Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Game 107: Nats at Tigers

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
DETROIT — Good afternoon from Comerica Park, one of baseball's truly underrated ballparks. The Nationals are making only their second-ever appearance here, still seeking their first win after getting swept in June 2010. Stephen Strasburg was on the roster at that point, having made his second career start only two days earlier in Cleveland. Tonight, he'll actually pitch here against the Tigers, a compelling matchup in itself.

His team having won three straight at home against the Mets, Davey Johnson is sticking with the same lineup tonight against Anibal Sanchez. There is, of course, one twist: Since we're in an American League park, the DH is in effect. So tonight it'll be Chad Tracy, batting ninth behind all the other regulars.

Updates to come, please check back...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at DETROIT TIGERS
Where: Comerica Park
Gametime: 7:08 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 179
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from LF
NATIONALS (52-54)
LF Bryce Harper
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
CF Denard Span
C Wilson Ramos
DH Chad Tracy
(RHP Stephen Strasburg)

TIGERS (59-45)
CF Austin Jackson
RF Torii Hunter
3B Miguel Cabrera
1B Prince Fielder
DH Victor Martinez
SS Jhonny Peralta
LF Andy Dirks
C Alex Avila
2B Ramon Santiago
(RHP Anibal Sanchez)

UMPIRES
HP Larry Vanover
1B Brian Gorman (cc)
2B Manny Gonzalez
3B Tony Randazzo

7:08 p.m. — And we're underway with a strike from Anibal Sanchez to Bryce Harper. A gorgeous, 73-degree evening in late July. Can't complain about that.

7:19 p.m. — And the Nats jump right on the board, thanks to a leadoff triple from Harper. Actually, Harper came within a couple of inches of a home run, striking the top of the wall down in the right-field corner, the ball caroming way back toward center field. He raced around, helmet-less, and cruised into third base, putting the Nats in business early. Ryan Zimmerman then delivered an RBI single up the middle, putting the Nats up 1-0 as Stephen Strasburg takes the mound.

7:30 p.m. — Strasburg got himself into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the first, though he's certainly not the first pitcher to put Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder on base back-to-back. Truth be told, he was probably fortunate to hold Cabrera to a sharp single up the middle on a 2-0 fastball right down Broadway. But after that hit and a walk to Fielder, Strasburg got Victor Martinez to line out to center, ending the inning and preserving the Nats' 1-0 lead after one.

7:39 p.m. — It took Strasburg only seven pitches to retire the side in the bottom of the second. Good stuff there, including a strikeout of Jhonny Peralta. Still 1-0 heading to the third.

8:12 p.m. — Four innings in the books now, but the game is tied 1-1. The Tigers strung together a couple of two-outs hits off Strasburg in the bottom of the fourth, with Andy Dirks' double just inside the third-base line bringing home Fielder with Detroit' first run of the night. The Tigers actually wanted another, but the ball was touched by a fan, so Peralta was forced to go back to third base. Strasburg then escaped the jam by getting Alex Avila to fly out. So it's 1-1 as we move to the fifth.

8:26 p.m. — Strasburg cruises through the fifth. He's thrown only 59 pitches (40 strikes), as efficient as you'll ever see him. Looks like the Tigers are trying to be aggressive against him, and it's not necessarily working. Still 1-1 moving to the sixth.

8:36 p.m. — Meanwhile, the Nats haven't been able to make another dent into Sanchez since the top of the first. They got a couple of men on base in the sixth, with an Adam LaRoche, one-out double and an Ian Desmond, two-out walk. But Denard Span grounded out to end the inning, so this remains a 1-1 pitchers' duel, with no margin for error for Strasburg.

8:52 p.m. — So much for that pitchers' duel. Strasburg put himself in a real pickle in the bottom of the sixth and couldn't get out if it. Fielder laced a one-out single, Martinez followed with a double and then Peralta drew a walk to load the bases. Strasburg came up big-time to strike out Dirks on a 3-2 curveball, but he couldn't finish. Avila crushed a 2-1 fastball down and in, sending the ball flying to the right-field bleachers. Grand slam, and incredibly the first homer Strasburg has ever given up with more than one man on base. Just like that, the Nats trail 5-1 after six.

