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Game 34: Nats at Diamondbacks

May 12, 2015, 6:13 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHOENIX — Score 11 runs, 10 of them in the first two innings, why change anything? The Nationals certainly aren’t, so it’s the exact same lineup for tonight’s second game of this series against the Diamondbacks, with Denard Span, Yunel Escobar, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Co. looking to keep things rolling and secure this team’s sixth straight victory.

Stephen Strasburg is back on the mound, making his first start since that bout of shoulder blade discomfort disrupted his previous outing one week ago. Strasburg received a chiropractic adjustment the next day and he has insisted since he feels great. We’ll have to watch him closely, of course, during the first inning or two tonight to see if there are any lingering issues.

Rubby De La Rosa starts for the D’backs. It’s the right-hander’s 35th career big-league start, his 51st career appearance, but his first-ever against the Nationals.

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: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 19 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 Stephen Strasburg

DIAMONDBACKS
CF Ender Inciarte
RF Mark Trumbo
1B Paul Goldschmidt
LF David Peralta
3B Aaron Hill
2B Chris Owings
C Tuffy Gosewisch
SS Nick Ahmed
RHP Rubby De La Rosa

UMPIRES
HP Kerwin Danley
1B Rob Drake
2B Gabe Morales
3B Joe West (cc)

9:40 p.m. — And we’re underway. It’s a little cooler tonight, only 89 degrees, with some wind blowing. Though with the big panels in the outfield closed, the ball may not carry as much as it did last night.

10:00 p.m. — A shaky bottom of the first for Stephen Strasburg, who got two quick outs but then walked Paul Goldschmidt and then gave up back-to-back hits to David Peralta and Aaron Hill. Both hits came on fastballs, with Hill roping a 2-run double to right-center. Strasburg’s velocity (95-97 mph) was fine. His fastball location, however, wasn’t great. And so it’s 2-0 D’backs after one inning that required 26 pitches from Strasburg.

10:23 p.m. — Scary moment here in the bottom of the second as Kerwin Danley took a Nick Ahmed foul tip directly off his facemask, leaving the veteran umpire visibly dazed. He wound up leaving the game (the wise decision), with Gabe Morales taking over behind the plate and a 3-man crew now calling the game. That led to an 8-minute delay in the middle of the inning, but Strasburg worked his way around it all, retiring the side on 12 pitches. The Nats, meanwhile, got a double from Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the second but saw Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond robbed by D’backs defenders. Still 2-0 Arizona after two.

11:05 p.m. — Oh man, this was not a good night for Strasburg. He was rocked for eight runs (seven earned) in only 3 1/3 innings, getting hit hard, capped by Mark Trumbo’s 3-run blast off a changeup in the bottom of the fourth. He also didn’t help himself booting a sac bunt attempt, leading to an unearned run. It’s not a question of velocity right now, it’s a matter of mechanics and command. And it’s not pretty. Strasburg’s updated season numbers: 6.00 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, 50 hits allowed in 36 innings. And he’s reached the seventh inning only once in seven starts. Nats down 8-2 after four.

11:30 p.m. — It’s becoming that kind of night for the Nats. Sammy Solis intentionally walked No. 8 hitter Nick Ahmed to load the bases for Rubby De La Rosa in the bottom of the fifth … and then proceeded to give up an RBI single to the opposing pitcher. So it’s now 10-2 D’backs after five ugly innings.

11:57 p.m. — And it keeps getting worse. Solis and Matt Grace combined to give up four more runs in the bottom of the sixth. That more than made up for Bryce Harper’s 2-run homer in the top of the inning, which was still quite impressive in its own. Harper lunged at a pitch down and away, didn’t even take a full follow-through on his swing and somehow pulled the ball 380 feet to right-center field. Stunning. It’s his 12th homer of the season, his seventh in six games. But it means little tonight, because the Nats are trailing 14-4 after six innings.

12:08 a.m. — Hey, the Nats made it through an inning without giving up a run! A clean bottom of the seventh for Aaron Barrett, keeping the deficit at 14-4.

