Sunday, July 7, 2013

Game 88: Padres at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Winners of three straight, the Nationals today seek their first four-game win since early-May. They are finally on something of a sustained roll, having won 11 of their last 18. That doesn't sound impressive? Well, that's a .611 winning percentage over the last three weeks, a rate that over a full season would equate to 99 wins. Obviously, they've got to prove they can do this for more than three weeks, but it's certainly a start.

With left-hander Robbie Erlin on the mound for the Padres, Davey Johnson is giving Adam LaRoche a rare day off. In his place is Tyler Moore, who starts only his third game of the season at first base. The rest of the lineup stays the same, with Wilson Ramos back in there behind the plate. (Another interesting note: The Nats this season are 11-5 when Ramos plays, 34-37 when he doesn't.)

Stephen Strasburg, owner of a 1.29 ERA over his last nine starts, gets the ball this afternoon against his hometown team. He hasn't surrendered more than two earned runs in any of those nine outings, quite a stretch of dominance for the right-hander.

I'm off today, taking a quick breather before heading to Philadelphia tomorrow. Enjoy the conversation...

SAN DIEGO PADRES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 90 degrees, Wind 12 mph out to CF
NATIONALS (45-42)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
2B Anthony Rendon
1B Tyler Moore
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Stephen Strasburg

PADRES (40-48)
SS Everth Cabrera
CF Will Venable
LF Carlos Quentin
3B Chase Headley
1B Jesus Guzman
RF Kyle Blanks
C Nick Hundley
2B Alexi Amarista
LHP Robbie Erlin

UMPIRES
HP Quinn Wolcott
1B David Rackley
2B Tim Welke (cc)
3B Bruce Dreckman

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Ghost Of Steve M. said...

So much for moving Span back in the lineup vs LHPs. Time for Span to get back to his historical good numbers vs LHPs.

Faraz Shaikh said...

yes GoSM. Hope today is the day.

Hope to also see Moore's one of towering blasts today. Been a while.

Section 222 said...

Wonk, if your'e reading. I'll be there in 314. See you at the picnic tables beforehand if I get there in time.

Found my Stras shirsey with the now vintage NATIONALS script on the front. So I'm looking for his first no-no today. Too much to expect? Ok, just a quality start.

Section 222 said...

Nice move to give ALR a day off. Ty-Mo, it's your day. Ghost, Span is Davey's leadoff hitter. That's just not going to change, especially now that he's heating up.

A DC Wonk said...

Section 222 said...

Wonk, if your'e reading. I'll be there in 314. See you at the picnic tables beforehand if I get there in time.


The picnic tables are, what, 312 or so?

Also -- how do we recognize each other (since we don't have "NI" signs yet?

Here's how to recognize us. My beard is long overdue for a trim, I have a red Nats hat and a white Nats t-shirt. The cute Mrs. Wonk will be wearing a _pink_ Nats hat and blue t-shirt.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Sect222, you are correct. It won't change so we have to hope Span changes. Just waiting for him to progress to the mean.

His numbers vs RHPs is All Star quality so once he turns around his batting vs LHPs his season will turn around. I just don't know how much longer you can wait on his batting vs LHPs. The man is the leadoff hitter and table setter.

SCNatsFan said...

Boy a sweep would feel niiiiice

jeffwx said...

I would think they bring Desmond to Citifield given the injuries at AS shortstop

natsfan1a said...

Go, Stephen! Go, NATS!!

(Also, Quinn Wolcott? What is this, the Algonquin or a ballgame? Oh, nevermind.)

jeffwx said...

and they ought to give Soriano the day off. I'm sure they will..He looked more shaky than usual yesterday. Thank you ALR for the amazing glove sve. He should have been a goalie too.

SCNatsFan said...

I've never seen a reliever who gives up more base runners but gets the job done then soriano, or it certainly feels that way

jeffwx said...

And Espinosa heating up, he is showing he can do it.
If this keeps up, he can become a key trade chip for an sp of Garza, nolasco caliber

David Proctor said...

I'm hoping we're up by enough that it's not a save situation. Storen seems to be Davey's go-to closer of choice when Soriano is unavailable and despite yesterday's great outing...I'd rather not see him.

jeffwx said...

yes, and they used him 3 days in a row. I hope they can use Krol/Abad/Clippard to give some rest to rafael

sjb said...

Of course, the player with the least time off has been Desmond. He has had exactly one off day this season, May 19 at San Diego. Espinosa replaced him (and, unsurprisingly, went 0 for 4). You would think he should get some time off in the second half, but who would replace him?

jeffwx said...

lombo could, you could move Rendon to SS also

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was in 314 yesterday

David Proctor said...

