Sunday, August 18, 2013

Game 123: Nats at Braves

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
ATLANTA — Oh, hello there. Long time, no speak. Only a few hours after departing Turner Field after their 15-inning victory over the Braves, the Nationals are right back here for the series finale. There were plenty of people drinking coffee in the clubhouse this morning, starting with the media. But everyone seemed to be in good spirits, and pretty much everybody was feeling well enough to play today.

In fact, Davey Johnson has six of his eight regulars in the lineup, with only Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos (who caught all 15 innings last night) getting the day off. Both Bryce Harper (bruised left triceps) and Jayson Werth (stiff back) are playing despite nagging injuries. The Braves, on the other hand, only have three regulars in their lineup: Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson and B.J. Upton (though Upton hadn't started either of the first two games of the series).

The obvious key to today's game: Getting as many innings as possible out of the two starters. So the pressure is on Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran to come up big. The pressure is also on Mother Nature to hold off on the heavy rain until at least five innings are played and this game is official. Could be dicey.

Updates to come...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 185
Weather: Rain, 68 degrees, Wind 5 mph RF to LF
NATIONALS (60-62)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
3B Chad Tracy
C Kurt Suzuki
LHP Gio Gonzalez

BRAVES (75-48)
CF B.J. Upton
2B Phil Gosselin
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Evan Gattis
3B Chris Johnson
C Gerald Laird
RF Joey Terdoslavich
SS Paul Janish
RHP Julio Teheran

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

12:50 p.m. — Uh-oh, it's pouring here now. Tarp's on the infield. An on-time start seems pretty unlikely at this point.

1:35 p.m. — Your weather update: The tarp is off and the grounds crew is preparing the field. No sign of the pitchers yet, though, so figure it'll be at least another 30 minutes til we'll underway.

2:14 p.m. — And we are underway at last, 39 minutes behind schedule. Julio Teheran starts off Denard Span with a fastball for strike one.

2:24 p.m. — And after one half-inning, the Nationals are already 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. They had two on with nobody out after Span singled and Anthony Rendon drew a walk. But Bryce Harper (in his first encounter with Teheran since the initial plunking of this whole saga) flew out to left, Jayson Werth struck out on a 2-2 fastball and Adam LaRcohe grounded out on the first pitch he saw. So a wasted opportunity right there as Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the bottom of the first.

2:37 p.m. — A ragged first frame for Gio. He immediately put himself in a jam by walking B.J. Upton, letting him steal second base with way too much each, allowing a bunt single to Phil Gosselin (the first base hit of his MLB career) and then serving up an RBI single to Freddie Freeman. Gonzalez did get Evan Gattis to ground into a double play, but Chris Johnson followed with a bloop single to right, making it 2-0 Braves after one.

2:50 p.m. — Hey, the Nats put two on with nobody out again in the top of the second! And failed to advance either runner once again. Kurt Suzuki struck out on three pitches. Gio popped up a bunt attempt (he's now 6-for-12 in sac bunts this season after going 9-for-10 last year). And Span skied a flyball to center to end the inning. Two innings in the books and the Nats are 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

3:15 p.m. — Sweet. Fancy. Moses. Three innings down and the Nats are 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They once again put the first two men on base. And they once again failed to advance them. Werth struck out looking. LaRoche popped up to shallow left field, and even though the Braves got mixed up and let the ball fall to the ground, they still got Rendon on a 6-5 force out at third base. Desmond then grounded to third to end the inning and continue this run of offensive futility. It's still 2-0 Braves in the middle of the third.

3:22 p.m. — The Nats catch a break in the bottom of the third. With one out and Gosselin breaking from first base, Gio struck out Gattis, who was then called for interfering with Suzuki trying to make the throw to second. So it's an inning-ending double play, a fortuitous turn of events.

3:34 p.m. — Gio is settling into a groove now. He's got six strikeouts over the last three innings, keeping this a 2-0 deficit through four.

3:47 p.m. — Five innings down, make it 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Though to be fair, Werth did rope a line drive to left just now to end the top of the fifth and strand Harper on second. Couldn't hit the ball much harder than Jayson just did. Still, the 0-fer continues.

