Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Game 91: Nats at Phillies

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals have lost two straight and have once again fallen into an offensive abyss. The good news: They're sending Gio Gonzalez to the mound tonight and their two other aces to the mound the next two nights, so there's still hope.

As detailed earlier this morning, the Nationals are something of an unstoppable force when either Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann or Stephen Strasburg is on the mound (playing at a 101-win pace). So Gio's presence on the mound tonight can only be considered a good thing.

On the other hand, Cliff Lee starts for the Phillies, and that's not a good matchup for the Nationals, who have struggled to hit lefties (MLB-worst .215 batting average) and have struggled to hit control artists like Lee, who has built an entire reputation on throwing strikes and getting quick outs.

So, something's got to give tonight. We'll see what does. Updates to come...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 187
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to RF
NATIONALS (46-44)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES (45-46)
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 Cliff Lee

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

7:08 p.m. — We're underway as Cliff Lee throws (what else?) strike one to Denard Span.

7:14 p.m. — The good news: Bryce Harper roped a double off a 2-0 pitch from Lee. The bad news: Span, Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman were retired on a total of seven pitches from Lee, all of them strikes.

7:21 p.m. — Nice 5-4-3 double play turned by Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon in the bottom of the first. Zim continues to get better and better with his throws, an encouraging sign if ever there was one. Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, gets through the inning on 16 pitches, 9 strikes. Scoreless through one.

7:38 p.m. — Both pitchers settling into a groove here. Lee allowed a leadoff single to Jayson Werth in the second but erased him on a double-play grounder by Anthony Rendon. Gonzalez, meanwhile, pitched his way around a Michael Young double in the bottom of the inning. He's at 33 pitches through two. Still scoreless.

7:47 p.m. — Well, they've hit some balls hard off Lee so far, producing four base hits in three innings. But they haven't turned any of those into runs yet. It didn't help that Gio couldn't get a good bunt down, leading to Wilson Ramos getting thrown out at second base. But if you want to take the positive outlook, the Nats are putting together some decent swings against Lee.

7:56 p.m. — Wow, you don't see that call made too often. With a man on first, Lee bunted and Zimmerman attempted a difficult throw across his body to second base. The throw beat Carlos Ruiz to the bag, but umpire Lance Barksdale called him safe because Desmond's foot came off the bag too soon. Technically, Barksdale was correct. But man, that was really close. That's not a call you see made usually unless it's blatantly obvious, and this one definitely wasn't. But no harm, because Desmond then turned a 6-3 double play and Gio got a flyball to right to get out of the jam. It's still 0-0 after three.

8:20 p.m. — Whoa, back-to-back homers by Rendon and Ramos in the top of the fifth, each of them bombs. Just like that, the Nats lead 2-0.

8:40 p.m. — Whoa, back-to-back homers again. This time by Zimmerman and Werth. If you've lost track, that's four homers in a span of eight batters for the Nationals against Lee. Fairly remarkable. It's 4-0 in the sixth.

8:53 p.m. — Gio, meanwhile, continues to cruise along. He's through six scoreless innings, having allowed just three hits. And he's showing no signs of letting up. Still 4-0 as we go to the seventh.

9:05 p.m. — Gonzalez had to battle late, but Davey gave him the opportunity to finish the seventh inning, and he rewarded his manager for the show of confidence. Though Darin Ruf clubbed a solo homer to right, Gio got through the rest of the inning unscathed. His final line will be: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 117 pitches, 74 strikes. 4-1 Nats as we move to the eighth.

9:19 p.m. — Man, Chase Utley can still pick it at second base. He just started as impressive a 4-6-3 double play as you'll see to end the top of the eighth. Nats still lead 4-1 as Tyler Clippard enters from the bullpen.

9:30 p.m. — And Clippard gets through the eighth. So we go to the ninth, the Nats still ahead 4-1 as Rafael Soriano tucks in and warms up.

9:51 p.m. — An insurance run for the Nats in the top of the ninth as Rendon doubles and then scores thanks to some wretched defense from the Phillies. It's now 5-1, no longer a save situation. But since Soriano was already warming, he's still coming in to finish this one off.

9:58 p.m. — That's it. Nats win 5-1. They're back to three games over the .500 mark. And they're now 36-5 this season when they score at least four runs.

