Saturday, August 17, 2013

Game 122: Nats at Braves

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
ATLANTA — It's another cold, rainy day here at Turner Field, and this time it could prevent baseball from being played. At the very least, it's supposed to drizzle all evening. At worst, it could be heavy enough to cause a delay or even postponement. We'll see.

If they do get started, all eyes will be on Stephen Strasburg as he takes the mound in the wake of Bryce Harper's three plunkings by Braves pitchers over the last 11 days. Will Strasburg retaliate, and if so, who gets to wear one of his fastballs? The safest bet would probably be Justin Upton, batting second tonight for Atlanta. But much could depend on how the umpires handle this, whether they issue warnings to both dugouts before the game even begins, which would lead to automatic ejections and future suspensions.

In other news, the Nationals just announced they've placed Taylor Jordan on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain and recalled Tyler Moore from Class AAA. Reading between the lines, this would suggest the Nats have decided to shut down Jordan after 142 innings. Ross Ohlendorf will be ready to return in four days and take his rotation spot. Until then, they'll have an extra position player in Moore, who had been raking at Syracuse. (Over his last 28 games, he was hitting .371 with seven homers and 31 RBI.)

Stay tuned for updates...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 183
Weather: Showers, 68 degrees, Wind 10 mph in from RF
NATIONALS (59-62)
CF Bryce Harper Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
LF Scott Hairston
RHP Stephen Strasburg

BRAVES (75-47)
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 Mike Minor

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

4:30 p.m. — Bryce Harper has been scratched from the lineup. He was initially going to lead off and play center field, but he met with Davey Johnson and head trainer Lee Kuntz for a few minutes earlier and has now been scratched. Denard Span will start in Harper's place.

5:25 p.m. — Harper was scratched with a bruised upper left arm, in the triceps area, which is where he was plunked by Luis Avilan last night. He tried to take batting practice in the cage this afternoon but told Davey he couldn't do it. The Nats don't believe it's anything serious, but it is enough to keep him out of the lineup, and that's particularly frustrating to a Nationals clubhouse that sounds like it plans to exact some revenge tonight.

6:42 p.m. — The tarp is off the field and the grounds crew is working on things, but it looks like the start of this game might be delayed just a couple of minutes.

7:20 p.m. — And we're underway after a delay of 10 minutes. Mike Minor delivers strike one to Denard Span. Didn't appear umpires issued preemptive warnings to the benches before this one.

7:39 p.m. — Man, the Nats made Minor work in the top of the first. He needed 28 pitches to the first four batters alone. It looked like they might not get anything out of the inning, but Wilson Ramos delivered a clutch, 2-out, 2-run single, giving the Nats a 2-0 lead as Stephen Strasburg takes the mound. I wouldn't turn away right now, probably worth watching this half-inning.

7:50 p.m. — Well, we got our fireworks in the bottom of the first, though perhaps not everything you wanted. Jason Heyward led off the game by crushing a 3-2 fastball from Strasburg over the right-center field fence for a leadoff home run. But then Justin Upton dug in and Strasburg immediately plunked him in the left hip with a 97 mph fastball. The crowd got all riled up, but Upton took his base without saying anything and plate ump Marvin Hudson issued warnings to everyone. Strasburg induced a double play to get out of the inning, then got fist bumps from everyone in the dugout. So that should be the end of that ... unless the Braves want to continue it. It's 2-1 Nats after one.

8:19 p.m. — Jayson Werth: Sweet Fancy Moses! He just delivered yet another big hit: a two-out, two-run single that knocked Minor out of the game and gave the Nats a 4-1 lead in the second. Werth is now hitting .522 (24-for-46) in August, this after winning NL Player of the Month honors in July. For the season, he's now batting .334, which is only .001 behind Chris Johnson for the NL batting lead. Werth still needs another week or so of plate appearances to qualify for the leaderboard, but he's going to challenge for the batting title by season's end. Pretty remarkable.

8:30 p.m. — Sweet Fancy Moses again, but not in a good way. Stephen Strasburg just threw three consecutive wild pitches to Andrelton Simmons, the last two of which sailed way behind Simmons' back and allowed a run to score. Marvin Hudson had no choice but to eject Strasburg (and, by rule, Davey too) even though I honestly don't believe there was any intent there. Strasburg just completely lost his command. He threw seven pitches in the inning, all of them balls. But he's gone, as is Davey. Tanner Roark in to pitch what is now a 4-2 Nats lead, with a whole lotta baseball still left.

