are saying AAA call up.

baseballswami said...

Apparently Det is feeling ok and will make a start in the minors. Saturday either Stammen or a call up.

JD said...


NatsJack,

You are correct. Span's entire offensive value revolves around getting on base often. I don't think we'll ever see a robust running game as long as Davie is running this team but Ghost is also correct in that Span hasn't been a good base runner and that is really surprising to me.

baseballswami said...

And I am glad that Stras is being honest and prudent about this. We need him for the rest of the season. When we make our big run. You know, when everyone is back. Whenever that is. Muscles in sides and backs are nasty little things. Boo.

Steady Eddie said...

I frankly suspect that the team expected Stras would need to go to the DL the whole time, but given his reaction in the dugout after they pulled him, they were going to be very careful to take it one incremental step at a time. That way they would minimize the risk that he would do anything physical that could set him back, while respecting his, let's just say competitive, youthful, and somewhat rash determination to get back out there immediately.

Am sure also that they've been doing this in close coordination with Boras, whose long-term financial self-interest here coincides with Stras', even if Stras is too young and headstrong to get it. So the idea that some have raised here, that Stras will bolt to another team as soon as he becomes a free agent, is both premature and nonsense as far as what Boras or most other agents would advise (from the standpoint of long-term player development practice).

Section 222 said...

On my timeline, looks like Byron Kerr won the "first tweet about Strasburg to DL Derby" by a whisker over Adam Kilgore, Mark Zuckerman, and Amanda Comak in that order. Congrats Byron.

waddu eye no said...

janus - thanks
but look both ways before crossing an ump

padum pum.

gyfng

Caps Fan said...

Kristina Akra may not be as hot as Julie Alexandria, but she just scooped her by announcing on MLB Network that Strasburg is headed to the DL.

baseballswami said...

Random question-- do the umps get random drug testing? Maybe some roid rage???

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ohlendorf and Young doesn't have options but Rosenbaum does.

Eric said...
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Eric said...

From the twitter feed:
"Rizzo says Espinosa had MRI on wrist and shoulder today. Club isn't announcing results yet."

Very curious about this, particularly the shoulder.

baseballswami said...

It's really fun to watch the new guys-- but then there is that pesky needing to win thing going on also. Can we have both?? Am I correct that we no longer have anyone just sitting out day to dsy? So we have a full bench and pen?? Werth is back now- first of the group. Bryce next?? Please say yes!

Janus said...

I know umps get away with basically whatever they want, but really this shocked me. Maybe it shouldn't have.

To anyone that doesnn't care or have time to visit the link:

This umpire, Jordan Baker, would take a rather large (large enough to be photographed from the stands) hunk of gum out of his mouth every half-inning and chuck it into left field. There is a photo showing about 20 such hunks on the field.

When fans raged at him, he went and had a laugh with Angel Hernandez who then took HIS gum out and chucked it in the direction of the jeering fans. On top of that, he seems to be making terrible calls and throwing people out left and right.

It seems at this point the TV announcers have gotten in on the act and were calling Baker out on his gum antics last night.

baseballswami said...

Another random question-- what is the status of our forty man roster with two guys getting dfa'd? That mean two spots open?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack, still has to do both and anything below .340 concerns me. He has to take those 3-2 counts and work some walks, make parallel swings and stay on base when he gets there.

Caps Fan said...

So Strasburg is going on the DL. Did he clean out his locker?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Swami, no they added Krol. At 39.

Caps Fan said...

"baseballswami said...

Another random question-- what is the status of our forty man roster with two guys getting dfa'd? That mean two spots open?"

Yes. Although that may not be official until the fate of the DFA guys is determined.

phil dunton said...

Re: The Yankee fan at the O's game--confronting two likely drunk hecklers is butt stupid and just asking for trouble. I was confronted by a large, very drunk young Phillies fan about 3 years ago in one of the Nats parking lots after a Phillies victory. The animal got in my face and yelled "Great game, huh." It was obvious he was baiting me. I looked him right in the eye and said "I really like the Phillies team and wish the Nationals played like them". At first he was shocked, then he slapped me on the back and said "Thanks buddy". I could live for another day. Going to any sports game nowdays and wearing a hated team's sports garb is risky business.

Section 222 said...