12:21 a.m. — Holy cow, Clint Robinson is pitching the bottom of the eighth! This is, I’m 99 percent positive, the first-ever position player to pitch for the Nationals.

12:25 a.m. — And Robinson tosses a scoreless inning of relief! He did give up a leadoff single but struck out Aaron Hill and got two more outs, featuring an 81-mph fastball and some kind of offspeed pitch that registered in the low 70s. The Nats dugout loved it.

12:39 a.m. — Anyways, this game is over. Nats lose 14-6 after scoring twice in the top of the ninth. Back at it tomorrow afternoon.

240 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eugene in Oregon - May 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    GYFNG!

  2. natsfan1a - May 12, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    So it really is Rubby? Oh, dear. I fear that FP is going to come down with what my mom used to call a serious case of giggle-itis (going by his comments on last night’s broadcast regarding a potential battery of Rubby and Tuffy).

    Anyhoo, I’m going with my usual West Coast routine. Set DVR, with bracketing in case of a longer game, and watch tomorrow. Have fun watching, y’all!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      He already warned that if Rubby is throwing to Tuffy that he was going to have fun with it. He also promised a version of Rubby Tuesday.

      • natsfan1a - May 12, 2015 at 7:11 PM

        Who could hang a name on him? 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 7:12 PM

        I’m hoping the Nats can hang some crooked numbers on Rubby on Tuesday!

      • natsfan1a - May 12, 2015 at 8:09 PM

        Excellent.

  3. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Ya know, I’m already back in the mode where I expect us to win every game. Every time I look at our pitching matchup, I feel like we have a true #1 or #2 taking the mound (hooray Gio)! Bring it on!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      I started the year expecting 162-0. Presently I will settle for 147-15

  4. Doc - May 12, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Not sure if I’d be able to make it through life with a moniker like Tuffy Goosewitch I’ll bet that over time Tuffy got good at being a toughie.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      Charlie and Dave told the story of how he got that nickname as a child.

  5. unkyd59 - May 12, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    I hate to be a killjoy… But let’s try not to trade away any cogs in our smooth running machine, before first pitch, tonight…. 😉

    • adcwonk - May 12, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      Naah. Usually there’s a lull around now. But the first time a Nats makes a bad play, or bad pitch, or falls behind, the trade chatter will resume 😉

      • unkyd59 - May 12, 2015 at 7:36 PM

        Hey, I read the gamer, just before the game started last night, and Desi was garbage that could somehow be swapped for a Kimbrel-level closer, and Roark had to be moved for “BP help”… You would’ve thought we were on a ten game losing streak…. I smh and drifted off to sleep (the boys had scored 10 runs in the few minnits it took to read that…lol)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 8:04 PM

        Some of it gets to a point where it’s not even worth commenting on.

      • adcwonk - May 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM

        Good point. I stand corrected!

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 12, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      +1

  6. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Reposting from prior thread – after Cishek’s issues, the Fish are looking at R. Soriano. Cishek 2015 is Storen 2013, but it seems a bit early to hit the panic button, especially the $14M dollar variety. Boras is going to take Loria for some serious cash!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 7:19 PM

      Yah, that will solve a lot of their issues.

      • ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Always start the big spending with the closer – looks what Papelbon’s contract did for the Phillies!

  7. NatsLady - May 12, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Will the roof be open for the game?

    • soonernat - May 12, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      NatsLady – it is 90 degrees right now in Phoenix and the roof is usually open when it is this cool!

  8. soonernat - May 12, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Check out Tuffy’s scoreboard picture from last year…he looked like Kenny Powers’ (fictional player in HBO series Eastbound http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=kenny+powers&qpvt=Kenny+Powers&qpvt=Kenny+Powers&FORM=IGRE ) twin brother. I told the D’backs fans sitting next to me to check out Danny Espinosa’s picture when he came up to bat….they called him Yosemite Sam all night long…;-)

    • natsfan1a - May 12, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      Time for some rootin’ tootin’ hits!