8:56 p.m. — Meanwhile, we've completed three innings here. It's still 4-2 as Roark and Varvaro try to settle things down.

9:09 p.m. — The Nats still are struggling to produce in clutch situations. They put two on in the fourth against Varvaro and watched as Zimmerman and Werth struck out and Desmond grounded out. They're now 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position tonight, though they still lead 4-2.

9:16 p.m. — Tanner Roark, ladies and gentlemen. He's got three scoreless innings under his belt now tonight, giving him this total pitching line since he made his debut: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Not bad. Not bad at all. Still 4-2 Nats through four.

9:23 p.m. — Oh man, Roark just missed earning his first career Sweet Fancy Moses. But he missed hitting a home run by a couple of feet, so it's just a run-of-the-mill, RBI double for the rookie pitcher. Not that he needs to be ashamed of that. Wow, what a strange game tonight. Nats now lead 5-2 in the middle of the fifth.

9:35 p.m. — Another scoreless inning of relief for Roark, who has six strikeouts in four innings here. Still 5-2 Nats after five.

9:44 p.m. — Ho-hum, just another double for Werth (now hitting .335 for the season) followed by an RBI single for Desmond. It's 6-2 as we go to the bottom of the sixth. Fernando Abad in from the bullpen, as Roark's fantastic night comes to an end.

9:50 p.m. — And Abad immediately gives up two runs, allowing a leadoff single to Freeman and then a towering, two-run homer to McCann. All of a sudden, the Nats' lead is down to 6-4.

10:15 p.m. — Welcome back, Drew Storen. Mercy. He just struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh, getting Joey Terdoslavich on a fastball, Heyward on a devastating slider and Upton on a fastball. Storen has now faced seven batters since returning from Syracuse, and he has struck out five of them. Impressive. Still 6-4 as we go to the eighth.

10:30 p.m. — Ryan Zimmerman destroys a 2-1 pitch from Jordan Walden and sends it over the fence in right-center for his 14th homer. Jayson Werth, meanwhile, draws another walk, the fourth time he's reached base tonight. His season OBP is now .409, which would rank third in the NL if he qualified. We go to the bottom of the eighth, the Nats now up 7-4. Tyler Clippard on the mound, Roger Bernadina replaces Werth in right field and Adam LaRoche replaces Moore at first base.

10:37 p.m. — Yikes, Freeman clobbers a 2-1 pitch from Clippard over the center-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth. But Clippard settled down after that. So it's 7-5 Nats as we go to the ninth and Rafael Soriano begins to loosen in the pen.

10:45 p.m. — Now Hairston gets ejected arguing a called third strike in the top of the ninth. Which means Bryce Harper is going to have to play left field the rest of this game. The only other players on the Nats bench right now are Chad Tracy and Kurt Suzuki, and I seriously doubt either of them would be taking over left field in the ninth inning of a 7-5 game.

11:01 p.m. — Oh, my. Jason Heyward ties this game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, taking Soriano deep. It's Soriano's second straight blown save. It would've been his third if not for Denard Span's catch against the Giants the other night. Extra innings ahead. Oh, my.

11:07 p.m. — The Nats go down in order in the top of the 10th against Craig Kimbrel. So now it'll be Ian Krol in the bottom of the inning against Freeman, McCann and Johnson.

11:14 p.m. — Krol made them sweat a bit, but he gets through the bottom of the 10th unscathed. So we go to the 11th, and now Bryce Harper (who wasn't even supposed to play tonight) will lead off against Luis Avilan. Wow.

11:20 p.m. — No drama in the top of the 11th. Harper grounded out to second. Desmond flied out to right. Ramos struck out. Since Zimmerman's homer in the eighth, the Nats are 0-for-11. So we move to the bottom of the 11th, Krol still on the mound. Craig Stammen is the only one left in the bullpen.

11:30 p.m. — Another scoreless inning for Krol. Onto the 12th. Avilan is back on the mound, the final man in the Braves pen. Craig Stammen still remains for the Nats.

11:39 p.m. — And the Nats go down in order again in the 12th. They're 0-for-14 since Zimmerman's homer. Stammen in for the bottom of the 12th.

11:45 p.m. — Onto the 13th! And now the Braves are going with Kris Medlen, who was scheduled to start Tuesday but has been forced into emergency relief in what is still a 7-7 game.

11:55 p.m. — The good news: the Nats got a hit in the 13th. Zimmerman singled with two outs, giving him the Nats' only two hits since the sixth. The bad news: Harper struck out to end the inning. So Stammen is back out for the bottom of the 13th.

