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Game 26: Nats at Mets

May 3, 2015, 10:59 AM EST

Gio Gonzalez turned in his best outing of the 2015 season on Saturday night with seven shutout innings as the Nationals held on to beat the Mets narrowly by the score of 1-0. Now they enter Sunday with a chance to take the series in New York with their third win in four games.

The Nationals will send Doug Fister (1-1, 3.28) to the mound looking for the series victory. He is hoping to bounce back from consecutive bad outings against the Cardinals and Braves.

Fister has allowed eight earned runs in 11 2/3 innings in his last two starts, but has been brilliant against the Mets at 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA through four starts in his career.

Starting for the Mets will be right-hander Dillon Gee (0-1, 4.26). He had a rough start to the year but over his last two starts has allowed just three earned runs through 14 2/3 innings.

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: 1:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Mostly sunny, 71 degrees, Wind 3 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Doug Fister

METS
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Juan Lagares
1B Lucas Duda
LF Michael Cuddyer
3B Daniel Murphy
C Kevin Plawecki
SS Ruben Tejada
2B Dilson Herrera
RHP Dillon Gee

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

254 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ehay2k - May 3, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    That’s more like it! Thought the site had gone dark! 😭

  2. adcwonk - May 3, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    OK, boys, time to take the series.

    Span back — excellent (hope he’s all well!)

    Lobaton — always calls a great game, and he went 3-4 last time out — here’s hoping he’s on an offensive roll

    Fister — perhaps today at Citi Field against the Mets is just the ticket you need to get back on track with your sinker

    Ian — you’ve always been streaky — perhaps last night was the beginning of an offensive streak? (Note to others: Ian is still tied for 2d on the Nats for most hits this season — showing how hot he was before the 0-for-twenty-forever streak he had)

    Espi — don’t look now, but he’s just .002 behind Escobar for the second highest BA in today’s lineup.

    GYFNG!!!

    • natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      Speaking of hitting (or not) streaks, I believe that A.J.P.’s ended last night (haha, if so). Was clicking over to that game during Nats commercials last night.

  3. lowstrikes - May 3, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Still awestruck by Gio’s performance last night. Powerful shtuff! It is really fun to watch when they are locked in.

    • Eric - May 3, 2015 at 11:29 AM

      +1!

    • ehay2k - May 3, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      Only 2 walks for Gio last night. That is a very good sign because he had some issues walking guys previously.and a 4.5 SO/BB ratio is nice to see. Amazing what happens when you don’t fall behind the hitter. Detroit effect, perhaps? (Fister and Scherzer both like to attack hitters)

  4. rayvil01 - May 3, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Today we find out more about Fister’s year. He hasn’t looked like the same pitcher. Velo down. Control not as good. Hoping he snaps back to more like last year’s form.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Jayson Werth with some talk about how important a May 3rd game is. I will search for quotes to copy and paste.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      From James Wagner 12:10pm 05/03/2015:

      Werth: “The way we’ve been playing, to take 3 of 4 here would be huge. I hate to say a game on May 3 is a big game but I’d say that it is.”

  6. natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Hope that Fister is on his game today and that our boys will leave town with another win under their belts. (If I can only have one, I’ll take door number two, please.)

  7. rmoore446 - May 3, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    I have to tip my hat to Espinosa for finding a good approach at the plate this season.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      So far so good. Small sample sizes and he has a ways to go but optimism indeed. He’s learning that contact and OBP and keeping the line moving is essential over majestic HRs and K’s ar historic rates.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 3, 2015 at 12:30 PM

        +1

      • Steady Eddie - May 3, 2015 at 12:36 PM

        His mechanics at the plate are better than anything he shown since midseason 2012.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 12:39 PM

        Steady, I say better than ever including 2012. He just needs to relax in RISP spots.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 1:56 PM

        He was moving so much left handed it was hard to do the same thing right.

        Still swings at high cheese, but much less at sliders in the dirt. All in all I give credit for working on it. Let’s hope it continues.

  8. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Mets’ had easy challenge there.

  9. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Span got ripped off out of a walk by the 3-1 call.