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Noah Syndergaard with a 1-2-3 start to his career. Bryant hit him hard but right at the CF.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 12, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      So he’s got a no-hitter going, huh?

      • unkyd59 - May 12, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        Perfect, even…..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 8:24 PM

        1/9th of a no-hitter if they pull him now.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        No hitter just ended on the 5th batter. So much for that.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 12, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        Oh well. But I gotta say that the Mets’ baby pitchers (Messrs. deGrom and Syndergaard) do have great hair.

  10. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Holy moly. .462 w RISP last 5 games. 13 HRs. Wowsers.

    • knoxvillenat - May 12, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Who? I’m not following this comment.

      • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        the team has hit .462 with RISP for the last 5 games. They have also as a team hit 13 HRs.

      • Eric - May 12, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        I think the whole team

  11. nattygoats - May 12, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Stras tonight. Gonna need 11 more runs. Go Nats

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 12, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Ready for another butt whooping tonight…. my fingers are crossed…

  13. Just. Dave - May 12, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    How long does Werth stay in the 3-hole? I think Ramos deserves the cleanup slot with Harper moving up to third. Bat Werth seventh or eighth. I love the guy, but having him in what is traditionally the lineup slot reserved for the best hitter seems a bit of a reach.

    • Just. Dave - May 12, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      If Williams makes the move per my suggestion, the team will score (18) runs a game! The Lerner’s should hire me as a special assistant, like Snyder did with that man who was calling bingo.

  14. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Is it just me, or does it appear that the more the Nats win, the more relaxed they seem to be? And this is pretty darn relaxed, I guess. I said for the past few years that when this team presses, when they try to force something to happen, they play pretty poorly. But this level of production is borderline silly.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Span’s single was what Dee Gordon has been doing all season.

  16. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    That was Esco’s bad BABIP for the night.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Hit it up the middle. DeLa Rosa could gave knocked it anywhere.

  17. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Get off the interstate Werth.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Cubs score three in the bottom of the 6th

  19. Danny - May 12, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Strasburg looking hittable early as usual

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      No down movement on pitches

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        Well it was a 4-seamer, not a 2-seamer. He was trying to blow him away with high heat and didn’t get it high enough.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      I thought that was a great jam pitch on Peralta for that oppo single and Hill just didn’t miss that pitch up in the zone (could have been higher). It happens.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        Peralta’s pitch was fine, the Hill one pathetic.

        2 strikes used to be time for uncle Charlie or a change up. But no longer. Fastballs are killers.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        He missed the location. Had to be higher. It happens. You need that reachback high heater and it didn’t get it there.

  20. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    The old walk followed by a base hit trick.

    I hate walks

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 12, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    That was way up…

  22. Danny - May 12, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Can’t out anyone away with 2 strikes 2 runs. SS has been awful this year

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      You know, he just doesn’t have much movement on his fastball. For a bit during the 2nd half of last season, he featured a 2 seamer that was moving around a bit. I’d like to see that kind of stuff again from Stras.

  23. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    All started with a 2 out walk has 2 strikes and throws a high fast ball.

    He has quickly fallen to the number 5 starter.

    • Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      You complain about negativity and then you make a comment like that after 1 inning and about 25 pitches. That’s ridiculous.

  24. rlndtln - May 12, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    No command.Just an awful pitch

  25. bleacherbumerik - May 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Strasburg is awful. Please trade him now while he has any value.

    • Danny - May 12, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      People still don’t understand the concept of buy low sell high apparently

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        He is not awful. He is just the weakest link.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:02 PM

      The Oreos blog needs you back.

      • npb99 - May 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        +1.

  26. exposremains - May 12, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    What’s wrong with this guy? What happened to him? What happened to his amazing curve? His unreachable fastball..his make you look bad changeup.

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      When he was touted as the next coming of Jesus, he was pitching around 100mph. Now, he just another run of the mill 95mph guy that has better than average stuff. He definitely didn’t turn out to be Jesus.

