Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Game 118: Giants at Nats

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
As noted earlier today, Bryce Harper is really struggling to hit left-handers this season. Despite a .303 batting average and 1.008 OPS against righties, the Nationals' left fielder is hitting a paltry .172 with a .546 OPS against southpaws. Harper is also dealing with some flu-like symptoms, according to Davey Johnson, enough for the young outfielder to get a day off.

The Nationals' two other left-handed-hitting regulars — Denard Span and Adam LaRoche — also have struggled to hit lefties this season, but each will get a chance to start tonight. Not that Davey has many other options to replace those two, especially with Scott Hairston already starting in Harper's place in left field.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, and it's only appropriate since today is National Left-Handers' Day. Sense a recurring theme here?

Updates to come, so please check back...

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 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: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF
NATIONALS (57-60)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
C Wilson Ramos
LF Scott Hairston
LHP Gio Gonzalez

GIANTS (52-65)
CF Andres Torres
2B Marco Scutaro Joaquin Arias
1B Brandon Belt
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
3B Pablo Sandoval
LF Jeff Francoeur
SS Brandon Crawford
LHP Madison Bumgarner

UMPIRES
HP Jim Wolf
1B Mike Estabrook
2B Jim Joyce (cc)
3B Jeff Nelson

5:15 p.m. — Turns out Harper isn't in the lineup tonight because he's been dealing with the flu, according to Davey Johnson, who said he otherwise would have started Bryce against Bumgarner. For what it's worth, Harper did just take BP with Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche and Jayson Werth. So perhaps he's trying to talk his way into the lineup. Stay tuned.

7:06 p.m. — And we're underway. Bryce Harper did NOT talk his way into the lineup, so it's Scott Hairston in left field as Gio Gonzalez fires ball one to Andres Torres.

7:15 p.m. — A little bit of a ragged top of the first for Gio, who allowed a one-out bloop double to Joaquin Arias and then walked Brandon Belt. The lefty looked like he was going to get out of the jam when Buster Posey hit a chopper to the right side of the infield. But Gonzalez was way late covering first base, so the Nats couldn't turn an inning-ending, 3-6-1 double play. That would've proved costly, but he battled back to get Hunter Pence to ground out and end the inning without anybody scoring.

7:29 p.m. — And the Nats waste a one-out double by Anthony Rendon, leaving them 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position already tonight. Meanwhile, in between innings, the Giants' CSN Bay Area broadcast showed Jayson Werth and Gio Gonzalez in a heated argument in the dugout, likely over Gio's not covering first base in the top of the first. Steve McCatty and Rick Schu had to step in and separate the two. Stay tuned on this one.

7:45 p.m. — Meanwhile, this game is scoreless through two innings. Gonzalez has retired five in a row since the Belt walk in the top of the first. Bumgarner has also retired five in a row since the Rendon double.

7:53 p.m. — The wackiness continues in the top of the third. After walking Bumgarner on four pitches to begin the inning, Gonzalez then fired a pitch to the backstop. Bumgarner took off for second base, though he started coasting when he assumed he was going to be safe. Just one problem: Wilson Ramos got the ball and fired it to second base (nearly taking off Gio's head along the way) and nailed Bumgarner for the out. Bizarre. Gonzalez, meanwhile, seems to be dealing with some issues with his back, perhaps explaining why he wasn't hustling to cover first base earlier. After all that, it's still 0-0 heading to the bottom of the third.

8:08 p.m. — A chance for the Nats in the bottom of the third, with two on and one out for Rendon, but the rookie struck out looking at a fastball right down the pipe. Zimmerman then drew a walk, loading the bases for Werth, but the team's hottest hitter also struck out, leaving the Nats 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position through three scoreless innings.

8:18 p.m. — Gio has been pitching in trouble all night, but so far he's escaped without any damage. He stranded two more baserunners in the top of the fourth. The Giants are 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. This feels like the kind of game where one clutch hit will prove the difference. Then again, there's also an intense storm cell about to hit the area, so we could be looking at a delay (and then maybe a lot of bullpen arms the rest of the way).

