Thursday, June 20, 2013

Game 72: Rockies at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Hello from South Capitol Street, which hasn't hosted a ballgame in 11 days. The Nationals at last return to familiar territory after an eventful, not-entirely-successful, 4-5 road trip to Colorado, Cleveland and Philadelphia, hoping last night's dramatic, 11-inning win was the start of a long-awaited hot streak.

Having Jordan Zimmermann on the mound tonight against the Rockies certainly helps the cause. The right-hander is looking to become only the third pitcher in the majors to reach the 10-win mark this season, joining Adam Wainwright and Max Scherzer, but he'll have to put forth a better outing than he did last time in Cleveland when he blew an early 5-0 lead.

Roy Oswalt makes his 2013 debut, having signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies and built his arm back up to shape. There's really no way to know how the 35-year-old will look tonight, given the fact he hasn't appeared in a major-league game since last fall with the Rangers (when he wasn't very good).

I'll be starting the game thread tonight, but then I have to head over to Bethesda for tonight's episode of The Baseball Show, so Chase will take over in-stream. Check back for plenty of updates...

COLORADO ROCKIES 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: Mostly clear, 78 degrees, Wind 9 mph RF to LF
NATIONALS (35-36)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche


RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
LF Steve Lombardozzi
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

ROCKIES (37-36)
CF Tyler Colvin
2B D.J. LeMahieu
LF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Michael Cuddyer
3B Nolan Arenado
1B Todd Helton
C Yorvit Torrealba
SS Jonathan Herrera
RHP Roy Oswalt

UMPIRES
HP Joe West (cc)
1B Sam Holbrook
2B Andy Fletcher
3B Rob Drake

7:06 p.m. — We are underway as Jordan Zimmermann fires strike one to Tyler Colvin. Beautiful, 75-degree night for baseball as the crowd files in.

7:15 p.m. — Wow, what a first inning for Zimmermann. Yes, he gave up two singles, but get this: He threw 15 pitches in total, all 15 of them strikes. Not sure I've ever seen anybody do that. Obviously his command is on tonight.

7:25 p.m. — Impressive stuff from Roy Oswalt in his first MLB inning of the season. His fastball sat at 92-94 mph and he struck out both Denard Span (albeit on a pitch well outside) and Adam LaRoche. Anthony Rendon with yet another base hit. The kid continues to shine on the big stage. Scoreless after one.

7:27 p.m. — By the way, if you missed it, here's my 1-on-1 TV interview with Bryce Harper from earlier this afternoon on CSN. Bryce talked about how his rehab is going, what he worried about when he visited Dr. James Andrews and how he'll determine when he returns from the DL.

7:32 p.m. — Two innings down and Zimmermann has hit a rough spot. He's only thrown 25 of 28 pitches for strikes. Terrible command from Jordan. I mean, really, THREE balls? Come on!

7:38 p.m. — Ian Desmond with a home run. I think we've seen that before. Not too long ago, either. This one obviously didn't mean as much as last night's, but it gives the Nats a 1-0 lead nonetheless. That's Desmond's 11th homer of the season, only one behind Bryce Harper for the team lead now.

7:45 p.m. — Three innings down, here's Zimmermann's updated pitch count: 38 pitches, 33 strikes. Unreal.

7:55 p.m. — Good stuff from Oswalt, who has looked sharp through his first three innings (aside from the Desmond homer). We really had no idea what to expect from the veteran in this outing, but I have to say he looks like he's still got it. 1-0 Nats after three, and I'm heading up to Bethesda for tonight's Baseball Show on CSN. Chase, here are the keys to the car. Remember to stay under the speed limit!

8:21 p.m. -- The Nats got another run across in the bottom of the fourth with some timely, two-out hitting. LaRoche led off the frame with a single before Werth and Desmond struck out. Lombardozzi was then able to foul off several pitches before joining LaRoche on base with a single. Suzuki batted LaRoche in with a single that barely left the infield. He hit a grounder to the left side that found room between Herrera and Arenado who both dived, but missed. Oswalt has allowed two runs through four with 78 total pitches (54 strikes).