    • Steady Eddie - May 12, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Not that complicated. He doesn’t know how to pitch in very low desert humidity — San Diego is very temperate but humid. That’s why he’s given up on the curve. But he’s not fooling anyone now.

  27. Nats Fan Zee - May 12, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    I have a bad feeling that this is going to get worse. Starsburg has poor command.

  28. Danny - May 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Remember back when SS starts were the only reason to see the Nats. What happened?

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      Pitching coaches/manager/whoever convinced him to go contact and lower his speed to pitch later in games and lengthen his career. Now, he’s just an average/above average pitcher.

  29. philipd763 - May 12, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Strasburg is pitching himself right out of the starting rotation.

    • Danny - May 12, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      Slight overreaction

    • Just. Dave - May 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      This is a good thought. Swap Strasburg and Roark. I think the bullpen and the rotation would improve, and Strasburg would learn humility.

      I love this.

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Let’s get those runs back, right now.

  31. Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Wow. Zim really not able to run full speed. That’s triple for someone with average speed. The ball rolled all the way to the wall.

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      I thought the same thing.

      • Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 10:11 PM

        They didn’t show a replay of his running unfortunately. He seemed to get out of the box pretty well. Maybe he slowed up when it looked like it might be caught.

  32. hitmeimopen - May 12, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Rally-killing, no poise, no clue, non-pitching pitcher! Send him to Detroit or whomever would be so foolish to take this emotional dumpster-fire excuse for a major leaguer.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    RZim foul tips the ball that the catcher didn’t secure the ball and the next pitch he’s rewarded with a double.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      That happens against mire than for us.

      • Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 10:10 PM

        Any evidence for that?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        None, just pure got feeling, so its an opinion, not a fact. You can live with that I hope.

      • Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        Maybe say, “it seems like” rather than suggesting that it’s actually true. Since you watch so much baseball I thought you actually kept track of stuff like that like you do RISP hits.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Yikes Wilson

  35. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Wow the same pitch Aaron Hill crushed to right center, Buffalo let go to k. Wish Hill had let it go to K.

  36. Danny - May 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    It is pretty funny, the new usernames that pop up at any sign of adversity ha.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      Strasburg will come back this innings.

      The real trolls been missing since the 13-12 game

  37. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Cubs 4-0

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      DBacks 2-0

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        We are watching that.

        We will end up winning 6-4

  38. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    CIN 4
    ATL 3
    final

  39. Danny - May 12, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Joe Ross and Reynaldo Lopez had great starts for Harrisburg and Potomac

  40. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Kerwin Danley is done for the night,, I suspect. He looks bad.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      Agreed

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Reds walkoff on the Barves. Ball hit to leftifeld where Gomes was inserted.

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Ump looks hurt

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      What clue did you have?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        Looking at his eyes was clue enough for me.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        That was a knockout punch.

  43. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Damn, that ump looks like he’s on Mars

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      He usually umps like he’s on Mars. I would say more like Pluto after that shot.

      • ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Or Eris ? (since we’re naming minor planets)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

        Yes

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 12, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Hope the blue doesn’t have a concussion… man, he looked out of it for a minute….

  45. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    I wonder if Brian Knight is back yet. He is the one that took one square several weeks ago.

  46. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Stras was sick of those crap calls. Blammo!

  47. Eric - May 12, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    What’s the “on field delay” bring reported by AtBat?

    • Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      Ump hit square in the face with a foul tip. He’s out of the game, and another ump is going to get the gear.

    • Eric - May 12, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      NM, posts make it sounds like a pitch to the dome.

      Hope he’s ok.

    • ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      HP Ump hit by tipped ball. Hard. He is out of the game.

    • Eric - May 12, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      Thanks y’all…bummer…

  48. TimDz - May 12, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Caught him flush….

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 12, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    The new ump is handsome… I hope his SZ is fair..