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Eugene in Oregon said...

Braves lose. Nats need to win. For that to happen, they need to hit. And score. And score a little more. GYFNG!

David Proctor said...

Nats win 1-0.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Nats - 6
Phillys - 3

GYFNG!

See yall game time...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

That Jacob Turner trade is looking good for the Marlins. Deficit at 5.5.

Section 222 said...

For a second I thought you meant that the Marlins were now 5.5 back!

Eugene in Oregon said...

Ghost -- Off topic, but per our exchange during College World Series -- Hunter Renfroe finally signed with San Diego and has been assigned to the Eugene Ems. I'll see him, I expect, on Friday evening.

Eugene in Oregon said...

And we can all be glad Chad Gaudin is no longer a Nat.

Doc said...

Davey is forgetting his sabermetrics again!

Den Span doesn't hit lefties--Scott does, and did last night.

C'mon Davey, get a grip!!!!!

Eat Lee's face guys and stomp on the Philthies!!!!!!!!

David Proctor said...

Span is 7/24 against Lee in his career. Hairston is 6/28 against him. This will probably be a close game so all things being equal, Davey wants his best defense out there. Makes sense to me.

David Proctor said...

Adam LaRoche has hit .303/.388/.514 since May 1.

David Proctor said...

Matt Cain only lasted 2/3 of an inning. If the Mets win this game, they'll sweep the Giants, who have lost 32 of their last 47.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I thought Mike Rizzo was clear, but others Hairston was brought to be a bench player and if the numbers dictate he would start a few games. Ge was not brought in to platoon with Span.

Matt Cain already pulled in the first. Giants pitching has not lived close to its potentional.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Davis as disappointed as we are with runs scored, Giants fans are disappointed in their pitching.

NatsLady said...

Why are we glad Chad Gaudin isn't a Nat? Isn't he pitching well? 2.44 ERA? Did I miss something?

natsfan1a said...

Also, pitch well and don't throw or kick the ball around. And score more than the other team. That should do it. kthxbai.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Braves lose. Nats need to win. For that to happen, they need to hit. And score. And score a little more. GYFNG!
July 10, 2013 3:41 PM

James Joyce said...

I wish Davey would throw his best lineup out there too. Harper should not be hitting 3rd, he's the slugger and Zim is the pure hitter, and Lee is a very tough lefty. Desi has no place hitting 2 either, despite his recent success. Span, Rendon, Zim, Harper, Werth, ALR, Desi, Suzuki (who hits Leee well) is what they should be throwing out there tonight.

do1teach1 said...

I got this email from the team:

Nationals SS Ian Desmond and Yankees P David Robertson have teamed up for the 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote and need your support. Visit mlb.com/vote to cast your vote for the deserving duo, or text N1 and A3 to 89269 to vote for Desmond and Robertson, respectively. Unlimited voting ends July 11 at 4 p.m. ET.
(End of copy/paste from email.)

This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen in my life. Vote "Desi and D-Rob." Who in the hell is David Robertson and why do I care if this random pedestrian goes to an exhibition game?

Also, since they've told me he's a really great pitcher who ought to go to the All Star game for the American League, does it make any sense for me to vote for him--knowing that if he does well and wins or saves the game for the AL, it could cost the Nationals home-field advantage in the World Series?

Just absolute, epidemic, circular, mindless stupidity.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Read on twitter so take it with that in mind. Ron Harper will pitch to Bryce.

James Joyce said...

Chad has been accused of drunkenly groping ladies in emergency rooms, I think.

JD said...


NatsLady,

He really has pitched well although ERA for relievers means bupkes.It doesn't tell you about inherited runners stranded, messes you create which are cleaned up by someone else etc.

Another 2 reasons ERA is such a flawed stat are:

1) Not all pitchers have the same defenses behind them.

2) Not all pitchers play in the same ball parks causing different environments not to mention dimensions.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Giant fans have thrown in the white flag and now are supprting Freeman as an anti Puig vote.

JD said...

'Harper should not be hitting 3rd, he's the slugger and Zim is the pure hitter'.

So what?

TimDz said...

do1teach1....