8:28 p.m. — And the Nats take a 1-0 lead, thanks to Desmond's 50th extra-base hit of the year (a double), LaRoche's single and Ramos' hard shot off Bumgarner's leg. They're still only 1-for-8 with RISP, but they've got the lead, and now the rain and wind has arrived. It's pretty intense, but hopefully won't last too long.

9:21 p.m. — The rain has eased up, the tarp is being rolled up and we'll have baseball resuming at 9:45 p.m.

9:35 p.m. — Tanner Roark is warming in the Nats pen, so he'll take over the game from here. Gio Gonzalez's final line will be: 4 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K. He won't be eligible for the win, because he didn't go the minimum five innings.

9:45 p.m. — And we are back underway, with Roark on the mound and Kurt Suzuki now behind the plate in place of Ramos. Not sure what that's about.

9:57 p.m. — Uh-oh, this game is tied after Desmond lets an easy grounder from Posey roll right under his glove, bringing home a runner from third. Looked like Ian might have picked his head up too soon, looking to make the throw before he ever had the ball. Either way, it's now a 1-1 game thanks to the unearned run against Roark.

10:23 p.m. — And this game continues to slog along. Some of that is due to Guillermo Moscoso, which is apparently Spanish for "takes 45 seconds between every pitch." Seriously, Guillermo: Pick up the pace. Then again, he got the results he wanted in the bottom of the fifth, pitching around two leadoff walks to get out of the inning. Roark made it through the top of the sixth unscathed, so it remains 1-1.

10:35 p.m. — Adam LaRoche to the rescue. He clobbered a fastball right down Broadway from Moscoso off the facade of the second deck in right field for his 17th homer of the season. This one came right after Desmond singled, so the Nats take a 3-1 lead after six. That puts Roark in line for his second win in four days, if the rest of the bullpen can hold this two-run lead. It'll be Fernando Abad for the top of the seventh.

10:54 p.m. — Boy, Ryan Mattheus really hasn't been very good since returning from his self-inflicted broken hand. He just entered with two outs in the top of the seventh, a man on first, specifically to face the right-handed Posey and Pence. And he walked Posey on four pitches, then gave up an RBI single to Pence. Not good. To his credit, Mattheus did get Sandoval to fly out, so the Nats still lead 3-2 at the stretch. But it's really become a challenge for Davey to get through the seventh inning of games.

11:05 p.m. — Zimmerman has now grounded into two double plays tonight and 15 for the season, seventh-most in the NL. Still 3-2 as Tyler Clippard enters for the eighth.

11:15 p.m. — It wasn't pretty but Clippard got through the eighth. He put two men on with one out but battled to get two outs and preserve the 3-2 lead. Onto the bottom of the eighth.

11:35 p.m. — The Nats get a big insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, with Werth doubling and eventually scoring on Suzuki's sac fly to right. So it's a 4-2 lead for Rafael Soriano, who now takes the mound for the ninth.

11:43 p.m. — It's over. Nats win 4-2. It's their fourth straight, and it leaves them 2 games under .500.

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natsfan1a said...

Huh. I did not know this. Maybe I can talk my husband into buying me dinner or something. Eh, probably not. Do they have greeting cards for the occasion? No? Oh, well. We get no respect.

Go, GIO!! Go, NATS!!

(My old friend in the SFO Bay Area emailed to ask which team I'd be rooting for this series. Well, duh. I told her we'd cancel each other out, though. :-))

Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, and it's only appropriate since today is National Left-Handers' Day. Sense a recurring theme here?

ExposedinDC said...

No Bryce...no problem....keep it going fella's...need a long streak

Section 222 said...

Looking forward to that late inning PH appearance for Harp.

James Joyce said...

Looks from the lineups of both clubs that tongihts game might go FAST. Lots of strong LHP not so much obvious strong hitting. We'll see how it plays out.

Harper's struggles againt LHP are legit, the kid's talent is amazing but his approach at the plate, not so much. He's closed, the bat coked too hard (he looks cool, but that's not the goal) and he seems pull-happy. He's in trouble in a big way against any decent soft stuff inside from a leftie and the league knows it. I wish he'd adjust to a more neutral stance, trust his natural power to all fields and not try to yank everything to right.

Depot Master said...

