Friday, August 9, 2013

Game 115: Phillies at Nats

Photo by USA Today
Tonight the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies to kick off a weekend series, and on the mound will be a familiar face. John Lannan makes his return to Nationals Park, pitching in Washington for the first time since signing a free agent deal with the NL East rivals over the offseason.

Lannan is 3-4 this year with a 4.10 ERA, he's starting to even out to his career averages after starting the season off poorly and dealing with several stints on the disabled list. He's actually facing the Nats for the third time already this season in just his 13th outing of the year. He shut out the Nationals through eight innings in a Phillies' win on July 8 and allowed two runs through five on June 17.

Starting for Washington is Dan Haren who was placed on waivers recently, but remains with the team. The 32-year-old is 5-11 this season with a 5.14 ERA.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game...

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 87 degrees, Wind 13 mph out to CF
NATIONALS (54-60)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
2B Anthony Rendon
RHP Dan Haren
PHILLIES (52-62)
SS Jimmy Rollins
1B Michael Young
2B Chase Utley
LF Domonic Brown
RF Darin Ruf
3B Cody Asche
C Carlos Ruiz
CF Michael Martinez
LHP John Lannan

UMPIRES
HP Bob Davidson
1B Jim Reynolds
2B John Hirschbeck (cc)
3B James Hoye
7:04 p.m. -- Chase here providing updates tonight, Mark is here to provide postgame coverage. D.C. Washington just nailed the anthem and the first pitch is just moments away. Stay tuned.

7:14 p.m. -- Haren got started with a 1-2-3 frame in the first, striking out Rollins and getting Young and Utley to fly out to center field. He needed 16 pitches (nine strikes).

7:30 p.m. -- The Nationals just did a very 2013 Nationals thing in the first inning. Walks by Zimmerman, Werth, and an infield hit by Desmond loaded the bases with two outs. LaRoche then went down swinging to end the inning. Chances squandered once again. Lannan needed 25 pitches (11 strikes).

7:35 p.m. -- Another crisp inning for Haren who has retired the first six batters in order. Brown, Ruf and Asche all hit balls in play for outs. Haren has thrown 24 pitches.

7:46 p.m. -- The Nats just got the best of old friend John Lannan with two home runs in the second inning. Rendon hit a two-run homer to right-center field to score Ramos, and Zimmerman then added a solo shot to the Red Porch in left-center.

7:52 p.m. -- Haren gave up a baserunner in the third after hitting Ruiz with a pitch to the elbow. Martinez then lined into a double play, right to LaRoche who tagged first. And Lannan promptly struck out to end the frame. Haren has 34 pitches so far.

8:02 p.m. -- The Nats pushed another run across in the bottom of the third. Desmond reached on a double and then came home on a flyball by LaRoche to center field. Martinez made a diving attempt at the ball, but couldn't reel it in and the Nats are now up 4-0.

8:11 p.m. -- Haren's no-hit bid and shutout ended in the top of the fourth. Young doubled and was then singled home by Utley. 4-1 is the Nationals' lead now.

8:17 p.m. -- No trouble for Lannan in the fourth inning, setting down Haren, Harper and Zimmerman in order. Zim flew out to right field to end the frame as we now move to the fifth.

8:23 p.m. -- Haren got through the fifth with three quick outs, including strikeouts of Asche and Martinez. He's put in a solid five innings so far with just two hits and one earned run allowed, needing 61 pitches.

8:37 p.m. -- The Nationals' lead is now seven as Lannan coughs up four more runs to make it an 8-1 game. Werth walked to lead off and was brought home two batters later on a Ramos' double. Rendon was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Haren was then actually walked to score the second run. A Span single brought home two more and the Nats are well on their way to a win here.

8:44 p.m. -- Another quick inning for Haren who set the Phillies down in order. He is now through six with only two hits allowed.

