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Game 39: Nats at Padres

May 17, 2015, 2:19 PM EST

The Nationals close their series with the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego with a chance to take three of four and earn their sixth consecutive series win. Stephen Strasburg (2-4, 6.06) will try to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career in his hometown in front of friends and family.

Strasburg got shelled his last time out in Arizona when he allowed eight runs (7 ER) in just 3 1/3 innings of work. It was his first start since having an adjustment in his back by a chiropractor. Strasburg will certainly look to put his recent struggles behind him today.

Strasburg has started at Petco Park just once in his career, back in 2013. He tossed eight innings with just three hits and one earned run allowed.

Pitching for the Padres today will be right-hander Ian Kennedy. Kennedy has been about as effective as Strasburg so far this year with a 5.92 ERA through five starts.

We are not in San Diego for this one, but please check back in the morning for analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at SAN DIEGO PADRES
Where:
 Petco Park, San Diego
Gametime: 4:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 65 degrees, Wind 11 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (21-17)
CF Michael Taylor
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
RHP Stephen Strasburg

PADRES (19-19)
3B Cory Spangenberg
CF Abraham Almonte
RF Matt Kemp
LF Justin Upton
1B Yangervis Solarte
C Derek Norris
2B Jedd Gyorko
SS Alexi Amarista
RHP Ian Kennedy

UMPIRES
HP Phil Cuzzi
1B Tony Randazzo
2B Pat Hoberg
3B Gerry Davis (cc)

416 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - May 17, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Good!

    MW is putting his bench to work. Next time MAT and TyMo PH, we can assume that a regular game helped them in the box.

  2. Eric - May 17, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Lobi catching Stras. Interesting.

    Go Nats!!!

    • thelatencn - May 17, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      As I predicted on an earlier thread this morning.

  3. Eric - May 17, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Lobi catching Stras. Interesting.

    Go Nats!!!

    • Theophilus T.S. - May 17, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      To flesh out that thought, Strasburg has clearly signified his discontent the last couple of outings, reflecting on Ramos. I’m not at all in favor a “personal” catchers but if Lobaton settles him down it will create a lot of chatter.

      • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 3:31 PM

        Yup — sure will! Grist for the mill.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Getaway day. It’s The Lobaton’s turn.

      • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        Yeah, but still should be interesting to see how it goes, and to Theo’s point, how the commenting masses react if it goes well.

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      I guess MW reads the blog.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      Day game after a night game. Not surprising at all. Strasburg has a long history with catchers including many animated and agitated moments with Kurt Suzuki. Strasburg is the reason people mention personal catchers.

  4. Theophilus T.S. - May 17, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Am watching the start of the Royals-Yankees game. KC’s “Kansas City Monarchs” uniforms are really neat. I think “tribute” uniforms should be a regular part of every major league season, including teams from cities not currently represented in major league baseball, e.g., Birmingham Black Barons (Hank Aaron’s team, Indianapolis Clowns (Senators’ catcher Paul Casanova), etc. It may be a very small part of baseball’s inner city problems but i think black kids should know/be reminded they have a hundred-plus year baseball heritage, too.

    The Royals stadium is packed — and 90+ percent of the crowd is wearing some shade of Royals Blue. KC must be a great city in which to be a fan and a baseball player.

    Yankees telecast is pretty good, too, which will be the last thing positive I will say about the team this season — and probably next, too. Back in February, who’d have thunk Rodriguez would be holding down the third spot in their batting order?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      I got to go to one Royals game last season (I was in KC for the national high school debate tournament) and was really impressed with the fans — knowledgeable, engaged, enthusiastic, etc. They were playing the Mariners and the only minor blip was the booing of Robinson Cano for not having selected Brett Butler (I think it was) for the previous season’s HR contest at the All Star Game. But even that was more good natured than rude.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      I agree. I have a large collection of throwbacks.

  5. mnmindc - May 17, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    So Marlins being no-hit through six by Braves. What to root for???

    • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      The no hitter for as long as it lasts, imo.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      Oh, that’s easy. The Barves get shutout, and break up the no-no on a bad call by the umps or official scorer in the 9th.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 3:07 PM

        Or the Marlins get the no-hitter but lose on an unearned run. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        Oh, wait. It’s 6-0. That’d be a lot of runs with no hits. Aw, WTH. Even better. Lose a no-hitter by a football score. The Ignominy!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 3:12 PM

        It’s on MLB.com for free now. Braves no-hitting the Marlins. I’m confused. It’s because Rizzo signed Sherzer, I’m all discombobulated.

        6-0, ATL, through 8.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 3:17 PM

        Marlins nit even close to hit through 8. Of course I love it as I have Miller on my draft king’s squad in the early game.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        Been watching since inning 2

      • virginiascopist - May 17, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        Would be kind of cool if the last two no-hitters in MLB both came against Miami’s Henderson Alvarez.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 3:25 PM

        They were close to a hit in the third inning — call on the field overturned on replay.

      • mnmindc - May 17, 2015 at 3:30 PM

        Lost on the last out. Poor Miller. JZ almost knew what that felt like.

        (Sec 3, your comments cracked me up. Also I agree with your thoughts on the last blog post… all possibilities too. Finally, did you know that the Scherzer signing has contributed to global warming? True fact.)

  6. infideljack - May 17, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    I miss Rob Dibble.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      Aim for the chest next time.

  7. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Strasburg is due to have a great game.

    GYFNG

  8. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    2 outs to go.

  9. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    1 out to go

  10. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Justin Bohr clean single

  11. NatsLady - May 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      Shoulder inflammation for a guy without options.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Marlins fire Mike Redmond!

