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Game 22: Nats at Braves

Apr 29, 2015, 3:48 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

ATLANTA — And so we’re back at Turner Field for the finale of this series, wondering whether the Nationals will use last night’s dramatic victory as a catapult to bigger and better things, or whether it was a mere blip in an otherwise frustrating month of baseball.

Not wanting to mess around with perfection, Matt Williams has the same lineup going for Game 3. That’s not only superstitions at play, but some baseball logic given that lefty Alex Wood is starting for the Braves and Yunel Escobar likely isn’t ready to return yet from his left hand injury.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball for the Nationals, who certainly could use a long, quality start tonight from their All-Star right-hander. Updates to come, so please check back…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where:
Turner Field, Atlanta
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Slight chance of rain, 61 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from CF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
3B Danny Espinosa
2B Dan Uggla
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

BRAVES
RF Nick Markakis
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Freddie Freeman
C A.J. Pierzynski
3B Chris Johnson
LF Kelly Johnson
2B Jace Peterson
CF Eric Young Jr.
LHP Alex Wood

UMPIRES
HP John Tumpane
1B John Hirschbeck (cc)
2B Bill Welke
3B James Hoye

7:10 p.m. — And we’re underway. Some blue skies have emerged here, but it’s a bit chilly as Alex Wood throws his first pitch of the night to Denard Span.

7:25 p.m. — Well, the Nats are going to have to play catch-up again tonight because the Braves scored twice off Jordan Zimmermann in the bottom of the first. After Nick Markakis singled to lead off, Freddie Freeman doubled to right field (shocking, I know) to improve to 8-for-12 in the series. Both runners then scored on A.J. Pierzynksi’s bloop single to center. A.J. Pierzynski is now hitting .452 for the season. A.J. Pierzynski. On the bright side, he did later forget how many outs there were and got doubled off first base to end the inning. But the Nats trail 2-0 after one.

7:42 p.m. — The Nats struck back to get a run in the top of the second, with Bryce Harper singling to right, aggressively taking second base on Ryan Zimmerman’s drive to the wall in center field, then scoring on Wilson Ramos’ single up the middle. And Zimmermann looked much better in the bottom of the inning, striking out both Kelly Johnson and Eric Young Jr. So it’s 2-1 Atlanta after two.

8:03 p.m. — Ho-hum, just another Freddie Freeman RBI single off the Nats. This one was made possible by Uggla’s throwing error on a possible 6-4-3 double play, so that made it an unearned run off Zimmermann. It’s 3-1 Atlanta after three.

8:25 p.m. — Guess who just delivered a 2-out, bases-clearing double to give the Nationals a 5-3 lead? Why none other than Zimmermann. That’s the Zimmermann with two n’s, not the guy with only one. Jordan came up with the bases loaded, took three balls, then two strikes, then laced a liner to left-center. Everybody came around to score, and the Nats right-hander had himself three RBI on one swing (only one fewer than his career high for an entire season). 5-3 Nats after four.

8:41 p.m. — The Braves get one run back in the fifth, a rally that began with a leadoff walk by Eric Young Jr. That’s a no-no. So it’s 5-4 Nats now, but Alex Wood is out of the game, replaced on the mound by Trevor Cahill.

8:57 p.m. — The Nats respond by taking that run right back in the sixth, thanks to singles by Ramos and Espinosa and a high-chopper RBI groundout by Uggla (who stepped to the plate to the strains of “It’s a Small World After All” on the ballpark organ). So make it 6-4 Nats after six.

9:19 p.m. — Make it 9-4 after another rally off Cahill in the seventh. Werth snapped an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI single to left, and Espinosa sent a broken-bat single to center to bring two more runs home. The bats have come back here in Atlanta this week. And with a diving catch down the right-field line, Harper ended the seventh for Zimmermann, who has pitched quite well since his shaky first inning.

9:39 p.m. — Whoa, Matt Grace struck out Freeman looking at a fastball to end the eighth. That fired up Ramos, who had a fist-pump as he jogged off the field following Grace’s 1-2-3 inning. It remains 9-4 after eight.

