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Game 33: Nats at Diamondbacks

May 11, 2015, 6:22 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHOENIX — Hello from Chase Field, where the roof is currently open and is scheduled to remain open for tonight’s series opener between the Nationals and Diamondbacks. As I type this, it’s 93 degrees here in the Valley of the Sun, but the wind chill is only 89! (This is what they mean when they talk about the “dry heat”.)

Max Scherzer returns to Phoenix to face his old team for the first time, pitching on normal rest while Stephen Strasburg is pushed back one day after his little bout of shoulder blade discomfort. The right-hander is coming off a start that didn’t look great statistically (five earned runs, 10 hits) but actually was quite an impressive outing (10 strikeouts, zero walks).

Josh Collmenter gets the ball for the D’backs, trying to contain a Nationals lineup that has been tearing it up over the last week, with a certain 22-year-old slugger playing a significant role in that upswing. This is a great hitter’s park, especially with the roof open. Might be worth staying up late tonight to see what Bryce Harper might have in store.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Where:
Chase Field, Phoenix
Gametime: 9:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Sunny, 91 degrees, Wind 4 mph out to RF

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

DIAMONDBACKS
RF Ender Inciarte
CF A.J. Pollack
1B Paul Goldschmidt
LF David Peralta
3B Yasmani Tomas
2B Aaron Hill
SS Chris Owings
C Tuffy Gosewisch
RHP Josh Collmenter

UMPIRES
HP Joe West (cc)
1B Kerwin Danley
2B Rob Drake
3B  D.J. Reyburn

9:40 p.m. — And we’re underway, and so is Denard Span. He launched the second pitch of the game into the right-field stands for a leadoff homer, his third of the season. It’s 94 degrees and dry here tonight. Ball’s gonna fly.

9:56 p.m. — Like I said … Man, what a top of the first for the Nats. After Span’s leadoff homer, Yunel Escobar singled and Jayson Werth walked. That brought up Bryce Harper with two on and nobody out, and he juuuuust missed connecting for another homer. He got under it just a tad and flied out to the warning track under the right-field foul pole. No matter, though, because Ryan Zimmerman followed with a towering, 3-run homer to left-center. It’s 4-0 Nats after one inning, and they looked poised for a big night at the plate against Josh Collmenter.

10:21 p.m. — Wow, this is nuts. The Nats just completed the top of the second. They now lead 10-0. Yes, that’s 10. They scored 10 runs before making five outs. The big hits in the 6-run second came from Span (RBI single), Harper (battled back from an 0-2 count to work it full, fouled off a couple and then singled to right-center) and Ramos (bases-clearing double to extend his hitting streak to 14 games). Collmenter lasted only 1 1/3 innings, giving up nine of the runs. His ERA when he took the mound 40 minutes ago was 3.40. Now it’s 5.21. Again, it’s 10-0 Nats in the middle of the second. 10-0.

10:37 p.m. — Whoa, a scoreless top of the third for the Nats. What a letdown. Meanwhile, Max Scherzer has retired all six batters he’s faced so far tonight, needing only 21 pitches to do it. He has looked really sharp.

10:46 p.m. — But not quite sharp enough to do something really special tonight. Chris Owings led off the bottom of the third by beating out a grounder to the hole at short, giving the D’backs their first hit (and baserunner) of the night against Scherzer. They also got a sharp single to right-center by Ender Inciarte, but Scherzer otherwise got through the inning clean. We’re through three here, and it’s still 10-0 Nats.

10:54 p.m. — Guys are starting to swing at everything, perhaps a concession on both sides that this one is out of reach. The Diamondbacks also pulled Paul Goldschmidt after only three innings. Scherzer is through four scoreless on 40 pitches.

11:14 p.m. — So, Yunel Escobar is 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored so far tonight. And it’s only the fifth inning. That tells you what kind of game it’s been. 11-0 Nats after five.

11:31 p.m. — There will be no shutout tonight. Jordan Pacheco homered off Scherzer in the bottom of the sixth. So it’s 11-1 now. Meanwhile, both Zimmerman and Werth have been pulled.

