Friday, July 5, 2013

Game 86: Padres at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Davey Johnson had no good reason for making the change to his lineup that he did yesterday - swapping Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth - but obviously the new look worked for the Nationals, who scored eight runs to beat the Brewers. And Davey isn't about to mess with a good thing and make another change now.

Really, though, lineup construction is less about who hits where and more about who is hitting at all. So the best hope for the Nationals' run-scoring abilities moving forward is the simple fact they've got a complete, healthy lineup in place (including Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos) for the first time since mid-April.

That lineup will try to keep things going tonight against the Padres, who send hard-throwing right-handed Andrew Cashner to the mound. Gio Gonzalez, who has been fantastic lately, gets the ball for the Nats, trying to put his team two games over the .500 mark again.

Updates to come...

SAN DIEGO PADRES 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, 88 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to LF
NATIONALS (43-42)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Jayson Werth
2B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PADRES (40-46)
SS Everth Cabrera
CF Chris Denorfia
LF Carlos Quentin
3B Chase Headley
RF Kyle Blanks
2B Logan Forsythe
1B Jesus Guzman
C Yasmani Grandal
RHP Andrew Cashner

UMPIRES
HP Mike Everitt (cc)
1B Bruce Dreckman
2B Quinn Wolcott
3B David Rackley

7:07 p.m. — We are underway on a very warm Friday night in the District. Gio Gonzalez starts off Everth Cabrera with a fastball for strike one.

7:20 p.m. — The bad news: Gio's first-inning struggles continue. He allowed a pair of doubles, to Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley, bringing home the night's first run and putting the Nats in an early 1-0 hole. The good news: Gonzalez has shown he can quickly bounce back from those rocky starts this season. His first-inning ERA is now 5.50. After that, it drops to 2.59.

7:26 p.m. — A 1-2-3 bottom of the first for Andrew Cashner, including a weak grounder to second off the bat of Bryce Harper. That leaves Harper 0-for-15 since his dramatic homer on his first swing back from the DL on Monday. Obviously, he's still getting his timing all the way back after the long layoff. Still 1-0 Padres after one.

7:40 p.m. — More trouble for Gio in the top of the second. He had runners on second and third with nobody out, but he then escaped the jam with back-to-back-to-back strikeouts. Nicely done.

8:06 p.m. — Holy moly, the Nats bats are back out in full force tonight. They just put up a 5-spot on Cashner in the bottom of the second. And all three outs were well-struck. The highlights: Wilson Ramos picked up right where he left off yesterday, delivering a two-run single, making him 4-for-5 with 7 RBI now since his return from the DL. Denard Span smoked a two-run double into the right-field corner to keep the rally going. Ian Desmond actually drew a walk (shocking, I know). And Harper just got under a ball a tad, just missing a grand slam, instead settling for a sac fly to deep center. So it's 5-1 now as the new-look Nats lineup continues to rake.

8:14 p.m. — Chase Headley is a one-man wrecking crew tonight, doling out some serious punishment on Gio. He doubled in a run in the first and now he just crushed a solo homer to left in the third, trimming the Nats' lead to 5-2.

8:30 p.m. — Ramos. Again. A run-scoring single in the third makes it 6-2 and makes Wilson 5-for-6 with eight RBI since his return. For comparison's sake, Ramos now has eight RBI in 1 1/3 games, the same number of RBI Kurt Suzuki had over his previous 23 games. Unreal.

8:55 p.m. — Make it 8-2 Nats after four innings. If you've lost track, here are their run totals over the last six days: 13, 10, 0, 1, 8, 8. I seriously think they're incapable of scoring three or four runs on a single night.

9:13 p.m. — Gio has really settled into a nice groove now after a somewhat shaky start to his evening. He's retired eight straight and isn't giving the Padres any reason to think they can claw their way back into this game. It remains 8-2 in the middle of the sixth.

9:32 p.m. — What was that I was saying about clawing back? The Padres are starting to do just that after Carlos Quentin murdered a fastball from Craig Stammen with two outs in the seventh. That three-run blast just trimmed the lead to 8-5. Gio's final line: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 110 pitches, 70 strikes. Solid, though he's certainly been better in recent starts.