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Checked it out Brian Knight is umping second at the Boston at Oakland game. Not sure how long he has been back.

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

    Did FP remember that Strasburg is a rightie? Where was swingback on that pitch for strike 3. It kept riding outside and didn’t come back.

  52. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Danny now being featured from the left. Are we on Mars?

  53. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Tuffy took a tough one from Rubby.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 12, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Yikes… got him right in the throat…

  55. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    I had zero faith in Stras getting that done. Well done.

  56. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Span has seen 11 of Rubby’s 35 pitches. (soon to be 12 of 36)

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      good call

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Denard half way to the cycle after 2 at bats, just kike he was last night after the first 2 at bats

  58. Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Actually FP, it’s not a bad thing to have a different approach with 2 strikes. But yes, not being afraid of hitting with 2 strikes is key. TTB is great at that. So is Werth. The more pitches you see, the more likely you’ll get one you can drive.

  59. sectionalcushion2 - May 12, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Is it my imagination or does Tuffy ha pave green nail polish on?

    • ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      Nail polish so the pitcher can see the signs.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:38 PM

        Correct many catchers do. Lime green bright yellow 2 of the more popular colors

  60. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    For as hard as loud as the ball sounded off the bat, the ball rolled really slow.

  61. sectionalcushion2 - May 12, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    ‘Have green’ nail polish on?

  62. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Werth get off the interstate please.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Carp is getting some lousy reads on balls. Nice hitting by Span with RISP.

  64. exposremains - May 12, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Why is Werth still hitting 3rd?

  65. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Stras getting that bunt down with 2 strikes was key. Great hitting by Span.

  66. Danny - May 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Blerg

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    I agree with FP. That was a nice looking pitch.

  68. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    5th homer of his career. Fast ball with no movement is not hard for a professional to hit.

    Why are you surprised F.P.?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Come on MNF. Give the batter credit. That was a well placed fastball and he didn’t miss it.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:45 PM

        Hitter hit, gut the ball never moved, with a little movement it would be topped.

        The point is his fastball is being hit, the others arent

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM

        Then you want him to throw 2-seamers. I can’t figure out Strasburg.

      • Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        If our batters or pitchers do well, MNF gives them credit. If there’s do, it’s all our pitchers or batters fault. It’s a strange way to analyze the game.

  69. phillygirl1807 - May 12, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    MW – Move Werth down in the lineup. Maybe after Desmond? He shouldn’t be batting 3rd with a .188 batting average.

    And Stephen Strasburg – PLEASE man up!!

    • mcnaircd - May 12, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      Moving Werth down in the line up will not help his production. He is currently hitting in front the hottest power bat in the NL. Give him time and leave him there for awhile longer to see if he can find his stroke.

      • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:54 PM

        Of course it won’t help his production, but it will help the team’s production.

      • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:54 PM

        comment meant for mcnaircd’s post

      • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:54 PM

        comment meant for mcnaircd’s post

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Change ups and curves with 2 strikes finally the right pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Goldschmidt k on a slider.

      Then of course immediately gives up a hit on a fastball.

      His fastball is easy to hit tonight.

  71. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    that curve was a strike

  72. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    that was a strike, too

  73. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    was that a changeup for the K?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      I believe it was a slider, but might have been a change up

  74. scmargenau - May 12, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Mrs B

    Handsome??? A stretch …

  75. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Another double. Let’s tie this game.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    What was that ball speed off of Bryce’s bat?

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Keep the line moving

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Good baserunning by Harp. Sure don’t want to get doubled off of 2nd.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Bad luck there by Ramos. That’s been a single for 2 weeks for him.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Not tonight.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    I just told my wife, please no double okay, within 2 seconds he dies it.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    OK, that was a poor pitch by Strasburg on that triple.

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    How long do you stick with Stras tonight? 2 poor pitch sequences in a row.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      Now it is time to do something. There was no way to get the guy out at third.

      His brain is not with his body now.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

        Stras needs a K her then a doubleplay. Come on Stras.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM

        Like I said after the 2nd batter, “How long do you stick with Stras tonight”. You could see he didn’t have it.

