Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Instant analysis: Nats 5, Phillies 1

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Game in a nutshell: Knowing they faced a tough challenge against Cliff Lee (otherwise known as The World's Greatest Strike-Thrower), the Nationals had to hope for a strong start from Gio Gonzalez and then some timely hits against the Phillies left-hander. They got both. Gonzalez was outstanding yet again, allowing one run over seven innings. And his teammates provided the support, blasting four solo homers off Lee in the fifth and sixth innings. Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos went back-to-back in the fifth, then Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth did it in the sixth. Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano finished things off out of the bullpen and the Nationals got back on the winning track. They're three games over .500 again and trimmed their deficit in the NL East to five games entering tomorrow's series finale.

Hitting highlight: Though they weren't able to produce any runs early, the Nationals did hit the ball hard against Lee, offering some evidence they might break out at some point before the night was over. Did they ever. Rendon got it started with his fourth career homer, off an 0-2 pitch from Lee in the fifth. Moments later, Ramos duplicated the feat, taking a 1-0 pitch from Lee deep to right. One inning later, the power display resumed. Zimmerman took an 0-2 pitch to left-center for his 11th homer. And then Werth made it back-to-back jacks again, putting his 10th homer of the season down the left-field line. Four homers in a span of eight batters against one of the toughest lefties in baseball. Not bad.

Pitching highlight: Is Gonzalez pitching as well now as he did last year during his 21-win campaign? You can certainly make the argument. With seven innings of one-run ball tonight, the left-hander improved to 5-1 with a 2.18 ERA over his last 13 starts. That's a prolonged stretch of dominance, one all too reminiscent of Gonzalez's remarkable run during 2012. He was in control throughout this game, scattering six hits and two walks. And even when things started to potentially fall apart in the seventh, Gonzalez earned the trust of his manager to get out of the jam himself. After Darin Ruf's solo homer, Gio gave up back-to-back, two-out singles. But on his 117th pitch of the night, he got Ben Revere to fly out to left, capping another stellar outing by the lefty.

Key stat: The Nationals are now 36-5 this season when they score at least four runs.

Up next: The series wraps up at 7:05 p.m. Thursday when All-Star Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound, again seeking his league-leading 13th win. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick gets the nod for the Phillies.

94 comments:

MicheleS said...

WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!! YAY GIO! Love the homers and love that the Nats beat Cliff Lee

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

We beat their best pitcher and now they can't catch us....

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Well, I didn't see that one coming. Very fine.

Style question: we don't untuck when it's not a save situation?

NatsLady said...

NO let down now because it's Kyle Kendrick. Keep it up, boys! That was very nice.

Eugene in Oregon said...

You score runs, you win. At least when Messrs. Gonzalez, Zimmermann, and Strasburg are starting. Well done.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I really enjoyed this game. Great defense, good enough pitching, solo power.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

As I said score 5 we win. ( I had 5-3 prediction).

With 5 or more runs we are 36-2.

Exactly 5 we are 10-0.

When giving up less than 3 30- 16

Give up exactly 1 run now 11-0

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David Proctor said...
Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 9s
Henry Rodriguez faced 5 batters tonight with the Cubs. He didn't retire any of them. Homer, single, single, walk, walk.


Some things never change. Cubs have HenRod and Strop.

NatsLady said...

Danny made it to the Mendoza line. 2 hits, and RBI (one strikeout)--so far.

JaneB said...

No,we don't unstuck when it's not a save. I wish that more of the guys would join him on a save.dunno why they don't. Ian was doing it for a bit then stopped.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Untuck is for saves only.

I saw it coming. Spoke all day how we would do it.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

1210 AM--Phillies broadcast comes in loud and clear. Their announcers are admitting that we won tonight.

natsfan1a said...

Yeah, baby, yeah!

Sunshine, Soriano doesn't, but I kinda did.

Hairston nickname question: Maybe "Don't call me Doc"? (As in, "Dangit, Davey. I'm a ballplayer, not a doctor.") Nah.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We are 36-2 when we score 5. One of he 2 losses was Zim in Baltimore.

MicheleS said...

