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Nats 13, Braves 12: Uggla’s blast caps historic rally

Apr 28, 2015, 10:37 PM EDT

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Where to begin with this one? Guess we need to start at the beginning, with A.J. Cole making his major-league debut and getting beat up to the tune of nine runs in only two innings, a painful way to be introduced to the world. Who would’ve believed that would be a footnote by night’s end?

The Nationals did everything in their power to bail out the rookie right-hander, and somehow they pulled it off in historic fashion. Down 9-1 after two innings and 10-2 after four innings, they put together a furious rally, scoring four times in the fifth, once in the sixth and three times in the seventh, trimming the lead to 11-10 at the crowd at Turner Field stood to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

The Braves added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh, making it 12-10, which is where things stood as the Nats came up to bat in the top of the ninth. Until Dan Uggla launched a 3-run homer off Jason Grilli, improbably bringing the Nationals all the way back to take a 13-12 lead that left the crowd in stunned silence.

And when Drew Storen finished off the Braves in the bottom of the ninth, this historic rally was complete. The Nationals set a new club record for largest comeback victory, besting the 7-run deficit they overcame against the Yankees on June 17, 2006. They also snapped their 6-game losing streak in most dramatic style

HITTING HIGHLIGHT: There were no shortage of big hits during the Nationals’ prolonged rally, including a 3-run, opposite-field homer by Jose Lobaton. But who are we kidding, this was Uggla’s night. His 2-run triple in the top of the seventh really made this improbable comeback seem possible. And then he topped that with his 3-run homer off Grilli in the ninth, giving him five RBI over the game’s final three innings. The veteran’s future with the Nationals is murky, with a spot not likely to be available once Anthony Rendon returns. But credit to Uggla for being among those players who didn’t give up on this game and helped pull off the unthinkable.

PITCHING LOWLIGHT: Though he obviously was put into a tough situation, asked to help stop a 6-game losing streak in his big-league debut, Cole’s wounds in this game were entirely self-inflicted. Everything he threw was up and over the plate, with his fastball registering anywhere from 90-to-93 mph. He was torched for nine runs and nine hits (pretty much every one of them scorched) in two laborious innings. And when given a chance to get out of the second still in one piece, he dropped Ryan Zimmerman’s feed at first base for an error that brought two runs home and prolonged the inning (and his misery. Cole was pulled after those two innings and is likely headed back to Syracuse. You can only hope this experience won’t have any lasting effect on him. Hopefully the fashion in which his teammates rallied will aid that cause.

KEY STAT: Cole became only the 14th pitcher in MLB history to give up nine or more runs in his first career start, the fourth this century: Luis de los Santos (2002), John Stephens (2002) and Arnie Munoz (2004).

UP NEXT: The series concludes with another 7:10 p.m. game Wednesday. Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 5.23) gets the start against lefty Alex Wood (1-0, 3.00).

138 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. stoatva - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Never in doubt.

    • NatsNut - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      LOL

  2. Drew - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Way to keep us in the game, A.J.!

    • nattygoats - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      LOL

    • senators69 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      From above:
      “KEY STAT: Cole became only the 14th pitcher in MLB history to give up nine or more runs in his first career start, the fourth this century: Luis de los Santos (2002), John Stephens (2002) and Arnie Munoz (2004).”

      I looked-up the stats on the 3 pitchers mentioned. None had much more than a cup of coffee in MLB.
      So if AJ follows that path, scratch one prospect.

      Hey … Mike R … So tell me again why’d we get this ham sandwich back from Oakland again???

      At least we know…Hope Giolitto is not Cole!

      • therealjohnc - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        Are you congenitally incapable of enjoying the Nats? The Nats stage the biggest comeback in their history, and you want to gripe.

        Geez Louise, some people are only happy when it rains.

  3. scnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Happily eating crow. A big bowl.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      There’s no reason to eat crow if you stay positive.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      There’s no reason to eat crow if you stay positive.

      • scnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        I was positive.. it was over lol

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

        In my mind, I did too. Just wouldn’t say it. The turnaround in BABIP luck was crazy.

    • deelizzle - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Happily eating face.

  4. manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Had it all the way 96-66 back in play.

  5. veejh - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Let’s hope that game was the turning point.

  6. laddieblahblah - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    How…cool…was…THAT!

