Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Game 125: Nats at Cubs

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
CHICAGO — Davey Johnson has suggested in recent days he plans to start sitting some of his left-handed hitters when a fellow lefty is starting against the Nationals. So with young Chris Rusin on the mound tonight for the Cubs, Johnson is following through with his promise.

Adam LaRoche is on the bench. So is Denard Span. Those two are giving way to Tyler Moore and Scott Hairston. The only left-handed hitter in Davey's lineup is Bryce Harper, who gets bumped to the leadoff spot.

Dan Haren, incredibly the Nationals' best and most-reliable starting pitcher over the last month, gets the ball tonight, trying to erase the memories of last night's 11-1 trouncing at Wrigley Field.

Updates to come...

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where: Wrigley Field
Gametime: 8:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500), XM 187
Weather: Clear, 82 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to LF
NATIONALS (60-64)
CF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
1B Tyler Moore
2B Anthony Rendon
LF Scott Hairston
RHP Dan Haren

CUBS (54-70)
CF Junior Lake
2B Darwin Barney
1B Anthony Rizzo
RF Nate Schierholtz
3B Donnie Murphy
LF Brian Bogusevic
C Welington Castillo
SS Starlin Castro
LHP Chris Rusin

UMPIRES
HP Bill Miller
1B Mike Winters (cc)
2B Tim Timmons
3B Laz Diaz

8:08 p.m. — And we're underway with a ball from Chris Rusin to Bryce Harper. It's another beautiful night at Wrigley Field, 83 degrees at first pitch with the wind blowing out. I would imagine the ball is going to fly again tonight.

8:15 p.m. — And the Nats jump on the board quickly, thanks to Ryan Zimmerman's RBI double into the left-field corner. To be fair, Starlin Castro was just as responsible for the run scoring, though, because the shortstop's inability to turn a 4-6-3 double play on Ian Desmond's tailor-made grounder allowed Desmond ultimately to score on Zimmerman's double. The Nats certainly will take it. They lead 1-0.

8:27 p.m. — Not the cleanest bottom of the first — Desmond let a groundball play him instead of vice-versa and wound up with an error, Haren allowed a stolen base and then threw a wild pitch — but the Nats escape unscathed. Haren got a big strikeout of Nate "Don't Call Me Babe" Schierholtz to end the inning with the 1-0 lead intact.

8:40 p.m. — The Nats put runners on second and third with nobody out in the top of the second, thanks to Tyler Moore's single (he's now 3-for-5 since his return from AAA) and Anthony Rendon's double into the right field corner. It was a bit curious that Trent Jewett didn't wave Moore around third, but his thinking was probably that there were no outs, so no need to risk it. Turns out that was a mistake, because Scott Hairston, Dan Haren and Bryce Harper made three quick outs, hitting the ball a total of 25 feet between them. That's not good. Still 1-0.

9:00 p.m. — The Nats have gotten leadoff singles in each of the three innings so far. Not one has scored.

9:30 p.m. — Bottom of the fifth now, it's 1-1 after Haren served up a solo homer to Brian Bogusevic on a 2-2 splitter in the fourth. Haren gave a look of disbelief as the ball just cleared the short fence in right-center, as if to say: "How in the world did THAT get out of here?" Welcome to Wrigley Field, Dan.

9:42 p.m. — Ryan Zimmerman has made several nice throws in this series on tough plays, but he just airmailed a routine throw for his 18th error of the season. Haren wound up in a jam because of it, with runners on the corners and two outs in the fifth. But he came up big to strike out Anthony Rizzo on a sinker on the inside corner, ending the inning and keeping this a 1-1 game. I'm not sure that's a pitch Haren makes two months ago.

10:00 p.m. — And the Nats re-take the lead in the top of the sixth. Though you'd think four hits and a walk would produce more than one run. Zimmerman got things started with a double off the wall in center. Werth added a single to shallow right, but he wound up running into an out when he did an awkward half-slide into second base on Moore's infield single to short. Strange play, but Moore did get credit for an RBI single with a man in scoring position. Davey tried to go for the jugular when he pinch-hit Adam LaRoche for Scott Hairston against righty reliever Blake Parker. LaRoche got on base, drawing a walk, but he might have been better off putting the ball in play because that left Haren to come through at the plate with the bases loaded. He didn't, as expected, so it's only 2-1 Nats as we go to the bottom of the sixth.