  13. NatsLady - May 17, 2015 at 3:48 PM

  14. natsjackinfl - May 17, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Jeffrey Loria shows his ignorant self again. Firing Redmond and the bench coach can only mean turmoil will reign, as usual.

    • virginiascopist - May 17, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Is Loria going to manage the team himself?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        Maybe he’ll bring Ozzie Guillen back?
        Nah, not even Loria would do that.

        Ooooh oooh, I know: Riggleman.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      This is better than Giancarlo Stanton pulling a hamstring. Now we still get to watch him hit, and not worry about the Marlins.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      Mike Redmond will catch on somewhere.

  15. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    I guess we’ll know for certain today whether or not Stras’ shoulder is actually ailing. If he tosses a clunker, maybe DL time?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      If he can’t pitch at his hometown, then you are right.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      Or his ankle or as many think it’s between his ears.

      • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM

        Bingo!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        He’s probably got family behind home plate. I hope his left eyelid — is it the left or the right? — isn’t congested.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        Yah. Might have dust in there or misty eye.

      • natsfan1a - May 17, 2015 at 7:28 PM

        Oh, I missed this one. I would have said, “As long as he breathes through his eyelids he’ll be okay.”

  16. NatsLady - May 17, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Watching Yankees game. Guy makes great play to field ball, then throws it into the stratosphere.

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      I really thought Stras was going to strike out four that inning. He almost did.

  17. Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    It’s a cliche, but you can’t fire (all) the players. Or the owner.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      Exactly right. You’d think with Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton you could cause a lot of havoc and win a lot of games. The pitching has been awful. Is it the teachers or the students?

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

    Crazy to think how well that Barves trade of 1 year of Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden for Shelby Miller has worked out so far.

    Jayson Heyward lost the game for the Cardinals yesterday in a poor read and baserunning decision. A Cardinals batter smashed a ball to CF that the Tigers CF turned his back to the field to watch it sail out for a HR or play it off the wall. It hit off the top of the wall. Heyward ran back to tag up instead of making a read and start running as soon as the CF looked up at the wall. He only made it to 3rd and then got stranded. The game went to extras and the Cards lost. The look they caught on TV of the Cardinals dugout on Heywards baserunning was very animated.

    Here is Heyward’s slash .252/.310/ .382 /.692

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

    Interesting. Michael Taylor to Ian Desmond at the top of the order where they aren’t exactly killing it on the OBP.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Do foul ball Web Gems count? Nifty play anyway Esco!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Nice play, but way disoriented if he thought he was fair.

  21. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Arggggg keep the ball in front of you.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      Good throw and it’s an easy out.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        Bad start for Lobaton. Can’t block the strikeout. Lousy throw on the steal. Then he can’t handle Espi’s throw home on the throw.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    The wild-pitch strikeout. Let’s see how Stras gets around this. Loby has to get a ball in the dirt that is centered up and will twist to his right. Between the throw that got by him from Werth and this Wild Pitch, you have at the very least block them.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      Absolutely doesn’t

      First Lobi has the guy out easy at second, but throws it crappy.

      Then 0-2 count unlike Scherzer he doesn’t put Kemp away, he gives up a infield hut, and the guy makes it all the way hone because Espi wasn’t up and throwing it home immediately.

      Talk about bad fielding.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    There’s another one. Lobaton has to hang onto the throw. At least Kemp didn’t advance to 2nd.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    More runs already given up than the starters have given up the last 2 games.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      almonte could have been out 3 times. Loboton block the ball and throw to first. Loboton throw him out, but Thad throw, espi not double clutch, and throw him out home.

      Talk about fielders nit doing the job.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

        Had the K been called a pass ball instead of wild pitch the run would be unearned.

        ERA up to 6.14 from 6.06

  25. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Scherzer’s mentality of how to pitch has obviously not rubbed off on Strasburg.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      He didn’t need Scherzer to teach him how to handle mound adversity. That’s on Stras. Sh!z goes wrong all the time and is part of the game. Let it affect you and you will never advance to your abilities.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:41 PM

        Not handling is the worse trait of both Strasburg and Gio.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Here we go. Strasburg melting down. It starts with the smallest thing but Lobaton has to block that strike 3. He knows it’s a curveball down low as he called it so he has to anticpate the movement that the ball will move to his right and he was centered to the pitch but didn’t move his body and only tried to glove it. Poor form.

    Long stressful inning now.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      Now that was not his fault. Guy scores after he should have been out TWICE.

      • natsjackinfl - May 17, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        It’s all about the negative karma.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        I totally agree but he missed badly on Kemp but yah, that was unfortunate but again sh!z happens. Get used to it.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:43 PM

        Had Espi nit double clutched home could been out 3 times.

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 4:44 PM

      I don’t think that was melting down. Only two balls were put into play — a grounder and a can-o-corn fly ball. The walk wasn’t good, but the rest of his pitching was pretty good (missed with a couple of curves, but that’s often the case in the first inning with him).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        Until he can get through adversity which that was it starts to be a situation where he doesn’t do his job. He had Kemp 0-2 and went 2-2 before giving up the single and missed his target. Then he walked Upton after being ahead 1-2. 31 pitches to get through that mess.

        If you go by the score of giving up 1 run, fine, but consider the last 2 games for the entire games the starters gave up ZERO runs to this same exact team.

      • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        I didn’t say he pitched a brilliant inning.

        But allowing one run on an infield hit where his fielders were throwing/dropping all over the place is not exactly “melting down.”

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Over 30 pitches now.