9:02 p.m. — A spectacular play by Zimmerman to rob Cabrera of extra bases and end the seventh inning, but it's not going to mean much if the Nats don't do something at the plate, and soon. They're down to their final six outs, though they've knocked Sanchez from the game. It'll be Jose Veras (just acquired from Houston) in from the bullpen for the eighth, the Nats still down by 4.

9:13 p.m. — And a 1-2-3 eighth against Veras. So now the Nats are down to their last three outs. Not looking good.

9:31 p.m. — It's over. Nats lose 5-1. The 3-game winning streak ends. And with the Braves up big late against the Rockies, the Nats are on the verge of falling 10 games back in the NL East.

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bowdenball said...

Many words have been spoken or written in efforts to convey the awfulness of the 2013 Nationals' bench. But I don't know of anything as effective as the fact that they're batting the DH 9th tonight. Think about that for a second. Nobody on the bench hits well enough to displace a middle infielder, or a catcher, or a defense-first center fielder. That's embarrassing.

mvcarroll said...

What's worse, bowdenball, is that we have pitchers that would be a more effective DH than our bench guys...

Tcostant said...

Davey must not read this blog, I said no Chad Tracy at DH!

Grandstander said...

Let Strasburg hit and designate Tracy to hit for LaRoche.

mick said...


Everythin', everythin', everythin's gonna be alright this mornin'
Ooh yeah, whoaw
Now when I was a young boy, at the age of five
My mother said I was, gonna be the greatest man alive

oh yeah....

mick said...

Yeah bring me champagne when I'm thirsty.
Bring me reefer when I want to get high.

just chillin, listenening to Muddy, waiting for ball game

bowdenball said...

Funny stuff here. But I apologize for starting the game thread off negatively, so I'll try to turn it around: the two games at Nationals Park vs. the Tigers were great fun. So much talent on the field, and a lot of mutual respect. Hope we get more of the same today and tomorrow. And wow, these pitcher-hitter matchups are gonna be something else. Strasburg vs. Cabrera? Verlander vs. Harper? That is must-see TV.

James Joyce said...

Span and Tracy should be swapped.

Charlie Buck said...

Chad Tracy is a bum. I suspect we'll see Hairston or Lombo tomorrow after he throws up a O'fer.

Doc said...

Here's your obvious problem with the DH in the National League: Chad Tracy vs. Victor Martinez--not only is that not real baseball, it's downright goofy!!!!!

All the National League owners who voted to keep the DH out some 43 years ago, have gone to the Happy Hunting Ground---time to get real!

Knoxville Nat said...

Charlie B, with Verlander going tomorrow for the Tigers you are more likely to see Bernadina instead of Tracy, if any changes at all.

Secret wasian man said...

James Joyce said,Span and Tracy swapped. How about a PIZZA and Tracy swapped. Let Lombo DH.

bowdenball said...

Secret wasian man said...

"James Joyce said,Span and Tracy swapped. How about a PIZZA and Tracy swapped. Let Lombo DH."

Tracy has a higher on base % and slugging % than Lombo, both this season and for their careers. If you don't care about how well your DH gets on base or hits for power, I think you've got a great idea here.

natsfan1a said...

(Hey, it worked the first two times. Yeah, like it made a difference. :-))

natsfan1a said...

In the immortal words of Bryce Harper, let's go!

July 27, 2013 11:56 AM

bowdenball said...

Sorry, I was looking at Tracy's 2010 numbers because there was a setoff after them on his B-R page. Comment withdrawn, and I apologize profusely to Secret wasian man.

natsfan1a said...

D'oh! I forgot to order my 50% off pizza.

Secret wasian man said...

James Joyce said,Span and Tracy swapped. How about a PIZZA and Tracy swapped. Let Lombo DH.
July 30, 2013 4:01 PM

Alphabet Soup Erik said...

Just let Strasburg hit...he is a better hitter than Tracy.

FL Bassist said...