Atlanta fans and Toronto fans are doing the same thing (getting fans from both teams to vote for both the Atlanta rep- Freddie Freeman and the Toronto rep- I have NO idea who it is....

Oddly enough, BOTH are leading in their respective leagues...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Last year down the stretch we led off Werth so how would this work

Werth
Harper
Zim
LaRoche
Desmond
Rendon
Buffalo
Span

skidge said...

On Chad Gaudin:

http://t.co/ehKNyayjcV

NatsLady said...

I didn't know about Gaudin's personal issues... I saw him pitch the other night and he pitched well, which startled me, because I'm just not used to thinking of Gaudin as a good pitcher. BTW he is no longer a reliever, he is in the Giant's rotation, such as it is.

NatsLady said...

Well, that is certainly bizarre behavior. OK, I'm officially glad he's not a Nat...(Gaudin, that is).

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Read on twitter so take it with that in mind. Ron Harper will pitch to Bryce.


So much for secrets getting out Rizzo! Bryce's dad Ron will start training tomorrow for the HR Derby by throwing BP over at Hagerstown.

baseballswami said...

I kind of thought he should watch and just be a Dad. Who pitches BP for the Nats?

paul brandt said...

Harper should use Dan Haren as his HR derby pitcher...would be pretty funny.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

paul brandt said...
Harper should use Dan Haren as his HR derby pitcher...would be pretty funny.


That is roll over funny! I wish it was a player from another team we were laughing about.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

baseballswami said...
I kind of thought he should watch and just be a Dad. Who pitches BP for the Nats?


Cano had his Dad pitch to him and it turned out to be a great story.

I think it was FP who suggested this after hearing Bryce was going to be in the HR Derby.

baseballswami said...

But Cano's Dad is a professional baseball player and coach. Ron Harper is a stud, but I don't know about this.

A DC Wonk said...

paul brandt said...

Harper should use Dan Haren as his HR derby pitcher...would be pretty funny.

Count me in the LOL group on that one, too.

nats guy said...

I don't care about Gaudins issues either. Hell Ian Krol had one which is the reason we acquired him so cheaply.

A DC Wonk said...


baseballswami said...

But Cano's Dad is a professional baseball player and coach. Ron Harper is a stud, but I don't know about this.

Hey -- what the heck -- the Kid is only 20. (And I suspect he'll be back for future HR competitions). If he has a good relationship with his dad, what a great and fun bonding experience!

baseballswami said...

Definitely the post of the day-- or week?! And not a bad idea.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Actually rhat would be funny

David Proctor said...

Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko now
Christian Garcia suffered a hamstring injury, Davey says. Will miss his next scheduled appearance at Triple-A. Can't seem to stay healthy.

I feel for the guy, but he's damaged goods. Relying on him for anything would be foolish.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He pitched to him a lit through school so I have been told.

NatsLady said...

Sorry, I think there is a difference between using a gay slur in a tweet (not that I approve) and what Gaudin is accused of (not that he is convicted, however). Plus, Gaudin is not a kid, he is thirty and a married man. No one knows why he was in that hospital in the first place.

NatsLady said...

Hmmmm--I dunno, a hamstring injury and he is only missing one start? They have a 7-day DL in the minors... Is he going on it?

Sounds more like they haven't decided yet who would go down if he comes up. His thirty days of rehab must be over. Not that I'm suspicious or anything...It's just very coincidental...

NatsLady said...

On May 31 the Giants were 29-24 and 1 game out in the NL West. They are now 40-49 and about to be 40-50. That's the kind of losing the Nats have NOT done--> no matter how much we complain about nibbling around .500.

The hole is not deep. We saw over the last week how quickly a few games in the standings can be made up.

JD said...


NL,

I think you nailed it. The obvious 1st choice I think is Ross O. but at the same time Garcia has been pitching 1 inning at a time and they need someone to eat innings especially with our current 4 & 5 situation. I think they would like Stammen to be the long guy but he has put a kibosh on these plans.

Also when Matheus returns I think one of the lefties goes back and I think Krol has been better and has more upside than Abad. Of course there is always the possibility of a trade.

JD said...


