Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Game 90: Nats at Phillies

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
PHILADELPHIA — Well, we figured Scott Hairston would find his way into the Nationals' lineup tonight, given his career numbers vs. Cole Hamels (12-for-30, five homers, 1.521 OPS). But we didn't figure he'd be stepping to the plate for the very first at-bat of the game.

Yes, Hairston will lead off tonight, a curious spot for him given his career .299 on-base percentage (.233 this season). But perhaps Davey Johnson didn't want to throw his whole lineup out of whack with Denard Span getting the night off, so it was easiest to keep everyone else in place and just put Hairston at the top. We'll see how this works out. We'll also see how Bryce Harper does in center field, the first time he's started out there this season.

Taylor Jordan, meanwhile, makes his third career start, hoping to take another positive step forward. With Ross Detwiler now on the DL, the rookie right-hander knows he'll get at least one more start (Sunday in Miami), so he shouldn't feel the pressure to have to perform tonight. Maybe that will allow him to relax and just do his thing.

Updates to come, please check back...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 86 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to RF
NATIONALS (46-43)
LF Scott Hairston
SS Ian Desmond
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Taylor Jordan

PHILLIES (44-46)
CF Ben Revere
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Chase Utley
LF Domonic Brown
3B Michael Young
RF Delmon Young
1B Darin Ruf
C Carlos Ruiz
LHP Cole Hamels

UMPIRES
HP Vic Carapazza
1B Gary Cederstrom (cc)
2B Kerwin Danley
3B Lance Barksdale

7:08 p.m. — We are underway with a strike from Cole Hamels to Scott Hairston. A muggy 86 degrees at gametime.

7:13 p.m. — The good news: Hairston still owns Hamels. He singled to center to improve to 13-for-31 in his career against the lefty. The bad news: Ian Desmond grounded into a double play and Bryce Harper struck out looking at a curveball from Hamels. Onto the bottom of the first.

7:20 p.m. — Apparently, it's "Hit a leadoff single, then erase it with a double-play grounder" night at the ballpark. The Phillies just did the same thing as the Nats in the bottom of the first. Ben Revere singled to center, only to be wiped out on Jimmy Rollins' 4-6-3 double play. Taylor Jordan completes the inning on 10 pitches, 6 strikes. Scoreless after one.

7:27 p.m. — You know, it hasn't gotten a whole lot of attention, but Jayson Werth has been on an extended tear at the plate. He just crushed a 1-1 changeup from Hamels into the bleachers in left-center, giving the Nats a 1-0 lead in the second. Add that homer to his previous 22 games, and Werth's slash line is now .377/.456/.597. That's quite impressive over a significant stretch of games.

7:52 p.m. — He's given up several hard-hit balls, but Jordan has managed to face the minimum through three innings so far. The kid looks more and more comfortable with each inning he gets up here. He's at 40 pitches, 24 strikes, so far tonight. Nats still lead 1-0 after three.

8:09 p.m. — Well, that was ... well, that was not pretty. With a man on second base and two outs in the fourth, Domonic Brown lined a single to right. Werth came up firing to the plate, and though his throw was on-time, Kurt Suzuki couldn't handle the short-hop and the ball scooted away. Worse, Suzuki then misfired to second base trying to get Brown advancing, but that throw skipped into center field for an error. And worst of all, replays showed Chase Utley never even touched the plate. Bad call by Vic Carapazza, but some ugly defense from the Nats, too. This game is now tied 1-1 after four.

8:16 p.m. — Five offensive innings in the books, and the Nats have nothing other than Werth's homer and Hairston's leadoff single. Well, and a pair of plunkings via Hamels at Suzuki. That's both old-school and prestigious. Some might call it fake-tough, but I won't go there. Still 1-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth.

8:32 p.m. — Boy, the double-play ball has been big for Jordan tonight. He's induced three of them in five innings, helping keep the damage to a minimum. That's where a good sinkerball pitcher really makes a difference. Jordan is at 72 pitches through five, ready to return for at least one more inning of what remains a 1-1 game.

8:59 p.m. — The third time around the lineup was a problem for Jordan in his two previous starts, and it was again tonight. He retired only one of five batters faced in the sixth, though he wasn't helped by his defense. LaRoche was charged with a tough error on a potential 3-6-3 double play. Unfortunately, the ball hit Rollins and skipped past Desmond into left field, allowing a run to score. Michael Young's two-run double, though, was the big blast, and it came before Davey could get Jordan out of the game. The Nats now trail 4-1 after six, and Jordan will remain winless through his first three career starts.