3:53 p.m. — Gonzalez's roll continues. He has struck out eight batters over the last four innings, allowing only one hit during that span. But it remains a 2-0 Braves lead until the Nats can do anything against Teheran.

4:03 p.m. — Another chance for the Nats in the top of the sixth after Tracy delivered a two-out double. But that allowed Fredi Gonzalez to intentionally walk Suzuki and force Davey to decide whether to let Gio hit or to send up a pinch-hitter. If not for last night's marathon, perhaps he would have pulled his starter. But given the situation, Davey really had no choice but to let Gio hit. It went about as you would expect, with Gonzalez striking out. So make it 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Onto the bottom of the sixth, still a 2-0 game.

4:15 p.m. — If the Nats are going to win this game, they'll have to score three runs off the Braves bullpen before making nine outs. That's a stiff challenge. Scott Downs enters for the top of the seventh to face the top of the lineup.

4:30 p.m. — The good news: The Nats got a hit with a man in scoring position! Jayson Werth (who else?) delivered a one-out single to center, bringing home Rendon to make this a 2-1 game and leave the tying runner on third. The bad news: The Nats killed the rally with a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play, LaRoche whiffing at the pitch from David Carpenter and Werth getting thrown out trying to steal second. So it's still 2-1 Atlanta at the stretch.

4:46 p.m. — On a day when they absolutely needed it, the Nats got seven innings of 2-run ball out of Gio Gonzalez. It wasn't always pretty, but he got the job done. And he threw 120 pitches, the second-highest total of his career. Still 2-1 heading to the eighth as Jordan Walden enters from the Atlanta pen.

4:58 p.m. — Another 1-2-3 inning from Drew Storen. So here we go to the ninth, with Craig Kimbrel entering. The Nationals haven't scored in their last 12 innings against him.

5:07 p.m. — It's over. Denard Span reached on an infield single, but Kimbrel finished it off by getting Rendon and Harper. So the Nats lose 2-1 and fall back to 15 1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL East.

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natsfan1a said...
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natsfan1a said...

I didn't see the game but am ingesting caffeine due to heavy-duty hostessing/sightseeing tasking the past couple of days. For me today, it's all baseball. (Well, after my usual morning volunteer functions. Yeah, the husband took one for the team today and went sightseeing with the houseguests, but they are his kin, after all...but I digress.) Go, NATS!!

Another_Sam said...

I want an in your face statement game from Harper today.

baseballswami said...

I know this seems paranoid-- but I am watching plays of the week on MLB and every other play is one that robbed the Nats. Seriously- it's bad. I am in love with last night's gritty( for the most part) performances and the refusal to lose in yet another walk off at that horrible place. I think it may have been a blessing that Stras got ejected. Looked like he was going to be giving up runs in bunches. He has also had a groin issue. Now- a break for him. Think he will get suspended? Shouldn't, but probably will.

UnkyD said...

No suspension. He didn't hit anyone, after the warnings...didn't really make anyone duck, right?

JD said...

I think Davey has to find a way to keep TyMo in the lineup every day.

I think that there was nothing accidental about Straw 2nd inning last night. He came in with a mission and winning was secondary to that mission.good for Straw. If the Braves didn't get the message I am sure Bryce got it and is thankful for it.

Really we still owe Tehran one but Gio really can't get thrown out early today.

If either Davie or Knorr have an urge to use Soriano to close today they should resist that urge with all their might.

JD said...

Swami,

I can't believe you are that naive. You saw Stras last Sunday. You think he became this wild in 5 days?

I don't know if you noticed but when he came in to the dugout he got fist pumps and high fives all around. He did exactly what he needed to do to support a term mate who was being assaulted and he didn't injure anyone in the process.

PChuck said...

Why didn't they call up a reliever and DFA Tracy? Gio has already been dealing with a tight back and we have no long reliever available because Roark and Stammen have pitched so many inning in the last two days.

No, instead of DFA'ing Tracy you start him! His 0-4 is really going to help the team win this series.

baseballswami said...