11:53 p.m. — Man, oh man, how good is Escobar right now? He’s gone 5-for-5 for the second time in a week! He’s now batting .342 for the season. And he’ll probably get another at-bat tonight. Stay tuned. Scherzer, meanwhile, is through seven innings, with an 11-1 lead comfortably in hand.

12:07 a.m. — To the ninth we go. Scherzer was taken out after his seven strong innings, replaced by Blake Treinen, who pitched a scoreless eighth. Escobar’s chances of another at-bat don’t look so good, though.

12:23 a.m. — That’s it. The Nats win 11-1. Escobar didn’t get to bat again, sadly. But the team has won five in a row and 11 of 13. They’ve also climbed to within 2 1/2 games of the Mets in the NL East.

250 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Greg - May 11, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    I’m not sure about the line up you posted unless there have been some major trades.

  2. nats1924 - May 11, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Per BR; What are the real chances of us dealing Desi before the AS break for bullpen help, or whatever else we need?

    When Rendon gets back, we’ll have a surplus w Espi, and Yunel.

    • sec105rowwseat28 - May 11, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      Zero.

      • nats1924 - May 11, 2015 at 6:49 PM

        why zero?

        When Rendon 3B, Yunel SS and Espi at 2B w Uggla on the bench.

        Where do you play Desi? …on your forheaed?

        I say you deal Desi for a Kimbrel type of bullpen guy. We’re gonna lose him anyways in FA.

      • nats1924 - May 11, 2015 at 6:51 PM

        Desi’s stat line = 33k w a .664 OPS?

        He’s garbage

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 7:10 PM

        If he’s garbage, then what sort of “bullpen help, or whatever else we need” are you going to get in return?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 7:11 PM

        Sorry, missed the earlier post. So, for ‘garbage’ you get a ‘Kimbrel type of bullpen guy’? That’s an impressive trade.

    • Hiram Hover - May 11, 2015 at 6:49 PM

      I don’ t think Uggla as the only backup would qualify as a “surplus.”

    • nattyboh - May 11, 2015 at 6:51 PM

      What is a realistic return on a 3 month rental of Desmond? Considering how streaky he can be, I think teams would be careful – no guarantee he comes in raking from the start.

      I don’t think we’ll get enough to move him, just my opinion though. Rendon may be living up to his injury prone reputation coming out of college and I don’t think we want to risk seeing Uggla at 2nd for extended periods of time.

      • nats1924 - May 11, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        I think you could could a solid, reliable bullpen guy.

        Padres need a SS

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 7:14 PM

        Just for the sake of killing time before the game, I’ll ask: What makes you think a Desmond rental would bring “a Kimbrel-type guy”? Who needs a Desmond-type guy, assuming *arguendo* you’re right that he’s “garbage”?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 7:21 PM

        OK, by the time I posted my questions you did answer one of them. Why do you suppose the Padres would trade a guy they just went to a lot of trouble to get, and still need? I don’t think that makes much sense. Even if you backpedal from Kimbrel to “solid bullpen guy” (Thornton-type? Someone with goggles?), the odds of that trade still are asymptotically approaching zero.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        That said, FWIW there was a sort of a rumor-oid back at the beginning of April, from Jason Stark, suggesting the Nats might be interested in Aroldis Chapman, IF Storen can’t hold the job, AND the Reds are out of the race, by the break.

        http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/04/nl-east-notes-nats-chapman-duda-braves.html

        Why, yes, I have gotten bored waiting for the game. Why do you ask?

    • Danny - May 11, 2015 at 6:56 PM

      Trust me we will deal for a BP arm at the dealine. No, it will not be Desmond.

  3. slidell2 - May 11, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Greg: Maybe Rizzo traded teams?

    • slidell2 - May 11, 2015 at 6:38 PM

      No, guess he didn’t. Mark just made a little goof.

