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Game 25: Nats at Mets

May 2, 2015, 4:28 PM EDT

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After splitting the first two of a four-game series, the Nationals and Mets pick back up on Saturday night with Gio Gonzalez (1-2, 5.01) and Jon Niese (2.74) on the mound. That may not be Matt Harvey vs. Max Scherzer, but when these two teams square off just about any pitching matchup is a good one.

Gio is making his fifth start of the season looking for much better results than he has produced so far. He has allowed 13 earned runs through 23 1/3 innings with 11 walks. His last outing was an ugly one, as he gave up six runs on 10 hits against the Marlins.

Gonzalez has faced the Mets 13 times in his career and holds a 3.13 ERA in 77 2/3 total innings. He is 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA at Citi Field.

Niese is also making his fifth start of the season, though he has been much better so far. He has faced the Nats 10 times before and has a 3.41 ERA against them.

We are not on the road for this one, so enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK METS
Where:
Citi Field, New York
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Mostly sunny, 76 degrees, Wind 8 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS
CF Michael Taylor
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez

METS
RF John Mayberry, Jr.
CF Juan Lagares
1B Lucas Duda
LF Michael Cuddyer
3B Daniel Murphy
2B Dilson Herrera
SS Ruben Tejada
C Anthony Recker
RHP Jon Niese

UMPIRES
HP Dan Bellino
1B Bruce Dreckman
2B Tom Hallion
3B Alfonso Marquez

246 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Section 222 - May 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    John Mayberry, Jr. as lead off hitter. That is all.

  2. Another_Sam - May 2, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    I’ve missed the reports on Denard. Not on DL is he? How long out?

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM

      Apparently the location of his core muscle surgery was/is just feeling sore. As far as I know, he’s still day-to-day.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 2, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        Makes sense to start Taylor against the LHP.

  3. ehay2k - May 2, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    Amazing day playing catch on the field at Nats Park today. Thanks to the Nats for making that happen. One of the coolest things was the walk through the visitor’s dugout, batting cages, and training rooms. In the weight room, they have framed jerseys for Pujols, Hoffman, and many other notable visiting players.

  4. Steady Eddie - May 2, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Going to the Senators’ game at Bowie to see how Tony 2Bags looks, and Wilmer Difo and Pedro Severino, who’s hitting .321.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 5:53 PM

      Rendon was scratched.

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        5 days off, one day on plan ?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 6:02 PM

        Seems that way. Knee healed and now the oblique.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Rendon scratched

  6. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    If they screw this one up, I hope they do it early. NCIS is on at nine.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Harp with a great at-bat. Walk!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM

      A MLB-best 24th walk for Bryce Harper, extending his on-base streak to 18 games.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Hoping Neise makes a mistake pitch.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      Niese made the mistake pitch center cut to RZim and he unfortunately hits it directly to Lagares.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    The good news is Niese had to throw 26 pitches. The bad news is the Nats left 2 on base and didn’t score.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    At what point do you shift on Lagares? Last 3 groundball singles have been in the 3.5 hole and 2 up the middle.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Great scoop by Desi on the Werth throw with the perfect relay to the Buffalo.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      Correction, great scoop by Ramos. Low throw by Werth that Desi caught at his ankles.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Deep breath Gio.

  13. natslive - May 2, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Glad to see the Buffalo hold on to that ball

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      Held on to the one last night too and 2 more last week. What’s your point?

      • natslive - May 2, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        Point was he made a good play and seems like he is doing better at that than he did last year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

        Yes, I would agree with that. I never thought he was bad compared to the league average but always room for improvement.

  14. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Gonzalez fields his position. A good sign.

  15. natsdial8 - May 2, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Gio keeps head in game covers 1st ez, good sign?

  16. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    A touch adventuresome, but some good D and Gio continues displaying his improved ability to cover first.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      Cutting down Lagares at the plate was huge.

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        Absolutely… Can’t believe they sent him. Huge gift.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:49 PM

        3rd base coaches are sending guys more these days. I don’t get some of these sends

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM

        Only thing I can think is they were hoping Werth’s shoulder would be a factor.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        Desi got out there for the relay.

  17. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    For good luck I picked Desmond after Rollins was not in starting line up for Draft Kings.

    Since last Sunday won 26 of 30 games

  18. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Long ABs another good sign. I think we can get to him.

    And Desi breaks through!!!

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Desi buys a hit*****

  20. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Well done fellas.

    Bring ’em home MAT!

  21. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    YES!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:45 PM

      Set-up by the great Gio bunt Sac.

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:49 PM

        Yeah that was a beauty… As was his bottom of the second! Wow!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

        Gio is throwing paint!

