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The dramatic comeback sparked by the comeback vet

Apr 29, 2015, 1:51 AM EST

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ATLANTA — At the end of a 3-week stretch of bad baseball that had seen the Nationals find new soul-crushing ways to lose ballgames on a nightly basis, this sure felt like rock bottom: Down eight runs after two innings, with an unsuspecting rookie pitcher forced to take a beating in his major-league debut for the good of the team.

This was going to be the night that would confirm everyone’s worst fears about the Nationals, a team supposedly destined for greatness that instead was crumbling before our eyes.

But inside the visitors’ dugout at Turner Field, an unexpected emotion swept through players’ minds. For the first time in a long time, they actually felt free of burden, unshackled from the lofty expectations that have hovered over their heads the last three weeks.

“I mean, down eight runs my mentality is like: ‘What’s the worst that can happen?'” center fielder Denard Span said. “This last week, it’s been rough. Down by eight, I think everybody just got loose. … Nobody was giving away at-bats, and we just stayed the course and gave ourselves chances to win those last few innings and got a big hit by Dan.”

Oh, yeah, that “big hit” by Dan. That’s not exactly a worthy adjective. “Big” doesn’t come close to accurately describing what Dan Uggla did in the top of the ninth inning of what would be the greatest comeback in club history.

Having watched his teammates scratch and claw their way back from that early eight-run deficit over the course of three long hours, Uggla stepped to the plate inexplicably representing the go-ahead run. This was only too fitting a scenario, given the back story: The former bust in Atlanta, still being paid more than $12 million by the Braves despite now playing for a division rival, with a chance to cap what already had been a momentous evening at his old home.

This couldn’t actually happen, could it?

Yes. Yes it could.

With a thunderous crack of the bat that echoed throughout Turner Field and probably could be heard loud and clear 639 miles away at Nationals Park, Uggla launched Jason Grilli’s 0-2 fastball deep into the left-field bleachers, giving the Nationals their first lead since the top of the first inning and delivering the final blow in an historic, 13-12 victory that months from now may well be remembered as the game that saved this team’s season.

“It felt pretty good,” Uggla said later. “I can’t lie. That felt good.”

Certainly, it felt good personally for Uggla, who in the 379 calendar days since he had last homered had posted abysmal offensive numbers — .120 batting average, .367 OPS, 45 strikeouts in 148 plate appearances — and been released by two different organizations.

Now, at the end of a night in which he not only hit the game-winning homer but two innings earlier had tripled home two more key runs, Uggla felt both like a big-leaguer again and an integral member of this Nationals roster.

“I was in the hole, and I was coming on deck after he crossed home plate and I just looked at him,” Span said. “I didn’t even say anything. I just looked straight in his eyes. You guys can’t write that any better. A guy that’s been through a lot these last few years … just, good for him.”

Uggla is revered throughout the baseball world, not because of his athletic talents but because of the way he has carried himself throughout a roller-coaster career of ultimate highs and humbling lows. And because of his honesty, which he displayed in full force after this game.

Asked if, as he stood at the plate knowing what a home run would mean, it was hard not to think about the possibility, the 35-year-old second baseman said what professional ballplayers never admit out loud.

“No, not at all,” he replied. “That’s pretty much all I was thinking about. I mean, I was just champing at the bit to get a chance, an opportunity to do something like that.”

Uggla seized the moment as well as was humanly possible, but he was far from the only contributor to this record-setting victory. (The Nationals’ previous biggest come-from-behind win: A 7-run rally against the Yankees on June 17, 2006 at RFK Stadium that preceded Ryan Zimmerman’s first career walk-off homer the next afternoon.)

After watching A.J. Cole surrender those nine runs in a 2-inning debut that mercifully became a footnote at night’s end, the Nationals stormed back in little spurts along the way. Jayson Werth drove home Span in the third. Jose Lobaton launched a 3-run homer in the fifth. Span homered (part of a 5-hit night) in the sixth. Uggla tripled home two more runs in the seventh, scoring moments later on Reed Johnson’s double.

“It’s just great that they came back,” Cole said. “They’re a great team.”

The Nationals’ bullpen, asked to churn out seven innings after Cole’s earlier-than-planned exit, experienced some bumps along the way. Tanner Roark allowed two runs over three-plus innings. Matt Thornton got out of a jam in the sixth. Blake Treinen gave up what looked like a big insurance run in the seventh but then added a scoreless eighth to keep the Nationals within striking distance.