9:11 p.m. — Well, at least they put a couple of guys on base in the seventh. It was a couple of infield singles that did it, but at least the Nats gave themselves a chance against Hamels. And then Suzuki skied a fly ball to shallow center field, ending that rally. It remains 4-1 at the stretch, and the Nats are down to their last six outs.

9:31 p.m. — Huge opportunity for the Nats in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out, and Charlie Manuel came to the mound, ostensibly to take Hamels out. Except Hamels talked his way back in. And then he backed it up. He struck out Zimmerman on three pitches, the last a 92-mph high fastball. Werth then battled to a full count before skying a flyball to center to end the inning with the Nats still trailing 4-1. Not the result you wanted, but that was some pretty good theater for July 9.

9:38 p.m. — Last chance for the Nats. It'll be LaRoche, Rendon and Suzuki in the ninth. Left-hander Antonio Bastardo enters from the pen, perhaps only to face LaRoche.

9:54 p.m. — That's it. The Nats lose 4-2 — Wilson Ramos delivered a two-out RBI double off the right-field wall but Scott Hairston made the final out to end it — dropping their second straight in Philly. That leaves them at 46-44.

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bowdenball said...

Hairston's career OBP vs. lefties is .318. Also, if you're putting him in the lineup because you like the matchup with Hamels in particular, leadoff is a good place to do it, since there's a greater chance of him getting an extra AB vs. Hamels in that spot. Span's still there to pinch-hit against a righty reliever or as a defensive replacement.

I guess I'm saying leadoff seems as good a spot as any for him.

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natsfan1a said...

How about a nice big L for Colbert? Yeah, that sounds good. And a nice curly W for the Nats, of course.

Go, TJ! Go, NATS!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ok hitters get the sticks working . If inside pull , if outside go the other way, in the middle hit it up middle.

Doc said...

Good--Davey took my advice about putting Harps in CF, SCair in LF.

Now, who do I talk to about upgrading the hotdogs??

GooooooooooooNats!

hiramhover said...

Mark - is that photo the actual view from the press box? Looks like you're inside a giant metal catfish, looking out.

baseballswami said...

I guess it's ok for Hairston to lead off. Just as long as it's not one of those darn youngsters..... And, get off my lawn.

waddu eye no said...

hiram

wow - giant metal catfish. i think i have one of their albums on vinyl somewhere.

gyfng!

That Old-School, Prestigious Way of Scooter said...

"Giant metal catfish."

Man, I'm gonna have to change my name again.

Tcostant said...

I was sure Hairston would replace Span tonight, but I am a little surprised that Harper and not Hairston is in CF.

That Old-School, Prestigious Way of Scooter said...

How have I gone through my entire life* and never used the phrase "giant metal catfish"?

Might as well go back to lying in a hammock at William Duffy’s farm in Pine Island, Minnesota.


* to date

Secret wasian man said...

Need this one tonight. My office mate is a philthy fan and he's just riding me.

JD said...


I would have done the following lineup:

Werth, Harper Zim, LaRoche, Desmond, Hairston, Rendon, Suzuki.

But whatever. Let the games begin.

Eric said...

Hairston leading off...very curious and excited to see how this goes!

Section 222 said...

Hairston hasn't played CF this year at all. Last year, he played there in only 13 games, compared to a total of 94 in the corner outfield positions. So not surprising the Bryce gets moved over. He can handle it. Heck, he might even enjoy himself.

JaneB said...

I reeeeally want this one from Colbert. Man I still hold a grudge against him for plunking The Kid.
GYFNG! Lots of face eating. Pleeeeease.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

His brother has played center but not Scott.

hiramhover said...

Manassas

If you check fangraphs, etc, you'll see that 222 is indeed correct. Both brothers have played CF, but Scott has done it a little more, and more recently.

Section 222 said...

Back in 2009 Scott got almost half his ABs in CF. In recent years, he's played far fewer games there, and none this year. Age has taken its toll on his speed I guess.

Jerry played a bunch of games in CF for the Nats in 2011.

This is Harper's first start in CF this year, but he did play several innings there back in April after a double-switch.

baseballswami said...

Philly relatives are burning up the electronic airwaves trash talking. Apparently our " little pitcher boy" cannot possibly withstand the rigors of playing in their esteemed ballpark against the great and powerful Cole. I may vomit. Come on Jordan the Second!!!

