Friday, June 21, 2013

Game 73: Rockies at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Winners of two straight, the Nats will look for their three consecutive wins for the first time since May 10. Stephen Strasburg (3-6, 2.50 ERA) takes the mound for his second start since being activated from the disabled list. He will face the Colorado Rockies for the third time in his young career. Both of his previous starts have resulted in losses with a 3.75 ERA across 12 total innings against the club.

Pitching for the Rockies is 23 year old right-hander Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.33). The former second round pick has been a nice surprise for Colorado this season with the best ERA in their rotation. He has never faced the Nationals before in his three major league seasons.

Today will be the second of the four-game series between the two teams. Dating back to their previous series this season, the Nationals have won three straight against the Rockies with five runs scored in each of those games.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game...

COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Mostly clear, 83 degrees
NATIONALS (36-36)
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 Stephen Strasburg


ROCKIES (37-37)
CF Dexter Fowler
2B D.J. LeMahieu
LF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Michael Cuddyer
C Wilin Rosario
1B Todd Helton
3B Nolan Arenado
SS Josh Rutledge
RHP Tyler Chatwood

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

7:07 p.m. — Hey everybody, Mark here. Thanks to Chase for getting the game thread started since I was late to the park this afternoon. It's another beautiful night as Dexter Fowler lines Stephen Strasburg's first pitch of the night to center field for an out.

7:12 p.m. — A nice and tidy, 12-pitch, 1-2-3 top of the first for Strasburg. After the Fowler lineout, he got D.J. LeMahieu to fly out to right, then struck out Carlos Gonzalez on a nice, 91-mph changeup. Bottom of the first ahead.

7:21 p.m. — Another base hit for Anthony Rendon, another one to right field. He's just been an opposite-field machine so far. Ryan Zimmerman, on the other hand, just struck out on another fastball. Seems like that's happening multiple times a night these days, and I'm not sure I can offer any reason why. He's just not making contact right now with those pitches. Scoreless after one.

7:31 p.m. — Strasburg pitches around a leadoff single to Michael Cuddyer, who also stole second base rather easily and then took third on a groundball to the right side. Needing a strikeout to keep Cuddyer from scoring, Strasburg got a big one, getting Todd Helton to flail away at a curveball. Nolan Arenado then grounded out to end the inning, keeping the game scoreless. Thirty-two pitches from Strasburg, 20 strikes.

7:48 p.m. — Oops, Strasburg grazed No. 8 hitter Josh Rutledge with a pitch to begin the top of the third, and sure enough it came back to haunt him. With two outs and Rutledge on second, D.J. LeMahieu sent an RBI single to left, putting the Rockies up 1-0.

8:11 p.m. — If you're out and about and not paying attention, here's a quick recap for you after four innings of play: Strasburg makes one mistake, and the Nats can't hit. There you go, you can now go back to whatever it was you were doing. Still 1-0 moving the fifth.

8:21 p.m. — Six strikeouts now for Strasburg in five innings, including a big one of Fowler on a curveball with two outs and a man on second in the top of the fifth. That man, Rutledge, reached on an infield single to the hole at shortstop, though Desmond made a tremendous effort to nearly throw him out. Replays showed it was a bang-bang play, really no way to say for sure. Regardless, Strasburg got out of the inning and is now at 68 pitches (45 strikes) as we move to the bottom of the fifth.

8:26 p.m. — Let's see, through five innings, the Nats lineup has hit only three balls out of the infield against Tyler Chatwood. And only one of those was pulled: LaRoche's single to right in the fourth. Not an especially impressive offensive showing tonight, though not an especially surprising performance given the way things have gone here all season. Still 1-0 Colorado.

8:48 p.m. — Hey, the Nats have scored a run! Some two-out thunder from Rendon (a base hit to right, his second of the night) followed by a Zimmerman double into the right-field corner. How about that? Of course, there was an opportunity add on after the Rockies intentionally walked LaRoche to get to Werth. But Werth flied out weakly to right, leaving him 0-for-7 with five strikeouts the last two nights. Oh well, at least it's 1-1 now after six.

