Friday, June 28, 2013

Game 79: Nats at Mets

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
NEW YORK — Good afternoon from Citi Field, where tonight the Nationals open a weekend series against the Mets, beginning with an awfully tough matchup against the dynamic Matt Harvey.

The Nats have already gotten a good look at Harvey this season; he beat Stephen Strasburg with an electric performance here back in April. So they know they've got their work cut out for them tonight. They can only hope Ross Detwiler is up to the challenge himself after some recent shaky outings.

Still waiting on the Nationals' lineup, which I don't believe will include Bryce Harper. Though I suppose you never know...

Updates to come...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where: Citi Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Chance of storms, 80 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to RF
NATIONALS (39-39)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
LF Roger Bernadina
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Ross Detwiler

METS (32-43)
LF Eric Young Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Marlon Byrd
1B Josh Satin
C John Buck
CF Juan Lagares
SS Omar Quintanilla
RHP Matt Harvey

UMPIRES
HP Doug Eddings
1B Dana DeMuth (cc)
2B Angel Hernandez
3B Paul Nauert

7:11 p.m. — We are underway on a muggy night in the Big Apple. Matt Harvey starts off Denard Span with a fastball for strike one.

7:15 p.m. — And just like that, Harvey retires the side, striking out Denard Span on a curveball, striking out Anthony Rendon on a slider and getting Ryan Zimmerman (who was identified on the scoreboard here as Jordan Zimmermann) to pop out to end the top of the first.

7:30 p.m. — Harvey vs. this Nats lineup doesn't really seem like a fair fight. He's retired all six batters faced so far, striking out four. Only Zimmerman and Ian Desmond have made contact. Gonna be a battle for these guys all night.

7:42 p.m. — Not to be outdone, Ross Detwiler has been sharp himself through two innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Detwiler has three strikeouts, including Omar Quintanilla to end the bottom of the second, leaving this game scoreless as we move to the third.

7:51 p.m. — Make it 9 up, 9 down for Harvey. Kurt Suzuki did smoke a line drive to left (caught by Eric Young Jr.) and Detwiler impressively battled through a long at-bat before striking out to end the third. The only saving grace at this point: Harvey has thrown 43 pitches, which really isn't that many but is probably still more than you'd expect after three perfect innings.

8:06 p.m. — Make it 12 up, 12 down for Harvey. He did get a big assist from Byrd, who made a fantastic, diving catch of Rendon's sinking liner to right. That could be something we refer back to by the end of the night. Otherwise, the right-hander has been brilliant, striking out six. But give Detwiler credit for going toe-to-toe with him so far. Ross has three scoreless innings in the books, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out three. Scoreless in the middle of the fourth.

8:20 p.m. — The bad news: The Nats trail 1-0 after the Mets scored an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth, the byproduct of Ian Desmond's first error in 60 games. It was a tough one, too, with Desmond taking a bad hop off his chest and then having to rush a throw to first, which skipped off LaRoche's glove and ricocheted off Byrd's leg to allow Wright to score. The good news: Detwiler really showed some intestinal fortitude to get out of that inning without anybody else scoring, despite having runners on second and third with nobody out. Of course, one run tonight off Harvey is going to be easier said than done.

8:31 p.m. — Well, there goes the perfect game. In a big way. Desmond crushed an 0-1 pitch off the facade of the second deck in left field for his 14th homer of the season. Just like that, it's a 1-1 game.

8:46 p.m. — So much for any positive momentum off the Desmond homer. Detwiler gave the Mets two runs back in the bottom of the fifth on three hits, including Byrd's double to left and Satin's subsequent single to left. Bernadina had a chance on the second one to throw Byrd out at the plate, but his throw sailed way high. So just like that, the Nats are trailing again, now down 3-1 after five.

8:54 p.m. — And that'll do it for Detwiler, who gets the hook after only five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits while throwing 98 pitches. He just hasn't been the same guy since coming back from the DL, not exactly sure why that is. Meanwhile, not many big-league pitchers have made Anthony Rendon look silly over the last three weeks. But Matt Harvey is not many big-league pitchers, so he did indeed make Rendon look bad striking him out to end the top of the sixth with Span (who tripled) stranded on third. It's still 3-1 Mets as Ross Ohlendorf enters for the Nats in the bottom of the sixth.