Oh, I totally believe that plunking was intentional and exactly placed!! But I also think in the second, the wildness was a command or physical issue. The plunking was over , warnings issued- over, done. It's in the second that I feel he had no control- not the first. He said in an interview that he has been fighting with his mechanics, has had a groin issue, sat a long time, does not do well in ATL. We probably would have had to take him our anyway-- his command was worse than I have ever seen-- again, in the second, not in the first. Two different scenarios.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

pchuck, good thought but probably not enough time to fly someone in.

I sure hope Chad Tracy's fielding is better than the last time he played 3rd base and lost the game by throwing the ball into the stands.

baseballswami said...

And Tyler does need to play. He is not a defensive liability at first, we need his bat and ALR needs more time off- platoon. Then we have Adam as a lefty off the bench. Or we have Tylerbad a righty off the bench. Today I would have gone Rendon at third, Lombo at second. Time for Tracy and sadly, Bernie, to go.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Raining in Atlanta. Team flight to Chicago. This could be a long day.

baseballswami said...

Just have to say this-- as much as the Braves took issue with Bryce, they absolutely pimp every single home run. What hypocrites!!!

mick said...

OK, if Stras did intentionally get ejected...WHY in the 2nd inning, knowing it would stress the bullpen? that makes no sense...that is why I think Stras just lost control

UnkyD said...

(Don't know why the spelling "Davie" bugs me so much...)

Carry on....

mick said...

Roark is good

Soriano and abad stink, plain and simple

mick said...

I love Haren now!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

mick, much respect for Haren and the 2 hurt players as Ramos went the full 15 and so did RZim.

I wouldn't have supported bringing Haren back until last night. Still can't pay him a big # but sure could give him $8 mill and lots of incentives. That was big what he did.

mick said...

Soriano. Abad, shark and tracy should be gone in 2014.... that leaves 95% of team intact... need 2 middle relief and 2 more bats, that should not be hard to do Rizzo


Ghost Of Steve M. said...

mick, Abad is what his name says.

mick said...

Ghost

Haren showed he has his team's back

that is what I look for in a player

mick said...

maybe Knorr should manage from here on out, Davey should step down?

thoughts?

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

sorry mick, as much as you may want it, Soriano isn't leaving. Could he be a setup man in 2014?

I'm happy LaRoche came up big last night but his .230's BA and lack of range might not get better next year.

That's Rizzo's biggest issue to iron out for 2014. He knew that he didn't want to give him a 2 year deal and that's what he did with the option. Big mistake since he had Morse.

mick said...

Ghost


yikes...so could we trade Soriano?

mick said...

If Davey and stras are suspended and nobody on Braves are...that is CRAP!!!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

mick, look at the guys who stepped up last night. RZim takes the ball off of his shin and played the whole game. Ramos could barely walk and played all 15 behind the plate. Haren warmed up for a long time and shined in relief.

Those 3 guys get a thumbs up from me. That meant a lot in my eyes.

mick said...

Ghost

AGREED you are totally correct

mick said...

I hate the Braves, but..I think Heyward is a hell of a player!

JaneB said...

Wouldn't a curlie w today be the icing on the cake! Pitch a gem, Gio!

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

mick, with Soriano's salary it will be tough to move him. I think he has something going on medically or at least I hope so to explain what's happened in the last week.

mick said...

janeB

yes indeed

mick said...

Ghost


if that is the case, then i feel better

NatsLady said...

LaRoche looks like a skeleton. Especially after the round face of Stammen.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

mick, Heyward was under Mendoza for months to start the season. He's now a force and he has real good range in the outfield. Probably goes back on a ball the best of any RF in the Majors.

mick said...

ALR does look like he has health issues...wonder if it is mono

JamesFan said...

Chad Tracey? Tracy is done here. I would like to see them cut him and bring up a young guy. Why not play Rendon at third and Lombo at second? The discrimination against Lombo is one of the reasons I've turned against Johnson. Bernie is another example. Note how little playing time Roger Bernadina is getting these days. Very petty. I hope both these guys get out of Washington where they can play.

Lombo will be someone's excellent everyday 2d baseman--smart, excellent glove, makes things happen, will hit .280-.300.

baseballswami said...