  28. Danny - May 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    31 pitches in the first yeesh

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      At least the bullpen gets tomorrow off.

  29. Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    31 pitches.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    That’s Lobaton’s 6th Wild Pitch in 71 innings compared to 5 for Ramos in 264 innings. Make your own analysis of that but them are the facts.

  31. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Come on Zim that 3 doubles in less than 24 hours, hit the ball on a kine or in the , but not on the ground.

    • scnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      Not exactly ripping the cover off the ball, is he?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      3 doubles we wish. You mean 3 doubleplays.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:57 PM

        My auto correct must not like the negative words

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    FP is funny. He starts talking about that pitch frame as if Stras threw a ball to the opposing pitcher and it was in the corner of the box. Not sure how Cuzzi would have called it.

    Pitch framing is an art and Lobaton ranks well but the main part is taking balls and framing them as strikes as the difference maker.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 4:58 PM

      Big prefer that he block curves balls he has called for instead of letting it get by .

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Hey — he turned a close strike into a certain strike! Kudos! (ahem . . . )

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:04 PM

        Opposing pitchers get few breaks at the plate on close pitches. Norris just took 2 obvious balls framed into strikes against Strasburg. Conversely hot hitters like Bryce Harper can the benefit of the close pitches.

        I think sometimes it’s less about the frame and more about the batter and furthermore how the pitcher is pitching.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    I want to see Danny lay any wood on a ball down 3rd base for a double bunt.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Norris just stole 2 balls as strikes in pitch framing. That’s the true art. Making balls into strikes.

  35. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Somebody explain this to me: Espi, batting lefty, on a 2-1 count, fouls one going the other way (to the left side). So then the Padres put a power shift on him (?!?!). On 2-2, Espi fouls it again to the left. Still power shift.

    (Unfortunately, then Espi struck out).

    • natsjackinfl - May 17, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      Because they figure the bunt is out of play once he gets to 2 strikes.

      • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:22 PM

        I get that, but Espi was trying to go the other way both before and after the shift.

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Wow one of Espi’s worse swings of the year, Late on an 85 MPH ball. That is nearly impossible for a major league player.

    That was more like 2013-14 Espi than 2015. Please no more of the old version.

  37. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    I told a friend this morning that Kennedy, who is nit very good is Yvette type we just don’t as well as most teams do. His ERA over 5 92 coming into the game.

    • NatsLady - May 17, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      Who is Yvette?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      Does Yvette = Finesse ?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        I hate auto correct. I didn’t type close to that. But finesse works.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM

        That’s crazy you have Yvette in your auto-correct. When I type yvette it gives me Vetted as the auto-correct.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Where is Strasburg’s reachback 4 seam heater at the top of the zone.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      For some reason he has quit pitching it, which is a big mistake. Needs 2 and 4 seamers

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Nice K on Kemp.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Stras missed his spot on that HR pitch to JUp by 17 inches. Called for outside edge and the pitch went to the inside edge.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      I was going to say 15 inches. But if you are going to miss, do not possitiveky miss inside.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        Good hitters capitalize on mistake pitches.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:22 PM

        That is why you never make mistake inside, make it outside.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    3 straight sliders to Taylor then a painted fastball and that’s 2 K’s for Taylor so far.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      Which is worse?

      Taylor not swinging at a higher fast ball in the zone, or swinging at a slider that was never in the zone.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        Swinging at the slider was worse as it started in and was never going to be a strike. He at least thought the fastball was a slider as he just saw 3.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:25 PM

        That is the correct answer, 90% of sliders end up the dirt, the other 10% are hits or fouls.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      In the 1st inning it was a 3 strike combo of fastball to slider to curveball. That’s 5 breaking pitches and 2 fastballs.

  42. mauimo22 - May 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    This is a statement game for the Nats:
    * Stras struggling, but not down and out, only 2-0
    * Offense is making Ian Kennedy look like Nolan Ryan!
    * Gotta improve plate discipline and start ripping his slow-toss FBs somewhere

    I think Nats win this game 5-3 on some clutch late hitting.
    If they fail to score a run then they will still struggle.
    Must prove you can take these games away from teams who are leading.

    Let’s play Gritty!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      No one game is a statement game.

      Over the last 18 games we are 14-4. We are trending the right direction.

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 5:34 PM

      with four starters out of the lineup it will be tough
      that’s span, rendon, worth and ramos

  43. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    The fact that not only has Kennedy struck out five in a row, but the fifth one included Escobar, who rarely strikes out, is telling us that Kennedy has some good stuff (not speed, but good movement) today. Sigh . . .

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      There you go, credit to the pitcher but don’t help him out.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      The most hit table pitch has been is get me over change up for strike 1

  44. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    10 pitch, 1-2-3 inning from Strasburg in the 4th. That was nice to see.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

      Strasburg has been fine for the most part

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Sucks to have Bryce up again leading off an inning. Need him up with runners on base.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:30 PM

      Who’s on base when he is up he has no control of.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:33 PM

        Of course. Just saying it sucks. 2 times through the order like that.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    Carp with a dumb statement and quickly FP corrects him. Love that Bryce would’ve bunted there.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      I am not sure with 2 strikes Bryce did that. If a strike he has a problem,

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

        He would have had to bunt if it was a strike was FPs point and he’s right.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    TGTNH. Triple Bryce!!!!

  48. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Hit like a missile.

    Now keep the line moving

  49. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Now Ty More keep the line moving

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    Wrong FP, that’s a mature Bryce that he didn’t run on that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:36 PM

      I think FP kind of backpedaled on that statement but come on, Bryce made the right play on that.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

        Actuaaly probably would have made it, but with 0 outs you are banking on Espi homering.