10:20 p.m. — That'll do it for Haren, who authored yet another quality start: six innings of one-run ball. Since returning from the DL on July 8, he's now got a 2.16 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Oh yeah, he also recorded his first career save. Not bad. Drew Storen in for the bottom of the seventh, with the Nats still up 2-1.

10:31 p.m. — Another 1-2-3 inning of relief for Storen, who has been fantastic since his return from Syracuse last week. He has now retired 12 of the 13 batters he's faced. Very impressive. Still 2-1 heading to the eighth.

10:42 p.m. — The Nationals have put 16 men on base in eight innings tonight. They've scored two runs. Call me crazy, but that doesn't seem like a very good ratio. They should lead by a bunch right now, but it's still only 2-1 as Tyler Clippard enters for the bottom of the eighth.

10:51 p.m. — Denard Span once again displays some impressive range in center field, going way to his right to snag Schierholtz's drive to the warning track. Clippard gets through the eighth. Onto the ninth, the Nats still up 2-1 as Rafael Soriano warms up.

11:00 p.m. — OMG! A hit! With a runner in scoring position! Desmond singles home Harper, scoring a big insurance run in the top of the ninth. It's 3-1 now.

11:13 p.m. — OMGx2! Another hit! With a runner in scoring position! Span doubles home Zimmerman. It's 4-1 now.

11:22 p.m. — It's over, though Soriano did give up another homer to Donnie Murphy. Nats win 4-2.

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Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Does the Ray and Johnny curse, whixh cost us the gane yesterday have any effect on today's game

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

About time with the righty platoon.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bill miller HP ump 16 year vet. From southern California.

SonnyG10 said...

I like this. I really wanted to se TyMo play a lot of first base, and I will settle for a little platooning.

SonnyG10 said...

The Buffalo hitting fifth too. This could be fun to watch. I just don't know about Desi hitting second.

Steady Eddie said...

MNF -- re the curse, no, that's based on the bad karma from their being so presumptuous. No room for more presumption after last night's thumping. All gets washed away.

Good thing is that with Laz Diaz at third, we have Bryce as our only lefty starter for him to look at check swings. Diaz is of course one of the worst prima donna incompetent "look at MEEEE!" umps going, so Bryce, no check swings, OK?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Buffalo should always be 5th Desi 6th firstbaseman 7th

Faraz Shaikh said...

ugh, why is Ichiro not playing tonight's game? he just needs one hit. come on joe!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Panam eliminates Taipei on a walk off HBP

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He will get it on a pinch hit

Faraz Shaikh said...

I don't want to watch a Yankee game without Ichiro in it until 7th or 8th inning.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Then watch the Nats

David Proctor said...

The only problem with batting Ramos high in the order is that it's almost impossible for him to score from second on a base hit. Of course, we don't hit with RISP anyway so it's a non-issue.

Faraz Shaikh said...

that's a given but I don't want to miss his 4000th hit.

Holden Baroque said...

MNF, that was some finish, eh? Taipei was up 7-4 in the bottom of the 6th (last inning in LL). Their 3rd baseman booted a grounder with 2 outs to extend the inning, and then let another through the 5.1 hole to allow 2 runs to tie it. The inning should have been over about 15-20 pitches before the hbp (on an 0-2 pitch).

SonnyG10 said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Then watch the Nats
August 20, 2013 6:35 PM


MNF, I really love your enthusiasm for the Nats. I also admire that you always think they are going to win. And if they don't,you assume they will win the next game. I just love that.

NatsLady said...

Heard Texas might be interested in Haren.

Also,

John Lannan
The lefty starter is likely finished for the season after a visit with team physician, Dr. Michael Ciccotti, revealed he had a ruptured tendon in his left knee, assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said.

Proefrock added that Lannan will seek a second opinion in Los Angeles with renowned orthopedist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Lannan is on the disabled list for the second time this season. He missed two months with a strained quadriceps near his left knee. A free-agent pickup in the offseason, Lannan went 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts in his first year with the Phillies.

If Lannan is finished for the season, he goes into the winter as an arbitration-eligible player.

David Proctor said...

Lol. Apparently, LaRoche is taking grounders at short. Just for fun, of course. I don't think Davey's gone that senile yet.

SonnyG10 said...

Hmmmmm, NL. Looks like Rizzo coming out pretty good on the players he decided not to keep. Hope Lannan recovers ok.

baseballswami said...

Ok, Johnny and Ray-- watch your mouths in pre- game tonight!!

Faraz Shaikh said...