12:09 a.m. — To the 14th. Hey, remember when Stephen Strasburg and Davey Johnson were ejected from this game? Yeah, that happened FOUR hours ago.

12:17 a.m. — Stammen had a chance to be the hero in the bottom of the 14th, stepping to the plate with two on and one out. But Simmons made a fantastic play on a grounder up the middle, turning a 6-3 double play. So we go to the bottom of the 14th. Oh yeah, and it's starting to rain now. Of course.

12:29 a.m. — Ladies and gentlemen, we are witnessing history tonight: Only the second 15-inning game in Nats history. They also did it on the final day of the 2009 season, right here in Atlanta. I should remember: I covered it.

12:40 a.m. — Adam LaRoche to the rescue! Solo homer off Medlen to lead off the top of the 15th. So the Nats have taken an 8-7 lead, and now Dan Haren will seek the first save of his career. Wow.

12:49 a.m. — And Haren does it. Nats win 8-7 in a mere 5 hours and 29 minutes.

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paul brandt said...

WTF?

TexNat said...

Following on gamecast, somebody tell me what in the world just happened? Did Stras throw behind the guy or something?

Nats 128 said...

A bullpen that sure cant afford to pitch like this. What the ****?

NatsJack in Florida said...

OK. I understand and I'm OK with it as long as the Nats win.

Nats 128 said...

TexNat, 3 wild pitches. 1 in the LH batters box and 2 way behind Simmons. Not close to hitting him.

TexNat said...

Sending a message or just totally lost his release point or something?

Unknown said...

Let's hope Roark can eat up about 4 innings.

Section 222 said...

the little Latin pitcher that started all this

The comments on this issue have been revealing, that's for sure.

So, because he hit Upton, warnings are issued. And when he gets bizarrely wild, he gets tossed. Karma anyone?

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

It's getting weirder...

paul brandt said...

NJ, ??? how do any of those pitches make any sense?

felt like I was watching Bull Durham and Nuke LaLoosh when the mascot got drilled?...that was way weird.

Nats 128 said...

4 pitch walk than 3 straight wild pitches. Crazy crazy.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

It is the perfect crime. You walk the guy on purpose and then get 3 pitches to scare the .... out of the other team before you get tossed. Just wild is all ... Wink, wink....

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

If you've been paying attention, you'd know that Strasburg loses control of at least one pitch a game that ends up going right through the right hand batters box at head level. Often it's a left-handed batter up at the time, so no one pays it any mind.

So it's either that or he's discovering his inner Dock Ellis.

mick said...

is our team DYSFUNCTIONAL???

what the f was going on?? every time I praise them, they do something so stupid that it leaves one speechless. Some one explain what the F Stras did...if it was accidental then Stras is simply a head case, if not and it was intentional, then Davey and this team are dumb mother fers period and they deserve to suck???

paul brandt said...

craziest 2 innings of MLB I have ever seen and its not even over yet...what was SS doing?

what is next?

Joe Seamhead said...

Jack, Chin Soo Choo? You know what my Aunt Rosie always said about wishing, wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one gets filled up first. I think Rizzo will stick with Span in CF next year.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

What diff does it make? Strasburg did what everyone wanted which was make several Braves fear for their lives.... Season is shot already anyhow.

mick said...

score was settled, up 3 runs, winning the game is all that matters now. WHY WHY WHY did Stras throw at batter???????

Secret wasian man said...

Not crazy. Strasburg just told Davey to KISS HIS assess. He hates pitching in the ATL. Davey probably scolded him for beaning Upton. There should have been retaliation 3 weeks ago. There was not. Davey stinks and the players are letting him know it

Section 222 said...

Maybe with Davey tossed too we have a better chance to win this game. Could Stras be crazy like a fox?

Nats 128 said...

Tyler Moore with a nifty play there.

mick said...

Wasian


Davey is pathetic, I agree with you...he is soft and just is now a loser at this stage and its manifested to the team..

paul brandt said...

maybe SS just wanted Knorr to be the manager for the rest of the game and he is tired of Davey.

Nats 128 said...

By the way does Davey get thrown out of the game

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I would hit Upton again, in terms of functionality, not propriety....

Joe Seamhead said...

Johnson ejected too. Knorr is your manager.

Nice play by Tyler, but where was Roark on covering first? Should've been a double play.

Knoxville Nat said...