David Proctor said...

The goal of the Philly trip, to me, given the pitchers, is 2/4. Then win 2/3 against the Fish. I have tonight's game as a loss, but that would mean we have to beat Cliff Lee with Gio on the mound tomorrow. We did it last time, albeit in extra innings.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I have seen jerry play there, hadnt seen Scott do it. But figured both play a lot of places.

Mark Zuckerman said...

That is indeed the view from the press box here, though I used the panoramic function on my camera phone, so it probably distorts things a bit.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I mentioned last night, giants out field was terrible last night. On Intention Talk they will talk about it.

mick said...

including tonight...73 games left...5 out of first 4 out of wild card....not too bad at all...

I am concerned about middle relief and 5th starter and who knows maybe a 4th starter due to det's injuries...the middle relief may be the biggest problem facing the team...

not sure about Ohlendorf, Abad and Stammen...those are the big question marks

mick said...

what is interesting about Hairston is that he is finally playing with players significantly better than the Cubs...he could very well be a huge gain for this team

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

"And lo, under the bridge there came a Catfish, and he was very big, and he was walking, and he was the biggest he had seen."

mick said...

David...tonight is 50/50...Nats could very well hit the ball well tonight

mick said...

"I think I go down,
to old Kansas Stew
I'm gonna bring back my second cousin,
that little Johnny Cocheroo"

time to chill, later gang...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Final tonight Nsts 5 Philthies 3

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rebdon got rid of the mullet.

hiramhover said...

Thanks for the confirmation, Mark, and for the opportunity to use "giant metal catfish"--a first for me too, as for Scooter.

David Proctor said...

It really depends on which Hamels shows up. He's so inconsistent this year. One day, he's lights out, the next he gets knocked around a bit. I hope it's the latter.

John Newman said...

Hole Camels lasts 6 1/3 innings and gets tagged for 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk. TJo lasts 5 2/3 and gives up 2 runs on 5 hits with 3 strikeouts. Phils terrorize our middle relievers, but Papelbomb comes in and gets blown up again in the 9th, sending the Phanatics into hysterical fits replete with gnashing of teeth and rend(on)ing of clothes. Final: Nats 6, Phils 5.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hamels has had a poor season, but he all to long has been a Nats killer.

Ron In Reston said...

mick said....

not sure about Ohlendorf, Abad and Stammen...those are the big question marks
-----------------------------------------------
I'm not sure I agree. I do agree that at the moment, Stammen is shaky at best (along with Storen), but look at the lines for Ohly, Abad and I'll throw in Krol:

Ohly 10 2/3 IP, 10H, 1BB, 9K, 2.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP

Abad 17 2/3 IP, 16H, 2BB, 19K, 1.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIP

Krol 12 2/3 IP, 6H, 1BB, 13K, 1.42 ERA, 0.55!! WHIP

What the heck else do you want out of your middle relievers?

Section 222 said...

Krol's the man. I have no idea why Davey is letting him sit so long between appearances. He's a hot hand right now. Ride him!

David Proctor said...

Krol hasn't worked in over a week as far as I know. I suspect he'll be in the game today with Ohlendorf being unavailable and Jordan pitching.

NatsLady said...

I don't know if this was mentioned. Giants picked up Frenchy. Now watch him turn into another Scutaro.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...
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Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Wait, I did that wrong.

What the heck else do you want out of your middle relievers?

Strand inherited runners.

Small samples, but Ohlendorf, the two times he's come in with runners on, has stranded only one of four (two of the four scored on that one HR, IIRC); Abad, in 3 appearances with IR, has stranded all four of his; and Krol only has 2 appearances with IR, and he's stranded both of his.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

And Krol last pitched July 2.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Yeonis cespides in the HR derby

MicheleS said...

GYFNG! I hope they kick Colbert's butt! Jerk

Secret wasian man said...

I really don't concern myself with who's pitching. If we can consistently score 4 to 5 a game then I'll worry. I thought we were there. Hopefully last night was just a bump. Was really hoping we could get to 2 or 3 games back before All star.

Secret wasian man said...

Philthies make me real nervous. Just like coffee to billy bob in sling blade.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Last week they went 5-2. In the 2 losses they scored a total of 1 run.

Eric said...

TyJo looking a little nervous walking around the field during warmups...

Don't fret, young Jedi, feast...feast on face!

David Proctor said...

He's probably being heckled by those idiot Philly fans.

baseballswami said...

