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Game 29: Marlins at Nats

May 6, 2015, 10:17 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals look to clinch a series win against the Miami Marlins in an early Wednesday afternoon game. Max Scherzer (1-3, 1.26) will take the mound in his sixth start of the season, while right-hander Tom Koehler (2-2, 4.67) will start for Miami.

Scherzer has had some tough luck this year with run support, as the Nats have managed to score just one run total in his last two starts. Because of that he sits at 1-3 despite having a league-best 1.26 ERA. Scherzer is making just his second career start against the Marlins.

Koehler, 28, will face the Nationals for the second time this season. He saw them on April 25 in Miami and tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a Marlins 8-0 win. Jayson Werth is out of the lineup for the second straight day due to his surgically repaired shoulder acting up.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

MIAMI MARLINS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside DC market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 183
Weather: Mostly sunny, 81 degrees, Wind 5 mph in from LF

NATIONALS
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer

MARLINS
2B Dee Gordon
3B Martin Prado
RF Giancarlo Stanton
CF Marcell Ozuna
1B Justin Bour
C J.T. Realmuto
LF Ichiro Suzuki
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
RHP Tom Koehler

UMPIRES
HP Ryan Blakney
1B Eric Cooper (cc)
2B Lance Barksdale
3B Dan Iassogna

 1:20 p.m. — No runs to report on in the first inning. Prado singled for Miami and Desmond reached on an error, but that was it. Scherzer threw 13 pitches, Koehler is at eight.

1:38 p.m. — The second inning saw both teams score, the Marlins two runs and the Nationals one. The Nats earned theirs on a solo homer by Harper. He bounced it off the back end of the visitors bullpen in left field, an opposite field shot. The Marlins got their runs on RBI singles by Ichiro and Hechevarria. The rally started on a Bour single to center and Realmuto followed with a double to the left field corner. That’s when Ichiro brought in the first run. Scherzer and Koehler are both at 28 pitches.

2:02 p.m. — The Nats added three more runs in the bottom of the third after a 1-2-3 inning by Scherzer. The first came on a sac fly by Escobar. He hit a fly ball to deep left field to bring Span home from third, after the leadoff hitter had led off with a double. Harper followed Escobar’s RBI with a two-run home run, his second of the day. Harper put it in the second deck in right field for his sixth career multi-homer game. The Nationals now lead 4-2 with the fourth inning up next.

2:18 p.m. — Not much to report on from the fourth inning. Both sides went down in order. Scherzer is at 60 pitches, Koehler has thrown 73. Still 4-2 Nats.

2:37 p.m — The Nats added another run in the fifth inning on yet another home run for Harper. He now has three today and there are at least four more innings to go. That’s his first three-homer game and just the fourth in Nats history. The Nationals are now up 5-2 with the sixth up next.

2:49 p.m. — Not much to share from the sixth inning. The Nationals still lead 5-2. Scherzer is going back out there having thrown 86 pitches.

3:06 p.m. — The seventh inning saw the Marlins once again go down in order and the Nats once again tack more runs. The Nats scored two, the first on a RBI single by Escobar and the second on a groundout by Harper. Yes, that’s right, Harper did not homer in his fourth at-bat. Just three homers, Bryce? Is the guy even trying out there? I mean, seriously.

3:46 p.m. — Nats win as Drew Storen closes it out for his eighth save of the season. Nationals move to 14-15 on the year.

271 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    The people who are bashing MW after a loss crack me up. First of all he should’ve been chirping early on the umpire who screwed the Nats royally. Latos was trying to give the game away and the Nats lack of situational hitting is astounding. Talk about missing Anthony Rendon.

    I thought the book was playing for a tie at home? Numerous opportunities for smart ball not taken.

    Same issues on Saturday and Sunday when you’re ahead 1-0.

    Smart move to pinch run for Ramos but poor move not putting in JZim to bunt for Uggla since Fister and Strasburg weren’t available. Asking Uggla to bunt was noble but when it doesn’t work you get criticized.

    Other assorted moves also weren’t made.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      I don’t blame Williams for the loss last night. I do question having Uggla bunt, and after the game Matt said that the Marlins pitcher did a good job coming off the mound to field the bunt. The bunt was pretty much right to the pitcher. It was an easy play because it was a terrible bunt.

      We all can 2nd guess a manager about his in game decisions after pretty much every game. Fact is, none of us would be as good as him day in and day out.

      Williams didn’t lose that game for them. Virtually every one of the “hitters” did. And the HP ump was bad, but he didn’t cost them the game either. I mean it’s not like the “hitters” were hitting pitches that were in the strike zone either.

      Get ’em today, boys!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 10:45 AM

        I don’t blame him. Mind boggling execution. Asking Uggla to bunt was questionable though.

      • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 11:42 AM

        I think Uggla’s last successful sacrifice was in 2009. I wouldn’t have asked him to bunt there at all. I understand sending up a pitcher to bunt for him, but for me that’s essentially a coin flip. The downside is that you burn a player (although Espinosa was already in as a pinch runner could play 2b) and, more importantly, you pretty much announce to the other team that a bunt is coming. That makes success more difficult and increases the chance of catastrophic failure (double play of one sort or another). It also means that you are committed to bunting even with two strikes.

        It also increases the chance of an injury to a starting pitcher (I don’t know that any of the bullpen guys can really bunt; they almost never hit).

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 12:03 PM

        “therealjohnc – May 6, 2015 at 11:42 AM

        It also increases the chance of an injury to a starting pitcher (I don’t know that any of the bullpen guys can really bunt; they almost never hit).”

        Just another ridiculous statement. Whats the difference in risk if you are a pitcher who is a pinch hitter bunting or the starting pitcher bunting?