" NJ, ??? how do any of those pitches make any sense?

felt like I was watching Bull Durham and Nuke LaLoosh when the mascot got drilled?...that was way weird."

So did Stras get tossed to go meet up with Baseball Annie?

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

One-hundred-21 pitches! And we're in the bottom of the second!

I'm rolling out the cot for this one.

Nats 128 said...

Nice comeback Roark

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Or K him....

Secret wasian man said...

Amen WODL. Mick your wrong. This game means nothing. Last years games meant something and STRAS was shut down. He's was pissed then. He's pissed now. And I m glad he did what he did.

Amr Khani said...

Nice. At least it feels like it means something...

mick said...

I hope new manager gets in stras and this teams faces next season...right now, the Mr Softy music should be played over the Nats park public address system when they take the filed. Soft and Stupid is what the 2013 Nats are about


very sad

NatsLady said...

Nice job, Roark. Might want to field your position, though.

Secret wasian man said...

How was vacation Mick? Now that's important.

mick said...

Wasina

they need to beat the Braves at least once, regardless that the season is over

Secret wasian man said...

FP asking about the Presidential chain of command. That's easy. Jason WERTh.

mick said...

Wasian

If your right about Stras then fine...because I think most rationale fans are fed up with Davey and this coaching staff...I know I am

NatsLady said...

I don't know if it was on purpose. Remember when Stras lost it with Miami? Maybe when you are that tightly wound, when you come unwound it's yarn all over the place.

Eric said...

Howdy all!
Just back from vacation and was crunching on some side jobs before I left... Haven't been totally tuned in for awhile and it seems I'm getting back to it just as things get really weird. What a bizarre start to this game.

How's the movement on Roark's slider? 95 heater and 83 change is a good spread...

mick said...

I thought Stras had grown up...I was wrong...still a head case...when will he grow up???

Secret wasian man said...

Mick I hope I'm right about Stras. Because if those pitches were physical. OH SHOOOT

Joe Seamhead said...

Post of the night:


Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...
One-hundred-21 pitches! And we're in the bottom of the second!

I'm rolling out the cot for this one.
August 17, 2013 8:41 PM

NatsLady said...

Now Hairston against a righty. So much for the original line-up...

Nats 128 said...

Knorr with his 1st bad decision no matter what happens with this AB, Hairston needs to be replaced with the right hander pitcher.

mick said...

Wasian

it was great, relaxing good time with family

thanks for asking!

Nats 128 said...

Hairston is so bad with the glove that hes a waste playing him once a righty comes in.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Tyler Moore needs to be in the lineup for 2 weeks straight.

Secret wasian man said...

I agree Stras needs a sports shrink. But I think he just hates management. But at least he had his teammates backs.

Section 222 said...

You guys are joking right? There is no way those wild pitches were intentional. The first one was a curve ball that was way outside. Then he just lost his feel altogether. There is no rational explanation for letting a run score and getting himself tossed when he has a 4-1 lead.

Secret wasian man said...

What day was Stras shut down last year?

mick said...

Wasian


agreed

mick said...

it was in Sept Wasian...forgot the exact date




Joe Seamhead said...

Yes, NatsLady, I agree. Between him and Tracy they make two near useless players. Hairston's mediocre outfielding isn't a fair trade off for what he brings to the plate.

mick said...

your right sec 222

Stras just lost it...the question is WHY??

Secret wasian man said...

Stras isn't trying to be rationale. He's pissed. He's immature. And selfish. But so is Rizzo and Davey. He didn't look at his hand. He didn't hold his arm. He didn't ask for the trainer or McCatty after the first or second wild pitch.

mick said...

looking ahead in 2014...Nats do not need anymore rent a starting pitcher

rotation is JZim, Stras, Gio, Det and Jordan

NatsLady said...

222, agree. Stras lost it, completely. Have seen it before (not this extreme).

mick said...

agreed wasian


and in your face tough love manager is what Stras and these other frighten puppies need

Secret wasian man said...

We may never know wether it was physical or intentional. But one thing is quite obvious with these players. Nobody is going to block the door when Davey leaves.

NatsJack in Florida said...

If you don't realize that Strasburg was protecting Harper WITH EMPHASIS, you sure don't know much about baseball.

NatsLady said...

I think it could have been sitting so long in the damp air. The top of the 2nd lasted a long time. Stras looked stunned more than anything else.

Nats 128 said...

"Joe Seamhead said...
Yes, NatsLady, I agree. Between him and Tracy they make two near useless players. Hairston's mediocre outfielding isn't a fair trade off for what he brings to the plate."