  51. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    What a waste.

    Come on lobiton in the air to the outfield

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    He might have committed, but the third base ump should that nit home.

  53. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Bench players coming through today!

  54. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    hard to win with 4 regulars out

  55. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Obviously these guys aren’t going to bat you in today, time to steal home, Bryce.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      Wrong

  56. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    Obviously these guys aren’t going to bat you in today, time to steal home, Bryce.

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

      I’ll happily eat crow on an Espi HR.

      Woooooooooooooooooooooo

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM

        Fried or grilled?

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    Awful at-bats by TyMo and Lobaton. Both had the man on 3rd with less than 2 outs. No need a big hit from Espi.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

      There it is. This is a new Espi. Again coming through with RISP and picking up his teammates.

  58. scnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    What poor hitting by Moore and Loboton. Espi bails them out.

  59. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    woo hooo, Anthony who

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Oh come on. I know you’re joking but come on. Rendon is a MVP type of player. Credit to Espi but come on man.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 5:46 PM

        yep…joking but our normal bench player espi has not hurt us so far
        .273/.368/.833 5 hrs, 7 doubles

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        Rendon will be a starter when he comes back and so will Esco and probably Desi but Espi will need to give some rest days to all 3 of them.

        The other way to get him at-bats is to get him a left-fielders glove and truly make him into Zobrist.

  60. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    OK. I didn’t see _that_ coming!

  61. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    2011 1st half Espi is back!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Drew - May 17, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Yeah, baybee!

    Game on.

  63. Danny - May 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    That’s awful on Kennedy’s part. Had the pitcher on deck with an open base. I’ll take it though.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      +1

  64. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    now that the ian kennedy we want to see more of

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:49 PM

      He has been like this all season, First 4 inning were less like him.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 5:52 PM

        yep…the real ian kennedy has a 5+ ERA and has given up 8 hrs so far

  65. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    This is the biggest inning now for Strasburg. He has a lead will he dig in keep it, or wimp out and give it back.

    Be a Scherzer.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      Well the pitcher is leadoff. The next inning is the big one with the 3-4-5 batters.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    If I was Scherzer’s teammate I would be right there howling with him. Man that guy can fire you up!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:51 PM

      He appears to be great enciurager of his teammates

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:53 PM

        Yes he is. Reminds me of Jose Fernandez on his off-days as he doubles as the “fire-up” guy.

  67. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    When Harper led off with a triple, the _last_ thing I was thinking was he wouldn’t score until the #8 guy homered!

    BTW, did anyone see that short view of Scherzer getting all fired up, and firing others up, after the HR? That guy wears his competitiveness on this sleeve!

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      I did lip read “that’s what I’m talking about!”, but couldn’t make out the rest. I believe he was using some salty language as well.

  68. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Good job, Stras, good job.

  69. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Strasburg follows his 10-pitch 1-2-3 inning, with a 9 pitch 1-2-3 inning.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      Mental.

      • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:57 PM

        Yes. The inability to make your muscle fibers do what they normally do in the face of pressure.

  70. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Now tack some on.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    The crazy thing about the Espi HR is that would have clanked off the top of the wall in the old Petco outfield configuration. Thank the baseball gods for the walls being brought in.

  72. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Is design due a tater?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:52 PM

      Damn auto correct, Desi

  73. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:53 PM

    MAT takes to bug a lead for my taste.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Taylor needed to steal there. Started and stopped with a large lead.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      And a change up pitched.

      Stole it the next time.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:57 PM

        He took a shorter lead on the one he stole on. Go figure.

  75. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    There goes a flying pig!

  76. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Disciplined Desi a surprise.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Easy decision for MW here, if you bunt Esco they IBB to Harper so he has to swing away here with Esco.

  78. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    load the bases for bryce
    i’d still walk harper

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM

      They used to walk Ted Williams mire than a few times in his career.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:04 PM

        never knew that

  79. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Load em up for Harp. This should be fun.

  80. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Harper stay discipline against the lefty.

    The last 9 batters is the Kennedy I have seen this season.

  81. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Can I get some credit for causing this? I think it was the reverse lock, or jinx, or something:

    adcwonk – May 17, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    The fact that not only has Kennedy struck out five in a row, but the fifth one included Escobar, who rarely strikes out, is telling us that Kennedy has some good stuff (not speed, but good movement) today. Sigh . .

    I’ll have you all know that the next batter (next inning) was Harper, who hit the triple, and it all went downhill for Kennedy from that point.

    You’re welcome 😉

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      Uh, thanks!?!!!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM

      I always knew you were a top contributor here, Wonker. ;-D
      I have full confidence in you!

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Enjoy this again and again!

  83. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    I think Bryce kick started the dugout being fired up after that triple.

  84. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Right now, Bryce can do no harm. What a beaut! LOL

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM

      When you’re hot you get the breaks. MASN needed to show the K box to see how close that 1-2 pitch was. What a turn of fortune there.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

        Game day had it as a strike.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:09 PM

        That has no accuracy to reality.

  85. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Great hit.

    Cone on Zim.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    2nd life for Harper and he gets a 85 foot cue shot RBI!!!!

  87. NatsLady - May 17, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Awwwwwww. Such a cute little baby hit!

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    That was Bryce’s 400th career hit.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:09 PM

      Now batting .336

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:12 PM

        And his OBP keeps climbing too and that SLG with that triple!!!!