8:29 p.m. -- Another efficient inning of work for Jordan Zimmermann who needed just 14 pitches to get through another frame. He is at 63 through five innings with no signs of slowing down.

8:44 p.m. -- The Nats padded their lead in the fifth with two more runs across. Span started the inning with a double to right-center and Rendon followed with a single. Both runners were knocked home by a LaRoche triple that bounced through the gap in right field. LaRoche is now tied for second on the Nats this season with two triples. Zimmermann will now take over to start the sixth.

8:51 p.m. -- Another quick inning for Zimmermann who is absolutely carving up the Rockies tonight. He has retired 14 straight batters and has thrown only 72 pitches (56 strikes) overall.

9:05 p.m. -- It's now 5-0 Nats after Zimmermann helped his cause with an RBI. Lombardozzi led the inning off with a double and reached third on a wild pitch by Rockies' reliever Adam Ottavino. Zimmermann then hit a long fly ball to center to bring home Lombo and open the game up even more.

9:16 p.m. -- Zimmermann finally made it kind of interesting by allowing two hits, both with two outs, in the top of the seventh. But he then got out of the frame by getting Torrealba to ground out to Zim at third. Jordan has thrown 89 pitches (69) through seven. We'll see if he can go the distance.

9:26 p.m. -- The Nats couldn't get much going in the bottom of the seventh. LaRoche reached with a one-out single, but went nowhere after a Werth strikeout and a Desmond pop up. Werth has a golden sombrero with four strikeouts tonight, by the way.

9:40 p.m. -- Zimmermann finally found himself in some trouble in the eighth inning after walking Josh Rutledge with one out. The next batter, Tyler Colvin, then grounded to Rendon who made a throwing error looking for the forceout at second. Rutledge went to third and was then brought home by a LeMahieu single to center field. No earned runs for Zimmermann, but the 23 pitches he threw probably means that's it for him tonight.

9:49 p.m. -- Nothing going for the Nats in the bottom of the eighth, but Chris Marrero pinch-hit for Zimmermann so it will be Rafael Soriano for the ninth. Still 5-1 Nats.

9:57 p.m. -- 1-2-3 for Soriano as the Nats move to 36-36 on the year. 5-1 your final score.

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mvcarroll said...

The season has DEFINITELY turned the corner. I feel it every time I read "#EatFace."

baseballswami said...

You know, there were a few people posting here who were convinced we would lose all nine. We usually say .500 on the road- one game off. And I reall do feel that the bottom has passed with Det and Stras back and the better bullpen, Rendon in the mix. Onward and upward from here!!

UnkyD said...

Eating Some Face.... Is the new Hacking The Gorse!

GYFNG!!!!!

Section 222 said...

Det and Stras back will make a big difference. No more wondering whether the spot starter can succeed, as Ross O did, or fail, as Karns and Duke did. But one game doesn't an offensive turnaround make. I fear that until Harper returns we have no chance for consistent offense. I'm sure looking forward to not seeing Harper tweets about other sports during our games.

d'grviii 8 said...

All can say is keep a close eye on your autocorrect if you want to talk about eating faces. Don't ask me how I know that.

SonnyG10 said...

Let's get an early lead boys, and Jordan will hold it for us. Tenth win for Jordan tonight! GYFNG! #ESF

I just want to try out my new AVATAR...is that what you call the little pictures?

baseballswami said...

I hear you, as in I don' t think the offense will suddenly become consistent. But I think we might see more flashes of it, more of those games where we have a lot of hits. Knocking on that door. Eventually they might pick up a little more steam.

SonnyG10 said...

Dang, its hard to read. It says NI SONNY G above the number 10.

Section 222 said...

Eating Some Face.... Is the new Hacking The Gorse!