I don't think Haren and Texas is a good fit given Haren's HR/FB%.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I just want a win tonight.... Hope it's a better outcome than last night...

baseballswami said...

I just has to be, don't you think?

baseballswami said...

Wil Nieves is hitting 331???

Candide said...
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Candide said...

SonnyG10 said...I just don't know about Desi hitting second.

Sure, why not? With his renowned plate discipline and bat control, Desi's a natural #2. You can always count on Desi to advance the runners...

/sarcasm off

Secret wasian man said...

Look on the bright side. If we get whipped again it will spare us from another blown save by Sorry oh no.

Candide said...

Sorry to hear about Lannan. Can't bring myself to hate him, even if he is with the Phils.

Secret wasian man said...

Back up the truck!,

Secret wasian man said...

Hating Lannan cause he is a Phil was like hating Art Monk cause he was an Eagle. Nice Brian Mitchell on the other hand....

Secret wasian man said...

And you know what bothers me? I'm looking forward to watching the game tonight. Sadist

David Proctor said...

Here's something funny:

http://thenationalsarchive.com/2013/08/20/source-names-used-by-washington-nationals-during-road-trips/

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Panama's first 4 run all scored after the catcher thought it was a force at home . Bases loaded 1 out no run. Ball hit to third. He stepped on third then threw home. He strpped instead of tagging. Then threw tofirst. He didnt realize third baseman stepped on the bag. Te runner was safe at home. Should have been over.

Next batter 3 run homer.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Tonight I suspect 7-3 win.

Will keep looking Isharo too.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Are they on probation.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

There is a wib current to right center

baseballswami said...

David-- hysterically funny!!! And we really need some comic relief.

David Proctor said...

My favorite was Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen and the Zimmermen(n).

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Wrigley field is always great to watch games from.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The old links I dont know how to get them on my phone, but I will trust it was funny.

baseballswami said...

Google Nats Archive and you can probably find the pseudonyms article. So it's one thing to lose a one run game to the Barves. But losing to the Cubs is just a whole other thing entirely.

Eugene in Oregon said...

swami @ 7:05: Exactly.

Amazing that Dan Haren is the current 'hot' pitcher -- certainly never saw that coming.

I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about baseball in general, but there are three players in the Cubs line-up I have never, ever heard of and another I had only marginal knowledge of. I can only hope that the Nats can beat such a line-up, but after the past few weeks I'm not nearly as confident as some other posters.

baseballswami said...

Eugene- I thought that last night :(. Anyway- it's kind of nice that Hairston is starting tonight in his home town. Almost doesn't matter what the lineup is at this point. Let's pull names out of a hat or go Little League and play everyone. Hoping for some competitive , well played baseball this last few weeks, no matter how things end up.

baseballswami said...

I know it's only a one hour time difference, but it just feels so late already.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren please pitch a better first inning than our last 2 starts.

baseballswami said...

What is it with our starters and the first inning? By the way, is that our impression or do the facts back that up? I would not even know how to go about looking that up.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Did Johnny and Ray jinx Haren. Close call, but I think there was no guarentee so I think no.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Gio's ERA is about 5 in the first.

Have no numbers on the other.

Eugene in Oregon said...

Speaking of Little League, how about Brno in the Little League World Series? I've written here before about baseball in Central Europe -- particularly the Czech Republic and Slovakia, but also Poland and Hungary -- so I was delighted to see a Moravian team in the LLWS. If we can only get baseball back into the Olympics, those countries' Olympic committees will subsidize the LL (and follow-on) programs and you'll see the sport continue to grow throughout that region. There's some real potential there, but we lost ground when the IOC dropped baseball and softball a few years back.

Candide said...

DP - thanks for that; I needed the laugh.

F.P.: "The Situation". :-)

SonnyG10 said...

OK, time to strap on the armor and get ready to rumble. Payback time for the cubs.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They almost did a jinx but Johnny cauggt himself. he said The Cubs are 3-1 againxt the Nats . That will, (Then he corrected) most likely will change tonight.

baseballswami said...

True- it was hoped that the WBC would compensate, but it's just so hard to schedule it.

baseballswami said...

Remember when we just could not beat the Marlins?? This game is just so random.

paul brandt said...

MNF, you need a lap-top, you would be much happier than typing on a phone...I bought a Samsung chromebook for $249 about 9 months ago...12 inch screen, weighs 2.5 lbs, has like 6+ hours of battery life & I just fire it up (does so in like 5 seconds), immediately connected...watch sports, Nats, etc. on TV but am also able to catch up on e-mail, NI, etc...love it!!

baseballswami said...