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:16 PM

        nats have 3 starters over .300 I think (Span, Escobar, Harper)….impressive

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

        dcwx61, actually 4. Ramos is well over .300 also

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        Ramos is at .314 too. I don’t think the Nats have had four guys over .300 this late in the season ever. Certainly not in recent years.

  89. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    I _was_ expecting an RBI from Harper on that at bat.

    I was _not_ expecting to happen that way.

    😉

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Keep the line moving.

  91. mnmindc - May 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    So Kennedy’s plan of loading the bases with no outs just so he could get out of it like JZim hasn’t worked out for the Padres… but I’m glad he decided to try!

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      +1

  92. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    I thought Zim got a hold of that.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Ryan’s productive out quotient is off the charts but hoping more turn into productive hits.

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    TyMo and the bench!!!!

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:12 PM

      +1
      i don’t remember such a productive bench…keeps the pressure off to not have to rush back Werth or Rendon

  95. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    Hellz yeah!

    That about puts this series on ice. Great job team.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      Bite your tongue and knock on wood.

      • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM

        No way, Jose. We got this.

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Good job this time TyMo

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    Harper’s great baserunning got that 2nd RBI for TyMo. He ran so hard that it was a great send.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      The ricochet made it an easier send.

      As Upton was headed for the corner.

      Though I am sure he scores if it gets there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM

        Of course and the point is that Bryce didn’t assume anything as he was running hard from 1st base.

  98. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Thank you Bud Black for the intention walk one inning late.

  99. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Regarding the bench…..Anyone think McLouth ever sees another AB as a Nat? I don’t.

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    OK Stras another shut down inning.

    BTW I calked for tack on runs, and they came through.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      So much for the Manassas Summoner.
      Which would nonetheless be a great name.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

        We needed another shut down and he couldn’t do it.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

        or the manassas manifestor

        but before that, i’d like to see the Manassas Manifesto

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

        Manassas Manifesto

        Pretty sure we’ve seen most of that. Just need to collect it all together.

  101. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Get the bullpen up, that pitch had no movement, once he has no movement things usual go down hill fast.

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      Good call.

  102. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    Roark is ready

  103. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    OK, the hook is fast..

    Now it makes not pinch hitting for him with 2 on a missed opportunity.

    Not a quality start, but based on our run output a serviceable one.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Glad MW showed no hesitation. Quick end for Stras.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      “Ghost of Steve M. – May 17, 2015 at 5:48 PM
      Well the pitcher is leadoff. The next inning is the big one with the 3-4-5 batters.”

      Like I unfortunately said to MNF.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      Why have are starters hit the wall so suddenly?

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

        better them than Harper

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:27 PM

        High stress first for Strasburg and max effort pitcher. My excuse for the others was that they were building up arm strength. That theory isn’t exactly holding water in mid-May so I’m baffled too.

  105. ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    The team is terrible. Fire MW , fire Rizzo, get rid of Espis and Desi, trade Stras for a bag of balls, etc.

    Where are the people that made those idiotic demands now? Back where e they belong, to root for the O’s.

    Stras had some tough moments this game and has pitched through them. The bench can hit. It turms out that Rizzo can GM, and MW made a nice move to get Roark up in the pen to deke the Padres into thinking Stras wouldn’t be batting. My fave managerial move this year so far.

    And pulling Stras now? I like the timing.

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      nothing to lose with two days off this week…bullpen can rest

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      To be fair, that was not a deke. If Espinosa singles, they have to hit for Strasburg there.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:26 PM

        I do believe I owe the Gentleman from Sofa a cold one.

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      Are we sure that it was a deke? Stras could bat because Espi hit the 3-run jack. I do believe if they had walked Espi, intentionally or unintentionally, he would have PH for Stras.

      • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

        With Stras batting next, Espi maybe doesn’t see that pitch? But getting Roark up made them think Stras was done, that a PH was due up. Subtle move, if MW meant to do it, but I like it. Playoff kind of move, really.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

      Stras made 2 bad pitches all game and the 6th he was flat. Good read by MW and that high stress 1st inning was not all Stras’s fault.

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    This only works if Roark cones in and does his job.

    I will accept one inherited run, but mire than that is a poor job.

  107. mnmindc - May 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    I’m kind of disappointed MW didn’t let Stras face another batter or two. The team has a five run lead and if the message before the game to Stras is go out there and be aggressive, why not give him a little rope to show he can get out of it? Overall he pitched well today.

    • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      Maybe because he’s coming off an injury? (Or two)

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:26 PM

      No way . Once two get in it is pull time.

      Me did right, now Roark needs to close the inning.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:26 PM

      No, he was done. Gotta go get him there.

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM

      Nah. Roark was ready, no need to destroy his fragile psyche any further.

  108. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Desi double clutches. Might have got him with a good turn.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:26 PM

      I’m just guessing, but I suspect he was going to hold it until he noticed the batter-runner limping up the line.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM

        Possibly, but I believe the DP was there if he threw it start with.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

        It only looked that way because the runner was limping up the line. Normally there’s no play there. Can’t see that from where Desmond was, looking for the feed.

    • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 6:27 PM

      With a 5 run lead, Desi the sure out, doesn’t throw the ball away.

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 17, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Not watching the game. Why is SS getting pulled at the end of 5?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:28 PM

      Getting hit hard. Double over third and a solid line single.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      91 pitches, movement is decreasing, a 5 run lead and we want to keep it.

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Good job Tanner, the one run with a five lead is acceptable.

    A few more tack on runs would be nice.

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Nats did catch a break on the Harper at-bat with bases loaded!

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Love the hit & run attempt by Esco behind Desi.