All can say is keep a close eye on your autocorrect if you want to talk about eating faces.


According to the Glossary, Gorse Hacking resulted from an auto correct failure on UnkyD's phone. So technically, the new Hacking the Gorse would be.... Oh never mind.

Section 222 said...

It's legible Sonny,and very cool. And No. 10 is the number used for the best player in some sports, right?

Theophilus T. S. said...

Actually, the lineup TBA is strangely reassuring. At least you don't have to read the list of guys whose BAs are lower than the pitcher's.

natsfan1a said...

Looks nice, Sonny. If people click on the avatar, they'll see a bigger pic.

Indeed, sec 222. :-)

natsfan1a said...

(Oh, that was for the, um, 4:00 comment.)

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Hacking is often used to signify an automatic or mechanical watch's ability to synchronize time by stopping the seconds hand when setting the time. This has important applications in a variety of fields, especially in the military and law enforcement.

David Proctor said...

Come on Theo, can't we at least enjoy today following a big win? :)

Roy Oswalt is an interesting matchup. Great pitcher but really struggled for Texas last year. I wonder if he has anything left. Guess we'll find out.

natsfan1a said...

I suppose that we should add "eat somebody's face/ESF" to the Glossary.

SonnyG10 said...

Section 222 said...
It's legible Sonny,and very cool. And No. 10 is the number used for the best player in some sports, right?
June 20, 2013 4:01 PM


Thanks, deuces. I guess you're right about 10 being a number for good players. In my case it was kinda an accident. I tried to sign on as sonnyg1 because that's my logon for some other sites, but it was already taken on Blogger, so I went for sonnyg10. I kinda like that better now and it definitely looks better on my nats shirt.

Section 222 said...

If people click on the avatar, they'll see a bigger pic.

Except if they click on yours 1a, they get a message that you haven't opened your blogger profile to the public...

David Proctor said...

Bryce tweeted out this pic today:

http://i.imgur.com/0cSl5H4.jpg

natsfan1a said...

Oops, I forgot to say this: Go, JORDAN! Go, NATS!! Go, TBA!!

natsfan1a said...

Yes, I do realize that, 222. My comment was specific to Sonny's avatar.

baseballswami said...

Can we please face Cy Young's klutzy, nerdy, little cousin once in a while?

SonnyG10 said...

natsfan1a said...
Looks nice, Sonny. If people click on the avatar, they'll see a bigger pic.
Thanks 1a. And yes, its more readable on the bigger image.

David Proctor said...

The press conference room at Nats Park is suddenly all high-tech

https://twitter.com/masnKerr/status/347809814371508226/photo/1

Wendell said...

Going to the game tonight fo rhe first time this year. Is the parking lot on Potomac Ave., (cement plant) still open? The one right accross from the home plate entrance. Also, is it still possible to get on street parking?

Thanks for your input

Faraz Shaikh said...

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=12745349
would you face off against a team consisting bo jackson and frank thomas? LOL, I would run the other direction.

David, that was a terrible picture.

baseballswami said...

I have watched the replay of the slamma jamma a few times today. Desi just uncoills. How sweet was that game for Jayson ?? Karma, baby! Bet the wrist did not hurt at all. Oh, Nats- I hope this was not just another tease. The Charlie Brown routine is getting old.

David Proctor said...

James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP 2m
Davey says Bryce Harper looked great today, and was running & going to take batting practice. "He's close." Would need a rehab assignment.

SonnyG10 said...

Davie, good news about Bryce. Hope there are no setbacks...we really need him in the lineup.

baseballswami said...

Sounds like Ramos, too! Afraid to trust it yet, heart has been broken too many times.

Theophilus T. S. said...

David Proctor --

I'm going to be skeptical until the pitcher truly is the worst hitter in the lineup every night. I'm trying to enjoy last night as much it deserves being enjoyed.

baseballswami said...