My understanding of this guy pitching is that he's a rookie with a good fastball, but can't command his secondary pitches. Sounds kind of like a less-impressive Zach Wheeler. Hope we welcome him the same way we welcomed Wheeler.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Tables at about 312

David Proctor said...

Desmond has come out and said he doesn't want days off. I'm not convinced that everyone needs them. There are guys (rare, but they happen) who play every inning the entire season. Adam Jones for the O's (vomit) did it last year. Machado was doing it this year til he got ejected.

jeffwx said...

I was behind you MNF, standing. Could not sit next to the Mayor of Natstown in my usual seats, sect 135, row C....too hot. He was there the whole game...admirable

Secret wasian man said...

Need to get this one. Since GIO Zimm and Stras definitely not pitching tomorrow.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was shocked when he went 3 up 3 down Friday night.

jeffwx said...

good..they should be patient against the rookie.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was in row H second from back, sitting with Mrs Manassas.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

All coming off DL have played well.

Haren will pitch well even in Philly.

jeffwx said...

perfect seats in my book...May change my Teddy plan seats next year, but will miss the Mayor and his groupies.

Section 222 said...

Wonk, don't think I'll make it much before first pitch unfortunately. I'll recognize you though since we've met before. I'll have on a white Stras shirsey. If you feel like wandering over after the third inning, I'll try to make a quick dippin dots run at that time with the youngster who'll be with me.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My buddy I often go with has Teddy in 313

David Proctor said...

Ryan Zimerman hasn't had a throwing error since June 9. Of course, he's had a few fielding errors...but still.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ray Knight just did a pre-game interview with Stammen and called him the most valuable pitcher. The whole interview was sugarcoated and Stammen says he feels great. Ray never asked him what's been wrong in his last 6 appearances. He's had 1 good relief appearance within that span.

Here's the numbers in his last 6 appearances, 8 innings, 10 runs scored, 6 of them on Stammen's ERA and 4 on the starter's ERA as he allowed 4 inherited runners to score.

Ray can lob Stammen the easy ones, but get real, there's something wrong. Since May 31st he has also picked up 2 losses when he gave it up in tie games.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Stras with the breaker for the K on the lefty!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What a curve on eah of the first 2

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Stras with the breaker breaker K on 2 lefties and the righty somehow pulls the outside pitch just past Desi for a single. Just when we were all thinking No Hitter.

David Proctor said...

That might've been Strasbrug's most dominant inning of the year, despite the hit. That was absolutely filthy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Despite a hit, Stras looked really solid.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

David we agree.

David Proctor said...

Look at Span going the other way lately. That's a great sign.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Span getting a hit off of the lefty is a big deal. That's the way to make your manager look smart.

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go Denard! Lead off hit off the LH, then get in scoring position.I wouldn't even entertain the possibility of moving him down in the order.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Look at Desi going the other way with a smart out. Now Span sitting at 3rd with 1 out. That's situational bat control.

David Proctor said...

Harper with another RBI and a hit against a lefty

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Harper goes oppo single!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Davey is a genius ;)

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Three hitters, nobody pulling the ball, or swinging for a six-run home run. Pitcher pounding the strike zone.

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go, Harper!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

(Also, Quinn Wolcott? What is this, the Algonquin or a ballgame? Oh, nevermind.)

It's not the twenties yet. Silly to blame it on dates, anyway.

David Proctor said...

This guy must have a weird delivery or something. He blew fastballs by both Zim and Werth (although Werth made the out on a curve).

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Erlin is a lefty who in inning 1 looked solid against righties and not so ggo against lefties.

Not normal.

Joe Seamhead said...

Left handlers 2-2 and right handlers 0-3 against the LHP.

Joe Seamhead said...

Owe you a beer, MNF!

David Proctor said...

LH actually hit Erlin better, according to his stats. Way better. Wonder if Davey realized that when he took LaRoche out. Was probably a scheduled day off for Adam anyway though.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I was hoping the Nats were going to knock this kid out in the 1st. 1 run in that inning is lucky for the Padres. RZim up with a 3-0 count and then goes down on 3 straight in the zone.

Oh well. 1 run is better than none.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

It's 92 here--anybody see a temperature on the field? There's sure no shade out there today.

Candide said...

A DC Wonk said...

Section 222 said...

Wonk, if your'e reading. I'll be there in 314. See you at the picnic tables beforehand if I get there in time.

The picnic tables are, what, 312 or so?

Also -- how do we recognize each other (since we don't have "NI" signs yet?