9:57 p.m. — It’s over, but not before the Nats pounded out four more runs in the top of the ninth, capped by Denard Span’s second homer in as many nights. Which means the Nats scored 13 runs for the second time in as many nights, the first time that has happened in franchise history. They win 13-4 and head to New York feeling a whole lot better about themselves than they did, oh, 26 hours ago.

178 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    I know that JDub had two run-scoring SFs last night, but wad ’bout TyMo?? MW needs to keep him fresh!

  2. stoatva - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Turning point of season, or dead cat bounce? Enquiring minds want to know.

  3. nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Off topic: The game a few miles up I95 was 2:03 for 8.5 innings. Just zooming by. Eerie game.

  4. philipd763 - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Put Taylor in LF and send Werth to Syracuse for a month on an injury rehab.

  5. unkyd59 - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Before the water goes too far under the bridge, I’d like to thank Young Mr. Cole for his effort, last night. Seriously. I hope he’ll see that he didn’t bring his best stuff and get obliterated, but that he couldn’t tame the butterflies, couldn’t keep his stuff down where it belongs, and could very well induce a couple dozen ground-outs the next time he gets to the Show… It was hard to watch, and I feel for him… But at least he’s still undefeated, as a big leaguer 😉

    • jd - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Unkyd59,

      Cole was signed out of high school and has pretty much pitched at every minor league level. His history is that he takes a while to master each level. He had a very hard time between A ball and A+ ball. But the good news is that he eventually does graduate to the next level and he’s only 22.

      There is good reason to expect Cole to eventually be a decent mid rotation major league starter. I think MW had no business letting him get beat up the way he did last night, I think that’s poor managing on his part. He looked very shaky in the 1st inning and he should have been out of there after 6 runs at most.

      • Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        I’m not sure when Matt got Roark up in the pen, but when he dropped that throw from Zim that should have gotten him out of the second, it was only 4-1. Unless he had Roark warming from the get-go, which I have to think wouldn’t have done Cole’s confidence a lot of good, either, I’m not sure what else could have happened. He got hit hard in the first inning, but you don’t pull him for that — he was obviously over-amped; maybe he’ll settle down for the second inning, it happens all the time. And you didn’t call Cole up, and burn an option year, if you were going to put the bullpen in at the first sign of trouble.

        And anyway, hey, it worked out.

      • Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:38 PM

        *when *COLE* (not Matt) dropped that throw from Zim.

        EDIT BUTTON

      • Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        And then, a lot of players find it easier to get over a major ass-whupping than a one-play-what-if close game failure. He pitched like crap, he didn’t field his position, he GIPD’d to kill a perfectly good rally — he did not bring his game to the park in any form. He knows he can do much better than that. Eminently flushable. Just a shame it’s his only data point for the foreseeable future. But he’ll get another chance.

      • tcostant - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:54 PM

        I would have been fine with MW leaving Cole in longer, bottom line we were without a RP because Martin needed to be sent down to make room for Cole.

      • ehay2k - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        Poor managing? Seriously? How could MW have done anything different? Have Roark warming up in the first? 9 runs in 2 innings, 5 of which came after Cole forgot he was wearing a glove and whiffed on the easy toss from Zimm that would have ended the inning. And you criticizethe decsion not to have someone ready? That is not a defensible position.

      • ehay2k - Apr 29, 2015 at 5:00 PM

        Poor managing? Seriously? How could MW have done anything different? Have Roark warming up in the first? 9 runs in 2 innings, 5 of which came after Cole forgot he was wearing a glove and whiffed on the easy toss from Zimm that would have ended the inning. And you criticize the decision not to have someone ready? That is not a defensible position.

      • unkyd59 - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:14 PM

        I saw Matt say something to McCatty, right before the cut to commercial, after the 2nd. McCatty picked up the phone, so that was (when…)

    • virginiascopist - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      I hope he doesn’t get too discouraged. I see him going back to Syracuse and having a nice long discussion about perseverance with Rick Ankiel.

      • NatsLady - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        If he’s smart, he’ll learn.