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:54 PM

        Seriously!

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Was hoping Escobar would make contact there…. lets go nats…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      He’s been bad with RISP this season. That I don’t get

      That RBI by Taylor was set-up by a great Sac Bunt by Gio.

  23. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Really good curve that last one. Hope he can hold onto it.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      The one to K Herrera looking was pretty nasty, too.

  24. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Beautiful bottom of the second, Gio, well done!

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Is it just my TV or is there a lot of background noise at the stadium? What is . It sounds like a hundred beehives together.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      Not just you. Sounds like an exhaust fan right behind the mike.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      Too much stadium noise and they finally adjusted Carps mic. They need to adjust it more. I don’t think they are used to a Garden gnome night crowd.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 2, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      Isn’t the airport close by to CitiField?

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:24 PM

        yes…planes from laguardia have been flying over the worlds fair grounds since they played at the polo grounds

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Desi strike out swinging the norm. Just as a ball as a strike. I would rarely PC him a strike as he really prefers to swing at all pitches.

  27. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Nice play, Escobar!

    • natsdial8 - May 2, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      Esco nice arm – kid’s a player

  28. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Phew!

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Esco playing some D as in dayum! That was tough and then nails the throw!

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Esco needs to bump up his RISP BA. 0-2 today.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      Seems to be in a little funk overall unfortunately. 0-7 with 2 Ks in two days or something like that?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM

        Didn’t realize. I’m going to guess he’s around .140 RISP this season.

      • philipd763 - May 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

        One run is not enough to win this game.

      • Steady Eddie - May 2, 2015 at 10:25 PM

        Once again, a little off on the prognostication, eh, 763?

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    High heat Ks Cuddyer!!!

  32. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    My goodness, Gio! Keep it up!

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    That was NOT A strike to Bryce…. seriously bad bad bad call.

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

      well the ump is on the fans side here

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      Yeah…Hope it doesn’t mess with his incredible patience of late…

  34. veejh - May 2, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    I’m pretty sure I just saw Bryce pat the ump on the butt

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      umps should be fined after 3 bad ball strike calls in a game

  35. veejh - May 2, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    btw….Gio looks like 2012 Gio.

  36. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    go to heck, mr met

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    First mistake by Gio going LoW to the #8 man.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Walking the 8th batter makes for the need for maloox greater.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Pitcher whiffing on a bunt helps mitigate that feeling somewhat 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:33 PM

        Great frame by Ramos on Mayberry. 0-K time!

  39. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    in all my 53 years, i caught two foul balls only at old shea all within a two week period in 1977. one by Biff
    Pokeroba and the next by Jose Cardinal….back then not a lot of fans went to games so it was easier

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:36 PM

      My only one occurs in 95 at Camden Yard off the bat of HOF Frank Thomas. A homer. I didn’t throw it back.

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:39 PM

        now that’s a ball..unfortunately Biff and Jose did not qualify for the Hall ;

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    There is the reason Taylor needs to be in Syracuse. No way he was going to get the guy, why allow the hitter to go to second

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      He makes himself look so inexperienced. He put his head down which allowed Lagares to take advantage and go to 3rd.

      With 2 outs I think it was a poor move by Lagares that he got away with but the dumber move was MAT making the throw.

  41. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Good job bailing Taylor out.

    • natslive - May 2, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      Gio – Way to bail out Taylor…..

  42. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Close one.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Come on MAT. Can’t put your head down for a split second in the Majors and now runners on 3rd and 2nd with your air mailed throw.

  44. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Desi is on fire ;0

  45. natslive - May 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Seeing eye single by Desi…..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      The definition of seeing eye although I think if it’s fielded he beats it.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:44 PM

        Maybe playing Desi on Draft Kings has inspired him.

  46. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    I think Bryce Harper bought that ball

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Huge challenge here. Big decision for MW on what he does with Gio.

  48. veejh - May 2, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Safe.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    What a terrible, terrible call….. ball was moving etc… no no no.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Out if foot was on the bag. That is what I could not tell. 2 fra,mes the ball was early, but since the ump gave the off base sign.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      How could they tell if the spikes were on the bag and not above it.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Why didnt Ramos run home….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      He would’ve been out.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        Had he broke on the pitch a suicide squueze is the only way that works.

        Frank Robinson called for suicide squeeze more than anyone I remember.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        That’s correct. Have to have that conviction which MW did not.

  52. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    buffalo on third with the sac bunt…hmmm

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    I thought Taylor was fast?