9:50 p.m. — Tyler Clippard puts out the fire. We move to the bottom of the eighth, still 8-5.

10:05 p.m. — That's your ballgame. Rafael Soriano closes out an 8-5 victory, the Nats' second straight and seventh in their last 11 games. And with the Braves having now lost three in a row, the deficit in the NL East is back down to five games.

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NatsLady said...

I thought Ramos was catching. Wonder why the switch. Gio wanted Zook or Ramos was a little tired? I hope that's all it is.

realdealnats said...

NL--I'd say they are going to handle Ramos with kid gloves for a couple weeks here. Make sure that hammy stays nice and stretched without barking or worse.

realdealnats said...

I actually liked it when they were rotating, it seemed to get the best from both at the plate. I wouldn't mind seeing this for a while and real gradually switch over.

Section 222 said...

Following up on the last thread, here's another gymnast throwing a first pitch. Apparently it's in Japan because the actual pitcher who takes the mound when she's done is none other than Yu Darvish!

MicheleS said...

NL.. weird, Julie Alexandria tweeted out the picture and it has Ramos as the C.

natsfan1a said...
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natsfan1a said...

Corrected copy.

On another lineup up note, I got a fever and the only prescription is more Ryan Zimmerman. :-)

Will be going to the P-Nats game tonight but will also DVR this game. Go, GIO! Go, NATS!!

David Proctor said...

Cashner is legitimately good. Hope we can get to him. We've got Gio, Strasburg and JZimm in this series. Padres are a pesky team, but if we don't win at least 2/3, it'll be a disappointment.

David Proctor said...

Ramos is catching. That's a typo in this article.

NatsLady said...

WaPo thinks it's Ramos. Guess we'll find out.

David Proctor said...

It's Ramos, the Nats tweeted out the lineup. It has Ramos in there.

Section 222 said...

Must have been so used to typing Suzuki from the previous 40 or so games.

natsfan1a said...

Mark's Tweeter feed at top right also says same lineup as yesterday.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 27s Davey said he expects Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond to be named to All-Star team.

Doc said...

This is no time to rest The Buffalo. This is a time for another of his 3-Run HR's!!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP now Ryan Mattheus threw off a mound today. Davey said everybody was impressed. Could be on rehab assignment in 10 days.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I like Gio/Zook together... But I'm fine with Ramos getting out there... Hopefully, this rest will help Zook as I liked it when DJ did the switcheroo between the 2 catchers...

With that said, I'm sincerely and seriously, hoping we got at least 7-3 before the AS game... I like our chances against the Padres...

Lets Go Nats!!!!

David Proctor said...

The bullpen is interesting right now. Storen has an ERA of over 5. Mattheus will be back. Presumably, Garcia will be in there at some point. Who leaves? Abad and Krol have both been very good.

David Proctor said...

I think Suzuki catches JZimm tomorrow. They seem to be perfect together (which is interesting since they were awful together last year).

Faraz Shaikh said...

what is that more next to RZ?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I keep forgetting about Mattheus... Probably becuz I was so livid when I found out him breaking his hand wasnt a joke....

Wow, we've got some decisions for the BP... Who goes back down I wonder... I don't want Abad nor Krol to go back...

Can they send T Moore back down, instead? Becuz he seriously needs to play every day...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MrsB, I expect a trade from the bullpen and wouldn't be surprised for teams that need a closer if Storen isn't the one to go.

NCNatsie said...

Faraz Shaikh said, "what is that more next to RZ?"

Apparently it has something to do with 1a's fever.

David Proctor said...

Do you think a team would offer anything of any value at all for Storen? And why would they make him their closer when he boasts a 5+ ERA. I understand he did better in that role, but that's a risk to assume he'll go back to being great just because he's in the 9th inning.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Samardzija getting knocked around Wrigley by the Pirates. 7 hits with 1 out in the 3rd.

Nats 128 said...

"Ghost Of Steve M. said...
MrsB, I expect a trade from the bullpen and wouldn't be surprised for teams that need a closer if Storen isn't the one to go."