And on International Left Hander's Day, too.

http://www.lefthandersday.com

You'd think he'd grant an exception.

natsfan1a said...

Of course, we're all in our right minds, so it's all good.

bowdenball said...

Benching Harper tells me that the team hasn't given up on the 2013 season yet. If they had they'd want to give Harper as many at-bats against lefties as possible to try to address the problem for 2014 and beyond. Instead it looks like they're trying to keep the win streak going by getting Hairston in there against the lefty and saving Harper for pinch-hit appearances against someone like Sergio Romo.

David Proctor said...

I posted it in one of the other threads yesterday, but here's a good article on Harper's struggle against lefties by Fangraphs:

http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/bryce-harpers-weakness/

DL in VA said...

So.... did you know that Gio is actually right-handed? True fact!

Yeah, I can't throw with my non-dominant hand either.

NatsLady said...

Isn't this about the time Harper went into his slump last year? Then he came out of it big time.

bowdenball said...

Or maybe he's just sick ...

Chase Hughes ‏@chasehughesCSN 43s

Harper out with flu. #Nats

David Proctor said...

Tom Schad ‏@Tom_Schad 32s
#Nats Bryce Harper slept all day yesterday and couldn't eat much. Davey said he has the flu.

What's with all the sickness going around our clubhouse this year?

David Proctor said...

Dan Kolko ‏@masnKolko 1m
Some Giants coaches were bemoaning lack of offense on their club. Davey didn't wanna hear it. "Don't be talkin' that around here."

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

What's with all the sickness going around our clubhouse this year?

Perhaps because the flu is contagious?

David Proctor said...

Lol Feel, obviously I know that. But it's been at different times throughout the year. If they came down with it around the same time (like Span and Harper did earlier this season), it'd be one thing. It's odd how all these separate instances keep popping up.

Section 222 said...

Harper's slump last year started after the ASG. His lowest BA of the year, .245, was after the game on August 15. In the 31 games between July 13 and August 15, in which the Nats went 21-11 by the way, Harper's slashline was .171/.257/.244. In the 44 remaining games after that, he batted .327/.384/.660.

So here's hoping for another late August Harper surge.

bowdenball said...

David Proctor said...

"What's with all the sickness going around our clubhouse this year?"

I had that thought too! But I think we forget that it's a long season, and that when they go to work they don't just sit at a desk and stare at a computer. Getting sick enough that affects your ability to stay focused on the game for 3 hours seems like it would be pretty common.

IIRC we've had a couple guys miss games against us for the same reason. Pick a player and google it, there's a good chance he's missed a game due to illness over the last couple years.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We need more Papa John days

David Proctor said...

Don't expect Papa Johns tonight. Bumgarner is good. Very good.

Doc said...

National Lefthanders' Day, eh?

So do lefties get in for half off???

How would you prove that yor're a leftie?

Gio is ambi, he signs autographs RH.

Geeeeeeeeeezas, GoooooooooooNats!!! Let's get into the playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

50% oof my siblings and I are lefties. 0% of my children are.

Unknown said...

Harper has hit well since he injured his knee against Atlanta and then further damaged it when he ran into the wall at Dodger Stadium.

Steady Eddie said...

DP -- Given this year's production, I wouldn't expect much offense, but July 4, 2012, Bumgarner's line against us:

IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
5.0 9 7 7 1 7 3 3.27

Onion, Zim, and the Beast hit dingers off him, we were 3-10 with RISP (whole game), with one SB (Espi) and one CS (Desi) vs. Bumgarner.

Won 9-4 even with EJax giving up 3 in the first.

David Proctor said...

Well that was a holiday. Obviously Ryan was going to homer.

I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday?

Steady Eddie said...

I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday?

Ding ding ding ding ding! And we have a winner!

(Maybe we should start identifying religious holidays for Zim too....)

baseballswami said...

It's not the flu- the flu is a very specific illness that has nothing to do with your stomach. Google it. It's a stomach virus, which is very contagious. Wash your hands Bryce. A lot. I am finding it amusing that the Mets are already getting hammered about Harvey reaching his innings limit and being shut down. Might cost him a Cy Young. Let the hysteria ensue-- again. Sigh.

