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Game 32: Braves at Nats

May 10, 2015, 10:22 AM EST

Over .500 for the first time this season, the Nationals will look to keep their good fortune going on Mother’s Day in a Sunday afternoon matchup to close their weekend series with the Atlanta Braves. Sunday will also mark the end of their recent homestand, as up next is a trip west to play the Arizona Diamondbacks and then the San Diego Padres.

Jordan Zimmermann (2-2, 4.15) will look to carry over his recent success, as the right-hander has a 2.73 ERA over his last four starts. He saw the Braves two starts ago on April 29 and gave up three earned runs in seven innings of work.

Lefty Alex Wood (1-2, 4.32) will start for the Braves in his seventh appearance of 2015. He also started on April 29 and earned the loss with five earned runs in five innings against the Nats.

Bryce Harper enters the day with six home runs in his last three games, including a walk-off bomb on Saturday night. We’ll see what he has in store for Sunday as the hottest hitter in the game.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 183
Weather: Cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 5 mph RF to LF

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

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
LHP Alex Wood

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

2:01 p.m. — The Nationals jumped out to an early lead in this one with three runs in the bottom of the first. Escobar led off with a single on the first pitch and Harper doubled him home two batters later. Harper missed his seventh homer in four games by about three feet as the ball bounced off Maybin’s glove and landed on the warning track. The ball was hit about as deep as one can put one in Nats Park without clearing the fence. Zimmerman followed that with an RBI double and Ramos then brought him home on a single to right field. It’s 3-0 Nats after one.

2:24 p.m. — The Braves got on the board in the second inning to make it a 3-2 game. Callaspo started the rally with a one-out walk and was brought home three batters later on a Maybin single. Wood, the pitcher, then singled to center field to score Bethancourt. Zimmermann is already at 44 pitches through two innings of work on this humid day at Nats Park.

2:46 p.m. — Atlanta scored another run in the third inning to tie it up at 3-3. This one came on a Peterson single to center field to score Freeman, who started the rally with a one-out walk. Zimmermann is laboring today with 68 pitches already through three innings. It looks like it will be a short day for him, unless he all of a sudden finds his groove. The Nats went down in order, capped by a Harper lineout to right field.

3:00 p.m. — Not much to report on from the fourth inning, as neither team scored. The Nats did see Escobar leave the game, though. He was replaced by Dan Uggla, while Espinosa shifted over to third base. Exactly why he left is unclear, but we should have more information after today’s game. Seems like it was due to injury.

3:20 p.m. — No runs again in the fifth inning. The bottom half ended on a video review. Wood threw to second to pick off Uggla and he was originally called safe. The umps then overturned the call to say he was out. The play left two men on with Harper at the plate. We’ll see if that ends up hurting them.

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

3:35 p.m. — Zimmermann was able to work around a walk and a single to get out of the sixth inning unscathed. With the bullpen warming throughout the inning, it’s likely he’s done for the day. His final line: 6 innings, 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts on 107 pitches. Harper singled to open the bottom of the frame, but was wiped out by a Zimmerman double play ball. Game still tied 3-3 heading into the 7th.

4:00 p.m. — The Braves took the lead in the top of the seventh after a couple of defensive miscues by the Nats. Harper dropped a popup to right field and Dan Uggla couldn’t handle the relay throw, allowing Freeman to advance to third. Then Alberto Callaspo hit a bloop single to give Atlanta a 4-3 lead. The Nats were unable to answer in the bottom of the inning.

4:20 p.m. — Sammy Solis entered the game and pitched a scoreless 8th inning. The Nats rallied to take the lead after Ryan Zimmerman’s out-out single up the middle to score Ian Desmond, and later when Wilson Ramos’ double to right field scored Zimmerman. Nats head into the top of the 9th with a 5-4 lead. Storen coming in.

4:28 p.m. — Ballgame. Storen closes it out and the Nats sweep the Braves after a 5-4 win. They’ve won 10 out of their last 12 games.

143 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. veejh - May 10, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Saaaaweeeeeeeeeeeeeppp!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    • adcwonk - May 10, 2015 at 11:54 AM

      Nats usually munch on lefty starters. Let’s do it again, boys!!

  2. unkyd59 - May 10, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Yeah… walk off bomb was Saturday afternoon, but whatever…

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 10, 2015 at 11:07 AM

      Well, the walk-off was quarter past seven or so, right? Saturday evening, at least. I’ll give Chase this one.

  3. Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    GYFNG!

  4. Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    For what it’s worth, the morning after each of the past three Nats’ games, Bryce Harper’s HR heroics have been the lead baseball story in the local newspaper (taking the spot usually reserved for either the Mariners or the Giants). Not significant in and of itself, but I would guesstimate that that same editorial/placement decision was made by lots of sports editors all over the country. Not only does it give more prominence to the Nats, but it helps address the ‘overrated’ meme that is too often associated with Mr. Harper.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    JZim on the mound vs the lefty Wood. Span is a career 2 for 13 against Wood and Taylor is 1 for 3. Tyler Moore is also 1 for 3.