  113. Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    So, I had assumed that using A.J. Cole for three innings last night meant that Tanner Roark would take Doug Fister’s spot in the rotation. But with Mr. Roark coming in today, presumably for at least a couple of innings, what does that mean? I guess the off days next week allow them to skip Mr. Fister’s slot at least once before deciding?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      That is what they have said they might do.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        Missed that; thanks.

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

      Right. Two nights ago when Cole pitched, it was his day at Syracuse, so he’s on track to start Wednesday if needed. But with the off days, they don’t actually need a 5th starter until May 26. Still time to stretch out Roark I think. That would be my choice to be honest, especially if Janssen is nearly ready to return.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:53 PM

        Two nights ago — right. Because of some travel I watched Friday night’s game after I watched Saturday afternoon’s.

  114. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    .476 OBP for Harper?! Dayum.

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      what’s his OPS

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        is it ruthian yet >1.3

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:38 PM

        My computer won’t let me use exponential notation.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        1.1**2 ?

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        Before this game it was 1.157, highest in the NL. Insane.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        Before this game it was 1.157, highest in the NL. Insane.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

        thanks… and without steroids, Barry

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

      In this series — he’s 7-for-13 plus six walks (!!!)

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      Ted Williams called. He said “What, for ONE SEASON? Wake me up when he does it for his career.”

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

        And that might just be possible…well, not really, wishful thinking notwithstanding.

      • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 7:22 PM

        Ted Williams called: “Can I have my head back?”

  115. natslive - May 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Bryce!

  116. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Hoppah is sizzling hot!!!!!!

  117. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Harper took it left on an outside pitch.

  118. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    number 14….9 in last 11

  119. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    MVP chants!

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Prince Oppo Boppo did it again!!!!

  121. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Triple, single, home run … he has an AB left, maybe …. Just saying.

  122. Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    My oh my oh my. That kid is unconscious.

  123. Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    He’s a pretty good player, this Harper kid.

  124. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Harper now batting 341

  125. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Who is player of the week this week? Is it Stanton or Bryce? I say it has to be Bryce!

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      Wins should matter, everything else being equal.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        I agree. Should be an interesting vote.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Well, Harper didn’t get his boss fired. Just saying.

      • mnmindc - May 17, 2015 at 6:50 PM

        Hahaha!

        (Poor Stanton… I wonder if he’s spending this evening concerned be sold his soul to the Loria devil…)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

        Maybe. But like Joe Hardy, he has an opt-out.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:06 PM

        LMAO!!!!!!!! Giancarlo didn’t either but that is funny as $*(^

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Bryce’s HR was a HR in the old park configuration, just in case you were wondering. My buddy sits in the bar seat at the wallin the new configs as they had to had to move him as he was 1st row outfield and they took his seat. That HR by Bryce sailed over his head.

  127. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Make sure that kid get one more AB and completes the cycle. He’ll probably be able to point to which gap he’s going to hit it into.

  128. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Escobar has scored going soon to 16-0

    I summons more tack on runs and they came.

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      I would like you to summon Harper having a great series during a 2 game sweep of the Yanks!

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        he will….it’s his audition with Ole Blue Eyes music he uses

  129. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Just wondering — show of hands — who was worried about the Padres scoring one run in the first?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought.

  130. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    I think this is before today:

    He leads in OPS

    1 Bryce Harper RF WAS 0.467 0.690 1.157
    2 Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD 0.427 0.689 1.116
    3 Nelson Cruz RF SEA 0.399 0.709 1.108

  131. Drew - May 17, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    69 career homers – 31 from 100.
    686 from Henry Aaron.
    401 career base hits.

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:49 PM

      46 from Maris

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:53 PM

        .059 from .400

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

        but a long way from Dee Dee Gordon

  132. Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Nats had no hits through 4 innings, go on to score 10 runs. That is a scary offense.

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:47 PM

      Sans Span, Werth, and Rendon. Amazing.

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:50 PM

        and the guy with a 19? game hit streak

      • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:52 PM

        sorry 17 game hit streak

      • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:52 PM

        I don’t know how I forgot about him.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        Actually it is 18 game hitting streak.

      • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        Actually it is 18 game hitting streak.

        On average, he got it right on the money 😉

  133. mauimo22 - May 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Statement Game. BAM!

    Go Nats, Great Bats!

  134. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Last 7 days

    Stanton 6 for 23 4 run 4 home runs 7 RBI 12 putouts 2 assists 1 error 261 average 1.106 OPS

    Harper 13 for 25 10 runs 3 2b 1 3b 3 HR 11 RBI 14 putouts .520 1.607 OPS.

    not close if you ask me.

  135. scmargenau - May 17, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Why did stras look pissed on bench? (Saw clip at sports bar)

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      Doesn’t he always look pissed?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 6:55 PM

      Because he gave up a double and single and was lifted from the game?

    • dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      91 pitches…he wanted more ?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      Actually he thought he hurt my Draft king’s game, but I smoking first place in 300 person game.

      Had Stras and Shelby Miller, nirris who has done nothing, belt who had a great day, espi, Esobar and Desmond. Harper, Upton and Kemp. Over 200 points now.

      Stras did fine.

  136. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    and J up having a day too

  137. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Bryce just needs a double for a cycle.

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      somebody get on base

  138. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    what’s this the Nats lead now lead the NL in runs and hits….a long way from Fenway

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      what’s this the Nats lead now lead the NL in runs and hits….a long way from Fenway

      Where are all the guys that insisted we had to fire Rick Schu?