9:16 p.m. — Not that he hasn't made everybody in the Nats lineup look bad tonight, but Harvey has really made Werth look bad. Three strikeouts in three at-bats for the veteran right fielder. Harvey has 11 Ks now through seven, with the Mets still leading 3-1 at the stretch.

9:30 p.m. — Josh Satin is killing the Nats. Yes, Josh Satin. He's now 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and two RBI. He's given the Mets a 4-1 lead as we move to the eighth. On the bright side, Harvey is done for the night, so the Nats get a crack at the New York bullpen.

9:53 p.m. — I guess that really was a bright side for the Nats, because they just stormed back to tie the game off three Mets relievers. Bernadina singled off David Aardsma. Span doubled off Josh Edgin. Rendon drew a two-out walk off Brandon Lyon. And Zimmerman cleared the bases with a rocket of a double to left-center, maybe the hardest he's hit a ball in weeks. Just like that, this game is tied, 4-4, heading to the bottom of the eighth.

10:10 p.m. — Man, what a pick by LaRoche on Suzuki's bounced throw right up the first-base line, with Young running right in his way. That nifty glovework sends this game to the ninth inning, still tied 4-4.

10:20 p.m. — Ian Desmond, ladies and gentlemen. He just delivered another clutch hit to put the Nats ahead, following up Werth's leadoff double off Bobby Parnell with his own two-bagger. Desmond then scored on Suzuki's sac fly, a big insurance run that gives the Nats a 6-4 lead with Drew Storen entering for the bottom of the ninth (Rafael Soriano has made three straight appearances and is unavailable).

10:30 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 6-4, coming back from three runs down for only the second time this season. Clippard gets his 6th win. Storen gets his 2nd save. Desmond gets his 10th game-winning RBI.

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Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Heavy storm right now in Shaw. If they were playing here, they wouldn't be playing.

Tcostant said...

I was reading an article in the NY Post (I think it was there or could have been the Daily News) a few days ago and it basicly said that the Mets have three "real" major league players. The are has been or never was guys.

Look at Eric Young, cut by the Rockies starting for the Mets. Buck is slowing down.

I use to be a Mets fan before the Nationals came to town, glad I'm not right now...

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phil dunton said...

With the Nats pathetic offense, Harvey should have a field day tonight.

phil dunton said...

While nobody is looking, the Marlins and the Mets have been playing the best baseball in the NL East recently.

Eric said...

I'm strangely excited and confident about this game.

For better and worse, this feeling has historically had no correlation with whether or not we win or lose...

Kirbs said...

Two runs can win it....just...two...runs....

baseballswami said...

Haha!!!! Hope we see fierce WBC Det tonight. And I am sick and tired of people anointing these barely experienced guys as hall of famers. This guy needs to be brought down a peg. You know it will happen. None of these guys can keep it up forever. Medlin last year, even Stras-- give it time. They are good, but not perfect. Time for a reminder that he is human.

jeffwx said...

Any news on Harper's availability

JD said...



Swami,

This guy is the real deal. I never thought Medlen was the next Maddux but Harvey has been the co best pitcher in the league this year and it's no fluke.

Eric said...

Check out Maddux' line from this game:
2.1 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 0BB, 2 SO, 1HR

It can happen to anyone!

David Proctor said...

Harvey is absolutely the real deal--but he will get blown up eventually. It hasn't happened yet, but it will.

baseballswami said...

Agreed- even Verlander has off nights. Seems like every year there is the next, newest, anointed pitcher of the season. Adjustments get made. He will still be good, just not as good as he seems to be now. Flavor of the month.

JD said...


David,

Everyone does including the best hall of famers and including our 3 aces. The main point is that on any given night he is likely to be very hard to beat.

baseballswami said...

But then, we find struggling veterans, retreads and minor league call ups hard to beat, so this will be different how??

jeffwx said...

Zack Wheeler is very good too but young.

jeffwx said...