8:57 p.m. — Couple of interesting moments in the top of the seventh. With two out and a man on second, pitching coach Steve McCatty and assistant trainer Steve Gober went to the mound to talk to Strasburg for some reason. Time to panic? Well, apparently not, because Gober's visit lasted about 2.3 seconds. Moments later, Zim made a spectacular, over-the-shoulder catch on a pop-foul well behind third base. Great play to end the inning and keep this game 1-1 at the stretch.

9:00 p.m. — Ian Desmond. En fuego. Three homers in as many nights, including a leadoff shot in the bottom of the seventh right now that puts the Nats up 2-1. He worked the count to 2-0 against Manuel Corpas and then crushed the next pitch to right-center. Quite a run here lately by Desmond.

9:05 p.m. — Well, Strasburg is not out for the eighth inning. Doesn't necessarily mean anything's wrong with him, but he only threw 95 pitches and the Nats took the lead, so it's possible something's wrong. We'll see. Meanwhile, Drew Storen enters trying to protect a 2-1 lead.

9:17 p.m. — Wow, what a job by Storen in the eighth. He put himself in a jam with a leadoff walk and then an errant throw after catching a popped-up bunt. But with the tying run on second, he blew away Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer. Struck out Gonzalez on a 96 mph, 2-seamer, then struck out Cuddyer on an 85-mph slider. Best inning of the year for Storen, who protects the 2-1 lead.

9:29 p.m. — Onto the ninth. It's Rafael Soriano vs. Rosario, Helton, Arenado.

9:40 p.m. — That's it. Soriano finishes off a 2-1 victory, the Nationals' third straight, thanks to a spectacular play by LaRoche at first base to end it. It's their first three-game winning streak since May 8-10 and it puts them back over the .500 mark.

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Section 222 said...

I thought Country Joe was behind the plate last night...

Tcostant said...

Loved the winner story of Nats Lady on prior boards. great stuff!

TimDz said...

That is the case, 222

PLEASE tell me that West behind the plate is a typo....

sjb said...

If anyone else is wondering as I was why tomorrow's game is starting at noon, Phil Wood explained it on the MASN Sports Report. It' seems the Nationals Dream Gala, the annual big fundraiser for the Nationals Dream Foundation, is tomorrow evening at 6:30. Since this is undoubtedly a command appearance for everyone in the upper echelon of the Nats organization, including the entire ML roster and coaching staff, they nod doubt wanted to give them extra time to prepare after the game. (What happens if the game goes 19 innings is another matter of course.)

MurrayTheRed said...

West was behind the plate last game. Therefore it has to be wrong.

Section 222 said...

sjb, thanks. Mystery solved! I'm not a fan of them scheduling these events the night before a day game, but I guess it's unavoidable.

Country Joe is a silly self-promoter, but he calls a pretty good game I think. I'm sure they'll rotate though. Being behind the plate two days in a row might even be prohibited in their contract, like showing replays of close plays on the Jumbotron. It's a very hot and touch job.

Ishmael said...

Holbrook, who I assume will be behind the place, supposedly has a very small strikezone. Hope Stras and the Nats hitters are ready for that:

http://deadspin.com/5917572/better-know-an-umpire-sam-holbrook

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rotate them Holbrook is at the plate tonight

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am in 313 behind the plste.

Holbrook is no for a narrow strikezone.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

They made the Gala earlier in the evening this year to get the players home earlier. Last year the game did go to extra innings and the Nats played poorly the next day.

Section 222 said...

MNF, want me to note your drink debt to Ishmael on the NIDO Spreadsheet? :-)

Doc said...

Country Joe being behind the plate for the 2nd time in 2 games is part of Joe Torre's new umpire quality control program.

If an umpire doesn't get the balls & strikes right the first game, he gets to call the next game.

Ishmael said...