I've been saying for a while that someone should come to each game with an 8 x 11 sheet of paper that says, "NIDO Settlement Here."

I won't be able to do it for a while; Cunegonde and I are in France until July 14. Going to bed each night before first pitch, waking up to fire up my phone and checking MLB At Bat. Hardly an adequate substitute.

Update: Nephew #1 (lives in DC, also a Nats fan also here in Provence) just walked into the room - "Nats on top, one-nothing."

David Proctor said...

Is it me or is Strasburg's velocity down? A lot of 93s.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stras looked good first 6 batters than suddenly....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David Proctor said...
LH actually hit Erlin better, according to his stats. Way better. Wonder if Davey realized that when he took LaRoche out. Was probably a scheduled day off for Adam anyway though.


That's an interesting analysis. Definitely need to see where that goes today.

David Proctor said...

Thank goodness the pitcher was up. All 93-94 in that inning.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Braves behind by 2 runs.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Stras has thrown 33 pitches and only 2 changeups. Fastballs and curves today so far.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Is it me or is Strasburg's velocity down? A lot of 93s.

Maybe he's pacing himself in the heat?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

How many times will Carp refer to Everth Cabrera as the All Star today.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Stras's velo is definitely off today unless the radar gun needs recalibration.

I wonder what the stadium gun says.

Stras reared back against the pitcher on the K and was at 94.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Ghost, over-under? I'll put it at 6.5. I think he's got 2 already.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Curveball K of Everth Cabrera tightened up this time to start over the middle of the plate. Great call as the batter was thinking changeup.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Definitely over 6.5. He's at 3 now ;)

David Proctor said...

That last pitch was 96 on the black. So nevermind.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, I wonder if they recalibrated the radar gun in the 3rd inning.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

So that's two things Strasburg is clearly not concerned about today: pitch count and hitting people.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Batter would have been dead there with a decent throw.

David Proctor said...

Rendon rushed that needlessly.

sjm308 said...

Not a good throw from Rendon

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Strasbug is like jekyl and hyde. Great or throwing way to many balls.

My buddy and I said that where Suzuki bears Ramos is catching throws coming in. Ren dons throw not easy to catch, but should habeen caught. He was out by 4 teps. Jyst catxh it.

Joe Seamhead said...

The throw from Rendon was awful. That kind of throw could put Ramos back on the DL

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rushed but catchable

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Learning Moment there, maybe, for Rendon. With his back to the play, it's hard to see where the runner is when you take the throw. Next time, he'll know to check quickly first, and know who's running. Still, even rushing it, he needs to get that closer. I expect he will, next time.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

You expose your catcher with a high throw like that. That HBP comes back to bite Stras.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The runner was not close to home, so no danger, though had he been close then danger.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Wasnt a good throw, but it was catchable.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Rushed but catchable


That didn't take long. It's a catcher's mitt not a fielder's glove. Sheesh.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stras has been Jekyll or Hyde this game. Great pitches and terrible ones.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Cardinal sin walking the opposing pitcher even if it is the Silver Slugger.

David Proctor said...

Another failed Span bunt. I don't get why he keeps trying it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Did i say easy? No catchable.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

If Span could get those bunts a foot or 2 closer to the 3rd base line those outs would be hits.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Well, it was catchable in the sense that Ramos did get the mitt on it, so it's possible it might have stuck, but "should have been caught"? No way.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I basically watch 20 games a week and seen about 50%-60% like that caught

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MNF, catchable by Joe Mauer and some of those other 6'5" catchers.

David Proctor said...

Ramos had to leap into the air to even get his mitt on it. I don't think that's fair.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He fails because he places bunts in the wrong place. Lefty pitching. Bunt to first base side toward second baseman.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That works too

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Posey caught 2 last night Brandon Crawford threw just like it. He is not that tall.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

For the record, Ramos lists as 6 foot, even. He did well to get to that at all.

David Proctor said...

Need Zim to come up here.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
I basically watch 20 games a week and seen about 50%-60% like that caught


Really 50-60% like those caught in a week? I rarely see throws like that. Most throws to home are caught on a line or bounced in or way offline.

I must be watching different games because this is my 88th Nats game of the year and the 1st I've seen all season thrown that high to a Nats catcher.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I never said it was easy, i said catchable. Not complaining as much as you guys are defending.

David Proctor said...

GRAND SLAM RYAN ZIMMERMAN!!!

Smatt1001 said...

ZIM!!!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Posey lists as 6' 1", but looking at their body types, I'm guessing anybody nicknamed "Buffalo" didn't get that for his ups.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

A Granny from the Z man!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim looked good.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Sorry if I'm piling on, there, MNF.