9:02 p.m. -- Haren allowed a second run to the Phillies in the top of the seventh. Utley led off with a double and was joined on base by Brown who singled to move him to third. Then, with one out Asche grounded to Rendon at second who made a fantastic diving grab to keep the ball in the infield. He flipped the ball to second to get Brown out, but it wasn't in time to give Desmond a chance at the double play. Utley scored and it's now 8-2.

9:13 p.m. -- Three up, three down for the Nats in the bottom of the seventh as Ryan Mattheus will now take the mound with a 8-2 lead.

9:31 p.m. -- The Nats put another run on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a Harper single to right field to score Scott Hairston who led off the inning with a double. It's now a 9-2 game with Ian Krol taking the mound to put this one on ice.

9:38 p.m. -- Krol shuts the door and the Nats win 9-2, they are now 55-60 on the season.

137 comments:

Jeff Wang said...

lol, it would be amusing if someone claimed Dan Haren to block a trade, then the nats let them have him...

NatsLady said...

Span leading off even against the lefty. Tracy playing 1B. Lannan wasn't scratched, was he,?

Steady Eddie said...

I was hoping they'd DFATracy and bring back TMo to start for ALR at first, especially against lefties.

NatsLady said...

Eddie, I thought maybe they would when Tyler Moore didn't play the second game of the double-header last night. Maybe he had trouble getting here.

bowdenball said...

LaRoche is starting. Some sort of miscommunication.

m said...

I looked at the line-up. We have two automatic outs in span and tracy. I exclude Haren because he is a better hitter than either of these two.

From Span I expect weak pop ups to left field or weak grounders to the right side. Fram tracy some fly outs and one double play.

This team is bad. They can't hit, execute plays, field and their pitching, aside from the starters, ranks in the bottom of the league. Wise of the Post threw out some core stats. This team ranks in the bottom of the league. The fact that some players even talk of a WC is ludicrous. I would not be surprised if we get passed by the Mets and Phillies.


bowdenball said...

It takes a special brand of negativity to complain about a player being in the lineup immediately underneath a post telling you he's not in the lineup.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Span is an automatic out except for when he adds to the 110 hits he's gotten this season. Other than that, he's an automatic out.

Eugene in Oregon said...

NatsJack @ 4:10 p.m.,

Well said. Some folks love hyperbole ('never' or 'always' or 'automatic') and others have very selective memories (or non-memories, as the case may be). And when you call them on it, they often change the terms or even the subject. This team is having plenty of problems -- enough of them that there's little need to exaggerate or otherwise leave the realms of reality. Let's stick to facts (or opinions based on facts), please.

karlkolchak said...

So, over/under on Lannan giving up two earned runs tonight. I'm going to wimp out and say "push."

NatsLady said...

Amanda Comak ‏@acomak now
Plan had been to give LaRoche just a day off, but Chad Tracy's dealing with a bit of a stuff neck, Davey said.

The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. said...

Does Tracy's neck have better stuff than Jordan Zimmerman's neck? Have the two of them formed a support group?

Nats 128 said...

Sounds like potentially a short bench tonight if Chad Tracys neck is sore or will this be the curious case of Jordan Zimmermann sore neck where Chad says "thats news to me".

Section 222 said...

bb, in m's defense, the timing of his post indicates that he almost certainly hadn't read your post about ALR being in the lineup before he posted his comments. Perhaps a new category of owed drinks should be created for such situations. :-)

m said...

Bowden: It takes a special type to refuse to acknowledge what is obvious to virtually everyone who follows this team. I am not being negative just realistic. And mister jack watch for the pop out or weak grounder to the right side. I am tired of Span's ineptitude. It was bad trade. You are not to win with this guy.

Section 222 said...

With a stiff neck, Tracy might go 0-4 instead of ... 0-4.

Nats 128 said...

Did Tracy wrench his neck golfing yesterday in the Lerner Golf Tourney or was he in the group with Gio Gonzalez that I saw on the news teaching baseball to kids at a camp.

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John C. said...