        Tony LaRussa would pinch-hit with pitchers several times over the course of a season just for this kind of situation. Adam Wainwright has pinch-hit 21 times in his career and delivered 3 hits, 2 Sac Bunts, 1 Sac Fly and 1 walk.

        Dan Uggla squared around early and the Marlins knew he was trying to bunt. Clearly giving himself up. He got the bunt down and it wasnt for lack of trying, just not successful and from the onset probaly didnt have a high probability chance of being successful.

      • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 1:01 PM

        Just another ridiculous statement. Whats the difference in risk if you are a pitcher who is a pinch hitter bunting or the starting pitcher bunting?

        You are missing the point. It’s not comparing the injury risk between a pitcher bunting when they are in the lineup versus bunting as a pinch hitter. I’m willing to assume that they are more or less the same (there may be a very slight variation due to the exertions/warmup effect of pitching, but it’s not likely to be much if at all). It’s putting a pitcher at additional risk by taking them out of the dugout and putting a bat in his hand. Ask Adam Wainwright about this. It’s not a big risk, but it is something to think about. On the callous side, the most likely candidate there is Jordan Zimmermann, and he’s a free agent at the end of the season anyway.

        Dan Uggla squared around early and the Marlins knew he was trying to bunt. Clearly giving himself up. He got the bunt down and it wasn’t for lack of trying, just not successful and from the onset probably didn’t have a high probability chance of being successful.

        I’m not a big fan of having Uggla bunt there at all. The only advantages to having Uggla bunt instead of a pitcher is the vague threat that he’s going to pull the bat back and actually hit, and that if the count got to two strikes he could at least plausibly hit and not be reduced to bunting with two strikes.

    • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 10:43 AM

      Did you just say that the people bashing MW after a loss crack you up and then proceed to bash MW for the rest of the post?

      And if you pinch-hit for Uggla to bunt and play for the tie after using Espi to pinch-run for Ramos (necessitating Lobaton’s insertion in the 10th), you’ve left yourself with literally no pinch-hitters other than the apparently unavailable Werth. That seems like a silly thing to do if you’re playing for a tie which would extend the game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 10:48 AM

        Ironic, yes but that’s not bashing, I making 1 critique of the decision to bunt Uggla. First off, the loss is on the lack of execution by the players. 3 hits in 9 innings against Latos and their bullpen? Awful.

      • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 10:51 AM

        I keep hearing that Werth was “unavailable”, it not true, MW preferred to give him a full day off, but he was in the on deck circle in the 7th inning andin the dugout waiting to be called on in the 9th. If it played out that way (Espi to pinch-run for Ramos (necessitating Lobaton’s insertion in the 10th), no doubt that Werth would have hit. And if you get past 12 innings you really should have any PH left.

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM

        Your short bench theory didnt change from any move MW made. Once Espi ran for Ramos if you dont walk-off and have a tie both teams were short going into extra innings. The Marlins have Morse and the Nats have Werth left on the bench.

        You pinch-hit Jordan Zimmermann (best availlable bunter) to replace Uggla and in the 10th Lobaton takes over at catcher and Espi at 2nd base.

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:03 AM

        tcostant, MW said in the postgame that he didnt want to use Werth if at all possible. Thats fine and other guys had the ability to step up and they didnt.

        I take that back, Fister did and Ramos and the bullpen.

      • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 11:34 AM

        I heard the same think, he didn’t want to use him, but would use if necessary. The situation laid out, would no doubt qualify.

      • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 11:44 AM

        My guess at the time was that Werth was unavailable, but they put him in the on deck circle to decoy the Marlins into not getting up a LHP earlier. That way they would guarantee that Robinson got to face a RHP.

    • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 10:44 AM

      The bullpen was amazing last night and I put the blame squarely on the players lack of execution of putting balls in play for the loss. To many wild and uncontrolled swings helping Latos out. You knew the offspeed was coming and swinging constantly on balls out of the zone.

      Im getting real short on patience with Michael A Taylor and his plate approach and once again he flubbed a ball on defense. Taylor had 2 Ks and 5 men left on base and Desi not far behind him with 2 Ks and 4 men left on base but it does appear that Desi should have walked twice if the ump had a fair K zone.

      A total of 3 hits and 2 were by Ramos and 1 by Fister. Pathetic. Ryan Zimmerman and that .211 batting average in cleanup giving Bryce Harper no protection.

      On the postgame show a caller named Roland suggested that lefties hit Latos well (not last night) and CRob should have been in LF instead of Taylor. Who knows if that makes a difference but the paint by numbers approach to managing is tiresome in 1 run games.

      • jfmii - May 6, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        Wouldn’t “paint by numbers” have used Robinson, not Taylor?

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:07 AM

        I wasnt making the paint by numbers comment to starting Taylor but other decisions. I was just commenting on the call in show which was very negative since the Nats lost was focused on Taylor. I liked starting Taylor in LF, just a shame he had a lousy all around game.

        The big problem was when the Marlins gave the Nats a gift they didnt capitalize in the 9th inning. That error that gave the Nats 2 men on and no outs has to be taken advantage of. Great thought to bunt but insert Jordan Zimmermann.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 12:29 PM

        Great thought to bunt but insert Jordan Zimmermann.

        FWIW, the next two guys struck out.

  2. npb99 - May 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Guys in the 1-8 spots: please score some runs for your new teammate.

    • natsfan1a - May 6, 2015 at 10:51 AM

      I’ll take it. Oh, and a curly w, too, please. Yeah, I think that’ll do it for me. Thanks much, boys!

  3. scnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Please please let the bats show up today and win the series

  4. unterp - May 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    2 hits by ramos, 1 hit by fister, why not ph uggla with a pitcher who can bunt since you are essentially taking uggla out the game anyway? no expectations for me for this team, but?

    • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      Ive made the same comment a few times but glad you reiterated it.