NL,

The hole is not deep but as the days roll forward the deficit becomes more significant. If the Braves would have played even a bit better they could have put us away by now. They have the White Sox and the Mets after the break and we have the hot Dodgers and Pittsburgh. We have to find a way to cut into the deficit at least back to where we were a couple of days ago.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady said...
On May 31 the Giants were 29-24 and 1 game out in the NL West. They are now 40-49 and about to be 40-50. That's the kind of losing the Nats have NOT done--> no matter how much we complain about nibbling around .500.

The hole is not deep. We saw over the last week how quickly a few games in the standings can be made up.

July 10, 2013 5:31 PM


I'm loving it since I predicted here 2 weeks ago that I thought the Dodgers would take the NL West with 86 wins.

At the time I figured the Giants or DBacks for 2nd place.

The Giants pitching has now fallen apart. Things are so bad the Cubs now have a better record!

NatsLady said...

JD, absolutely. I said a few days ago Davey has to get out of "teaching mode." He should have lifted Jordan after five, he was tired, leaving pitches up and they were getting hits. Sorry the kid would not have gotten the win, but better a no-decision than a loss.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

The fact that the Giants are tanking is only relevant if you happen to know they are going to come back and win. Otherwise, they're just another team that's tanking, in their old classic June Swoon.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I would love to see somebody come up to the plate and gaze admiringly into the bleachers, and when the ump or catcher asks what he's looking at, say "I was just admiring the home run I hit two weeks ago."

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

We kid because we care.

SCNatsFan said...

It just feels like a must win game... So lets win.

karlkolchak said...

We got Krol cheap because prior to this year he hadn't been anything special on the field. The light went on for him this year--simple as that.

Hopefully, he learned from his mistake.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

That must have taken some doing:

Gaudin charged with lewdness in Las Vegas

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

The Gaudin incident happened in January; he is only just now being charged.

JD said...


Karlkolchak,

Krol is 22 years old is a lefty, he throws gas and has good control. Sorry, we don't get him if he didn't have bad press for his gay slur.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

JD, that may be, I don't know, but FWIW, my "sources" in the Bay Area tell me he apologized, and it was pretty much forgotten locally.

Ian Krol says he's matured since slur suspension (SF Chronicle)

David Proctor said...

Of all the places to use a gay slur, he does it in the Bay Area? It's never acceptable, but I mean really...

Secret wasian man said...

Thank goodness Ramos is back. Will Ryan Zimm pout if the ump makes a bad strike call?

Secret wasian man said...

Just like of all the places to say what Jimmy the Greek said.......

baseballswami said...

We are so focused on the Barves, but the Phils are breathing down our necks right now. And Cliff Lee is pitching tonight. Mets and Marlins have their moments where they are world beaters. Wacky stuff.

natsfan1a said...

Me, I prefer to run the bases backwards.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I would love to see somebody come up to the plate and gaze admiringly into the bleachers, and when the ump or catcher asks what he's looking at, say "I was just admiring the home run I hit two weeks ago."
July 10, 2013 5:45 PM

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Cat chaser, maybe...

Scott Margenau said...

Why is DSpan starting vs Cliff Lee? Did last night 2/5 tell us nothing? SHar is a better lead off period...look at his stats, especially vs lefties! This is insane! Com on Davey!

End Rant. That said i am now using reverse double knock to help DSpan gor 3/4. Then i will eat a double crow sandwich.

GYFNG!

baseballswami said...

DSpan is our starter. Hairston is a bench player. This will not be a platoon. End of story. Anyone listening to Ray Knight?? He sounds very openly frustrated with the team's hitting approach and the lack of adjustments being made. Welcome to that party, Ray.

BigCat said...

Interesting quotes from Hamel about Werth. A lot of respect there. I will say that Jason is looking more n more like that Phillie guy who terrorized us. He just flicked his wrists last night and the ball was gone

David Proctor said...

Span has better numbers against Lee than Hairston. That's why.

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

See, the first step is to learn from what you've observed. The next step is to learn the right thing. "Scott Hairston is a better leadoff hitter" is not, in my view, the right lesson from last night's handful of plate appearances.

hiramhover said...

Who's afraid of small sample sizes? Not Scott M!

karlkolchak said...

JD - Krol was a 7th round pick who had an ERA of 5.20 last year. As I said--nothing special. Not to mention, he was the PTBNL in that deal.