Of course, Lannan's stats are only "Lannan normalized" this year because (a) he hasn't had to face the Phillies this year; and (b) he's pitched twice against the Nationals, who can't hit a LHP to save their baseball lives.

Lannan has allowed 31 ER in 68 IP, for a 4.10 ERA. Normal Lannan, right? Well, against the Nationals he has pitched 13 innings in 2 starts, allowing just 10H, 8 K's, 3BB, and only 2 runs, both earned. Against the Nats he's great, with a WHIP of 1.0 and a K/BB of 2.7/1 and an ERA of 1.38. WOW!

Against non-Nationals teams, Lannan has 55IP, 63H, 26K, 16BB, 33R, 29ER. His WHIP is 1.436, his K/BB is 1.6 and his ERA is 4.74. Blech.

Before you start pining for Lannan on the Nationals, remember that the Lannan you would get would not be able to pitch against the Nats' LHP pathetic lineup.

Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

128, dude, hyperlinks. Just saying.

NatsLady said...

I'm sorry, I didn't understand 128's post. Is that a complaint? Gio & co. shouldn't be teaching kids baseball?

NatsLady said...

Anyway, off to the game. Looks like there might be a rain delay or two. GO NATS!!!

Steve J, Alexandria said...

The Last Indignity!! Lannan beats Nats

It'll happen. Karma's a bitch.

Rizzo and Johnson ruined this team -- they deserve all they get.

And still, the slow, brain dead basestealer, non-hitting cream puff, Span bats leadoff.

These losers (Rizzo and Davey) deserve all they get.

I only feel sorry for the players, the fans and the owners who these red neck dumb asses screwed!!

Theophilus T. S. said...

This is going to be a longggg off-season.

Steve J, Alexandria said...

The Wrong Way Franchise.

1. dump your best hitter for two single A pitchers

2. get a leadoff guy who can't bunt, hit or steal bases -- (reeeeeeaaaal smart)

3. Pitch Haren when he was not allright. Then Put him on Waivers when he is allright. hahaha

4. Keep an old manager who goes catatonic during games -- cant handle a pithing staff, doesn't understand small ball and on and on and on

5. extend the contract of a GM who totally gave away a winning hand -- dumb

6. Keep a third baseman who destroys the defense and is only getting worse. Smart

7. Keep a Chd Tracy and Bernadina who aren't hitting the Mendoza line -- brilliant

8. Refuse to play a Lombardoza who just produces produces and produces

9. Begin the season with no lefties in the pen -- oh, excuse me, they did call Duke a pitcher, didn't they.

10. Go over 1000 ab's with a 2b who hit .150 and led the Majors in K's

Brilliant Rizzo and Davey, simply brilliant

Steve J, Alexandria said...

For the first time in two years

I PITY THE NATIONALS.

John C. said...

Steve J, you are a troll - mostly just throwing insults against the wall to provoke a reaction. Even the criticisms you show that you haven't been paying attention. No GM has a perfect record, but Rizzo has built the team up from nothing. They ABSOLUTELY have work to do, but a lot of work has been done already. The team at the major league level is still young and growing, the minor league system has been helping out, and there is more on the way.

Just to take one example, Michael Morse wasn't the best hitter on last year's team. His OPS+ (113) was behind LaRoche, Desmond, Werth, Zimmerman, Harper ... and Tyler Moore. Morse didn't exactly strike fear in the Cardinals, OPSing .684 in the NLDS. For one year of an off-injured slugger who didn't have a position to play and (btw) has been injured most of this year, Rizzo got a top 100 prospect in A.J. Cole, a LHRP who has already made the big leagues and a 23yo pitcher (Blake Treinan) who is doing well in AA. All three are under team control for years. That's a great trade if you're paying attention.

Assuming you know the team's future because of this season is just as simplistic and foolish as assuming that you could know the team's future based on last season.

Go back to sleep, troll.

Just wonderin' said...

