Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Game 126: Nats at Cubs

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
CHICAGO — We're back at Wrigley Field for a third straight night game. That's a rarity around here. The Nationals will hope to pick up where they left off last night ... well, perhaps producing a few more hits with men in scoring position than they did in their 4-1 victory over the Cubs.

Ross Ohlendorf returns from a shoulder injury to make his first start in three weeks. The veteran right-hander pitched brilliantly prior to his DL stint; you just hope he didn't burn himself out completely with that 114-pitch start against the Mets in a doubleheader.

Former Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta gets the start for Chicago. He'll be facing a lineup that has Denard Span back in center field leading off but is without Anthony Rendon or Wilson Ramos, each getting the night off.

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 185
Weather: Partly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF
NATIONALS (61-64)
CF Denard Span
3B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
1B Adam LaRoche
2B Steve Lombardozzi
C Kurt Suzuki
RHP Ross Ohlendorf

CUBS (54-71)
SS Starlin Castro
1B Anthony Rizzo
CF Junior Lake
RF Nate Schierholtz
3B Donnie Murphy
LF Brian Bogusevic
2B Darwin Barney
C Welington Castillo
RHP Jake Arrieta

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

8:08 p.m. — We are underway with Denard Span grounding out on Jake Arreita's first pitch. The Nats got a brief scare during BP when Ian Desmond's back locked up. Davey Johnson thought he would need to make a change at shortstop, with Anthony Rendon getting the nod. But Desmond's condition improved, so he remains in the lineup as planned.

8:25 p.m. — The good news: Ohlendorf's fastball velocity in the bottom of the first was 94-95 mph, a very encouraging sign given that it was down around 90 mph in his last rehab start. The bad news: A 95 mph fastball doesn't work when it's thrown right down the pipe as it was to Anthony Rizzo. The Cubs first baseman launched that 3-2 meatball to right field for a solo homer, putting the Cubs up 1-0 after one.

8:50 p.m. — Whoa, it's a rally by the Nats. They loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second, then scored a pair when Kurt Suzuki's sharp grounder ricocheted off Rizzo's glove and into right field, scoring Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche. Ohlendorf then put down a perfect squeeze bunt, scoring Steve Lombardozzi and giving the Nats a 3-1 lead through two.

9:09 p.m. — Jayson Werth's red-hot summer continues. He just blasted a three-run homer to left, putting the Nats up 6-1 in the third. Check out his updated season totals: .331/.408/.531, 18 homers, 56 RBI, .939 OPS. His batting average, on-base percentage and OPS are higher than in any previous season in his career. That's fairly remarkable when you think about it.

9:27 p.m. — The Nats have six runs already, but Denard Span hasn't played much of any role in that. He's had three at-bats in four innings and grounded out three times: to short, second and third (the last a double play). So Denard is just a groundball to the first baseman away from hitting for the groundball cycle tonight. Not something you ever want to accomplish. Still 6-1 heading to the bottom of the fourth.

9:43 p.m. — Carlos Villanueva replaces Arrieta in the fifth and quickly retires the side. Ohlendorf, though, has found his groove and takes the mound for the bottom of the fifth having allowed only Rizzo's first-inning homer. Still 6-1 Nats.

10:08 p.m. — Well, that didn't go so well. Ohlendorf served up another homer to Rizzo, this one landing on Sheffield Ave. behind the right field fence. One more single ended the right-hander's night at 91 pitches and brought Tanner Roark out of the bullpen. A native of nearby Wilmington, Ill., and former star at the University of Illinois, Roark has more than 100 friends and family in the right field bleachers tonight, and they roared as he entered the game. Unfortunately, they didn't have much else to cheer after that. Roark gave up four straight singles and a sac fly, and just like that, the Nats' 6-1 lead has turned into a 6-6 tie game in the fifth.

10:29 p.m. — Much better stuff from Roark in the bottom of the sixth. He struck out the side, bringing even louder roars from the right field bleachers. Still 6-6 as we go to the seventh.

10:47 p.m. — Whoa, Scott Hairston to the rescue. Three-run bomb to left in the top of the seventh, putting the Nats back on top, 9-6. Hairston is now hitting .297 with four extra-base hits against lefties since joining the Nats. Pretty much exactly what they wanted out of the veteran.

11:04 p.m. — And now the Nats tack on insurance in the top of the eighth. Span makes up for his groundout cycle with an RBI triple. He then scored on Zimmerman's single. It's 11-6 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

11:14 p.m. — A 1-2-3 eighth from Tyler Clippard. Rafael Soriano is warming in the pen, even though the Nats lead by five.

11:33 p.m. — Nats win. Final: 11-6. They improve to 62-64 with a chance to take their third straight from the Cubs tomorrow afternoon.

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Manassas Nats' Fan said...

MrsB you would be interested in this.

I was in tge car when Werth homered, Charlie said according to Elias that was the first homer in the NL on a 3-0 count this year.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Harper is suppose to stay back more according to Schu.