I dont see it unless Rizzo got a sizeable prospect in return.

David Proctor said...

Maybe if you package Espinosa and Storen, two underachieving but very high upside guys together...you get something of at least a little value? I still doubt it, to be honest.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, teams do it because they are desperate. Look no further than the Boston Red Sox. I agree with Nats128 that you only do it if the return is a good prospect.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, Espinosa is worth a low level prospect and not worth trading. Espi is more valuable this team as a shortstop if anything happened to Desi.

Section 222 said...

I seriously doubt any team is desperate enough to make Drew Storen their closer in his current funk. If he can't get it together, he'll have to join Espi in the minors until he does. Rizzo won't want to trade him with his value in a valley.

NCNatsie said...

222, I would think it has to do with what GM's around baseball perceive his problem to be. That perception may be quite different from what we've all been speculating on these past few days. And Rizzo might be able to talk to them frankly about it, which he can't do to us.

Of course, knowing his great respect for us, he probably would tell us the truth if he could do so in private, but since anybody can lurk on a blog...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NCNatsie, that is correct. Other GMs believe they can change a player and it usually begins with the change of scenery.

Rizzo is probably already receiving phone calls but he won't let him go for garbage and the same goes for Espi.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Look no further than Kevin Gregg. He ended up just under 5 ERA last year and now he's a possible All Star.

Storen is young and controlable.

Section 222 said...

Sure, and as an offseason acquisition, I can easily see a team wanting him. But mid-season, with his head and his mechanics who knows where, to trade for him, and make him the closer? Not gonna happen.

Would a team take him for nothing and put him in its bullpen somewhere? Sure. But not as closer. But Rizzo won't take nothing anyway, as you say.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

On June 1 before beating the Nats, Tim Hudson had a 5.37 ERA.

He will be 38 years old in a week from Sunday. Do you think he has any value? He ERA is now 4.22

A DC Wonk said...

I just want to re-interate "Wonk's way to .600 baseball"

Win 2/3 when the big three are pitching
Win 1/2 when the other two are pitching

That is close to what's happened over the last 15 games (once we won 3/3 and 0/2). So, we've been .600 over the last 15 games.

So, while most thing of winning "series", I'm trying to win all the "Wonk series".

Today's the first game of the next Wonk Series.

A DC Wonk said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Look no further than Kevin Gregg. He ended up just under 5 ERA last year and now he's a possible All Star.

Storen is young and controlable.

Totally. He's only 25, not too expensive, and in our control for a while. The fact that he went 17 consecutive appearances with just one earned run shows that he's got great upside.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I like "re-interate." It sounds like what you try when you can't get a word in edgewise.

That, or reburying someone.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Exactly Wonk. He was a closer before the Nats got Soriano.

A DC Wonk said...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I like "re-interate." It sounds like what you try when you can't get a word in edgewise.


Yeah . . . well, yeah, sometimes that happens to me ;-)

(nice catch!)

MicheleS said...

Decided to skip tonight's game, feel like a wrung out dish rag after the last few days.

GYFNG! hope Ramos continues his comeback, Bryce get's back on track, Gio stays calm, and keep the line moving boys!

Mark Zuckerman said...

Sorry guys, just realized I mistakenly had Suzuki catching instead of Ramos. Force of habit on my part, I guess. Apologies for the confusion.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I feel Storen will go at least 10 appearances before we fuss at him again.

A DC Wonk said...

Reminds me in the first week how many people wanted to dump Soriano, and criticized Rizzo for that acquisition.

MicheleS said...

I hope Wilson is channeling the Gio Whisperer tonight

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Going to be a good series. A sweep by the Nats will put this team right back in the hunt and ready to make a move.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Pdres have hit terrible, and Gio falling behind batte4s is giving them confidence. Throw strikes.

David Proctor said...

Gio can't throw strikes. Suzuki should get in his face in the dugout.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Gio will settle down next inning - just needs to get out of this one -- he will

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Swinging K

David Proctor said...

Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 1m
Gio Gonzalez's 1st inning ERA: 5.50. After that: 2.59. #NationalsTalk

NatsFanSinceStart said...

We are going to score a lot tonight!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio's first innings are pften his worse. 30 pitches way too many.

Not sure what his preparation regiment is, but seems iyt takes an inning to get ready.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Please drag bunt Span

David Proctor said...

Not the best first inning in the world...

Knoxville Nat said...

30 pitches in the first inning, ugh! Even with some improvement at that rate he is not likely to get past the sixth inning.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Kashner easily out pitched Gio. 8 pitches, tree soft grounders.

Not a good start offensively or defensely.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I can believe that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

All three hitters have all been 0 fors.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Com on Gio, we can't afford to punk out on a team that has not neen httin in a week.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Oh Yeah. Gio is completely warm now. He doesn't get into a groove until he's sweating. Smooth sailing from here on.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Don't fret it, Manassas: tonight is really gonna go the Nats way

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Took him 7 batters to warm up.

Time to start hitting Kashner. In San Diego ony Zim hit him very well as I remember.

David Proctor said...

"In San Diego ony Zim hit him very well as I remember."

Seems you remembered well. He hit that ball hard.

David Proctor said...

Wow, I thought that was a home run off the bat by Adam. Didn't go anywhere.

BigCat said...

Boy it was good to see zim turn on a ball

Brandon Wedel said...

Great AB by Werth

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Keep the line moving.

BigCat said...

Yep. Rendon patient. Good. Kinda like that kid now. Had a bad impression when I saw him at Potomac

David Proctor said...

Really BigCat? Why? Just curious because I've heard great things about Rendon since before he was drafted.

David Proctor said...

RAMOS DELIVERS!

Smatt1001 said...

And there goes the Buffalo!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Buffelo

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He looked fine in college

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span time to earn some money

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That's what I am talking about Span

Smatt1001 said...

Let's keep it up Nats!!

Brandon Wedel said...

Oh yeah Spanny Span. Where did Gio get hit? Out here in Cali I watch on MLB Gameday.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Oh Yes. Only the beginning. This is going to be a monstrous, memorable game!

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Harper: It's Showtime!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Totally glad DJ isn't batting Span 8th.... *snickers*

I love D Span.... #crushin

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I want a snowman

paul brandt said...

ok, anyone else see the lady knitting behind lerner during desi's AB, right behind Harper in the on-deck circle...3-1 count, rewind it...wtf? hysterical!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Not quite a snowman, but productivr

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Double in the Gap Zim?

paul brandt said...

sorry 3-2 count

David Proctor said...

Aww Harper hit his ball well and so did Zim. They're seeing Cashner well. Hope the Padres don't take him out.

A DC Wonk said...

He was totally squared around to bunt. Ball hit him in the middle of his chest

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Paul Brandt: ok, anyone else see the lady knitting behind lerner during desi's AB, right behind Harper in the on-deck circle...3-1 count, rewind it...wtf? hysterical!!

WTF!!! MOM!!!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The Manhatton project.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Bwahhhhahhhhhhh yeah I saw her... That would be what my gma would do at a game... Then if the blue missed a call, cuss like a dang sailor....

paul brandt said...

natsfan, haha...maybe that's her stress reliever or just in a hurry to get warm for the winter...just struck me as odd on a 90 degree day and with those seats!!! still a wtf!

David Proctor said...

Come on Gio, you got a big lead.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Shut down inning. Guy goes 0 for 15 now 2 for 17

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Great play Rendon.never saw that DP coming

David Proctor said...

Gio is getting hit extremely hard. He may not be long for this game.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Just about to post that I'd feel better if Gii could get some easy contact outs just before thatDP. NICE!

And now Headly goes yard. Whew!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They are hitting him hard when he falls behind.

When he is ahead they dont hit well.

Seems like an easy solution to me.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lets add on runs.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio should be good for 6 just get ahead of batters and they chase. Notice.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wonder if the humidity is getting to Gio...

Knoxville Nat said...

Have to give a shout out to Chase Headley a Tennessee Vol from Knoxville. Glad we turned the DP before his at bat!