"Rizzo and Johnson ruined this team -- they deserve all they get."
=========================
So does that mean Bowden and Acta/Riggleman made the 2012 team? And didn't deserve what they got?

NatsJack in Florida said...

Beware of trolls.

The Real Feel Wood. Accept no substitutes. said...

I worry more about people who are afraid of something that will go away if you simply ignore it.

David Proctor said...

Forget the playoffs, the Nationals are playing for pride now. They need to make a statement against the Phillies that, no, they're not having a good year, but they're still a hell of a lot better than that retirement community in Philadelphia.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Wow. Legion of Doom out in spades tonight. Don't you guys have dates, or any place else to go?

NatsJack in Florida said...

Yep. Dennard is pretty much an automatic out.

NatsJack in Florida said...

When a ball is hit to him.

jeffwx said...

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow
I don't want to know
Never Going back again
Second Hand News
Go your own way

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

RISP 1 for 1 but no run.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Fleetwooding.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I would so much prefer Moore in this situation.

David Proctor said...

Sigh...Adam, Adam, Adam...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

RISP 1 FOR 2

ALR looked like a high pitch he swung at for strike 3

NatsJack in Florida said...

One word. PATHETIC.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Joey Cora ob MLB giving Rizzo hell tonight. Says baseball Gods making Rizzo pay for not taking playoffs serious last year.

David Proctor said...

Oh yawn. There's no such thing as "baseball Gods" and there's no karma for shutting down Strasburg.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren 24 pitches in 2 innings.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I believe there is karma, but not sure abput baseball Gods.

However I know many do not see it like me and that is OK.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Joey Cora. Ozzie Guillen's main man.

Right.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Papa John changing promo to 7 runs in a series.

David Proctor said...

I hope our next manager bats Ramos up in the lineup where he deserves to be. He should be batting 4th, 5th or 6th in my opinion, he's one of our best hitters. I've thought that since 2011.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Alex Cora joey Cora two right hand guys.

David Proctor said...

Opposite field homer for Anthony!

paul brandt said...

would have liked to see TyMo in that situation as opposed to ALR...why they have not called him up especially to face a lefty like Lannan is well, par for the course I guess.

p.s. Anthony!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Oppo homer

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zimmmmmmmmm

David Proctor said...

It's about time the Nationals treat John Lannan like he's John Lannan and not Cy Young.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My brain is tied up. My wife asked how many grand slams we have had. I know ian vs. Phils and Buffalo vs. Brewers. Do we have a 3rd?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Or even Michsel or Delwyn Young

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Three-run lead and Danny Haren on the mound.

One word: Money.

(Yeah, I'm hitting the bourbon and Maalox early tonight. Can you tell?)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

LaRoche wish he would hit like he just fielded.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

33 pitches through 3.

David Proctor said...

Ryan Zimmerman hit a Grand Slam earlier this year, MNF. I believe against the Padres.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Forgot to mention with Rendon's home RISP 2 for 3

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I dont remember that one at all.

Oh well.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

RISP 3 FOR 4

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Risp 3 for 5

David Proctor said...

Baseball is so funny. One AB, Anthony crushes a ball to right center. Next AB, he hits it about 2 feet in front of the plate.

David Proctor said...

They're hitting it hard off Haren.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

@David Proctor. Zim's slam was July 7 in 12-7 win over Padres.

Michael Young has our number.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren kept ball lower the first 3 innings. This inning everything is up.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Michael Young is the only solid professional on the Phillies. Utley's a punk (but I appreciate him) and Rollins is worse.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nats jack how about Cliff Lee he is not a punk.

Were you just talking batter?

paul brandt said...

how is Utley a punk?

and sorry NJ but Cliff Lee & Roy Halladay are both professionals...even thought Cole Hamels was until he intentionally hit Harper so if you want to call Hamels a punk, I am all for that.

David Proctor said...

Cole Hamels is the biggest of punks.

paul brandt said...