It's the Mets version of stras/Zimm perhaps. (Harvey/Wheeler)

David Proctor said...

Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 28s
Davey says Bryce Harper will hit indoors at Bowie today. Will get today off, play tomorrow with Harrisburg. Could still rejoin #Nats Monday


Ramos caught 3 innings today in the GCL.

baseballswami said...

Let's face it folks, it's not just that the offense is bad--- there are just amazing pitchers out there. Across MLB, pitching is good- offense is down. Start your list of really good pitchers and see how long it gets in a hurry. Add to that the outstanding defense like we have just seen. We did, however just take a series from a first place team. And we came close to sweeping. It is tough to face these pitchers might after night. We seem to have the worst time with Gee, though.

David Proctor said...

Amanda Comak ‏@acomak 34s
Davey said he expects Taylor Jordan to get at least 2-3 starts, a few chances to show what he's got.

Interesting.

NatsLady said...

Trevor Bauer getting plastered in the first inning in Chicago. They have a SS playing LF which doesn't help. I didn't realize he always pitches from the stretch.

David Proctor said...

Trevour Bauer has thrown 50 pitches in the first inning for the Indians...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

2-3 good starts is what Davey needs.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

FWIW, a commenter in an MLBTR article said he heard directly from Larry Baer the Giants were close to closing a deal for Nolasco.

David Proctor said...
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David Proctor said...

And he's out. He lasted .2 innings. Gave up 5 runs, threw 50 pitches. And the bases are still loaded.

baseballswami said...

He has an unorthodox warm up, pitches from the stretch and has some other interesting habits. Some teams apparently did not want to work with him unless he changed.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady, what did I say about Bauer on Wednesday. Brought up too soon.

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NatsLady said...

Just as well on Harper if it's like this in NY. Pouring again. This weather should hit up there in a couple of hours. Don't need the Kid slipping and sliding.

Jasoneducator said...

Our old friend Cole Kimball just took the mound for Syracuse. Hope he can pitch well and get himself back in the mix.

NatsLady said...

Sofa. LOL. Buster Posey said yesterday the Dodgers were getting him (Nolasco, I mean.) I expect we are not in the bidding...

Ghost, I hope we are not doing the same with Jordan--bringing him up too soon.

baseballswami said...

Willy Ray is playing ball again in Florida!!!! Yay!! Take it easy, though, big guy!

David Proctor said...

Ramos is expected back this Thursday, Swami. We are very close to being healthy. Until someone else goes down.

baseballswami said...

Who is on your " most likely to go on the DL" list?? My number one candidate is Jayson Werth for sure with the classic groin injury.

David Proctor said...

I'd say Werth, but Werth actually got around pretty well yesterday. He looked MUCH better than he did the two prior days.

baseballswami said...

You know, I thought so. Can you get a magical cortisone shot in that area? Does it just improve like that? I have noticed that he is not selling out on any catches.

NatsLady said...

swami, I vote for Det. He hasn't had a really solid start since he came back. It took him longer than I expected to come back and I wonder if he's completely healed. It seems to have been another one of those situations where he was going to try to "work through" it, then he doesn't make his next start, then he's on the DL, etc. etc.

Didn't RZimm's take a lot longer? Oblique, I mean.

Well, how do you like that? Cleveland tied it up.

baseballswami said...

NatsLady- could very well be- and yes, obliques are long. Remember Desi? I love it when Det has that killer mentality. But if he is being careful or favoring something then his mechanics will be off. Maybe playing with it earlier did mess with his mechanics. He can be so Ana Ing when he is on. I want to see that again.

baseballswami said...

That would be * amazing*.

NatsLady said...

Garcia came in, they had no chance. Boy does he fool them.

Eric said...

Will be interesting to see how the Braves fare against the DBacks...

baseballswami said...

DBags a first place team. Good for us to get two of three- hate losing in extras, though, especially at home.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Did we bring Moore back up just to sit -- again? And to sit behind Bernadina? I don't get it.

I don't get a lot of this these guys are doing these days.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

It will be great to get Ramos back and of course Harper. Let the offense begin!! and if not, let the excuses stop!

jeffwx said...