Just saw "ladyandthenats" blog for the first time, the entry about recent player performance. Great blog, BTW, articles are easy to read through and full of facts.

Question for whomever has an answer: why are the Nats letting Rendon "twist in the wind" given his numbers?

If the team is still competing for the post-season, Rendon hasn't helped much at the plate of late (for a little while actually), and in the field he's made some great plays but some costly errors as well, so that doesn't seem explain it. It can't be great for the psyche of a young player to struggle for a prolonged period unless they feel learning to swim in the "big pool" is the best thing.

Thoughts? Thanks.

David Proctor said...

FL bassist,

this is something every young player goes through. Harper went through it last year, Puig this year, etc. Teams develop a book on you and it's hard to adjust. Stop looking at the results and look at the approach. Rendon has hit several balls VERY hard and been robbed. He's never looked overwhelmed to me. The only way to get out of it is to let him keep playing.

Of course, it's frustrating sometimes. But he'll be fine.

The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. said...

"If the team is still competing for the post-season, Rendon hasn't helped much at the plate of late (for a little while actually), and in the field he's made some great plays but some costly errors as well, so that doesn't seem explain it. It can't be great for the psyche of a young player to struggle for a prolonged period unless they feel learning to swim in the "big pool" is the best thing.

Thoughts? Thanks."

My thought is this. Why is Danny Espinosa or Scott Boras using the handle "FL Bassist"?

Stew Magnuson said...

I went to an Independent League game once where some guy was DH and batting ninth. Can't hit, can't field and you're playing for an independent league team.

FL Bassist said...

@The Real Feel:

"Why is Danny Espinosa or Scott Boras using the handle "FL Bassist"?"

I don't think Espi or Boras is a bass player, but I could be wrong. My question is a fair one given the numbers (.091 as of late as per the blog) and given that the Nats are still not close to eliminated from the postseason.

BTW, I won't be daunted by sarcastic responses in posting to this blog.

jeffwx said...

Time to start the Lombo Must Play protest

jeffwx said...


Everbody talking about lombo, long ball,sharks, base-ball with alcohol....
All we are saying is give the hot bat a chance.

bowdenball said...

FL Bassist-

I think the answer to your question is another question- who replaces him? Lombo's offensive numbers are so bad that even a slumping Rendon is preferable, assuming Rendon eventually reverses course as all slumping players do. Espinosa still seems to be having problems in Syracuse.

They were able to wait out Harper's adjustment period in 2012 when they were clinging to a slim lead during the late spring and summer, and it paid off huge later in the season. The hope is that the same will be true of Rendon.

jeffwx said...

Lombo batting .251 bowdenball, however we can keep both lombo and rendon in the lineup tonight.

Lombo makes better contact than Tracy....trading places.

A DC Wonk said...

FL Bassist -- I think the other key, as David Proctor noted, is that he's hitting the ball well. He's got an absurdely low BABIP, and so most think that he's numbers will turn around with more play.

jeffwx said...

In his past 5 games, Lombo is 7 for his last 12 with 2 doubles.

put in the hot bat against the tigers and let Tracy play the pine...he's not in the teams future plans

jeffwx said...


does anyone have an answer to why the Nats didn't make a qualifying offer to Edwin Jackson so we could get an extra draft pick when he left.
The post did not ?

David Proctor said...

It was pretty apparent that Jackson wouldn't accept the offer, but I guess Rizzo didn't feel comfortable taking that risk.

bowdenball said...

jeffwx said...

"In his past 5 games, Lombo is 7 for his last 12 with 2 doubles."

And Chad Tracy has an OPS of 1.077 over the last 14 days.

Small sample sizes are a terrible basis on which to make lineup decisions.

alexva said...

jeff, because he could have accepted it.

sjm308 said...

That is one of those hindsight situations that makes you scratch your head. I think most of us felt Jackson would get that qualifying offer. Who knows if he would have taken it and if he did, I have to think he would have performed better here in his 2nd year than with the Cubs. Oh well, water over the damn or whatever.