Definitely note the drink debt!

NatsLady said...

If I recall, the game did run late one year (don't remember if it was last year) and it was a scramble to get to the gala. It's cool to see everyone all dressed up-- but I hope they don't party TOO much because of the day game Sunday....

West had a big strike zone for both sides yesterday but he was a good sport about the infield conference and THEN McCatty coming to the mound--all timed so JZimm could catch his breath and strike out Cargo and Cuddyer. I'm not mad at him today.

NatsLady said...

See, and I got to meet Tyler Clippard with out having to dress up (neither did he) and they in effect PAID me to go!!! They also had one of those wheels you spin to get prizes, but the chirpy lady (who turned out to be the boss) told me I could have one of each. So now I have a pen, a bag, a shirt, a cup, and a cup-holder all inscribed with 106.7. Well, at least they're red.

The chirpy lady had gone by the time they did the ticket drawing but I guess she came back and found out what Denard Span had done and he had to make that "oooooops" telephone call.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Looks like.Davey is using.the.same.#EatFace lineup.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

It took them awhile, Valverde DFA'd by Tigers.

natsfan1a said...

Seconding the congrats for NatsLady.

And speaking of the NIDO, I added one for MNF from me in re. a thread last night.

Last but not least:

Go, SS! Go, NATS BATS! ESF!!

Won't be there for this or Saturday's game but will be there on Sunday.

NatsLady said...

Ghost, I don't understand why they wouldn't go for Soriano, but, their loss.

NatsLady said...

Supposed to get free order of fries during the Rockies series as an STH. We'll see what size they are.

David Proctor said...

Byron Kerr ‏@masnKerr 1m
Davey says Bryce Harper likely to Potomac Tuesday. will stay with #Nats thru wknd. Won't need much there to be ready

So mid-to-late next week he'll be back it appears.

karlkolchak said...

Time to score some runs for Stras and help him improve that ugly and undeserved W-L record.

NatsLady said...

Did you all see this comparing JZ to Greg Maddux?

Jordan Zimmermann

http://curlyw.mlblogs.com/2013/06/21/less-is-more/

Kirbs said...

Here's to never seeing .500 again. EAT SOME FACE.

Section 222 said...

Good news on Harper. NL, I agree on Country Joe. He called a fair game which is all you can ask for. Also seemed to have some fun with JZnn about his bat. Did Bob and FP say what was going on there?

Fun with fielding numbers. Despite his horrible start in the field (seven errors in his first 18 games), Desi is now just tied for 10th in the majors with a slew of other players in errors by a SS. He has definitely righted the ship. He led the league in errors by a SS two years ago with 34 and tied for 10th last year with 15.

After 9 straight games without an error, tying his longest stretch of errorless baseball of the season, Zim is no longer leading the majors in errors by a 3B. Pedro Alvarez with 13 has surpassed his 11. He's 10th in assists by a 3B (115), well off the pace of Machado (168), who is the leader. Last year, Zim was third in assists (284) and tied for second in errors (19). He led the league in assists in 2007 (348) and 2009 (325). It really does seem like he's lost a step over there, as well as having the throwing problem.

Kirbs said...

Natslady, I cant read it right now....but JZim is Greg Maddux but with A++ speed.

David Proctor said...

I was watching the Rockies broadcast and they said that the Nationals are positioning Zimmerman further back so that he can charge more balls (because as we know, he's better on the run). I suspect his positioning is behind him not getting to balls he used to, not to him losing a step. I'm not sure I've ever heard of a 28 year old losing a step.

Section 222 said...

DP, wouldn't you think if he's positioned farther back he'd reach more balls in the 5.5 hole? I don't know if he's any slower a runner but it really does seem like he reaches fewer grounders that aren't hit right at him. He was never awesome going to his right, but his reduced assist numbers suggests that his range to his left is less.

Maybe there's an advance fielding metric that shows this.

David Proctor said...

Hmm, I don't know. I'd like to see a photo comparison between where he's positioned now and where he's been positioned in the past.