        (1) When you’re told to bunt, bunt. I don’t care if you were a .550 hitter in Little League or high school, at the major-league level, it’s not up to you.
        (2) Fielding counts. Actually, all our guys could do well to remember that.
        (3) You don’t have to pitch a no-hitter with 21 strikeouts. Not the first time out, anyway. Start with what worked in the minors. It might not work, but it might, and it’s your best stuff. Trust your catcher and aim for the target he sets up. You know you can hit targets.
        (4) You might be tipping your pitches. This can be fixed–listen to your coaches. You may have stuff, but they have wisdom.

      • jd - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:26 PM

        NatsLady,

        Except he hasn’t really done great at AAA this year. Lot’s of hits per inning and generally at least 1 home run every time out. I am telling you his MO is that it takes him some time to master each level and he hasn’t mastered AAA just yet. I was real nrvous about his start yesterday and not all that surprised at the results.

        He has a great arm and he doesn’t walk anyone so if he has good pitching coaches along the way he’l be fine.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        (1) When you’re told to bunt, bunt. I don’t care if you were a .550 hitter in Little League or high school, at the major-league level, it’s not up to you.

        Wait, he was doing that on his own?? I didn’t see that part. Where is that from?

      • natsdial8 - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:09 PM

        Matt leaving Cole into second shouldn’t really be second guessed at all .

        The non bunt – does anyone know that Cole did that on his own ? I’m thinking it was a called play –

  6. Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Look, Nuke — these Big League hitters are gonna light you up like a pinball machine for a while — don’t worry about it. Be cocky and arrogant, even when you’re getting beat. That’s the secret. You gotta play this game with fear and arrogance.

    Fear and ignorance.

    No. Fear and arrogance, you hayseed, not ignorance.

    I know. I just like to see you get all worked up.

    • unkyd59 - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      😉

    • Steady Eddie - Apr 29, 2015 at 4:48 PM

      +a lot

      Perfectly chosen/well played

    • Section 222 - Apr 29, 2015 at 5:49 PM

      If you build it, they will come. Oh wait, wrong movie.

    • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:11 PM

      lol, my husband was quoting that during AJ’s appearance last night.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:37 PM

        My wife turned to me and said it during the bottom of the first.

        Great Spouses Quote Alike.

      • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:41 PM

        I like that. I think I’ll use it. 🙂

  7. ogremj - Apr 29, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    #SackUp

  8. ehay2k - Apr 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Anyone think that the Barves will throw at Uggla for the HR last night? He did flip his bat, a little. They just seem to take offense at every little thing but are completely dismissive of anyone who thinks they do anything wrong.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM

      I hope not. They seem to be a little better since McCann left, but I haven’t been watching closely. Anyhow, that would certainly get somebody else drilled for them, and then benches and bullpens empty … not a good idea. Everybody has to go to work tomorrow.

    • sec105rowwseat28 - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      No. Not unless they bring a fan in to pitch to him. It’s the Braves fans who hate Uggla. The players love him, since he was a great teammate when he was there.

      • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:14 PM

        Just watched Uggla’s postgame interview on MASN, and now I kinda think I might love him, too. Dang. Now I can’t make fun of his too-tight jersey sleeves. Eh, the Nats uni fits him better, anyway. 🙂

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:44 PM

        They’ll probably start booing Freddie Freeman, now, too, after that interview last night.

      • ehay2k - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:18 PM

        They might just bring in a fan to shore up their pen!

    • Section 222 - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      They have the thinnest skin of any team, though it was worse when Sheriff McCann was behind the plate. it would be beyond bush league to throw at Uggla, and Chipper wouldn’t like it at all.

  9. thisizit - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Mark: It’s the same lineup, except Ramos for Lobaton.

  10. jd - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    BTW,

    When considering pitching changes MW has to account for the fact that our bull pen has been crap pretty much down the line.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      Thornton’s been OK.

      That’s the thing about a bunch of lime-green rookies — they don’t get old and treacherous fast enough.

  11. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Good call ups.

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    How and why does Freeman hit so well against the Nats but other teams make him look silly….

