Friday, August 16, 2013

Game 121: Nats at Braves

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
ATLANTA — Hello from Turner Field, where it's an unseasonably cool, 68 degrees, with a threat of rain throughout the weekend. Who would've thought the Nationals would need to break out their windbreakers for a mid-August series in Atlanta, but will be sweating next week in Chicago (where it's supposed to be humid and in the upper-80s)?

The Nats come to town having come THISCLOSE to a six-game winning streak at home, if not for Rafael Soriano's blown save yesterday evening. They face a much stiffer challenge this weekend, facing those powerhouse Braves, who have won 17 of their last 19 and opened up a commanding, 14 1/2-game lead in the NL East.

Speaking of Soriano, odds are he won't be available to pitch tonight after appearing in three straight games (and nearly suffering two straight blown saves). Tyler Clippard also has appeared the last three days, which could leave the recently recalled Drew Storen as Davey Johnson's closer tonight should the situation present itself.

First things first: The Nationals need a good start from Taylor Jordan, who could be making his final outing of the year before his team-imposed shutdown, and they need to score some runs off Atlanta rookie left-hander Alex Wood, before they can contemplate who is going to close tonight.

Updates to come, so please check back...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 186
Weather: Cloudy, 68 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from CF
NATIONALS (59-61)
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 Taylor Jordan

BRAVES (74-47)
RF Jason Heyward
LF Justin Upton
1B Freddie Freeman
C Brian McCann
3B Chris Johnson
CF Jordan Schafer
SS Andrelton Simmons
2B Paul Janish
LHP Alex Wood

UMPIRES
HP Marty Foster
1B Marvin Hudson
2B Wally Bell
3B Jordan Baker

7:35 p.m. — And we're underway with a ball from Alex Wood to Denard Span. For what it's worth, Davey Johnson said earlier that Rafael Soriano and Tyler Clippard would be unavailable tonight only if they told him, and to that point neither had. So take it for what it's worth.

7:44 p.m. — Bryce Harper, who was booed resoundingly in his first plate appearance in Atlanta since the Julio Teheran dust-up, doubled into the left-field corner. But that's all the Nats were able to do against Wood in the top of the first.

7:54 p.m. — And the Braves jump on the Nats for an early run, thanks in large part to Wilson Ramos' throwing error on Jason Heyward's stolen base attempt. That allowed Heyward to advance to third with nobody out, and moments later Heyward scored on a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Freddie Freeman. Taylor Jordan did a nice job to limit the damage there, but the Nats trail 1-0 early.

8:07 p.m. — Boy, Fredi Gonzalez probably wishes he had a challenge flag right about now. Chris Johnson appeared to dive back into first base safely on Jordan Schafer's lineout to third, but umpire Marvin Hudson called him out. Sadly (for Fredi, that is) there won't be any challenge system in place until next season, so the Nats happily took the double play. Still 1-0 Braves after two.

8:17 p.m. — The Nats are having all kinds of trouble picking up the ball out of Wood's hand so far tonight. He's got a funky throwing motion that hides the ball well, and it's paying off for him. He's got four strikeouts through three scoreless innings.

8:35 p.m. — Jordan nearly induced his third double play in three innings, but Rendon's throw on the turn sailed wide and that allowed another run to score. So it's 2-0 Braves after three, though Jordan isn't really to blame for that.

8:45 p.m. — Ooh, intrigue in the top of the fourth as Wood's first pitch drills Harper in the back. Before you get all worked up, though, it was a 77 mph breaking ball. No intent there. Harper got his revenge, though, going first to third on Werth's single to left-center. That proved significant, because it allowed him to score on Desmond's 6-4-3 double play, cutting the Braves' lead to 2-1 in the middle of the fourth.