MicheleS said...

GYFNG! On my way to the park! And I completed my 1500 all star ballots

Section 222 said...

MichelleS, did you vote for any Nats other than Desi and Harper? I found the in game promo last night for Zim embarrassing. What's next? Espi?

David Proctor said...

Looking at Range Factor (which is certainly not a perfect metric, but the best we have I think), he's actually doing better this year than last. His RF/9 this year is 2.76. Last year it was 2.53. 2011 it was 2.76, 2010 it was 2.47, 2009 it was 2.97. 2007 was his best year at 3.07.

David Proctor said...

The league RF/9 is 2.57 so he's still above average.

Section 222 said...

I don't understand why they wouldn't go for Soriano, but, their loss.

Did the Tigers actually take a pass on Soriano? Or did Rizzo just outbid them?

NatsLady said...

My understanding was that Boras went to the Tigers first and they wouldn't bite. Of course, you never know with Boras, it could be he was running up the bids, but Soriano stayed on the market fairly late. I think if the Tigers wanted him they could have had him.

NatsLady said...

Off to the game. Going to take Metro so I'll get home sooner but with less comfort....

Ishmael said...

"DP, wouldn't you think if he's positioned farther back he'd reach more balls in the 5.5 hole? I don't know if he's any slower a runner but it really does seem like he reaches fewer grounders that aren't hit right at him. He was never awesome going to his right, but his reduced assist numbers suggests that his range to his left is less."

I'm not DP, but I agree with you. I thought Ryan's range was diminished last year because he had to play closer in, meaning that he got to fewer balls.

Section 222 said...

2007 and 2009 were the years Zim led the majors in assists. Of course he also played 162 and 157 games in those two years. He hasn't been that durable since. His 2008 and 2011 seasons were injury plagued. Last year he had 42 more assists than in 2010, even though he played in only 8 more games at 3B. So perhaps his range is I'm glad to hear his range may be improving rather than regressing further. That would be great. There's no question though that he's not the vacuum cleaner he once was.

David Proctor said...

Certainly I hear "past a diving Zimmerman" more than I used to, but the causes for that...not sure.

JD said...


Sec 222,

I also think he's not diving anymore. I think his shoulder woes have discourage his body from laying out the way he used to.

Section 222 said...

JD, perhaps not diving as much, but he still dives. Unlike outfielders, infielders kind of have to be willing to dive, don't you think?

JD said...


Sec 222,

I guess that's just me observation. I could be wrong.

Section 222 said...

I've definitely seen him dive this year. Can't way whether it's more less often. He rarely comes up with the ball anymore though so you don't tend to remember the dives.

John C. said...
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John C. said...

Section 222, if you're comparing assist rates between Machado and Zimmerman at 3b, you really should compare apples to apples. Zimmerman has played 56 games (495 1/3 innings) at 3b; Machado has played 73 games (653 2/3 innings). Given the disparity in playing time it would be surprising if there wasn't a large difference in assists.

Like David Proctor, I would suggest using range factor as a more apt stat. Zim's range factor (putouts + assists per nine innings played at third) is 2.76. Machado's is 3.08. So Machado is making one more play about every fourth game.

But even that has to be filtered through the fact that the Nationals' pitching staff strikes out about one more batter per game than the Orioles' pitching staff, so there are fewer opportunities for the defense to make. Bottom line, there isn't that much difference in range between Zimmerman and Machado.

waddu eye no said...

Shameless self promo-
If u can't make the game tomorrow:

Inseries.org/The_In_Series/POCKET_OPERA_x_2__Love_%26_Money.html

I'll be the one in the senators cap
Mark-if this isnt kosher i'll delete

Go Stras!

Section 222 said...

Very interesting points John C. You're totally right about the number of games affecting the total assists, although Machado has 46% more assists in only 32% more innings. He has 2.30 assists per game, compared to Zim's 2.05.