  4. rlndtln - May 11, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Guys we are trying to win this year.The perfect trade is Roark for a top line reliever to a team that needs a starter.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      Trade a 3.4 WAR SP who isn’t arbitration eligible until 2017 and isn’t a free agent until 2020 for a ‘top line reliever’? Make that trade as a GM and your owner will be interviewing your replacement very soon thereafter.

      • rlndtln - May 11, 2015 at 8:09 PM

        Are you trying to win this years?this is our last shot for awhile.Trading Desi makes no sense.We will lose JZIM ,Fister,Desi and Span after the season.We need to shore up that bullpen now.If you could get a lights out closer and put Storen in the eighth and Jansen in the 7th.Roark goes.

      • Steady Eddie - May 11, 2015 at 8:13 PM

        Not only what you said, Eugene, but anyone who would make such an absurd suggestion has obviously been paying zero attention to Rizzo’s very transparent planning for our offseason free agents. JZimm and very likely Fister are not coming back next year, and Tanner is going back into the rotation next season, beyond any shadow of doubt.

        Besides, the Nats have already eaten Desi’s terrible April as a sunk cost. Dealing him now would be a classic buy high, sell low tactic.

        Also, rlndtln, didn’t you give up on the team for the season three weeks ago?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        I disagree with the ‘last shot’ premise, but let’s assume you’re right and the Nats are going all-in this year. Extend your proposal a bit. What ‘lights out closer’ is available from ‘a team that needs a starter’?

      • rlndtln - May 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

        This team will never win with this bullpen.We trade Blevin for a guy that will never play for us.He would be the best lefty we would have had.You need to sure up the bullpen or you can forget it.What is your solution?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 12, 2015 at 10:08 AM

        My solution? You’re the one who wants to trade Tanner Roark. You need to offer a persuasive case and plan. So far I haven’t seen it.

  5. natsfan1a - May 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Tempting, but I think I’ll just set the DVR and read the gamer here in the a.m. 🙂

    “Might be worth staying up late tonight to see what Bryce Harper might have in store.”

  6. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    I just want to point out, merely as a curiosity, that the team just swept the Braves, and yet we’ve seen posts above advocating trading “garbage” (and reigning three-time Silver Slugger) Desmond, or Tanner Roark (because the 2016 Nats have already missed the playoffs), for Drew Storen, who already works here.

    So it seems that doesn’t only happen during/after a loss. Go figure.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      +1

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Sofa,

      BTW, just saw your cricket post on an earlier thread. Two notes: (a) Why didn’t the other team bring in a left-handed reliever?, (b) On the last softball team on which I regularly played, we brought in a cricket player to fill out the team. He was a great hitter, decent fielder, but we could never teach him NOT to carry his bat with him after getting a hit.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        That’s hilarious.

        A church team I played on years ago talked an Irish intern into playing, one year. He didn’t know baseball or softball, but he was good at hurling. Really good hitter, which was no surprise.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        The rules can be confusing to our Irish and English friends. In a league in Prague years ago, we managed to turn two triple-plays in a single game, but primarily because the other team hailed mostly from the British isles.

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      “garbage” (and reigning three-time Silver Slugger) Desmond,

      That’s a classic!!

  7. tony - May 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    If we keep all of our potential FA and make qualifying offers to JZimm, Desmond, Fister, and Span, does that mean we get 4 first round draft picks ?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      They aren’t first-round picks, exactly. They are so-called “sandwich picks” between the first and second rounds. I’ll be happy if someone knowledgeable corrects me, but I don’t know why they wouldn’t get all four, assuming all four qualify for that level of free agent.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 11, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        The to-be-determined question is whether the team makes a QO to Denard Span. No prospective free agent has ever accepted a QO, but at some point one will — I think — and that will change everyone’s calculus.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      Probably should have just done this in the first place:

      How do MLB qualifying offers work? A guide to the process
      By Alex Skillin on Nov 3, 2014

  8. rlndtln - May 11, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Maybe you like trading Fister for a top line reliever or 2.He will not pitch in the post season and Roark with his great credentials could take over the number 5 spot a year earlier.