“The fact that we got back to that position is important for us,” manager Matt Williams said. “We tried to stay away from getting too deep in the bullpen. That didn’t happen for us tonight. But we stayed in the game. We had some grind at-bats, some good at-bats tonight that got us on base.”

Even after Uggla’s titanic blast, the Nationals still needed three more outs from Drew Storen to wrap this up. The club’s closer goes through a long and slow process during the course of a game to get himself ready to pitch the ninth, but with his team down 9-1 after two innings, he admitted he could’ve not bothered to go through with the exercise.

Storen, though, decided to follow through, just in case. And as he warmed up in the out-of-view bullpen in the top of the ninth and heard the crack of Uggla’s bat, he looked up just in time to see the ball sailing into the bleachers.

“My adrenaline was pumping so much,” he said, “I had to actually take a moment.”

Storen managed to calm himself back down and take the mound for the bottom of the ninth, pitching around a 1-out walk of A.J. Pierzynski to complete a scoreless frame and put the final bow on this improbable victory.

As Uggla stood by the dugout being interviewed on TV, Max Scherzer raced over and poured chocolate syrup over his teammate’s head.

“We’ve got some crazy dudes in here,” Uggla said. “I’m sure I looked pretty appetizing after all that. I’ve got to get new clothes, a new hat, new gloves and all that. Hopefully that’ll be the last time we do that.”

If the chocolate-syrup bath is reserved only for 8-run comebacks, Uggla may be safe. But if the Nationals can take this unprecedented victory and use it to catapult them to greater things … well, who knows what may still be in store for this team in 2015?

“This could really take us a long way and get us on a good streak, get us in a good spot,” infielder Danny Espinosa said. “To come back from the deficit we were at, to be able to win this game was awesome. I think this will be able to carry us for a little bit.”

  1. 3on2out - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:03 AM

    Mark’s SWEET FANCY MOSES of Uggla’s blast in ALL CAPS in last night’s game thread was as precedent breaking as Max’s chocolate syrup. SWEET!

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:37 AM

    Who can sleep at a time like this?

  3. micksback1 - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    Very proud and happy for Dan Uggla, that is justice for him

    Let’s hope this is the spring board this team needs!

  4. laddieblahblah - Apr 29, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Uggla has always been a class act. Could not be happier for him and the Nats. It was the bench that won that game. The regulars, with the very notable exception of Denard Span, did not contribute all that much to that win. As senators5 pointed out in last night’s post-game thread:

    senators5 – “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…”

    Werth and Zim are still struggling. Harper needs some protection, but is not getting it. The Nats cannot count on contributions from the bench like they got last night.

    Span, at least, is all the way back, and then some. Last year he took outside pitches to LF, but they were usually weak fly balls and easy outs. Last night he was squaring them up better and hitting soft liners that fell in down the line, and then he finally drove one over Gomes’ head in LF in his last AB.

    They need Werth and Zim to produce, and for Rendon and Escobar to get back healthy, and baseball ready. I had pretty much given up on Uggla, but he proved a lot of us wrong last night. I love when that happens. But Grillo gave him a center-cut FB on an 0-2 count. The Nats cannot count on that happening very often.

    Werth is still late for the FB, just as he was during the post-season against the Giants. Maybe that shoulder is still affecting his swing. Something to watch for. Zim seems close to breaking out, though. He has been squaring them up with more consistency lately (the past week or so), usually once or twice per game. But the Nats need both of those guys producing at a higher level than they are now.

    • knoxvillenat - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:16 AM

      “It was the bench that won that game.”

      Would that be the same bench that some posters (cough, JayB, cough) constantly criticize Rizzo for “failing” to build?

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

        yes…kind of a small sample size of one game right?

      • rayvil01 - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:42 AM

        That bench is better than given credit. Losing Johnson hurts, and he’s gone for a while. Those injuries are rough. Uggla has pop. Danny can be plugged into any infield but 1B. Robinson has shown he can hit. Lobaton looks like he’s more on it than Willie right now. The one guy that’s stuck on Neutral is TyMo.

        It’s not a bad bench at all.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:55 AM

        rayvil, TyMo hit that PH double this week. MW just won’t play him. He needs work.