David Proctor said...

Gio is from Miami. He's said he prefers playing in the summer heat to the April cold.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

4.70 add on more

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I have a theory, but would like to hear others.

When there is a large crowd, why is there always a few sections in the lower section (not the Lexus section) thst are empty of about 200-300 seats together?

David Proctor said...

Those people are probably inside the nice air-conditioned club watching the game, instead of out in the heat. I'd prefer to be out there super close, but alas. I can't afford those seats.

Knoxville Nat said...

What a turnaround. After the first inning I was giving Cashner 7 innings and Gio maybe 5.1, if Gio could get his pitch count down.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Not near the suites

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Buffalo attack

David Proctor said...

Anyone think we've missed Ramos?

Knoxville Nat said...

Buffalo!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yes... I want more runs though....

Conor Furey said...

First time poster though I have read the comments for a very long time so I feel like I know all you guys haha. But boy is it great to see Wilson back. Not that I have anything against Kurt but Wilson just deserves this with all he has been through

David Proctor said...

Can we get a 1-2-3 inning Gio? I love what I'm seeing from the offense, not so much from the pitching today.

David Proctor said...

I'll be happy if Gio goes 5 at this rate...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Could we throw a few strikes please.

Same guy he K in second, he walks ob 4 pitches.

Makes no sense.

David Proctor said...

Gio is dancing around disaster.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gios large ball count making it harder on himself than it needs to be.

Now add on again please.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Gio just don't look comfy out there....

David Proctor said...

Harper can't buy a hit right now. I feel bad for him. I know he'll get it going soon though.

Knoxville Nat said...

Would have to agree with you DP. If Gio should some how make it through 6 tonight I'll be surprised.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

This is a long game....

Knoxville Nat said...

MrsB, not as long as if we were losing.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Knox - yeah it would be so much worst if we were losing.... Thankfully we aren't....

David Proctor said...

Well the more runs we get, the longer we can afford to keep Gio in.

mick said...

Unknown said...
Ah, Vida Blue. There's a name from the past.

Went to Opening Day '71 expecting to see Denny Mclain pitch the game (we bought tickets not too long after the trade) but ol' Bob Short pitched Dick Bosman and garnered another good crowd when he pitched against the White Sox a few days later.

Against a great Vida Blue, the Seantors won 8-0 on eight hits.

I think that was the year he won the Cy Young.

Your right, McClain pitched his opener verse Chisox ona Friday night...I was there...Denny went 9 innings and won 5-4 on a walk off pinch hit homer by ex White Sox Tommy McCraw in the bottom of 9th.

Blue won 17 ina row after the opening day loss verse Senators and was 17-3 at all star break

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gio will need 120 pitches to get through 6 unless something really strange haopens.

mick said...

Ramos is simply a beast right now!

David Proctor said...

Werth finally makes an out, but still brings in a run. I'll take it.

mick said...

Senators started off 12-8 and then lost 4 in row at home verse Chisox that year and never recovered...remember it like last week

mick said...

maybe this is where Ohlendorf can get some innings if Gio's count gets too high

mick said...

Jayson's at bat in 2nd is what got this rolling...seems like he is really seeing the ball well

Knoxville Nat said...

Gio will need 120 pitches to get through 6 unless something really strange haopens.

Which is why I'd be surprised if he makes it through 6.

David Proctor said...

Gio is really scaring me. They're hitting everything HARD. 6 run lead makes it easier, but still. Don't want one of those games where they keep chipping away.

NatsFanSinceStart said...

and this team isn't even hot yet - I do believe are ascent has already begun. It's going to be a pleasurable second half. and to think Harper hasn't gotten going yet.

David Proctor said...

That was a better inning despite the almost-homer. Gio might last six after all.

Knoxville Nat said...

Would someone explain to me how the Brewers managed to hold this lineup to 1 run over two games? Really, is the difference all attributed to Ramos?

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Reading the previous posts, a lot of people were writing Gio off for the night, it seems. Boy, were you ever wrong !!

David Proctor said...

Small sample size and all, but maybe this is at least a LITTLE encouraging?