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM

      Freddie Freeman has hit .319 and .288 the past two seasons, with OPS+ of 147 and 137. I don’t think a lot of other clubs are making him look silly.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:33 PM

        He has like almost 500 against us…. and then like 250 against everyone else…

        He looks silly against others and then like a baseball GOD against us..

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        Mrs B is correct he is ordinary against everyone else.

        I ask this question every time we play the Braves. What do the other teams do that the Nats don’t. If McCatty can’t figure it out, then he is poor coach.

      • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        Blaming it on McCatty is silly.

        Freeman, lifetime, is .335 against the Nats. He’s .299 (but a higher SLG) against the Mets. .396 against Arizona.

  13. AbbeFaria - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Zimnn not hitting his spots.

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Hmmmm…. call me concerned about Jordan…

    • natslive - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      Me too….something is off

  15. Section 222 - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Can any pitcher in a Nats uniform throw the ball down in the zone anymore?

  16. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Because we never change how we pitch to him.We must do something different.JZIM is struggling again.Tough to play from behind every night.Desi and Werth are lost.They used to wear out lefties.

  17. natsjackinfl - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    I don’t think any pitcher on the Nats can get their pitches down anymore.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      Obviously time to fire McCatty.
      😉

  18. Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    OK so Zim’s not hitting his spots, but his pitches do seem to be approaching the kind of velo and life you expect from him. Finger’s crossed he finds himself during this outing.

  19. AbbeFaria - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Yep, only down by 2. Zimn had to reach for that one and still almost hit it out.

  20. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    I always liked Ozzie Guillen’s line about Pierzynski: “If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less.”

    • Eugene in Oregon - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      +1

  21. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    I scratched Solis off my prospects list at least a year ago. Good to see him get a cup of coffee.

  22. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Man, we should start booking trips to Atlanta. Plenty of good seats available!

  23. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    you have to make that DP.

  24. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    How do we pitch to this guy.MW does not have it.

    • coop202 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      Ditto… Especially after the 3-0 count

  25. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    We are the dumbest team in the majors.

    • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      You already declared the season over — why are you still here?

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Fine with not seeing Fred freeman for a while…

  27. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Why not just intentionally walk Freeman every time there is a man on base.

    Obviously we are clueless how to get him, though the rest of the league has figured it out.

  28. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Matt isn’t the one who left it out over the plate. But the DP, yes, that was on Desmond. Leaned back, and then soft-tossed to Uggla.

  29. AbbeFaria - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Zimmn’s velocity still down. Just early?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      Early for both guys

  30. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    But, ehhhh, two crummy runs. No Problem.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    since Saturday our starters have totally disappeared.

    8-6-8-12. Now 3 in 3 innings.

    What is Zim’s problem in the first. I was at work. Get in the car and hear 2-0 as the score. Zim obviously didn’t continue the most the night before.

  32. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    OOOOH, JUST missed!

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:09 PM

      3 solid hits

  33. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    That hit his own name on the scoreboard … he must win something for that, right?

  34. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Thank you Johnson.

  35. coop202 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    I can’t watch but it seems like woods doesn’t have a ton of control right now – is that right?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      It is not to bad.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Do we hate swinging at strikes. We strike out way to much

  37. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    OK JZim you can make up for crappy pitching in the first. Take the HBP

  38. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Did Gio start pitching

  39. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    THAT’s what I’m Talking About!

  40. veejh - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Excellent hit from JZimm. Boom.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Now if he would pitch like 2014 we are fine

      • veejh - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM

        I’ll take 4.5 ERA from JZimm as long as he bats in 3 runs a game.

  41. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Great job hitting. Now let’s hold the lead

  42. veejh - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    The sound of 6-3 sounds so much better. Come on Span.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Span looks uncomfortable tonight against Woods. Harper on the other hand…..

      • coop202 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        Span back to struggling v lefties early it looks like. I loved the 8 pitch ab tho

  43. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Danny Espi. is a solid utility player who has really played well this year.Even if he played everyday and batted 8th and hit 230 he would be valuable.The criticism he gets is ridiculous.He fields great,runs the bases and can hit lefties well.He is a valuable asset.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      Has people been on him lately, in generally he has cut the K down. He is fine for this role

    • npb99 - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      +1. Like a lot of the emotion on this site, the anti-Espi sentiment got way out of hand.

