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Game 31: Braves at Nats

May 9, 2015, 12:19 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / Nats Insider

Winners of eight of their last 10 games, the Nationals will try and keep it going on Saturday afternoon as they host the Atlanta Braves in the second game of their weekend series. This one features a solid matchup of right-handed starters in Doug Fister (2-1, 2.61) and Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.82).

Fister is making his sixth start of the season and his second against the Braves. He saw them in Atlanta on April 27 and took the loss after allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks.

Teheran is pitching his his seventh outing of the year. He faced the Nationals on April 28 and took a no decision after giving up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. That day was the Nationals’ big 13-12 comeback that seemed to have sparked this recent run.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, FS1, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 2 mph RF to LF

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

BRAVES
RF Nick Markakis
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Kelly Johnson
3B Alberto Callaspo
2B Jace Peterson
C Christian Bethancourt
CF Cameron Maybin
RHP Julio Teheran

UMPIRES
HP Fieldin Culbreth (cc)
1B Jim Reynolds
2B Manny Gonzalez
3B Paul Schrieber

4:27 p.m. — No runs in the first inning, though each team saw guys reach base. Markakis was hit by a pitch in the first at-bat of the game. Span singled and Werth walked, but that was it. Fister threw 13 pitches, Teheran tossed 21.

4:48 p.m. — The Nationals got on the board in the bottom of the second with three runs off Teheran. The first two came on a no-doubter home run by Lobaton, who smacked it into the second deck in right field. Espinosa doubled right after that and was brought home two batters later on a single to center by Escobar. The Nationals now lead the Braves 3-0 with the third inning up next.

5:05 p.m. — The third inning was a quick one as only Harper reached base. He drew his 27th walk of the season in this the 31st game. Fister is at 41 pitches after three, Teheran is at 58.

5:18 p.m. — Still 3-0 Nationals as the Braves went down 1-2-3 and the Nats saw only Fister reach base on a double. He bounced a long flyball off the scoreboard in right field. Fister is at 44 pitches as the Braves continue to search for their first hit. Teheran is at 68 pitches.

5:49 p.m. — The Nationals blew this game open with another three runs in the fifth inning, all three on Zimmerman’s third homer of the season. He smacked a line drive off the top of the fence in left field. The hit was originally ruled a double, but the umps reviewed and overturned the call. The Braves scored a run in the top half of the frame on an RBI double by Maybin. It’s now 6-1 with the sixth inning up next.

(Daniel Shiferaw here, taking over for Chase as he writes the game story) 

6:04 p.m. — Doug Fister kept rolling on in the sixth inning, posting a zero on the scoreboard to preserve the 6-1 lead. From there, the Nats weren’t able to tack on anything, so the score remains the same heading into the seventh inning. Fister will remain in the game.

6:26 p.m. — The Braves rallied in the top of the seventh, scoring two off of Fister on a Pedro Ciriaco double. Fister was removed from the game with two outs and a man on second. His final line: 6 2/3 innings, six hits, three earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts on 92 pitches. The Nats had two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t cash in. Score is 6-3 heading into the eighth inning.

7:04 p.m. — Welp, here come the Braves. Atlanta rallied to tie the game with a three-run frame keyed by a Christian Bethancourt two-run double off Tanner Roark. All runs were charged to Aaron Barrett, who worked 1/3 of an inning and loaded the bases before Roark took over. In the bottom half of the frame, the Nats looked to take the lead on a Dan Uggla double, but Michael Taylor was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Kelly Johnson. Still tied 6-6 heading into the ninth inning.

174 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsjackinfl - May 9, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Going to the last game of our road trip to DC. Nats are 3-1 so far and we’ve gotten to see some special stuff.

    I’m really looking forward to the Harper-Teheran match up. My money is on Harper.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 9, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      Harper’s got a good record against Teheran.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 5:52 PM

        It was good seeing you guys the other night, Jack. You,too, Steady Eddie. You guys picked a great week, Nats wise and weather-wise.

    • Steady Eddie - May 9, 2015 at 12:56 PM

      BHarp is seeing the ball huge and slow, with a locked in look that reminds me of Frank Howard’s 10 HR in 20 AB streak in May 1968. Something seriously unreal about it. Plus Bryce is a much more fundamentally sound hitter than Hondo ever was, already more than half as many walks as the big guy had in all of 1968.

    • natsfan1a - May 9, 2015 at 1:00 PM

      3-1 with you in town, NJ? Maybe you should stay. 🙂

      On a game note: Go, Dougie! Go, NATS!!