How did Julie A get scooped by Kristina A? She's not on the air until 6:30 pm, but she tweeted the news at 4:29, just four minutes after Mark and the other beats did. Kristina's doing a great job on MLB Now, but she's not at the park.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Phil, way to diffuse it. I wear a Nats cap to all stadiums even when Nats aren't playing much like that Yankees fan. Never a problem. People engage me in intelligent conversations.

David Proctor said...

Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 2m
Ohlendorf to replace Strasburg on #Nationals’ roster. Nats need starter for Saturday.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

There you go. If he doesn't move to long man in the pen the Nats can lose him when Det and Stras come back.

EmDash said...

Looks like Ohlendorf is the guy. Should be an okay option for one start, I guess.

Karns is a bit home-run prone in the majors, which is a bit funny because avoiding them was one of his strengths in the minors. He probably needs more seasoning in AA/AAA before he's ready to be up permanently, but he's certainly been promising so far and could develop into at least a lights-out reliever in the Stammen mode if starting doesn't work out.

EmDash said...

Current DL list: Detwiler, Espinosa, Harper, Mattheus, Ramos, Strasburg. Plus two players released. Plus Werth and Zimm have spent time on the DL. That's 10 of the opening day roster, or 40%, who've been injured or terribly ineffective enough to be released. Kind of boggles the mind.

baseballswami said...

I thought we were snake bit last year, but our starters stayed healthy. Only needed Lannan for double headers and we played piggy back with Wang and Det a bit. It's just a shame there is so much pressure- some of it by us fans-- on this team to produce the same way the ideal roster might be performing. Bench just not quite stepping up as early as they did last year, pen not quite so effective, couple starters down. Doesn't take much to get off track. As long as we can stay around .500 maybe we can make a run in the second half.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Karns needs to work on his location... He's got the stuff but he sometimes serves it up and gofers it...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I'm glad that the Nats went with Ohlendorf instead of moving Stammen to the starters role.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Think they want to save Stammen for Karns start.... He seemingly can only go 80/85... And Stammen has been throwing the serious heat, they may want to save him.. At least that's what I'm thinking....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Win number 2 in a row tonight.

baseballswami said...

But in all fairness, Karns came up from AA , unexpectedly. Of course he is going to have flaws and struggles. This could be a great thing for him- show him what he needs to do and encourage him that he is not so far away. As a fan I need to chill, watch the guys play, enjoy the new guys and stop stressing about the standings. Stuff has happened that changed our situation. I need to adjust my expectations. I still think we can have a great second half.

David Proctor said...

Johnny Cueto is already back on the DL with another lat strain. He had been back for 4 starts. Jeez.

baseballswami said...

I am telling you-- lats and obliques are nasty to get rid of. Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez have both dealt with lingering hamstring issues. You have got to let them heal or you are a yo- yo to the DL.

JD said...


Swami,

I couldn't agree with you more. For the time being I just want us to start winning series regularly and play better ball and the good news is that there are still 23 games left in the 1st half so there's lots of time and lots of baseball to enjoy.

paul brandt said...

Will take Kristina over Julie old town any day of the week.

Am glad no Valdespin, that guy kills us but would expect a pinch hit appearance.

Anyone else expecting a high & tight fastball to Rzim's melon after last night? Don't think Jordan did that on purpose but the guy does have amazing control, just saying.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Win ever series and you are in the playoff.

David Proctor said...

Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 2m
One evaluator on Ohlendorf: "Max effort. Lots of moving parts in windup. Stuff is decent with spotty command and control."

Let's hope he has his good command then...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Valdespin average against rest of league. 225. Against us .500

David Proctor said...

Uh oh. Dillon Gee went 7 1/3 and stroke out 12 against the Yankees in his last start. Let's hope that was a fluke.

paul brandt said...

MNF, wow re. Valdespin, didn't know he was that good vs. us.

Odd that he's not starting but not complaining.

David Proctor said...

https://twitter.com/masnKolko/status/342410426925076480/photo/1

Something's on fire I guess?

paul brandt said...

Danny is burning his locker contents.

ptindc said...

Just saw the skipper on MASN. Beard is shaved. Must have been the walk off last night.

ptindc said...

Just saw the skipper on MASN. Beard is shaved. Must have been the walk off last night.

baseballswami said...