A lot of guys showed me something good last night. I do not want to hear that they don't care or aren't trying. Obviously that is not the case. The problem with Soriano is that he sees himself as only a closer. All the other guys are willing to take any inning and do whatever it takes. Soriano does not even seem to want the ninth unless it is a technical save opportunity. Of course, we know what Randy Knorr thinks of hat. Davey has a bad back- take some rest and let Knorr help. He does quite well.

baseballswami said...

I would rather see Rendon at third and Lombo at second. But then I would also like to see Moore get more time at first and Drew back in the closer role. Fairy T ales?

Scott Margenau said...

Soriano better not close.
Why is Span leading off? Do we never learn and make smart decisions?

baseballswami said...

Scott- the short answer is this---- no.

Scott Margenau said...


baseballswamiAugust 18, 2013 1:29 PM
I would rather see Rendon at third and Lombo at second. But then I would also like to see Moore get more time at first and Drew back in the closer role. Fairy T ales?

I want the same thing. Davey frustrates me.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Scott, RHP vs Span so why not. Span had a good game yesterday until he got on base. Bases loaded, takes a small lead then hesitated on Desmond's dribbler. That type of stuff can't continue to happen then he gets picked off in the 15th with no outs. I don't get it.

NatsLady said...

Ghost, I'm not sure why Span hesitated on Desi's dribbler. But as far as the pick-off, I won't get on his case too much for that--it was the 15th inning, it was raining, and maybe, just maybe, he was a little tired. At any rate, he'll know Medlen's move next time.

baseballswami said...

On another note-- did you notice the ATL version of the President's Race?? It's a bunch of tools . Really. So appropriate .

Candide said...

JD said... Really we still owe Tehran one but Gio really can't get thrown out early today.

Here's how you do both:

At the lineup card exchange, Davey smiles at the umps and Fredi, everyone agree it's all water over the dam/under the bridge/in your basement/whatever, Davey says, I hope we can have a good clean game today," and everyone nods agreement.

Then Davey mentions to the crew chief, "Listen, we all know that Gio can have spells of wildness, and I hope you can give him a little slack, and exercise a little discretion and not assume he's trying to drill someone just because he comes inside a little too close."

And smile sheepishly.

First two innings pass uneventfully, except for a couple of pitches in the opposite batter's box that that Wilson can't get to (thankfully there's no one on base). Looks like Gio IS having a little bit of control trouble today.

(You see where this is going, right?)

Teheran steps in. First pitch is 94 mph in the ribs.

Oops. Sorry. It slipped. Musta been some moisture on the ball, all this rain.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady, nah, no pass on it. They've all seen Medlen's "A" move. He just has to stay closer. He's like a deer in the headlights as previously described. Split second hesitation gets him every time. That's the 5th this year. If you get picked because you take off too early, OK, but 5 picks heading back to 1st base? Nah, that's bad baserunning. Some base stealers don't get picked 5 like that 5 times in their career.

baseballswami said...

And another random thought- in a long, tough battle of a game, a bench player argues balls and strikes and gets himself ejected. Bad form.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

baseballswami, good point on Hairston. To make it a laugher, it looked like a strike on pitch track.

He let his teammates down. Harper stepped up as part of the walking wounded.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...
mick, look at the guys who stepped up last night. RZim takes the ball off of his shin and played the whole game. Ramos could barely walk and played all 15 behind the plate. Haren warmed up for a long time and shined in relief.

Those 3 guys get a thumbs up from me. That meant a lot in my eyes.


Forgot to add Bryce Harper to the list of "thumbs up" guys since he had to come in to replace the ejected Scott Hairston.

baseballswami said...

More thumbs up than thumbs down last night.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sup party people.... Went to the game last night... What a game...yeah Soriano has got to get it together... We had the Giants game won... And last night was a mess too...

I was cussing DJ out for putting Haren in but then I started thinking - as long as he keeps everything low, we should be okay...

I'm ready to see us win this series....

NatsLady said...