David Proctor said...

This is the Nats last year. First time around the order, sometimes they did damage, but not always. Second time around, WATCH OUT.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

C'mon, Rendon, we want pizza!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nats at the 4.70 and Stras got run support!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I plam to drop as you guys think i am complaining though i was commenting not complaining.

Avila caught a similar about 10 minutes ago and missed the tag.

It was a hard play leave it that.

David Proctor said...

RENDON!!! HALF OFF PIZZA AGAIN

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I AM the Summoner today! Cool!

Smatt1001 said...

Time to pile it on!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Rendoner!

Faraz Shaikh said...

wow sofa, you called that one.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Speaking for myself, I thought you were commenting, not complaining. Again, sorry for beating the horse.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rendon back over .300

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go, Zim! Four rounds of NATS! NATS! NATS!

And now Anthony Rendon! YOWSA!!!

MNF, it was a very tough ball to catch, not impossible. None the less, I have seen a lot of catchers get seriously hurt by getting their legs cut out from under them on high throws to the plate. The fault on that play, in my opinion, no matter how I look at the replay, was Rendon's.

David Proctor said...

Man Tyler Moore is slow. I thought he would beat that out. "Wheels" LaRoche would have!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Comment not complaint, as far as Cabrerra was in the hole, tyler Moore slower tgan molsses.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

So, do you want Ramos to clear the pitcher here, or just let him get back on the mound and lead off next inning?

A DC Wonk said...

Why in the world did RZ swing at a first pitch with the bases loaded and the pitcher in trouble ;-)

Joe Seamhead said...

Sorry, I had wrote that while watching the HR's. Also didn't mean to pile on.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I was thinking, too, for a guy with such long legs (he's 6'2"), Moore looks like he should be faster. But then that doesn't really correlate, does it?

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Wonk, he took the fastball last AB at 3-0. He must be reading this between innings, and adapting.
; )

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I just like watching an actual center fielder play center field. Maybe it's just me.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bolt is 6'5" i think

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

According to some he should be in left, but not most of us.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Posey caught 2 last night Brandon Crawford threw just like it. He is not that tall.

July 07, 2013 2:35 PM


The shame for you is that I actually watched the entire Dodgers game last night and there was only 1 play at home and it was a low catchable throw 3rd to home.

Please don't make up lies. I am attaching the videotape of the only throw home which is near the end of the video highlights.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=28676555&query=%26game_pk%3D348047

David Proctor said...

Why doesn't Strasburg throw his changeup much anymore? Don't get me wrong, his curve has been FILTHY, but the change was his out pitch for much of the year. It seems like he's going to it way less.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Certainly doesn't seem to be holding INSANE back much, does it? Watching Randy Johnson run was the first thing that came to my mind. That was not pretty.

David Proctor said...

Stras hitting 95-97 now. Much better.

Joe Seamhead said...

I hate to see Strasburg walk that guy!

When I coached young outfielders we used to have a drill where we put a trash can on the ground on its side, at the plate, with the opening facing 2nd base, and had fielders throw the ball into the can on one bounce.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Phillies up 4-0 on the Barves.

David Proctor said...

Dammit. Strasburg was looking so good

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Walks and HBPs biting Stras in the rear end today.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Was last night might been friday and the ball was caught but no play as the runners held at thirsmd. Cain was backing up ready to catch.

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Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Joe Morgan-esque; anything that flies that high and far ought to have a [darned] stewardess.

Smatt1001 said...

Stras taking tips from Zimm on not wanting a large lead?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

BJ Upton up with men on 3rd and 2nd and no outs and K's on 4 pitches.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

One he had to go on tip toes, one stretching up. Looking back Cain pitched Friday not last night.

I flip many games at same times, and mix nights and sometimes even games

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Just my opinion, of course, but I think MNF has earned the benefit of the doubt in here, that he must be mistaken if he mis-states a material fact. YMMV.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Our guys want support, but pitch better without.

Ken said...

Another day off???? I mean geez, really?

David Proctor said...

I'd highly prefer we stay up by at least 4 (hopefully more) so that we don't have to use our "A" bullpen.

David Proctor said...

BJ Upton has struck out in 50 straight games.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MNF, I watch almost every Dodgers game too so I watched Friday night also. Now you are saying there was no play at the plate.

Let's just move on. It was a lousy throw and Rendon will learn to never elevate a throw to a catcher like that as you will injure your catcher.

JaneB said...