  54. veejh - May 2, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Nice play from Tejada

  55. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    can’t buy a break…strategary not working

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Damn…. thought MAT had a hit… robbery.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      Yep. After 5 innings MW didn’t want to pinch hit for Gio. Stinks to come up empty.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        We have been in position to score all night.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:54 PM

        Yep, the RISP situational hitting not good tonight.

  57. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    where are the 4 error per game amazing mets

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Had Espi stopped in Tajada’s way I wonder what would happen. As long as he is in the base path it is not interference.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      That’s right.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:54 PM

        My son and I said it as soon as it was hit to stand in the way, but he must not heard us.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      Chance of getting in a rundown, and getting Ramos thrown out, but not a bad play all in all. Worst that probably happens is the same as what did.

  59. rlndtln - May 2, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    I would have taken a chance and let Gio hit.Only downside would have DP.

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Come on Gio throw it by him.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    After the decision to keep Gio in the game it probably only bought MW one extra inning or so with Gio.

    These are the tough decision and MW went the other way.

    When it doesn’t work out you get second guessed.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      I think it was the right call. I might even let him come back out. He seems to have gas left, and it’s the bottom of the order.

      The Duda AB was pretty brutal, though.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        If he doesn’t get through 7 it was the wrong decision as you only gained 1 innings work with the pen.

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

        Well, I wouldn’t say it’s on MW if he doesn’t get through it…he didn’t seem gassed…

        But I agree not going with him would’ve been odd.

  62. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    NICE! Thanks again, Mets!

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Espi stayed with his assignment.

    That is May nit April fielding.

  64. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Great job by Espinosa getting back to second after missing the barehand play.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      Great job all the way around. Everybody in the game!

  65. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    I assume this is the end of Gio’s evening (6). Better velocity tonite, kept it up through his 100 or so pitches.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      I’m wondering the same but don’t bet on it. If it is the of the night for Gio then all MW gained by not pinch hitting for Gio was 1 inning to save the bullpen.

      Decisions decisions.

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        I’m in on Gio unless the lead run comes to the plate.

  66. philipd763 - May 2, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Werth needs to sit!

  67. philipd763 - May 2, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    I say again, one run is not enough. Hope I am wromg.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      It’s not comfortable, that’s for sure!

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Disappointing not to jump on niece and he is over 100 pitches…..

  69. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    I hope sending Gonzalez out in the seventh wasn’t a mistake.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      Hrm…some weird stretching…uh oh…

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    This SZ is terrible…. for both teams…

  71. natsdial8 - May 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Does anyone know when MAT started to play ball He doesn’t have much bb instinct

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      He went to HS in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., so probably there, if not sooner, at any rate.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        He was on the same team as den Dekker in HS, in fact.

  72. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Lucked out there, phew!

  73. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Equal opportunity suckage on the strike zone tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      You bet

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Gio gets lucky. Avoids the LoW on a gift from the homeplate ump.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      This ump has called many balls a strike.

      Gio pitched well as did Niese to a point, but the ump helped by calling a lot of strikes, that were not.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        Truth. In a way the 3-2 close pitch goes any times to the pitcher who is dominating.

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    s ump is a pitcher’s ump for sure. You have to be way off to get a ball call. Semi close it’s a strike.

  76. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Wow! Phenomenal game, Gio!!!

    Deliver him the win, boys!

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      3 sac bunts, covered first, great play to end the 7th, 8+ Ks. Man.

      Hope the stretching isn’t something that matters.

  77. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    The pink cream must be back.

    • ehay2k - May 2, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      Back? That implies it was ever there in the first place. Show anyon e proof of that.
      That kind of comment undermines any legitimate commentary you may post here.

      • Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Grow up. The “pink cream” was listed in the Balco accounts but determined to not be a banned substance.

      • ehay2k - May 2, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        Nothing was EVER shown to have been given to Gio. You are perpetuating a false narrative.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Ok, pays off for MW keeping Gio in. Got 2 extra innings of shutout ball. A really good all around game for Gio.

  79. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    big strike zones makes for extra innings for the starter

  80. natslive - May 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Good play Gio! Great game tonight. And he laid down 3 sac bunts. Come on grit a few more runs.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    For all the cr@p I give Gio, this was one of his best starts in a year.

  82. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Our bats have fallen asleep the last few innings

  83. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    where have all the nats runs gone…maybe with the flowers

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      or without denard, rendon and with spring training jason

  84. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Ugh! Poor Desi! He seems to be coming around, though.

  85. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Man, I really coming to hate this DraftKings commercial. This guy in the plaid jacket is just grating on me.