      • sec105rowwseat28 - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:11 AM

        If you had a bench full of guys who could play every night the way they played last night, they wouldn’t be on the bench. They’d be starters, either here or somewhere else. You need to gain some perspective on what can reasonably be expected from a bench player.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:28 AM

      That 3-2 pitch to Espinosa in the 9th. How often do the Nats get a bad call from an ump. Uggla with a magical night that could be one of the greatest in Nats history. I’m glad there was 1 or 2 people here who kept saying that you can’t judge a man from a limited amount of data aka SSS.

      Werth might not be seeing the ball well and keep in mind his SSS and he has stroked some balls real well and not been rewarded. RZ has not been covering the outside pitch. They are killing him out there. Bryce might have been 1 for 4 but he also drew a walk and worked the pitchers all night long. Desmond is back to pulling off the ball. His last AB was a smash where he was robbed.

      Think what this lineup will be like when Rendon and Werth are in mid-season form!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:09 AM

        “That 3-2 pitch to Espinosa in the 9th. How often do the Nats get a bad call from an ump.”

        I would say next to never. That was crucial to the outcome and the Nats have been on the other side of this many, many times and especially against the ledger of Bryce although that’s finally improving. I used to call it the Bryce Bias. Now that Bryce is taking more walks he seems to be getting more calls.

      • natsdial8 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:32 AM

        Can’t remember many – and the pitch track showed it was clearly a stike –

      • laddieblahblah - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:56 AM

        Danny has been seeing the ball much better and has been much, much more patient and selective in his approach since resuming his LH ABs. He never would have gotten that call if he were still the wild-swinging cave man we all have seen for years.

      • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:15 AM

        senators5 – “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…”

        Just need to point out — Werth got two sac flies. So, it didn’t show up as a hit, but they were pretty key. (And we’ve sure had our share of guys making _un_productive outs with guys on 3rd)

      • therealjohnc - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:05 AM

        One thing I’ll say about that non-strike to Espinosa – it was just one of a long string of terrible calls by the home plate umpire. His strike zone was wildly inconsistent. We all noticed the call that allowed Espinosa to walk to first in the 9th. But the umpire was equal opportunity lousy, that was just the final one of the night.

  5. micksback1 - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:06 AM

    the starting pitching now is a concern….I don’t mean Cole, that was expected last night

    where is Fister , Stras and JZim in term sof mind set and health????

  6. natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Woo hoo! Glad to see that they came back all the way. Atta way, Nats.

    When the Braves scored all those runs in the first couple of innings, I was like “Oh great. My new baseball Bugs avi turned them into the Gashouse Gorillas.” When the Nats started scoring all of *their* runs I was like “Woo hoo! They’re Gashouse Gorillas, too!” (Yes, I do realize that my avi makes no difference in the fortunes of the team. But still.) I went to bed after the 7th, when it was 12-10. My DVR was set to record until 11:30, so I can watch the late innings.

  7. TimDz - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Chocolate Syrup…..$2.50
    New Curly W Hat………..$25.00
    New MLB Glove……..$100.00

    Hitting a three run, game winning blast against the team paying 98% of your salary……….PRICELESS….

    • nats128 - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:32 AM

      Nice commercial there!

    • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:53 AM

      Chocolate syrup? Oh, my. This I must see.

      • Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:42 AM

        I think it was the kind that hardens when you put it on ice cream.

        But, who keeps chocolate syrup on the bench??

      • nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:17 AM

        Who keeps Chocolate Syrup on the bench? um, nobody?

        So Max went back to the clubhouse and grabbed it and sprinted back to the field??

        Uggs didn’t look too pleased over the deal, and said something to the effect later.

        Dan Kolko didn’t get any on himself, which was almost as unbelievable as that game.

      • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:07 PM

        I don’t know, I watched the interview video earlier, and Uggla did smile and tip his head back to “drink in the moment” initially, so I think maybe he was okay with it.

      • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:08 PM

        Maybe they like to put some on the pine tar rag, mix things up a bit? Or not.

        “But, who keeps chocolate syrup on the bench??”

    • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:15 AM

      +98!

    • Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:40 AM

      You haven’t bought a glove in a while, I see.

  8. natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:52 AM

    Ah, yes. I remember it well. After Damon sliced the salami, the Yankees fans in our row asked for recommendations for a restaurant where they could grab a bite, the game being well in hand and all. And my husband wanted to leave. I was like “What? We paid good money for this game, and we’re going to watch it all.” In the end, I think he was glad we stayed. Hope there was a tv on where they Yankees fans were eating. 🙂

    ” (The Nationals’ previous biggest come-from-behind win: A 7-run rally against the Yankees on June 17, 2006 at RFK Stadium that preceded Ryan Zimmerman’s first career walk-off homer the next afternoon.)”