Cole was the big enchilada of that trade for the Nats. I seriously doubt Krol's previous mistake had anything to do with him being traded.

David Proctor said...

In 2010, Krol pitched 140 innings with a 2.80 ERA. Krol was very highly regarded in the A's organization. He struggled a bit last year because he was injured in 2011. From everything I've read, the A's still viewed him as a pretty good prospect. Whether or not his slur played into him being traded, I don't know, but he wasn't complete crap for the A's.

David Proctor said...

Interesting that lefties actually hit Lee significantly better than righties.

baseballswami said...

So it sounds to me like we have no chance tonight. Guess we should just forfeit now.

A DC Wonk said...

Doc said...

Davey is forgetting his sabermetrics again!

Den Span doesn't hit lefties--Scott does, and did last night.

C'mon Davey, get a grip!!!!!


Doc, with all due respect, Davey knew sabermetrics before it was even invented. For real.

And here's a great example:

This season:

Cliff Lee against righties: BAA .207
Cliff Lee against lefties: BAA .268

So, maybe Davey -- a masters degree in math -- is smarter than some of us.

(And David Proctor, I owe you a beer!)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Need 5 or more runs. Only lost twice when we score that much.

A DC Wonk said...

Cole was the big enchilada of that trade for the Nats.

Cole pitched 3 scoreless innings today. (Only three, because he's playing in the futures game)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lefties batting .500 tonight

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Good hit, Bryce... I was sitting here just cussing Desi something serious for 1 pitch 1 out....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

What the hell was that Zimm?????

mick said...

wash on, wash off, breathe in, breathe out...stay calm Mick, lol

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My goodness 3 pitches over the plate and Zim didnt look like he was ready. The first right in the middle.

With 2 trikes anything close you swing. Too easy to call a strike.

This is where I say is where Eck does mothing. He should be ssking him why he didnt swing

David Proctor said...

To be fair to Ryan: you almost never see him get angry over ball/strike calls. These last two days, he's looked befuddled by the zone. And can you blame him? It's been all over the place.

mick said...

David... I will not blame umpire...Bryce hit the ball as well as others will tonight...no excuse or spin for Zim...simply not his best at bat

David Proctor said...

I'm not excusing Zim, he needs to swing if it's close given how bad these umps have been. Just saying that you can tell how frustrated he is because he normally doesn't act like that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

First pitch to Revere basically same and called strike too.

Did we scout Revere. Throwing it right where he wants it.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

GIDP, NICE!

Secret wasian man said...

Does Zimm even care? Is he trying to win? Just awful. Heck put Miguel in, at least he will try. ( bad news bears)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The problem of course was strike 1 easily was the best pitch to hit and lsid off. With Cliff Lee the first pitch is always tge most hittable pitch.

Secret wasian man said...

It zimm is going to pout about the umps let him do it on the bench. Put in Lombo.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Come on, Gio painted the corner. Same as pitch 2 against Span.

mick said...

Ghost...i agree, Nats have to play through these homer umpires

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Much better than typical Gio first though 16 pitches to .3. Battees is too many.

mick said...

good inning for Gio

MrsB loves the Nats said...

MNF said The problem of course was strike 1 easily was the best pitch to hit and lsid off. With Cliff Lee the first pitch is always tge most hittable pitch.

====

If you are talking Zimm's at bat... First pitch looked like it was below his knees... But the 2nd pitch was right at crush level.... That's the pitch he should have swung on....

mick said...

good news is Werth has brought his A game this series...he is seeing the ball well

A DC Wonk said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The problem of course was strike 1 easily was the best pitch to hit and lsid off.


If that's the case, then he needed to be more aggressive, right? Swing at those? That's exactly what Davey's been saying, and people here are criticizing Davey for this.

OTOH, and FWIW, Charlie and Dave said that the first pitch was not a strike.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I always liked the low pitches. The second was good to hit too.

Noticed Werth swung at first two as tgey were hittable.

mick said...

Manassas Nats' Fan

all my coaches I had always told us to lay off the first pitch the first time through the batting order

mick said...

I liked the lows pitches too, verse a lefty

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am not in Davey',s camp as he is not a opposite field guy I am

I am also hit tge first good fast ball in the direction it needs to go camp.