NatsLady said...

According to my records, Harper had the flu in April, when Span also had it. LaRoche had it in mid-July.

baseballswami said...

Irregular eating habits, travel, close quarters, hear, getting physically run down. Betting others have had milder versions along the way. Probably quite common to have stomach issues during the season. Bryce seems to be getting it more often. He needs a mom.

baseballswami said...

That would be--- HEAT.

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

Did Matt Harvey have Tommy John surgery?

David Proctor said...

Nope. They just don't want to up his innings by more than 30% from last year because of his age.

baseballswami said...

No- just very young and has not built up his innings yet. I think 160 last year, won't go over 200 this year. Even without TJ, they ramp up the young guys over a couple of seasons. Usually in the minors where no one notices, though.

baseballswami said...

Last year the Barves put Medlen in the bullpen for part of the year to stretch out his innings. Fine for the national media to freak out- they aren't the ones paying for those valuable young arms.

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

I think Medlen had TJ. There is a difference when it's a doctor recommending an innings limit and not Tom Verducci. The media needs to figure that out.

natsfan1a said...

Where's the "like" button on here?

David Proctor said...

Well that was a holiday. Obviously Ryan was going to homer.

I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday?
August 13, 2013 5:15 PM
Steady Eddie said...

I wonder if we can convince Zim that National Lefthanders Day is a legit holiday?

Ding ding ding ding ding! And we have a winner!

(Maybe we should start identifying religious holidays for Zim too....)
August 13, 2013 5:18 PM

TexNat said...

Re: Harvey. Begs the question if the Nats are going to shutdown Stras at 200.

David Proctor said...

No it doesn't. The Nats have said they have no limit for him this year. Plus, I think he's on pace to finish around 200 anyway (not including...the p word, obviously).

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Play ball.

David Proctor said...

Hey we're up to 13th in the league in runs. -__-

baseballswami said...

Gio is looking very baby faced tonight. Do it Gio!!

David Proctor said...

Gio not hitting his spots early. At all.

baseballswami said...

Seems like the first inning is always an adventure with him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Jim Wolf home plate umpire's brother is pitcher Randy Wolf. Still known more for not being a pitcher's ump.

David Proctor said...

Posey not really the guy I want up with 2 men on...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio tardy to first

baseballswami said...

It has occurred to me that Gio needs ADD meds.

baseballswami said...

Whew.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio pitches out of that.

Now lets score a few.

baseballswami said...

Word.

baseballswami said...

I like this kid. I was absolutely not expecting him to be a factor this season. Nice surprise.

TexNat said...

David, of course it does. Stras pitched less than 169 innings last year, is only one year older than Harvey, and has had TJ surgery. So why does it make sense for the Mets to shut down Harvey at 200 and not for the Nats to shut down Stras at the same or similar point?

David Proctor said...

Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN now
Giants broadcast showed Werth yelling at Gio between innings, likely over his not covering 1B. McCatty, Schu had to step in. #NationalsTalk

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Both team 0 for 2 with RISP. Surprise.

baseballswami said...

Twitter reports says Werth had some choice words for Gio in the dugout- coaches had to step in. Oh, great. Now he is rattled. I do like the at bats that inning- good battles.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I fussed at Gio too.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Good on Werth. Gio went brain dead on covering first.

Joe Seamhead said...

Gio should've been there earlier. Good for Jayson. Bad that it was caught on camera.

Joe Seamhead said...

TMI for the people outside of that dugout. Gio still looks pissed. Good.

David Proctor said...

Gio was probably not pleased that Werth let what should've been a single turn into a double. Werth obviously angry that Gio didn't cover first. So they aired it out. No biggie.

baseballswami said...

As long as it results in a focused Gio and not a rattled Gio. His temperament is a bit volatile.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

They just advertised the "Ryan Zimmerman" special at Papa John's.

That's the one where you order two pizzas, and the delivery guy tosses them on your roof.

David Proctor said...

Gio's back :/

baseballswami said...

Very funny. Not so funny - Gio appears to have back pain.

David Proctor said...

4 pitch leadoff walk to the pitcher. That will hurt.

David Proctor said...

Woah, Ramos!

baseballswami said...