Keep in mind that Hairston is under contract next year

mick said...

but WHY did he lose it? he had a 4-1 lead, good defense...why...what is wrong with him??? I think Rizzo should get in his face privately and tell him to GROW UP. Forget Davey...the players have tuned the old man out

Dave said...

I'm with you, NJ. Been sitting here saying that to my wife for 20 minutes.

mick said...

Stras DID PROTECT Harper in 1st inning...that was all he needed to do...

Knoxville Nat said...

If the game continues at this pace I'll fall asleep in the 6th inning instead of the 8th as I often do.

NatsLady said...

NJ, that makes no sense. If Stras wanted to hit a second guy, he would have done it. He wouldn't have walked a guy and thrown three wild pitches.

mick said...

I need a Corona or two

Nats 128 said...

2 lousy Zimmerman at bats tonight in key spots with 2 men on and no outs. POOR

Joe Seamhead said...

I'm well aware of Hairston being signed for next year. Nats 128. And I hated it when they signed him and I still do.

Secret wasian man said...

Zimmerman and Desi not doing diddly poo. Really hurting us.

Section 222 said...

Wait, NJ, are you serious? You have gone off the deep end my friend He would get himself tossed intentionally in that situation? That's absolutely insane for too many reasons to count.

swm, what is he pissed about? The shutdown? Seriously?

I feel like I've walked into the loony bin here.

Secret wasian man said...

Knoxville go to bed now and pretend the Nats won.

mick said...

Wasian

Desi in a slump, he picked a hell of time. As far as RZim goes....who knows...same ol same ol...that is the story of this season

Joe Seamhead said...

Nats 128 said...
2 lousy Zimmerman at bats tonight in key spots with 2 men on and no outs. POOR
August 17, 2013 9:03 PM

---///----
Same can be said for Desi's AB's so far tonight. He's due.

Nats 128 said...

Joe me to. I didnt get it looking at his Chicago stats plus he is worse then Morse in LF.

Secret wasian man said...

Section 222 yes I believe he is. I also believe he hates pitching in ATL and just said F it.

slidell2 said...

Harper, Desmond and Strasburg were sitting together in the dugout the previous inning, none of them looking very happy.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Stras didn't want to hit anybody. He wanted to scare the living crap out of them.

Mission accomplished.

Section 222 said...

The first wild pitch was outside! The second and third were behind the batter. The last one let a run score. This is now a ball game instead of solidly in the bag with our ace on the mound. He would never do that to the team. Would he?

And I'll just add, if "the code" or "protecting your own" requires that kind of crazy wild throwing and putting the success of your team in the game at risk, then it is even more F-ed up than I thought.

Secret wasian man said...

Desmond really is not delivering. Should have scored at least 1. He needs to sit a game.

Joe Seamhead said...

Ugly inning by Zimm, Werth and Desmond.

Nats 128 said...

Come on Nats. 2 on and no outs with the heart of the order vs a scrub pitcher.

mick said...

slidell2 said...
Harper, Desmond and Strasburg were sitting together in the dugout the previous inning, none of them looking very happy.

agreed, i think there are 2 reasons

1) they are immature and that is on them
2) they are done with Davey and that is on Davey


2014 can not come fast enough

jeffwx said...

If you hit him, then you surely get thrown out. If you do a Nook LaRoosh, you maybe get away with it while scaring the bejesus out of the Braves (and a few fans around home plate).

Section 222 said...

Yeah, the Braves look really scared now. He sure showed 'em.

I'm sorry, but that's ridiculous.

mick said...

what is amazing about the Braves is they only have 1 WS title over their 23 plus years run. kinda hard to believe

Secret wasian man said...

Forget. " the game" folks it's meaningless. Stras got back some pride and NATSJACK nailed it. He wanted to scare them. Good point NATSJACK

Nats 128 said...

I swear I thought that was Laroche scoooping that lousy throw.

jeffwx said...

I'd be scared facing Stras the next time up...222 you are a brave individual

mick said...

leave T Moore up...lets find out now if he can play, why not

jeffwx said...

and also Boys will be Boys after all esp. with all the HDH in the air

Nats 128 said...

Move LaRoche to the bench where he should be. The guys numbers just arent good on batting or fielding.

Secret wasian man said...

Davey just beat Stras 3 out of 5 in checkers back in the clubhouse.