Candide, I believe Suzuki is catching today...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

baseballswami, no doubt. Abad, Soriano and Hairston with the thumbs down. Stammen with a big thumbs up too, forgot him. That's 5 big thumbs up. Werth as always recently! 19 players got it done last night.

JD said...

Mick

Stars got himself thrown out in the 2nd because the game was secondary to making the statement. As the Mats discovered 2 weeks ago you can't defer these things to a convenient time. Had they taken care of this 2 weeks ago it would have been over.

And Swami the1st inning wasn't enough. Not with Upton smiling and showboating. Stars needed to tell the Braves :"yes I am crazy.".

baseballswami said...

Bullpen has been leaky lately. Mattheus back down to fix it, Krol appears fixed, Abad?? Soriano?? Clip will be fine, solo HR's not as bad, Stammen impressive, R ow- Ark good. Bench still icky but TyMo a good step.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Abad seems to have reverted back... Maybe this was the reason he wasnt using him as often in the beginning... He has shown that he is unreliable....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hey Mick, want to amebd you predicion
Of 90% losses. That would mean going 4-36. In the last 40.

I figured you were mad at Soriano at tge time.

I still feel we can catch the Reds, but we have to win a minimum of 75% that is not real likely.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...
Scott, RHP vs Span so why not. Span had a good game yesterday until he got on base.


There you go Scott!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That should have been a balk....

Scott Margenau said...

Omg span. Just stop it.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Luckily Span is staying closer to 1st and he still almost got caught. FP, is right, definitely a balk.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Where is Balkin Bob when we need him....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'm still pissed about the walk off by Upton the first game.... Unh, unh, unh....

Scott Margenau said...

Ghost. Maybe at 7th. Then again he did just get on. (And almost picked)

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Bryce needed to get that ball to RF.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I don't blame Span though.... It was clearly a balk...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Good count to steal.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

0 for 3 RISP already

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Teheran throwing a ton of pitches and LaRoche goes 1st pitch swinging. Bright! He just doesn't act like a veteran most of the time.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Last night 3 for 14 moving us to 17 for 104 vs. Braves. A little over .160

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I hate first pitch swinging... Not understanding it...

Scott Margenau said...

Over under on RLISP is 10. Who's going under?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Imma take the under, Scott...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Why the heck you walk BJ Upton... Idk...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Thats how to steal a base.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

If we lose to all these back ups with our starters... I think I might lose it...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow.... That is a mess....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Keep walking the leadoff man especially a batter under Mendoza.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio 12 pitches first 2 batters, not good

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lol, Ghost, I leave for a couple of days and come back and we pick it right back up where we left off....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Quick 1-0. Keep your head in the game.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Walks hurt... Gio throw strikes...

NatsJack in Florida said...

Gio with his head up his butt again.

Werth needs to bark at him again.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Gio seems to be getting ahead of his batters...but his closing pitch is off...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Walking lead off guy bad enough.

Braves RISP 3 FOR 4.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Difference so far, Teheran wanted to give the Nats the 1st inning. Gio gives up the leadoff walk and they capitalized.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That was a good at bat by Desi to work the count back...

Scott Margenau said...

Too early to pinch for gio? :-)

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Again, Nats put 2 on and can't move the runners over.

NatsJack in Florida said...

There you go Gio, stab at a pitch out of the strike zone.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I can't even get mad at Tracy for his first at bat... But my brother keeps screaming Chad Tracy alert....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Gio now fails at the bunt. Pathetic.

NatsLady said...

Jeez, can't we get someone to teach Gio how to bunt?????

MrsB loves the Nats said...

What is the point of Spring Training.... Come on Gio... Can't bunt for life...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Suzuki was the only position player not used last night. He gets up with no outs and runners at 2nd and 1st and promptly goes down on 3 straight pitches.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

In Zook credit... That was a nasty pitch by Teheran for the K... But our situational hitting is pathetic...

This is ridiculous...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio should get money from whatever clinic. He went to that taught kids to bunt.

All 3 pitches were balls to him.

You never lunge to bunt. Never.

Now 0 for 6 RISP.

Scott Margenau said...