    Has there ever been a Nats game when so many bench bats (Uggla, Lobaton, Reed Johnson) had so many big, loud hits?

    Storen a shut down 9th.

    Matt must be very proud.

    And don’t forget, if Simmons didn’t take out Escobar last night, Uggla is not even in the game. Simmons gets an assist for this one. You just knew they would take that play and fight like heck for this one.

    Way to go, Nats!

    • veejh - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Not to nitpick, but Storen walked a batter.

      • nataddicted - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:59 PM

        Nicely played, my friend.

      • Jfmii - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        Wasn’t a bad idea to pitch around Pierzinski

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        agree

      • Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:09 AM

        Me, too. Have a funny feeling the Pierzinski AB was essentially predetermined when Freeman failed to reach base.

    • dcwx61 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      +++1

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Funnest thing is you saw all the t*rds flush themselves down the toilet and disappear. Go back and see. Where are they? Where is SWM Ritalin?

    • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:50 PM

      Funnest thing is you saw all the t*rds flush themselves down the toilet and disappear. Go back and see. Where are they? Where is SWM Ritalin?

      They’ll be back as soon as the next time the Nats fall behind

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        What’s wrong with people like that. They gloat when times are tough and then go and hide when it turns good. I took some t^rd to task on MASN today. I Google’d him and sure enough his bio was Die-Hard O’s fan. He just went on there to rub salt in the wounds. Call the Nats whiners to complain about the Esco injury.

        I suspect most of these people are O’s fans.

        Speaking of the Oreos, they’d rather play in an empty stadium then take the Nats offer to use Nats Park tomorrow so their fans can attend.

        Angelos would rather work for sympathy points and probably has an insurance policy to cover a state of emergency.

      • nataddicted - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:02 PM

        “Angelos would rather work for sympathy points and probably has an insurance policy to cover a state of emergency.”

        Pay the man Shirley!

        I’d bet on that being true.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        “Angelos would rather work for sympathy points and probably has an insurance policy to cover a state of emergency.”

        Another theory: it might be that he doesn’t want to take any favors from a team that he’s involved in a suit with. (Because if he does, the Nats come off looking good, and, you know, he can’t have that!)

    • nattygoats - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      An epic win and all you can do is bash people? Your no better. Enjoy the W

  8. dcwx61 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    I didn’t have it all the way…i was convinced after the awesome DP by the Nats 1-6-3. they remembered who they are

    dcwx61 – Apr 28, 2015 at 8:36 PM
    the DP that turns the whole season around

  9. nattygoats - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Anyone know what time the box office opens? Looking for playoff tickets. 149–13

    • NatsNut - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      =)

  10. npb99 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Outstanding! But I’m still worrying about Rendon….

    • dcwx61 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      no sweat…
      I never thought I’d say this but
      we got Uggla and Espinosa
      I hope I don’t wake up

  11. Just. Dave - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    This might be the confidence booster the team needs.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Uggla doesn’t even play if Esco wasn’t injured.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      Thank you Simmons

  13. manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    On top of this I cruising in draft kings as I used Span, Uggla and Freeman

  14. nattygoats - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    SWM was banned last year. Too bad. Hell of a nice guy

    • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      He declared the season over on April 25 last year, if I recall. And the guy that sounds like him declared this year’s season over yesterday.

      • nattygoats - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        And I’m declaring you a total BORE today. Lighten up.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        That’s funny. You called for MW’s firing like three times during the game thread. That’s boring. And not very light.

        Including this brilliant post:

        Hahahahahahahw. Shame on you MWfor not pitching RoArk tonight. What a despicable shameful and embarrassing team. And I have NO pity for this Cole kid. What a joke. Get used to those empty seats boys. GUTLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

      • scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        Roark should start.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Congrats to Storen for a huge SAVE!!!

  16. Section 222 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    From 9-1 to 13-12. Unbefreakinglievable. And to have Dan Uggla finish it off. That’s the best $13 million the Braves ever spent (for us)! Way to go guys.

    • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      If I remember correctly, Uggla is the Braves most expensive hitter this year (is that right?)

      Braves paying him $12.5M, we’re paying the other $0.5M.

      • nataddicted - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        Sorry to be a dick here, but… The Barves pay $12,692,500, and we pay $500,000 or maybe $500,500., I think?!? Every buck we stick them with is gravy!