Section 222 said...

swm, Desi in the last 10 games is hitting .308/.341/.513 . His failures with RISP are frustrating, but he doesn't need to sit. He needs to hit!

NatsJack in Florida said...

Great post, Jeffwx . Exactly. I'm actually proud of how the Nats handled this,especially if they get the win.

Section 222 said...

Stras got back some pride by throwing three wild pitches, letting a run score, and getting thrown out of the game? I seriously doubt his team would be happy or respect him if in fact he did that intentionally. He's our ace, our horse, the guy they want out there pitching, not playing checkers with Davey in the clubhouse.

Knoxville Nat said...

NatsJack,

To your point about Stras protecting Harper "with emphasis", wouldn't a more emphatic point be made tomorrow night by Gio plunking Tehran in his first AB?
I'm not advocating that be done but just curious on your take?i

Section 222 said...

NJ, that's the second time you've said you're ok with this as long as we win. Don't you get that the best way to assure that we win would be for Stras to pitch as many innings as possible? Do you really think they gained anything through that bizarre second inning?

Candide said...

Otter: Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives. No, I think we have to go all out. I think that this situation absolutely requires a really stupid and futile gesture be done on somebody's part!

Bluto: We're just the guys to do it.

D-Day: Yeah, I agree. Let's go get 'em.

Bluto: LET'S DO IT!!!

Eric said...

The boy has relinquished the TV and I got to see what Roark has to offer...pretty impressive stuff...his curve and two seamer are ~nasty~.

Secret wasian man said...

The shark bats left and is a better fielder. Yet Hairston continues to play. Oh boy.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

You guys are all daff. You have been screaming for retribution for days and then Stras delivers retribution plus and you all whine that he went too far.

It was on purpose. All of it. Anytime you hit a guy or throw at a guy you are putting your team at risk. That is what you wanted.

Eric said...

Nasty with the bat, too!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Roark!

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Have a night, Tanner Roark!!

Secret wasian man said...

Take note Desi and Zimm.

UnkyD said...

Roarke showing the gap power!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

I've always advocated bringing up the hot hand. Rizzo seeing the immediate benefits even though it never lasts long.

ROARK!!! Hairston bad.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

NL ball rules. AL ball sucks worse than Rubulicans and Ocama together.

paul brandt said...

see SS knew what he was doing...ROW-Ark!

Secret wasian man said...

Don't lump me in there WODL. I applaud what Stras did.

Nats 128 said...

Knorr failing twice now with Hairston.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I get it now. Section 222 thinks we still have a chance for the wild card. Oh, man, now that is some funny stuff.....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Waa pae of tge plan Desi and Werth and them plotted last night.

The Braves have played scared since.

Brlliant plan

NatsJack in Florida said...

Knoxville Nat.... That's next. Tehran is definitely going to wear one.

NatsLady said...

FP with the ZINGER!!!!! (Hope he doesn't get fined for that!).

Eric said...

Fined for calling a tool a tool? Nah ;)

Candide said...

MNF , was that Welsh or was it Samoan?

Nats 128 said...

"Secret wasian man said...
Don't lump me in there WODL. I applaud what Stras did"

Yah me neither. I didnt complain and I didnt applaud. I just smiled!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I am a pacifist. I oppose throwing at anyone, but I honestly don't care if Strasburg put us at risk of losing this game by throwing at 4 guys in stead of one. It is one game. Who the hell cares?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Until we mathmatically cant do it, why assune we can't

Eric said...

Wow...Roark really seems to have something...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

WODL, I'm staying away from the subject but if you can see my expression you will know how I feel. :))

Knoxville Nat said...

NatsLady, what was FP's zinger?

waddu eye no said...

don't argue with candide. he's pre med

meanwhile, at pearl harbor

Eric said...

Dang...Roark!

Joe Seamhead said...

Man,this kid is just blowing them away! And he has a ribbie.

Steady Eddie said...

Tanner, Tanner, Tanner!

Eric said...

Re: Stras, so long as he's not hurt, I have no strong feelings about it either way.

I do have strong feelings about the Braves maliciously targeting Harper, though. What's up with that? Did he piss in someone's cheerios?

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Sandy Koufax refused to throw at people, which is how the John Roseboro/Juan Marichal incident started. To my knowledge, Walter Johnson did not either. That being said, a little wildness is not the same thing as targeting a guy's knee or back. Cleverly done by Strasburg....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

It was fat fingers and letters when typed for me to see. Close to welsh as my fathers family is Welsh.

Section 222 said...