When it happens, it's a special moment. I cherish it. I want more.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Yep, encouraging news on Bryce and Ramos. Bo news on Sharks eye and Tracy says he's fine which scares me.

MicheleS said...

Wendell yes its still open
GYFNG! #ESF

I am going as well

Anna Peregrina said...

I'll be at the game tomorrow, then go back to England on Sunday! But return for good in July. GO NATS. I'm the one in the Latin T-shirt EAMUS NATIONALES. Section 112.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

#EatFace. #NoMoteLossesInJune.

We will 5 of 7 in the nextwo series, of course thar goes against no more losses in June

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Guys on half street selling #EatFace shirts.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

No Tulp and no Fowler....

Nats - win
Rockies - loss

Lets go Nats!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Tulo*

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Roy Oswalt first game I hope doesnt ,= Cy Oswalt.

baseballswami said...

Yeah, we kind of broke a couple of their players. Oops. We did that to the Jays last year. Oops.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Jays pitchers dropped like flies last season

SonnyG10 said...

yea, hope our lineup is not WD-40 for a rusty pitcher.

SonnyG10 said...

I got a good feeling about tonight's game. Nats win!

JaneB said...

I'm th you, Sonny! Dollar ice cream night. New faces to eat.
GYFNG-ESF.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nats7

Rockies 3

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Eating Some[body's] Face.... Is the new Hacking The Gorse!

Of course, this means that Zombie Jayson Werth fan is our new leader ... because he was First.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I do like "All Your Face Are Belong To Us" as well.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Although I am going to recommend we shelve the use of the new slogan while in Miami. That would be "too soon."

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Is it me or does Gio seem more reserved this year?

David Proctor said...

I don't think Gio is more reserved, I think they just don't focus on him so much since we already know how outgoing he was. Last year, it was his first year and it was new to us. His interview on FOX was great.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Is it me or does Gio seem more reserved this year?

I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised if all the no-decisions are starting to get on his nerves a little.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I think the Biogenises thing has given him pause to be a little more serious about his profession.

Secret wasian man said...

Need to jump on Roy Patton Oswalt early tonight.

baseballswami said...

So true!!!!

Secret wasian man said...

We are getting the next 4. Spurs will win also.

David Proctor said...

I hope the Spurs win, SWM. I'll be flipping back and forth between the two games.

A DC Wonk said...

Leading indicator that the Nats might be starting to turn things around?

The Nats have only four victories when trailing after seven innings.

All four have home in the last two weeks.

David Proctor said...

Yep and we nearly did it a 5th time in the first game of the Phillies series.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Suzuki really doesn't get enough credit for the games he calls...

Really like he and Gio/Jordan ...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

So good to see the Nats home unis...

David Proctor said...

Throw a couple balls, Jordan. They're allowed.

A DC Wonk said...

Wow. JZ after one inning:

15 pitches. 15 strikes.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Whew... A few fat pitches by Jordan...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Balls that appear like strikes are allowed, not just balls.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Come on Joe... That was a clear ball....

David Proctor said...

That was not even close to a strike. Span was putting together a good AB.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Espinosa just sruck out swinging in his first at bat. 15 K's in 22 AB's.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Good going Anthony...

David Proctor said...

Wtf this strike zone? JZimm better take advantage of it too.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

What the hell is Joe West looking at????

See, that's why folks call for blues to be replaced by technology...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

David no guarentee zimm gets that call. It way out to lefties.

Next one JZim gets an 0-2 on a lefty throw in same spot and see if Joe West is consisyant.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

If Joe West is gonna give him that ball for a strike, Jordan better get the same thing...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Love the Nats double play... Good throw by Ryan...

A DC Wonk said...

JZ's getting wild? ;-)

After two: 28 pitches 25 strikes. Yowza!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

FYI

Rockies 156 more hits than Nats

Rockies 34 more walks

Nationals 24 more strike outs

Results Rockies 107 more runs. About 40% more runs

paul brandt said...

off topic but wondering if anyone has an idea: what is the average # of baseballs used in a MLB game? between foul balls, HR's, guys throwing balls into the stands, am sure it fluctuates big time but have always been curious...have to think there is a stat for it somewhere.