    I’d give Span a rest day and maybe even Ryan Zimmerman.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      Nailed it. Span gets a day off today vs Wood: Escobar 3B, Desmond SS, Werth LF, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Ramos C, Espinosa 2B, Taylor CF, Zimmermann P

    • homeparkdc - May 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM

      Right on – you called that one. Span is out and Taylor is in today.

  6. Section 222 - May 10, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Sit Espi for Uggla against the lefty. Espi can only hit RH pitching now. 🙂

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      That’s right! LOL

    • Eric - May 10, 2015 at 12:02 PM

      Lmao

  7. adcwonk - May 10, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Mrs Wonk and I will be in 311 today. She’s got the cute pink Nats hat. I have the beard 😉

  8. homeparkdc - May 10, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    “Bryce Harper enters the day with six home runs in his last three games, including a walk-off bomb on Saturday night. We’ll see what he has in store for Sunday as the hottest hitter in the game.”
    By chance is his mother in town?

    • homeparkdc - May 10, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      Big ooops by me! Checked the Nationals twitter feed to see if the lineup was posted yet, and found an instagram from Bryce to his moms – the most important women in his life. There are several other greetings from players to mothers. Nice. https://twitter.com/nationals

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:56 AM

        I saw that. Not sure if that’s from today or a previous Mother’s Day. Do you know?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 11:58 AM

        One thing we know for certain unless Clint Robinson is Nostradamus is that Clint’s pic with his Mom is current!

  9. dcwx61 - May 10, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    desmond batting second again…maybe to help him follow the Nats mantra for 2015: Stay within yourself
    or use the force Bryce

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Rizzo on if Harper has matured: ‘Well, it’s not like this guy came from nowhere to where he is today.’ #Nats

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      Rizzo was asked if he has adjusted Harper’s ceiling after the last week: ‘The hidden ceiling that I have in my mind, I’ve never made public’

  11. natsdial8 - May 10, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Z’s baserunning was just the way it should be done! Tight around third and perfect slide . Pay attention Michael Taylor .

    • conatsguy - May 10, 2015 at 2:09 PM

      Always cringe when Zim slides…but that was well executed!

  12. Danny - May 10, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Throw Maybin a fastball..

  13. natslive - May 10, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Zimmermann needs to put those batters away when he gets ahead 2 strikes

  14. Eric - May 10, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    A’ight Zinn, time to buckle down.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 10, 2015 at 2:36 PM

      Yeah, he’s known for slacking off.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        +1

      • Eric - May 10, 2015 at 2:45 PM

        Sorry, that “huh?” was in reply to Sofa.

        I posted “buckle down” was in response to Zinn throwing 6 straight balls to start the third…

        Is that somehow a misapplied sentiment?

      • Eric - May 10, 2015 at 2:49 PM

        OK, so I would say Zinn “buckled down” in the fourth.

    • Eric - May 10, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      Huh?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

        “Huh?”

        Considering it’s you posting, I should know better, but I took “buckle down” to imply he was not akready giving his best effort. Hence my rejoinder.

        But you’ve certainly earned the benefit of any doubt there, and I apologize.

      • Eric - May 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM

        It’s all good! I’m definitely spoiled by Zinn’s track record and was being a little impatient…

        But, I definitely don’t feel he threw 6 straight balls for lack of trying.

  15. stoatva - May 10, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    What is it about Znn and early multi run leads?

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    JZim started off with sharp velocity and looking good. All the trouble started in the 2-2 pitch to Maybin in the 2nd when he didn’t get the strikeout call.

    • Eric - May 10, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Looked much better during that AB to Maybin!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 2:48 PM

        He did and a quick inning.

      • Eric - May 10, 2015 at 2:50 PM

        Yeah, great bounce back inning.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Yuni is out of the game. What now?

    • nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      Not loving this move. Waiting on news as to why!

      (Although, related to one of my comments yesterday, we aren’t really owed a story.)

      Top 4 Escobar is on the bench, Uggs in at 2nd, Danny Espinosa moves to third.

      Going to the bottom of the fifth, Nats tied 3 – 3. RZim, Ramos, Espinosa, MAT coming up.

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

        I don’t think that was a move for the sake of a move. I think you will find out he tweaked something.

      • nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        Edit: Going to the bottom of the fourth!

  18. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    Something happen to Espinosa?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      No Espi is at 3rd

    • Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 2:48 PM

      You’re right, Yunel out, Espy to 3rd.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Aren’t these righthanded hitters watching? When Wood has you 2 strikes he’s bringing the hook. Taylor strikes out on one in the dirt.