I wonder if old town Alexandria will wash away tonight along with Nats Park....line stalled over there now.

Hopefully storms will die down a little in CitiField since the game must go on.

baseballswami said...

Moore barreled up a ball in each of the last two nights. Maybe it's a left / right thing or the size of the outfield?

baseballswami said...

Once again feeling guilty that we totally missed all the weather. Feeling bad for those on the road right now.

jeffwx said...

It might be ok in Shaw, Swami, but the Nats bowl is probably under water right now

baseballswami said...

Been watching the radar-- good thing the Nats are not here. But the PNats got cancelled up in Wilmington. Seriously- dry as a bone south of Manassas.

jeffwx said...

sweet Bryce and Neil Diamond coming to the Park on the fourth of July.
There will be blood but no $1 hotdogs except in Coney Island for Joey Chestnutt

jeffwx said...

oh, yeah..couch is in Shaw...Swami is in the confederacy

Eric said...

College Park got *nailed*

jeffwx said...

yes, that's where I work... The weather center got flooded...fun seeing a bunch of meteorologists running barefoot thru the rivers. No one saw our roof waterfall working so fast.

David Proctor said...

Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 56s
Interesting that Wei-Yin Chen in making rehab start tomorrow for Bowie. So Bryce Harper will get ABs vs. a big-league arm. #Nats #Orioles

That's good

Eric said...

Where in CP jeffwx? I work at the northwest corner of the UMD campus.

jeffwx said...


at the NCWCP off river road by CP metro.

jeffwx said...

where is Wonk's oddities. I plan my fantasy league by it.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady, the Nats handled Karns well. These games are crucial. Taylor has better stuff but this is the MLB.

Just wonderin' said...

Brewer's minor league club giving away guns (two rifles and a pistol) on July 3 in Huntsville, AL -- 2nd Amendment Night promotion -- incredible.

http://whnt.com/2013/06/28/stars-to-host-second-amendment-night/

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Karns had work in Spring Training, Taylor Jordan didn't.

Eric said...

Nice jeff. I live about a mile south of there.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I don't know if Det vs. Harvey fall sinto reverse lock territory, but this game has 2-1 written all over it.

Eric said...

Gun give away, eh. Wow...

MicheleS said...

LIVE FROM NEW YORK! GYFNG! GO BATS BEAT HARVEY! GO DET!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'm hoping that we win... But I've no faith, unfortunately....

But still, lets go Nats.... Win this game!

NatsLady said...

Chiefs also having a 2nd amendment night--bring your NRA membership card. I kid you not.

David Proctor said...

Are the Chiefs giving away free guns though?

NatsLady said...

Which Z'man's batting stats did they put on the scoreboard?

Knoxville Nat said...

You all have something against the second amendment?

David Proctor said...

Well...I'll defer comment on the second amendment. I have a problem with giving away free guns though.

jeffwx said...

nice area...Franklins in Hyattsville often has good Nats pub

David Proctor said...

So...after the White Sox went up 5-0 on Cleveland because of Bauer's awful start, the Indians have not only come back...they lead 14-5.

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paul brandt said...

DP, free guns, huh...hate to be the home plate ump at the Chiefs game!

David Proctor said...

Desi the only Nat with more than one hit off Harvey. Makes sense. Desi likes the fastball.

NatsLady said...

Years ago I worked for a company with headquarters in NY and a plant in LA. At the plant they gave guns away as incentives. I admit, my urban heart was totally shocked but it was explained to me that it didn't mean anything more than giving away bowling balls. I don't have a problem with bowling balls...

NatsLady said...

Ross, don't give bases away!!!!

phil dunton said...

I fear this evening is not going to be kind to the Nationals. Stay tuned though, we might see a no hitter!

David Proctor said...

Werth isn't 100%, but he's moving way better than he was 2 days ago. He was moving fairly well yesterday too.

Nattering Nat said...