David Proctor said...

Let's see how we do second time around against Oswalt. They probably don't know what to expect their first time up there.

David Proctor said...

Desi is on fire.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

And Desi does it again... Home run!!! Nice!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Homers on 2 consecutive at bat.

This series streak continues

paul brandt said...

Desi eating some face!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I would guess 100-125

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

#EatFace needs more participants

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I remember that GS by Mikey Mo... I laughed so hard...

There were talks earlier about possibly trading to get Morse back... But I'm not sure we would and what we would give up....

paul brandt said...

MrsB, he's in his walk year so maybe a prospect or two, he would be a rental for a contender, more likely for an AL team given the DH but just my opinion.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'm never ever nervous when Jordan is pitching....

David Proctor said...

That last ball by Zim looked like a routine fly and it nearly left the park.

I see the jet stream to right field is starting to pick up as the weather gets warmer.

paul brandt said...

and more likely than not, a decent draft pick too, maybe?

A DC Wonk said...

JZ after three: 38 pitches, 33 strikes.

David Proctor said...

I know most people are gushing over the 38:33 ratio, but I kind of wish JZimm would throw more balls. Not like Gio or anything, but get guys out of the zone.

A DC Wonk said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'm never ever nervous when Jordan is pitching....

I was just thinking that to myself, too. Two guys gets hits in the first inning, it's first and third, and -- more than any other pitcher on the Nats -- I'm thinking: no problem, he's got this.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Way to go Span.... 2 good at bats tonight...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If Span is hitting .320 at home, must be about .180 on road

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow.. That was a great jump...

David Proctor said...

Span's home/road splits are astonishing.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span at home Kobenus on the road.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Oh Ryan...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Espinosa strikes out swinging for the second time tonite. 16 K's in 23 AB's.

This is sad.

David Proctor said...

I feel bad for Espinosa, I really do. Even if you don't think he's good, he's better than THIS. He's in some kind of funk.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Espi just not seeing ball and location.

I would send him to an eye doctor rto make sure all is OK

MrsB loves the Nats said...

He swung... But Joe West will do that to you...

paul brandt said...

Bryce would have been tossed by Country Joe for that...double standard.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Joe West stares but says nothing. Take a lesson John Hershbeck.

A DC Wonk said...

After 4: 49 pitches, 41 strikes . . .

A DC Wonk said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Joe West stares but says nothing. Take a lesson John Hershbeck.

West was standing there waiting for him to turn around -- I think he would have been tossed if he turned.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

@Paul I was at the HershbeckHarper game. Remember who the home plate ump was?

David Proctor said...

It was Balkin Bob Davidson, I thought, MNF?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

MnF - I said the same thing about Danny and his eye sight... It's more than just the injury... To which I believe he isn't helping himself by not getting the surgery...

baseballswami said...

So how about Jordan"cojones" Zimmermann tonight? Where did 97 come from?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Correct Balking Bob tried to stand in hershbecks' way to no avail.

paul brandt said...

MNF/DP, think DP is correct it was balkin Bob.

David Proctor said...

Jordan is pissed at himself for his last start and so he's going out there determined to make it right.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Need to Eat Face. Oswalt is not a K pitcher.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Oswalt has to be on HGH. Somebody test him, quick.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lombo is trying to stay alive...

baseballswami said...

Oswalt is old and making his first MLB start- 5 minor league. I would think with this much effort he might tire. What is he, an older JZ or something?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Great at bat Lombo....

paul brandt said...

MNF, his stats tonight say otherwise...8 out of 11 outs have been K's.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Whew!!!! Go Adam .... HIS BLAZING SPEED!!!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Throw was off... Adam was safe! Joe West for it right....