Cliff Lee throw so few balls and fast balls early, to wait is fool hearty.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I was always taught to see at least 5 pitches my first time thru the order... Nats need to show some patience... Make the pitcher show you what he's got....

mick said...

your right about Lee Manassas Nats' Fan

Secret wasian man said...

I can't believe i sit here night after night hoping this team will score some runs. I'm done. I'm sure nobody here will care. Mick, good for you for trying to be positive. Personally this team is NOT worth it. GUTLESS underachieving pathetic losers. I'll post back on game 162. When we try to get our 74th win

David Proctor said...

LOL SWM

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Against most pitcher that is the practice. Against Cliff Lee that is not the best practice.

BigCat said...

Michael Young. Nat Killer

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim didnt follow your coach's instruction .he saw 3

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

You said last night your skipping last 2 games. Be a man of your word.

Remembers Nats will win the east.

phil dunton said...

Secret Wasian, I share your pain.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

One thing about it... Ramos has an awesome bat right now...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Tip of the cap...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

FP is idiot. A 10 foot bunt is not a good bunt. 15 feet would be good

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Big Cat. Keith Howell for bunt coach and hitting coach. Agree?

David Proctor said...

The bunt wasn't bad given the pitch. Lee threw a curveball.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Just remember, you can't believe everything you read on the Internet.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Can we make Rick Eckstein's nickname in here officially be "Barbaro"? Just wondering.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

It needed to be bunted at least 5 feet more, that the bunter can take care.

Just as Big Cat if Keith Howell coaches bunts great.

SCNatsFan said...

Gonna be hard tonight after a season of struggles against lhp but we have to get the job done.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Did we even hit Lee last time?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Barbaro is fine.

phil dunton said...

Why isn't Hairston is LF and Harper in CF this evening?

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Geez, horrible call at second. Out by three feet, easy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The neighborhood play has been around for ever. Why call it tgere.

David Proctor said...

Span hits Lee better than Hairston.

Also, that should've been called an out.

ExposedinDC said...

Fundamental baseball and its 1-0 nats......frustrating

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

His foot might have been off, but umps for safety almost never call it.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Why Span.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Good job Gio.... Blue - unh unh unh...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Why Barbaro.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

For the record, the one replay they showed on MASN was not at a good angle to show Desmond's foot, but it looked to me like he was there.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

FWIW, meteorological heck is suddenly breaking loose here in mid-DC.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...
For the record, the one replay they showed on MASN was not at a good angle to show Desmond's foot, but it looked to me like he was there.

July 10, 2013 8:00 PM


If it was that close, then the runner is out. That is a BS call. Barksdale screws the Nats again.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

He could not possibly have been off the bag, if indeed he was at all, more than an inch, or an instant. He was stretching for the throw and "pulling" forward toward the mound. Bad call.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hard as Desmond's hit was to left, i doubt Buffalo would score.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

mick said...
Ghost...i agree, Nats have to play through these homer umpires


I check the Pitch F/X after each game to see how fair the umps are and what I find is that the Nats seemingly never get the calls in their favor on Strikes/Balls. Not sure why that is. Maybe a carryover from being so bad. Then you get this year the Nats haven't received 2 GIDP neighborhood calls.

Davey needs to yell some more.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

SEC 3 - I'm a mile away from Nats Park... I was just about to say - they need to delay the game... It's dark as heck outside...

Then I realized we were in Philly...

#doh

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Another point, the passiveness of Acta was years of the Nats getting screwed by the umps and they knew he wouldn't complain.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Rendon with a great stop. He got that as the ball was by him.

NatsLady said...

Now, THAT'S a play Danny would have made. Great job, Rendon!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Just got off phone with Big Cat.

Both bemoaning Barbaro.

Remember 5 or more runs we are 35-2

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Dammit... My directv is messing up.... Ugh....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rendon

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

See, 0-2 count and Rendon spits on it. That probably makes his 2 strike average around .230 now.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

OMG that HR hit the fan right in the face.

NatsLady said...

LOL! Make a great play, lead-off the next inning, and hit a home run!!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yes Rendon.... Thank you!

phil dunton said...

Rendon should be batting cleanup instead of Zimmerman.

David Proctor said...