MNF, just saw yours of 810 but not before my post of 815pm, I also think Rollins is a "professional" just because people don't like the Phillies does not mean they don't have "professional" players...silly comment by NJ...pure poppycock.

paul brandt said...

now Papelbon = punk.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren 61 pitches through 5.

David Proctor said...

I wonder where we'd be if we had this Haren all year. Don't get me wrong, I know the offense has been awful. But Haren took us out of so many games so early. I'm sure there are more than a couple of those we would've won.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I agree on both Lee and Halliday.

Sorry for not acknowledging them.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Ryan Howard does a lot with RBI program in st. louis. Easily no punk on or off yhe field.


Phillie Phanatic is not a punk either. Mr. Met is a punk

NatsJack in Florida said...

Re:Utley. You have to have had some experiences with him.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

At the considerable risk of being laughed right off this board, I put this out there:

Since he got off the DL for that, ahem, elbow injury, Dan Haren has been a perfectly serviceable No. 5 starter.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cole Hamels biggest of the punks. Though nats starters not having Harper's back edging on punkness.

David Proctor said...

No, you're completely right Sunshine. The question is whether or not this Dan Haren is real or if he's going to go back to first-half form.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

,6Th start since, and only the Pirate game was anythibg but solid.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Re:Howard. He's a great guy, too, but his career is basically over.

I actually am talking about their current active roster.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

This is how 2012 went for him.

paul brandt said...

NJ, fair enough, have never met any of them but think Lee & Halladay appear to be stand up guys...not sure about Utley but have always admired how he plays the game but he has been missing so often of late due to injuries, I haven't paid much attention to him...kind of surprised they extended him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

4 for 6 RISP

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren RBI

paul brandt said...

ok, NJ, you started this, who on the Nats would you consider a "punk?"

I will start - Soriano?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Papa John

David Proctor said...

Dumb play to get thrown out on the bases with our best RBI man coming up (Zim), but I'll excuse it this one time. Good hit, Span.

paul brandt said...

DP, agree, I will refrain but come on Span, your base-running skills are killing us.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

5 for 7 RISP

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I looked away for a second why was he not on second?

David Proctor said...

It was never a double, I don't know why he tried to stretch it into one. He rounded the bag too far and got caught in between.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I have met Soriano and he really is a good guy.

Of all the guys I've met,only Espinosa has acted like a butt head . Every one else has been first class.

David Proctor said...

I've met Espinosa and he seemed like a nice guy. of course, it wasn't a substantial meeting, just a meet and greet type thing. But he was nice.

Of all the Nats I've met (admittedly not that many), Ian Desmond has BY FAR been the nicest guy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was reading when Carp said headed for the corner so a double was accidently drawn by Carp by his discription.

paul brandt said...

NJ, thx...yea, Espi seems like an arrogant, I belong, butt head.

re. Soriano, I just don't like the un-tuck crap, serves no purpose, do that in the locker room if you must, it doesn't have to be on the field...always ticked me off when he did that when the Yankees beat us...so un-necessary.

David Proctor said...

I like the untuck.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I met and watched Drew Storen with a group of students, and he was great.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Desmond and Tyler Clippard have been the most engaging of all the Nats I've met.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren 75 pitches in 6. Should go 8. Let Abad pitch the 9th or Krol.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Sure better than that stupid bow and arrow by Fernando Rodney.

David Proctor said...

Harper has lined out twice today. Bad luck.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harper 2 liners in a row. Nothing resulted.

David Proctor said...

Another liner.

Unknown said...

I hope this isn't just another game where the Nats get 18 hits and 15 runs and then go back into another three week funk. They've been doing this all season long.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Alumni News:
J-Max has hit his second homer in two nights for KC. Speaking of nice, engaging guys.

NatsJack in Florida said...

And the best is yet to come. Wait till you get a full dose of Lucas Giolito.

He will make all of them look like the "I vant to be alone" chick from the 30's.

The kid is all personality and talent.

Theophilus T. S. said...