  5. Guapo - May 6, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Nats need to pound the baseball early and get Scherzer some run support. Winning an ERA title with a 5-15 record would be quite sad.

    • natsjackinfl - May 6, 2015 at 10:49 AM

      Koehler shut out the Nats in Miami. Why should we expect anything different today?

      • Eric - May 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM

        How have we done against him historically?

      • Guapo - May 6, 2015 at 11:29 AM

        because over time, baseball regresses to the mean and he’s bot a 4+ ERA. they will score today.

      • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 11:45 AM

        Because past results do not guarantee future performance?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 11:51 AM

        I go into every game believing we can win. Why go in expecting to lose?

      • ICYMI - May 6, 2015 at 12:19 PM

        Perhaps the presence of an actual crowd in the stands will intimidate him.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 12:30 PM

        Perhaps the presence of an actual crowd in the stands will intimidate him.

        Good one !!!

        😉

    • nats106 - May 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      3-3 record (yes I know W/L don’t count on NatsInsider)

      6 starts, 36 IP, 28 Hits, 17 walks 19K’s

      K’s/9 innings against Nats is 4.7 vs an average of about 6.5, so it’s not like we can’t put the ball in play against him.

      Source: Baseball Reference

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=koehlto01&year=Career&t=p

  6. unterp - May 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    seriously, why is it that certain pitchers who can’t get anyone out on any other team can get the nationals players out? what is it? Seriously…

    • scnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 11:01 AM

      I think those teams swing at pitches with two strikes that are in the zone instead of gawking at them

      • unterp - May 6, 2015 at 11:04 AM

        but how is this possible, what is it about the nationals as the only team (of course I’m exaggerating some) who do this; I just think it’s bizarre…

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 11:54 AM

        I was a lot of games a week. We are the only team that swings at balls and look at third strikes. We just do it more.

        Just the other night Stanton should have walked in the 9th, but swung at two sliders out of the zone to end the games.

        Batters in general have less discipline than hitters 40 years ago. Granted pitchers today have more speed .

    • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      It’s a phenomenon known as “being a baseball fan.” Every fan feels victimized by fate, but it’s mostly in your head, plus a little bit of random chance.

      Remember when everyone thought Dillon Gee had the Nats’ number in the middle of last season? They lit him up a couple times over the rest of 2014, and got six hits and five walks against him in 5 innings a couple days ago.

      If there actually were a bunch of terrible pitchers in the major leagues who somehow thrived against the Nationals they Nats probably wouldn’t have the most wins in the sport over the last three seasons.

      • Eric - May 6, 2015 at 11:07 AM

        As a supplementary theory, if they’re in the big leagues, they probably have the ability to shut down big league teams from time to time, even good ones.

      • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        This is a great point, especially when we’re talking about Mat Latos. He finished 8th in the Cy Young balloting in 2010 and has had an ERA under 3.50 every season except his rookie year and the current season. We’re not talking about Yunieska Maya here.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      seriously, why is it that certain pitchers who can’t get anyone out on any other team can get the nationals players out? what is it? Seriously…

      I’d bet that lots of teams — perhaps every team — can say that about certain pitchers.

      E.g., I just picked the starting pitcher with the worst ERA for the Phillies last year — Kyle Kendrick.

      His ERA against the Nats & Mets was 6.27 & 6.85
      His ERA against the Rockies was 1.98 (and 1.29, as in 1 run in 7 innings in a single start, against both the Dodgers and Tex Rangers).

      The law of statistical variability. It happens.

  7. bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Sure is a lot of complaining around here about a team that has won 6 of 8 and and offense that has scored 43 runs over those 8 games for an average of 5.6 per game.

    Did you guys expect them to recover from their miserable 7-13 start by winning 20 in a row and scoring nine runs a game? That’s not how baseball works.

    • scnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 11:06 AM

      To be fair despite being 3-2 over the last 5 games the offense after a brief blip has returned to horrific

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:08 AM

        +1

      • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 11:27 AM

        They’re sixth in the NL in runs scored on the season. That’s “slightly above average,” not “horrific except for a brief blip.”

      • pchuck69 - May 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM

        They’ve scored 2 or fewer runs in 13 of 28 games. That’s stunningly bad. Being sixth in the NL just means they scored 13 runs in back to back games then 8 more in the next games. It in no way shows the kind of offensive consistency you need to be successful.

      • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 11:44 AM

        I’ll say it again- did you expect them to recover from their miserable 7-13 start by winning 20 in a row and scoring 9 runs a game? That’s not how baseball works.

        They’re on the right track, winning 6 of 8 since that low point. But there’s going to be some games where the opposing pitcher has his best stuff and you can’t get anything going. There’s also going to be some games where you get guys on base a lot but you can’t drive them home. That’s just baseball.

        The best team the game has seen over the last three seasons (the 2012 Nationals) endured a 5 game losing in late April and early May in which they scored only 7 total runs. Last year’s World Series champs had a six game losing streak in July in which they scored only six total runs. If you can’t handle those kind of droughts you’ve picked the wrong sport to follow.

      • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 1:05 PM

        Is scoring 2 or fewer runs in 13 of 28 games really “stunningly bad?” Or is it just normal variation? How does that compare to other NL teams?

        I mean, I’d like to see more runs scored more regularly, don’t get me wrong. But offense is down around baseball generally, and before I make a statement like “stunningly bad” I think I’d like to make sure that my emotions aren’t making a fairly normal phenomenon seem terrible.

  8. unterp - May 6, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    yes, and I would rather lose in the 9th inning and not pitch hit, than lose in the 10th inning if the ph hit worked…

  9. pchuck69 - May 6, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    I don’t think Werth is injured. I just think he’s terrible. When you’re trying to win games, you should avoid the terrible players.

    Johnny Holiday mentioned yesterday that this team has scored 2 or fewer runs in 13 of 28 games this season. That is frightening. With an offense performing that poorly, you can’t keep trotting out the same players, You’ve got to try something different.

    • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      “pchuck69 – May 6, 2015 at 11:09 AM
      I don’t think Werth is injured. I just think he’s terrible. When you’re trying to win games, you should avoid the terrible players.”

      There we go again with Werth bashing. In a small sample size he has not been great but the team plays better with him in the lineup. Go figure. The team is 11-8 in the games Werth appears in.

      • pchuck69 - May 6, 2015 at 11:22 AM

        The numbers don’t lie. Werth has been awful this season. And watching him watch strike threes go over the middle of the plate, again and again with his bat on his shoulder, I guess Matt Williams’ has his limits.

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:24 AM

        Wow, Ramos back in the lineup in a day game after a very long night game. MW seems to be over-working Ramos even though tomorrow is an off-day I think you go with Lobaton.

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:25 AM

        “pchuck69 – May 6, 2015 at 11:22 AM
        The numbers don’t lie. Werth has been awful this season”

        Only numbers I care about is how this team plays with certain players in the lineup and Jayson Werth who has been awful is still a winner and the team wins when he is in there.

        Hes not playing today so you should be happy.

    • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 11:26 AM

      Hey PChuck, what do you think of Ryan Zimmerman this season?

      • pchuck69 - May 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM

        Awful but we don’t have a replacement for him.

      • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 11:52 AM

        See, the problem is that players go through highs and lows during the course of the season. Remember Ryan Zimmerman in 2012? He was bad in April, bad in May, terrible in June. Fans were calling for benching him, cutting him, trading him. Zim spent the whole time saying that by the end of the season the numbers would be there. And you know what? They were. He pretty much carried the Nationals the second half of the season and into the NLDS. And by the end of the season his numbers were right there with his historical averages (~120 wRC+).

        Don’t worry about Zimmmerman. As long as he’s healthy, he’ll ultimately hit.

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM

        It was called cortisone shots if you remeber those.

      • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 1:09 PM

        The numbers didn’t change until the third cortisone shot; this makes assigning direct causation a bit trickier. More broadly, in his seasons other than 2012 Zimmerman has had slumps/slow periods that lasted this long or longer and yet he managed, by the end of the season, to put up the numbers he always puts up.

        His record season by season really is, with the exception of his 2008-2009 peak, remarkably consistent when you allow for the general overall decrease in offense in MLB over the years.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:37 PM

        Is that right therealjohnc? Were you counting the cortizone shots and have inside info? Laughable.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:40 PM

        You know how you get therealjohnc to comment? You say something negative about Ryan Zimmerman or Denard Span.

        Notice how he didn’t pounce on the negativity on Werth. So predictable. Werth is a winner not a whiner. He’s not playing at 100% but as Nats128 mentioned, look at the winning record when Werth is in the lineup.

      • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 1:44 PM

        I did see how he commented on Uggla and worked in a positive comment on Ryan Zimmerman. Funny stuff.

    • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 11:56 AM

      And they’ve scored five or more runs in 9 of 28 games this season.

      And trying something different for the sake of trying something different is magical thinking, not logical thinking. You have to have a “something” that is at least reasonably likely to improve the upcoming performance. To do that you go with your best players. If the alternatives to your starters don’t offer a good chance of improvement, just throwing them out there is an invitation to panic and fail.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 12:44 PM

      I don’t think Werth is injured. I just think he’s terrible.

      Because every player that misses spring training entirely and has a bad April must be intrinsically terrible, right?

      When RZ missed half of April and all of May due to injury, he came back in the beginning of June and, for the month, hit .212

      He’s terrible, right?

      But he hit .338 the rest of the season.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 1:23 PM

      “pchuck69 – May 6, 2015 at 11:09 AM
      I don’t think Werth is injured. I just think he’s terrible. When you’re trying to win games, you should avoid the terrible players.”

      That’s just silly talk. Jayson Werth has earned his stripes on this team.

  10. unterp - May 6, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    this is definitely a hot and cold hitting team; they’re like a box of chocolate you don’t know what you’re going to get…

    • nats106 - May 6, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      Damn it, I don’t want the Cherry cordial chocolates. I want Harry and Davidi Chocolate Truffles, the home run of chocolate boxes.

  11. 9rhrssy01 - May 6, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    The “brief blip” was the two 13 run games and the one 8 run outing

  12. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Zim stinks they sat, but he is 9th in RBI’s so it is not all bad. He will end up about 275 I am guessing let’s see what the RBI total ends up.

    As for averages in runs I believe the median average is a more effective measurement. I suspect itis 3.

    • nats128 - May 6, 2015 at 12:24 PM

      Hes batting in the cleanup spot with Harper in front of him with a .400+ OBP and Escobar before him which means the opportunities will be there.

      RZs .270 BA with RISP is alot better than his .211 BA in all situations which means he steps it up when men are in scoring position. Still, a .270 BA is nothing to get to excited over.

  13. ICYMI - May 6, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    What’s the deal with Mikey Morse? He hurt? Third straight day not in the lineup, Baker pinch hits for Bour when the lefty comes in. So he’s not platooning.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 12:46 PM

      I think it’s the .193 BA

    • Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 1:39 PM

      Even more amazing than Morse not playing is that Justin Maxwell has just about worked his way into the starting outfield.

  14. letswin3 - May 6, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    One day I hope one of you will explain why a hitter (pitchers excluded) “sit on a pitch” with a full count and 2 outs. I’ve seen it so many times, including twice just last night … the pitcher then delivers a fat, straight belt-high offering that is observed without even a flinch, followed by the hitter walking off the diamond without even a facial wince. What ever happened to ” … OK, killer, full count, gotta protect the plate.” ?

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 12:41 PM

      Man, I sure do have the same question!!