I feel like I need to be drunk or medicated for Gio's starts.

David Proctor said...

Gio is clearly in pain. Even on that CS, he was holding his back after the throw.

baseballswami said...

Calling Row- Ark?

David Proctor said...

Another hit by Hairston against a lefty.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Another failure to execute by Gio.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

2 games in a row Gio cannot lay down a bunt correctly.

David Proctor said...

Yup. If he drops the bunt down, Hairston possibly scores on that hit by Span. Worst case scenario is a runner at third with one out.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span punches one to left on an outside pitch, just like I told him.

baseballswami said...

Gio has difficulty concentrating. Great guy, but all over the place sometimes.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

At onr point earlier in the season we led the league in percentage of called 3rd strikes, and highest total of called 3rd srike (or opposite way)

paul brandt said...

wow, if ever a Werth/Gio dust-up, it would not be eat some face but rather, we can find no trace of Gio anywhere.

baseballswami said...

Werth whiffs here and he can eat his own face.

paul brandt said...

thx swami

David Proctor said...

Looks like he can eat his own face, Swami.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Risp 0 for 4. That pitched looked outside, but was close enough to protect the plate.

baseballswami said...

Can Gio yell at him now? I wish I had the power to affect what happens on the field, I really do. Unfortunately I can type any nonsense I want and it has no effect at all.

paul brandt said...

looks like rain in route.

David Proctor said...

Werth's career numbers with the bases loaded are really bad. He's only hitting like .230. It's odd because his numbers with RISP aren't bad and his overall numbers are obviously not bad. He must be changing something with the bases loaded.

baseballswami said...

Meanwhile, back at the Syracuse ranch, Tyler Moore has hit two more home runs.

David Proctor said...

Should give Gio some credit. He looks like he can barely walk and he's pitching pretty well.

I hope I didn't just jinx it.

paul brandt said...

oh great, thx DP, at least we have someone to blame...ha.

baseballswami said...

Definitely gutting it out. It doesn't have to be pretty.

paul brandt said...

how did Gio hurt his back? pitching? missed some of that inning.

paul brandt said...

catchable ball.

David Proctor said...

It seems to have been an issue from the start of the game, PB.

baseballswami said...

Not sure- appeared to be stiff from the start. By the way- sure looks like Baumgardner is throwing a lot of pitches. Yes?

baseballswami said...

David-- I appear to be your echo tonight.

paul brandt said...

yea, swami, thank you, thank you...

David Proctor said...

Haha Swami. That's funny because I was about to mention Bumgarner's high pitch count.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nats now 1 for 8 RISP.

This home stand now 6 leadoff doubles ,2 runs scored.

paul brandt said...

pirates/cards on MLB

baseballswami said...

Good place for the delay. Gio got a decent start without being pushed too far with his back. We scored in the nick of time. Would like to have seen him get five, but a scoreless four is kind of a miracle- a Left Handers Day miracle.

David Proctor said...

Maybe this will give Werth and Gio time to kiss and makeup.

paul brandt said...

DP, good one or arm wrestle.

baseballswami said...

Werth, Gio and Davey can all go lie down in the training room and get treatments for all their ailments. Anyone else watching Bucs/ Cards?

NatsLady said...

Watching Cubs/Reds. Cubbies just tied it up, 2-2.

baseballswami said...

Cannot figure out why it is the Pirates feed when it's a Cards home game.

NatsLady said...

The Cubs are just not a good team. Gave it right back to the Reds, 4-2, even with Samardzija pitching.

David Proctor said...

Nationals PR ‏@NationalsPR 5m
Ian Desmond's double in the 4th inning was his 50th extra-base hit of the season. No other shortstop in MLB has more than 40. #Nationals

baseballswami said...

Tarp off!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Possible Silver slugger again.

David Proctor said...

9:45 start time

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am watching the Card',s feed not Bucs

Doc said...

Gio will need a step-ladder to take on JDub.

Wonder what the odds makers at Hialeah are putting on Gio in the rematch?

baseballswami said...

Gio coming back in?

David Proctor said...

Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 14s
Tanner Roark is getting hot in the Nats' bullpen. Gio presumably finished.

David Proctor said...