    Nobody seems to have mentioned, at least that I’ve heard, that the Fish have won 9 out of their last 10. The Mets don’t worry me, but thoughI think the Nats will win the East, I still say fear the fish.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 2:08 PM

      A week and a 1/2 ago there was those saying the exact opposite. I Will stick to my predictioniof Nats, Marlins , Mets, Barves, Phillies.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    I will say it again, there has to be a better way to defend against Lagares on the infield middle D alignment.

  11. Eugene in Oregon - May 3, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Oh my.

    • Eric - May 3, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      ::: gut punch :::

  12. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Nice hit RZim, better play Cuddyre.

    Desi starting to wake up.

  13. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    That was. Pretty good catch by Michael Cuddyer on Ryan’s shot.

  14. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    A K and two ground outs…there’s the Fister we love!

  15. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Wow, pretty good throw from that Cuddyer guy.

  16. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Two AB’s Werth has swung at first pitch off speed. I don’t mind first pitch swinging like many here, but I detest doing it on off speed stuff. Very low percentage approach.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      Fastball over the middle I about crushing it. Off speed unless a hanging slide let it go.

  17. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Ugh

    And ugh again.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:26 PM

      Ang ugh again. Terrible AB’s from Werth, Harp, and Zimmerman.

  18. scmargenau - May 3, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Foster still seems up. Ore than usual. (Usual being last year)

  19. texnat1 - May 3, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Awful at bat by Werth, awful decision by Harper, and pretty bad decision by Span/Brenly in the first place not to come home on the Escobar dribbler.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:33 PM

      Hendly is not going to risk Span on a close play. Plus, by the time he saw that the ball got through it was probably too late.

  20. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    And finally, ARGH!!!

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Man on third no outs and 2 strikes, you need to just make contact and score the run. We have to often this season just let a third strike go. You can’t just ignore it like Werth did.

    Harper swinging at 3-0 and swing at one borderline at best.

    These guys are not being taught or chose to ignoregood batting procedure.

    Then Zim K on one almost over his head.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Wow ryan…. that was just silly….

  23. AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    That was mathematically and tactically ridiculous.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    That’s a big fail by Werth and especially Harper and capped off by a 3 pitch K by RZim.

    Harp has been so good taking what the game gives him swings away 3-0 on a bad pitch that jammed him.

  25. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    JW, Harp, and RZ just handed the Mets a huge break. On paper, you give Dillon Gee a hand, but in reality our boys handed him a gift.

    • texnat1 - May 3, 2015 at 2:33 PM

      Dont forget the Span/Brenly. Span should have scored easily on the Escobar’s hit.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        Brenly? The former DBack manager?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 2:38 PM

        Yeah I didn’t understand the non send either… but then again I’ve never cared for him… sends at wrong times, etc….

      • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        tex, there were no outs with Werth, Harper, and Zimmerman coming up. Span is still a bit on the fragile side. I have no problem with Bob Henley not sending Span with Lagares picking the ball up in shallow CF. Plus Henleymight not have seen that the ball got through the IF until it was too late.

      • texnat1 - May 3, 2015 at 3:16 PM

        Joe, to me it was a much more clear play than Span going for the double in the first place. Maybe he was tired from that initial exertion.

        They talked about it on the Mets broadcast.

        I guess maybe the injury is the reason but he looked fine stretching the single into a double.

      • texnat1 - May 3, 2015 at 3:16 PM

        Isn’t the 3b coach named Brenly? Maybe I am confused.

      • texnat1 - May 3, 2015 at 3:18 PM

        Ah, Henley.

        Henly/Brenly/not sendy

      • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        If Henly had sent Span and Denard got hurt sliding into the plate the howling on here would be thunderous, especially with the situation of there being no outs and the ‘heart’ of the order coming up. Just my opinion, and I am a believer in super aggressive baseball, but I think Henly made the right call.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    What a beautiful curve by Fister…

  27. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Fister had to waste 9 pitches by letting Gee get a hit.

    Hope the running might effect Gee.

  28. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Fister looks better than he’s looked

  29. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Is Espinosa back? Wouldn’t that be nice if he could keep this up?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Maybe, but that ball should’ve been caught by Cuddyer, in my opinion.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    As good as Cuddyre looked against RZim was clueless against Espi

  31. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    OK Nats, make it happen this time.