    • Nats Fan Zee - May 6, 2015 at 1:08 PM

      My kid did that in little league last night. The difference is he is still pissed at himself for not protecting the plate.

  15. jd - May 6, 2015 at 12:53 PM

    I was amused to read a comment yesterday describing Uggla’s little ground ball that brought in a run as a ‘productive out’. When you have men on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out in the 2nd inning and you hit a weak ground ball which just happens to score a run it’s a bit crazy to call it productive. The other day with the Nats trailing 9 – 1 some folks referred to a sacrifice fly to make it 9-2 as a ‘productive out’.

    I assure you that in both cases the hitter did not accomplish what they tried to do and considered their appearances as failures.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 6, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      +1

    • therealjohnc - May 6, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      The run scored; it was literally a productive out. And I guarantee you that Uggla did not regard his at bat as a failure. He put the ball in play, and good things happened. You can only control so much.

      Baseball is an unjust sport; if Uggla had smashed a screaming line drive directly at an infielder there would still have been commenters posting about his “unproductive out.” The other day Zimmerman’s RBI single that ultimately won the 1-0 game was probably his worst swing/ball in play of the game (remember that Cuddyer went over the wall to bring back Zim’s bid for a HR). The RBI still counts in both cases. And salves a little bit those line drives that get caught.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 1:20 PM

      But it got a run in! One more of those it would have been tied.

      When the Nats got two runners on in the bottom of the ninth, we sure could’ve used some productive outs!

      • jd - May 6, 2015 at 1:42 PM

        Well had he got a base hit it would have gotten 2 runs in and maybe we aren’t behind in the 9th. Also the 9th inning was pretty telling. With the 1st 2 men on the conventional logic is to move the runners and then score the run on a ‘productive out’. As we saw it isn’t that easy to sacrifice especially if you aren’t asked to do it often and also once the runners are moved over there is no guarantee that you can bring the run in.

        My outlook is this. In any game you are given 27 outs and each time you use one of these outs (productive or otherwise) you lose a chip an an opportunity to score. I am all for sacrificing late in the game when 1 run can win you the game. Much less so when you re behind.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 1:59 PM

        I am all for sacrificing late in the game when 1 run can win you the game. Much less so when you re behind.

        Well, when only one run behind, and nobody’s hitting, and you’re at home . . . . room to differ.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 1:45 PM

        Jeez, jd,it was a broken bat ab after all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:22 PM

      jd, whether you like it or not you are splitting hairs on a team that has a hard time making contact. Whether or not it’s a 16 bouncer or a 350 foot Sac Fly, they are both productive outs. Take the small victories when you get them. There’s an old saying “Don’t look a gift horse in the eye”. Think about and find other things to complain about because there’s plenty.

      • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        Agreed that a productive out is just that. jd makes it sound like it’s so easy to go up and get a hit. 3 out of 10 jd, and only if you are awesome.

        And sure I’m nitpicking, but Ghost it’s “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” The idea is that if you are getting a free horse, it’s bad form to check its teeth to determine how old and healthy it is.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 2:25 PM

        Yep. That’s it. I can’t gauge jd sometimes. I’m almost thinking this is more about Uggla.

    • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 1:39 PM

      “Productive” is not the same as “successful.” Something can be a failure and also be productive. If I set out to make 100 widgets and I make 5, I failed miserably but I still produced something and therefore was productive.

      I think many fans and some commenters (FP, for example) are too eager to describe any productive out as a successful at-bat, so I agree with that sentiment if you’re trying to convey it. But that doesn’t make the adjective wrong.

      • jd - May 6, 2015 at 1:44 PM

        fair enough BB.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Werth has a “cranky” shoulder and that’s a shame that it gets to that. I have said here numerous times that they FORCE rest on these guys before it comes to that. Get them regular rest to keep them fresh. Same goes for Ryan Zimmerman, Span, etc.

    There’s Ramos out there today after he played last night. Not good to constantly do that with a catcher who has hamstring issues. I’m sure MW figures with an off-day tomorrow that Ramos can do it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2015 at 1:19 PM

      I said this yesterday — Im surprised that Ryan hasnt gotten more days off with that PLantar F… Give the time to TYMo as he needs to stay loose and on time as well.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:23 PM

        We again are thinking alike!

      • Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 1:42 PM

        Or start Clint Robinson at 1B against a RHP to give Ryan a day off.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 1:22 PM

      It could be that because Ramos leads the team in hitting and that’s something surely needed . . .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:24 PM

        Again, penny wise pound foolish. You wear down players and get to a net sum of zero.

      • jd - May 6, 2015 at 1:46 PM

        I think we have a few days off coming so with that and a Sunday day game MW probably thought it reasonable to start Ramos who really is raking.

        As far as Zim goes I don’t think MW really trusts any one else to play the position competently.

    • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Mike Trout has played in 157 games in each of the last two seasons. Doesn’t seem to be wearing down.

      Catchers? Jonathan Lucroy appeared in 153 games last season and was the starter at C in 133 of them. Finished 4th in the MVP race and hit .316 with a .414 OBP in September.

      Vets? Adrian Gonzalez played 159 games last season at age 32. He finished 7th in MVP voting and is the early front-runner for the 2015 NL MVP.

      Let the managers take care of the rest. They can handle it, and if they’re not the players will tell them. This ain’t football. Guys can play every day and be productive.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:51 PM

        Come on. Get real. Age difference. Health. Compare apples to apples if you want to compare Werth and RZim to Trout.

      • bowdenball - May 6, 2015 at 1:56 PM

        I literally chose the best player in the game, the top catcher in the NL MVP race, and top over 30 guy in that race. No cherry-picking. If you’re good and you’re healthy you don’t take more one day a month off.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Homeplate is 17 inches wide at the top and Blakney gives Kohler about 20 inches. That ticks me off. Seen it all night on Tuesday.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      As I say let me sit through three games with Torre to show how weak the home plates are throughout the leadue.