9:03 p.m. — Just a brutal sequence by the top of the Nats lineup in the top of the fifth. They had runners on second and third with one out and the Braves infield playing back. But Span struck out on three pitches, failing to even put the ball in play. He has struck out three times now tonight. And then Zimmerman grounded out to second to end the inning. That leaves the Nats 0-for-6 tonight with runners in scoring position, three of those outs on K's and another on a double play. That's your season in a nutshell, folks. Still 2-1 Braves in the middle of the fifth.

9:10 p.m. — Three errors on the Nats infield in five innings. The most recent one was a tough hop for LaRoche, but it's an E nonetheless. Props to Jordan for escaping major damage. It remains 2-1 after five.

9:28 p.m. — All in all, a solid outing for Taylor Jordan, who is probably done after six innings of two-run ball. Neither run was earned. He's at 142 total innings for the season, so this could be it for him in 2013. Ross Ohlendorf tossed four innings in a rehab start at Potomac tonight and should be ready to come off the DL in five days.

9:37 p.m. — Nothing happening for the Nats at the plate tonight. Wood finishes his outing with nine strikeouts and zero walks. He's the fifth pitcher to put up that line against the Nats this joining, joining Cliff Lee, Matt Harvey, Roy Oswalt and Clayton Kershaw. So, yeah, three of the guys to do that are named Lee, Harvey and Oswalt. Too bad Ian Kennedy didn't do it, too. Still 2-1 at the stretch.

9:58 p.m. — Wow, some fireworks in the top of the eighth as Luis Avilan fires a first-pitch fastball into Bryce Harper's upper back. Harper was not pleased, neither was Davey Johnson. Plate umpire Marty Foster issued warnings to both benches, and Avilan departed to a standing ovation from the crowd. So how did the Nats respond: Werth delivered a two-out RBI single to right, tying this game 2-2 in the eighth.

10:07 p.m. — Nice job by Craig Stammen with two scoreless innings. We go to the ninth, it's still 2-2 and Craig Kimbrel enters to face LaRoche, Ramos and a pinch-hitter.

10:15 p.m. — The Nats got two hits off Kimbrel in the top of the ninth, but they couldn't get the go-ahead run home. So now here's Drew Storen in his return to the big leagues, pitching the bottom of the ninth of a tie game in Atlanta.

10:30 p.m. — Wow, quite a performance by Storen. He allowed a one-out single to Simmons but came up huge to strike out Evan Gattis (who had been 6-for-8 with four homers as a pinch-hitter!) on a nasty slider. Storen then got Gerald Laird to fly out, ending a 17-pitch, 13-strike inning and sending this one to extra innings, still tied 2-2.

10:40 p.m. — Harper (who nearly was hit by another pitch just now) showed some nice discipline in laying off a 3-2 slider from Scott Downs to draw a one-out walk in the 10th. Unfortunately, Werth grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Bottom of the 10th upcoming, with Ian Krol now in.

10:47 p.m. — And Justin Upton takes Krol deep to end this one. Nats lose 3-2 in 10.

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David Proctor said...

Glad to see the Buffalo back in.

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

Game 121: Nats at Phillies

If only we could be that lucky. I hear the Phillies are in turmoil these days.

David Proctor said...
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David Proctor said...

Well we won 5/6 against two bad teams. We did what we needed to do (although 6/6 should've been done). Now we see whether we're really playing better or not because this is a good team.

Secret wasian man said...

i hope if a save opportunity arises Davey goes with somebody other than SORRY OH NO. Also upset with Desmond for not adjusting to the situation. Werth on second with 0 outs. Desmond watches strike 3. That ball has to be put in play to move the runner. 2 swings for the fences and then bat on the shoulder. Why???

Doc said...

We left a lot of runners on base in that last game with the G-ants. Wad we have the bases loaded 2X and little to no scoring?

The Buffalo probably could have helped us!

bowdenball said...

Secret wasian man said...

"2 swings for the fences and then bat on the shoulder. Why???"

Because he thought it going to be a ball?

I get the feeling that a lot of people think hitting is a lot easier than it actually is. You don't get five seconds to decide what you think of a pitch.

David Proctor said...