Danny Espinosa opened his @SyracuseChiefs tenure 6-for-70. With a 1B and fifth-inning 2B tonight, he's 6 out of his last 10. #Nats

David Proctor said...

Gio is responsible for 8 RBI in last 2 games. It's been a pretty big difference. He won't keep this up, but it's a significant addition.

David Proctor said...

Not Gio -___-. If Gio did it, it'd be something! Ramos.

paul brandt said...

Conor Furey said...

First time poster though I have read the comments for a very long time so I feel like I know all you guys haha. But boy is it great to see Wilson back. Not that I have anything against Kurt but Wilson just deserves this with all he has been through
July 05, 2013 8:27 PM

welcome bro!!

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Knoxville: Lineups are strange things -- one person can change a lineup, or just a change in the lineup itself can make The difference. Each slot in the order has a different job or duty to do and each one feels differently to each player. Players actually hit better in a certain spot. Who knows why? Setting the perfect lineup is almost a mystical exercise. But we've had both added players AND changed the lineup: Opposing pitchers are having difficulty pitching to this order -- anyway it works!! don't change it

NatsFanSinceStart said...

Espi isn't 6 for his last ten. If he started 6/70, that would mean before his 6/10 he was 0/for his first 60. And I know he was hitting 150 at some point on his way to .088.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Now 5-4 Phillies and the Philly announcers are dreading 2 more innings of their own bull pen.

David Proctor said...

It's possible your numbers aren't updated NatsFanSinceStart. It's including tonight's game. Mark retweeted that stat.

David Proctor said...

Gio might make it 7 innings. Who in the world would have guessed that?

NatsJack in Florida said...

Amazing turnaround by Gio. Now he can finish 7.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I owe you acold one DP.

Knoxville Nat said...

Gio has made it through 6, I'll have my crow with ketchup please.

David Proctor said...

Okay, it's time for Harp to get a hit. He's due.

Knoxville Nat said...

Now can we get at least 4 or 5 runs for Strasburg on Sunday? Not to mention JZ tomorrow?

David Proctor said...

Or not.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cliff Lee totally fell apart in the 7th. Not use to that.

RickH said...

Knoxville ... Thanks for the heads up that Headley is a fellow UT alum and East Tennessean.

David Proctor said...

Philly clinging to a 1 run lead...but they have the worst bullpen in the NL.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Slacking off since the 4th.

Knoxville Nat said...

RickH,

I'm not sure that Headley is actually an "alum", I think he may have left after 3 years.

David Proctor said...

So if this 6 run lead holds through the 7th...I'd put Storen in for the 8th. It's as low a leverage situation as you can get, and he needs to get back out there and try to fix whatever is wrong.

NatsJack in Florida said...

FP just nailed it. J-DUB batting 6th allows him to see the opposing pitcher and already have a good idea of how he's going to work him. Plus, he's doing his thinking out loud so the other bench guys are getting info, as well.

He's batting in the perfect spot and worth every dime the Lerners pay him.

David Proctor said...

I found it funny when people accused Werth of exploiting his contract or his ego to get moved to the 2 spot over Rendon. It's funny because Werth has been fairly vocal that he doesn't like the 2 spot, but did it because Davey thought it was best for the team.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Braves out in the 8th.

Nineth BJ Upton
McCann
Pinch hitter

Knoxville Nat said...

I'll agree on JW's place in the lineup but I'm still not convinced about the money. I still think we paid too much for what Werth brings to the table.

David Proctor said...

Stammen...

David Proctor said...

Wow Stammen

Knoxville Nat said...

Oh shoot!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'd of put in Storen....

JaneB said...

Oh man. Bring in Drew!

David Proctor said...

Looks like it's a Clippard-Soriano night. Wasn't expecting that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was about to look it up Stammen's last 10 games as it has been not good either and gives up alot of inherited runners.

BigCat said...

Stammen needs to pound low FB's. that's it Game over

David Proctor said...