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT IN (ATLANTA) GEORGIA.

    Those fans were in total disbelief in the 9th inning. It happens and the one thing I’d say is Atlanta never tried to let up. Some teams get up by 8 to 10 runs and stop playing. In this case, the Nats just didn’t give up.

    • Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:43 AM

      “Those fans were in total disbelief in the 9th inning.”

      Someone should have gotten them all to sign a baseball. Historic game!

      • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

        Plus, you could probably fit all of signatures of those who were in attendance on one ball. What?

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    You know it’s your night when the Nats actually get a crucial ball/strike call that was clearly in the Nats favor.

    • Joe Seamhead - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:14 AM

      Can you put up Grillo’s sequence to Uggla in the 9th? That sure looked like a fat FB down the center on the 0-2 count. Sometimes pitchers/catchers amaze me with their stupidity. Why would anybody throw Uggla a FB with two strikes on him?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:16 AM

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:20 AM

        That was an 0-2 pitch from Grilli. After the HR, I forgot. Where did Grilli find this new Velo? Come on. Something doesn’t smell right there. Up 2 MPH from his career average?

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:21 AM

        Thanks, Steve. You gotta question the wisdom of throwing Uggla the FB, and jeez, the location was fat!.

      • nats128 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:26 AM

        Grilli had him 0-2 and thought he was going to blow it by Uggs. Grilli missed his spot but Uggs did not!

        Dan The Man!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:30 AM

        Grilli missed his spot. He was supposed to go back to the top of the zone and missed badly. You still have to hit it and Uggla did and far.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:36 AM

        I just rewatched the replay and Pierzynski didn’t put up his mitt in position right away. I assumed it was supposed to be high in the zone as that would make sense considering the swing-through strike 2 up above the zone. It looked like he was set up low and outside?????

      • Joe Seamhead - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:49 AM

        My point is why would you throw him a FB at all on 0-2? He has been flailing at off-speed stuff outside the zone.

  11. Mrsb loves the Nats - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    Did anyone hear the call from Charlie and Dave? I can imagine Charlie screaming when Uggla hit that HR last night…

    Just wondering if its available?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:15 AM

      Can’t wait to hear it. On the replay listening to Carp, I didn’t get chills up my spine, they started in my legs. I am so happy for a guy like him who has been bashed so often and even after Chipper J tweeted about the boo’s he received in Barveland, they still boo’d him last night and Uggla had the last laugh.

    • ArVAFan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:32 AM

      Yes, he screamed. Startled my cat. I know the whole game will be on MLB.com (including the radio version), but if you go to the highlights on the Nats website, they have the HR call with the C & D voiceover as one of the highlights.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    As to Blake Treinen, he has so much movement that he was the recipient of more missed strike calls.

    https://twitter.com/NationalsUmp

    • rayvil01 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:29 AM

      That ump was having issues with the edges all night. Very inconsistent on those. Can’t remember the sequence but he called a ball that was in and then a strike that was out six inches in the same area.

      Honestly, part of me is ready for robotics to make balls and strike calls.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:31 AM

        I thought Treinen pitched really good except for the walk which cost him a run.

      • nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:43 AM

        Thanks Ghost for putting up that NationalsUmp twitter feed. I hadn’t seen it before. Very interesting.

    • Doc - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:41 AM

      That was my suspicion, Ghost.

      I thought that his pitches were good. I wonder what Cat said to him on his visit

      Treinen really was one of the better bp pitchers out there last night.

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

        Treinen has to get the K/BB rate beefed up and start using secondary pitches as these batters are sitting fastball. He has wicked movement on that sinker at times and the umps see the catcher moving his mitt wildly. Crazy how many strikes they miss.

        It killed the game before where he had a meltdown after not getting the K on a 2-2 pitch.

  13. scnatsfan - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    And I take one step away from the ledge…

  14. Theophilus T.S. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Uggla’s night — the kind of story sportwriters dream about. Sidebars about Uggla for a couple of days. The one that pleases me most is shoving it up the (pick your orifice) of the Atlanta fans, who had no business booing him the way they did. Uggla gave them two really good seasons, one All-Star year, failed for reasons beyond his control, tried to play through health issues that were not understood by any medicos. This, of course, is not the only instance of bad form by the Atlanta fan base, who in their heyday were obnoxious even in Nats Park. Good that ballpark will be torn down, too bad some of the fans will move with the team.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:33 AM

      Well said. They are just poor fans.