WODL, I gave up on the Wild Card when we couldn't win a game against the Braves in DC. But I don't like throwing away baseball games, and I seriously doubt that Stras or any of the Nats do either. More importantly, the available evidence does not point to those wild pitches being intentional. It make no sense.

mick said...

Is this kid a reliever or a starter....is he a special gem, the Nats may have lucked out on?

Nats 128 said...

Ryan Zimmerman in a deep slump the last 2 weeks. Batting .178

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Semi-bored, I checked out this NY Daily News recap of a Latin-American All-Star game played as the last game at the Polo Grounds in 1963. It is really well done. Players got $175 a game. How times changed. Enjoy.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/forgotten-all-star-game-50-years-baseball-latino-legends-played-polo-grounds-game-article-1.1395064

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth hot still.

mick said...

so Tanner is 26? how long has been with organization? I know TX drafted him

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He came in 210 in tge Christiab Guzman trade.

Nats 128 said...

Hah to the Desi bashers! RISP

UnkyD said...

I'm with NatsJack, and I'm fine with Stras putting the Fear of Jesus into that low rent organization....

Joe Seamhead said...

Way to go Desmond!

Secret wasian man said...

There you go Desi. Yes

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Desi 1 for tonight all witg RISP.

Werth needs 12 at bats to qualify.

NatsLady said...

Knoxville, they are describing the "races," Pittsburgh has pierogies, Milwaukee has sausages, we have presidents, and Atlanta has the tools. FP says, yep, correctly named.

Nats 128 said...

"UnkyD said...
I'm with NatsJack, and I'm fine with Stras putting the Fear of Jesus into that low rent organization...."

Amen brotha!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

52 runs out of the A-hole?

mick said...

MNF

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William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Why no cheering or Tomahawk chops tonight?

NatsJack in Florida said...

One more run and another Brave is going to wear one really hard.

Nats 128 said...

Tyler Moore with one of those lost at bats. Swing and miss at 3 pitches. Y-ouch

Section 222 said...

Let's not get too excited about Roark yet. There was another Nats pitcher who came up from the minors this year. In his first 9.2 innings, he gave up 3 hits and no runs, with only 1 BB and 12 Ks. He was annointed the savior of the bullpen and possibly a future closer.

In his last 12.1 innings, he's given up 17 hits and 8 runs with 5 BBs, only 5 Ks, and an ERA of 5.84.

His name? Ian Krol.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Braves have been not thenselves since Stras put tge fear of God in them.

This pkan was hatched last night and well executed.

Joe Seamhead said...

Where's Henry when we could really use him?

elwi11 said...

How is it possible that everyone in the national sports media, and all of Gnats nation keeps repeating that Harper was hit 3 times while no Brave was hit? Uh, the Gnats hit Freddie Freeman first the night Harper got plunked, (which I still don't think was on purpose anyway), so at least get your facts straight people!

Anyway, none of the 3 times Harper was hit were in situations that would call for such a thing. They were all close games with no room to spare by plunking a cry baby 20 year old and putting him on base in front of Werth and Zimmerman.

Tonight on the other hand the Gnats had to plunk Upton, and every Braves fan Gnew it was gonna happen! Now that Strasburgh has been tossed after 3 wild pitches, (one to the other side of the plate), I am pretty sure it's safe to say that wasn't on purpose either and it "could" be back to baseball. And that's the way it should be, but come on media people, stop being homers and get your facts straight! Freddie Freeman got hit first in all of this.

BigCat said...

It ain't over yet 222 until we get that little latin guy that started all this by drilling Harper for taking him deep. You see 222, you don't drill someone for taking you deep, you drill them for embarrassing you. And Harper didn't do that. What is that guys name...Tehrah, or something like that. Yeah, well if its me, he gets it in the back first time up.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

My pleasure

BigCat said...

Yes Manassas, the Nats can look in the mirror again.

Nats 128 said...

Abad doing his usual. Great choice Rizzo!

Steady Eddie said...

This is what I just posted on the Stras thread Before the dinger:

OK, I now officially don't want Knorr to be considered as Davey's replace not for next year. Pulling Tanner, who's an experienced MiLB starter, after 51 pitches and leaving the last 4 innings to THIS bullpen, is BS. It's an invitation to a meltdown.

Nats 128 said...

Knorr, you arent doing well.

Section 222 said...

Yeah, those Braves are really intimidated now. So glad we have Abad pitching in the 6th instead of Stras. Guess we better hit some more batters if we want to win.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Nobody on the Nats or in Nats Nation ever boos Freddie Freeman. He is too geeky and nice. It is not quite the same situation as one involving a walk-off with Harper and Upton.