As a died-in-the-wool (and cotton, silk and cashmere) Nats fan, I can say in all honesty anyone who thinks anyone other than Matt Harvey will start the ASG for the NL at Citifield is living in a world I don't recognize. (Now let's hope that reverse psychology kicks in.)

paul brandt said...

with this rain & slick field, i for one am glad harp ain't on it and would prefer at some point, werth ain't on it either.

paul brandt said...

nice AB Det, get that pitch count up.

David Proctor said...

AB of the night by Det.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Detwiler makes up 25% of the pitches thrown by Matt Harvey. That's a nice approach.

paul brandt said...

that was one happy foul ball catching fan! good for him.

Eric said...

jeff - "nice area...Franklins in Hyattsville often has good Nats pub"

Yeah? I don't go there too often these days...will have to check that out.

As for 2A, I am glad we have the right. With any luck some NRA member's who are felons will show up for free guns. Only 2/3s of this paragraph is on he level.

NatsLady said...

Ross doesn't look like Harvey but he is getting the job done so far.

Eric said...

Oh yeah, jeff, the DC Brau brewery is just down Bladensburg Road. Fun place to go on a Saturday.

As for the game, it seems like Det is doing quite well so far! Just now getting to watching, though; was listening while taking a walk with my son.

It's really crazy how many sinkers Det throws...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Robbery by Byrd on Rendon.

David Proctor said...

Are you kidding me...

Eric said...

Argh! Robbery!

Knoxville Nat said...

I admit, my urban heart was totally shocked but it was explained to me that it didn't mean anything more than giving away bowling balls. I don't have a problem with bowling balls...

Need to get out of the city more often.

paul brandt said...

as long as we (me) are on the subject of foul balls, i was at the 1995 (i think it was 95) ASG in old Veterans stadium in Philly and me & my buddy caught three foul balls off the bat...it was un-real, we were down the R field line and had multiple Phillies fans tell us they have been to games for 30 years and never caught a one...for me & my buddy, it was our first time there and we got three and trust me, we told them that too...very memorable...still have the one i caught.

NatsLady said...

We are going to get robbed by the METS D now???????

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Eric, I like my beers cold.

Eric said...

Kinda looks like we're starting to see the breaking ball...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Last night was the unluckiest BABIP the Nats have had all year. Keep making contact Nats, the luck will turn!

Eric said...

Er...maybe not.

"Eric, I like my beers cold."

???

You can get 'em cold at the brewery. On tap.

NatsLady said...

>Keep making contact Nats, the luck will turn!

Yeah, the making contact part isn't so easy either.

Just wonderin' said...

So, is that no hitter Harvey has going? Wouldn't want to jinx it if it were. That's why I'm asking.

David Proctor said...

All the beat reporters have done their job in jinxing him.

David Proctor said...

That...was not ideal.

paul brandt said...

sorry but ALR has to have that.

NatsLady said...

Oh, turtles. Desi hasn't made an error in how long?????? It's sopping wet.

David Proctor said...

That is Desi's first error in 59 games. And I don't think he deserves the error for that.

NatsLady said...

PB, I agree, it was right in his glove. Also, Ryan did not react quickly on the double. He might not have gotten it, but he was just slow.

David Proctor said...

Well he deserves it for the throw for sure. So i guess it doesn't matter.

Eric said...

Channel 9 has moved over to a weather warning for southern MD. I blame them.

David Proctor said...

Marlon Byrd advances from second to third on a double...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Difference so far is the Nats not making the fielding plays, RZim, Desi, etc.

Eric said...

OK, back to the game, everyone can relax now...heh

paul brandt said...

NL, yep, agree on Zim, it was hard hit, but just knock it down...need to keep this inning to 2 or less.

Janus said...

Topper Shut must die

Eric said...

There you go Det.

paul brandt said...

agree with the IBB

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Guys on the radio saying that Ryan Zimmerman was playing way too shallow on David Wright.

paul brandt said...

Janus, Topper Shutt is the man!! why the hate?

waddu eye no said...
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waddu eye no said...

come on dess rotweiler!

gyfng

NatsLady said...

Come on Det, it's the PITCHER. Throw strikes.

Eric said...

"Janus, Topper Shutt is the man!! why the hate?"

I'm guessing cuz he's the one who was yapping during the weather alert interruption when the run scored ;)

Eric said...