    • nats106 - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM

      Thank you for your comment about Braves fans. I know folks here revile Philies fans, but I find Braves fans to be far more rude and intolerant. And believe me, in Sec 106 I’ve seen them all.

      • nats128 - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:18 AM

        The racist chop chop is just deploreable.

  15. natsdial8 - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    When Dan was with Braves seems like he got a hit against us every time up – what a series of events to put him in that 9th inning position and blast one.!!!

  16. stoatva - Apr 29, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    There are plenty of the usual troubling signs in last night’s win: The add on runs from the bullpen and the power outage in the middle of the lineup, to name the major ones. But the boys deserve credit for struggling through it to win a baseball game they ought to have lost.

  17. Joe Seamhead - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Span had possibly his best game as a Nat at the plate. A single, three doubles and a home run, four runs scored. Not a bad day at the office. His last double was a bit of a gift from Jonny Gomes. Gomes really got a horrible read on the ball. A classic example of why an outfielder should virtually never take a step in on the ball off the bat.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:25 AM

      Classic example why Gomes should not play the OF.

    • veejh - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      Would have been the cherry on top if Span had hit for the cycle. I thought he was going to go for it. I think he would have made it.

      • coop202 - Apr 29, 2015 at 9:54 AM

        Love spans game. Get why uggla gets the attention but thought span was more important last night. Uggla getting that vs his team still paying us contract is amazing, but in terms of value beyond last night i still just see shades of Tracy’s hr at the Padres to win it. Didn’t mean he was the right bench piece…

      • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:03 AM

        I think I read this morning — I think — that Span didn’t realize he was just a triple away from the cycle!

      • veejh - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:07 AM

        I had thought that Span was just being unselfish by not going for it. Now, you tell me it was because he was clueless? LOL

  18. Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Loved Freddie Freeman’s quote about the Atlanta fans booing his friend: “He kind of shut them up tonight, didn’t he?”

    • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM

      Wow! That’s pretty big of Freeman to say that, given how much the loss must have stung. Good for him!

      • nats128 - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

        Freeman and Pierzynski did all they could to win.

      • nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

        Boy that’s the truth. As Uggs said in his interview, “it seemed like they were up every inning.” Those guys were on base nine of ten plate appearances, and they still lost!

        There were so many things that ‘never happen’ that did happen last night.

      • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:46 AM

        As I like to tell my kids, even though I’ve been watching baseball for near 50 years now, I learn something new, and/or see something I’ve never seen before, in almost every game.

        For this game, however, the “new thing” was a bit more obvious than usual!! 😉

    • natsfan1a - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      I liked that, too.

    • Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:32 AM

      The AJC left that particular line out of the story, but otherwise covered it.
      http://www.ajc.com/news/sports/baseball/freeman-on-uggla-being-booed-that-was-pretty-tough/nk5L3/

      • nataddicted - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:56 AM

        The AJC Story was filed at about 7:20pm so the comments in it were in reference to Monday’s game.

        Here’s Freeman answering questions after the game. The question about ‘Dan’ is at about :36 seconds in.

        This is where the “He shut them up…” comes from.

        http://m.mlb.com/video/v93921383/wshatl-freeman-teheran-on-loss-to-the-nationals/?game_pk=413958

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 29, 2015 at 2:32 PM

        Nats128, Good compilation. He’s not bright. Far from classy and he’s had some ridiculous post game interviews also.

    • npb99 - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:44 AM

      Much as I hate it when Freeman comes to the plate against us, there’s nothing to hate about the guy himself.

  19. peewilly - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Can’t add much about what a great win that was. I am concerned about Storen. Those were some loud outs along with the walk. He rarely has a clean outing.

    • adcwonk - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:12 AM

      Indeed. He’s had eight outings — only two clean innings.

    • ICYMI - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      He needs to pitch in a save situation more often than one time a week. His last save opportunity was exactly one week before, the blown save vs the Cards. I think he threw an inning in mop up over the weekend. Closers gotta close, man.

  20. Sweet. Fancy. Charles. - Apr 29, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Maybe this is just how it’s going to be this year. Nothing coming easy, pitchers having to gut it out, players hurt left and right, half the bullpen is FNGs … Well, it’s more interesting than a coronation march.

  21. csorrent528 - Apr 29, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Bobble Head for Dan Uggla! He earned it last night for igniting Nat’s greatest comeback.

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