    • therealjohnc - May 9, 2015 at 1:04 PM

      Where will you be sitting? We’ll be the rowdies up in Section 311.

  2. NatsLady - May 9, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    This really is a warm weather team. We need a little global warming this October.

    • Steady Eddie - May 9, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      All 9 runs last night on dingers, all but JW’s and Bryce’s second would have been long outs with game time temps in the 50s. (Still would have won 4-2.)

      • Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 1:52 PM

        You mean Bryce’s first, right? His second was bomb.

      • NatsLady - May 9, 2015 at 1:57 PM

        I think that’s what he said. Werth’s and Bryce’s second would have been homers. Everything else, long outs.

      • Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        Ah, you’re right. Missed the “all but.” Not so sure I agree on Espi’s first homer. It landed in the back of the bullpen. But yes, the warm evening certainly helped. And Bryce’s first home barely got out. In fact, from the Infield Gallery I thought it might have been caught.

  3. Danny - May 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Anyone take note of Trea Turners game yesterday? 4-6 HR 4 RBIs 3 Runs.

    Batting a smooth 307 388 465 853 in AA.

    • therealjohnc - May 9, 2015 at 1:10 PM

      (Very) early returns from that trade are certainly positive. Turner looks like the real deal as a 21yo SS in AA ball; Joe Ross has looked very good in his last two starts. While I like Souza, his OPS is .695 and he has only just lost the MLB strikeout lead, with 44 to Chris Davis’s 45.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 1:29 PM

      Thanks for the update. That’s a heck of a game at any level.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Trea has been working walks also the last week.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Remind me, please, when the official transfer date is? Sometime in June?

      • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        According to baseball reference, he appears to have a record starting 6-16-2014 for the Eugene Emeralds.

      • TimDz - May 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        June 13th was what I found….

  4. Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    On a bum note regarding the farm, Brian Goodwin is hitting .233 at Harrisburg. More disturbing, at least to me, is that in 12 games played he has 3 errors in the outfield. There were pretty high expectations from Brian when he was drafted.Last year he was not totally healthy. I haven’t heard anything regarding his health this year, but at what point is this guy a bust?

    • masterfishkeeper - May 9, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      He’s coming off a shoulder injury, so I think the Nats will be patient.

      • Bruxtun - May 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM

        Yeah a pretty major surgery. He’s also 24 I think, so still young and they can take their time to see.

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      Paitence…

  5. NatsLady - May 9, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    If someone posted this, I missed it. Lucas Giolito’s debut for Potomac.

    4.1 IP 8H 5ER 2BB 5K

  6. NatsLady - May 9, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Off to the game. Am also going tomorrow. If anyone from Virginia is going and doesn’t mind a “slug,” let me know.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Nathan Karns with another solid start with 2 runs 7 innings vs Texas.

    • Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 4:41 PM

      Yeah, but Lobo just hit a homer so… 🙂

  8. Eugene in Oregon - May 9, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    GYFNG!

  9. Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Jose!

  10. Eugene in Oregon - May 9, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Well done, Mr. Lobaton!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 4:48 PM

      Unfortunately Mrs. b would nor have approved since it was a first pitch fastball (which I maintain is usually the best ball to hit)

      I do agree outside of hanging high sliders and fastball down the muddle the first pitch should not be swung at.

  11. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Following a Desmond single, Jose Lobaton goes deep to right in the bottom of the second for a 2-0 lead.

    Jose is making a case for a little more playing time, IMHO.

    N A T S Nats Nats Nats

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      I guess the fact that Ramos is batting .319 presently, is one of the reasons he plays less.

  12. Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Espy!

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      Danny’s bat has been hard on baseballs. Danny just hit a cannon shot to the gap in right center for a standup double.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Lobo going upper tank!

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Bethancourt smoked a throw back to Teheran after that 3-0 pitch to Span.

  15. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Yuni moves the line, scoring Danny with a gork to short center. Span to third. I really am beginning to have a man-crush on Escobar.

    Werth up.

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:47 PM

      And JDub strikes out swinging. Newsflash: He doesn’t look like he’s in full game-on form yet.

      Remember when he told reporters he’d be okay with five AB’s in spring training? Yeah, riiiiight.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

        Still waiting for him to get off the interstate.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    2 out RISP single for Esco. He needed that.

  17. Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Way to go Yunel! That guy is money.

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      And he follows up with a nice play at third to get out #2 in the top of the third.

