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Game 35: Nats at Diamondbacks

May 13, 2015, 1:18 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHOENIX — The Nationals talk about winning series, not individual games, and they’ve been quite good at that lately, winning their last four series (twice over the Braves, once apiece over the Mets and Marlins). They’ll need a win today at Chase Field, though, to continue that streak, with the rubber game of this series on tap.

After Stephen Strasburg went only 3 1/3 innings last night, the Nationals will need a quality outing out of Gio Gonzalez today. (Though by using Clint Robinson as a mop-up reliever last night, Matt Williams does still have a fairly fresh bullpen at his disposal, with Tanner Roark, Blake Treinen, Matt Thornton and Drew Storen all having had at least one day off.)

It’s a familiar-looking lineup for the Nats, aside from Jose Lobaton catching instead of Wilson Ramos. Another byproduct of back-to-back blowout games here: Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond all got a chance to take several innings off, negating the need for a full day off.

It’s a big day/night for D.C. sports, and it all starts right here, so please check back for updates…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Where:
Chase Field, Phoenix
Gametime: 3:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Mostly sunny, 87 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (18-16)
CF Denard Span
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
2B Danny Espinosa
LHP Gio Gonzalez

DIAMONDBACKS (15-17)
CF Ender Inciarte
RF Mark Trumbo
1B Paul Goldschmidt
CF A.J. Pollack
3B Aaron Hill
2B Chris Owings
C Jordan Pacheco
SS Nick Ahmed
RHP Jeremy Hellickson

UMPIRES
HP Rob Drake
1B Joe West (cc)
2B Tom Woodring
3B Gabe Morales

3:40 p.m. — And we’re underway with the roof open here at Chase Field. It’s a very comfortable 85 degrees as Jeremy Hellickson fires his first pitch to Denard Span.

3:54 p.m. — A scoreless top of the first, which featured a pair of strikeouts from Gio Gonzalez, who needed only 12 pitches (9 strikes) to get through his frame.

4:01 p.m. — Ho-hum, just another laser of a double from Bryce Harper, now 14 for his last 30. Unfortunately, the Nats wasted it. Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond and Jose Lobaton all grounded out to the right side, ending that potential rally in the top of the second.

4:30 p.m. — The D’backs got a run in the bottom of the second on Nick Ahmed’s base hit to left, with Jose Lobaton unable to handle Jayson Werth’s one-hop throw to the plate. Werth did make up for it, though, with a towering, 3-run homer onto the overhang above the left-center field fence in the top of the third, putting the Nats up 3-1.

4:52 p.m. — But then Gio Gonzalez gave all three runs back in the bottom of the third, an inning that featured two walks and an Ian Desmond error. It also featured a rare Matt Williams mound visit, not to remove his pitcher but to speak his mind. Williams was pretty animated in his conversation with the entire infield, and Gonzalez did respond to get out of the inning without any more damage. But he’s at 59 pitches on a day when the Nats really need innings out of him. They trail 4-3 heading to the fourth.

5:06 p.m. — A much-needed, 9-pitch fourth inning for Gio. Though it did begin with a base hit surrendered to the opposing pitcher. Still 4-3 heading to the fifth, with the top of the Nats’ lineup due up.

5:29 p.m. — Paul Goldschmidt is trying for the natural cycle today. He singled in the first, doubled in the second and just tripled in the fifth. That put him in position to score on A.J. Pollack’s single to left. So the Nats now trail 5-3 after five, with Gio Gonzalez at 84 pitches.

5:58 p.m. — Whoa, Tyler Moore delivers a pinch-hit, 2-run homer off the foul pole to tie this game in the top of the sixth. That was Moore’s first pinch-hit homer since Sept. 2012, his rookie season. He’s been waiting a long time to do that again. Tanner Roark came in to pitch the bottom of the sixth and got into a jam — second and third, one out — but battled through a 9-pitch at-bat to get Mark Trumbo to pop out, then after intentionally walking Goldschmidt got Pollack to ground out. So this is a 5-5 game now heading to the seventh.

6:13 p.m. — Double-whoa. Bryce Harper and Matt Williams were just ejected as the top of the seventh came to a close, Harper for arguing that plate umpire Rob Drake rung him up on a check-swing without appealing to third base. Bryce got right up in Drake’s face and stayed there awhile while getting tossed. Williams then charged out and got ejected himself defending Harper. So now Michael Taylor’s in right field and Randy Knorr is managing the final few innings of a 5-5 game.

6:26 p.m. — A big strikeout from Matt Thornton to end the seventh with the go-ahead runner on third, keeping this a 5-5 game.