He swings in a hutty.

That K the ball could have never been close to the zone.

He needs to listen to his coach.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow.... A 57 moth curveball.... Wow..

Faraz Shaikh said...

Harper has been really frustrating to watch lately. Every at bat I seen of his, he has zero hits. I need to not watch him hit, maybe then he will start getting hits.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

The wind doesnt carry any of ours.

David Proctor said...

57mph...

SonnyG10 said...

C'mon boys. With this wind tonight, we may need more add-on runs!

David Proctor said...

Hanger.

Nats 128 said...

HR Derby style pitch to Rizzo.

SonnyG10 said...

Rizzo a bomb. Need to get out of this inning and bring in Tanner Roark

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was about to mention I was a little concerned of the lack of hitting the last couple innings.

We need tack on runs. The 4th and 5th ygeycwere swinging likevthey were rushing to finish.

SonnyG10 said...

Dang. Ross has hit the wall. Here comes Roark.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He has 2 hits each of the last 3 games. Your flipping away too much it sounds like.

David Proctor said...

Rendon going in at SS, Desi double switched out. I don't like that.

Nats 128 said...

Quick hook for Davey. I think its the right move altho he always seems to want the starter to finish the 5th to get the W.

Nats 128 said...

Desi had a sore back. Some said he wasnt going to play at all.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I wish Davey could see the wall coming before the pitcher hits it.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I was thinking he was slow

Nats 128 said...

Olendorf could have done that Roark!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

So far Ro-Ark not doing the job. Throwing the ball right over the pkate.

Nats 128 said...

Roark throwing BP. Come on. This is rediculous.

David Proctor said...

Roark isn't fooling anybody.

SonnyG10 said...

Miracle if Tanner keeps his 0.00 era now.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

McCaty went out and things got worse.

Nats 128 said...

Anyone warming in the bullpen?

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

How long are they going to stick with this crap?

Nats 128 said...

This stuff of Roark being a Cubs fan is no longer funny.

David Proctor said...

What else can we do? Stammen is still unavailable, he threw 80+ pitches in the Braves series. Krol is gone. Abad vs a righty? Clippard in the 5th? There's nothing we can do.

Nats 128 said...

5 run lead gone with the blink of a eye.

Dan Strong said...

Just like that... tie game.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Marvin Hudson like action.

Titally nonsence 6-1 to 6-6 in a heartbeat.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow... This game is tied... But we fell asleep at the plate... Just started having some dumb at bats and not patient....

Roark isn't having a good game at all.... Trying to figure out why Stammen wasn't bought in...

Nats 128 said...

Right. Krol is gone and the bullpen is a man short so Tracy can keep his job.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Haren of course.

David Proctor said...

Stammen is unavailable, MrsB. He needs 5 days off because he pretty much started a game (over 2 games, he threw almost 90 pitches) in Atlanta.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

This is why I didnt like sending Krol back down.... But whatever...

We need to score more runs as that was just embarrassing...

Scott Margenau said...


Nats 128August 21, 2013 10:07 PM
Right. Krol is gone and the bullpen is a man short so Tracy can keep his job.

Right on. Stupid.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Bats get 3 runs twice, and they quit after that.

Hard to restart, but they have to.

We dont other team's bullpens well.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I forgot about Stammen.... That's right.... That lead change is truly embarrassing....

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Interesting SZ....

David Proctor said...

Same pitch was called a ball to LaRoche.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Lombo you swung one couldnt possibly hit but the last one could drive to left you dont bother.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

You trust umps to be consistent? Have you been watching this year?

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Wow... Can't even advance the runner...

David Proctor said...

Here's the thing though MNF: if they swing at balls out of the zone, people get on them for swinging at ball 4. Lombo laid off a pitch that was clearly a ball and was called a ball in the prior AB. Should've been a walk. Instead it's a strikeout.

David Proctor said...

Pitiful AB by Suzuki.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

That was a swing????

paul brandt said...

Timmons sucks. that was not even close to a swing by Rendon....awful.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lead off double... And couldn't bring him home.. Livid....

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Update RISP Nats 2 for 6. Cubs 3 for 8

Nats 128 said...

Leadoff double for Laroche and the umps make 2 poor calls. Ball outside called a strike on Lombo and Rendon would have walked and the ump calls his check swing a strike.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Personally it would hurt my feeling if called all check swings a strike for all players.

If you dont want to swing dont move the bat.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Cat worry about the umps.

Just gets hits.

David Proctor said...

Oh great, now you know how to pitch, Roark.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Good inning by Roark... But uhm, where this a few minutes ago...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

I wonder if he didnt warm up enough as Ross hit the wall fast.

David Proctor said...

I guess Stammen is available...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Span has out grounded out for tge cycle. To all 4 infielders.

David Proctor said...

Lineout...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

oh Bryce. Missed by inches.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Jet stream doesnt go out for us.

SonnyG10 said...

Manassas Nats' Fan said...
Personally it would hurt my feeling if called all check swings a strike for all players.