  18. ogremj - May 9, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    I hope it’s warm and humid in DC in October.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      +1

    • ArVAFan - May 9, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      Silver lining of global warming?

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Espi makes that play to his left well. Good inning Fister!

  20. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Danny Espinosa makes another stop in the outfield grass, this time ranging far to his left (towards first). He smothered one out there last night too.

    This time he started on the dirt and ended up in grass.

    Nine outs in a row for Fister. We go to the bottom of third leading two to zero.

    FP Commenting that Danny is wearing flip-down sunglasses today, and of course FP mentioned that Thursday.

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      Oops, we’re up 3-0. The third scored on Yuni’s gork.

  21. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Leadoff walk to Harper. Gotta love that play! Let’s go Zim!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Have to make them pay for the LoW.

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 5:03 PM

      Fizzle…

  22. scnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    On a bright note we are winning without RZs bat doing much, you know eventually he catches fire and carries the team for a stretch

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 9, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      +1

      • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 5:40 PM

        Fast forward, RZim up with two on in the bottom of the fifth. Can he come through? With a 2-2 count he goes back to get another bat.

        Tehran taking his time, after a mound conference, foul straight up and back, still 2-2.

        One out. Hung breaking ball, and it’s… Not a homer?

        Review coming…

        Xmo shows it in the flowers over the wall!

        Nats are up big and RZim is getting a little loosened up.

  23. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    The first two pitches to Zim were fast balls no movement on the ball or bat.

    Then a pitch never in the zone that got worse came in must have been to appealing to let go. The swing was totally off balance.

    Then Desi swings a low slider, the rule of thumb on slider is easy. If it is low let it go.

    • scnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Both those guys struggling at the dish right now

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        The struggles mostly come from not recognize the pitches quick enough.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      Have you ever stood at the plate and seen a quality slider? Do you have idea idea how to identify a hard slider? Or to distinguish it from a fastball? You make it sound like there is a neon sign that says “Slider,” It’s a lot more difficult than you seem to think. A good slider comes in looking like a hit table fastball in the zone right before the bottom falls out of it.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 5:31 PM

        Edit: any idea how to identify a hard slider?

        Edit two: a good slider looks like a hittable fastball

      • Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 5:33 PM

        Thank you Joe.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 9, 2015 at 5:39 PM

        I’m gonna go with the neon sign.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Werth perfectly positioned on that liner by Simmons.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      Span perfectly positioned for Freeman.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

        Harper perfectly positioned for Kelly Johnson.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      We scouted The Braves better.

  25. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Dougie. He’s our new utility player!

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      TOOTBLAN?

  26. Joe Seamhead - May 9, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Twisted Fister needs to do a couple of more push-ups a day. Just missed the homer!

  27. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Fister a better hitter than base runner.

  28. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Werth was not close to the line after fouls down that way. So the position this time didn’t work.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Harper better positioned.

  30. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus!

    Yuni boots one right to Desi’s mitt, easy out. Man on second two down top 5.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:26 PM

      On the other hand he fields it clean its a double play, and no run scores. So both teams might claim luck.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Here we go again, the ump can’t tell the strike zone.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Web Gem Ian Desmond!

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    There Goes The Shutout.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      3-2 count to number 8 player. We haven’t made that mistake often this season. Other teams have made it much more for us.

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Come on Zim

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:44 PM

      He did.

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Easy call. How the ump miss that

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    What is taking so long.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Ridiculous. Easy decision.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM

        Most are much harder than that.

  37. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    YARD. Zim!

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Nats Park is loud! Nice to see! RZim 3 run jackety Jack!!!!

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Why does Desi swing are sliders. Just let them go please, unless the start at your eyes.

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Again Jose swings at a first pitch right in the hitting zone, Good job.

  41. Drew - May 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Atta boy, Zim!

  42. Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    That was quite an AB by Zim. Behind 0-2, fought back and spit on two sliders low and outside that could have struck him out. And just measured Tehran and punished that pitch down the middle. So sweet.

    And yes MNF, as you point out all the time, umpires aren’t perfect. They can’t see everything, especially running into the outfield on a ball laced like that. They make mistakes, so thank goodness for instant replay. Is there anyone left who doesn’t think it’s a good idea?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      I like it except when after the replay shows they are wrong they refuse to correct it, but it is much better this year.

      The ball made the flowers move (at least I thought so, but maybe I just thought I saw it) but on the replay they moved again.

  43. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Nice shut down inning dougie.

    Wish we would offer him a fair extention.