Looks like Bumgarner is done too.

baseballswami said...

Ok -- I am practicing--- it's Row- Ark.

David Proctor said...

I wonder if Harper starts feeling better now that the righty is in for the Giants.

baseballswami said...

David- your matching train of thought is frightening. I was just thinking that our line up was put together with a lefty in mind.

baseballswami said...

Zuke?? Now no back up catcher?

David Proctor said...

I hope they're just being safe with Ramos and nothing is wrong.

baseballswami said...

When Carp praises someone like this, I cringe.

David Proctor said...

What Desi...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

WTH

Joe Seamhead said...

Total crap play by Desmond.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Nit that it hurts Gio tonight.

This 7 games now this year Gio left with a lead and then bullpen couldnt hold it (though not RoArk's fault this time)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Sort of like a Davey play, got to late in the evening to focus. Hat ball did nothing tricky, he dimpky didnt field it.

Joe Seamhead said...

Desi just blew the routine play to cost the lead. There's no sugar coating it.

Theo Mackie said...

The Nats season could not be summed up better than that. Momentum in our favor, suddenly halted, the starting pitcher does what he can but is simply watching as a play any little league shortstop could make is botched.

baseballswami said...

How long has it actually been since Desi made an error? Seems like I can't remember it's been so long. We have gotten so used to him being a machine. It happens.

Joe Seamhead said...

Good AB by Denard.

baseballswami said...

But you are correct that it's typical if our season that any and every mistake hurts.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lost focis and that is all it took. Well at least only cost 1 run not more.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That was hos 23th. 9 came real early. Then the long streak. 4 since streak ended.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My trip paid off to Cox

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

RISP time 1 for 8 so far.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Did Righetti have TJ surgery? Big brace on left arm.

David Proctor said...

That was headed into CF until it hit the pitcher. Wow.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I tell you he might not lead the team in double plays but sure seems like he leads.

David Proctor said...

Werth not having his best game...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

What a difference a series makes. Werth comes up RISP sll 3 at bats, and moved up no one.

1 for 10 RISP.

That inning had great promised and it disappeared immediately.

baseballswami said...

And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, was an inning that sums up our season. Part ineptitude, part bad luck. It makes me want to punch myself in the face.

David Proctor said...

Zim had terrible luck. That ball was going to be in CF until it deflected off the pitcher.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Sandrabol hits a weak one snd doesnt get touched. Luck?

David Proctor said...

That's the problem with pitch to contact, MNF. It allows for those weakly hit balls to find holes and for defensive mistakes like Desi's. You need pitchers, ESPECIALLY relievers, to strike guys out.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Sandy Rosario too happy. Lets wipe that smile off once on the mound.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Our reliever's weakness we hace few fastball pitchers. The Cards seem to have all 97+ pitchers.

Drew said...

Keep it up, Mr. Roark. Don't let them Tatoo the ball.

Meanwhile Giolito throws 5 scoreless in the GCL, lowering his ERA to 2.78. The Nats' rookie league club is 40-6. Wow.

At Syracuse, Zach Walters now has 27 home runs.

And how about Brandon Miller? After 44 at bats in Potomac, he's hitting .455.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desi drive of the game and to even it up, the error of the game.

baseballswami said...

He gives more than he takes.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

In general true.

Tonight he is even. Like a birdie and a bogey.

David Proctor said...

ADAM BOMB!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

No risp.

Alr

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go ALR!

Drew said...

Atta boy. Crushed.

David Proctor said...

That might be the worst pitch I've seen all year...you can't put it on a tee any better.

David Proctor said...

Hairston vs righty = no good.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The ball just hung there. Key was he barrelled up. Many like that thiscyear we fouled straight back.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Was watching classic game last week.Hairston last year in the game shown looked pathetic against Clippard.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That was the game Valdespin hit a 3 run dinger just before that at bat.

David Proctor said...

I'm just hoping Abad doesn't screw this up too badly.

Joe Seamhead said...

ALR, Werth, and Harper all tied for team HR lead with 17 each.

David Proctor said...

Arias...really?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Potomac Nats need someone with Math skills. Half waytoSt. Patrick''s day is Sept 17 not August 16.