Doc, the problem is that Haren came up with the bases loaded not once but twice. He left 6 on base by himself. To Bochy's credit, he was IBBing half of our team to get to Haren it seemed like and it worked.

Secret wasian man said...

2 strikes you have to protect. Ian backward Ks much too often.

Secret wasian man said...

does Werth strike out looking? Does Bryce?

Doc said...

Yeah, you're right DP. Haren was up twice with the bases jacked.

Two bad that the Buffalo wasn't hitting ahead of him, and maybe they wouldn't have been so loaded.

Jeff Wang said...

Bryce does strike out looking. So does Werth. But even then, they're not Ian. they don't approahc hitting the same way, because they're good at different things.

bowdenball said...

You're right, secret wasian man. Desmond's approach at the plate is no good at all. That's why he's such a terrible hitter. He should start tinkering with it. Only good things can happen.

To answer your question: yes, Werth and Harper strike out looking too. It's part of the game. If guys never struck out looking they'd also never walk, and they'd strike out swinging all the time. It's part of the game. As is the fact that there aren't a thousand Joey Vottos and Miguel Cabreras out there, so you should stop expecting the Nats to field 8 of them every night.

David Proctor said...

@ZuckermanCSN Werth just spent 15 minutes talking about his love of Manuel. Called him best manager he's ever had.

Tcostant said...

Sounds like Werth is lobbing for him to end up here???

David Proctor said...

Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 9m
Would Werth want Manuel in DC next year? "Of course. I don't know if he fits in the organization's plans, but of course."

I don't think we need someone who is 70 and I highly doubt he ends up here. But Werth obviously has a ton of respect for him.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Werth calls Charlie Manual "the best manager he's ever had". Better than Davey circa 2012?

David Proctor said...

Ghost, Charlie was the first manager to give Werth a real shot as an everyday player. Of course Werth is going to feel extremely loyal to him. Without Cholly, he doesn't get 7 years/ 126 mil.

baseballswami said...

Cholly? No way. He is not the same guy he was when Werth had him. Phils are moving on with Ryne Sandberg. Time for us to move on also. The Barves did NOT dominate us- two one run games and a tie late in the third. I am so tired of everyone handing this thing to them on a silver platter. Time for someone to slow their roll. Like the Nats.

Doc said...

Appreciate your positive support Swam.

Most of us have lost a lot of faith, at least in this year.

I'll be back watching to-night.

David Proctor said...

Taylor Jordan has been not-great his last couple of starts. And that was against the Brewers and Phillies. I'm a little concerned about how he fares against the Braves. Particularly given that our bullpen is likely to have to eat innings and both Clip and Soriano are probably unavailable.

Ivan Tuski said...

Madonna says go Nats!

"cause I'm living in a Naterial World and I'm a Naterial girl"

SonnyG10 said...

Let's sweep the Barves. Maybe we can get Fredi Gonzalez fired also.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Early candidate for Post of the day:

Ivan Tuski said...
Madonna says go Nats!

"cause I'm living in a Naterial World and I'm a Naterial girl"

August 16, 2013 5:16 PM

Relief from the Legionaires of Doom!

paul brandt said...

DP, Soriano is "...probably unavailable"

we can only hope!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

David, I was making a provocative tongue in cheek comment. Again, probably not something you say out loud with the definitive part of it even though I believe Werth feels that way for the exact reasons you mentioned.

baseballswami said...

As much as I want the Nats to play well, win, make a run and all that good stuff-- much more I want them to learn, toughen up, correct problems, grow up, and get in a place where they are relevant for many years to come. I will tolerate this, choke it down and pay some more fan dues if it looks like it's going to lead things in the right direction.

Doc said...

DP, Taylor is showing the 1st year of pitching effects from TJ surgery. Loosing location on his FB, and his breaking stuff is not as sharp as it was.

He hasn't had as much control over his change either, as he had a few starts back. He'll be back next spring, looking for a spot.

The kid has done well, but time to shut him down.