  32. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Come on Jose. Need a good are bat

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      At bat

  33. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Lousy outfielding job by Cuddyer on that one. Both teams are in the spirit of giving today.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      180 degrees compared to the RZim hit

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Wants to have lefty to face Fister

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    When will the chapeau Alex Torres wears catch on evertwhere

    • nataddicted - May 3, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Agree mnf. And this year’s version is actually better looking than the one he wore for the Padres last year! That thing had a huge bill.

      It seems like it has been reworked so that instead of it being a whole replacement hat, this one fits around a regulation hat. It looks like the underneath hat is a little large, and the outer protective band is being used to tighten it around his head.

      I got a look when he walked off the mound after his first inning, he took it off as he left the field.

      I’m in favor of any protective gear that is fair and doesn’t effect the game.

      I hope to never see a pitcher hit in the head from a batted ball, but it sure would be nice to wear something protective if it did happen!

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Cuddyer taketh and Cuddyer giveth.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      +1

  37. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Fister do a JZim imitation.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Fast ball down the middle and he whiff. Just make contact.

  39. AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    This is maddening. Why didn’t we squeeze with Fister up to bat? Good speed at third and Fister can handle the bat.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:57 PM

      Williams is clueless or refuses acknowledge small ball exists

    • dcwx61 - May 3, 2015 at 2:57 PM

      +1

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      MW told me last year at NatsFest that he’s a big fan of small ball and manufacturing runs. Time to show and tell. If it’s a slugger up, then ok…if have an easier time understanding why you don’t bunt there (even though that’s happened before…Harper), but with a pitcher up, bases loaded and no outs…almost a no brainer.

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Why are swinging at crap

    2 for 10 RISP and 1 we hold at third.

  41. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    ::: barf :::

  42. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Ouch! We just keep on giving…

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    I don’t care if they win or jot… but that was absolutely pathetic…

  44. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Hopefully, all these missed chances don’t come back to haunt this game.

  45. dcwx61 - May 3, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    williams refuses to change strategy given the game situation

    • veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      I would love to see a suicide squeeze one of these days. ;(

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      Is there a box that Matt Williams will think outside of. Bunt Fister. Bunt Span. Force the Mets to make mistakes. You have to score there.

  46. Drew - May 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    What the hell are you doing? You take a fastball down the middle for strike three?

    My God, the situational hitting is atrocious.

    How many chances can you squander and expect to beat a good team?

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Escabar strike 2 was outside he swings, strike 3 easily in the zone, he showed no intention to swing.

    When we have trouble scoring the sa,me thing occurs over and over.

    Totally inexplicable. We swing at non hit table pitches and let huttabke ones go.

    When we hit well that doesn’t happen.

    Do they have staff meetings like most jobs to talk about non production and how to solve it. Very poor execution once the man is on third. No excuse except poor approach by 6 batters. Nit just one. 6.

    • veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      The inability to hit one sac fly is ridiculous.

      • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:07 PM

        None worse than Bryce Harper the inning before swinging 3-0 at a jam pitch with runners on 3rd and 2nd and 1 out.

  48. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Fister do a hell of a job, to bad he didn’t bunt

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

      Wouldn’t bunt without the sign. He’s a veteran and a pro and put together a better AB than Span and Escobar.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Kudos to player positioning. Harper playing Duda PERFECTLY. That was double off the bat.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      Team have done that all season.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:05 PM

        Which team? The teams the Nats play against?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:18 PM

        Yes our opponents.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    I watch a lot of games through out the week and see a lot bad ball and strike umps.

    Last night was terrible. Was also terrible in SanDiego.

    Today’s is bad.

    I would love to sit a day with Joe Torrent sitting in the chair next to me and explain to me what thekeague is doing to improve the umping at home. It can’t be that hard to know the strike zone.

  51. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Hmmmmmm….maybe a bit too quick on the Fister hook?

  52. natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Nats have so little history against Alex Torres. Bases loaded you have Mike Taylor to take the place of Span. Why not bring in Uggla for Span who at least is 1-2 career against Torres and put the pressure that way on the Mets.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:19 PM

      That’s a great idea. I think that’s the out of the box thinking you would like to see.

  53. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    You know, a generation ago, the manager usually came out to the mound and talked to a pitcher before he called in a reliever. Sometimes the conversations were rather animated.

    • veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      Fister’s pitch count was in the high 80’s. One hittable pitch and he gets pulled. Dunno.

      • AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:24 PM

        My guess is he got pulled because Tejada has been hitting nails off him all day.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      Rob Dibble and Lou Pinella when Dibble was a reliever!

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Roark with a man on base has not worked already this season, so let’s hope it does this time.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Now Roark has to shut the door here with the bottom of the order.

    • veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      It worked.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:25 PM

        It sure did. I’m not a fan of that 3-2 pitch but like it on 0-2, 1-2, 2-2 as it’s not a strike and if he takes it’s a walk, but it worked!!!!

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Thanks for pulling a Nat, swinging at ball 4

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      Just made that point above. If he doesn’t swing he walks.

  57. AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Huge K by Tanner. Huge.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      Tanner’s first K of the year!

  58. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Two gifts to Roark from Tejada. I thought that he swung at ball four twice.

  59. NatsLady - May 3, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    That was Roark’s first strikeout of 2015. Amazing. Good time for it.

    Desi doubling again!

  60. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    NIce leadoff dooblay

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Cuddyer is awful. That’s Cuddyer 1 Nats 5 for the series.

  62. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    If Espinosa bats in Dez here, i’ll buy an Espi t-shirt.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Glad I was wrong, but sure seemed like a quick hook.

    For the series starters

    25.2 IP

    3 runs

    22 hits

    5 BB

    29 K

    1.05 ERA

    THIS is what we expected.

    The hitters need to with RISP

  64. Drew - May 3, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    BUNT!

    For God’s sake!

  65. natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Desi on 2nd and no outs and Espi has the job of batting lefty to just pull the ball. A hit is a bonus. Have to get at the least the runner to 3rd.

    More poor situational hitting. This is a clinic on not what to do.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      Espi can bunt. Why not.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:34 PM

        The Lobaton strikeout is the reason but I like it with Murphy playing 3rd to force it and maybe you get a hit or force an error on Murphy.

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Do they bring RISP hitting to the table at their staff meetings? Oh that’s right they are to professional to learn anything.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    How is that a strike 3 on Lobaton. Way outside!

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:35 PM

      I haven’t been impressed with the umpiring this season (not just in Nats games, but overall…in my opinion, they lack the crispness of their predecessors). Not an excuse – we still need to hit the ball – but it is a factor.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        It’s poor today and has cost the Nats.

      • npb99 - May 3, 2015 at 4:15 PM

        The strike zone was absurdly large today.

  68. AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Honestly, I’d be thrilled with a sac fly here to get him to third.

  69. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    another backward K with RISP. UGH!

  70. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    another backward K with RISP. UGH!

  71. AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    I’m calling a hit for Span here. Slap single.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      Gosh dang it. Smh

  72. natsdial8 - May 3, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Just unreal how Nats situational hitting contines to be so bad . Poor coaching or poor execution or hard heads ?

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    2 for 14 RISP, and one of those wanted because Span didn’t bust it from second to third so the coach had to hold him.

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Can one of the gurus find our RISP compared to others

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Thornton doesn’t get the first pitch as a strike. Are you you kidding me? 4 pitch walk.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      The LoW.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      Thorton you are killing us.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM

        He got out of it which is what matters. Bend but don’t break.

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    What Thorton? Not one close. We pitched to well this game for anyone to come in do this.

  77. Theophilus T.S. - May 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    They must be endangering the major league record for consecutive pathetic ABs with RISP. Waivers on everybody. That’s nine consecutive outs, and who knows how many called third strikes, with a runner on third or second and nobody out.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      The Mets forced many of the bad matchups with the relievers.

  78. scmargenau - May 3, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    12 left on so far

  79. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Uhhhhhhhhh, maybe time for another reliever?

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    What the hell is MW waiting for

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Now k him

  82. Feelanau - May 3, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I’m sorry but MW is a stubborn idiot. Espi should have bunted. Period. Poor situational hitting made worse by idiotic situational managing.

  83. natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Need a groundball doubleplay here.

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    What has happened to Thorton the last 2 weeks. He is pitching like one who pitched for the Yanke

  85. natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Not the greatest job of blocking to his glove hand by Lobaton.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Brother and I just said the same thing…. in the R rated version though.. lol

      • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        He could have gotten the glove under it. He knew it was coming. Not a surprise.