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:12 PM

        The more interesting question is: is he their highest paid player? hitter? infielder? I’m not sure — but I think I heard something that like somewhere.

      • npb99 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        Even if the Nats release him (which I’m now hoping they don’t) when Rendon returns, maybe we can re-sign him for every Braves series. It still is weird to see him in a Nats uniform, but him being the hero against the Braves while still getting the big Braves paycheck was just pure Hollywood.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:22 PM

        Indeed it is.

        And, it’s worth pointing out: he crushed that pitch. It was one of those “no doubters” as soon as he hit it. It landed almost behind the first section of seats (12-15 rows back?)

      • ArVAFan - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:23 PM

        Yes, Dan Uggla is the baseball player to whom the Braves are paying the most dollars this year. I know that’s an incredibly awkward sentence, but you get the point. $507,500 from us, $12M+ from the Braves. I think he earned his $507,500 tonight!

        And I can hear that the Braves fans are ignoring Chipper Jones’ call to lay off the booing. Maybe that fired him up a bit.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        Chipper Jones is a classy guy.

        As for booing Uggla, that’s classless. It’s not like he ran out of town for more money — he was cut by the Braves.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        (Oh, and thanks for confirming!)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:45 PM

        Dan Uggla is not only the highest-paid player on the Braves’ roster, he’s also the lowest-paid player on the Nats’ roster (unless you count A.J. Cole, who won’t be on the roster long).

    • sec105rowwseat28 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      Of course, if you broke that game down into nine equal segments and analyzed the Nats run differential in each of them, after the way they performed in the first two segments there would be no other conclusion but that the game was irretrievably lost. Right?

      • therealjohnc - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        Heh. I see what you did there.

      • Section 222 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:45 PM

        Just hilarious.

  17. Nats Fan Zee - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    I knew we would win …. Let the run begin!

  18. ehay2k - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Mark, how many re-writes? 😝

    Love this team, they just keep grinding. And very happy for Uggla. At least the Barves are seeing good production for what they are paying him! I can’t wait to see how Barves Nation reacts.

    Also happy for Lobotron [sic] because he said he really worked on his hitting this winter. He is off the 1-13 bump now.

    Lastly, the Mets lost to the Fish, so maybe things are about to even out for them. But in any case, the Nats gained a full game on the division leaders.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      5 rewrites

  19. deelizzle - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    That’s how you eat a face!!!! Nice win!

  20. texnat1 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    I wonder how many of those 14 pitchers Mark references as giving up 9 or more runs in their debuts were able to avoid the loss? Cole may have made MLB history tonight.

    Hopefully this game is the turning point. With the second inning proving up the old saying, its always darkest just before dawn . . .

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    I knew this was a Nats Classic in the making…

  22. scnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Loved the Braves post game, said essentially Uggla earned his paycheck tonight but too bad the Braves were paying it. Only get Braves announcers here in the South, it’s torture.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Papa Johns for dinner, nuggets for lunch.

    • nataddicted - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:47 PM

      +1

  24. rayvil01 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Span with ELEVEN bases… 3 doubles, a single, and a jack. I’d say he’s recovering nicely. That’s a heck of a game.

    If he can get hot at the top of the order, that really will help.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      Span switched from a Rawlings bat to a larger Chandler bat like Bryce uses. That’s the bat I swing. The ball jumps off of it when you square it up like no other bat I have ever used.

      • rayvil01 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        Maple?

      • nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:33 AM

        Yup, It seems like Chandler makes Maple bats.

      • natinalsgo aka Gonats - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:14 AM

        They mostly make Maple however they will make ash upon request.

    • Guapo - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:31 AM

      Span now owns the second highest slugging percentage on the team. Nats new cleanup guy? 🙂

  25. ehay2k - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Also, if Reed has to go on the DL, do the Nats bring up MAT or den Dekker?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      MAT

    • texnat1 - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      den Dekker for the same reasons MAT was sent down in the first place–he needs to play, not sit on the bench.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        Play him a game in left and one in center each week then.

      • natinalsgo aka Gonats - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

        MDD

    • rlndtln - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      do not need another outfielder.might have too until Rendon comes back but might keep Uggla .Would only bring MAT back if something happened to Span.I would like to keep Uggla when Rendon comes back if Johnson is hurt.Still have Robinson and Moore to play outfield.

      • nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:35 AM

        But who plays infield? That’s the $64 question.

  26. dcsnakehead - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Braves just paid Uggla 2.6 million per RBI tonight

  27. nataddicted - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Well, that was a watchable game, eh?

  28. borderlineretorted - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    This could be what the Nats needed to get back on track. Maybe this season isn’t over yet.

    • veejh - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Anyone who thought the season was lost in April is foolish.

      • borderlineretorted - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        They must feel so stupid.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    7 down. First place by June 10th

  30. NatsNut - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    I really, really loved that huge hug Harper gave Uggla. Like he was hugging him for all of us!

    • Eric - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      That was great!!!

    • Section 222 - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:31 AM

      Yes, that was very cool. He also used a bad word in celebration. Not sure if they were able to bleep it on MASN, but the highlight in MLB At-Bat has it. Harp was pumped!

      • Guapo - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:25 AM

        It was loud and clear on MASN.

        What I loved was the Harper was the first guy off the bench to greet Uggla. Many of the better vets on this team are quiet types (RZim, Werth, Span, etc.) Harper is no rookie anymore and despite his age, I think this team needs him to be a vocal leader on the club.

  31. natinalsgo aka Gonats - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    That was fun! For all those who gave up on the Nats, sucks for you!

  32. Joe Seamhead - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Well, I’m eating Uggla crow for dessert tonight. The guy raised his BA from .114 on Saturday to .190 tonight. I’m also thrilled for Span, another guy that some others on here have kicked.
    A great come from behind win. There were some negatives early on, but tonight is certainly a night to ride the highs.

  33. abqnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    That was a win. They needed one. It will mean more if they can take that energy from the comeback and win the rubber match tomorrow. Good luck Nats.

  34. senators69 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    So happy for Uggla.
    So sad for AJ Cole…but hey…a good minor league career ain’t bad…hope he saves his money.

    • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      Uggla has triples two nights in a row!

      His last triple was June of 2013.

      And the one before that: May 5 & 6 2013, when he also hit triples in two games in a row!

  35. nats106 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I love looking at the in game posts. It’s like being on a schizophrenic roller coaster.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      I just did that. Some awful comments.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        And then, like cockroaches when you turn the light on, they all scatter when the Nats take the lead.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        Yours is a better description. I likened them to t*rds getting flushed down the toilet and disappearing.

        They are salt in the wounds when you’re not doing well.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        Thanks.

        FWIW, I never got reveling in somebody else’s misery. Even more so, rubbing salt in somebody else’s wound.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        These trolls are mostly Oreo fans who get a rise from doing it. I caught one of them on the MASN site today as I found on the internet that he is a self-described O’s fan. Surprise surprise.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Uggla a team leader per MW

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      Bryce has also said that but it is reinforced when you lead by example which he did tonight.

      • nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:41 AM

        I do believe Bryce’s vote would be to keep Uggs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:46 AM

        Yes.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    “Nats Fan Zee – Apr 28, 2015 at 9:22 PM
    I know I’m going to take heat from some but I think we can win this friggin game!

    Ghost of Steve M. – Apr 28, 2015 at 9:26 PM
    Anything is possible.”

    There you go. Positive thinking!!!!

  38. npb99 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    I hope Cole was just mentally off, tight and nervous, and can bounce back.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      Time will tell. Doubt his next start will be like that.

    • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      I know FP often makes excuses for players, but in this instance he might be right: Cole was nervous and/or had the adrenaline going (after all, he hit the backstop), and you can’t overthrow when you’re a sinkerball pitcher, or else it doesn’t sink.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:32 PM

        That’s part of it but this Barves team isn’t that good. He got smoked but also was unlucky when the hard shots missed gloves. He still needs work.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        Agreed. A full year in AAA is needed just to fully evaluate him, imho.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:39 PM

        I’m not throwing him in the trash. I saw him in A ball. He looked good then the A’s screwed with his mechanics.

        He didn’t have many good innings in Spring Training. I think Spin Williams will fix him. This kid will figure it out.

  39. AlexandriaNatFan - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    As a military veteran, I did have to chuckle at Ray’s comparing this to “war”. :). All good, but still humorous.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      +3

    • npb99 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:55 PM

      Right! It’s a game. Just a game. As is football, soccer, basketball, etc.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    My specialty isn’t pitching but as a hitter I noticed how much ball you can see from Cole and the deliver is easy like you get from a nice round of BP. I don’t like the mechanics and he doesn’t hit spots.