Who wants to see some first inning offense????? Go Nats!!!!!!!!

David Proctor said...

Harper has done his job this series.

BigCat said...

Yeah manassas Stop sittin on that wallet

David Proctor said...

Thanks Castro.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That look like an easy dp. Thanks Castro

MrsB loves the Nats said...
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MrsB loves the Nats said...

I loathe Desi and his first pitch swinging....

baseballswami said...

Called it!!

MrsB loves the Nats said...

What a hit by Ryan.... Good going Ryan....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I will be ready for next season

Will get it before next season

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cub fielding looking like us.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Gusty send by Jewitt... I would have cussed him something serious if Desi was called out...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lets go Buffalo

baseballswami said...

Keep the line moving!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Run Werth?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Yep you run him to stay out of tge doyble play

MrsB loves the Nats said...

With Ramos speed, think you have to get aggressive and send Jayson for the steal...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I felt the grounder coming.

0 for 1 Risp

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I called that before pitch 1 Davey refused to listen.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Big Cat and I call for lots of steal with first and third 1 ut with a good base runner on first and slow batter.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Deja vu

David Proctor said...

Oh goodness...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Sigh,... Come on Desi...

baseballswami said...

Sigh. And the muff by Desi. Didn't this happen last night?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Zim last night

David Proctor said...

Zim was the culprit last night. Our failure is a true team effort.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

At least Zim's he had tomove. Desi was a piece of cake.

SonnyG10 said...

paul brandt said...
MNF, you need a lap-top, you would be much happier than typing on a phone...I bought a Samsung chromebook for $249 about 9 months ago...12 inch screen, weighs 2.5 lbs, has like 6+ hours of battery life & I just fire it up (does so in like 5 seconds), immediately connected...watch sports, Nats, etc. on TV but am also able to catch up on e-mail, NI, etc...love it!!
August 20, 2013 8:04 PM


I may be needing a new laptop soon, Paul. Maybe I'll try to check out your model. My current laptop battery won't last a whole ball game.

baseballswami said...

Followed by the steal by Lake. Groundhog Day.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

If Werth had run more likely 2-0 now

SonnyG10 said...

Here we go with the wild pitches again. Ugh!

David Proctor said...

Error, steal, wild pitch. Nationals baseball, y'all.

SonnyG10 said...

Paul, you got Windows 8 or some other OS?

SonnyG10 said...

Dan, you da man!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren bails Desi out, but did cost him 6 pitches.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Nice pitch....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I hate that ATT comercial.

SonnyG10 said...

c'mon TyMo. Show what you got.

David Proctor said...

There is absolutely no way Tyler hits that ball earlier in the year.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

3 hits now

Joe Seamhead said...

Nice AB for Moore.

mick said...

as Alfred Hitchcock would say....Good evening................

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Why the hell didn't T Moore go??? Had he gone, that is a run....

David Proctor said...

Put the ball in play Hairston.

David Proctor said...

Okay, I should've clarified how to put the ball in play...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Good job Rendon ,. Now 4 for 6

Hairston hits lefties ss good as Span?

hiramhover said...

A good result for Rendon, but he takes too many first pitches for called strikes.

paul brandt said...

Sonny, am telling you check it out and I am not a computer geek so there may be something out there better but a good neighbor has a computer biz and sat down with me for 15 mins and asked what I wanted to use a lap-top for, blah, blah...I have another one I use for work, other business, etc...so what I wanted is just a small one to goof off on, wanted it to be light, long battery life but easy to carry and a decent screen size. Go on youtube and type in samsung chromebook - there is a real good tutorial on there or just google it, lots of info...but the one I got was the $249 model - didn't need all the bells & whistles...best purchase in a long time.

David Proctor said...

Oh my...this is painful.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That was terrible... We didn't score at all....

Candide said...

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Hairston, really?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Those 3 at bats were pathetic.

Hairston just needed to bunt toward first. Why are they so against situational bunting.

That defense line up was easy to bunt against.

0 for 4 RISP

kc21 said...

I'm pretty sure that the Nats are going to break the record for worst batting average when men on 2nd and 3rd and no one out, as well as 2 men on with no one out. Oh for a sacrifice fly!

David Proctor said...

That throw by Hairston...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Hairston is a waste.... And then that noodle arm throw... Ugh...

Again, why didn't DJ send Moore on the 3-2 pitch.....