YES! DET!!!

David Proctor said...

Great job getting out of the jam. But we need a hit before we can worry about scoring.

NatsLady said...

OK, Ross did GREAT. Now get him some runs!!!!

paul brandt said...

there you go Det, nice!! come on nats bats!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

All considered, that was a nice containment job by Detwiler. Again, Mets making the tough plays, RZim and Desi and Werth didn't. 1 run given up, nice outcome.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Excellent job by Ross.

paul brandt said...

eric/steal/not eat/face, i figured as much.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

2 doubles, a 2 base error and a walk = 1 run?

NatsLady said...

Rosenbaum has given up 5 earned in 3 innings. And the Chiefs are getting nada against this CY Young with his 6++ ERA. Danny hasn't struck out, though.

Eric said...

Byrd is the dude my buddies and I happy-heckled to a great game back in 06 or whatever season it was he was with us.

Maybe he thought of us tonight when he stopped at third ;)

NatsLady said...

You see that there that Harvey did to Werth? That is what Garcia was doing (lesser hitters, I know).

NatsLady said...

Desi. My hero!

Eric said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!

David Proctor said...

Desi. Whew.

Section 135 said...

Desi!!!

paul brandt said...

see you later & there goes the no hitter...DESI

David Proctor said...

Desi making up for his error.

NatsLady said...

LOL, Bernadina "didn't get the best jump" gets ball--think I've heard that before.

David Proctor said...

Roger Bernadina: the king of making the most routine play into a highlight reel.

paul brandt said...

DW helped us there

waddu eye no said...

would bryce have made that throw to the plate?

David Proctor said...

Marlon Byrd has killed us this year.

paul brandt said...

waddu, pretty good throw I thought.

David Proctor said...

Harper has no chance on the first play. He probably gets Byrd at the plate though.

paul brandt said...

now on that one, waddu, yea, i think bryce gets him but who knows.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Marlon Byrd on offense, defense and baserunning showing the Nats something.

NatsLady said...

I don't know about the first one, but Bryce would have definitely gotten the second one. Detwiler suddenly very hittable.

Section 135 said...

Byrd, who was suspended last year for PED's is having a comeback season- what a joke.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Poor pitch location by Ross. It's all on him.

paul brandt said...

ghost, always have liked Marlon as a hitter.

Joe Seamhead said...

Come on, Det! Focus. Bernadina's throw was awful. You get your catcher hurt throwing in that high.

David Proctor said...

The Indians-White Sox game is 18-10. And it's the first game of a doubleheader.

David Proctor said...

We need to get Harvey out of the game. Their bullpen is awful

Eric said...

Yeah, after tonight I'm thinking Det just isn't quite 100% yet. Seemed like the top of the 4th required his reserves and he couldn't quite bring his game in the 5th.

Eric said...

That curve to Lombo was ***NASTY***

NatsLady said...

19-10. It's the top of the 8th and they;ve been playing 3.5 hours already.

paul brandt said...

here comes a Span special - ground ball to 1b if he even hits it.

Eric said...

Yes!!!!

NatsLady said...

Span with his patented triple!!!! I take back everything I ever said!!!

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go, Denard!

paul brandt said...

paul brandt, you did it, you are an idiot, love, paul brandt

NatsLady said...

Well, Harvey took Rendon to school. Learn up, kid.

paul brandt said...

give Harvey credit, he's pitched well.

David Proctor said...

Harvey is due to get lit up eventually--unfortunately it's not tonight.

I'm just happy we're not being no-hit.

Secret wasian man said...

I don't know what is worse. watching the Nats trying to hit or going 6 straight innings listening to FP go ON and ONNNNNNNNNNNN about Matt Harvey. Matt Harvey, Paul Harvey, Lee Harvey Oswalt, it doesn't matter. Its the METS CMON!!

baseballswami said...

You have to admit that these circumstances have been extremely stressful tonight. Those five innings must have seemed like ten. Let's not forget how much Det had to put into that bases loaded jam. Sometimes it's not the pitches or innings, it's the stress involved. The atmosphere, the weather, the opposing pitcher, paltry offense -- all very stressful. I don't think he is 100 % yet either, though. He is certainly not built back up stamina wise. He was out a lot longer than Stras.