4 risp so far

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Teheran escapes another inning of putting the 1st 2 batters on. 0-6 with RISP so far.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I am more th
An willing to teach bunting. At this point it is all I can do with a bat.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

And again, Gio walks the lead off... Had him at 0-2 and then 4 straight balls.

NatsJack in Florida said...

There you go Gio. Worked so well in the first,why not start with a lead off walk again.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio's execution on the mound and the plate so far extremely poir.

Not what the asked of him.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Janish not interested in hitting.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Teheran's second bunt attempt went foul because tge ball wasnt a strike.

As much as tgese guys are pad, you would think something as simple as bunting would be a peice of cake.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Wheres the warning on that HBP?

NatsLady said...

Well, I don't think that was intentional. No warnings, apparently.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Another lead off hitter on for the Nats... Can we do something please..

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I don't think that was an intentional hit on Rendon...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

First 2 on again.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Okay... So Teheran gets both the inside and outside calls??? Gio didn't get that....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth needed to flick it foul or hit to right, but please dont take it.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

2 K's by the hottest hitter in the Majors. 0-7 with RISP

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Get the hell out of here...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rendon come on watch the ball

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

NatsLady said...
Well, I don't think that was intentional. No warnings, apparently.


Jason Marquis did the same thing a few years back. Got the batter in a 2 strike count and drilled him.

I think that was intentional.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

This is ridiculous.... Just terrible... And I mean we are losing to their back ups.... Come on guys... Get it together...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Talk about terrible situational hitting. 0-9. A perfect game on batters 3-5 of each inning.

Almost impossible to do what tgey have done.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The back ups are not tge problen. Our hitting is.

Scott Margenau said...

Unreal

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good catch Bryce

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good play Zook

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Luckily Kurt remembered to throw the ball and I guess he did that on the double clutch. Not pretty, but it worked. Obstruction called!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That was not inspiration effort. At least tge first 3 innings people got on so we coul then watch bad hitting. This inning all we got was bad hitting.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Because of double clutch I was afraid he wouldnt get it.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

MNF, sadly yes. The bottom of the order ______.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Gio has settled in... Our offense needs to get it going...

SonnyG10 said...

OK,boys. Sonny's on the job. Let's score some runs. Dang, hard to type. Cut my right thumb and have to hit space bar with left thumb. Driving me crazy.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Please swing when you have ,2 strikes and the pitch is clearly over the pkste.

SonnyG10 said...

Way to go, Harp.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Whoot -who!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now 0-10 RISP

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Damn... Just no luck...

SonnyG10 said...

Kiss my Grits. Come on boys. Teheran is not that good. We should be up by 10 runs by now.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sonny - Kiss my grits...

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Bwahhhhahhhhhhh, man I haven't heard that one in a while... Lol... My grandfather used to say that....

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Not a good time for Werth to go cold. 0-3 with RISP today.

baseballswami said...

But he did smoke that ball- BABIP.

jeffwx said...

looked it up we are 22nd in the league BA with RISP at .241 although several articles discredit the stat.
eg: pittsburg, 29th with .226 ave with RISP

SonnyG10 said...

MrsB, borrowed that from that comedy show where the waitress was always saying that. Can't think of the name of the show.

jeffwx said...

Alice

SonnyG10 said...

Oh, yeah. Thanks jeffwx.

baseballswami said...

Our season-- and ( fill in the blank) hits it sharply right to ( fill in the blank), for the out. Repeat BABIP hates us.

SonnyG10 said...

Really had something else in mind for them to kiss, but this is a family blog...

Scott Margenau said...

Mrs B. u lost your over under already.

Woodford and Coke plz

SonnyG10 said...

man, look at Tracy churn.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

No pinch runner?

baseballswami said...

Turd- guy doesn't catch that Desi fly ball and he scores on the Tracy hit. Of course.

SonnyG10 said...

Ok, Gio. Get a hit.

baseballswami said...

This would be a good time for Gio to run into one.

SonnyG10 said...

At least Gio didn't get cheated. Good swings.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Come on Gio let it touch your jersey.

Now 0 for 11 RISP.

9 guys left on base.

baseballswami said...