      • dcwx61 - May 18, 2015 at 11:20 AM

        these Nats are the real thing (from Mad Men finale)

  139. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    I would like to see Roark come into a game and dominate more often like he did in that Save appearance.

  140. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Need a base runner for Harper to go for the double

  141. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Has Dez EVER walked twice in 1 game?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Yes but that’s a rare as a Nats pitcher throwing a no-hitter! 😉

  142. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Maybe just K here, Esco, to ensure the Harper AB?

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 7:11 PM

      Oh well. At least he had a shot at it.

  143. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    .5 behind the Mets, sweep the Yanks

  144. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Harper’s a bum. Can’t believe he couldn’t hit a double there for the cycle.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      LOL. A split second earlier and he drives that down the line. BABIP.

      • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 8:27 PM

        He certainly seemed to be guiding it that way…pretty impressive if he was…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 8:38 PM

        He’s locked in.

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      Harper’s a bum.

      Indeed. I told my wife that after the game. Not just one, but he made two outs in two games!

      Sheesh.

  145. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    So did we ever definitively settle the question of whether Harper currently chews tobacco?

    • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      99% sure he chews seeds or gum. Tobbaco is forbidden by LDS.

      • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 8:23 PM

        So is caffeine, but I read an interview where he said he drinks coffee sometimes…or maybe it was coca cola? Anyway, is he devout?

      • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 8:24 PM

        PS – I agree that his spit doesn’t seem to be the color you’d expect of dip, but I haven’t seen him spit all that often since the lip bulge first appeared.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        105, normally you aren’t spitting seeds, you’re spitting shells. Maybe a pumpkin seed shell as those are white. I’m on the side that it isn’t tobacco. I just doubt that all of a sudden he would start dipping at 22.

      • sec105rowwseat28 - May 17, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Whatever. I take it you get my point that he’s not chewing tobacco. Regarding Section 222’s current fascination with the Book of Mormon, do you think his next line of inquiry will be that Bryce has quit wearing the sacred Mormon undergarments because they too easily pick up tobacco stains? He’s clearly not wearing them under his uniform shirt, as you can easily see on TV because he leaves half the top buttons open on it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:31 PM

      It’s clear spit as seen by my eye. I think he’s tucking a non-tobacco product.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 8:09 PM

        As seen by your eye? On TV? Or have you seen it in person?

        BTW, ehay, isn’t profanity also forbidden by LDS? Because Bryce definitely swears.

      • ehay2k - May 17, 2015 at 8:25 PM

        So, you’ve heard him swear? Or just saw what looked li!e a swear on TV?

        Besides, swearing is a far dry from a tobacco habit. He doesn’t drink – alcohol or sodas – so it’s hard to believe he is dipping.

      • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 8:32 PM

        First, we’re not talking aboit health, we’re talking about religious dictates. A sin is a sin.

        Second, it’s coffee he drinks not soda:

        “He will drink black coffee if he needs a jolt during the season.”

        So he’s definitely not 100% observant.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/nationals-star-bryce-harper-works-hard-to-take-care-of-his-body/2014/03/26/f35d00cc-b529-11e3-8020-b2d790b3c9e1_story.html

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        I’ve seen him swear. I think it’s a lot easier to read lips than to see the color of his spit. Agreed that it’s a far cry, but I think that just because the man’s religion forbids it and we know (or think) he doesn’t drink, doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s not doing it. I dare say that at least some Mormons drink or smoke. It’s not like you get excommunicated for breaking the Word of Wisdom.

      • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 9:00 PM

        I know a Mormon who drinks quite a lot. There are very real consequences, for instance, he couldn’t attend his brother’s wedding ceremony because it was in the non-public part of the DC Mormon temple.

        Regardless, there’s zero reason to assume he is unwilling to go against the tenets of his inherited faith…has he ever even been quoted as being a believer?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 18, 2015 at 9:53 AM

        Extensively.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        Agreed that dipping is a far cry from swearing. I just think it’s strange to assume that just because his religion forbids it that means there’s a 99% chance he’s not doing it. I dare say there are plenty of Mormons who occassionally smoke or drink. It’s not like you get ex-communicated for doing it. Let’s be honest, we don’t know how serious Bryce is about his religion. We just assume he follows all its dictates because he didn’t drink when he first came up. But he was under age then. He isn’t now.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        sorry for the repetitive post. I thought WordPress swallowed the first one.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 8:37 PM

        On TV. Since many are talking about it I’ve been looking and definitely not brown. For the role model he is I just hope it’s not a tobacco product.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        Besides the people here who seem to be worked up at what Bryce has tucked inside his lower lip, it’s ironic to be concerned about his religion when other people aren’t scrutinized for how they don’t follow their religious beliefs down to every word in their holy scriptures.

        When Bryan Harper was photographed holding a beer can at the Mills Cup celebration, did anyone care? He was over 21 and of legal drinking age.

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        I’m not concerned about his religion. I could care less about that. I’m concerned about his health. Dipping is a horrible habit to pick up. Stras couldn’t kick it. Desi couldn’t kick it. It may not guarantee an early death, but close.

      • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 9:01 PM

        First time I saw it I posted here that I would be disappointed of it turned out to be dip.

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

        +1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 9:23 PM

        That’s what we should care about, his health and his role model status if he was in fact dipping.

        I did it for years so I’m not going to act like a hypocrite. I did Red Man chew. Big globs of it and at first we all thought it was cool. It was stupid. Just like you may drink and drive back then. All things I’m not proud of and look back on as what the heck was I thinking. The only person I luckily hurt was myself.