Question: I hope this does not happen but if Tracy goes 0-4 is this the last game we will see him in a Nats uniform? (actually, I would not mind seeing him as a coach down the road but I am guessing he still feels he has more years left)

Go Nats!!

sjm308 said...

alexva: Jackson really wasn't all that bad last year. I blame Davey for that game 5 mess out of the bullpen.

NatsLady said...

jeffwx, I always assumed it was because they were afraid EJax would accept the offer.

jeffwx said...


Bowden ball, where you getting that 1.077 OPS for Tracy. He's 7 for 22 in the last 14 games (better than I thought)

And Lombo's .251 average is over 208 ABs.

But Go with the hot bat, BB...We're not saying put Lombo in as an everyday starter. Use him when you can like tonight when we have a DH.
Tracy got no future here.
Lombo is an excellent utility player that all teams need.

jeffwx said...

Thanks for you answers...Probably right.
but EJAX proved smarter than Rizzo with the 4 year deal with the Cubs.

I hope he gets something when Haren moves on.

sjm308 said...

Ejax definitely won that situation. He had been bouncing around for so many years, I think he was determined to get a long term deal and not only did he do that, he got way more in money than I think anyone here figured.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Go nats. Did get my Papa John's pizza yesterday.

sjm308 said...

Jeffwx - I am actually hoping that Rizzo stays "in-house" after Haren leaves. I have heard both NatsJack and Drew praise what we have in the minors and I am excited with how Rizzo has really emphasized pitching development.

I almost hate to put this out there but one of my fantasies is Haren continuing to figure things out and that 3.13 era for the last 4 games continues to improve. We sneak into the playoffs, he plays a role and then signs for 2 more years at a very low price. The chances of any of that happening are so low its not even worthy of Feel Wood giving me a sarcastic reply but I do like how Haren has handled his poor beginning here. I like his being a standup guy and I wish him well. I especially wish him well every 5th day when he pitches for us!!

Go Nats!!

jeffwx said...

LOL and Agreed, SJM,
Just would like the club to get a draft pick if Haren does leave. One of the best things about short-term free agency signings.

jeffwx said...

Manassas, have you tried Tony's in Manassas...I think it's worth it for pizza

David Proctor said...

Remember the last time Tracy was in the lineup, he got 3 hits. Can't predict ball...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Live near Tony's. Love their Veal parmasean sub.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Last time Span batted 7th 4 hits.

baseballswami said...

So sad that kid Bryce spent so much time with a couple weeks ago died. Glad he got to throw out the pitch and have a happy day at Nat's Park. Puts things in their proper place though. My thoughts are with his family. McCatty still in the hospital also. Sobering stuff.,

David Proctor said...

Brian Goodwin was just scratched from his start. That worries me...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is suspicious David.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

So far the 2 games I have watched today have been good. Brewers 6 Cubs 5, now in the 8th pirates cards tied at 1

jeffwx said...

welcome Nate Scherholtz

Theo is a wise judge of talent

jeffwx said...

Darn, now I am craving a veal parm sub ;

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Coach Schu is fixing Span according to Span. I guess Tracy is next on the list.

Rendon needs to just get lucky and find holes.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Kilgore says Goodwin scratched but not because of a trade.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Any details or just that little statement.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Twitter, nothing else.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks. Seemed suspicious to me.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Jake Peavy scratched? Who is gettinh him.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I guess I was right earlier today on the Dodgers. they got Brian Wilson and his beard.

Knoxville Nat said...

Ghost,

Did the Dodgers also pick up Mike Love or Al Jardine?

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

"That's water over the damned"!

I have a new favorite phrase! Thanks!

ExposedinDC said...

What should we do guys....stand pat....minor tinkering.....or major splash. I personally would try to improve our bench and possibly solidify the 7th inning.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

3 bagger

David Proctor said...

More bad luck for Rendon. That ball was hit pretty hard.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rendon sill no luck.

0-1 RISP

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

1-2 RISP

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What insect bothering zim and fielder

BigCat said...

Game over. Stra gonna shut these punks out!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Schu fix ALR like you have done well with Span.

Alphabet Soup Erik said...

LaRoche needs to be released...not hitting clean-up.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rendon says i hit a bullet he hits crap.