6:52 p.m. — Aaron Barrett got a huge strikeout of Goldschmidt in the bottom of the eighth, but he couldn’t put away Yasmany Tomas, who lined a 2-2 pitch up the middle to give the D’backs a 6-5 lead as we now head to the ninth.

7:08 p.m. — Sweet. Fancy. Moses. Michael Taylor (the guy who replaced Harper after the ejection) just hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth to give the Nats a 9-6 lead. You can’t make this stuff up.

7:18 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 9-6 after a scoreless ninth from Drew Storen. They win their fifth straight series, and they win this one in most dramatic fashion. On to San Diego for a 4-game weekend set.

179 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. langleyclub - May 13, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Would have thought that this game might have been a spot for a off-day for Werth. His May numbers remain weak .206/.294/.594 BA/SLG/OPS. Maybe he busts out today.

  2. Section 222 - May 13, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Reposting the video of Stanton hitting a ball out of Dodger stadium. Estimated 475 feet.

    http://m.marlins.mlb.com/news/article/124030252/marlins-giancarlo-stanton-hits-one-out-of-dodger-stadium—-literally

  3. tcostant - May 13, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    I’m not one for praising the O’s, but this is a classy move:

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/05/13/the-orioles-will-pay-their-stadium-workers-for-the-games-affected-by-civil-unrest/

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 13, 2015 at 2:02 PM

      Agreed.

    • ArVAFan - May 13, 2015 at 2:25 PM

      + a whole bunch.

    • Hiram Hover - May 13, 2015 at 3:20 PM

      +1.

  4. laddieblahblah - May 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    OT – Casey Janssen pitched an inning of scoreless relief yesterday:

    http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2015_05_12_reaaax_haraax_1&t=g_box&did=milb&sid=t547

    Also, Brian Goodwin had a great day at the plate, 3 for 4. His best day, I think, since the season started. Matt Skole continues to struggle, though.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 2:15 PM

      Good to hear about Goodwin. Skole looked good in a SSS in ST which makes me disappointed that he’s not raking in the Minors.

      • laddieblahblah - May 13, 2015 at 2:45 PM

        Yeah. I’ve been tracking the box scores, 2-3 times per week. Skole has not been hitting, at all. Goodwin also got off to a very slow start, but has been picking it up recently. Would like to see both of them regain their form from 2 years ago. Ross had a good day yesterday, as well.

    • knoxvillenat - May 13, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      Question regarding relief pitchers in rehab, do they throw one inning actually in relief as scheduled, say the 8th inning, or do they throw the first inning of the game and depart at that point?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        I’ve seen both.

      • Bruxtun - May 13, 2015 at 3:06 PM

        Janssen threw the first inning of the second game of a double header the P-Nats had the other night. I guess you just get em in there wherever it’s convenient.

      • natsjackinfl - May 13, 2015 at 3:06 PM

        I was at Janssens rehab inning last Thursday in Woodbridge and he started the second game of the double header, pitching only the first inning. He threw all fastballs till his last pitch which was a curve to strike out the #3 hitter for Wilmington in a 3 up 3 down inning. He didn’t pitch from the stretch so I don’t know if he normally does that with no one on or if it was just something he did as a precaution.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Ryan Mattheus claimed by the Reds.

    • virginiascopist - May 13, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      Not surprised he didn’t make it down to us, but good luck to him with the Reds.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 2:23 PM

        No surprise at all.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        “…make it down to us…” as in the Nats might have claimed him? Hard to imagine.

    • scnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 3:10 PM

      He at least had his one magical year that will make him a hero at the hometown car dealership. More then I had lol.

  6. Eugene in Oregon - May 13, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Semi-serious question: Does anyone know why the Arizona games all started at 40 minutes after the hour? An odd time, seemingly. Perhaps, since Arizona doesn’t do daylight savings time, an effort to split difference?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 13, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      Maybe just to be different? So the their players can remember what city they’re in, therein?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 13, 2015 at 3:47 PM

        *So their players …

        **EDIT BUTTON

        So there.

  7. natsfan1a - May 13, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Fi-nal-ly, a game I can watch in real time, though I’ll admit it has been nice to speed through commercials and blather while watching the recordings.

    Go, GIO! Go, NATS!! (Wait. There’s other DC sports stuff happening? Who knew?)

  8. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    No mention of Reynaldo Loez who has thrown 11 scoreless innings at Potomac and topped out at 99 mph yesterday.

    • Danny - May 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      Lopez*

  9. nats128 - May 13, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Almost center cut fastball to Werth and he fouls it back. Awkward swing on 1-2 going down to a knee.