Steady Eddie said...

DP -- both Roark and Stammen are pretty fresh.

Also, I think Taylor's start tonight coincides with what is supposed to be Olly's last rehab start, so I guess the thinking is that he comes up while TJ leaves, which I'm sure everyone who's paying more attention already knew....

baseballswami said...

Yeah, big Ohly is pitching at the Pfitz tonight. He will look like their Grandpa. If all goes well he takes over. Taylor has been a bright spot.

Section 222 said...

I'll bet Roark gets a few innings of work tonight. Storen will get an inning, and we can only hope that it's a save opportunity. Maybe Krol gets that chance if Freeman and McCann are due up.

JD said...

Sec 222

If he does I hope he fares better than he did against Belt.

David Proctor said...

Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 39s
Davey says Soriano and Clippard are available tonight, unless they come and tell him they're not. So far, they haven't. #NationalsTalk

baseballswami said...

I think they will pull Taylor at the first sign of trouble and use Stammen and Roark-- Krol if the match ups are there. Would love to see Druuuuu but wish they had let him get his feet wet at home against the Giants instead of away versus the Barves.

natsfan1a said...

Don't know how many of the road trip games I'll see, as our houseguests are arriving tonight and staying until Wednesday. I'll be doing the hostessing, tour guide thing more than the avid Nats fan thing (they're not really into baseball).

In other news, did anybody else get an email about the September 1 game's time being changed from 1:35 to 8 PM because ESPN picked it up? We have tix and I can't wait to break that news to my husband. Oh well, at least the next day is a holiday.

Oh, and GO NATS!!

JaneB said...

YIKES! I didn't get that email about the Sept 1 game going from 1 to 8. That sort of wrecks our "baseball weekend" because we were going to stay in Old Town and take the baseball boat back and forth Saturday and Sunday. Might need to rethink the whole thing. Darn.

I hope Taylor pitches the daylights out of those Braves, that Wilson is indeed good to go And that we need to see Drew come in and be his old Drew self. GYFNG!

baseballswami said...

I am shocked that ESPN is actually showing a game that does not include the Ysnkees or Red Sox. Betting the coverage will be dreadful.

natsfan1a said...

swami, yeah, I had the same thought.

Here's the body of the email that I received from nationals.com:

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NATIONALS TICKET HOLDER ADVISORY August 16, 2013
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GAME TIME FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 VS. METS - 8:05 P.M. ET

Due to ESPN's selection for its Sunday Night Baseball telecast, the Sunday, September 1 game vs. the New York Mets at Nationals Park will now start at 8:05 p.m. Please note this special start time and plan accordingly. The Center Field Gate will open at 5:30 p.m.

For a list of all parking and mass transit options, visit nationals.com/waytogo.

baseballswami said...

Yikes. Anyone else watching pre- game?? Soriano's numbers are pretty shaky.

David Proctor said...

As I've said, Soriano's issue is his slider. He CAN strike people out, but it's entirely based on the command of his slider. He hasn't been able to consistently command it all year and that's a problem. Because without the slider, all he has is one pitch: a low-90s fastball. Big league hitters will hit that.

baseballswami said...

But hitters are batting 290 against him?? How in the world has he managed 30 saves?? Sick of all this Philly melancholy- he didn't die. Knowledgeable fans in Pa have known for a long time that he is not good with younger players. That team has declined every year for five years. That's how it works. Jayson is remembering a better time and place.

paul brandt said...

DP, it's not his slider, it's the location, its been awful, regardless of what pitch he throws...if its over the plate at 90, it's going to be hit if the location is poor but I do agree that he can't even throw his slider in the dirt anymore.

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

ESPN must be banking on a Strasburg vs Harvey game that Sunday.

paul brandt said...

Will be interesting to see how instant replay affects the time of a game next year but am glad they are doing it, way over-due. Johnny & Ray are talking about the issue right now.

Section 222 said...