      Last night was bad.

      Then I watched Padres at Giants and that was just as bad.

      With technology as it is there no reason that the umpires to be so inconsistent

      • Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 2:54 PM

        I’ll buy you a steak dinner at Ruth Chris if you ever get to sit with Torre for three games to advise him on umpires.You really think you could teach Joe Torre one thing about baseball? If you do think so you’re delusional.

  18. Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    This is where it’s not so much about being ‘situational’ as being ‘opportunistic’.

  19. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Nice are bat by Desi, with a little luck at the end.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Is that a productive out by Yunel Escobar? Just checking JD.

    • jd - May 6, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Productive yes by strict definition but successful? no. They would have scored on the HR anyway and if Esco gets a hit they score one extra run.

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

        You get a hit 27 out of 100 times. If you are going to fail 73 out of 100 times, do it productively.

        You always seem to be reasonable. I don’t get you. We stress good contact and let BABIP work for you.

        Striking out doesn’t score runs.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:06 PM

        But you don’t know a HR is to follow. Scoring a run to tie the game, when you’re at home, is a good thing. Plus, there was still a guy in scoring position.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:07 PM

        I would still say successful. It tied the game.

      • jd - May 6, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        Ghost,

        We are arguing semantics, that’s all. of course it’s better to drive in a run or even move a base runner that not but it’s not as good as a hit. When you hit a sac fly in a 9-1 game you haven’t accomplished much (I am aware that we came back and won the game but I don’t think that was anticipated when the sac fly happened).

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Hmmm… Seems like Harper has woke up… again…

  22. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Sweet Fancy Moses! That 2nd HR by Harper was biiiiiiig.

    Scherzer can now pin his ears back and go after guys. (not sure why pinning ears back has anything to do with it, but that is the turn of phrase)

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2015 at 2:03 PM

      Does he pin his own ears back or pin the other guys’ ears back?

  23. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Scherzer now can do his thing.

  24. nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Harp’s first one to the bullpen in left was not hit on the head, that second one was right off the spot on the bat that hitters love.

    Top 4 Scherzer at 44 pitches, up 4-2.

    N A T S Nats Nats Nats!

  25. adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    So, for those of us stuck at work following game day — can somebody elaborate on Harper’s 2d HR? Where’d it land?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2015 at 2:23 PM

      Third or fourth row of the upper deck in RF.

  26. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Harper’s 2nd HR was upper deck, 4 or 5 rows back, above the Nat’s bullpen. He crushed it and knew it when he hit it.

  27. nelliefox - May 6, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    One Nat that seems to be “in form” is Danny. His .211 batting avg batting left handed (counting is 0 for 2 today) is now almost right on his career average. He is a model of consistency.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:23 PM

      But his swing is better.

  28. jd - May 6, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    While you are at it. Please explain how the Nats hit back to back doubles but failed to score?

    • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM

      I can handle that one. The double to Span was legit. The one for Desmond was a high weak fly to short center with the CF playing deep. Not a great break towards the ball and he gets there very late. He slides to catch the ball but it lands just outside his mitt. Span is about 8ft from second the whole time. When the ball drops span scoots to 3rd, and Desi hits the gas coming around first to get in standing while Ozuna is finding the ball and getting it back in. Desi’s was not a classic double, and Span was stuck at 2nd waiting for the possibility that the ball is caught.

      • jd - May 6, 2015 at 2:23 PM

        Thanks

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM

        Span had to stay the bag I’d Ozuna catches it not a long toss to second.

  29. Drew - May 6, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    693 from Henry Aaron — so far…

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      make that 692? 😉

      • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        And props to Drew, for comparing to the only HR record that I recognize in my world.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:58 PM

        😉

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    0-2 to Gordan right where Gordon likes it.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Damn it fielders kill us again. Do they hate fielding for max

    • rlndtln - May 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM

      Scherzer is unbelievable to pitch with our defense.

  32. Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Ouch.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Max bails out the fielders

  34. nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Espinosa gets a dose of sun monster in short right, the ball drops, and we have 2 out with men on first and 3rd, Stanton up. Max pops him up behind the mound to Desi.

    No blood this inning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 2:30 PM

      I don’t think that was the sun but if thats what you think, ok. I think he heard footsteps.

      • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:39 PM

        Replay clearly showed it was sun.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        Charlie and Dave questioned it. Not sure, I’m not his eyes.

      • ccallahan15 - May 6, 2015 at 2:47 PM

        If you look at the super slo mo, the shadow of the ball crosses his face directly across his eyes and he does a big flinch thinking it is the ball. More sun than footsteps I think.

      • ccallahan15 - May 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        If you look at super slomo, you can see the shadow of the ball cross directly across his eyes. Then he flinches thinking it’s the ball. More sun than footsteps I think.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Espi doesn’t make another play. 2 on for Stanton and Scherzer gets him out. Can’t give good teams 4 outs. Doesn’t go into the books as an error but have to make those plays.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      Max bailed out Espi.

  36. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    LOL – Harper is on fire today, another upper deck HR to RF.

  37. Tyler Babip - May 6, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    HAARP-ER!

    The Human High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program!

  38. nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Upper Deck Again for BH! Nats up 5-2! Almost the same place in the park!

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Wow Bryce… Just frickin wow…

  40. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    That was a productive “Outta Here!” by Harper.

  41. Section 222 - May 6, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Oh my. A beast, a beast I tell you. He’s growing up before our very eyes. Can’t wait to see the highlights tonight.

    • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 2:48 PM

      dueces, Links to the first two homers above, and also found at @nationals

      • Section 222 - May 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

        thanks!!

  42. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Scherzer is smiling – “Glad I am not facing Bryce today” seems to be written on his face.