  86. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Because we refuse to hit constantly we cannot afford bullpen meltdowns by anyone.

  87. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Thought that was gonna end badly. Phew.

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    I’m so angry I cant really form a sentence without some explitives….

    Again this series is getting me well prepared for October baseball….

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    This is the biggest matchup of the series here with Cuddyer and Aaron Barrett.

    • rlndtln - May 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      Ever hear of a 4 out save.The Mets did it against us.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        No way. Storen’s record of 4 runs saves when runners are on base has been a mixed bag.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:51 PM

      AARON BARRETT WINS IT!!!

  90. Eugene in Oregon - May 3, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    The problem isn’t the Nats’ hitting with RISP, it’s their hitting in general.

    Going into today’s game, Nats were batting .250 with RISP, better than their .236 overall.

    NL as a whole is hitting .248 overall, .257 with RISP.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Thanks. We are under on both, but last 2 days overall better and RISP worse.

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Barrett prove you are ready for prime time.

    As I asked what has happened to Thorton. We trust Grace more now.

    Time to jeep the inherited runners right where they are.

    How come I have mire confidence in Mets RISP than ours?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 3, 2015 at 3:51 PM

      Good question. Mets hit .256 with RISP. Negligible difference.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:54 PM

        Take away the 3 games this week where we went 14 for 39 what is our RISP, Under .200?

  92. dcsnakehead - May 3, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    wow!

    at least the bullpen is starting to learn how to shut down close games.

  93. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Snuck out of that inning.

  94. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Great pitch, and he did way go.

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    HUGE BREAK….

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I hate when a homeplate ump calls a check swing as a strike. It worked out for the Nats.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 4:23 PM

      The plate ump can’t watch the zone and the bat.

  97. AlexandriaNatFan - May 3, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Great pitch – but also a gift and a half right there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      Nice to be on the right side of that! Mets with a HUGE failure!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      Another one. Both teams just keep on giving. And in this case maybe the ump was getting into the spirit.

  98. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I’ll take the swing call on that Cuddyer guy.

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 3, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Idk what has happened with MW but he is trying to seriously win me all the way over with the playing of the match ups vs peeps owning innings…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      He’s gotten better at that but read Gonat’s thoughts on the bases loaded situation about pulling Span for a pinch-hitter and going with Uggla. Made sense. You have Michael Taylor to then replace him. That’s thinking out of the box and Uggla was 1-2 against Torres but more importantly is up to the task as hot as he’s been.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Aaron Barrett with that K of Cuddyer was reminiscent of that K last year of Stanton in a similar situation! That is STOPPER type of pitching!!!

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Balls over the plate we take to many of them , then with 2 strikes we don’t mind swinging. There isno rule against swinging at a strike before there are 2 strikes.

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Come on first pitch strikes

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      That’s what you want. Quality strikes.

  103. scmargenau - May 3, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Phillies beat Marlins

  104. scmargenau - May 3, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Derwwwwww!!! Two 1-0 games. Wow and ugh! 4 back

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    What a win! What a win! What a win!

  106. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Ugly at times, but we won.

  107. Tyler Babip - May 3, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Stressful, great game. That’s more like it.

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    MW managed the bullpen great. Not so much that bases loaded situation. The men on 3rd and 2nd with not outs was really on the failures of Werth, Harp and RZim there.

    Set up for a heck of a game. Nats win the series 3 to 1 and 2 shutouts.

  109. Eric - May 3, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Phew!!!

    As frustrating as the offense was today, it’s really nice to see pitching and D deliver us a win.

    The pieces seem to be falling into place.

    • Eric - May 3, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      I should say, it’s nice to see pitching and D deliver us winS!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        Absolutely. Little margin for error and they came through.

  110. Drew - May 3, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    For all of my ill-tempered angst, winning three out of four against that Mets rotation is a very pleasing result.

    Kudos to the Gio, Fister and the pen.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 4:25 PM

      I gave the stats for all 4 starters Ave. Bottom line 1.05 ERA with no unearned runs.

  111. texnat1 - May 3, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Taking 3 out of 4 from a divisional rival who is ahead of the standings, on the road, is a good thing regardless of whether it was ugly at times.