I really don't know how to take into account the relative opportunities created by the pitching staffs, but I wouldn't think that controlling for that would necessarily lead to the conclusion that their range is about the same, given the difference in range factor. Or maybe I just don't understand how range factor is calculated.

Of course, all of these numbers ought to be tweaked to take account of Zim's 10 throwing errors vs. only 4 for Machado, since they got to all the balls they threw away. But I'm off to Nats Park so that's not going to happen. :-)

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady said...
Did you all see this comparing JZ to Greg Maddux?

Jordan Zimmermann

http://curlyw.mlblogs.com/2013/06/21/less-is-more/


Very interesting post. All I have to say is I watched a lot of Greg Maddux and like Cliff Lee and others with that reputation, they get a lot of strike 3 calls that aren't in the zone. When you get 2 or 3 of those gifts a game it saves the extra pitches just like great defense behind you.

JZim hasn't been the recipient though of Maddux-like special treatment. When he starts getting the benefit of the calls, then you can really think he's Greg Maddux. Right now, Jordan Zimmermann is just a great pitcher but keep in mind when he goes for the K's it's raising his pitch count slightly.

Also of note as I made this morning, Jordan got some outside strike calls but it wasn't special treatment as Oswalt got the same. A smart and greedy pitcher may have tested that outside edge more than 3 times in the game. Take what the game gives you!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

All I know about Ryan Zimmerman is that he is a great husband. He got his wife Rolling Stones tickets that were on her bucket list.

Priorities people.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady said...
Ghost, I don't understand why they wouldn't go for Soriano, but, their loss.

June 21, 2013 4:19 PM


3 contending teams need back of the bullpen help and they are Detroit, Boston, and Atlanta in order of need.

The cost of stud relievers/closers will come at a premium as the calendar gets closer to the trade deadline.

SonnyG10 said...

Stomp on their necks tonight, boys. Let's keep on rolling.

Candide said...

Going to a play tonight, dammit, will check the score between acts. Hope it shows our boys continuing to #EatFace.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Candide said...
#EatFace.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

1 game is a Win. 2 games is back-to-back Wins. 3 games is a start of a Winning streak.

Win & #EatFace and while you are doing it take some advice from SonnyG10 and Stomp on their necks. Seriously, show no mercy and score 10 for Stephen Strasburg tonight.

David Proctor said...

Tyler Chatwood hasn't allowed a single home run all season. And he plays at Coors Field. What.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Chatwood has pitched only 38 innings. Last year he gave up 9 HRs in 64 innings. He's due.

Exposremains said...

I was at the game on wednesday at Nats Park north. It was my first time in 7 years. If that game was the turn around for the Nats I would like to foolishly credit myself for being part of it but I would like to credit my father-in-law who doesn't know much about baseball at all but said they need a grand slam when they had the bases loaded. I told him that I don't think it will happen but if it does you'll see the stadium empty real fast.
Disclosure: I dont actually I have an effect on games.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Stras looks filthy tonite!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Rendon in the 3.5 hole!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Definitely glad A Rendon was sent back down after his stint here earlier in the season.... He has gotten so much better with pitch recognition, etc...

David Proctor said...

Zimmerman has had trouble catching up with the fastball lately. It's weird.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Zim needs to look ar film of Rendon and how his head stays on the ball through contact.

Rendon2B said...

Love zim but that contract makes werth's look like a steal. Can't play third and bat slower already.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, I'd like to see a slo-mo of his swing. What I see is his head coming off the ball too quickly.

Rendon2B said...

Love zim but that contract makes werth's look like a steal. Can't play third and bat slower already.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Zimm's head seems to be moving...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I don't like helping pitchers with 3-0 pitches. As they say, if you don't get walked you will get the same pitch 3-1. If they want to walk you, take the walk.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

D'oh.... Looks like I owe someone a drink... #facepalm

Section 135 said...