  43. Drew - May 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    692 from Henry Aaron, so far…

  44. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Scherzer dealing since second inning blip.

    If Harper K last at bat someone will call it a bad at bat. 3 HR a day keeps the doctor away.

  45. nats106 - May 6, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    So the score reads:

    Harper 4 Marlines 2 Nationals 1

  46. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Speaking of doctors our medical staff is the weakest kink of the team.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      And you know that how?

      • Section 222 - May 6, 2015 at 3:13 PM

        It’s just one of the standard MNF complaints. Take your pick–
        The Nats hitting is awful, hire Ray Knight as hitting coach.
        The Nats medical staff is awful.
        The umps are awful at calling balls and strikes. Let me sit with Joe Torre and watch games and show him.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      Meaning what? Do they over-diagnose? Or under-diagnose? Do they fail to order the appropriate tests? Do they order too many tests? Please explain.

  47. tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Maybe Ichiro can give Werth what he’s drinking?

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      Fuggedabout it. Ichiro is a freak of nature, and I mean that in a good way. After playing 162 games at age 36 and batting .315, he played 162 game the following year, despite getting traded in mid-season at batted .283

      He’s played in 161 games or more 8 different seasons, and three other times he played in 157-159 games. Lifetime BA of .317 Led the league in hits 6 times. Oh, and 489 stolen bases. And no games played in MLB until age 27. 10-time all star.

      And he still has it now at age 41.

      Incredible.

      • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 2:57 PM

        You forget about the 8 straight (I think) 200 hit seasons.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:59 PM

        I just checked — 10 straight.

        In-f&%-credible.

      • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM

        Yeah, I like Ichiro’s game too. He’s got like 4100 odd hits combined in Japan and MLB.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:21 PM

        Oh, and I should add: 10 gold gloves, too.

      • Section 222 - May 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

        And besides that he’s really thoughtful, humble and funny. If you ever get a chance to watch his interview with Bob Costas on Studio 42 I highly recommend it. He still uses a translator because he wants to be careful with what he says and well understood, but understands English and occasionally speaks it in the interview. Check out this story:

        http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4329684

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:27 PM

        thanks!

    • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      Quick story as a former Mets fan. Bobby Valentine has managed in Japan and saw Ichiro there a lot. When he was about to posted, someone asked Bobby about could he play in the majors after so many players position players had failed and how he would be. Bobby said “Top 5”. The report said, so you think ge’ll be one of the best 5 player ever to come to the majors from Japan? Bobby, said no, he’ll be one of the top 5 players in all of baseball when he gets to the majors.

      Always amazed me, that Bobby thought this and the Mets couldn’t offer the less than $10M posting fee to get him.

      • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 3:04 PM

        Just to be clear, Bobby was managing the Mets at the time he was asked all this…

  48. tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    So Yahoo! estmates HR distance in their box score, Harper’s in order 397 ft, 401 ft., and 398 ft.

    • jd - May 6, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      MLB.com says the 2nd one was 442 ft.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 2:55 PM

        hmm . . . slight discrepancy there!

      • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 2:56 PM

        Wow! Stuck at work, so no clue here.

      • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:58 PM

        Yahoo must be a direct line to where it landed. MLB must be to where it would have landed. the upper deck is about 398 feet on a laser line from home plate.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 6, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      No way the first one was that close to the other two.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      Didn’t the third one land further up the upper deck than the second one?

      • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        Yes the third one was a row or two higher in the stands, from what I remember.

        Dan Kolko was just sitting out there doing an in-game report.

  49. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    So grateful to the Tigers for not bidding up Scherzer. I can’t believe how good this guy is. (And Fister is no slouch either.) I would not take Stras or Zimnn over Scherzer right now, and I would never have said that when the trade was made.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:12 PM

      Agreed. He’s the best we got. He might be the best in the NL right now. (And certainly leads a lot of categories!)

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:14 PM

        OK, so, after Stanton, maybe not leading in so many categories . . .

  50. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Escobar!

    • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:10 PM

      Really impressed with the quality of Escobar as a baseball player. Not selfish, bat control, heals quickly. Me Likey!

  51. nats106 - May 6, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Bum! Loser! What’s he done for us lately?

  52. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Harper – a productive out.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      😉

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Anyone have video of home run #3 for Harper?

  54. nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Apologies for the repost, but here’s the third homer for those who missed it higher up in the thread…

    http://m.nationals.mlb.com/wsh/video/v103656883/miawsh-harper-smashes-his-third-homer-of-the-game/?adbid=596025587308765184&adbpl=tw&adbpr=39419180&partnerId=as_was_20150506_45310906&short_code=2xvht

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:10 PM

      New rule: never apologize for re-posting a link to a third HR of a Nats player! 😉

  55. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Scherzer tiring? Seems like he is getting hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      When have 4 right done the middle you get what you deserve.

    • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

      He’s battling with Stanton right now, two outs, men on 1st and 2nd.

      About ready to deliver pitch 114, fly to left, and outta here for a 3 run dinger, 3-2 slider a little up in the zone.

      Now nats 7 fish 5.

      Max is done.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Pitch 3 and 5 to Stanton have been strikes all week

    • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      The last pitch has been a HR his whole career.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 3:16 PM

        There were 4 that could have been homers during that at bat.

        The first two hitters are the ones I complain about, blow fast balls by them and screw the off spped. Stanton hitting a solo homer would be no big deal. Pitching off speed to little guys evens the playing field.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:16 PM

        Hanger. Seen that before.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. MW leaves Scherzer in because he was fine through 7.

    Now it’s a 2 run game.

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Gamecast said coaching visit before Stanton’s at bat. Perhaps Scherzer talked his way into staying in?

      • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM

        No, Cat came out to stall to get Roark more warmup time. Max got a pep talk, and needed to get Stanton out.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM

        Not with a pitching coach

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM

        I think so. Managers call.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      My problem was pitching off speed to Gordon and Prado and speeding up that bats. Need to keep going for fast balls nit off speed. A solo homer would do nothing

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

        I have no problem with the sequence and more with location.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 6, 2015 at 3:33 PM

      I would have pinch hit with Robinson, since Scherzer was already at 100, and let Roark pitch the last two innings. Oh well. Hope it works out.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:36 PM

        Yep, but don’t say that too loudly as opinions that agree with me are getting pounded lately. By the way, Taylor gets a swinging bunt single and there’s the difference between contact (even minimal) and a strikeout.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 6, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Meatball to Stanton… Yikes…

    • scmargenau - May 6, 2015 at 3:29 PM

      Pinch run now

  59. Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    I hate it when they position Span deep.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM

      A no double defense is a rally starter.

  60. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    wow, nice pitch by Roark to K Ichiro, not an easy thing to do.

    • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      That swing and miss to Ichiro for the K actually bounced before the plate. You don’t see him take many silly looking swings, but that was one.

      Heck I was happy when we got him to groundout earlier in the game!

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      Ichiro, among active players, lifetime, is the 3rd hardest to K. Nice job.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/at_bats_per_strikeout_active.shtml

      I see Escobar (15) and Span (20) among the top 20, also!

  61. Section 222 - May 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Leave Roark in for the save?

    • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      Get Drew the work, off day tomorrow.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        and he was off last night, too

      • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

        CRob batting so Tanner is done.

      • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 3:42 PM

        Looks like 222 was on to something, 2 on no out for the fish

    • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:29 PM

      No, it’s time for Druuuuuuu!

      • rlndtln - May 6, 2015 at 3:31 PM

        I guess Danny on a sac bunt is a bad idea.

  62. nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Drew looks like he’s warm.

    • rlndtln - May 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Now Taylor infield hit.Should be 1st and 3rd one out.small ball.
      to add one important run.

  63. adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    If Druuu can get 1-2-3, we won’t have to see Stanton again . . .

    • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      That would not make me unhappy!

  64. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    The ONE TIME Michael A clears the pitcher. . .
    Take three and go pitch, Tanner.

  65. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 6, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Or, nevermind.

  66. nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    MASN showing Harp’s 8th game where he’s hit by Hammels, and then scores stealing home on a pickoff attempt by the catcher throwing to first! That doesn’t get old!

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      My daughter, the Wonkling, and I were at that game.

      It’s better than that: he stole home when _Hammels_ threw to first.

      (Bad part — Werth broke his wrist, Phils fans rude, and Nats lost)

      • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:44 PM

        Those memories were worth the ticket price, eh? Good times at the game with the fam.

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:48 PM

        Indeed!!

      • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:52 PM

        And I see the reason they played that clip is because it was three years ago today!

      • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:54 PM

        Awesome! Thanks for telling me that.

        I’ll text that to the Wonkling right now, remind her of some fun memories!

  67. adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Where’s my Maalox & Brandy . . . ?

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Get Thornton up quickly!

  69. nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Oops, Drew hit Donovan Solano, then gives a single to Gordon (3rd single in a row for him).

    Two on, no out. Prado up, Stanton on deck.

  70. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 6, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Criminy!! I turned on the TV for the first inning, saw a hit, a double, and two more RBI singles. I know enough to turn it off. Now I come back, ON GAMEDAY fer cryin out loud, not even TV, and Drew starts in with the hairballs.

    FINE. I’ll stop. Let me know how it comes out.

  71. adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Gameday is showing a lot of pitches up in the zone from Drew. Is that accurate?

  72. tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    WALK STANTON, DON’T CARE WHAT THE BOOK SAYS!

    • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Never mind, pitch to him

    • adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Much more fun to strike him out in the 9th twice in a series!!

      • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM

        +22 for Drew

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Relievers have killed Stanton this series.

  74. Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    I love exciting baseball. Drew is giving us excitement!

    • tcostant - May 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      Stop that Joe! I WANT A LAUGHER NEXT TIME.

  75. adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Well, yeah, if you can’t have a 1-2-3 inning to avoid Stanton, I guess striking him out is the other way to deal with that problem 😉

  76. adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Ozuna is due. I hope it comes this weekend and not now.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - May 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Storen bent but didn’t break.

  78. adcwonk - May 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Yesssssssssssss. Druuuuuuuuuuuuu.

    (I can exhale now)

  79. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    That was a masterpiece by Storen! Those pitches down and in to Stanton were pinpoint.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 6, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      Well, a masterpiece for the last three batters he faced. The first two? I guess he was just setting them up.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 6, 2015 at 3:56 PM

        It’s because I turned off Gameday and stopped watching. I’m taking full credit.

      • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:57 PM

        Before you paint the masterpiece, you first have to slather on the gesso for a foundation. Only then with the fine brushstrokes stand out.

      • ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:59 PM

        And the HBP, you just KNOW that played into Stanton’s mind at the plate. He backed way up on that first inside pitch. (Basically, Drew “Hit the mascot.”)

  80. jd - May 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    It was never in doubt.

    LOL.

  81. jd - May 6, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    I do have a bone to pick with MW. Stayed with Scherzer one inning too long IMO.

  82. ehay2k - May 6, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    The baseball gods signal their approval with claps, of thunder!

  83. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 6, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    OK, can I look now?

    • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Yes you can come back, thanks for the efforts today to keep up the good juju! That was another tight game at the end.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 6, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        Thanks, and you’re welcome. I’m blaming my wife for this one, she was sitting here, too.

      • nataddicted - May 6, 2015 at 4:13 PM

        Isn’t that what spouses are for?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 6, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        It’s been one of my own primary contributions to the relationship.

        Remember, for you kids at home — everybody can contribute something.

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