  44. masterfishkeeper - May 9, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Seems to me that MW is using matchups more this year, like using the LHP in the 8th when the other team has at least two LHBs coming up, rather than using his “8th inning guy”, and playing Lobaton against RHPs, rather than just in day games. I think this is an improvement, BTW.

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    May in exact same kind of pitch he doubled last time. The scouting report if it said low and inside was wrong.

  46. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    One pitch to late again MW.

  47. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Just what we need. Fister about outta gas but Harp makes two nice plays. Two outs in the seventh. Bettancourt base hit.

    One on, two out…

    Maybin doubles down the line to left. A pitch down and in for a two out, two bagger.

    So two hard hit balls to right, snared by Harp.

    Cat is talking a long time to Fister trying to buy time for Thornton, for the next batter, Markakis.

    Ciraco up with men on second and third. Ball 1. Next pitch tagged over JDub’s head in left. A Six to Three game and Doug is done.

    GYFNG.

  48. Eugene in Oregon - May 9, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    As someone (NatsLady?) wrote the other day, when Doug Fister hits the wall he hits it fast.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:15 PM

      I guess he puts so much into it he just goes fast.

      Late in games we need people lightly preparing way earlier.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:24 PM

      He hit it the wall so hard and fast that he splatted. Could have been worse.

  49. pchuck69 - May 9, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Matt Williams is simply the worst manager of pitchers that I’ve ever seen.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Maybe had Desi positioned correctly on Bethancourt correctly none of this would happen as he was about 10 feet from being able to field it easily.

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Thank you Brice.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:17 PM

      Oops meant Bryce

  52. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    WP by Thornton blocked by Lobo on a 0-2 count.

    Then Harp makes another WebGem in right! Caught in full stride both feet off the ground!

  53. Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    That was a really tough play for Bryce in the sun. Wow.

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Jayson got off the interstate, and stays off with a BB

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Wow strike 2 was first cookie cutter pitch Bryce has taken in a while, almost an automatic he was going to swing at one in the dirt, as many of our strikeouts follow that exact pattern.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Take advantage of the error, like teams do to us.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    The dreaded doubleplay ball. 3rd and 1st and 1 out. smh

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      Trying to pull a slider, never have understood that. Tony Gwynn once said learning not pulling a slider would put .050 on everyone’s average, but most batters don’t have enough discipline.

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Why does Desi swing at first pitch sliders that are nit hangers. I am all for fastballs but nit sliders.

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    0-2 pitch and you throw a strike. Why?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      Exactly was FPs point. That’s where you want the reachback fastball at the top of the strikezone or a ball in the dirt to chase.

      Awful pitch. Lucky it was only a single.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        Indeed

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    FP was right. Needed a high fastball. Not sure what Barrett was throwing.

    • Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      Lobo set up low and outside. Perhaps Barrett should have thrown a high fastball, but that’s not what he intended to throw.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        You are correct and that was a head-scratcher but Barrett seemed to ignore where he setup and it looked like he was going up in the zone. The scouting report is that Freeman will bite on a high heater when he’s in swing-mode.

  61. Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Oh come on FP. What gives you the impression that Barrett wanted that pitch to Freeman up? It couldn’t have been Lobo’s glove location, that’s for sure.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      That’s the scouting report I think FP was guessing along and he was right as that was the pitch. It certainly was not what Lobo set up for.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Thank you Kelly Johnson. Barrett made him look bad.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Put Callaspo away damn it

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:41 PM

      What a poor approach. Fastballs low is what you need, and you throwing high pitches?

      Looks like he doesn’t want the 8th inning job either.

      Why are we having trouble finding some one just 3 up 3 down the 8th on a regular basis.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Barrett, really? Just walked the bases loaded. smh

    • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

      Brandy. Check

      Maalox. Check

      Glass empty for now….

      • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 6:47 PM

        Rythmic Clap. Top Eight, two outs, two strikes…

        Two foul balls.

        Replay says Peterson is safe on the Roark tag out. Only got him with glove not ball and glove!

        Gapper to left center ties the game!

        Pouring….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:42 PM

      Not pitching like he wants the 8th inning job.

  65. Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    I wondered about that tag, but figured the Braves would have challenged if he tagged him with the glove only. Luckily the visitors dugout is on the 3B side.

  66. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Our bullpen implodes today.

    A life he hits up unlike Desi who chopped the same pitch for a double play.