JaneB.. Ian stopped when Soriano called out Harper. You don't call out a teammate and you don't call out the baby brother

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Keep working Danny

David Proctor said...

So if we pretend that Lannan pitched today & Lee pitched on Monday, does that make everybody feel better?

David Proctor said...

The guys have started untucking again. They stopped for a while, but I know for a fact I saw Desi and ALR Untuck after Soriano's last save. I guess they've forgiven him.

Section 222 said...

Sunshine, as others have said (no drinks owed!) Rafa doesn't untuck unless it's a save. He even changes his windup in non-save situations.

Doesn't mean we can't UNTUCK though!

SCNatsFan said...

Please let this be the start of a run. What kills you is which team shows tomorrow; the one that looks like a world beater or the one that looks like a AA team. Be great to get on a roll going into the break.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

In each of the 3 game the pitcher who pitched best got the win.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Henry threw 20 pitches tonight with only 8 strikes to go with his infinite E.R.A for the game....

mick said...

very nice win...I felt Nats needed this and they delivered

Section 222 said...

DP I agree. Desi is untucking again, ALR definitely is. Mattheus was untucked coming out of the dugout on that last save too. But maybe he's just a sloppy dresser while he's on the DL.

David Proctor said...

We'll win tomorow and get 2/3 against the Fish. The Fish have Jose Fernandez going against Dan Haren...so I have that one as a L. Fernandez is legit.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Seems like did it Saturday, but maybe i misremembered.

SCNatsFan said...

And I see Garcia is hurt again guy is like Nick Johnson on the mound. Tough break for the guy.

Section 222 said...

I commend everyone who was optimistic about this game. With Lee going, I was sure JZnn would be trying to stop the sweep tomorrow. Great stuff tonight. Look forward to the happy talk tomorrow.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Hello, my name is Sofa, and I am an untucker.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Huge loss for the Phillies. They thought they were going to get back to .500 with their best pitcher on the mound and then have a chance to pass us tomorrow....

NatsLady said...

Some guy voted 100,000 times for Puig. That's the system.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Oh, and getting back to the guy who wore the Rendon HR -- I hope he's OK.

#[b]eatFace

NatsLady said...

I was optimistic (just working all day and couldn't post). Reason: Gio. Gio is really tough right about now--this is his kind of weather.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Thanks, JaneB, 222, Sofa, 1a, et al, for the Correct Untucking Procedure. Got it.

I'm of two minds about this. After all, it's still a win. I think I'll walk around the house the rest of the night with the left side untucked and the right side tucked.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Just noticed on replay the Buffalo took his own helmet off, but Desmond took a phony helmet and placed above the Buffalos head and removed that helmet.

NatsLady said...

OTOH, this isn't JZ's kind of weather. I hope he takes and IV (if he needs one) and stays tough. Cat needs to watch him closely--Nats have three days inside and then the break, no need to push it.

SonnyG10 said...

NatsLady said...
Some guy voted 100,000 times for Puig. That's the system.
July 10, 2013 10:15 PM


Well, I guess my lousy 130 votes for Ian won't go very far. :(

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Giant fans now voting for Freeman to keep a Dodger off tge team.

NatsLady said...

Sonny--LOL. I will vote a few times tomorrow, but I don't have a lot of optimism. Desi's the best-looking of the bunch though.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Wonder if less humid tomorrow.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Who has time to vote 100,000 times?

NatsLady said...

Lost cause, then. Giants' fans can hack into and rig the system.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Giant fans now voting for Freeman to keep a Dodger off tge team.


They feel about each other more than we feel about the Phoolies.

Bochy put his 1 Dodger on the team, Kershaw. Puig may pinch-run if he makes the team.

David Proctor said...

LOL. Davey said Gio told him "I need a new batting stance, they got me figured out now." I love Gio.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gio back to elite status again.

Section 222 said...

I know Stras has had a tough time in hot weather, but I don't recall it being a problem for JZnn. Besides, they're playing at night. Gametime temp is supposed to be 79. He'll be fine.

JD said...

Our 3 aces are money. I never feel like we have no shot when any of them starts.