Anybody notice that Haren will likely end up the evening tied w/ Gonzalez for the second most wins?

David Proctor said...

Wow Theo.

David Proctor said...

Haren shakes 4 times and then gives up a scorching double.

Nats 128 said...

Haren last inning got his ERA below 5.00 for the 1st time in months and now he wants to go back above it.

Nats 128 said...

Rendon with his best game of the year. Bat & glove both working to help on the scoreboard.

paul brandt said...

nice outing, Dan Haren!

NatsJack in Florida said...

No matter how he plays, I am still ready to see Tyler Moore play every day for an extended period of time.

David Proctor said...

That strike zone was...interesting. Wow.

NatsJack in Florida said...

So Ryan Mattheus discovers that pitching against the Phillies is a lot easier than pitching against the Braves.

David Proctor said...

Once again, Hairston can hit lefties.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ya think?

David Proctor said...

Well so many people are ready to run him out of town. It's not his fault Davey had been using him against righties. He's a one trick pony and Rizzo acquired him to perform that one trick. Davey was asking him to do too much.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Just to be clear, automatic out Span has a hit and 2 RBI'S tonight.

David Proctor said...

Harper hits two rockets for outs and then gets a hit on that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now 1 for 4 this homestand getting a leadoff double home.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Yeah, after 15 straight at bats without a hit.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

One can always judge the lack of baseball i.q. by the people who pop on here every time that Denard gets a hit, every four games or so....

andrew lang said...

"NatsJack in Florida said...
Desmond and Tyler Clippard have been the most engaging of all the Nats I've met."

I had the opportunity to sit next to Tyler Clippard 2 years ago at the Dream Foundation dinner and he was fun to talk to.

Jack, I wish you made it yesterday. I spent 2 hours rolling ground balls to Ian Desmond and Anthony Rendon at the Gio Foundation Camp I was running. We didn't have a lot of time to talk but I had 2 hours to observe what these 2 men are.

I'm blown away by the type of persons both these young men are but Ian Desmond is part angel. Many of the kids at the camp were physically handicapped. One young boy couldn't catch a ball so Ian got behind him on his knees and placed his hands on the boys wrists to move his hands. I underhand tossed a ball to the boy and Desi helped him catch the ball. The kid was beaming from ear to ear.

As the groups rotated to the other fields to work outfield with Denard Span or pitching with Gio, Ian took another boy into the outfield to work on throwing with a boy who never played baseball and never owned a glove. Desi gave him his glove.

"Spread The Glove" A day I will never forget.

Nationals PR ‏@NationalsPR 8 Aug This is how Ian Desmond is spending his off day... pic.twitter.com/ppe3IVRLTE

NatsJack in Florida said...

And for the record, Haren's ERA is officially 4.99.

David Proctor said...

Why does Krol throw so much offspeed now? I understand using it to keep hitters honest, but it seems like he's going to it far too often when they can't hit his fastball.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

You have to enjoy the stubbornness of the pro-Denard Span people. He will have to basically be the worst hitting center fielder in baseball before they will give up.

I will say that the Rick Ankiel comparisons have done a lot to destroy all of the pro-Span arguments. If anything, Ankiel was a better fielder than Span and there wasn't a peep when he was DFAed, the same as will be true with Span....

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Nobody asked you his ERA.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Andrew, thanks. A lot of people here have no idea how great these kids are.

I'll be up next month and we'll get together.

MicheleS said...

I LOVE BEATING THE PHILLIES!!! WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Faraz Shaikh said...

Thanks Lannen, you kinda owed us one. Good job Haren! This is the Haren I thought we had signed in the off-season.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Papa John for lunch tomorrow.

I am willing to guess if we scored 9 runs every game from now on we would. Make the playoffs.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Ahhh! What would a Nats win be without the lowlife troll that is WODL?

David Proctor said...

So I'm guessing WODL will start another Denard Span argument instead of letting us enjoy a rare win.

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