According to B-R, hitters are batting .254 against Soriano. Maybe they switched his numbers with Storen's. Hitters are batting .297 against him this year.

baseballswami said...

Pre game said .255 against him career, 290 this season. Very high. Also ranks low in every category in the NL.

baseballswami said...

And feel? Wouldn't it be hilarious if Harvey was shut down by then and they got Big Ohly vs some unknown Met call up?

Section 222 said...

I didn't see the pregame, but if it said hitters are batting .290 against him this season, it was wrong. His career average against is .205. You can look it up.

David Proctor said...

LOL at the Braves fans booing Harper. I love it!

David Proctor said...

Boo that.

baseballswami said...

Fans in Atlanta have really changed. They used to be smart and classy. Now they boo, throw trash - if they show up at the games. Low attendance for such a hot team.

paul brandt said...

don't want to rile up 222 but we better get revenge this weekend and hit one of theirs...don't care who although would like it to be McCann who went all tough guy once the home plate ump got involved or Justin Upton...don't want a ball anywhere near the head...leg, butt, ribs will be fine...but send the message that we remember you intentionally hit our guy...team need to show Harp they have his back.

BigCat said...

A tough place to pitch for jordon tonight. I like the kid. Oh lord ..... Ramos...here we go

David Proctor said...

Why throw the ball when it's ball 4...

baseballswami said...

Stee- ruggling right here early in the game. Sheesh.

David Proctor said...

Run doesn't score if Ramos doesn't throw that away.

David Proctor said...

Great job by Jordan to work out of it and if Ramos doesn't throw on Ball 4, it's a 0-0 game. You can't give away runs to this team.

baseballswami said...

And it does not look like Jordan will have to intentionally hit anyone tonight. His command is not the best so far and he will probably get away with it. Maybe it's just a nefarious conspiracy. Look wild so you can hit someone and get away with it. Not bad getting out of that with only one run. Of course, that would mean we need two. Ahem.

paul brandt said...

swami, hear ya, Wood looks good so far but I know zippo about him other than he is a top prospect... very odd delivery which means we may not figure it out until its too late...would really love to beat these guys 12-1!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Just a reminder last series RISP Nats 1 for 19. We need to raise that for sure.

Braves RISP was 7 for 22.

Tonight both. 0 for 1 but there 0 mote productive.

David Proctor said...

Ryan's throws have had way more zip on them lately.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Freddy Gonzalez throws the red flag

paul brandt said...

best throw to 1st by Rzim all year even tho is was safe.

David Proctor said...

Nah Ryan had a throw the other day that was fantastic. It was during Strasburg's complete game. He's been good for about a week now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim. When he doesnt think but just reacts he is fine.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I threw my brave red flag. As a fan watching i call flags for both managers.

NatsJack in Florida said...

I think that play would have been ruled inconclusive and stand as called by replay review.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

MASN use to have super slo mo. We needed it for that play.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I agree Nats jack. Without the super slo mo, coild 200% tell.

paul brandt said...

good to see Rzim's arm strength lately, we need it to continue...don't think, just throw. When he pauses or has time is when he gets in trouble which means it's mental.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The story FP said about what the vets did to Jordan was great.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

100% correct.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The ball was way outsidr and on top that, he swung like he wanted to pull it.

Do we need another Cox meeting.?

David Proctor said...

That exact pitch, curveball on the outside, wasn't called just 2 pitches ago. And this one was even further outside. Robot umps please.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Wow what a swing. 2-2 is not as good hitting count as 3-1. That last strike swung around home it seem to me.

Now 0 for 3 RISP . Teall bad habit against the Braves all season.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

David a bigger complaint of home plate umpires to me is tge strike zone is simply not the same for every pitcher.

It simply should not change ( except for the height at the top end).

David Proctor said...

We're insistent on giving away runs tonight.

BigCat said...

Story of our season

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Knoxville Nat said...

Another freaking error leads to another freaking Braves run.

Stop it I say, stop it!

baseballswami said...