If you dont want to swing dont move the bat.
August 21, 2013 10:25 PM


Wouldn't work MNF. Pitches at 90+ mph, you have to get the bat moving or you'll never catch up to the fastball.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Dammit.... Needed that one to go out... Hairston will Do nothing and we will leave another runner in scoring position...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Here's your chance to silence me Hairston.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Faraz did you see Harper's double?

Nats 128 said...

Please silence him Hairston! Get a hit!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That was not good hitting. An outside pitch he pulled. Should have driven it hard to right.

David Proctor said...

HAIRSTON!!!

Nats 128 said...

Ghost, we wont be hearing from you in a while.

NatsLady said...

Ghost??? Where are you? So quiet.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Lol... Hahahahahahahah... That's what I get.... Lol... Again, so glad to be wrong....

I had some things to say about Hairston and the bench if he did nothing.... I will save it for another inning... Lol
.
Hahahahahahaha

Drew said...

Wow, what a shot!

SonnyG10 said...

MrsB loves the Nats said...
Dammit.... Needed that one to go out... Hairston will Do nothing and we will leave another runner in scoring position...
August 21, 2013 10:39 PM


Nice reverse lock, MrsB

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Hairston bombs a lefty

David Proctor said...

I think Hairston probably has more pinch hit RBI than the rest of the bench combined...

MrsB loves the Nats said...

But lets not get carried away.. Hairston did well tonight but it's been many more times that he hasn't....

And for crying out loud - it's against the Cubs...

Nats 128 said...

Its tthe Tracy mirage. Does nothing and your ready to send him pakcing and then then hits a full mooner!

David Proctor said...

Hairston has hit lefties well throughout his career and he's done it with the Nats this year. Not his fault if he's misused.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Little leaguers on. To the 9th 3-3

MrsB loves the Nats said...

This SZ is... Unpredictable...

JD said...

Mrs B

Hairston has hit 1 HR every 9 an this year.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I'm sorry.... But Timmons is a buffoon...

I think I would have left Roarke in after the good 2nd inning for him...

Nats 128 said...

MrsB, true true and you still have to hit it. Lets see some more of that. Thats his first Home Run with the Nats.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Why? Roark probably doesnt hit a 3 run homer like his pinch hitter Hairston did.

You must have a reason though.

Nats 128 said...

I thought someone said Stamman was unavailable. Nice play by Lombo.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

What a play by Lombo...

David Proctor said...

I thought he was unavailable. After throwing 90 pitches, they were saying he'd need 5 days off. This is day 4 though so I guess if he said he was good to go, Davey put him in.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Someone hear said it no Nat official.

Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me said...

Gutty effort by Stayman.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Renton looked foolish thru out his entire at bat...

Nats 128 said...

That strike zone gets wider on 2 strike counts.

Nats 128 said...

Nice Span. WODL even likes that one!

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Can some look it up, we had the most looking K and 3rd highest percentage of looking k. This was at all star break.

Still high I am sure.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

Look at that.. A 2 out rally.. No one swinging for the fences, people actually having patient at bats (for the most part)... Playing good baseball....

SonnyG10 said...

Five run lead. That ought to keep Sorry-Oh-No out of the game.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

That hit to right by Zim was pretty same as the pitch he pulled to short in the 7th.

Must have read my post.

MrsB loves the Nats said...

I wonder if DJ is gonna give Storen a chance to close tonight...

David Proctor said...

Clippard worries me in this specific ballpark in this game. He's an extreme flyball hitter and flyballs are bad. He needs strikeouts tonight.

Nats 128 said...

2 innings in a row with a 2 out rally.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

He pitched 12 pitches so good for Friday and possibly tomorrow.

David Proctor said...

Soriano warming despite a 5 run lead?

Nats 128 said...

Soriano for the 9th? Hows about Krol. Oh yah, thats right. Hes in Syracuse.

Manassas Nats' Fan said...

Werth now at 385 plate appearance. He needs 391.6 to qualify for batting stats.

phil dunton said...

Who better than Rafael Soriano to blow a 5 run lead!

SonnyG10 said...

If Sorry-Oh-No gives up even one run of our lead, we turn him into a gelding.

SonnyG10 said...

Will someone tell Sori its legal to have a 1-2-3 inning in the 9th.

Scott Margenau said...

Pow!!! Sup!!

Nats 128 said...

MNF, isnt the batting stats PAs move every game by another 3.1 to qualify. Tomorrow will be 394.7 I think.

Scott Margenau said...

Boom! What up??'n

Scott Margenau said...

Pizza tomorrow insiders! Yeah!!

David Proctor said...

Thanks Anthony Rizzo.

Nats 128 said...

Thank you Rizzo. Anthony Rizzo that is.

SonnyG10 said...

Sori lucky to keep all his parts.

SonnyG10 said...

Nice win tonight, boys. Let's get them again tomorrow.

Scott Margenau said...

Awesome.

I'm done with Sorry ano

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