Aries 4 for 4. Wasnt in original line up.

David Proctor said...

Abad just threw 98?!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

And post of the night goes to Mark Meister for this gem:

10:23 p.m. — And this game continues to slog along. Some of that is due to Guillermo Moscoso, which is apparently Spanish for "takes 45 seconds between every pitch."

Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Abad way to gelt Belt.

Now Mattheus do your job.

David Proctor said...

I thought it was a good way to get Belt, MNF!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Remember Jesus Colome who pitch for Nats 2007,8 an 10?

He was a minute a pitch pitcher

David Proctor said...

4 pitch walk.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on Mattheus pitch like you know what your doing.

David Proctor said...

Uh oh.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

You walk the runner into scoring position then fall behind the next guy.

Anyone have his stats on giving up inherited runners. Since he came back, i have been totally unimpressed

Less Platu said...

I see some of our posters were ragging on Werth .. are you frikking kidding me? This gives Legion of Doom a whole new meaning Jayson Werth has virtually carried this hapless team for a month! One 'off' game and you rag him? haha Unbelievable how miserable people can get.

David Proctor said...

We need to add a run or two. Clip has been solo HR happy lately. And you never know what you'll get from Untuck.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am just going by memory, but it seems the 7th inning is the inning our bullpen has been the weakest all season.

David Proctor said...

Who was ragging on Werth? I mentioned he was having a bad game and has poor numbers with the bases loaded, but that wasn't ragging on him at all. He's been outstanding. He can't hit .500 forever.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Add on runs Nats.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I think in a one run game he plays tougher.

Less Platu said...

Geez Proctor -- You immediately think this was about you? it wasn't -- read back yourself -- its not hard -- and you'll see at least two Legion of Doomers ragging on Werth. So, its not all about you, sorry to break the news to you

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If you are referring to my comment of 0 for 3 RISP tonight. I didnt complain, just stated the facts.

In fact didnt read any complaints all just comments.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Cubs have tied up Reds. Cards are losing. 'Zona losing early to Bal-mer.

We could pick up a game on all 3 of those wild card wanna-bes.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Since he and I were the only I saw. Neither was a legion of doom comment at all. Just statements.

Less Platu said...

Not a more negative character here than you Manassas. It's really annoying - why do you even bother if you're so miserable. Get a beer -- go out -- be happy

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

@Manassas: I surely do remember "Every day" Jesus Colome!! Didn't we all pray for Colome's buttocks, as per Jimbo's instructions?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Guy sleeping behind the plate front row.

Damn it I will stay awake sitting there.

David Proctor said...

Would it be a knee-jerk reaction to say Rendon is back? Because he's looked way better lately.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I just remember thinking Chinese resterants.

One from Colome and one from column b.

baseballswami said...

I think I may spend the top of the ninth cowering under my couch. Having to remind myself to breathe.

Less Platu said...

Reading back I see Proctor did indeed talk major trash about Werth. What a Loser. Ragging on our best hitter, our best player, the player who just got named National League Player of the month! He carried this loser team. And you rag on his numbers. What a bunch of no count Losers. Seriously, you all are. Why don't you just leave -- and take your Legion of Doom with you

Less Platu said...

Cant fault Zimm -- ball couldn't have been hit harder.

David Proctor said...

Zim has had the worst luck today.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Damn it Zim, quit hitting the ball on the ground.

I tell you I still cant believe heis srill third on tge team in double plays.

I know in the last month he must be leading.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The first one might be bad luck, but that one he hit right into the ground. That is not bad luck. It not squaring on the ball to elevate it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He hit the top of the ball, which is the recipe for a grounder.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Was hoping Clippard would have a clean inning.

Crawford center cut that ball well.

Less Platu said...

clip just got squeezed

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good effort zim, better than the hitting efforts.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on clippard.

Less Platu said...

trust the heater, clip

David Proctor said...

Our bullpen is really making this difficult tonight...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Seen this already. Give up a hit tgen a walk.

Come on reluevers this is not smart baseball.

Less Platu said...

There are two Clippard: the one that trust his fastball and dominates; and the one that throws too many changes and get rocked.

Less Platu said...

One more, Clip --

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