NatsLady said...

222, JZ had a tough time in his last start. He was totally gassed and red in the face when he got in the dugout. Not saying he didn't do a reasonable job, just saying it's harder for him than for Gio in this weather.

baseballswami said...

The only thing that worries me in the least about JZ is the very thing you saw from Lee tonight-- too many strikes and those pesky home runs. Ar least they are usually only solos. Hope he is locked and loaded. I continue to be amazed at Rendon's nearly seamless transition into the big leagues. We knew getting Harper back would be a shot in the arm, but Ramos had added some nice punch also. Nice to see Gio comfy with him, too.

JD said...

Sec222

Jzim was pitcher of the month last June pitching in some pretty hot and humid weather. I think his issue has more to do with pitching with too much run support. I have faith in him.

JD said...

MatsLady

Last start was a day game and it was crazy hot. Any one would struggle there.

Drew said...

Good to see the production throughout the lineup.

Danny Espinosa homered at Syracuse and reached Mendoza.

At Auburn, big Jake Johansen had a good stint. He threw four hitless innings with two walks. In four brief outings his ERA is 0.71.

The Nats have a passel of promising pitchers on the farm.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JD, it's working up to the hot weather. This was a mild Spring.

David Proctor said...

Brian Kenny ‏@MrBrianKenny 3m
Speaking of Wash: Jayson Werth: since off DL: June/July: .389/.496.
Broad set of skills, lot to fall back on.
Gio also Gio again.


Brian Kenny is a big Nats supporter.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I am going over the boxscore, they gave an error on Span's swinging bunt. Yes, an error as the runners advanced but why not a single and an error?

Same for Ramos, the ball went off the mound. Looked like a hit to me.

Home park official scorer doesn't like the Nats.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Look at how healthy the Nats starting lineup finished up tonight!

Rendon and Ramos over .300 and Werth .294 and Desi at .280

baseballswami said...

Also JZ pitches to contact. With decent hitters, they get themselves out pretty quickly by putting the ball in play. Weaker hitters just foul it off. Their lack of skill costs JZ more pitches because they can't put it in play.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Thanks on the Jake update.

David Proctor said...

I'd like to see those people who thought Werth's power was gone. Is Werth a 30 HR hitter? No. But he'll get on base a ton and he'll hit 20.

NatsLady said...

Of course Werth is good for Harper. But Harper is also good for Werth. The ol' man outplaying the phenom kid==>at least right now.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Samardzija gave up 9 earned tonight in 4 2/3 innings. Henry relieved him and just needed to get 1 out and gave up 3 hits and 2 walks and 1 of the hits was a HR and he never got the 3rd out as he retired nobody.

df57a0f4-abbc-11e2-affa-000bcdcb2996 said...

I would note that it's likely every team in baseball has similar records with those scores.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David Proctor said...
I'd like to see those people who thought Werth's power was gone. Is Werth a 30 HR hitter? No. But he'll get on base a ton and he'll hit 20.


His name is Peric. He also wanted Werth on the bench.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

df57a0f4-abbc-11e2-affa-000bcdcb2996 said...
I would note that it's likely every team in baseball has similar records with those scores.


Check Texas, Balt, and NYY on scoring 5 or more and give us their record.

Balt 32-14 when scoring 5 or more.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Balt is 7-7 when scoring exactly 5 runs.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nats are 10-0 when scoring exactly 5 runs.

Section 222 said...

JD, right. It was a day game and it was 90 degrees out. Big difference. Anyway, I think JZnn can handle the heat fine. Stras is another story.

You can call it pitching to contact if you want. I call it throwing strikes. And working quickly. Hitters have no time to get comfortable. He's alot like Cliff Lee in that respect.

It will be interesting to see if he can rebound though. His last few starts have not been great.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Sect222, its also going 3-3 and running the bases.

David Proctor said...

You see these rumors about the Phillies becoming BUYERS? Is Ruben Amaro Jr. insane?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, that's to placate the Phoolie Phans. They have a golden opportunity to rebuild and shed those big nasty contracts.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, Cliff Lee, Utley, and Chooch and some of the relievers can bring back big returns for their farm system while shedding big contracts.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

All are going to have good records. Look at the ifference in losses. Nats have only 2 losses.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That was the game before when he went 3 fo3 against Brewers.