I think some will get on Davey for pulling Gio, but to be honest, he'd thrown 119 pitches last time out. He was at 110. Stammen has struggled, it was a good spot to bring him in against a RHH. Thankfully we still have a decent lead.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

7Th inning guys come in not ready lately.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Nats can't get Garcia or Mattheus back soon enough.

Stammen AND Storen love hanging sliders lately.

paul brandt said...

saint mick/unknown, saw the name "Dick Bosman" in your previous posts and had to chime in:

Dick Bosman was one of my coaches growing up and just a great guy...was one of my coaches for roughly 5+ years & learned alot from him and boy, did he have some good stories...my legion team even had the pleasure of being invited to play some semi-pro teams in Newfoundland when we were all 18 or so and Boz was a big part of making that happen...you can imagine the fun we had.

p.s. I still have my infielders glove that Boz re-stitched himself...he was so appalled at the condition of my glove that he made me hand it over and it's still like brand new, some 25+ years later...really a wonderful guy and someone I looked up to and learned alot from.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Of course our last 9 hitters have been out, so we have this bad habit of relaxing.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I agree with DJ pulling Gio... It could have been a bad night by Gio but he made the adjustments and got going...

Good outting by Gio... Glad he got the run support tonight too...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
When there is a large crowd, why is there always a few sections in the lower section (not the Lexus section) thst are empty of about 200-300 seats together?
July 05, 2013 8:19 PM


I think you might be referring to the WAG (Wives And Girlfriends) section.

Brandon Wedel said...

Werth is hot lately

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Paul B., thanks for sharing that great Bosman story.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Werth has quietly had a very good stretch of games....

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Wasn't around early, but just saw the replay of Ramos's first RBI single--FP called that the 5.5 hole, but that looked more like 5.1 to me.

Buffalo!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Wow, Ramos just *looks* like a man fixing to hit something hard.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

But no. House by the Side of the Road. Sigh.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Uhm... Why haven't we seen Abad or Krol lately?

David Proctor said...

That was a good pitch. Can't really fault Ramos for looking at that one. I thought it was well high and outside at first, but replay showed it was good.

David Proctor said...

6 to get, 2 to give. 1-2-3 from Clip would be huge.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Knoxville Nat.....it's not what Werth brings to the table in measureable numbers. It's the culture he brings that wasn't anywhere in the organization before his arrival.

That doesn't mean there were people that didn't have the same abilities as coaches or managers. It means the Nats needed a catalyst on the field, playing ever day that relted to the rest of the players on how to be winners.

Werth does that.

Knoxville Nat said...

NatsJack,

Many, many years ago was watching a friend of mine play in the Industrial League at Cabin John Regional Park. About the fifth inning or so this gentleman sat down near me and he looked familiar so I asked if he used to play for the Senators. He acknowledged that he did and introduced himself as Dick Bosman. We talked for several minutes and I kept thinking to myself, what a class act this guy is.

BigCat said...

Tracy out again......yawn

What is the story with Micah at Syracuse? Seems like we might of had something with him. Attitude?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stammen given up earned runs 4 of last 5 games, 5 of 8. 6 runs in last 6 innings.

Not sre inherited runners.

Not sure why he suddenly cant pitch like he was.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Stammen again throwing BP. What has happened to him and Storen.

Stammen comes in to face 1 batter and once again lets an inherited runner to score while giving up another 2.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Stammen hasn't been really good ever since he came in for long relief for SS in Atl... At least that's the last time I really remember him being money...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Krol last pitched Tuesday, not exactly mop-up but it was 4-0 late. Abad pitched Wednesday. So we've sort of seen them, but I know what you mean, MrsB. Davey just has his heirarchies, and that's that.

David Proctor said...

I think Stammen is injured, tbh. You don't pitch nearly 1.5 spectacular years and then just implode like this. (Well it's possible, but I doubt it). Something is up.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He asked for and received his release earlier this ek.

Why was Tracy battin instead of Lombo. We just needed a single.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MNF, his last Med Lev appearance was May 31st. Davey brings him into easier outings.

Knoxville Nat said...

My bad, should have addressed my last post to Paul Brandt and not NatsJack!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Upton k

Section 135 said...

Stammen is the new Slaten

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