They just do not help him out. In fact- they actively hurt him when he pitches. Snakebit. Trial by fire.

paul brandt said...

I'm pissed too but Rendon is learning a new position...he rushed the throw and didn't need to, he will learn from it.

baseballswami said...

Oh- and now the gag me chop and racist chanting.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Fielders are killing you, but your Whip this game is setting you up for non success.

I hate that chop crap. Jump on tgeir ass tge chop would disappear.

David Proctor said...

Amanda Comak ‏@acomak now
That makes 11 errors behind Taylor Jordan this season, who is making his 9th career major league start. #Nats have not done him many favors.

Unbelievable.

baseballswami said...

Next year we will look back on this and laugh. We will see how the lessons of this season made them a better team. It will be like waking up from a bad dream.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I wonder if ALR didnt see it well as he didnt move until way late. See it well get off and catch it unless Upton right where he wanted to go.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lets hope.

We need to end season like the Dodgers past 50 games have been 40-10..


We are 5-1 and last 48 games 39-9 we make the playoffs.

Ince one team shows it xan happen.

David Proctor said...

The crowd cheering as Harper gets HBP...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Plunkes

paul brandt said...

Braves fans cheering when Harper gets hit, the lowest of lows...what crap fans!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I am coming on to complain about our current play.

baseballswami said...

Sickening.,We need to make hurt on the field, though. So tired of the Philly pathos. Can we table it now?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That is funky hand twist from the Braves

paul brandt said...

WODL, welcome, that's allowed, speak your peace, counsellor.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I am displeased by our lack of offense so far.

baseballswami said...

I love Werth's at bats.

Knoxville Nat said...

Good hustle by Harper.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

This inning they are trying to get back in tge game.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Our individual batting averages versus Atlanta this year are putrid.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

GDP is our best play for scoring a run.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We lead in earn runs now.

That double play was hit softer than the one we threw away.

paul brandt said...

if Harper doesn't go 1st to 3rd on the Werth single, we likely don't score this inning...sorry ALR.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Btw, LaRoche could have easily stepped off first on the Rendon throw and have prevented the run.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Team avg is .010 different.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Being down one run puts us back in the game because we can tie with a homer and we don't need any base runners to do that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I agree 100% not sure why he never moved til it was by.

Nats106 said...

I'm disappointed we weren't the ones to plunk a batter first, but at least the Harper/Werth combo made them pay, at least a little.

Anybody else hear them cheering when Harper was hit? Damn, I hate Braves fans. I was about to make an insensitive comment, but I won't, knowing that there are Nats Ladies present.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Baseball needs a method to apportion errors. I would have given both Rendon and LaRoche .5 of an error on that play.

paul brandt said...

WODL, looked like the runner took the inside lane to first and took ALR out of the play but tough to tell...Rendon had more time than he thought and just made a poor throw...good throw and we are out of the inning.

BigCat said...

Yes , laroche a statue on that. Maybe ghost is right about him hiding a back injury

paul brandt said...

106, read above, I did re. the cheering/Harp HBP and so did DP.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Yeah, not the greatest throw but I often notice on plays like that that both players seem to screw it up. The same thing happens on those throws from Ramos to center that we see so often.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

You got to get your guy on 3rd with no outs to make the GDP your friend. The Nats have perfected the art, except for that Cleveland series when they couldn't even hit into GDP's. That is basically rock bottom.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Now me, with my Jim Gentile first baseman's mitt, I would have come off first and saved the run, but that is just me. I am risk averse.

Nats106 said...

Paul B-sorry don't read well after the 1st 3 beers. Thanks for letting me know-I'm glad to know I wasn't alone. Nice DP to close that inning.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

We are almost into the Braves bullpen. We better do something in the next two innings before their bullpen comes in and makes us their ....

BigCat said...

The Buffalo!!!!

paul brandt said...

Jewett would have sent him to 2nd

BigCat said...

This wood guy has nothing. Wait him out and rake!

Knoxville Nat said...