So their pitcher has hit someone and uncorked another one and had not even been warned. Is that correct?

Scott Margenau said...

Damn it

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Pittsburgh gives up less runs.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Correct of course

Scott Margenau said...

Half off pizza deal still good for today?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Yeah Scott - I saw...next time we are at a game together, I got you...

NatsJack in Florida said...

The TV show was "Alice" and Flo was the waitress at Mel's Diner that always said that.

baseballswami said...

Inning number one for Gio always comes back to haunt. Seems like he settles down after that. And now the evil chanting and chopping. Although their stadium is pretty empty for a first place team.

SonnyG10 said...

Scott Margenau said...
Half off pizza deal still good for today?
August 18, 2013 4:06 PM


Yep, should be, but havn't tried it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Yes

SonnyG10 said...

Now, between innings, just want to say how proud I am of Stephen Strasburg. Sound bite with ALR who said he had tremendous respect for Stephen brought tears to my eyes.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Wonder if there is something wrong in his regiment that causes a bad first inning.

Wonder heart rate high enough etc.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Had it for my pregame meal.

Joe Seamhead said...

You guys kill me.

SonnyG10 said...

Man, what's come over Span. He's raking now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Some here dont understand, but teammates loved SS last night.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Nats need to bash their bullpen here!

anydream said...

Nationals need to turn the page on Slappy after this season. It was a bad move. We need to correct it and move on.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They have the best bullpen in the majors.

Scott Margenau said...

Who said Rendon was slow?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Dont bet on that.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Come on Harp... Do your thang!

anydream said...

What moves do you think we need to make in the off season to improve?

I hate being so negative but I think it is necessary to find guys to replace LaRoche and Span.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Downs coyldnt get either lefty out.

RISP time again

anydream said...

It saddens me that LaRoche went from being a 100 RBI guy in 2012 to a guy who fans mockingly call "LaChoke" in 2013.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If you hate being negative dont be.

Not sure you can findca taker for the 2 mention, and you know they wont DFA them.

SonnyG10 said...

anydream, I really think Span will be better next year than this year, but whatever Rizzo comes up with. This year surely has exposed our flaws.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Come on Werth... Time to do your thang!

anydream said...

Manassas Nats' Fan, you think Rizzo stands pat with these two and lets them start 130-140+ again next year?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Whoot-hoooo!!! Oh yeah.... Lets do this baby!!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I have not anyone near where I sit say tgat of ALR.

Now 1 for 12

SonnyG10 said...

Well ok Jayson. Let's rake now boys. Pour it on.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Oh yes!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Stand pat no

anydream said...

Sonny, you are right, he has to be better.I feel like I have seen enough from this guy though. But I have no ownership stake in the team of course.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Oh LaRoche. You just didn't........

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sigh.... That was just awful..

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That pitch was high, why are swinging?

anydream said...

Werth has exceptional hair.

SonnyG10 said...

Crap. Did we have to try the steal?

paul brandt said...

f-n ALR...would have had Lombo in there and squeeze him in but Davey doesn't do that.

anydream said...

Much better than whoever that Angels player is who is in all of those shampoo commercials.

phil dunton said...

Another great strategic move by DaveyM

anydream said...

Werth, Harper, and Gio have the best hair of anyone on the team I'd say.

Just trying to focus on the positives here, y'all.

Scott Margenau said...

Ok. Ill break it down 4 y'all.

Span and Laroche. U can't have perhaps the tip 2 hitting positions with low avg and low obp. It may not seem a big deal, but over the course of the year it kills you.

I don't want to hear about the defense they bring #fail

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Laird double clutch all day how he not do it then.

All we needed a fly ball.

1 for 13 RISP . Still have no clue how we are .241 RISO, i have watched most games and it seems more lije .200 to me.

James Bjork said...

I just used language about this team that drew the rebukes of both my wife and my 7-year-old. I guess watching the 2013 Nats choke-fest is like a car accident-- gruesome, but I can't take my eyes off it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cj wilson

anydream said...

Mr. Margenau, I couldn't agree with you more. Their production over this year on the aggregate has been infuriating.

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