  112. veejh - May 3, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Gaining 2 games is huge, even in April.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Or early May

      • veejh - May 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        LOL. I’ve been working so much, my brain is scrambled.

  113. natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Okay, so Doug was on his game and the boys are leaving town with another win under their belts. I don’t like to be greedy or demanding, but maybe next time we could have a win that doesn’t require that I have the Northern Virginia Cardiac Center queued up on speed dial? Just a thought. Whew. Hoo.

    natsfan1a – May 3, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Hope that Fister is on his game today and that our boys will leave town with another win under their belts. (If I can only have one, I’ll take door number two, please.)

  114. npb99 - May 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Great to win, but if we had lost, it would have been very sour what with the multiple failures with RISP. Hopefully it was just one of those days, and they’ll be back to hitting better this week.

  115. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Great jobs by Fister, Roark, Barrett, even Thonton, and especially Drew Storen.1-0 wins are exciting!

    I also agree with Ghost about the bullpen management. Nice job, Mr. Williams.

    I’d say that somebody on the Nats owes Michael Cuddyer a steak dinner, but unfortunately the Nats didn’t capitalize on any of his screw ups.

    • natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      At the end of the game, F.P said something about possibly having Just for Men as a sponsor due to 1-0 wins being so stressful. I was like, “Just for Men my [foot]. More like a DC cardiac care unit.” But I love them just the same. 🙂

      • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 5:06 PM

        Well, if anyone knows all about Just for Men, it would be FP Santangelo.

      • natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        D. Span, on the other hand, laughs at it. Or at least his beard does.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    In a week, the Nats were behind the Mets by 8 games and now down to 4.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      3 more weeks until we leave the early stage of the season to friend section memorial to Labor day

    • natsfan1a - May 3, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      That is sweet.

  117. letswin3 - May 3, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Haven’t read the other comments yet (I will), but I’m disappointed in the Nats hitting with RISP. On the other hand, I’m pleased that they are now getting RISP. Fister was outstanding today (as Gio was last night) … looks like the rotation is as good as we had hoped and reasoned. But one run isn’t going to win many games, even with a great rotation. Oh yeah, one more thing, Zim was robbed.

    • letswin3 - May 3, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      And, if I’m not mistaken, there were 6 outs made with runners on third … 4 of them with fewer than 2 outs.. A fly ball or a grounder to the right side doubles the lead and provide insurance.

  118. stoatva - May 3, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    I’ve started to feel better about Matt Williams, particularly since he went out and pulled Strasburg in the sixth last time out. I said at the time that was the right not obvious move for a lot of reasons, regardless of how it turned out. And it turned out well.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      Williams is handling the pitchers better. Playing for the big innings in a 1-0 game late probably isn’t the wisest decision when you’re on the road. Needed to squeeze out 1 or 2 runs in those innings with men on 3rd and no out.

  119. Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Before the game Werth said, “the way we’ve been playing, to take 3 of 4 here would be huge. I hate to say a game on May 3 is a big game but I’d say that it is.”

    The Nats took it. What an incredible 7 days of baseball. The matchup bullpen is working well.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 3, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      Werth was right. You either leave with a series win or a series split and a 4 game deficit or a 6 game deficit in the standings. That was large.

  120. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Going into today our average with RISP take away three data we scored 13-13-8 we were .224.

    After today we are now .243

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      That’s what averages are. If you take away the good days, the average goes down. If you take away the bad days, it goes up.

      But, again, the problem isn’t hitting with RISP, it’s overall hitting. Which has been the problem — early in the season, at least — for the past three or four years. The question isn’t ‘when will the Nats hit better with RISP?’, but ‘what will the Nats hit better as a team?’ That’s what you want and the runs will come.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 3, 2015 at 4:54 PM

        Sorry: Should read ‘when will…” in the second question.

  121. Theophilus T.S. - May 3, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    I don’t think Williams is a convert to matchups. He’s going to matchups because his bullpen is inexperienced and/or lacks the ability to handle a a full inning w/ one or more guys from the opposite side of the plate. Look who he’s got out there — Grace (two outings? three?), Solis (one), Barrett (barely a full season) and Jesse Orosco. Williams — justifiably — doesn’t have full confidence in any of them. (Although I noticed he referred to “Gracie” in yesterday’s post-game so maybe there’s a bond building there.) Matchups aren’t his choice, it’s self-preservation. When (if?) Janssen returns, watch Williams revert.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      I don’t disagree but he’s not forcing set innings and working to the his strengths.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      I don’t disagree but he’s not forcing set innings and working to the his strengths.