        Disappointing.

  83. AlexandriaNatFan - May 12, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    I’m still a Stras fan, but man…it’s feast or famine with this guy…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      He has not improved over the 5 years he has been here, that is my disappointment.

  84. rlndtln - May 12, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Stras really sucks.He has great stuff but can not locate anything.He has become batting practice.We will need 8 runs tonite to win.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      That still might happen.

      I won’t say he sucks. What I will say, Strasburg 2010 pitched better than Strasburg 2015.

      It is like he is nit willining or unable to improve.

  85. rlndtln - May 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Game over .Go to bed.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Obviously you don’t watch Diamondbacks often.

      They are not very good.

  86. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Bases loaded no outs. No walk to the mound. Huh.

  87. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    The good new is the Mets just lost. NL East lead now at 2.

  88. scmargenau - May 12, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Anyone else tired of stras? I know u guys all have quick handy stats about whys he’s a great pitcher. But he just never seems to get the job done. Not elite.

    • veejh - May 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Did you completely forget the 2nd half of last season?

      • scmargenau - May 12, 2015 at 11:13 PM

        Yea. He was awful. Up and down. To each his own. I just am not a fan. From head issues to bad pitching and fielding. He never wins clutch games.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        Now is this year. What have you done this year. Who started the last fame we lost?

    • Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      I’m not tired of Stras. I’m worried about him.

    • BatBoy - May 12, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      Yep!

      • BatBoy - May 12, 2015 at 11:22 PM

        Get him out! Bring back Tanner!

  89. AlexandriaNatFan - May 12, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Big test for Stephen here. Can he keep the wheels from falling off?

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      No he cannot. Shaking my head…not helping his case that he’s a head case. He’s got the skillset to be amazing, he just needs to get out of his own way. You can’t beat people with just a hard fastball.

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

        My biggest concern he pitched better as a rookie than now.

  90. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Is Ramos calling bad pitches, or is Stras shaking him off? Because some of those sequences didn’t make much sense.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

      I didn’t see a single shake off.

  91. bleacherbumerik - May 12, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Strasburg to the DL tomorrow for mental rest…lol. They will call it a pulled muscle or something. Possibly whiplash.

    • BatBoy - May 12, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      Yep ! Stas COOKOOOO! Nuts! He is!

  92. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    It’s only the 4th. 3 runs? Cake mix. Settle down here, and get these outs. The O is on fire. We got this.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      +1 but I am worried about Stras…and I typed that as the Dbacks just hit a 3-run bomb. Something is not right.

  93. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    That pitch missed up and in. See ya! Stras is still working out the kinks, or at least I hope that’s what it is.

  94. senators69 - May 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Stras is obviously not right. Not sure how much the issue is a nagging injury, lack of understanding of how to pitch, or mental. Probably some combo of all three. If it continues, what do the Nats do? Pull him out of the line-up (using injury excuse)? Send him to AAA to work on matters? Or just try to solve it in the bigs. At this point, he is clearly not on the post season roster as a starter.

    • Danny - May 12, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      Or he just isn’t good

  95. veejh - May 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    holy crap. Stras is soooo inconsistent. I will have no issue seeing him sign with another team. Someone else can overpay is ass.

  96. phillygirl1807 - May 12, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    That’s an ugh. Better game tomorrow.

  97. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    MW again way slow. I said get him after the error, but no we can’t just leave it 4-2. Let’s wait till he crashes at 8-2.

    However I have seen enough Diamond back games, we can still win it if the gutters cooperate.

  98. senators69 - May 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Just saw the article on SI about Stras. Please pardon me if someone else already posted the link.
    Clearly some fundamental concerns here…

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2015/05/12/stephen-strasburg-struggles-fastball-changeup-washington-nationals

  99. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    I am NOT worried about Zimmerman at 1b. He will pick it up just fine.