Get Zim out of the 3 hole

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That was nasty.... SS is gettin it.... *no jinx*

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Good inning....

paul brandt said...

man, SS is just beautiful to watch when he is on and not pouting and all emotional...just pitch, dude and you will be fine, don't let things you can't control, control you & smile a little, you are a pro athlete, this is fun, take a page out of Gio's book.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

With a runner on 3rd with less than 2 outs, that's where you need a K and masterful by Strasburg. Next time don't forget about the baserunner on 1st base Stephen.

David Proctor said...

Jeez Werth, put a ball in play.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Jayson Werth doing his best Danny Espinosa immitation striking out for the 5th time in a row.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I liked that AB by Desi. It ended up in an out but he worked the count. I thought Chatwood got that high pitched called a strike but MASN didn't show the Pitch Track so not sure that's accurate.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wish we could get a 2 out rally going on here...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Uhm.... Think Lombo was safe right there....

paul brandt said...

lombo = safe!

David Proctor said...

He was safe. Unbelievable.

Nats 128 said...

"Werth took the night off. He didn't want to be on the bases."

Post of the night last night. Wondering if the same person thinks hes taking 2 nights off.

Nats 128 said...

"Jayson Werth doing his best Danny Espinosa immitation striking out for the 5th time in a row."

I dont even think Espy did that.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Hunker down Stras!

David Proctor said...

What an awful throw by Lombardozzi. He was probably going to be safe anyway, but yikes.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That was a lousy throw by Lombo....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Luckily no damage on the runner taking the extra base. 1-0 deficit is all you are giving up Stephen.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Ya know.... I actually enjoyed that report by Julie... First worthwhile report I've heard from her, IMO....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB, it figures. When Julie started talking I ran away from the TV.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

FP is hilarious....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lol, Steve M.... I just think she is so purposeless.... Kris Akra was so much better...

NatsJack in Florida said...

By the way, Danny Espinosa grounded out to first in his first AB in Charlotte.

That's 2 at bats in a row with out a K.

David Proctor said...

NatsJack, he's ready call him up.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And I don't care if I ever see Steve Lombardozzi play left field ever again.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I hope they don't show that lousy throw by Lombo ever again....

Hideous...

David Proctor said...

Yikes. Usually Ryan overthrows Adam, this time he underthrows him. But hey, at least with an underthrow Adam has a shot.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Aight Mr Zimm..... Good inning....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB, Julie is a born and bred Mets fan. Hard to shake that out of my head. I realize MASN wants to spend little to no money on that "sideline" position and you get what you pay for.

paul brandt said...

MrsB, Kristina was better looking! old town was never a Miami Heat cheerleader or dancer or whatever the heck she was.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Come on Nats Bats.... Time to get some hits and manufacture some runs....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

RZim throwing sidearm almost every time now. At this point I don't care. Good play Z.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And that throw by Zim made me remember the gun that Arulio Rodriguez had in the day......heck , the gun Manny Machado has today.

Zim has to get there.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

GoSM - I should have applied.... But I know me... I live and die with my teams so if they lose, imma be pissed and asking all types of hard questions... I be cussing and fussing too... Don't let me get near any blue(s) that played apart of it...

Paul - I'm not into girls... Lol... But yeah I will admit that Kristina was better looking than Julie... I really don't think Julie is pretty.... But that is just me...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB, now that's some funny stuff.

Section 135 said...

Zim needs to swing early in the count. He's so lost he has no chance with 2 strikes.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Lots of groundballs. Now I can see why hitting a HR will be difficult but I have faith that a Nat will get it done tonight.

paul brandt said...

MrsB, haha! why can't Rzim hit? move him down in the line-up please...its time.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

The way Adam swung and hit, I thought the ball was in the stands...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Danny E lined out sharply to CF in his second at bat.

Slowly, things are looking better.

David Proctor said...

Werth put the ball into play! Progress.

Section 135 said...