David Proctor said...

With the pitcher coming up, even if LaRoche was out, it would've been a good send.

paul brandt said...

close play at home, still don't know if he got it right but doesn't matter now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Small sample size

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yes Paul.... Joe West for it right...

*feeling sick I just defended J West*

A DC Wonk said...

I think ALR might have been out -- I could be wrong, but it sure looked like ALR's lead foot went over the plate without touching it, and, if so, he was out.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Trent Jewitt with a good send.... *golf claps*

David Proctor said...

I agree that ALR may have been out, but it was VERY close.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Oswalt 2213 innings. 1818 K

about 7 and inning, 3 in 4 innings not 9

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

off topic but wondering if anyone has an idea: what is the average # of baseballs used in a MLB game?

Fewer than I would have guessed
Wikianswers: How many baseballs are used in an MLB game?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

His front leg over the plate back leg and ball were so close very hard to tell.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Wonk.....I agree but from where West was watching, he had to look safe.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

63 pitches 50 striked

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Jordan is cruising... I didnt even realize it was the 5th inning...

A DC Wonk said...

After 5 IP: 63 pitches, 50 strikes.

David Proctor said...

Aww poor Span. I was sure that was gone.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span wants to get off our crap list.

3 good at bats in lat 5 t bats

A DC Wonk said...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Wonk.....I agree but from where West was watching, he had to look safe.

I absolutely agree. You could only tell that his foot was up, because it was a close-to-ground level camera. When you're on top of it, as West was, he totally must have looked safe.

(Manassas Fan -- I owe you a drink -- and I'll pass the pitch/strike count baton to you for the rest of the game ;-) )

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Oh.... I am livid... That should have been a HR....

Good on you D Span... Having a great night so far...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Owe me a drink

Candide said...

Rendon... the kid can flat-out hit.

David Proctor said...

Interesting decision to not send Span.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Span wants to get off our crap list.

3 good at bats in lat 5 t bats

=====

He ain't in my crap list!

Yes Anthony...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wonder why Jewitt didnt send Span there....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on Joe

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Rendon with the proper adjustments tonight!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span not on mine but on some.

David Proctor said...

Come on Zim, make effing contact.

paul brandt said...

Sec 3 - thanks re. # of baseballs, pretty cool....MNF, thanks for the Oswalt/K stat - I only meant tonight and agree it is a small sample size but alot of K's nonetheless altho looks like we are getting to him now...but Rzim, what's up?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Zim, Zim, Zim...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim is making a habit of stranding runner at 3rd with less than 2 outs

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That was a really good jump by Rendon....

Poor Zimm...

Candide said...

Know who Rendon reminds me of? Wade Boggs. On low pitches, crouches down into the strike zone, goes oppo, doubles/gap power.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Mrs. B.....You only send him with nobody out when it is clear that there is no play at the plate.

Nevee make the first out of the inning at home or third. Ever.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yeah but with Span's speed... I think he makes it....

David Proctor said...

That a boy Adam! He's heating up again, folks.

Candide said...

ALR EATING FACE!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

ALR trying to remember it is June

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow.... Adam LaRoche just hit a triple.... I'll be danged....

Great hit!!!!!

Yessss.... We are scoring runs!!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Adam LaRoche and his BLAZING SPEED!!!!! Lol... I love it!

David Proctor said...

That is LaRoche's second triple of the year. Who woulda thunk.

Oswalt has fooled Werth tonight.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

ALR picks up RZim. That's what good teams do.

paul brandt said...

what the?? thank you CF, why didn't he catch it, ALR, let go of the piano! but hey, he did make it into 3b!!...yes, ESF.

David Proctor said...

Is it bad that I don't want us to score any more runs (maybe let Desi plate ALR) because then Zim will meltdown?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth ate face last night, and letting other enjoy tonight.

He cant see Oswalt's pitches.

2 left man on third with less than ,2 outs

phil dunton said...