BUFFALO!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I just love Rendon and Ramos. RR railroad

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Buffalo

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yes Ramos!!!! Yes Ramos!!!!!

NatsLady said...

Ramos! Maybe the righties have Lee figured out?

Drew said...

We needed some R & R.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

No do not call him a Buffali Soldier a slang term from 1870s

David Proctor said...

I thought Desmond had that.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Rendy ran when he hit his homer. He didn't know that you are supposed to stand there with your hands on your hips....

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Mrs B, I'm 3 miles on a line from Nats Park, and we're getting some donner und blitzen with serious wind. The worst of it seems to be south, I hope there's no tornadoes there.

David Proctor said...

Come on Harp, that was an awful AB.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The contest of getting a hitting lesson from Zim.Harper took the lesson and didn't swing at 3

JaneB said...

I love Rendon and the Buffalo. Took two outta the park against Cliff Lee. Yeehaw!

mick said...

now thats what I call some R&R

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Need a shut down inning.

A DC Wonk said...

Did Ramos swing first pitch?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

So many good ABs then you got Span with weak contact and RZim's Ks which is the difference from piecing together a big lead.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I agree he doesn't fit the profile, but who called him Buffalo Soldier?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Wonk, 2nd pitch.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio run the pitch count up by walking first batter on 8 pitch.

That is not fundlemental baseball

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

But as long as you brought it up ...
Buffalo Soldier

David Proctor said...

Last thing you can do is walk the leadoff guy, Gio. Especially when that guy is Delmon Young.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

35-2 with 5 runs 15-1 away 20-1 at home

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I'm more impressed by Rendon's AB. Young rookie, 0-2 count and he once again put together a great 2 strike at-bat.

As I said yesterday that Rendon was scouted as the rare youngster who handles 2 strike counts like a professional hitter.

David Proctor said...

Sigh. Throw strikes, Gio. You can't start walking the world when you get a lead.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Come on Gio. You got a lead. Throw strikes. Get your head in it. The ump sucks. Get over it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My biggest bitch about McCatty he comes out to lste.

As soon as 2-0 on first batter Desmond should have been in thete.

Why are so slow to react?

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Actually the first thing you do is walk the lead-off guy....

jeffwx said...

Ramos should bat cleanup

Ron In Reston said...

Ok, granted, I'm following the game on MLB Gameday, but apparently Gio shold just throw underhanded down the middle, it's the only was the jackmunch behind the plate is going to calla strike.....it's insane.

David Proctor said...

Ramos has actually said that he enjoys batting 8th. If it works for him, let him at it.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

This ump at 2nd base needs to be kicked upon with soil....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

In basketball that was the time for the make up call.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I don't think FP knows the origins of what Buffalo Soldier is. Has the term changed?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...
This ump at 2nd base needs to be kicked upon with soil....


So true.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Inning should already be over but for these umps....

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

I just stopped and crawled on the throw to second--that was another bad call. He was out. Very close, but no question.

And is it me, or is FP going a bit Harry Carey on us, if you catch my drift?

NatsLady said...

Gio GIO GIO GIO GIO!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Wow. Just checked Cliff Lee's stats and given that he is a lefty, we shouldn't expect to win tonight....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

What a pitch by Gio and how's about Ramos getting his mitt in the spot to catch that foul tip! WOW!

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Actually the first thing you do is walk the lead-off guy....

+1

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I only know how it was used during calvary wars

jeffwx said...

I think one of the best power hitters on the team should not be batting 8th
Span,rendon,harper,ramos,desi,alr,zimm,werth

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

*stopped and crawled ON THE DVR/HD.

And take the rosebush from my hair ...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

FP

David Proctor said...

I agree with you. Ramos could certainly bat higher up. But if he likes batting 8th and he still puts up good numbers batting 8th...why mess with a good thing?

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

These guys have similar stuff as lefties....

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Buffalo Soldier

FP, like many in here, doesn't waste time with rigor in his usage.

David Proctor said...

He didn't get fooled that time.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

What was the count?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Better than pouting

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

A day late but we will take it RZim! Nice shot. You killed that one!

David Proctor said...

Home Run Derby tonight apparently

jeffwx said...

because, he'll like batting higher in the order and provide more production for the team.

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