With all the Nats hairstyles and facial hair, Hairston's totally bald, shiny head really stands out. Yikes.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

There goes the no hitter

David Proctor said...

Hairston lives up to his billing against Hamels.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Erased fast

David Proctor said...

...and a double play.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Nice start, Cleanhead!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

This ump doesn't like low pitches

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Just tap that curve foul and get anotger pitch.

Batters in the old days did that a lot. Now a days very rarely done compared to then.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ball in the middle hit up the middle, jordan's glive just missed it.

David Proctor said...

Nice inning. Faced the minimum. Utley hit the ball hard though.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

But not elivated.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth

NatsJack in Florida said...

Jayson 1 Phillies 0.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We need to line more of the pop ups.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

This ump not calling low strikes each pitchers denied 2 so far.

David Proctor said...

Tight zone.

paul brandt said...

ump stinks.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He was tight on Hamels too. Hamels smart enough to adjust, but werth homer probably result of having to adjust

David Proctor said...

Suzuki is getting a workout tonight and it's the 2nd inning.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good pick Desi.

Need less balls Jordan.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

3 batters 18 pitches, not efficient, but at least 0 runs.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Is Suzuki obligated to steal home?

slidell2 said...

At least Taylor knows how to lay down a bunt.

David Proctor said...

Uh...that pitch to Hairston was MUCH worse than the one by Jordan.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Playe ump stinks.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Plate

Faraz Shaikh said...

agreed. some really weird strikezone.

djinFl. said...

NJ, any idea when I could see Giolito pitch?

sec205 said...

Not calling it the same for both pitchers

MrsB loves the Nats said...

The blue behind the plate is getting my nerves.... I hate this SZ...

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David Proctor said...

This is a veteran ump tightening the zone for the rookie pitcher. I hate that bulls***. A strike is a strike.

BigCat said...

This jordon kid is good. Real good

David Proctor said...

Yikes, I thought Hamels had a homer there.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Colbert...warning track power.

That's a shame. Just a shame.

Jerk.

paul brandt said...

how can you not love the philly fanatic...he/she really is a great mascot.

David Proctor said...

I'll admit...I hate the Phillies...but I like the Phanatic.

paul brandt said...

DP, San Diego Chicken has always been my favorite but the Phanatic is a close 2nd.

SD Chicken was named one of the 100 most powerful people in sports for the 20th century by The Sporting News.

BigCat said...

This kid jordon to be throwing in Philly with those asshole people and an ump who is squeezing him big time. I take my hat off to him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He pitched today

Section 222 said...

YMMV, but I don't know that I'd enjoy that mascot crawling all over me during a game.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am surprised that ended a double, harper musr been shaded to left.

David Proctor said...

Well that was something.

Section 222 said...

Oh man. A LIttle League play. Ugh.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Unh...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We looked like little leaguers tgere.

Suzuki catches he is out. Then easy out at secobd he tgrows to center.

paul brandt said...

that hurt...

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

I take back every bad thing I've ever said about Wilson Ramos's catching ability.

David Proctor said...

Jordan is going to give up a run or two folks. Unreasonable to expect a shutout from a guy in his third start. He got out of that with one run, no big deal.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I hate my keyboard, the "h" seens so far ight.

Oh well.

Not an easy play, but the catcher is a major leaguer so we expect them to make the plays. Rarely drops the ball.

Scott Margenau said...

Horrible calls at home plate for Jordan.

Section 222 said...

No need to do that Sunshine. Zuki has made quite a few fantastic tags at the plate, but that was are really tough chance. And Ramos is not quite there on that aspect of the game.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Still wondering about Utley',s hit, it didn't look like a double off tge bat. Would love to see where Harper was playing?

David Proctor said...

Hamels sure loves hitting Nats...

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Here's an idea: Why don't we plunk Colbert in the ribs next time he comes to bat?

paul brandt said...

We need to drill Hamels...I don't think he is throwing at Suzuki esp with an 0-2 count but would still like to see him get drilled.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I tweeted obligation line to FP after firstHBP . Now uses my line.

BigCat said...

Should of been out of inning if our catcher can frickin catch. Also. Mick or sjm or even nats jack, as he used to catch for falls church's legendary Jake The Snake Jacobs. Is the catcher supposed to go up in front of plate 3-4 feet like a second baseman? I always thought he hangs in there

jeffwx said...

somebody get a freakin hit
get a 48 oz bat and just aim it somewhere

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Suzuki is so good at that play, i just assumed Utley would be out. Was shocked he dropped it.