I saw that Clip has some facial hair. Kind of scruffy , though.

Eric said...

"So Strasburg is going on the DL. Did he clean out his locker?"

Why does this keep coming up about the locker? Rizzo confirmed in comments that aired on 106.7 yesterday at ~5:15 p.m. that Espi is going to AAA after the DL. Hence the cleaned out locker.

baseballswami said...

As of yesterday, everyone was curious about the locker issue before the whole story came out. It initially looked like an option to AAA because of that. Also reports were that it was done on anger, guys don't clean out their lockers for the DL. And everyone rehabs in the minors.

Eric said...

"Phil, way to diffuse it. I wear a Nats cap to all stadiums even when Nats aren't playing much like that Yankees fan. Never a problem. People engage me in intelligent conversations."

At the Os game (JZimm start) I saw a group of guys, one in Is garb, one in Brave a garb, and one in a Pacers jersey and a Yankees cap.

B'gock?!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Eric....some people always want things to be more than it is.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sooooo..... I wonder which D Haren will show up... I sure hope its the good one..

David Proctor said...

"And everyone rehabs in the minors."

I think you may be confused. Rizzo strongly implied that Espinosa will be optioned to AAA even after he is healthy to spend some time to get his mechanics right. Not just a rehab assignment.

natsfan1a said...

Confrontation is risky, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that the guy was asking for it. Also, I suspect that this could happen at any park, with any fanbase. As my dear departed grandpa-in-law often said, I might have told you this before, but it's worth telling again. I was once at an O's/Nats game at RFK. There were some unruly, over-imbibing Nats fans seated a few rows over and down from us, in the upper deck. They were giving the fish eye to some O's fans (who were doing nothing offensive, just sporting O's gear) for several innings. The O's fans included a young boy, btw. This got no response, so the Nats fans decided to up their game and start throwing stuff, including beverage containers, at the O's fans. I went to the top of our section and told an usher about it (we didn't have texting and Tweetering back then, kiddies, but I digress). After a while, she went over and said something to the Nats fans, and they stopped.

I've also saw a similar event at Nats Park, that time involving unruly, over-imbibing Phillies Phans who threw popcorn on a young Nats fan. (Stay classy, Phillies Phans. But I digress.)

I don't care who is behaving in such a manner, or where they're doing it. There's no room for it, and no excuse for it. Just another natsfan1a editorial.

phil dunton said...

Re: The Yankee fan at the O's game--confronting two likely drunk hecklers is butt stupid and just asking for trouble. I was confronted by a large, very drunk young Phillies fan about 3 years ago in one of the Nats parking lots after a Phillies victory. The animal got in my face and yelled "Great game, huh." It was obvious he was baiting me. I looked him right in the eye and said "I really like the Phillies team and wish the Nationals played like them". At first he was shocked, then he slapped me on the back and said "Thanks buddy". I could live for another day. Going to any sports game nowdays and wearing a hated team's sports garb is risky business.
June 05, 2013 4:53 PM

NatsJack in Florida said...

Watching the P-Nats on my tablet. Robbie Ray pitchinh in Myrtle Beach.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Is Cy Gee pitching tonight? Or is it Dillon Gee?

David Proctor said...

So how long until Rendon gets a ball to him at 2B? I give it 2 outs.

natsfan1a said...

Boy, that was a long comment, and I didn't even mention the unruly (but apparently not under the influence judging by his breath) O's fan who "accidentally" bumped into me, several times, on the ramp after a recent O's game at Nats Park, then apologized in a rather Eddie Haskellian manner. And now I've dated myself, too.

Er, on topic, hope that Dan has another good start in him. May the Nats bats hit early and often, and may the Mets bats flail with futility. May our defense not falter. May we score more runs than the opposing team. Oh, and nobody should get hurt. Okay, that should about cover it. I'm good.

David Proctor said...

Only took one out.

Gonat said...

The Rendon era just started. The ball found him!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Fielding pct 1.000 at second

natsfan1a said...

I believe that his specialty against us is pinch-hit home runs.

paul brandt said...

MNF, wow re. Valdespin, didn't know he was that good vs. us.

Odd that he's not starting but not complaining.
June 05, 2013 6:37 PM

natsfan1a said...

Oh, wait. The game's on. See you later.