2-3 RISP

BigCat said...

Come on desi. Lets break their back right here!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

2-4 RISP but only 1 run.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Pete Rose giving Bryce fielding tips.

David Proctor said...

Bob scared me...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cabrera and Fielder too many pitches but at least no runs.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ball was hit hard, but lots of space in that part of the field.

paul brandt said...

apologize if this was mentioned previously but just learned that Gavin Rupp lost his battle with brain cancer...some of you may recall earlier this month that Bryce spent an incredible amount of time with him on a visit to Nats park, article was both incredibly sad and uplifting that Bryce took the kind of time he did to make this kid's day...way sad.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Well the hitting in the second not quite as good as tge first.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sup folks... Almost forgot about the game... How did SS do against Cabrera and Fielder?

We are 2-4 in RiSP... But only 1 run???

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Strasburg good second. 7 pitches total of 24

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Infield single by wert with zim on second.

Cavrera single fielder a walk.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Ahhh... Thanks...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

It's something about A Sanchez I just don't care for... Really hope we beat this team tonight...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

ALR in real need of fixing.

RISP now 2 for 5

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sanchez gets behind every count....

BigCat said...

When did laroche get a big hit last Seems like a year ago. I'm close to giving up on him

phil dunton said...

Tyler Moore needs to play every day for the Nats at first base. Send the .230 hitting Laroche packing before the deadline and eat some of his salary. Moore can hit, but not when he bats once or twice a week. He's got a future, Laroche doesn't.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

First 3 innings for Stras nice.

pedrocerrano said...

LaRoche is a real pro, and it's awesome when he's producing because he'll at the very least give you a constructive at-bat and he's got a great glove. But now if you peel back the rose colored wrap and he's a .230 hitting first baseman getting 8 figures a year.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

ALR last big hit the triple (that should have been a sibgle) that gave us extra runs

phil dunton said...

Over the winter, just about everyone on the board said that signing an aging Laroche for big bucks after a career season was a bad move. WE WERE RIGHT! Tyler Moore will be 28 by the time Laroche is gone.

SCNatsFan said...

Why oh why do the Nats stare at fastballs for strike three.

And really Ian, two at bats, two pitches.

One run won't beat the tigers guys.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Interesting SZ tonight.... But has Sanchez got ahead of any of our batters... Maybe we shouldn't be as aggressive...

Great battle by Jayson....

David Proctor said...

"Why oh why do the Nats stare at fastballs for strike three."

Because the pitch was well outside. But to the umps credit, he gave Strasburg the same call.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If ump is calling it a sreike it is not a ball.

I missed the Fielder at bat saw it was 0-2. Hen 4 balls. Were any close to a strike.

jeffwx said...

can't afford to have both 0-17 ALR and ofer Tracy in the lineup at the same time esp against these AL teams.

jeffwx said...

pinch hit for Tracy, you stubborn old geezer

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lombo should be Dh as he is hitting better and is a switch hitter.

SCNatsFan said...

Proctor if - if - that ball was outside it was by an inch. Certainly not well outside, not something to stare at.

SCNatsFan said...

Manassas no, it appears SS wants nothing to do with him.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I thought the last pitch to Fielder was a K...

mick said...

Stras' stuff is nasty tonight...hope we can score a few more

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Need to hit the ball harder to get it by the third baseman.

mick said...

I miss old Tiger stadium.

David Proctor said...

Chad Tracy infield single...

SCNatsFan said...

Tigers announcers saying Tracy has been a good pinch hitter for the Nats this season. Now that is some poor advance work.

jeffwx said...

oops...i forgot about Chad's speed.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

See where Wheels Tracy hit that ball and how.

When these team shift on ALR he should hit that hard and that direction for some hits.

mick said...

I guess Sanchez has stettled down

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That at bat by Rendon just pissed me off...

mick said...

MNF

good point

jeffwx...Chad reminds me of Lou Brock running lol

Scott Margenau said...

phil duntonJuly 30, 2013 7:55 PM
Tyler Moore needs to play every day for the Nats at first base. Send the .230 hitting Laroche packing before the deadline and eat some of his salary. Moore can hit, but not when he bats once or twice a week. He's got a future, Laroche doesn't.