David Proctor said...

Ian Desmond shaved his chin in between innings. That's new.

Section 222 said...

Ian shaved in between at bats? That's bizarre!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Not sure why we can hit lije crazy over tge weekend, and lay a team with the same ERA and we get 8 hits in 14 innings.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Sure hit

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He throwing the ball over the middle and driving right at him.

Now move tge ball around

Section 222 said...

2 on, nobody out in the 5th. Time to at least get someone up in the bullpen. Davey? Hello, Davey?

David Proctor said...

Jordan is up this inning so far.

jeffwx said...

yeah,,,,they may score 2 runs asnd that's too much for our lineup

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nice turn Rendon

paul brandt said...

nice turn by the kid.

Scott Margenau said...

Nice!

jeffwx said...

glad Davey is hard of hearing.

djinFl. said...

O ye of little faith
Get em Jordan

Section 222 said...

Ok Davey, never mind.

Rendon is a keeper.

jeffwx said...

now HYFNH

paul brandt said...

his location that inning was not good but he got out of it, nice job, really need the offense to wake up.

Knoxville Nat said...

Hold my breath every time Zim makes a throw but that was a good one. And yes, a good turn by Rendon.

Secret wasian man said...

Kids pitching great. Unfortunately Hamel is just AWESOME. I mean he is 3 and 11.

jeffwx said...

hmmm, I guess the beard wasn't the problem

Secret wasian man said...

Minus yesterday's 9 th we have 5 hits in 13 innings against Lannan and Hamels. Yuck

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

So they're back to swinging for five-run homers with the bases empty. Will somebody please not pull a ball, just once?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Poor plate approaches....

Section 222 said...

Harper just trotted down the line. :-(

jeffwx said...

Cole Hamels, 3-11, 4.38 ERA
is a superstar

Secret wasian man said...

Padres series was a fluke. Oh yes mr Negative is here. And Zuki should have caught that ball. Score should be 1 0

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

You can exhale, Knoxville; Zim's throws have been right there, for the most part, for the past several weeks. I think he's OK now. I really do.

jeffwx said...

no fluke...just less patient in philly

Secret wasian man said...

I hate the Os. But they give up a 4 spot top of 5 th. now they get up and immediately battle back and our threatening. The Nats are so very frustrating. At times they seem to just quit. No sense of urgency.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Missed target just enough for Revere to hit it.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I think this Jordan kid will be sticking around a while. Now if he can just keep the ball down...

Secret wasian man said...

Good point Jeffwx. But why? Do they not want to win? It seems unprofessional at times. It's like the fans care more than the players.

Secret wasian man said...

Get him outta there Davey. Before its too late.

Section 222 said...

Ok, never mind that never mind Davey. Jordan's tiring, at least get someone up to replace him if he allows another hard hit base hit.

Secret wasian man said...

Gotta go lefty here. Get him out.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

If anything they are showing too much urgency. You can't play this game better by trying harder--you have to relax and concentrate.

THIS is what quitting, and no sense of urgency, looks like.

jeffwx said...

i think they are just pressing too hard. They've certainly shown they can hit.
i hate to give Darth Hamels any credit.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Argggg no balls (good) but leaving pitches in the middle part of the plate to hit.

With our hitters taking night off again, you cannot give up any more runs

Section 222 said...

Of course no one's up. Haven't used Ian Krol in a week. Heart of Phillies left handed heavy lineup coming up. Why would you have someone up?

Section 222 said...

Oh my.

paul brandt said...

WTF????????

SCNatsFan said...

You just knew it was a matter of time

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Defense las ,2 innings has been awful

jeffwx said...

Jeez,,,they can't hit or field for taylor. At least with Zimmermann last year, they just wouldn't hit.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Taylor is pitching well.... Defense is letting him down...

UnkyD said...

Sheesh... We make it tough on this kid....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bad throw but ian needs to block it at the worse.

Secret wasian man said...

This team is pathetic. Just pathetic. Ian Desmond an allstar???? No way. I'm sure I'll be killed here but I am just sick sick sick of sloppy lackadaisical play.

SCNatsFan said...

This team is just not good enough to give outs away but I fear they will continue the season long trend of poor decisions, poor fielding and worse hitting. But they will have spurts that will excite us.

This is not a playoff team. The Braves can't throw up on themselves that much.

paul brandt said...