  67. Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    The 8th inning is where our relievers go to die.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:50 PM

      Solis and Grace so far only ones who haven’t screwed up the 8th.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      Die? Poor execution on pitch selection. These teams know each other and you have to execute there. It didn’t happen. I’m almost more disappointed in Roark there. Inherited 3 runners and all of them scored.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:55 PM

        He didn’t do the job with a lick. We up 3 runs. Needed to get 2 outs before three runs and couldn’t do it at all.

      • Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 7:06 PM

        Oh give me a break Ghost. The 8th inning has been a graveyard for our leads all season long. That’s all I was saying. It was not technical analysis. Ever heard of a metaphor?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:09 PM

        I know what you were saying. I’m saying it was poor pitch selection and I haven’t been agreeing much with FP here but he was absolutely right. He has the charts. He knows what you throw Freeman 0-2 and 1-2.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:10 PM

        I also think 8th inning needs to go back to matchups. Barrett cr&pped himself but in his defense he has been good lately.

  68. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Let’s get more runs which Desi refused to do last inning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      Add-on runs loom large.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:56 PM

        All Desi needed was a Winkle fly to the outfield.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:58 PM

        He needed contact. He did that. Unlucky BABIP as he hit it hard.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:01 PM

        But hitting a slider headed to the outside, just hit right. Inside pull.

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Poorly controlled game there between the pitchers and Lobo. FP is correct from his perch, have to throw that slider down below the strike zone. He hung that to Bethancourt.

    The lead is gone.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      From the second out in the 7th on, it appears non pitcher had a clue where the target should be.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM

        Fister was on target until he hit the wall in the 6th.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        How in the hell could Taylor not be safe

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Interested to see what MW does here with Espi up.

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Come on Espi, a hit and run, the whole right side empty, and you swing for the fences. Just make contact and put the ball in right field.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      I wonder if that was a straight steal or a hit and run.

  72. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Moderators: Please…. All these clicks are helping you. Can you please help us lowly users, and find a way to move that REPORT COMMENT button just a little farther than the REPLY one? Thanks very much.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      +1

      • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 7:19 PM

        EDIT: …farther from the REPLY one…

        Ballgame!!!!! Harp!!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        Just added to the dramatics! Walk-off winner!!!!

      • nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 7:27 PM

        High Five!

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    There is no way Michael Taylor can’t score on that. He had to hesitate again near 2nd base.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      You put in a pinch-runner for just that reason. BTW, great job by Dan Uggla.

    • dc27dan - May 9, 2015 at 7:05 PM

      He ran poorly, he has great speed but he hasn’t been a good baserunner yet.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 9, 2015 at 7:07 PM

        He was out. I’m just shaking my heard. You get the clutch hit from Uggla and your fastest runner in your dugout as the pinch-runner and you don’t get it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:11 PM

      He must need need new contacts as he seems nit to read off the ball off the bat well, whether he is at second base as a runner, or in center field as a fielder.

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Does Taylor know how to run from second to home, he took the scenic route.

    Something telse o work on in Syracuse.

    When you are as fasrpt as he ism a left fielder who has to step back to throw you out should never be able to throw you out.

  75. David Proctor - May 9, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    That’s the second time this year Taylor has been thrown out on that similar play. Ben Revere threw him out in Philly. Ben Revere! He is not a great baserunner.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      FP just mention what I was about to head first slide he is probably safe.

      • David Proctor - May 9, 2015 at 7:12 PM

        I don’t blame guys for not diving into home plate head first, that’s an injury waiting to happen. He still should’ve scored on the play.

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Also where was Span, if Taylor runs a little left the ball hits him, no way he us out as he is in the baseline. However, no one thinks about that

  77. dc27dan - May 9, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Come on Drew, we need a shutdown inning from you.

  78. dc27dan - May 9, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Let’s win this! 2-3-4 coming up

  79. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Let’s steal second

  80. natslive - May 9, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Come on Werth……need a good AB here

  81. manassasnatsfan - May 9, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Harper our hero

  82. Section 222 - May 9, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    HAHAHA! Every single person in the park and watching on TV was thinking he might do that!!

  83. dc27dan - May 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Attaboy BH! 6 in 3! And this time in walkoff fashion! Unbelievable

    • conatsguy - May 9, 2015 at 7:22 PM

      Way to go Harp. Walk off for Frank Robison Day! GYFNG!

  84. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Ooops. I guess that ballplayer is over rated. Yum.

  85. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Who knew Max had a sponsorship with Hershey’s?

  86. nataddicted - May 9, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    RZimm has to get one blue contact lens for those after-game dugout interviews!

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