NatsJack in Florida said...

Actually, no. I am OK with it win or lose. Just more OK if the Nats win.

NatsLady said...

Well, thanks to Abad they "found themselves" I guess.

Dan Strong said...

Damnit Abad...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

So many times we gave muktiple relievers at least one is clueless every game and tgey rotate.

Two games in a row we pitch great fast balls for 2 strike and then hang a curve for a homer.

Our catchet do not call good games in my opinion.if the otger team barely hit their fast ball so speed tge bat by pitching a skow pitch?

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

It is hardly as though Strasburg dominates in Atlanta, Section 222. You assume way too much.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Atlanta not a good stadium for Stras yet.

Nats 128 said...

That looked strike 3 to me on Simmons.

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

Bring in Sorry Oh No!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I guess the Braves have to be within 2 with a runner on first before they bother to cheer....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

So what we dont care, so why would you?

Steady Eddie said...

222, while I didn't and don't at all agree with you on your "don't hit anyone in retaliation" view, I totally agree that if if it wasn't Stras losing his release point and was meant as "intimidation", that's idiotic lunacy.

The Nats were winning 4-1 at the time against a team that has repeatedly humiliated them this year. Putting a solid win at risk to put on a thoroughly unprofessional clown show --if that is what it was (not saying I believe that) -- would be inane.

Section 222 said...

Yeah, you're right WODL, Stras might have given up 4 runs in 6 innings. But, of course, we'd still have Tanner Roark to go an inning to two.

The most ridiculous theory I heard tonight is that Stras hates pitching in Atlanta and was pissed that Davey made him start. So he gets himself tossed as an FU to Davey. That's not even worth responding to.

Nats 128 said...

I see, Knorr knew Hairston would face a lefty again.

Section 222 said...

If I'm batting .500 with you Steady, I'm fine with that. :-)

JaneB said...

Sweet fancy Moses, I'm so glad we have you, Mark Z.!

William O. Douglas Loeffler said...

I am sure that Stras will blame a slippery ball...

Steady Eddie said...

222-- you know you're generally much higher than that, at least in my book. A little quirky,maybe, but you know how to wear it....

jeffwx said...

The difference between the Nats and Braves...The killer Bees (Bench and Bullpen). They'll kill you or you'll kill them depending on if you have em.

Nats 128 said...

Span swung at Ball 4.

NatsLady said...

Yes, he did. Someone mentioned Stras had a groin issue. Maybe it tightened up in the damp air in that long top of the 2nd.

Nice K, Drew. Keep it up.

Nats 128 said...

Storen starts lucky. Goes 3-0 and gets a gift strike to make it 3-1

UnkyD said...

Way to com back on Terdo, Drew!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Got to love it Avad hangs a curve and McCann plasters it.

Downs hangs a curve and Span just watches it, and then swungs on ine ine dirt to be struck out.

We do not hit fairly a lot of mistakes, that is why we second to the bottoms in runs. We need to take advantage of mistake like teams do to us.

NatsLady said...

Got lucky again. Nowhere near Ramos' target several times, and that was foul. Whew.

Nats 128 said...

Ump helps Storen on Heyward. Probably feels sorry for him.

Joe Seamhead said...

Drew got kissed!

BigCat said...

222......watch..... Braves aren't done with this beanball stuff. You watch. Werth or zim is gonna get dusted. You are very naive

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Syracuse allowed Storen to fix machanics.

Candide said...

Druuuuuuuu!

BigCat said...

Love it Drew!!

UnkyD said...

Drew needs to close for the rest of the season...certainly for as long as he has the hoit hand... Tell Soriano, if he wants to close somewhere, next year, he better be lights out in the 7th&8th, so someone will want him....

Candide said...

BigCat, the Braves have more to lose than we do. They don't want to go into the post season with Freeman or McCann sidelined with an injury they got when the benches emptied.

Nats 128 said...

Storen isnt throwing it where Ramos is calling for it. If ump doesnt help him that would have looked like July.

Steady Eddie said...

128, while it was a generous strike he gave Drew, it was the exact same outside strike he gave Minor in the first. In fact, Hudson gave him an outside AND inside strike in the same inning. As long as he's consistent.

Faraz Shaikh said...

why is this game still going on? didn't it start at 7:10?

BigCat said...

Another braves HGH reliever. Walden ? Where is he from?

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