  20. nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    Mark posted this:

    3:00 p.m. — Not much to report on from the fourth inning, as neither team scored. The Nats did see Escobar leave the game, though. He was replaced by Dan Uggla, while Espinosa shifted over to third base. Exactly why he left is unclear, but we should have more information after today’s game. Seems like it was due to injury.

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

      Well yeah, I will repeat what I posted at 2:52

      “I don’t think that was a move for the sake of a move. I think you will find out he tweaked something.”

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2015 at 3:07 PM

        The only real questions are ‘what did he tweak?’ and ‘how badly did he tweak it?’

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:09 PM

        That check swing was violent. I’m not going to speculate but I don’t think they gave him an early shower for “rest”.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    That Callaspo fly to the wall and play by Bryce near the wall has been the play that Bryce has had his issues with in the past and that was played nicely by Bryce.

    Good inning given the leadoff double. That could come back to bite the Barves as they didn’t get the job done there.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    MW with a decision to make here with JZim set to leadoff the bottom of the 5th. Do you pull him now or get him into the 6th.

    My guess is MW leaves him in.

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

      Yep, JZim bats and will return with a 90 pitch count.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Look at Uggla. On the 2-2 pitch he spits on that curveball. Uggla just misses a double on 3-2. Works a few more pitches and then walks on the same curveball that K’d Taylor.

    Great at-bat.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      He also worked his way back from 0-2 to work that walk. Just impressive.

  24. natslive - May 10, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Werth could get it done so leaves it for Harper…..come on Bryce

  25. natslive - May 10, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Oops couldn’t…

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Harper switched away from the pink bat to the one he got the 6 HRs on.

  27. Eugene in Oregon - May 10, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Ouch.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Ugh-la. That hurts. Uggla goes in fingers up and that’s the difference.

    • nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      Bottom 5, It looked like Uggla is tagged out (3rd out) because his hand gets there before the tag but his hand goes onto the shoe of Simmons not the bag! The ump makes his call based on the hand getting in there, but review shows the hand never gets to the bag.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Come on blue. That’s been a strike all day on that 2-2 to Markakis.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      Maybe that was a little outside but it froze him and was framed perfectly.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    I have been on the road and was getting gas when the count 0-2 on Calliaspo. Then by the time I start the car I hear he walked and they scored 2. What happened it was 0-2?

    Now Wood was 3 for 66 before today and now 3 hits, what is JZim.s issue.

    We have had way to many issues this year. Went fighting for the number 1 slot, to the 5th best starter this year. Physical or mental?

  31. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Danny Terrific.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    What a play by Espi to have that big arm at 3rd there. JZim labored through to keep it a tie.

    Freeman leads off the 7th now is the bonus for the Nats.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      Grace or Solis to start 7th

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Harper still smoking.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Sorry, he better be safe on that call. Hope so, Freddi will be out of challenges.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      How is that indisputable video evidence to offturn that call. Come on.

      • nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

        Agree, not enough to overturn! Frustration!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

        They’ve been great all year until that one.

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    My low down has ball reaching glove the team before. Tie in the back of the glove.

    I would disagree.

  36. nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    BLUE!!!! BOOO. RZim is called out review on a double play in the bottom of the 6th. That call was about as close as it gets. From my standpoint, there wasn’t enough to overturn the call of safe on the field.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

      I played in freeze frame. Frame before it is starting in the glove. Next frame foot on and ball in glove.

      Traditional that would never be overturned.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Lousy pitch by Grace. Missed the jam pitch as it went outside.

    Freddi already going to the bench for a pinch-hitter.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Sun monster

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Bad luck there. Unreal. That was in the air long enough for Bryce to yell out he needs help.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

      Now a bloop. Sheesh. It all starts with the Freeman hit on a bad pitch.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM

        Or the dropping of the relay by Uggla.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM

        Did Uggs drop that or did it bounce on him? I thought it was a lousy throw.

      • nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM

        I saw that play as Taylor not getting the ball to Uggs on the fly, but whatever happened, there is no throw to thrid.

        What kind of arm does Uggla have anybody know?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

        Average arm that is adequate for 2nd.

      • nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        So, I thought Uggla was pretty deep in the outfield to go get the cutoff from Taylor, who was on the track…

        If Uggla makes the catch, does he have the arm to get the ball to third?

        If he’s average then maybe there was no chance anyway.

        Maybe also he knew he didn’t have the snort to get it there and goof’s the short-hop by Taylor as he’s hurrying.

        I am only saying because I don’t have a ‘book’ on Ugg’s skill set yet.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        Hard to say.

  40. nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Sun monster strikes Harp on the warning track in Right Gomes!

  41. natslive - May 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Darn sun monster

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Uggla!!!!!!!! Web Gem!

      • nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        Very nice play by Uggla to catch a hot smash and toss to Desi to double a guy off second.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

        Agreed, it was a good play.

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Grace’s results not good, but only one bad pitch.

  43. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Sun monster responsible for the run.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      Yes, I just wonder with as close to the ball as Taylor was could better communication from Bryce to take it have helped.

      Now time to exploit Gomes in LF.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    All in all, 3 hits to give up 1 run is a decent result for the Nats.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      Of 3 hits only one hit well.

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Carp’s memory is off.

    “We are totally impressed with Uggla’s defense.”

    4 minutes earlier “If Uggla handles the throw Freeman’s out by 5 feet.”

    I agree his defense has nit as bad as I thought it would be.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Sure, if he handles the throw but that didn’t mean it was a bad defensive play by Uggla as much as the throw wasn’t good by Taylor if you watch the replay.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        It was a half- #ssed throw by Taylor.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        Again, just part of the whole game of Taylor. Defense has not been good. Baserunning has been bad. Offense has been ok.

  46. Theophilus T.S. - May 10, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Callaspo annoys me. He’s a no-talent bum and the Nats make him look like Joe Morgan

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      +3

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    I asked above as I was not home. What was JZim’s issue in the second?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Wasted pinch-hit opportunity there. Very bizarre move even though we know if its TyMo they go to the righty.

  48. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Harp loses ball to the Sun Monster, Taylor does a good job backing him up, but then makes a crappy throw to Uggla, allowing Freeman to get to third, and then Freeman scores on the bloop. Taylor’s throw was a tough pick for Uggla.A bad combination of things.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      True more Taylor’s fault, but Uggla could have bailed him out but didn’t

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Earn your pay now Robinson.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      I guess not this time.

      Another batter who lets the first pitch fast ball center cut just go. To many times this year this happens, but at least the slider going out he didn’t try to pull.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        Just haven’t seen the batter we saw in Spring Training yet. Guys like him have to shine in limited work.

  50. philipd763 - May 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    That was puzzling. where is Tyler Moore?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      Exactly. It isn’t like Robinson has a positive track record against Wood.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Taylor just gets my heart racing when he’s on base. I hope he knows there’s 2 outs.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      He is a terrible base runner. He is fast but clueless.

      Where is Davey Lopes?

  52. Theophilus T.S. - May 10, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Taylor might just as well be anchored to first base. Can’t get a lead.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      Needs a running coach.

  53. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    One of my arguments with the scoring rules of baseball. They call this a quality start. You can have a 4.50 ERA and they call that quality.

    I don’t.

    My standards would be 2 runs in 6 innings or 3 in 7. (The 3 in 7 barely makes my stand.)

    Personally I would prefer 2 in 7, but agents would hate me.

    Likewise since Nats led 3-0 and JZim let them tie it, that too not quality.

    What AWood did giving up 3 fast then, slammed the door is better quality.

  54. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    That is what I say I wish Desi would do with all sliders heading outside. Just go the other way. Tony Gwynn said it is the secret to batting 350.

  55. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Looked like strike 3. Outside?

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Great take from Jayson Werth. Very happy the Nats got a call as that was borderline!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      Outside you think?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM

        Outside and high by a whisker. Can’t wait to see that on pitch track and I do believe it was off the corner but with these umps you never know.

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Clearly a strike what took the ump so Kong?

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Here we go. The matchup you want. Bryce Harper is up when you need a big hit.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Not the result you want.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        The pitch jammed him. Probably was a ball, but he has hit pitches so well lately, he thought he could hit anything.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        I’m fine with that and someone else had to step up today as the hero. Step in Desi, Werth, RZim, and Ramos!!!!

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Great try by Simmons.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      That’s how you score on a single. Take note Taylor.

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    What the hell Werth is suppose to be a long time vet, and he looks just as poor as Taylor.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Werth needed to keep going to at least get RZim to 2nd. Veteran mistake.

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    A great but no way they were getting Zim so what are we doing there?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      A great hit…..

  63. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Knuckleheads on the bases today. Jeez.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      Sort of kind of. My problem with Werth was he needed to keep going to 3rd and maybe get into a rundown. On Ramos you need RZim to score I would think otherwise makes no sense with 2 outs.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - May 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    No doubles defense works. Holy sheet. Caught right at the wall.

  65. manassasnatsfan - May 10, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Well other poblesms are being resolved.

    Let’s work on base running.

  66. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Storen looking very, very, good.

  67. Joe Seamhead - May 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Wow! Zimmerman bails out Desi!

  68. natsdial8 - May 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Nice Drew !

  69. nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    I can hardly believe FP to go to break…

    “And you can’t play any better than they’re playin’ right now.”

    That made me spit my beer out!

  70. nataddicted - May 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Matt said something about Yuni having an upset stomach.

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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at ESPN980.com. Click here for past audio clips.

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