Wow, this is like a flash back to last year. Maybe Desmond's slam last night has turned this team around.

Secret wasian man said...

Great job Adam. Strike zone is a complete joke tonight when Nats are up.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Paul - maybe he didnt want to face plant.... Or he thought it was gone...

But I'm glad he didnt...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Danny Espinosa strikes out for the third time tonite and the seventh time in a row.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

100Th pitch

paul brandt said...

MNF, agree, Werth did his job last night with the bat and the night before with "eat some face" comment, he's not seeing Oswalt but have to think Roy is done now.

David Proctor said...

If Oswalt is done, Werth is probably the happiest guy on the team.

A DC Wonk said...

Oswalt struck out way more than his average, but he also gave up way many more hits than his average, too.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Carp in the spirit president eating face of warning track.

Candide said...

Regarding ALR's triple:

Bill James once wrote about watching Willie Mays Aikens hit a triple when Aikens was with the Royals. Royals were winning the game in a blowout, and late in the game, Aikens hit a ball that got past the outfielders and kicked around all over the place.

Aikens was never a gazelle, and James and his wife realized this might be the first 3-bagger of his career. They cheered wildly while Willie chugged around the bases, and went crazy when he slid safely into third, much to the puzzlement of the other fans around them, who were wondering why they were getting so excited when the Royals had a ten-run lead.

Willie retired with two triples his entire career.

A DC Wonk said...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Danny Espinosa strikes out for the third time tonite and the seventh time in a row.

Wow. That really is sad. I can't even imagine how frustrated he must be feeling now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Will not be here next inning 72 pitches 56 strikes

paul brandt said...

see the Prez race? awesome...greatest marketing ploy for a DC sports team in a long time...however, who remembers "Tiny" the Bullets little dachshund who would run out at old Cap Centre to fetch the ball during time-outs with a wagon in tow? classic!! although I still have an affinity for the SD chicken who really jump started the "mascot" thing...sorry I'm off topic again.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JZim with No Hitter type of stuff tonight with that 3 hitter.

Candide said...

A DC Wonk said...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Danny Espinosa strikes out for the third time tonite and the seventh time in a row.

Wow. That really is sad. I can't even imagine how frustrated he must be feeling now.


Maybe.

I suspect the hitting coach in Syracuse doesn't give a rat's behind. He wants Danny to purge the bad habits he's accumulated over the past two years, and learn how to hit all over again.

I hear learning how to hit is... difficult.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JZim with 72 pitches through 6. I'm thinking Davey would like to see him go CG.

David Proctor said...

Hustle double for Lombo.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Outfielers not ready for that.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Good hit Lombo.... That's what I get for saying I'm tired of seeing him in the line up...

Also doing better in the OF...

*golf claps*

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If he less than 100 going into 9th

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nats playing with enthusiasm tonight. Love the hustle. Lombo making the most of this start!

NatsJack in Florida said...

For Espinosa, that's 17 K's in 24 AAA at bats. That means he's put the ball in play only 7 times with 1 single.

If this doesn't tell him that he's unable to produce in spite of what the medical pros tell him, I don't know does.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

@Paul Brandt: I too remember Tiny. Best thing to come out of Baltimore since the crab cake.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

4Th st bat with man on 3rd with less than 2 outs

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now 1 for 4. Only ALR successful.

dwb115 said...

They say you get worse before you get better, so let's hope that's true for Espinosa

David Proctor said...

Good AB by Zim!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now 2 are successful

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JZim with a blast of a Sac Fly. Impressive!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Look at Jordan helping himself out.... Good job!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He hadnt nottom yet

Candide said...

Wow... JZim almost smiled as he went back to the dugout...

David Proctor said...

That was the first sac fly of Jordan's career. I wouldn't have guessed that.

Exposremains said...

Thats how you do it guys. Nats hitters have a lot to learn from jzim

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Those were strikes earlier

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