    As I also thought in Spring Training, Taylor Jordan was my pick for 6th starter.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    “Asked Uggla if it was hard to not think about trying to HR in that spot. “No that’s pretty much all I was thinking about.” Love the honesty.”

    That’s Uggla and Desi and Espi in a nutshell but when they’re on, they’re on.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Congrats to Ross Detwiler. He gave up 2 runs over 5 1/3 against that hot hitting Mariners team. That’s a start for Det to build on.

    • Eric - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      Good for him!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        He got the loss as his team only scored 1 run but it saved his job.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:47 AM

        Did you see the highlights of the game. Detwiler had a shutout in the 4th and his RF overran a flyball that became a triple.

  43. senators5 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Great win and kudos to Uggla and Lobaton BUT #s 2 through 5 had a combined 2hits in 17 ABs with 6 Ks. If the Nats are really going to make a comeback like everyone hopes the middle of the lineup needs to come back and fast because like it or not the Mets pitching is for real. And don’t mention Rendon coming back because those 4 hitters Desmond, Werth, Harper and RZ must make the difference with or without AR who has always been injury prone dating back to Rice.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      Did you see my lineup last week? I pushed RZim back to 6 or 7. Werth will be fine and Desi isn’t a #2 hitter.

      • adcwonk - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:44 PM

        Desi is in something like an 0-17 slump I think. Perfect time to move him from #2.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        He needs some rest days when Rendon comes back.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Funniest conversation of the night was FP saying to Carp when the Nats scored 7 runs and were losing 11-7 that he wanted Carp to predict how many games the Nats would Win/Lose when they score 7 runs.

  45. Section 222 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    My friend and I were following the game on Gameday earlier this evening. When the Nats pulled within 1 at 11-10, we both thought of that game last summer against the Braves when we came back after Stras gave up a bunch of runs in the first inning and almost won the game, but not quite. That was kind of a turn around game even though we didn’t win it. This was a lot better!

  46. letswin3 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    I’m posting this before reading all of the other comments here (I swear I’ll read em), but I wanted you to know that I watched the entire game. I tell you this because I must surely be entitled to some sort of award. My bottom line is that this was a just reward for watching so many previous bad efforts. And those guys in the dugout were never quitters the entire night … that is something they can build on. Finally, what could be better than Uggie delivering the decisive blow to the guys paying nearly all of his salary?

  47. sec105rowwseat28 - Apr 28, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    That was one Uggla game. Totally Spanned the emotional spectrum. If you turned it off early, I bet you’re wishing you’d Lobaton.

  48. Doc - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    This 3-run Home Run by Dan Uggla was brought to you by the Atlanta Braves payroll department.

  49. Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    That may be the single mist amazing sporting event I’ve ever watched. I almost turned it off when the Braves plated their 9th run, but I didn’t. When Span got his second hit, I got a little glimmer hope that I quickly pushed down. But, I kept watching. And, they kept looking locked in at the plate, completely undeterred. And then Lobi hit his bomb and I started to let the glimmer shine through a bit. The chills of elation set off by Uggla’s bomb took a loooooong time to subside.

    I was nervous as hell when Storen took the mound, and then I was very, very happy for him when it was all over and that smile spread across his face.

    What a night!

  50. coop202 - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    So… No love for span?

    • Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:30 AM

      See my most post immediately above. For me, Span’s second hit was the catalyst for what became an unbelievable climb to unrestrained joy. It happened right after what to me was he darkest moment of the season so far. Just amazing.

      • Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:33 AM

        mlb.com headline mentions Uggla, but the pic is of Span. I like it. Span was definitely something of an offensive bedrock tonight.

      • coop202 - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:37 AM

        Oh ha! Took me a while to post, logging in for the first time this season for work reasons

    • conatsguy - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:37 AM

      Good Point- Span was the man tonight.

  51. conatsguy - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:43 AM

    Just to re-emphasize to the haters.. IN RIZZO WE TRUST- GYFNG!

  52. ogremj - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    I’ve spent the last hour reading braves fans Twitter accounts. The arrogant gloating slowly transforming into a total meltdown. It’s the little things in life.

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