Joe Seamhead said...

Rendon goes down. Actually, it's more like Harvey is flat out putting us down, but I really wish Anthony could've got us one back there. Nuts.

NatsLady said...

Whew, the world has not gone crazy. Danny struck out swinging.

David Proctor said...

Surprised they're using Ohlendorf tonight and not tomorrow when Jordan is pitching.

Secret wasian man said...

back below .500 40 losses. not to allstar break yet. What a long disappointing season. UGHHHHH

baseballswami said...

Oh, just get over it!

NatsLady said...

Naw, he'll used Stammen tomorrow if Jordan gets in trouble. Davey wants to win tomorrow and Sunday. He doesn't trust Ohlendorf--YET.

Joe Seamhead said...

I'm not seeing it as a disappointing season.It is a long season and there is a lot of ball to play. Maybe even tonight.

David Proctor said...

Casper Wells, the outfielder, is pitching in the Sox-Indians game now. 400th pitch is about to be thrown. 19-10 score now.

NatsLady said...

I don't think this is a disappointing season at all. Our boys are gritting it out, winning games they have no business winnning. Rizzo/Davey forced to clean out all the excess like Henry/Duke/Espinosa and run a mean ship. You never know who is going to pitch the next game, who will come through, who will stub their toe. I'm loving it. A lot better this way than cruising until August and then folding.

paul brandt said...

Det was not that bad, it has been our offense that has been bad. Yes, Harvey is a good pitcher but come on, make adjustments, get his pitch count up, work the counts, get some walks, make things happen all known as small ball Davey, that is how we can get back into this game...best AB of the night was Det.

p.s. that a boy Zim

baseballswami said...

You know, I was thinking philosophically. That's what you do when your team is struggling. I heard Strassie saying how much he had learned this season, I heard Tyler Moore saying the same thing. Last year everything just happened, things worked. This year adversity is all around. But our team is young and I really feel that they are learning and developing more now. If this team is going to move forward and be a factor in the coming years then they need to keep developing and toughening up. I think that is what is happening and I think that is why it is happening.

Joe Seamhead said...

Wow, a leadoff man aboard for the Nats!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Joe.... forgive them... they are misplaced Redskin fans and don't relate to the marathon that is a baseball season.

Like I've said, July is our "move" month.

baseballswami said...

Nats Lady and Paul -- I am on your page.

NatsLady said...

For weeks on end last year we had exactly the same line up. Anyone could have managed the team. Now you have to see if Davey can still do it. We get to see what mid-season corrections Rizzo will or will not make.

Eric said...

Visions of game 4. Similar at bat, just as little hope...

Joe Seamhead said...

Jack, they keep saying that they "are done with this team." Oh that it were so.

Joe Seamhead said...

Harvey is da stuff.

Eric said...

...different outcome

NatsLady said...

THey are worried about Desi....

paul brandt said...

good battle by Werth, glass half full & i bet the guy is 80%, if that...team mates see that and will remember it in September & October.

David Proctor said...

Harvey afraid of Desmond. At least we have someone opposing pitchers fear (before Harper comes back).

David Proctor said...

I like swinging 3-0 there. Shark isn't going to do anything. Desmond was our best shot, 3-0 is usually a good pitch to hit. He just missed it.

NatsLady said...

I don't like swinging on 3-0 even if he had the green light. Go ahead and let him walk you.

paul brandt said...

ok, sorry but i have a problem with desi swinging on a 3-0 count down 2.

NatsLady said...

Ha--opposite opinions!!!

JaneB said...

Harvey is as advertised, ain't he?

JaneB said...

PS I like swami's train of thought. And Natsjack, too.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

You can knock Harvey out of the game. Take the ball Desi and work the 3-1 and hopefully you get a mistake pitch.

Eric said...

"Harvey is as advertised, ain't he?"

He's ridiculous...seriously. I forgot he could get up to 97.

Joe Seamhead said...

I am duly impressed with him, Jane.

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