Been at his last 3 starts.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Dan Kolko‏@masnKolko1m
Davey Johnson credited the #Nats' aggressive BP session today for their win over Cliff Lee. Aggressive BP? Yup.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

It is always sad to find out that a person who comments regularly has passed away.

David Proctor said...

Huh WODL?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

WODL, what are you talking about?

Gonat said...

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...
It is always sad to find out that a person who comments regularly has passed away.

July 10, 2013 11:32 PM
________________________________

OMG, I don't know who you are referring to.

Gonat said...

Does anyone know who WODL is referring to? #Praying

David Proctor said...

I have no clue who WODL is referring to.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Peric's online persona seems to have "passed away."

TexNat said...

That's an insane stat: 36-5 when they score 4 runs. Remember that next someone tells you that offense is not lhe primary problem with this club.

do1teach1 said...

Perhaps WODL is referring to the "ghost" of Steve M?

Gonat said...

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...
Peric's online persona seems to have "passed away."
____________________________________

I don't know what you are saying. I don't wish ill will on Peric but I also don't miss his posts at all.

Rendon is the best thing that has happened to this team and he is flourishing at 2nd base and Werth is doing great and LaRoche has been doing great the last 2 months. All were things Peric would post negatively about daily.

Ken said...

Mark said.....
Key stat: The Nationals are now 36-5 this season when they score at least four runs.

Why include games where they scored 4 runs? Especially since they are 0-3 in those games, having scored 12 runs (obviously) and had 24 runs scored against them in those three games.

Meaning, they are 36-2 when they score 5 or more, which is a heck of a lot more impressive.

Get Your Re(n)d On said...

"Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Who has time to vote 100,000 times?"

More important, who has the bandwidth? Guy is definitely abusing his employer's resources.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ken, that's why the extra .70 is so key as 4.70 has been my mantra for 2 years. ;)

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Section 222 said...

Apparently Davey wants them to be aggressive in BP, really try to crush the ball. Rather than going to the opposite field and other namby pamby stuff. Doesn't he know about Eddie Murray who would spend most of his time in BP practicing fouling pitches off? h/t Sofa

Scott Margenau said...

To perics credit, he wanted Werth to lead off, not bench.

RIP Peric.

Scooter said...

When you've shown you can hit like Eddie Murray, you can take BP any darn way you please.

natsfan1a said...

Okay, here's the thing. I seem to have conflated Scotty and "Bones" McCoy, with a little bit of Rocky Horror's Doctor Scott thrown in. (Doctor Scott!) I'd turn in my Trekkie card, but I had to give it to sec3, on account of the earwigs. Plus, I never really had a Trekkie card. I suppose I really shouldn't post after my bedtime. That is all. Oh, and Go NATS!!

Hairston nickname question: Maybe "Don't call me Doc"? (As in, "Dangit, Davey. I'm a ballplayer, not a doctor.") Nah.

mick said...

first off, a great win overall. it is good to critique after a win rather than a loss so here is what is concerning and it goes to the larger point of the team's batting approach. however, lets begin with the positive....Gio, Clip and Soriano Outstanding!! Gio was something in the 5th... a few months ago he would have let the lousy HP umpire get the best of him, now, Gio keeps his emotions in check and shows why he is in my view an All star pitcher. I would show that 5th inning at any pitching clinic.

Now, here is the concern I have with the batting approach and my case and point your shown in one game....4 runs were all on homers, that is of course fantastic but what is not good is when Harp and Zim strikeout with bases loaded. It seems as if it is homerun or bust. that is and should be a concern.

overall, a huge win and chance to put together a little streak before the break and be a few games back of Braves and WC...oh and Rendon is something!

Scott Margenau said...

Agree Mick. Bases loaded one out and desi get pitched around to get to harp and lays an egg. Zim same thing. We have to get runs in that situation.

Harper just doesn't seem right to me. I'd rather have 2 Rendons.

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