    Just thought I’d vent that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      Its the same repeating commercials but at least no Adam Jones to my knowledge.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        I would mind that more if it were a MASN commercial, but it’s apparently MLB. Still, while it doesn’t bother me, I can see your point.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Doubtful the Oreos were playing the Strasburg Toyota commercial or thr Bryce Geico commercial back in the day.

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      thanks for sharing
      whatever you say here let it stay here

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        You’re saying the online petition to the White House was a bit too much?

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        LOL

    • thisizit - May 3, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      +1

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    With Duda batting 3rd and Cuddyer behind him this shapes up as an interesting inning with Barrett coming in.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      Even more interesting as the Mutts pinch hit with Granderson for Mayberry.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        Aaron Barrett has the killer eyes back on that 3-2 pitch to Lagares. Sick!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        MW goes matchup and why not, you have 3 lefties in the pen. Big spot for the rookie.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Has anyone else notice the back ground noise is less?

    I tweet F.P. and told him to tell the engineer to fix the problem.

    A few minutes later it seems fixed.

    Way to thank me F.P.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Wow, good work!

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      he probably called the :Laguardia AP control tower

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Much better and I thought maybe the stadium was emptying.

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    That pitch has been a strike all night.

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    What an outting by Gio…. dang what an outting…

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      +1!

  90. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    This has to be a move to evaluate Grace…Barrett clearly has it tonight.

  91. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Nicely done, Barrett and Grace!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      +1

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Credit to MW for going matchup and to the pitchers and their catcher. Well played.

  92. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Matt Grace has been a pleasant surprise.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      So far and I stay cautiously optimistic.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        +1

    • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      +1

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Not surw about yall…. but This game is getting me in October form…

    Just sayin… 🙂

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      I am out of April form, now in May form. We need to pass the Mets first.

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        now lets get jason there

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Gotta save some for later. it’s a long season, Mrs B. : )

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        Heart pounding all fast….. walking out the room cuz I cant look… getting my stuff together EARLY…

  94. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Espi has keep from lifting that lead leg left handed so much better.

  95. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Hard to be too hard on the only man with an RBI tonight…but…oof…

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Taylor still has no idea of the strike zone.

    He needs to work on that next trip to Syracuse

  97. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    lets see how drew does in this high pressure situation….continued big strike zone would be helpful

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Drew had that huge Save in Altanta on the comeback game on Tuesday but I hear you.

      • dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        yes indeed….that was a killer save

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Come on Drew….. shut it down… shut. It. Down.

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Nice play Zim

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Nice play RZimm…. dang nice play….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      I will say it again that last year that’s a leadoff double.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        Pretty much any point in the last TEN years, that’s a double. At least.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        Not against Nick but that was sick.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 10:18 PM

        OK, I’ll give you Nick (on his best day). But yes, it’s really, really nice having a top-shelf third baseman playing first.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 10:25 PM

        The advantage of the righty 1st baseman is glove side picks down the RF line like that.

        A whole different 9th if Cuddyer leads off with a double.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Come on blue… THAT was a K…

  102. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    WOO!!!!!!!

  103. dcwx61 - May 2, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    woooooohoooooo

  104. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Wow. Nice job everybody!

    WoooooooooooHooooooooooooooooo!

    tm Michele

  105. Theophilus T.S. - May 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Ump mystified by the strike zone until the end

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Ball 2 was a strike all night.

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    What an outting Drew…. what an outting Gio… and Nats scored juuuussssttttttt enough to win…

  108. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    I swear Storen must’ve pissed off the wrong ump with 2 strikes and 2 outs at some point in the past. He just doesn’t EVER seem to get the borderline call in thay scenario.

    But, no matter this time, he came to the batter and got it done. Good deal!

    • Doc - May 2, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      You’re right, that pitch was right on the money!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      It actually wasn’t a strike if you go by the official F/X

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 11:49 PM

        What if you go by tonight’s called strike zone? 😉

        Seriously though, I’m not saying every borderline pitch Storen doesn’t get is a strike, he just doesn’t seem to get the call on those as often as others.

        Granted it could simply be that I zero in on those pitches when Storen’s pitching due to a particularly painful memory 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 12:04 AM

        On a 3-2 pitch you have a better chance of getting that call.

  109. natsdial8 - May 2, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Very nice Nats –

  110. ehay2k - May 2, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    It’s like we have good pitching or something! Good game by the Nats, despite some meager hitting. MAT is not yet a good substitute for Span.

    Happy to see Desi make good contact again, and he scored the winning run. Glad MW didn’t rest him.

    Does Ramos, with an 8 game hitting streak, start tomorrow?

    GYFNG!!

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Hitting was pretty good, except when it really mattered.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      Keep Ramos fresh. Start Lobiton.