MNF, they said it hit him in the back, if so, nothing Desi can do about that but I could not tell...we can't let any more runs in with our lack of offense.

Knoxville Nat said...

When I see defensive play such as we've seen tonight by the Nats, I'm reminded of something Casey Stengall once said about the "Amazin Mets", "can't anyone here play this game?"

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Then quit watching or watch another team. Easy solution.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We are winning the east.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Unh...

David Proctor said...

Right down the middle on that one.

phil dunton said...

Game over!

jeffwx said...

Tris Speaker gets that ball

Section 222 said...

Davey, Davey, Davey. Oh Davey. That one's on you my friend.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

It did hit him the back then if his body it falls sraight down not roll by

paul brandt said...

another horrible location pitch on a 1-2 count but when the defense is kicking the ball all over the place, am sure the kid got a bit excited.

Secret wasian man said...

Nope nats are my team. I will never stop rooting. But they stink. Davey has been awful this year.. And now with the game over out comes Davey. Well we will try again tomorrow,

jeffwx said...

They only play bad when a rookie is pitching

David Proctor said...

I don't think it's on Davey. Jordan had worked out of several jams before and was still pitching well. He can't control the defense behind Jordan, which would be just as bad for whoever entered after him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The fielders mad mistakes and Jordan threw too many in tge middle, that is a bad combo.

Does Span catch that ball?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Span catches that ball... But better D and only 1 run would have scored...

David Proctor said...

The one thing Jordan needs to work on is a putaway pitch. He has good stuff, but he doesn't really have a strikeout pitch. Pitch to contact works well and all, but sometimes you just need a K.

David Proctor said...

I don't think even Span catches that ball. It was in the deepest part of the ballpark.

Secret wasian man said...

Sc nats from 8 48. You are 100 percent correct.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

You talk like you root for them at all. Always predicting negative.

I observe negative and always predict positive.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Idk... Blue also gave them some extra chances at the plate... This SZ stinks...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The hitters bad last night.

mick said...

it would appear that Taylor is at a disadvantage when he is up 0-2 or 1-2 on the batter...not sure I have ever seen that

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I bet he would be lot closer.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...


root for - definition
phrasal verb [transitive] informal
root for someone: to support someone in a game, competition, etc.

support: to like a particular sports team and to encourage them to win, especially by going to see their games


I'm just sayin.

Secret wasian man said...

Gonna take Manassas jacks advice. Go see a movie tommor and dinner Thursday. No need to watch a sweep.

paul brandt said...

MNF, was thinking the same re. Span, he probably does, Harper looked a little shallow to me but doesn't matter now, Young seems to hit us pretty well and the pitch was right over the plate...when you only score 1 run thru 6, you're not going to win many games.

mick said...

hopefully Nats can get a split in Philly...2 more chances

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

With a little luck, they'll see Papelbon in the ninth. They can get him.

mick said...

Jordan actually has done very well..the lack of hitting is disturbing

Secret wasian man said...

Okay sec 3. How bout 6 home games. 3 in Cleveland, 3 in Pittsburgh and 2 in Bmore where I almost died. I have a right to be pissed.

Section 222 said...

He was leaving the ball up DP. He put two on with none out two innings in a row. He's not one of our top 3 who have shown they can make it three times through the lineup and deserve a shot at getting out of those jams. We have a pretty fresh bullpen. Once, just once, I'd like to see Davey pull our No. 4 or No. 5 starter *before* they give up 4 runs, not after.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

TJord pitched well. Defense didn't back him up.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sec 3 --- gold star for your post at 8:57....

TexNat said...

Desmond, RZim and Rendon have to show up against lefty pitchers or this just isn't a particularly good baseball team.

Secret wasian man said...

Mick???? Is that you. Have you been hypnotized?

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Span might have caught that, but only because he might have been playing closer to that spot, not where Harper was. Starting where Harper was, I don't know that he gets there.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Look at deffinitions above you always predict negative, try predicting and believe in positive.

I am convinced we will win division because I encourage it never predict a negative futured learned that almost 60 years ago.

Makes cheering for a team much more fun.

BigCat said...

I think Harper looked heavy legged goin for that ball.

Thought jordon was great

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He got no hits first series. Killed us in Philly

mick said...

Ghost, or the offensive...coach i spoke with this morning is correct... Nats batters always swinging for the fence...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am still thinking 3. Don't give up so early.

mick said...

Wasian...I said I would be positive from here on out,I feel your pain, believe me....

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