I agree. Laroche way to streaky and unreliable. Can't have that at first base

mick said...

wondering if Rendon and Lombo should platoon? that may make sense for both of them

paul brandt said...

mick said...
I miss old Tiger stadium.

mick, why? haha... I always think of Sparky, Alan Trammel and Lou Whitaker whenever I see pix of old Tiger stadium...never had the chance to visit but certainly appeared to have some character.

mick said...

Scott...I hope your right about Moore

I just do not see it...he did not adjust at all after teams figured him out

mick said...

paul

I hear you but this old dog's childhood remembers...Lolich, McClain, Kaline, Cash, Wilson, Horton, Stanley, Northrup, McCauliffe, and old Mayo Smith

I loved Willie Horton he was one bad mofo!

mick said...

forgot Bill Freehan

A DC Wonk said...

Charlie Buck said...

Chad Tracy is a bum. I suspect we'll see Hairston or Lombo tomorrow after he throws up a O'fer.

Sorry to disappoint you . . .

jeffwx said...

LaRoche lost a shoot load of weight...looks like the strawman from the wizard of oz..
Nice shot straw

mick said...

what are he fences here, 500 ft plus?

lol

RickH said...

ALR gets hold of one!

A DC Wonk said...

jeffwx said...

can't afford to have both 0-17 ALR and ofer Tracy in the lineup


Thanks for the reverse jinx! ;-)

mick said...

jeffwx

oh, I can tell you why
the ocean's near the shore

hee hee

MrsB loves the Nats said...

And just when folks discount Adam... He does that... Hopefully that hit is the beginning of a hot streak!

jeffwx said...

yep...Tracy's speed makes up for his low BA

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hondo ended up a Tiger

jeffwx said...

and Tracy too..time to bunt more....I never realized how fast he is.

SCNatsFan said...

Send Desmond here.

jeffwx said...

And Tracy reminds me of the lion...now who is the tin man ???

Scott Margenau said...

I knew if a talked smack bout ALR. He would get a hit.

Double reverse lock

jeffwx said...

Tracy would have beat that one out

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

RISP 2-7

David Proctor said...

Had a good opportunity there...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

But you didnt do the reverse lock on Span.

jeffwx said...

Well, I suspect Stras wasn't expecting more than a run or two for support.
More Ks needed.

mick said...

jefwx

ha ha

let's see how about Davey as our Tinman

mick said...

why get mad.you knew Span would not come though

Secret wasian man said...

You just can't win stranding runners. Span still stinks. I thought maybe the corner was turned . But that wasn't a corner. It was the Mets.

mick said...

If I were king of the forreeeest.... hee hee

Secret wasian man said...

I'm mad because Lombo should be playing. Rendon has hit the wall and just can't hit anymore.

mick said...

Wasian, with Span its inevitable...you have to hope for a walk when he is up with RISP

Secret wasian man said...

The tin man is Span. Scarecrow is Desmond.

mick said...

Wasian...I agree, or at least have them platoon. I think Rendon needs to sit a few and make adjustments. Do not understand Davey's thinking at all

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

How if ALR is holding Fielder can that ball get by?

mick said...

this can get funny...who is the Wizard, Dorothy, and the Wicked witch of the west?

Secret wasian man said...

Again Mick. Davey does not have to play him. Desmond swings for the fences every time. Looks like another good pitching outing for naught. Should have scored more in the first

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Adjust what. He is hitting ball just at people.

mick said...

Rizzo is the Wizard..."oh no my dear, I'm not a bad man, i'm just a very bad wizard" hee hee

Secret wasian man said...

Rizzo clearly the Wizard. He's fake.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We need a k right now.

jeffwx said...

I could wile away the hours, conferring with the bloggers, consultin with the game,

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Julie is Dorothy she wants to go home and cheer for the Mets

mick said...