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Isn’t it kinda early to know which starter is not going to be in the top four, four months from now?

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      No way Roark goes anywhere. Minimum salary guy with control for years and he kicks ass. That is exactly what teams want.

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        Which is also why this year is decidedly *not* our “last shot”

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      I will say that Fister being traded is more likely than Roark going (because there is no way they are trading a young, controllable, very good starter for a reliever.) But with Fister in his walk season, I’m not sure who would give us one top reliever, much less two for him.

  9. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Bam Span!

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Denard Span likes outdoor air! Who does he think he is, Alfonso Soriano?

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Good AB by Werth.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Bryce Harper gets to a 3-1 pitch. This will be fun to watch.

  13. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    I didn’t think there were any 83mph fastballs left in the MLB

  14. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Holy blammo Zim!

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    A blast and a bang by Ryan Zimmerman. That’s the guy we know!

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      It’s official…..he’s not hot, but he’s pretty warm now.

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      It’s official…..he’s not hot, but he’s pretty warm now.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    4 run 1st inning and the bonus is Collmenter threw 25 pitches. Good job boys!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      So far 6 in the second

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Who would have predicted that with all the build-up about Collmenter.

  17. NatsNut - May 11, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Wait, I just turned the game on. Am I reading this correctly? 4 runs in 12 minutes? That’s pretty nice.

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      That is not a typo.

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      +4 !!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Span leadoff bomb. Escobar single. Werth walk. Bryce hit it to the wall for a long out. RZim 3 run HR.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    While the Nats were hitting HRs, Mets went back-to-back on their own HRs. Cubs now clinging to a 4-3 lead.

  19. Joe Seamhead - May 11, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Wow, I bet that throw from Max was none too comfortable for Ryan. What a laser he threw to first!

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    See Danny, make contact and good things happen. 70 foot dribbler.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    That was not butcher boy FP. What is up with you. He was swinging away. If you screw up, correct yourself.

  22. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Put a fork in Collmenter. We got a bead on his stuff.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Collmenter has been BABIP’d on 3 straight hits. Good things happen with contact. RISP BA looking good boys.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      4 straight hits BABIP’d on the ground.

  24. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Nice sac fly, Jayson.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Good productive out by JDub with that Sac Fly that scores Scherzer but also gets Span to 3rd base with 1 out.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    They are trying to jam Bryce and don’t want him to extend his arms.

  27. Feelanau - May 11, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    What does Bryce have stuffed in his lower lip?

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Big League Chew

      • Feelanau - May 11, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Really? I hope so. Hate for him to start that terrible habit.

      • Feelanau - May 11, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        Big League Chew is bubble gum, right?

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        I have no clue what’s in his mouth. I really don’t care as long as he keeps this up.

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        I have no clue what’s in his mouth. I really don’t care as long as he keeps this up.

  28. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    I would say being more in the “zone” would be knowing what pitch you hit, no?

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Another RISP hit. Nice single Bryce.

  30. npb99 - May 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Love it when I’m late tuning into a game and we’re already way ahead. Although I also would have liked to see those runs…

    • knoxvillenat - May 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      That’s what the post game show or Quick Pitch on the MLB channel is for.

  31. Danny - May 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Nats have four! 300 hitters. Let that sink in.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      You are correct. That is getting healthy!!!!

  32. TimDz - May 11, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    The Nats are being kind to those of us that need to get up early….

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    That’s RBI 29 for Bryce.

  34. ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Wow, miss the first couple minutes of the game and they have scored an April’s-worth of runs!

    Fun posts tonite. I really don’t see Desi and his cannon arm and bazooka bat going anywhere soon. If Rizzo got a crazy offer, sure, but not because he wants to unload him. Rizzo doesn’t mind sticking by his young guys. He won’t overpay in FA though, so we will see some guys walk and we will take the picks according to the link that Sofa posted (ty Sofa).