Eric said...

"So how long until Rendon gets a ball to him at 2B? I give it 2 outs."

Funny now!

baseballswami said...

I so called it earlier today that the first out would go to Rendon at second!! Mrs. B - you around?? Monday night's classic-- Jhonny Holliday called the walk off-- last night also. Coincidence?

Eric said...

Look at Lombo yielding to Span. Seam head would be proud ;)

Joe Seamhead said...

Right there was the difference between Tyler and Lombo in LF. Lombo got out of Span's way.

David Proctor said...

2 balls to Rendon, no problem yet. But like FP said, it'll be the double plays and things like that that present the real challenge.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Welcome (back) to the show Rendon!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

2 for 2. Baseball god at work.

Nats 128 said...

Now officially the know it all Peric is proven wrong on his one guarantee that RENDON WILL NEVER PLAY 2ND BASE FOR THE NATS.

Yeah, never is a long time! Back to the game as Im here typing on my phone.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Hahahaha... Swami, I made mention of that last night.... Or was it this morning...

I'm predicting a 7-3 win tonight!

David Proctor said...

Marlon Byrd looked absolutely lost.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Get your expectations in check about Mr. Rendon. He will make errors. If you don't think so you aren't being realistic.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Now that's what a leadoff man does.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Luck helps! There you go Denard! Make your own luck!

baseballswami said...

It would just be so sweet if we could score early and often.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I love Span the man....

David Proctor said...

I think most people here are being tongue in cheek about him fielding 1.000 so far.

JaneB said...

There you go NatsJack! Double from Span!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ghost....he made 2 errors in his 3 games at Syracuse.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

7-3 sounds right

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Tonight?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Werth's job in that spot is to drive the ball to rightfield. Doesn't do his job. Come on guys. Runs are at a premium!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I know he will make errors. Good to have easy ones to start.

Joe Seamhead said...

Duda- the Mets mirror version of Tyler Moore in the OF.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth fit in with others with the hit to center.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

There is where not advance runner hurts. Now ALR has to bail out Werth

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
Ghost....he made 2 errors in his 3 games at Syracuse.

June 05, 2013 7:17 PM


After each error there were some comments made here to try to make some point. I guess Rizzo wasn't too concerned.

David Proctor said...

Thataboy Desi!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Oh Desi!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desi bails out Werth

JaneB said...

Ian!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yesssss... Score often!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Desi picks up Werth and RZim. Very nice. Keep that line moving!

David Proctor said...

Woah, the rookie hitting on 3-0. Ballsy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rendon got green light 3-0. Hit hard just wrong spot

JaneB said...

Anthony. 3-0 you don't swing. Plus it was outside. Sheesh.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Not sure I want him swinging on 3-0...

Joe Seamhead said...

The Exorcist showed up last night, We're ok! 1-0 Nats.
GYFNG!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Sorry, 3-0 where you have the pitcher breathing hard and you have the new callup swing?

Bad idea although nice wood on it but unlucky BABIP.

EmDash said...

Early run - love it.

Good god is Dillon Gee slow, though. I already hate watching him pitch.

David Proctor said...

How many balls have gotten between LaRoche and the line lately? It's not for lack of effort, he's diving, but I don't get it. Is it just unlucky?

Joe Seamhead said...

Ghost, you're right. No excuse for 3-0 swing.
Me? I'm optimistic. Imagine that.
GYFNG!

baseballswami said...

Grrrrr. Double with no outs. Jhonny Holiday again. Please can we have Bob and FP together again?

David Proctor said...

Wtf Haren?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Terrible....

baseballswami said...

This is soooo not good. No outs. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Joe Seamhead said...

Bah, humbug...

EmDash said...

Oof. That really did not look like it was going to get out. One of those ball carrying kind of days?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is 3 down the line in the last 9 innings. Our scouting report has not be solid to where to place ALR as none have gone to right, so he seems to be feet left.

Haren up to same trick of homers. Of course it would have been a solo, but ALR not placed correctly based on wear they are hitting.

Knoxville Nat said...

Yes, unlucky. The last couple have been hit rather hard though.

David Proctor said...

Haren is leaving everything up. You know what that means...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now they hit to his right, but are always singles.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

LaRoche's gold glove must have some holes in it.