  10. nats128 - May 13, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Good 1st inning for Gio.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Harper doing Harper. Hits a double that almost broke the outfield fence.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Productive out by RZim.

  13. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    That guy Harper… is SOOOOO over-rated…

    Dumb.

  14. natsjackinfl - May 13, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    I’d rather see Max Scherzer up with 1 out and man on 3rd than Ian Desmond.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Desi makes contact and unfortunately right at the drawn in 2nd baseman. Good pitch by Hellickson.

  16. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Thought that was a terrible at bat by Desi…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      I give credit to the pitcher. Desi saw fastball and it was offspeed.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 4:13 PM

        Ryan made a productive out… Desi should have been patient to wait for something that he could send to the OF… no patience as a batter.

        I knew when he went up there he would leave Bryce at 3rd.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 4:18 PM

        Yep, I noted that on RZim.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      Hellickson got RZim, Desi and Lobaton to all groundout.

  17. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    It’s sad that I expected Dez to fail there

    • nats128 - May 13, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      Yes it is.

  18. nats128 - May 13, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Why is Lobaton jogging down the line on that grounder. Make the pitcher race you to the bag. Not hard to hustle.

  19. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Ahmed again… On 0-2. Awful

  20. nats128 - May 13, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Oh my gawd oh my gawd Lobaton couldnt handle a throw at home. Lets throw him under a bus!

  21. nats128 - May 13, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Now Gio is talking to himself. Glad the pitcher was the next batter.

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Was there an update on the blue who left last night? Did he have a concussion?

  23. Tyler Babip - May 13, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Werth! Oh man, I hope he heats up.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Alright Mr Werth….. CRUSHED that pitch…

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Werth bomb!!!!

  26. natsjackinfl - May 13, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Glad I started Werth in my fantasy league today.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Come on Gio.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    It was too much to ask for good Gio today.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Gio doesn’t get a pitch then everything goes to hell…. Get over it Gio… Terrible pitch to Goldy…

    And the IAN commits an error… Oh my…

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Wow, mW looked like he came out and told them all off…. Wow….

    • nataddicted - May 13, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      Carp put it well, “Someone just got taken out behind the woodshed!”

      Never ever seen that kind of demonstrative side of Matty.

      • nataddicted - May 13, 2015 at 4:54 PM

        It took Gio 33 pitches to get through the bottom of the third.

      • sec105rowwseat28 - May 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM

        More like someone just got put into a locker. About time.

  31. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Does Gio think he is Hamels. Seems like he throws more changeups than curveballs now.

  32. masterfishkeeper - May 13, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Looks like Tanner will be needed in this one.

  33. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    The strength of this team is NO strength at all. Other than Max the starting rotation is like a box of chocolates

  34. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Oh and FYI for those getting ready to say where were you. The last 2 are way past my beddie by time. And I was at the 3 home games

  35. mauimo22 - May 13, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    dEsi needs a day or two off!

  36. natsdial8 - May 13, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Stadium looks empty.

  37. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    I don’t get it.. Span is a base stealer and Escobar is a solid contact guy. Why does MW not have hit and run in his vocabulary..

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    I love the double steal call….

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Leadoff hit stranded.

  40. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    Starters ERA goin up!!!!

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Well sugar honey iced tea…. Way to go T-MO!?!?!!!!!

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Way to go TyMo. That’s why you’re here.

    • scmargenau - May 13, 2015 at 11:48 PM

      The truth!

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Dang, I was just typing, let’s feast on the snakes BP….

  44. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Moore hits the pole. New game!

  45. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    See you later. Boom Ty mo

  46. natsjackinfl - May 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    This is why Tanner Roark didn’t pitch last night.

    • NatsLady - May 13, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      Yes. I explained that to the new poster. Hopefully not too rude.

    • exposremains - May 13, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      Yes can we stop the blinding love for Roark. He hasn’t been exactly lights out but Stras has been even worst. Sometimes I wonder how all this talented rotation would do with a different pitching coach. Just curious. Especially Gio and Stras the 2 drama guys who don’t fit Mccatty ‘s personality.

      • NatsLady - May 13, 2015 at 6:18 PM

        I don’t have blinding love for Roark. I just think he’s a better pitcher than Solis is, right this minute (not to say Solis won’t be better, but right now he’s raw). So I wouldn’t put Roark into a game down six runs. I save him for this game, which is tied. Yesterday, when you are making the choide, you know either Gio (high pitch count) or Fister (suddenly hits a wall) is not going deep, but could leave WITH A LEAD. So you save Roark for Gio/Fister and use Solis yesterday.