    • nataddicted - Apr 30, 2015 at 12:03 AM

      I was really impressed with Espi’s arm on the play that Yuni got spiked! What a gun!

  44. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Werth didn’t bother to swing at any of the strikes.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    When will who ever is responsible for the placement of the report button next to the reply button move the damn button

  46. Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    What the…2 pitches 6″ in the zone called balls….wtf???

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      It called consist ant. I didn’t notice any last inning I though was bad, the strike 3 was tight, but with 2 strikes you don’t take close.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Why are we wall ng lead off batters. This is anuneccesary.

    • Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      That was a 4 strike, 2 ball walk.

      • Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM

        You could even argue it was 5 strikes and 1 ball. But, two balls weren’t even borderline, they were almost right down the middle.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:42 PM

        What the ump call? That’s what matters.

      • Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:44 PM

        That’s ridiculous. Umps are fallible friend. We benefitted last night. They benefitted tonight.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:48 PM

        They looked slightly outside to me.

  48. Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    TERRIBLE calls on that AB…wow.

    • coop202 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      I’m guessing we’re getting them too if woods hasn’t looked bad… We just swing more

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:43 PM

        Personally except one pitch to Werth I have called the same as the ump.

  49. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    What a terrible 0-2 pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      Too many pitches by the staff have been just like that right in the middle no movement.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    JZim’s walk of course scores. When will our starters start actually start pitching like the back of the baseball cards?

  51. natsdial8 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    FP nonsense that Ian surprised Dan feeds him the ball , didn ‘t at all look surprised –

  52. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Buffalo made it to third on a grounder.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Uggla RBI

    • natsdial8 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Dan has earned his 500k in this series ! Gr8 pickup Mike !!!

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        When Rendon comes back I would send MAT back and keep Uggla at least few more weeks

  54. ehay2k - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Uggla is worth every penny the Barves are paying him. I’m sure Rizzo will get something in return for Dan if he needs to get him off the roster. Who will be the next Roark?

  55. nattygoats - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    I love JZ 3 RBI but he HAS to pitch better

  56. TimDz - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    ABOUT FREAKIN’ TIME they busted FF of the plate….
    Buzz the tower….make him uncomfortable, as FP said….
    Nice shutdown inning there Znn…

    • TimDz - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      OFF the plate….

  57. scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Zim (jordan) hitting the leather off the ball today

  58. nattygoats - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    That’s the way uh huh uh huh I like it. KC and the Sunshine Band

  59. scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Playing good ball – maybe we are Turing the corner here

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      Shush…….it’s not over yet.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Espinosa makes contact and good things happen!

  61. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    DANNY.

  62. Tyler Babip - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    This is good!

  63. Section 222 - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    The Nats bats have come alive. This is something to behold. A sight for sore Nats’ fans’ eyes.

    • nattygoats - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Amen brother

  64. Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Faaaaantastic.

    Buckle down Zinn!

  65. AlexandriaNatFan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    You know it’s a rough night when they start playing their Tomahawk chop song after one single.

  66. scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Espi 3/3 – more patient too…

  67. scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Marlins winning .. Could pick up full game

  68. knoxvillenat - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Totally off topic but……as scnatsfan has pointed out before, those of us Nationals fans who live here in the south get blacked out from MASN when we play the Barves and consequently have to suffer with the clowns who do the Atlanta broadcast. One bright spot however this season, at least in my opinion, is that they have added the former Kristina Akra, now Fitzpatrick, as their sideline reporter which at least is easy on my old tired eyes.

    Glad to see you again Kristina!

    • scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      I miss Julie… She was adorable

  69. scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    2 nights of nats50 pizza

    So full

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Somebody should do the freebie deal for half smokes. Papa John’s doesn’t do it for me.

      • Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Another terrible call to K Markakis, this time in our favor.

      • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Half rack for half price.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      I had nuggets for lunch and pizza for dinner.

      Sounds like I plan to do that again.

  70. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    So who’s warming up? Who’s coming in?