  122. NatsLady - May 3, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Nats Rotation, this round:
    JZnn 7IP 3ER GmSc 53
    Stras 5.1IP 2ER GmSc 54
    Max 7IP 1ER GmSc 72
    Gio 7IP 0ER GmSc 73
    Mr. F 6.1 IP 0ER GmSc 66

    • letswin3 - May 3, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      What’s GmSc, please.

      • Candide - May 3, 2015 at 8:46 PM

        From BBRef:

        GmSc – Game Score – This is a value created by Bill James that evaluates how good a pitcher’s start was.

        Start with 50 points. Add 1 point for each out recorded, (or 3 points per inning). Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th. Add 1 point for each strikeout. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed. Subtract 1 point for each walk.

      • letswin3 - May 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

        Thanks, Candide. Now I’ll have to try to figure out what a good, or poor, score would be. At first blush, I like the concept … but where’s the addition when a pitcher get’s hit’s, sacrifice bunts and rbi’s … just jokin.

  123. NatsLady - May 3, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Looks like Anthony didn’t play today in Bowie.
    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2015_05_03_haraax_bowaax_1&t=g_box&sid=milb

    • Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      No, he didn’t play again, but Harrisburg lost to Bowie with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th on a grand slam.

  124. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Off topic, but Matt den Decker, who is struggling big time in Syraacuse is older than I thought he was. He’ll be 28 in August. I thought for some reason that he was the about the same age as Michael Taylor.

  125. TimDz - May 3, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    I was impressed with Aaron Barrett both nights….I see a future closer….
    Also….SS with a gutty performance….Max was dominant, but met an equally dominant pitcher in Matt Harvey….Gio fed off of Max and Fister fed off of Gio….

    If the pitchers can feed off each other and the bats can at least get consistent…we could see a nice run coming up….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Roll back to Game 4 and you have to wonder if he would thrive as a closer.

      The pitchers are certainly feeding off of each other and having Scherzer now before Gio should be a good back to back challenge.

      • TimDz - May 3, 2015 at 5:58 PM

        Game four is exactly why he’d thrive as a closer….
        Growth…..

        I just think he’s got some battle scars and will learn from them…..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 6:02 PM

        I’m not saying No, just caution to the wind. The kid I saw in the 1st 10 games of 2014 was not the same guy I saw in the next 10 or the playoffs.

      • TimDz - May 3, 2015 at 6:13 PM

        I guess I am looking towards 2017….If they don’t extend Storen…..
        I just see a lot in this kid and think he’ll be ready then if called upon …

        I think this is testament to Rizzo and his looking at the current team as well as the future….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 6:17 PM

        Time will tell but he’s been the Stopper the Nats have desperately needed!

  126. NatsLady - May 3, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    This is why big Aprils are often illusions (see 2014 Rockies, Colorado). Everyone says, look at the lead the Mets have built up, all they have to do is play .500 ball from here on in and they’ll be in the playoffs.

    BUT. They are UNLIKELY to play .500 ball from here on in, because they’ll play against better teams than they played in the first 16 games when they went 13-3, including a better Nats team and, probably, a better Marlins team.

    First, they met the Yankees and lost the series. Then they met Miami at Marlins Park, and that didn’t go so well. Then the Nats, owners of Citi Field, came to Citi Field.

    Upshot: the Mets have now lost three series, 5-of-6 and 7-of-10.
    Matt Harvey started two of the three games they won.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 5:46 PM

      “Everyone says, look at the lead the Mets have built up”

      Everyone? I heard a bunch of trolls touting that.

      I will give the Mets credit. They are better than advertised so far. So far. That doesn’t mean they can keep it up for the entire season.

      • NatsLady - May 3, 2015 at 5:49 PM

        I have a fair number of Mets fans/writers on my timeline. They were definitely counting chickens…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 5:53 PM

        That’s hilarious. I wouldn’t even count my chickens last year until mid-September as the Baseball Gods just don’t like it. 20 games into the season with 142 to go is ridiculous to get that giddy about a fast start.