Third straight inning we have the lead off batter on base, need to get them across the plate.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

It's going to take a triple to score the Buffalo from second.

They use a calendar to clock Ramos running the bases.

BigCat said...

Gotta love this kid jordon

Nats106 said...

Good fundamental baseball. Great bunt by Jordan. Let's bring in 2 now

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Come on Span.

Knoxville Nat said...

Can't believe my ears, the Barves tv guy just complimented TJ on his sac bunt!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Hey Gio. When they shut down Jordan, have him teach you how to bunt.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Span has looked silly in this game at the plate.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Cue the Span haters.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Typical.

paul brandt said...

not a Span hater but that was a pathetic AB, we are just an awful offensive team.

Nats106 said...

My wife just said if you don't swing at strikes you can't get a hit. and she doesn't even follow baseball....

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

If Span has lost half a step, that might be the difference, but .310 obp with 10 stolen bases, seriously? That was the plan for lead-off? Or was there ever a plan? All I know is Span doesn't even try to steal bases this year.

David Proctor said...

Span has to find a way to make contact with the ball there.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Rendy to the endy!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Ramos might not have beaten out a sac fly anyway.

Nats106 said...

But I liked everything up til then. That 5-4 from Zim would have scored a run with 1 out. Unfortunately it's a little to late for "missed it by that much"

Nats106 said...

excuse me 4-3

Secret wasian man said...

PAul you beat me to it. If you want the season sum upped in one inning there it was. And Zimm stinks too. Bryce Rendon Ramos rookie pitcher and of course Werth deliver. ZIMM ALR IAN oh boy ian, and of course Span on the road just killing this team.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...
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Dan Strong said...

If that play doesn't sum up our season.... I don't know what does.

Secret wasian man said...

well if ALR gonna bat 230 he sure better make those plays. 3 errors and counting. bad team. just beat up on much worse teams the last 5 of 6

BigCat said...

Think this jordon is gonna be special .... Next year

NatsJack in Florida said...

3 errors. No earned runs given up by Taylor. This kid is tough.

BigCat said...

Zone a lot bigger for braves pitchers

Secret wasian man said...

Love Jordan kid. Im just sick of our Vets not delivering. BTW classless bunch in ATL to cheer a hit batsmen. And another BTW UMP SUCKS. That's ball four to bryce

Knoxville Nat said...

Just thinking back to Span's last AB, why isn't Hairston in the lineup tonight? Given a lefty on the mound and Span's numbers on the road I don't understand this.

Secret wasian man said...

Gutless rednecks hate Bryce for no reason. I hope Pittsburgh kills them in the playoffs. We sure cant beat them.

paul brandt said...

this flipping kid is not that good but yet again the Nats make a pitcher look like Cy Young...and Marty Foster (HP ump) is far from consistent...ugggghhhhhhh!!!!!

Secret wasian man said...

SPAN, zimm ALR and the Great Desmond 0 for 11

Knoxville Nat said...

Desi needs to get his head out of his a$$. What was he swinging at?

NatsJack in Florida said...

I also would prefer Tyler Moore batting 6th instead of ALR.

BigCat said...

It's 2-1 but it feels like its 10-1. We will go to the pen and then it will 5-1. Then it's to the hotel bar

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

This game has encapsulated our entire season:
Bad situational hitting, atrocious fielding, good starting pitching, and a loss to a so-so starting pitcher.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Our pitchers, catchers and relievers should watch these Braves guys and learn.

BigCat said...

96. Wow

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

No way Morse would have caught that little flair in left....

paul brandt said...

NJ, agree, bring up Tyler Moore and maybe even some others, our problem is offense, you can't let this continue, try something else...even Harper vs. lefties is a problem...we need a manager that's not afraid to change line-ups given the match-ups on a game by game basis.

Taylor Jordan deserves a better fate tonight.

Nats106 said...