What's up with TWO HBP from Strasburg? I'm working and can only monitor the game from the MLB app. Seems off and weird for him.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Pettibone gets out of it 4-1 and the pitcher knocked in the only run as they had 3rd and 2nd with no outs.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Last year was N3 for Bryce for the Final Man vote.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JaneB, Stras went from unhittable to just missing badly. Strange.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Carp loves Bud Black's brilliant career 121-116 3.84 ERA.

David Proctor said...

Strasburg has been all over the place. One inning he has pinpoint command and is unhittable, the next time he can't hit a spot to save his life. It's frustrating.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Medlin buzzed Dominic Brown back. Then homered 5-1

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Get Blanks here Stras and get back in the dugout.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

David I said he is like Jekyll and Hyde all game

David Proctor said...

Strasburg isn't making it easy, but that scoreless inning was big. I suspect Stras has 1 more inning in him with the bottom of the lineup coming up.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Huge K of Blanks who is a big HR guy! Scary there with 2 men on and a 4 run lead!

SCNatsFan said...

Fire Eck. Just remaining consistent.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The pitch Blanks fanned on similar one Brown hit off. Medlin.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Agreed

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

10 changeups for Stras so far today but none for K's.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Agreed

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Knee seems fine

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Curve though has been nasty

A DC Wonk said...

That is really amazing.

Smatt1001 said...

Heads up play by Harper

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Let's get an add on run. (Or several)

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Strasburg is throwing the 2 types of curveballs today and both are killer. He has the big hook and the tighter that drops in the dirt out of the zone. Nasty.

I wish Nats pitchers threw more of those out of the zone breakers that look like strikes for 55 feet. Only guy who can hit those retired (Vlad Guerrero).

David Proctor said...

Phillies bullpen is in. Bad news.

David Proctor said...

Strasburg looks so uptight on the mound. I realize he's a very reserved guy, but I wish he would just relax. I think he'd be even better if he didn't put so much pressure on himself.

Or maybe that pressure on himself is what makes him so good. Who knows.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Phillies escape again with 2 on. Still 5-1 heading to Phillies up in bottom of 6.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I flipped when 1-0 then a commercial figured 3rd out.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Amarista to center. He's a lover, not a fighter--but he's also a fighter, so don't get any ideas.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, Stras just strives for perfection on each pitch. Nobody is harder on himself than Stras and that's what makes him so special.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks Hunley

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Gee, that's an E-4.

David Proctor said...

We just got Strasburg those 2 runs back from the homer.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Keep the line moving

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

OK, this is where I start to think, "Save some for tomorrow, boys..."

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Cardinals re-aligned their rotation and Wainwright will now pitch on Tuesday and again on Sunday if there are no rainouts. The new CBA says by team/player decision there is now an option where the player can pitch no more than 1 inning in the All Star game.

It will be interesting if Waino decides he sits and if he does I'm thinking Stras is next man up for an All Star game invite.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...
Gee, that's an E-4.

July 07, 2013 3:27 PM


You are a bad bad Sofa. Play nice! E-2

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Naah. E-4. That was a high throw that has to be caught. He didn't even have to leave his feet. That's an E-4 in Ponce de Leon.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cleared the bases not what we wanted but 3 runs in

David Proctor said...

Strasburg getting into the act!

Smatt1001 said...

And Stras gets an RBI!

Smatt1001 said...

Ramos and T-Mo the only guys without hits at this point

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Keep the line moving.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

OK, I don't like DH, but speaking of Ponce, how about designated baserunners for the pitcher, if he should reach? Maybe only with 2 outs?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Sec3, LMAO, I knew where you were going with that! I saw 2 thrown like that yesterday caught by the 2nd baseman ;)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Phillies 6-1 on wld pitch

David Proctor said...

Phillies winning 7-1 now after a wild pitch and a ball thrown away.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Smatt1001 said...
Ramos and T-Mo the only guys without hits at this point


Desi also with no hits so far but each have put balls in play.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now 7-1 after 6

jeffwx said...

And here's to the good times!!!!
I've got new central AC and the Nats are hitting insanely but I'm outside digging in the dirt ?
WTF
least caught the last 4....
And Stras may actually get a win

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

This could be a really good day for the Nationals if all scores stay like this.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He cant get Amerista "The Little Ninja" out

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Mariners beat Reds 3-1, so we are ,4 out of wild csrd slot 2. Tie goes to Nats

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Well, he got him.

He was trying to move, just not fast enough.

David Proctor said...

Strasburg is plunking Padres left and right. It's not intentional, but Strasburg is probably happy he's not batting again. Wouldn't surprise me if they plunked him.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Stras needs to take care of biz here. 3 HBPs. Crazy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Strasburg pulling out his inner Bob Gibson.

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