        It’s a marathon and the early sprinter usually runs out of steam quickly.

      • virginiascopist - May 3, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        And here’s another analogy, seeing as how yesterday was the Kentucky Derby. There’s usually one horse that sets the pace and fades back in the stretch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 6:01 PM

        Exactly! I remember the Tigers went wire to wire with Trammel and Whitaker and that is rare.

      • Doc - May 3, 2015 at 7:53 PM

        As per counting chickens, weren’t the Braveless in 1st place last year at the end of May?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        The NL East is much improved is all I know.

  127. Theophilus T.S. - May 3, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    If Gio fed off Max then he ought to follow Scherzer in the rotation every turn hereafter This was the most “involved” I’ve seen Gonzalez in a game in at least two plus seasons. (1) pitched well, great curve, big FB (mostly 93 and up to 94) through seven innings, only two walks (felt like less), worked quickly — all the good stuff; (2) hustled to cover first on two occasions, made a great defensive play; (3) put down three SHs — call me crazy but I think those bunts fired him up more than anything else because they were perfectly executed, and he knew it and knew that each was an important play for the team, even if only one run resulted. This was a complete performance that he has rarely put together and shows what he can do when he brings his head to the ballpark. Wouldn’t it be nice if he could do something similar every time. (Rhetorical question.)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 3, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      I think Gio did in a “show me the way” performance. Fister looked great too. The big difference has been overall defense. Saving their pitchers some hits.

      I will also give props to defensive positioning today in the outfield. Balls hit on the screws and the Nats outfielders barely had to move. Duda smokes a gap double only Bryce Harper was playing deep and shaded towards center to easily catch it. That is scouting and conviction and it was big.

    • virginiascopist - May 3, 2015 at 5:52 PM

      If Gio really is feeding off of the pitcher who precedes him in the rotation, then either Scherzer or Fister should serve him very well. Color me very impressed with his outing yesterday.

  128. NatsLady - May 3, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    It’s so much more tolerable to post here after a win. Even if the team is below .500.

    • Tyler Babip - May 3, 2015 at 7:11 PM

      +1.

  129. Joe Seamhead - May 3, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Sorry, but I’m going off topic again. As most of you know that have been on here for a while know, I was a big Billy Burns proponent when he was in our system. The Nats traded Burns to the A’s for Blevins, the Nats traded Blevins for denDekker. Meanwhile, guess who got called up yesterday by the A’s and started yesterday and today in CF and has gone 3-9 with a walk? I know small sample, and it will probably be a short lived trip up, but I’m thrilled for Billy. At least he’s getting a cup of coffee.On a bad note, he did get caught stealing today.

    • ArVAFan - May 3, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      Joe, thanks for the update. Hey, most of the Nats’ attempted steals this year haven’t succeeded either. Maybe it’s something he “learned’ here.

  130. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Last time a team won back to back games on the road vs, the same opponent was April 19,20 St. Louis at Philadelphia

  131. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Rameirez safe by 1 frame.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      MLB umps agree.

  132. manassasnatsfan - May 3, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Another off topic. I understand once you start rehab you have 21 days. Rendon at 14 or so days now. What happens at 21 and this side ailment that is now causes the scratches hasn’t finished?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 3, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      I could be wrong, but I thought it was 30 days for a rehab assignment, not 21.

    • David Proctor - May 3, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      I believe he would have to sit out another 15 days before starting a new rehab assignment.

  133. NatsLady - May 4, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    It’s 20 days for a position player and 30 for a pitcher. Then you have to re-start the 15-day DL, as mentioned above.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 4, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Thank you NiceLady for the correction.

  134. Joe Seamhead - May 4, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    Damn! I just hit the ‘report comment’ button with my thumb. That really is in a poorly thought out spot, Mark Zuckerman. Many of use iPads and scan through the comments with our thumbs and it’s hard to miss hitting it, especially before coffee.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 4, 2015 at 9:28 AM

      JoebI have bitched a long time about the placement of the report comment tab.

      Whoever decided to place it there was not a fat thumb person.

      However if you are going to place it in such a poor location, at least come back and ask did you mean the report button.

      I am sure Mark has no say, but I do believe he could ask those who do, to fix it for us.

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