  100. Section 222 - May 12, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Good night to not watch the rest of the game. If they pull it out, awesome.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      I am a glutton, I will watch.

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Strasburg is now 6.06. Scott Boris would some how tell the world this is great.

  102. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    Another solid strike of the ball by Span, but unfortunately nit in a gap.

  103. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Strike 2 to Escobar was a strike, though he disagreed.

    But since he thought he was right he swung at strike 3 that was nowhere near a strike.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    We are out of order again

  105. Danny - May 12, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    SS command just stinks right now. Not tough detective work.

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Sammy Solis digging his own hole.

  107. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    A little side note. We started series 5 for 8 RISP. My kind of hitting. Since back to 3 for 12

  108. bleacherbumerik - May 12, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    That Scherzer signing is looking better and better. Zimmermann and Strasburg have been putrid and don’t appear to be righting the ship any time soon. Even when they are good, they are 6 inning pitchers. Time to move on after this year. Let Zimmermann walk and trade Strasburg for a few prospects. Hopefully they can get hot in the 2nd half, but no way would I give either of these guys a long-term contract. Would be plenty content with Scherzer, Giolito, Gio, Fister and Roark or another pick up in there somewhere.

  109. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    So, at 10 to 2, do we actually have the Dbacks right where we want them? That is the 8 run lead trap that we used in Atlanta.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      Ramos learned from the bitched rundown vs. miami

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Why werth throw to third?

  111. ehay2k - May 12, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    On a positive note, Ramos and Esco got the rundown at 3rd. So there’s that. 😉

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      I agree.

      Now let’s score 8. The DBack’s are not good.

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Nats need to get the bats going.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      No reason they can’t. This guy has fastballs that we can crush.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 11:35 PM

        Need to bat around and capitalize on some of his mistake pitches.

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    omeone asked 111 MPH double

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 11:40 PM

      Yes, I asked. I knew it was smoked. One of the hardest balls I’ve seen that stayed in the stadium.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:44 PM

        Much harder than his homer.

  114. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Here we go.

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - May 12, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Bryce timed that changeup. Finessed it out.

  116. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Outside pitch go to right please.

  117. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    The first two he was fooled, the third he timed right.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:40 PM

      This was suppose to go to Ghost.

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    The pitching this year so far inferior to last year, and our expectations. Used to be we scored 4 we rarely lost.

  119. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    The Rockies are willing to trade Tulo. Let’s send Strasburg packing.

  120. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Both pitchers tonight have both done exactly the opposite of what we want.

    Want a shutdown inning, but instead immediately gave the runs back.

  121. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    This game still isn’t over. We can hit them, we just need to hit away from them now.

  122. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Grace pitching as poor as Solis and Strasburg tonight.

    Hint guys don’t watch Strasburg, watch Scherzer simulate him not Strasburg.

  123. manassasnatsfan - May 12, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Ahmad has been terrible the last two weeks, and these guys let him 2 hits, arggg.

    Let’s score 5 this inning and next.

  124. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Double 111, homer 95.

    Now let’s score.

  125. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    That was a give up at bat, ball nowhere the zone, and we swing at it for the first out.

    At least Uggla didn’t do the same thing.

  126. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Nice play by Harper.

    Wouldn’t it be great if he was worst player on the team.

  127. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Clint Robinson takes the hill.

  128. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Clint the Pitcher!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      FP was right, pressure is on the hitters as they should get hits.

      Let’s score 11 and get him a win.

  129. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    Aaron Hill gets the first big hit against Strasburg, Robinson strikes him out

  130. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Most effective pitcher of the night easily

  131. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    15 games. The rally has started

  132. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    15 game hit streak for Ramos!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:38 AM

      That is what I inferred above.

  133. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Keep the line moving.

  134. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Losing is one thing. Why was Uggla running?

  135. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:36 AM

    Keep the line moving boys.

  136. manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 12:40 AM

    What a pathetic swing to end the game. At least hit it hard.

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Nats score 6 runs. That generally will win a game for the Nats.

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