      • exposremains - May 13, 2015 at 6:23 PM

        Not singling you out, just seeing a lot of comments of dumping Stras and Roark will save everything. I do think they should have sell high on Stras over the winter.

      • exposremains - May 13, 2015 at 6:28 PM

        My point is I don’t see Gio or Stras being able to win big games. Playoff especially. They are way too emotional and crumble under pressure. I would take a lesser pitcher than Stras but with more confidence.

      • scmargenau - May 13, 2015 at 11:49 PM

        Expo – spot on

  47. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Can’t stop their offense..

    • nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:57 PM

      What? That’s a positive spin. How about our BP stinks

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Great pitch Tanner….

  49. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Clippers getting smacked around in oakland

  50. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    BP stinks get ready for 7. 5

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Come on blue… What the heck….

  52. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Breathe.. Now runs!

  53. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    I switched channels what happened

  54. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Gonna stay positive guys. Sorry I get frustrated.

  55. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Clip looks better in red and white

    • NatsLady - May 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM

      Yes, he does, but how was he getting “smacked around”? Gave up a leadoff single and a two-out walk. No runs. Typical Clip. Not sure why he was even in there down 2-0.

      • nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM

        Yeah your right. Darn Bo sox win.

  56. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Jayson taking dead red twice

  57. NatsLady - May 13, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Boy, that is a WEIRD delivery. That would take me a while to get used to.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      I just said the same exact thing to my dad…. I was like, that’s a ballllll…. Well heck idk what that is…

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    I absolutely hate when the home ump doesn’t even ask for assistance…. Frickin hate it.

  59. NatsLady - May 13, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Oh, Bryce. You needed to keep your cool!

  60. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Harper can’t get thrown out there…

    And he went.

    Pushing that ***hole agenda to the critics

    • nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      No Manny has that whining about tags and throwing bats. Bryce was justified in bitching. Wrong, but justified.

  61. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Ump has to ask for help. Arrogant Sh&$)$. However Bryce went got tossed and pissed off the ump

  62. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    FP is fine with it.. So I guess it’s all good ha.

  63. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Can I get a 1 2 3 inning? Ughh

  64. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Get him outta there. You dodge a bullet last inning

  65. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    That second pitch was a strike

  66. NatsLady - May 13, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    I wasn’t here for the long Stras discussion (working), but I would be surprised if Stras goes on the DL before he makes his Sunday start in San Diego.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      They would’ve done it today I believe if they were going to do it.

      • Section 222 - May 13, 2015 at 8:39 PM

        Ghost, I’m curious why you’d say that? They can back date it to today if they put him on the DL before the next start. Why not let him throw a bullpen and see how that goes?

        I really don’t think they’d DL him to “get his head straight.” But I’m just not convinced there’s nothing physical going on. The difference in his pitching this year has been dramatic.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        Yes you can back date it but there’s an old trick to put the player on the DL and bring up an extra reliever or extra bench player until you need your new starter. If you then bring in Cole or Jordan then you send the other player back down and you got the use of an extra player for 4 games.

      • Section 222 - May 13, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        Yeah, that could be done. But the fact that it wasn’t done doesn’t make a later decision impossible or even less likely.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        I would say very unlikely but not impossible. Just my feeling on it. I would have expected an announcement before today’s game to take advantage of an extra arm.

  67. Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    It is bull manure how often players get tossed by crews of Joe West.It’s a travesty in my opinion. Fans pay a lot of dough to see the stars play ball.

    • scnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 6:50 PM

      Not according to Joe West they are there to see them

      • ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:14 PM

        And buy his CD.

  68. natsjackinfl - May 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    And Ian Desmond in crunch time flubs it again.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 6:42 PM

      Might need to change gloves again.

      • rmoore446 - May 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

        +1

  69. natsjackinfl - May 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    There is no planet in the universe where Danny Espinosa isn’t a better defender than Ian “I’m sometimes decent” Desmond.

  70. nelliefox - May 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    “That kid can hit 240, sill have a job for a long time.” so said Bob Carpenter (not referring to Desi, who is hitting 226 or so)

    “Hot shot, we will see how they score it.” Don’t you just love Bob.

  71. scnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    I never thought I would say this but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Espi/Uggla combo for a day or two. Desmond just losing next year’s money by the day. Don’t worry, he can still buy appetizers.

    And cmon Barrett, you don’t walk guys in the 8th inning. Not if you want to pitch in the 8th and not the 4th.

    • nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      Desmond is just miserable. Can he pitch?

  72. scnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Our bullpen just gives games away

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    6 sliders in a row in Tomas. I don’t know about that.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 13, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      My dad said the same thing…. He was like nothing in the dirt…

  74. texnat1 - May 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Barrett has been disappointing. Hopefully Jansen or whatever his name is will solidify the pen.