    And trading a guy in his last year before FA isn’t easy. You need desperate teams to get good value and it’s just too early. Maybe later, as other teams injuries pile up (we have had our fair share, tyvm), then we might see a deal in the vein of Capps for Ramos.

    Something wrong with Storen? Injured and I missed it? Because if he is still playing, then please name ONE available closer we could possibly get, one with a record better than his since he came back up from AAA in 2013. Can’t be done. If you don’t like Storen, you should read Boz’ column on him last week (or maybe week before.) I believe in Storen, but an eye opener, that column was.

    Trades for trades sake, or for vengeance for past losses, are Dan Snyder deals. I’ll take the Rizzo way any day, thanks.

    Nats rack up a couple more as I typed this. Team is clicking!
    (And now 3 more.!!!!!)

    GYFNG!!!!!!!

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      I’m pretty sure we have a potential closer in Janssen if Storen does in fact crumble. We have yet to see one pitch. There’s so much time between now and the deadline, there’s so many ways this could play out.

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    The Buffalo with a smash double! 3 RBIs, are you kidding me!!!!

  36. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    10-0. Laffer alert!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Never a laugher my friend until it’s over. The Barves were laughing at 9-1.

      • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        +1

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Scherzer? Come on guys.

        LAFFER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    14 game hitting streak now for Ramos. I don’t think FP or Carp mentioned that.

  38. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Desmond clueless while everyone else is hitting.

    Go figure

    • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      And earlier in the season he was raking and hitting .330. Things will sort out and Desi will stop pressing… eventually.

  39. NatsNut - May 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    step on their throats, boys!

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      aren’t they already dead?

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      aren’t they already dead?

  40. Drew - May 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    I wish the Redskins could put up a touchdown and a field goal in the first quarter.

  41. npb99 - May 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Scherzer will start pitching in the bottom of the second with a ten run lead: his teammates’ apology for April.

  42. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Nasty slide, Scherz

  43. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Nasty slide, Scherz

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Collins playing the Cubs like it’s a playoff game. Going through pitchers in matchups with 3 relievers in the 7th inning.

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Let Terry burn up the pen early in the season. He’s a genius.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:39 PM

        +1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:40 PM

        Here was the situation. Man at 1st with 1 out for a LOOGY to face Anthony Rizzo. He got Rizzo out then Carlyle came in.

    • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 10:50 PM

      While no game in May is important, I have to think Collins knows as long as the Nats are hot it is important that the Mets get every winnable game.

      Especially given how the Mets have been scuffing on offense.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        They are important but not do-or-die. He’s now onto his 4th reliever to start the 8th.

      • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        Well that has always been terry’s thing hasn’t it?

        One of the reasons I miss Clippard is that with Clip we didn’t do a lot of match up bouncing So we weren’t as hard on our relievers. I HATE watching somebody come in throw well and only see one batter before getting pulled for a matchup… only for that guy not to have his best stuff.

        Impressed with this reliever for the diamondbacks.. eating up a ton of innings after that shellacing their starter faced.

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Stay intense guys.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Nats are a combined 5 for 8 in RISP hitting so far.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      The last 7 games this proble,m has been less.

  47. ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Is Scherzer batting 2nd? He’s up again in the 3rd!!! Oh, oh, I see. Wow. Nevermind. 😹

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM

      Three innings 21 batters.

  48. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    There goes the no hitter

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:49 PM

      Lol

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Great play Buffalo

    • nataddicted - May 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Super sweet move by Wilson Ramos to get after a weak foul over his head and make the catch. Very athletic!

  50. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    DBacks throwing in the towel.

    • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      If I was a dbacks fan I would be annoyed. But I aint.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Hey peeps… been going to the wiz games etc… so that’s why I been MIA.. got a bunch of wiz games on the dvr to catch up with…

    At any rate, I want more runs…. ☺

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Goldschmidt hurt?

    • ArVAFan - May 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      C & D think it was just giving him a break since he’s started every game.

  53. ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Hmm, Nats’ bats have fallen silent? Cause for concern?

  54. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Where’s the D&G crew? There has to be something it criticize.

    • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      Well the Nats haven’t scored a run for three innings and the dbacks are making solid contact.. so obviously it is good we got lucky and scratched together a few runs in the first.

      🙂

      Let us be honest, this game doesn’t solve everything… and neither did the atl homestand… or the Miami series… or the Comeback… individually none of it means anything.

      But as a trend… this is the team we thought we had. A dangerous lineup that can pick up the guys that are struggling, guys with power and smarts. Combined with good pitching and some talent in the bullpen this is a dangerous team.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      What happened to the bats… bums just stopped swinging…

      (Was that right? Maybe I should have said something about over rated Harper or Jayson Werth-less)

      • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:12 PM

        Nonono… you have to point out how Harper was swinging at garbage pitches with runners on in the first and isn’t hitting 300 anymore.

        Scherzer for right field!

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Scherzer is an athlete. Fister nods in approval on that slick play at 1st.

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      You can hear them yell something like “Yeah Maxie!!” from the dugout.

  56. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Is 1st half 2011 Espi back?

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      What year Scherzer is this? Guy is a hitter!

  57. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Scherzer now hates the DH.

    • Section 222 - May 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      Ha!!

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

    On to the 9th in Chicago with the Cubs leading 4-3.

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Way too early to be concerned about the other teams in our division.

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Way too early to be concerned about the other teams in our division.

      • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:03 PM

        I’m not concerned, I just enjoy watching them try to keep their heads above water.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:08 PM

        I’m not concerned now but I want the Nats to be firmly in place of the top of the division sooner than later.

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:11 PM

        Me too. I just seems like hounding every game like it’s September and you’re in a pennant race is a bit much right now. I’m just concerned about what we’re doing at this point.

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:11 PM

        Me too. I just seems like hounding every game like it’s September and you’re in a pennant race is a bit much right now. I’m just concerned about what we’re doing at this point.

      • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        It isn’t concern. It is just like running a race. You are focusing on your time and staying in yourself… but you keep an eye on the guy in front of you and check your intervals anyway.

    • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      Cubs win!

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Will Escobar have a second 5 hit game in a week or so?

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    I guess whatever bug Escobar had, some of the others like Werth and Desi might like it.

  61. Eric - May 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Cubbies on the brink of doing us a solid…

  62. ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Cubs Win, CUBS WIN!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      That’s funny, you were typing Cubs Win, CUBS WIN and I’m typing Mets lose, Mets lose.

      • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        I was going for the HC tribute.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:26 PM

        Yep, I’m going in the other direction!

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Mets lose Mets lose

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      Now -3

  64. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Span always with the nice clean routes.

  65. adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Mets with one on and one out, down by one in the 9th — pinch hitter grounds into DP.

    Game over. If our Nats can “hold on” — we’re within 2.5 games . . . .

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      Like I said the other day, we are coming Mets, we are coming…

      • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        The key part is the part at the end.

      • chrisrw109nats - May 11, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        Hrm that was the wrong one. And I can’t edit it.

        Dammit. This is the one.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      +1

  66. ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    What’s with the dirt path between the mound and home plate at the ballpark? I don’t think that’s too common, right?
    Is there some history behind that?

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      I have a vague recollection that in “the old days” (even as recently as the 1950’s and ’60s, no?) many fields were like that — and so this is a “throwback”

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      Up until about 1960 this was the norm. Then gone for the longest time.

      Now Chase Field and Comerica Park have the path.

      • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        Thanks. Seems like could be trouble – bad hops, tripping on the edge, etc.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      It’s called a keyhole, and yes, it is a sort of throwback look.
      Just the first relevant thing that came up:
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/498707-why-is-there-a-dirt-strip-between-home-plate-the-pitchers-mound/

      Before Major League Baseball expanded in the 1960s and began to construct steel and concrete stadiums shortly thereafter, most ballparks featured a dirt strip between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. Hoping to tap into the nostalgia, Detroit and Arizona brought back the “keyhole” …

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:27 PM

        I knew those two stadiums did, and thought non others did.