Aggravating...

Depot Master said...

I really wanted to think Rizzo had some insight in picking up Hairston, but he has shown himself not to carry the greatest intellect. Getting thrown out of a marathon game, and then not bunting against the heavily shifted infield. Did anyone else see that shift? A bunt down the 1B line and a run scores, another runner moves to 3rd and he probably gets on base.

I can see it from here.

Secret wasian man said...

Why didn't Tyler score on the double? Hairston please. Man they stink.

Exposremains said...

What a year...how can you be so awful for so long and never adjust your approach.

They really need a manager and coaches that teaches them how to do the little things.

Secret wasian man said...

And lets not forget once again Desi horrible DP ball that fortunately was muffed.

kc21 said...

I think if I were Trent Jewett I would have sent Moore home. Even if he's nailed, good chance Rendon can get to 3rd with 1 out. And, the way this team hits with runners in scoring position, we gotta run til they throw you out.

Candide said...

Haren pitching tough tonight.

jeffwx said...

Consider the ipad....Apple rules

Joe Seamhead said...

This is not what we signed up for.Our first baseman makes a mundane routine play and FP and Carp gush about it being such a nice play. Gag. The highlight of this game so far has been Dan Haren.

jeffwx said...

Always send the the runner...best chance to score is an errant throw

SonnyG10 said...

Paul, thanks for info @ 8:37. I'll check it out.

David Proctor said...

FP dropping the H-Rod jokes.

Candide said...

MNF, you might want to consider a tablet. I got a Google Nexus a couple of weeks ago and haven't opened my laptop since. On-screen keyboard lets you swipe across the keys and its intelligence figures out what you're typing. Great for guys with fat fingers. All my posts tonight are from the tablet.

David Proctor said...

Sigh.

Joe Seamhead said...

Well now.That move by Desi was kind of, ahem, ....Span like.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

So, wait.... I thought Dejesus was gone?????

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Damn, Ryan didn't even seem to make a play for that...

SonnyG10 said...

Dang, Harriston can't throw for crap!

David Proctor said...

DeJesus was placed on waivers. That doesn't mean he's gone. Dan Haren was also placed on waivers. It doesn't necessarily mean anything, although it's odd to place a guy on waivers you just signed.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harper and Hairston both swung so early they could only hit it off the end.

Joe Seamhead said...

Score one for Ghost on that one, Mrs.B. If Ryan had been playing deeper he might've gotten to that ball.

SonnyG10 said...

There were other clubs interested in DeJesus. Rizzo wanted to know how badly they wanted him...possible trade.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

We are gonna score 3 runs this inning... I'm still pissed off about DJ/Trent not sending T Moore on the 3-2 pitch.... I mean where is the sense...

SonnyG10 said...

man, Rusin looks like he throws batting pracice pitches. Why aren't we killing this guy? Don't we do batting practice?

Joe Seamhead said...

Ok, a little luck for Wilson. How about a HR, Tyler?

SonnyG10 said...

C'mon, Ty. Think AAA.

David Proctor said...

That was a less-than-good AB, Tyler. Gotta lay off the soft stuff.

Joe Seamhead said...

Maybe next time, Moore....

Joe Seamhead said...

Swami? Where are you?

SonnyG10 said...

Rendon, just a split-sec too early.

hiramhover said...

Another called strike on the first pitch for Rendon, an 89mph FB.

And then ... whatever that was.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I mean... I just...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Waivers in baseball is not the same as waivers in foitball.

Baseball many are on waivers. If sone claims you may pull back waivers. Then workout a trade or not.

Was waivers doesn't mean is your off the team.

Iff tge team is DFA designated for assignment.

Joe Seamhead said...

I'm sick of the double standards on here. Too many free passes for some while others are held under a different standard. There is not one player on this team exceeding expectations. That includes Dnesi, Rendon, and Harper. Not to mention Strasburg, Zimermann, and Gio.
But you all know what? I love 'em all!, GYFNG!!!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Only outfield arm worse in the majors is Juan Pierre.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

And just like that, it is tied up....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Another home run by someone who doesnt hit homers.

Can we hit homers too?

paul brandt said...

Haren in July/August looking like JZimn in April/May/June, seriously who would have called that?

I have been very impressed with Haren all season with his attitude but more impressed with his pitching the last two or so months. No way he is worth $13M or whatever we are paying him but he has been solid lately.

HR just hurt though, haha...serves me right!

Faraz Shaikh said...

i think we filled our quota for this series last night.