EmDash said...

Stuff is staying up = not good Haren.

baseballswami said...

Haren getting shelled early. Need to get three and go see McCatty for a chat. Haren is now our third best starter- since we really only have three now. Ok- I am summoning a slugfest. We win 12-11.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

All the mo from last night and the first inning can vanish in no time when the pitcher lraves balls up.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I was just going to say.....yep, Dan....keep throwong strikes up in the zone. That always works.

phil dunton said...

Haren makes Edwin Jackson's performance last season look good.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Might as well hae Duke or HROD pitch if you are going to keep ball up.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I think the issue is that I don't really like Haren....

baseballswami said...

The bat boy humor is a new twist.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Have you seen EJax numbers this year?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Might as well hae Duke or HROD pitch if you are going to keep ball up.

June 05, 2013 7:38 PM


Uh, no.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren's number as fifth starter is fine.

baseballswami said...

Oh,Danny boy, the ump the ump is calling- and he is saying---BALL. We going to see Stammen and Davis?? Lots'O Pitches so far.

David Proctor said...

Why is Haren nibbling against the pitcher?

baseballswami said...

But we only have three healthy starters right now- 2 on the DL. And the order has become very convoluted.

David Proctor said...

Haren is lucky.

Joe Seamhead said...

Nice catch, Lombo!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Thank god that's Lombo and not Moore.

baseballswami said...

Oh- my- goodness. That ball is carrying! Good thing Lombo is fast. Hope it flies for us, too!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Yah Tarasco, that's bright to have your LF to the pitcher's pull side play him like a chump. That was close to a disaster. Great catch Lombo!

Knoxville Nat said...

Seen EJax numbers and don't want any part of those. I would have preferred keeping Lannan over EJax, but Haren for one year seemed reasonable. DL for Lannan wasn't something that was foreseeable.

paul brandt said...

sure am glad lombo is 6'0 tall as listed on the team site.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Christian Garcia goes 2 innings giving up 1 hit in Harrisburg tonite.

Joe Seamhead said...

Jack, agreed, though you gotta admit that he did look like a second baseman making the catch.

baseballswami said...

Well- he kind of IS a second baseman.

baseballswami said...

Haren can hit, right?

David Proctor said...

Haren nearly hit a homer!

paul brandt said...

Haren could be the slowest human being of all time.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Yep Joe....that he did. But that's better than looking like a DH making the catch.

Scott Margenau said...

Lombo. Great play! Love it.

Harren nearly went yard.

baseballswami said...

Ok. But he can't run.

Scott Margenau said...

Come on jayson.!!!!!

Knoxville Nat said...

Can we put in a courtesy runner for Haren?

NatsJack in Florida said...

Looks like D-Span got the message on OBP.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

2nd life Jayson!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Haren and his speed is hilarious.... Lol.... I'm still laughing....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack in Florida said...
Looks like D-Span got the message on OBP.


I was thinking the same thing!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Terrible....

David Proctor said...

Sigh.

paul brandt said...

guess trent should have sent haren...haha.

Joe Seamhead said...

Werth, one day of the DL...give you one.But we need you to come through, man!

baseballswami said...

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Joe Seamhead said...

One day off the DL

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Lateral muscle? Sorry Julie, its Latisimus muscle.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Mariners/White Sox 14 innings of shutout

David Proctor said...

Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 24s
When Marlon Byrd played for the Nats in 2006, his car got stolen from the RFK Stadium parking lot during a road trip. Great times.

That's hilarious.

baseballswami said...

She is perky but not the sharpest tool in the shed.

paul brandt said...

SS has the biggest wad of tobacco in his cheek I have seen in a long time and not so sure the cup he is drinking contains water.

David Proctor said...

We've got bad Dan Haren tonight.

paul brandt said...

come on dan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Haren is a bum....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Dan, you are better than this.

Joe Seamhead said...

Wow, just looked back, and Werth looked like he held up.
The ball of Wright's was out.

baseballswami said...

Oh, no. We really need to find that jet stream, too. Looks like Haren is trying to pour gasoline on that nearby fire.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Notice they follow hits with homers. We follow with nothing close to a homer. We are wasting base runners

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...
Haren is a bum....

June 05, 2013 8:00 PM


Wow, that is nice.

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