  111. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    This ump I would like to talk to if I was Joe Torrent. Rally weak. Neither team given an advantage by it.

  112. manassasnatsfan - May 2, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Starters last two games back on track.

    Come on Doug follow it up for a third great start in the row.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      I would say last 2.5 starts. Stras was really something starting in the third inning.

  113. Eric - May 2, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Man…awesome to rewatch the relay play at home and Espi’s recovery on the missed barehander.

    What a great game!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      +1 Can’t complain about anything in this game because all the decision MW made worked out. He went matchup in the 8th and that worked to perfection! Storen held serve thanks to that great defensive play by RZim against the leadoff batter Cuddyer.

      The only trouble Gio had was bailed out by Werth to Desi to Ramos!!!

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 11:30 PM

        Aw man, I was out of the room for that, and no replay on AtBat app. Weak!

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        Er, “that” = Zim’s play while Storen was pitching.

  114. Doc - May 2, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    The ump’s calls got better after Harps patted him on the butt, for the K call that wasn’t a K.

    Maybe more butt pats by Nats are in order.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 2, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      That seemed to loosen up things and Harps was right and luckily didn’t get thrown out of the game.

      • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 11:52 PM

        Absolutely amazing how good his eye and his patience have gotten.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 12:08 AM

        If he could lay off of the fastball at his eyes he’d be Barry Bonds with respect to taking walks. Bryce’s improvement is remarkable regardless.

  115. ArVAFan - May 2, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Are you sure this is our Gio? Three bunts, seven shutout innings, and fields his position even after 100+ pitches? Maybe he had a bet going with Scherzer.

    Putting this one on my “watch it later” list.

    • Eric - May 2, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Worth it. Gio was seriously on point in all respects tonight. A real pleasure to watch.

      Thinking back on it, for some reason I barely felt like it was a one-run game. It always seemed to be under control.

  116. lesatcsc - May 2, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Tough to win a game when you score one run in two. Good on the Nats for doing it, but it is scary how this lineup explodes and then disappears. What will they do with MAT when Span comes back and how long will Nats fans accept that we should play an OF hitting less than my wife weighs when we have a vastly better OF defensively that is hitting much, much better. Yes Jayson, I’m talking to you. All MLB players are two minutes from obscurity, 110 seconds of your two minutes may be up.

    • adcwonk - May 3, 2015 at 12:41 AM

      The fact is that the Mets have some darn good pitchers. Matt Harvey, Jacon DeGrom. And even today’s pitcher, J Neise: in his five starts this year, four of them resulted in holding the other team to one earned run.

      • adcwonk - May 3, 2015 at 12:44 AM

        I spaced on that message — I meant to phrase it this way:

        The fact is that the Mets have some darn good pitchers. Matt Harvey (All Star, 5th in Cy Young), Jacon DeGrom (last year’s Rookie of the Year). And even today’s pitcher, J Neise: in his five starts this year, four of them resulted in holding the other team to one earned run.

  117. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    So,, I was out of the room for the Desi-was-safe call at second that got over turned.

    Just watched it, and holy good baseball batman! Murphy, Herrara, and Desi all did everything absolutely perfectly..

    Really good game tonight.

  118. Tyler Babip - May 3, 2015 at 1:32 AM

    Haven’t gotten home ’till just now (West Coast) but phew, that was good.

  119. conatsguy - May 3, 2015 at 2:36 AM

    OK, looking at my Nats “to do” list for May:

    – Win a 1-0 game on the road (check)
    – Storen save a one run lead on the road against a good team (check)
    – Win their first series against a good team (TBD)- answer hopefully tomorrow
    – Get AR back in the lineup at full speed (TBD)- minor setback

    One step at at a time..

    GYFNG!

    • ehay2k - May 3, 2015 at 9:21 AM

      If we win the series, doesn’t that make the Mets a bad team, in May? 😋
      I hope we can create a LOT of bad teams in May!

  120. natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    Nice win, boys. Very nice. Gio was great and no drama from the ‘pen. I slept like a baby. 🙂

  121. natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Gio pitched great, made some nifty fielding plays, laid down bunts, that’s the 2012 Gio I remember well.

  122. Doc - May 3, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    He seemed to be pitching quicker, and with more purpose—sorta like a LH version of Mad Max.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 11:01 AM

      Last night’s gamer of Gio was impressive in every aspect of the game. He threw 7 innings of shutout baseball, made a Web Gem fielding play, made several nice defensive plays, 3 Sac bunts. Worked quick and had all positive body language on the mound.

      The only near blemish was bailed out by great defense of Werth to Desi to Ramos and later by Espi to Desi to Espi on that play at 2nd.

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