Our lineup is awful. Do they ever get consecutive hits in a row? No chance with this crappy lineup. Zion and LaFail wouldn't even be in the top five on any AL team.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Section 135, give it time with RZim. He is very streaky bad and good.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Here's my feeling on this game, Nats need to push the button for some small ball when they get a man on with no outs.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

He was out....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I don't think we have been on base with no outs... It's always been with 2...

David Proctor said...

Eh, I think he was safe. Incredible play by Desmond nonetheless.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Section 135......where were you last nite? You only show up to complain?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I was actually surprised that Fowler is playing....

NatsJack in Florida said...

You're right David...he was safe.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I think Stephen got one there.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Great pitch SS....

Come on Nats....

We are winning this game.... 3-1 Nats!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Brewers out in front on the Barfs

NatsJack in Florida said...

Brew Crew up 1-0

paul brandt said...

yea, 135, come on, plenty of time. "LaFail" really? he sure helped us last night.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I thought that was out 3....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsJack, I want a tall cold one!

RickH said...

Stras!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Way to go SS.... Aight Nats Bats... Stephen is doing his job... Time for y'all to do yours!!!!!

David Proctor said...

Strasburg home run coming.

David Proctor said...

Ok maybe not.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

3rd times the charm.... Lets do this!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Nope, Ghost....I gave a score. And that was after the sac fly that still meant there were ducks on the pond.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Can we please get a 2 out rally here!!!!! Come on Nats!!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Contact contact! Anthony Rendon!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yessssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RickH said...

Zim! Finally!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

See Section 135! Told you!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lets do this!!!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Danny E flies out to right in his 3rd at bat. That makes 4 straight without a strike out.

Baby steps folks......baby steps.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...
Section 135, give it time with RZim. He is very streaky bad and good.


Talking about this message to you Sect135. Now go back into hiding.

Drew said...

Atta boy Zim!

Way to go, Kid!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Come on Jayson.... Time to #eastsomeface.

Make Em pay for walking to get to you.... Base hit/contact....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Every time I see LaRoche and Zimm on base, I think about that double steal against the Pirates (?)....

David Proctor said...

Werth is a rather streaky fellow, isn't he?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sigh... I would have rathered him the work the count a little more...

But it's a 0-0 game! We got this...

David Proctor said...

Funny Mrs. B, I was actually hoping for him to pounce on a first pitch fastball. Unfortunately, he made weak contact.

Timothy Folk said...

Strasburg looking great tonight... Where the heck has this been most of the year?

Timothy Folk said...

Rendon x Harper is going to be scary next month.. I wonder if those two are close friends yet? Love when young draft picks get alot (John Wall x Bradley Beal etc etc)

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, Werth was in the right spot and didn't deliver that time. Just got under that one.

Timothy Folk said...

along*

Timothy Folk said...

How many more innings does Stephen have left in him? 2??

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Well David... You know I hate first pitch swinging....

I swear I'm tired of Lombo in the LF...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

What a play by RZim! WOW

Timothy Folk said...

Flava Flav voice: Woooooooooowwwwww!!!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow.... What a catch by Ryan!!!!!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Timothy......my discussion with my buudy Gator John during our pre-game Happy Hour was solely about the beautiful thing that will be Rendon/Harper back to back.

I can't wait.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

That's a Web Gem. His 5th of the year I am proclaiming right now!

Drew said...

Chatwood's at 97 pitches.

Strasburg's at 95.

The Big Fella drops his ERA to 2.40.

Get him some more runs.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Mets tied it up with Philly.

NatsJack in Florida said...

If the Nats score this inning, Stras may be done.

He may be done anyway.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I actually think Chatwood is a good pitcher... Needs to work on his strength/endurance right now as he can't last past the 6th... I've seen him pitch before and knew he would be kinda tough today....

Timothy Folk said...

I really feel all the babying that Strasburg gets and not unleashing the beast is really getting on his nerves and could definitively see him taking his talents back to San Diego or something during free agency (but im a conspiracy theorist)

phil dunton said...

Desi!

David Proctor said...

My god, I love Ian Desmond.