  67. adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Up 11-0. and Harper is still patient. I love it.

  68. adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    And RZ finally gets a (well deserved) rest! 😉

  69. slidell2 - May 11, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    In the ’50s, Griffith Stadium had a “path” between the mound and home plate.

  70. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    And Desmond gets off the schnied!

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      He only hits the good pitchers, lol.

  71. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    I am glad Nuno didn’t start.

    Granted we are way up, but we haven’t him very much.

    I was hoping to wipe out the bullpen, but it ends up this guy is their MVP as the bullpen is basically saved now.

  72. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Ugly Espi right there.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      And I was just about to say something nice about him, and we get a throwback AB. You HAD to know he was going to get the same pitch right back, and he STILL waves at it in the dirt.

      Maybe they just want to get back to the hotel.

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        Maybe. It’s tough to kick ALL old habits. I’ll give him a pass on this one time while I ride his bandwagon.

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:38 PM

        Granted — but Ramos did almost the exact same thing. With same result.

        He had three K’s that inning — Espi was only one of them.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      Big leads can lead to casual at bats, and you need to be careful not to create bad habits.

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Koeler only losing 1-0 in the bottom of the 5th. He is happy not to be facing Harper.

  74. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    So if Max doesn’t want to finish, who do you get up? Solis pitched yesterday, no?

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:34 PM

      Doesn’t want to finish? I’m confused.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

        Well, now that he’s lost the shutout, he has less reason to want the complete game.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:36 PM

        Trainan

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:39 PM

        He’s got like 73 pitches or something like that. No need to quit and burn up BP arms when he can easily pitch 100 with a HUGE lead. They basically gave up anyways. They benched Goldschmidt in the 3rd.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:44 PM

        I think MNF is on. Treinan.

        Let’s see. I doubt he finishes now that he gave up the shutout.

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    That hanging slider looked as bad as the hanger to Stanton.

    He does better in tight games then blow outs.

  76. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Aroldis Chapman wild pitches a run in for the Reds. They need to trade a Cueto or Cozart for a real shutdown closer.

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      LOL

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Why not Todd Frazier? They could get a great closer for him.

    • ehay2k - May 11, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Bazinga!

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      Reds fans thinking “there’s no way we can win with out bullpen . . . “

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:39 PM

        “our” bullpen

        (my kingdom for an edit button!)

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    5 hits two Mondays in a row.

  78. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    FP you fool we are off May 18

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:44 PM

      Fool second time. He knows Goldschmidt went 0 for 1 and now is .342 also.

      The Rockies and Cards were off so their averages would not change.

      Gordon and Gonzalez were far enough ahead they couldn’t bat enough to fall that low.

  79. Eric - May 11, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Escobar is the man!!! Love this guy!

  80. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Did anyone mention the Wizards lost?

    The Wizards lost.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      I forgot they played.

  81. adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    OK, stat heads — when was the last time a player got 5 hits in a game twice in seven days!

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      Never.

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM

        really?!?!

      • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        I just threw that out there. I have no clue. I’m sure there is someone.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      Well. That was easy.

      ; )

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        Is he really the first ever?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 12:19 AM

        None of the smart people are still here. We’ll have to get back to you on that.

  82. TimDz - May 11, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    I know it’s early, but the Yunel Escobar trade is making Rizzo look even MORE like a genius….

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      He sure has reaped many harvests from picking players coming off injury, previously injured, or currently injured. It’s pretty much his MO.

    • veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      He sure has reaped many harvests from picking players coming off injury, previously injured, or currently injured. It’s pretty much his MO.

  83. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Scherzer has 80 pitches. Please to be explaining why he gets taken out?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      He doesn’t need to go over 100, that is why.

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      He pitched a lot last time out (144 pitches). We want to ride him as the workhorse all season long. No need for him to go more than seven with a 10 run lead.

      • Eric - May 11, 2015 at 11:54 PM

        144 pitches? My goodness! 😉

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:54 PM

        (of course, I meant: 114 pitches)

        (my kingdom for an edit button)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        144?? In MY day the starters went 441 pitches. And they were glad for the work!

      • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:58 PM

        And did it barefoot, too!

      • Eric - May 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

        They pitched out of a shallow hole, too, right?

      • adcwonk - May 12, 2015 at 12:01 AM

        And their night games didn’t have lights!

  84. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Follow up Gordon 0 for 2 .432, Gonzalez 1 for 3 .376

  85. adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    FP and Carp noted that there were five pitchers last year who had more starts than walks — two of them were JZ and Fister. (I love “no walks”!) Apparently, Scherzer thought that was awesome.

    And now Scherzer, in his 7th start, has 5 BBs thus far this year. (JZ and Fister have 9, Stras has 10) The Nats as a team (as of this morning) had the 4th fewest in NL.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:52 PM

      Now he has 6 walk. Walking the 8th batter. Is running out of gas.

  86. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 11, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Confirmed, Treinan warming after the 2-out BB in the seventh.

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    FP still has his man crush on Kevin Fransen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:57 PM

      Yep.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Have I mentioned how sick I am getting of that Draft Kings commercial? Can one of you uber-connected insider guys do something?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:08 AM

        I do love playing draft kings

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - May 11, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Scherzer gets that ERA back to 1.99

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      Was down at 1.91 before homer.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 12:07 AM

        It was and then it was over 2.10. Got it back to 1.99. Started the game at 2.11

  89. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    As I said this Nino saved their bullpen. We could have really roughed up the bullpen, and have them short handed the rest of the series, but we failed to do that.

    • adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM

      I owe you a beer MNF! 😉

  90. adcwonk - May 11, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    I was just going to say what Carp just said — how often do you see a reliever throw 100 pitches in a game?!

    Nuno is MVP for Arizona tonight.

  91. manassasnatsfan - May 11, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Unlike FP, I love Baxter.

  92. senators5 - May 11, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    I know the Nats have an 11 spot, BUT these damn Ks, especially the backwardness are really frustrating.

    • adcwonk - May 12, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Nuno’s averaged about 1K per inning this year in AAA, and last year with Ariz.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 12:04 AM

      Helps to focus on the big picture, rather than the small details.

  93. veejh - May 11, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Yeah, Ramos! Let’s take out some kiddies on the way out!

  94. senators5 - May 12, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    backward ones. I did it myself, Ha.

  95. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Home plate is to the south? How can you have southpaw then?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      Customary orientation used to have home to the west, hence the idiom, but in fact, lots of ballparks aren’t pointing that way.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:11 AM

        Joe west looked at the scoreboard not the pitch.

  96. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Low lev Treinen no prob. Need to see more effective high lev Treinen.

  97. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    tough K for Dez. that was not 3rd strike. whatever.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 12:13 AM

      Joe West wants to get back to the hotel bar.

      Honestly, I can’t say that I blame him.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:13 AM

      As I said above joe wear umping via the scoreboard not where the pitch is.

  98. Eric - May 12, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    What was with that bozo yelling at Espi? LMAO.

    • smatt1001 - May 12, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      Clearly he just wants to go home

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    I hear about a speedy Michael Taylor, but have yet to see him.

    Speak about speedy, the Outfielder Dyson for the Royal is speedy.

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 12:18 AM

      Arriba, arriba! Andale, andale!

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Could Treinan have success in high leverage next time he is in that position?

    As much as his stuff moves how come he doesn’t miss many bats?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 12:22 AM

      Because they don’t have much trouble picking it up, and the movement is dramatic, but predictable.

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 12:23 AM

      He’s just chucking pitches that have crazy movement right now. As soon as he learns the art of pitching, he’ll be crazy good. A star in the making, imo.

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 12:23 AM

      He’s just chucking pitches that have crazy movement right now. As soon as he learns the art of pitching, he’ll be crazy good. A star in the making, imo.

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    That is never called. Joe West is in a hurry.

  102. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    I hope he challenges West’s call on this, just on GP.

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