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Grace

  71. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Bob and FP should sing the Honda doo-wop.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Let’s get the first two out so Freddie can only do minimum damage.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Grace got a break. That was outside, but we are still due many.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Grace pitched as well to Freeman as any of our pitchers the last 5 years. Remember what he and duplicate, crowded his hands

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      That, and get strike calls at the ankles. Works every time.

  75. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Wow, even the umpires hate the Braves.

    That can’t be an accident.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      It’s shocking the amount of calls the Nats have received at crucial times but the Barves got calls yesterday too.

      None bigger than the walk of Espinosa in the 9th ahead of Uggla.

  76. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    You get freeman out with lefties.Maybe MW will learn when the game is on the line.It is good to have 3 lefties in the pen and 4 righties.Thats why I kept asking why we traded Blevin tour top competition.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Yes, and that was a quality K by Grace. BTW, Grace got lucky on the K of Markakis.

  77. knoxvillenat - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Espinosa now with four hits on the night……..take your time Anthony.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      My favorite hit was the 2-0 bleeder with bases loaded. He made contact and was rewarded. I’m shocked in a good way as I’ve been waiting for the sample size to increase.

  78. rlndtln - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    DANNY .277.WHERE ARE THE DANNY HATERS NOW.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      He is not lifting his right leg as high, which is keeping his head stiller. If he can maintain that he will bat fine, but it just takes a few bad swings lifting the leg again.

      What Schu is to keep this tape to show when he starts to lift the legs.

    • Section 222 - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      Never a hater, just a skeptic. I’m not holding my breath.

      Who are you anyway? Here for two days and you’re already tossing out snide remarks about other commenters? Maybe you should participate for a month or so before doing that?

  79. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Espi and Uggla.

    • scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      I never saw that coming. I’m starting to become an uggla fan

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Look at the Buffalo run..

  81. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    And Buffalo matrixes his way past to score.

  82. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    THIS. IS. DSPAN!

  83. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Okay …. so save some for tomorrow guys…. OH YEAH…. MY MAN SPAN!?!?!?!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Never works that way. Take them and stay hot.

  84. knoxvillenat - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Span-o!

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Span, are you kidding me?

  86. AlexandriaNatFan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    This is just amazingly beautiful to watch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      I told you we would be fine.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Now let’s pitch a shutout tomorrow.

    Desi 23 at bats without a hit. That last swing among the worse all season.

    • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      I’d really like to see him moved down in the order . . . .

  88. npb99 - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Wow, back to back 13 run games! The hitting floodgates have opened. (Now fix the pitching).

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Pitchers took annual leave the last two weeks.

  89. scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Man …we gotta get some bats. Rizzo didn’t address it at all during the off season.

    Oh wait…26 runs in 2 nights….and Zim is just warming… Werth getting closer and Tony 2 bags is on his way!

    • manassasnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Desi join the party please

  90. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    This, my frents, is what’s known as Reversion to the Mean.

  91. Sec 3, My Sofa - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    So get three outs before you give up three grand slams. Should be do-able.

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Why not Solis in this situation? I don’t get that. Low lev, 9 run lead.

    • NatsLady - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      Maybe he’s tired from traveling… we don’t know.

    • scmargenau - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      He has 14 relatives flown in to see him too

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Exactly, scmargenau. I’m sure MW will be asked and he has an answer. Nice that the family all flew to Atlanta to watch a good Nats win, and you hope they can fly north to NYC.

  93. Eric - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Amazing! And Fish, up 7-3 on Mets now, too. Woo!!!

  94. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Uggla even looking nifty afield.

  95. ehay2k - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Crazy game, and like last night, a joy to watch them fight. Freeman got ejected for arguing calls on Monday, could that be why he’s got a tougher zone? In any case, the Nats got a ton of bad calls in some losses, so it’s only fair that things even out.

    Ballgame, cue MicheleS!

    GYFNG! ( I bet Mark Z. had zero rewrites tonite!)

  96. natslive - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Great to see the bats come alive….need to get Werth and Desi to join the party now. Pretty good outing by JZ after a shaky first……let’s keep the momentum going. Really happy to see Uggla take the money from the Braves and beat them…

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