Wasian dude, won't be the Pirates. They are this year's Nationals. Looks for my Cards to take it to them and put the T Chop to sleep until 2014.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

The only thing that will keep my heart warm this winter is the thought of Jesus, Zimm'nn, Gio, Jorgan and Det/Ohly/Whomever going out every fifth day next season for Manager Bo Porter.

BigCat said...

Gonna be running

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Bo Porter leaving his hometown?

JaneB said...

Sunshine, I;m pulling for Bo, too. I really want him to be our guy.

Now back to the bourbon. I need it straight tonight.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Brooks Robinson!

Knoxville Nat said...

My heart be still! Not only did the Barves tv guy compliment Jordan on his sac bunt earlier, now he is saying how impressed he is with his pitching!

NatsJack, we may have to revise that list of worse TV announcers as homers!

Knoxville Nat said...

JaneB,

I'm already there, bourbon that is.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Straight bourbon it is, JaneB. We're not showing enough fight to add the Maalox.

baseballswami said...

Almost every game against the Barves it's one run. Three errors. One hit, one play made here and there. This almost frustrates me more than getting blown out. Why is Tyler Moore not here??? Not like anyone in the bench is doing anything that can't be replaced.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Actually, the Braves have outscored us 52-26 this year, but there have been a few winnable ones where we blew it.

baseballswami said...

Part 2-- Tyler Moore can play first and surely provide some more offense than we are seeing .

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Did research. First 4 series ATL bull pen 0.00 against us.

Also RISP we are 13 for 80 not counting tonights not to good an effort.

Secret wasian man said...

Amen Swami ALR is almost an automatic out. I hope Sorry OH no is watching the Braves bullpen. WOW this UMP IS TERRIBLE

BigCat said...

Carpenter.... He of the 97-99 FB. And you say...where did he come from?

Nats106 said...

Woodford Reserve and Ginger. Tough to win games when you have as many errors as hits.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Except Suzuki

BigCat said...

As I said before. He needs to pee in the jug. Something just ain't right

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

This game has been exactly what I expected, to the T, score, style of play and of course, result.

Secret wasian man said...

Same old Nats. Just another sorry lackluster performance by the offense. defense stunk tonight also. We should just forfeit to Atlanta and rest.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I told you last time we played them Jays put him on waivers

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Nice choice, 106.

paul brandt said...

oh cool, we are that much closer to Kimbrel with that lame showing in the 7th...Braves have a darn good bullpen, that I must admit.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I am getting tired of watching the same game over and over again.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hitters have looked clueless again. With the errors removed we would have been ok.

Secret wasian man said...

when this team plays good teams it is just like watching grass grow. zzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzz

Knoxville Nat said...

Nats106,

Woodford Reserve......good taste!

BigCat said...

Braves gettin that lefty up. Scared of Tracy

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Most against the Brave start like this some they widened at the end.

Secret wasian man said...

game was lost when Span put NO wood on the ball with guys on second and third and Zimm, once again didn't deliver.

Secret wasian man said...

big cat HAHAHAHAHAHA

Secret wasian man said...

oh and most importantly. still no retaliation on the Bryce beaning.

BigCat said...

Ok. Here's our spot. In the ribs!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The lefty Avlion ( or whatever) 35 games in a rown no earned runs. Second longest streak in MLB history. Longest Craig Kimbral in 2011 38 games.

We needed to be ahead before the bullpen comes in.

BigCat said...

Yes secret...... 2 outs no one on base. Their big stud up. Plunk! But nooo

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Our best offense against the Braves is getting Bryce hit.

Nats106 said...

We should have a WRC (woodford reserve club) meeting before the game that we either are officially in the playoffs or officially eliminated. That way everyone wins. Who's in?

No Braves fans allowed.....

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

George Dickel or Knob Creek or Dalwhinnie or Lagavullin.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

That's my man!

Knoxville Nat said...

I'll ask again, why isn't Hairston in the lineup tonight?

Secret wasian man said...

SPAN!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA just putrid against lefties.

Knoxville Nat said...

106,

Would it be okay if I participate from long distance?

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