MNF

just to refocus by sitting a few games, he needs it

mick said...

jeffwx and MNF

lol

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth is ToTo though i think he is a scotty not whatever ToTo was.

mick said...

how bout a K right now Stras?

Secret wasian man said...

And then I'd be thinking
That this season is a stinking
If we only had a coach.

mick said...

wasian


lolololo

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Agree to much pitch to contact right now

mick said...

yes sir stras!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now one more out.

jeffwx said...

Pay no attention to the GM behind the curtain

Lombo could be toto
and werth could play all the flying monkeys

oh my DR. K!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That pitch took guts!!!

mick said...

if Stras gets out of this...I smell a nice inning for the Nats in the 7th

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

As for the lion Storen's mom on twitter.

jeffwx said...

Bring back HROD for the witch.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Screw that thought

jeffwx said...

so did that one

paul brandt said...

that sucked

David Proctor said...

Sigh. Get em tomorrow.

mick said...

I guess the fences are not 500 feet

oh well

game over

A DC Wonk said...

Avila? With his sub-Mendoza line?

Uggh . . .

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stras didnt come close to the target

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Terrible pitch....

mick said...

like Bobby C just said, you did not see that coming


kinda like this season, you did not see this coming

mick said...

If Stras is ever going to be great and live up to his hype, he can not throw pitches like that....very disappointing!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The real problem was the double down tge line where eas ALR that opened up everything.

If you are goibg field under .250 you cant afford to miss ones just to your side.

Alphabet Soup Erik said...

There he is!!!

BigCat said...

Game. Set. Match.

Night night

Secret wasian man said...

Pathetic. Barves up 8 3. That's ten games back. Season over. What s terrible season. Just terrible. Pathetic how ohlendorf, Haren, and Tyler Jordan get it done and our so called Stars don't.

mick said...

very frustrating...you do not expect your ace to let that happen

David Proctor said...

Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst 22s
Not only was that the first time Strasburg had ever allowed a slam. It was the first HR he'd ever allowed with more than one man on.

SCNatsFan said...

And that's why we are a third place team.

Go ahead and sell Rizzo. Not our year. I'll keep rooting just like I keep buying lottery tickets.

jeffwx said...

Darn, wanted to see Jose Veras

Santiago will make the highlight reels

BigCat said...

It's not our year

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am not mad at Stras as I am ALR and the hitters.

Stras hurt but never should jave been up.

Secret wasian man said...

And I am just utterly sick of Carp yelling ripped, he nailed, stroked..... They are outs Carp you moron. This team stinks. It's not even August and the season is long gone. Yeah I'm pissed pissed pissed.

mick said...

wasian....that is why I say, Nats should just try to finish above 500 this season... try to finish in 2nd in the East. At season end, the Lerners and Rizzo need a serious face to face and decide what players are winners and losers and who can you win a championship with... Not a lot of mentally tough players on this team I am afraid. Stras is not mentally tough yet. an ace pitcher does not give up a grand slam period in that situation when your team needs a win.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I must have more reading problems who is the second team we are behind?

jeffwx said...

Sell and get a high draft pick
ALR to Yanks

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Then turn the sound down. Easy solution

paul brandt said...

how do you put that on SS? 2-1 pitch, 96mph, bases loaded ball was low and down (kind of)...dude has pitched a gem up to this point, its the offense as usual that SUCKS not the pitching...same old story.

jeffwx said...

We are behind the Braves, 5 games a piece

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I bet I can a hall of famer who has done.

Way over reaction.

mick said...

David that stat does not make me feel better...that was not the time for Stras to give that up ...I only hope he learns from it as well as learn about what he has to do to be great...right now he is very good, he is not great by any strecth

Secret wasian man said...

We would have lost 2. 1. On a sac fly. So who cares about the granny. The hitting is disgusting as is the managing. Last year we would have pitched our way out of that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Could fit there

mick said...

jeffwx said...
Sell and get a high draft pick
ALR to Yanks

agreed...while he has value

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He missed tge spot

BigCat said...

If my dad was alive he would say Stra is not a " money" player. He'll win you some against the marlins etc. but when you need him to step up and blank someone. ...... He ain't got it.

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