  75. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    You mess with the bull long enough you get the horns. Last few innings bullpen just awful. This has to be addressed sooner than later.

  76. exposremains - May 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Hopefully that stops the annointing of Barett has the setup guy by Bob Carpenter.

    • scnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      He and Treinen have taken steps backwards, not showing they can be dominant like we had hoped. Can have good outings fir sure but too many clunkers. Maybe trips to AAA will inspire them like it did to Storen.

    • veejh - May 13, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      He has good stuff, just has to learn the art of pitching now. Pitch selection and better location.

  77. veejh - May 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    This guy is hittable. Time to take the lead.

  78. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Time for a bullpen trade.

  79. veejh - May 13, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Werth caught a HUGE break on that non strike call.

  80. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    I hate the Oreos. But the Nats are looking like them. Hitting with no pitching

  81. coop202 - May 13, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Can Taylor take a walk….?

    • coop202 - May 13, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      Well that works

  82. veejh - May 13, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Wooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!! MT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. texnat1 - May 13, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Would be nice if Harp were up right now. Just saying . . .

  84. Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Taylor, we all see you! Too cool!

  85. nelliefox - May 13, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Byrce Harper – key moment of game, getting tossed.

  86. texnat1 - May 13, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Ha. the ultimate reverse lock post.

  87. Tyler Babip - May 13, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    /WOOOOOOOO

  88. exposremains - May 13, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Wow! Bravo! Curtain call?

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Michael Taylor with a blast! The bench guys have saved this game!!!!

  90. Drew - May 13, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Babyface leaves the place!!!

    GYFNG!!!!!!

  91. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    I have chills. Had a feeling last inning MTay go GS!

  92. dryw4nats - May 13, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    That may well be one of my favorite moments of the season.

  93. dc27dan - May 13, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Great job MAT!! Let’s go Nats

    • nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      Yes if Drew can close it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      Nats have made plenty of mistakes and Werth, TyMo and MAT picked them up.

      • dc27dan - May 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM

        Nats still need to play better baseball on a consistent basis but this can boost their morale even more.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 7:16 PM

        Yep and yes.

  94. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Glad Bryce got tossed. Wow just wow. Just wow. Glad I didn’t watch . When I don’t watch good things happen. Going back to Josie Wales

    • ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      Yes, don’t watch, and honestly, dont feel pressured to post.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2015 at 7:30 PM

        Thanks, ehay2k. It needed to be said.

      • ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        That is SWM, no doubt about it.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 13, 2015 at 10:49 PM

        No doubt.

  95. ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Well, well, well! This team is kinda deep. 😎

    Toss Harper? We’ll toss in MAT, for the slam!

  96. natsjackinfl - May 13, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    I hope everyone saw how Michael Taylor put a short sweet stroke on that center cut fast ball.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 13, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      It was barreled up!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 13, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      “Center cut fastball” made it easy to keep the swing short.

  97. veejh - May 13, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    A 4.00 ERA closer before his start today. Very hittable, indeed.

  98. Eric - May 13, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    BASEBALL RULES!!!

    • nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      Not over yet cmon Bullpen. Oh boy. Xanax time

  99. nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Was that a right on right matchup?

  100. Danny - May 13, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Two horribly pitched games by DC. But were in position for the series win!

    • nattygoats - May 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      Danny let’s hope the pitching is not horrible in the ninth

  101. ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Did Manfred change the strike zone?

  102. dc27dan - May 13, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Home plate umpire has been very bad today, luckily it went Nats’ way most of the time.

  103. adcwonk - May 13, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Lest we not forget, for those not watching on TV, the yellow line is a ridiculous 20 feet above the field where MAT hit it. So: 20 feet _above_ the 407 foot fence.

    Just. Wow.

    • ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      Yeah, he crushed it, and it looked easy. This Rick Schu guy, not too shabby!

      • adcwonk - May 13, 2015 at 7:23 PM

        Story in, WaPo, I think — that Schu’s spent extra time working with Ramos this spring.

        Yeah, not too shabby.

      • ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        Schu seems to slowly be working his magic on all the hitters. If he use his Jedi tricks to get into Espi’s head, then I have hope for Desi.

  104. ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Storen needed the work anyway. 🙌

  105. veejh - May 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Good Storen. Good.

  106. ehay2k - May 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Mark has been furiously re-writing the gamer, lol

  107. dc27dan - May 13, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    5th series win in a row! 2 games back, nice end of a very weird series in Phoenix.

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