Joe Seamhead said...

Manassas, I tend to agree with you regarding the worst arm in the OF, though "worst" is a relative term. BtW where is Nyjer Morgan?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They traded for DeJesus who they claimed on waivers.

Appsrently a team below also put in claim. Nats are hoping to trade him to tgat team for a prospect from that team they want.

Good move if you get that prospect.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Not a bad move if you like some prospect the other team will trade.

Joe Seamhead said...

Weirdest shift I ever saw for a Mendoza line hitter like Hairston.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

They dont let the ball get deep enough in the zone.

Faraz Shaikh said...

With Haren's blazing speed, Murphy had to hurry that throw right now.

Depot Master said...

At the beginning of this year, Nats fans were saying "The Nats deserve better than Dan Haren". Watching this game, I wonder if Dan Haren deserves better.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Erth? Clip,?

Faraz Shaikh said...

that's how you swing for a HR. Yeah Desi!

Just make sure you connect next time!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Worst bonehead wherever he is.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bunt hard straught atRizzo easy hit every time.

Depot Master said...

Faraz,

The pitchers have been told not to leg out infield grounders unless absolutely necessary. Pitching is as much about legs as it is about arms. If it were up to Haren, I'm sure he'd be gunning down the line every time.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

There homer was not swung hard. Swung quick and barrelled up.

Depot Master said...

MNF I totally agree. As a "professional hitter" he should be able to.

Memo to Rizzo: Not every bottle contains lightning.

mick said...

going on 4 runs in 29 innings

Faraz Shaikh said...

Depot, even without the instruction, Haren is known as slow runner and I was poking fun at that.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I agree with pitcher notvrunning hard unless double play ball 1 out man on third.

David Proctor said...

I saw that coming as soon as he set his feet.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Damn it zim

paul brandt said...

Steve Sax at 3B...tough to watch.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That looked off from the release, Ryan...

Joe Seamhead said...

I swear that I'm not a Desi basher, but I also think he gets too many feathers in his cap.

Now Ryan? You've run out of feathers a long time ago.

hiramhover said...

About flipping DeJesus

Sure, it's a good move if you can pull it off, tho it's hard he'll bring much in return, esp, since he's now a player the Nats don't really want at a price they don't really want either.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harper 7 plate appearances in Wrigley Field.

With no one on 3 for 3 with a walk.

Man on 0 for 3.

mick said...

this all about a lack of situational hitting..I sound like a broken record but it will not matter how well Nats pitch if the team continues to be the WORST situational hitting team in all of MLB

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Barney takes a pitch not in the zone flicks the bat. For a hit. Not swung hard at all.

Cubs might be bad but some of tgeir hitters at least understand what to do

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

12Th in the NL BUT Feels worse.

hiramhover said...

Thank you, Dan Haren.

mick said...

haren doing his job

SonnyG10 said...

If Ryan takes more than 1 crow hop, he might as well put the baseball in his pocket cause its not going anywhere near the first baseman.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Our player going to the Cubs probably about as.The one we would get.

Really nothing big either way.

mick said...

the good news is Nats will not be eliminated by Sept 1, bad news is they will probably be eliminated before Sept 15th.

TimDz said...

Apparently, the wind is only blowing out at the bjttom half of each inning?

Section 222 said...

Remember just a few years ago when you could have a legitimate debate over whether Ryan Zimmeran or Evan Longoria was a better all around third baseman? (sigh)

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That seems correct.

David Proctor said...

If that were a Cub, it would've been a home run.

mick said...

If Nats can win series then maybe they can take it to final weekend...that would be fine even if they do not get in

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

This is weird zim's ball hit hard a double, the Cub homer floats into the stands not hit nearly as hard.

mick said...

meaning winning every series from now on

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cabrearra cant field eutger but he hits great.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

We agree

hiramhover said...

Runner on 3B, no outs - how will they fail to get him home this time?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Now 1 for 5 RISP 0 RUNS

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Betting against a triple play.

David Proctor said...

Line drive right at the 2B. Are you kidding me right now?

hiramhover said...

Ok, they score the run, but WTF was that, Jayson?

David Proctor said...

Werth is normally a fantastic baserunner, but that was bad.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Rarely see Werth run poorly.

SonnyG10 said...

Damn, Werth, you bungling bafoon.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lost another run.

He pitches awful.

But very poor base running getting doubled off etc we dont score much.

Faraz Shaikh said...

yeah, release him.

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