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go, Desi!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Omg... I just told my dad, time for a solo by Desi!!!!! Love it Desi!!!!!!

Yessssssssssss

Joe Seamhead said...

Oh, yeah,Well, now! I thought that lolly gagging Zimmerman made a pretty nice catch.

Timothy Folk said...

Desmond trying to pad them stats so he can actually play in the All Star game this year I see

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I don't believe it. I didn't think it had the height. Desi for the All Star team!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Mets go up 4-3

Drew said...

Wow!

Ian Desmond wants to play in the All-Star Game.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I really hope they get rid of those jumbo screens on the field...

karlkolchak said...

It truly s amazing that Desi ever gets a good pitch to hit given his free swinging ways and how bad the hitters behind him have been all season. Being so successful in that spot of the Nats lineup just makes his AS case that much stronger.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Very happy Stras is done for the night. Don't want leg cramps to turn into anything else.

Timothy Folk said...

Gio with the handshake to Stephen what a teammate... sucks he's a miami heat fan though

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Seems like SS is done for the night... *standing ovation for SS*. Pitched a heckuva game, young man...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Karl, that ball was up in the zone. Corpas didn't think he was giving him anything to hit ;)

David Proctor said...

Don't like a 1 run lead being trusted to Drew and Rafi. Top of lineup coming up in the 8th. Let's add 1 or 2.

Timothy Folk said...

Anybody else switch to Orioles games during the commercial break? These AL games are crazy 6-6 tie now what a HR by #66

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

That is some #EatFace stuff there.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Davey, why not Lefty/Lefty here? Huh?

NatsJack in Florida said...

6 toughest outs in baseball, especially against a great hitting team like the Rockies.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

No Timothy, I don't... I don't watch the O's....

Come on Storen... Need good Drew coming up here!

Timothy Folk said...

I want to like Drew.. I really do.. I just cant get comfortable when he's out there..

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Steve M - maybe to help him build his confidence... Wants to save Abad and Krol for tomorrow, maybe....

Come on man.... That's a K!

David Proctor said...

What in the world? This SZ.

Timothy Folk said...

MrsB yeah it was just exciting is all... not a O's/Ravens fan myself but just two great games on right now.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lord... I just got a flashback of Game 5....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Yep, bad move Davey since you have K-rol and Abad. smh

phil dunton said...

Nats Jack...Testing your memory. What was Aurilio Rodriguez's nickname?

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ghost.....I meant to say this last nite. Probably not tonite, but I expect to see Kroll close before the years out.

And that walk by Storen is as good as a double.

David Proctor said...

Damn it Drew.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

My goodness.... Are you serious.... Come on man....

Timothy Folk said...

Nats Park looks great tonight...

Storen great play!!! oh no!!! jfsnojfkslksf

crazy switch of emotions just now

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...
Steve M - maybe to help him build his confidence... Wants to save Abad and Krol for tomorrow, maybe....


No, as soon as they announced Drew Storen I posted. Makes no sense. Build confidence in a blow-out game.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

DJ said he wants to not over use Abad.... I'm thinking maybe he wants to give him a rest since Abad has been used kinda frequently, seemingly....

Idk - I'm glad I don't make these decisions... I would have no damn clue...

Timothy Folk said...

Drew just doesnt have that ice water in his veins I think... he seems to be sweating bullets Zuk and Desmond look alot drier just now in that shot

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I always want to cry when I see Storen... I just feel so bad for him sometimes.... Idk, my estrogen levels just sky rocket when he is on the mound....

I want him to succeed... There isn't a relief guy I root for more...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Whooooooo ---- heckuva pitch.... Nasty...

Timothy Folk said...

Just wondering... I thought their not allowed to show players with chew in their mouth on tv... and I read somehwere SS said he was quitting..

NatsJack in Florida said...

Phil....gotta tell you.....I'm coming up empty on Arulio' s nickname. Really didn't think he had one.

What was it and did he get it here or in Detroit!?

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