        I hope the MLBPA bans it once and for all but I still see High School kids doing it and it’s banned but not enforced.

      • sec105rowwseat28 - May 17, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        I saw him spit out a seed while he was at bat today. (No, it wasn’t a magic loogie. It was definitely a seed.) It seems to me that if he’s chewing tobacco he wouldn’t be spitting out seeds, would he?

  146. dcwx61 - May 17, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    These Nats are playing like Mad Men!!!!

  147. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Series win!

  148. Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Come on home Nats! Great job. Another series win. A great road trip. Even a nice outing for Stras.

  149. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    The Washington Nationals.

    Coming to your town soon to destroy your baseball team.

    • Eric - May 17, 2015 at 8:26 PM

      Love it!

  150. natsfan1a - May 17, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Yep. Great win. Great series. Great road trip.

    Come on home, boys. We’ll leave a light on for you.

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    This San Diego team is good like we saw on Thursday night. The Nats made them look like a bunch of chumps. Great series win and credit to Stras for a decent game that he pitched. That’s something to build on!

  152. Drew - May 17, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Players 22 or younger have hit 40 home runs seven times:

    Mel Ott
    Eddie Mathews (at 21 AND 22)
    Joe DiMaggio
    Johnny Bench

    and two tainted guys — AROID and Juan Gone.

    The youngest to hit 50 was Prince Fielder, who hit 50 dingers at 23.

    Bryce will be 22 all season — just sayin’.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      Double X Jimmie Foxx hit 37. I would have guessed wrong on that question. Had no idea on DiMaggio or Bench.

      Would have had Griffey, Ott, Matthews, ARoid, Foxx, and Pujols.

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    A friend of mine made a good point on Stras that he was building back from a 64 pitch outing and a 72 pitch outing before this one. Good reason he hit the wall.

  154. infideljack - May 17, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Harper is channeling Ted Williams.

  155. manassasnatsfan - May 17, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Last 8 games Harper 1 k 9 BB

  156. Drew - May 17, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    While we’re thinking big – and speaking of the Nats and Yanks:

    Mantle won the Triple Crown at 24, with .356, 56, 130.

  157. Drew - May 17, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    While we’re thinking big – and speaking of the Nats and Yanks:

    Mantle won the Triple Crown at 24, with .356, 52, 130.

    • Drew - May 17, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      I goofed twice.

      Mantle hit .353 with 52 homers and 130 RBIs.

  158. Eric - May 17, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    So…6 straight series wins, including two four-game sets on the road, one against the division rival in first place, and a sweep of our arch nemesis. Not bad. Not bad at all!

  159. Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Has anyone pointed out that over the next four days — while the Nats are hosting the Yankees for only two games and getting two days off — the Mets are hosting the Cardinals for four?

    • infideljack - May 18, 2015 at 2:09 AM

      That should get us to 1st in the NL East with no looks back,

  160. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Why all the hubbub about what’s in Bryce’s mouth? Whatever it is, get him a lifetime supply right now.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 17, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      +1

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      Hubbub? What hubbub, bub?

      Actually, I was just trying to sort out an argument with some relatives, here.

  161. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    I kind of like that x/y axis thingy they got on ESPN that tracks the pitch all the way into the strike zone and makes a dot where contact is made. Come on MASN, pony up.

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      Actually, makes a dot where the pitch crosses the plane/and or contact is made.

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      I agree. TBS had an always on pitch track in the lower right hand corner last year during the playoffs. It’s just dumb that MASN has to show a replay to show the pitch track. Of course, they get some sponsor (Nissan?) to pay for it and get its name repeated over and over so that’s probably what’s going on.

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      I agree. TBS had an always on pitch track in the lower right hand corner last year during the playoffs. It’s just dumb that MASN has to show a replay to show the pitch track. Of course, they get some sponsor (Nissan?) to pay for it and get its name repeated over and over so that’s probably what’s going on.

  162. Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Here’s a little info on what Mormons can and can’t do.

    http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/whats-not-on-the-mormon-menu.html

    Fortunately, repeatedly hitting home runs is totally cool.

  163. nats128 - May 17, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    http://www.deseretnews.com/user/comments/865628583/Bryce-Harper-breaking-down-Mormon-stereotypes.html?pg=1

    Here’s a Mormon news organization with Mormons weighing in on the chewing tobacco thing. Seems they’ve noticed the buldge between his cheek and gum and some also agree that it might not be whacky tobaccky.

  164. veejh - May 17, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Since there seems to be a religious tone to this convo:

    Judge not, lest ye be judged.

    OK. That should about sum this up. Time to move on.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 17, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Joey: “Do you think Homo sapiens died out because they were, yanno, homo sapiens?

      Ross: Joey, Homo sapiens are people,

      Joey: I’m not judging, I’m just asking!

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Well . . . it’s pretty hard not to judge Jeffrey Loria . . . (or Peter Angelos, for that matter)

      Just sayin’ 😉

  165. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Nats in RISP today: 5-for-9 That’s incredible for this team and they are moving up the rankings with a .282 BA

  166. npb99 - May 17, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Next column: Where would the Nats be without Harper?

    • veejh - May 17, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      I think some new headlines come from blog. I also think FP reads this blog and gets some of his stuff from it. Way too many coincidences. I can’t name any right this second, but I’ve connected many convos that happened here before the games that day.

  167. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    James Wagner thinks Casey Janssen will be activated on Tuesday. I wonder who goes.

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      Treinen or Cole.

  168. adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    I missed Wagner’s article on Harper from Friday until now. Interesting comments about the guy who so many here think is a terrible manager who doesn’t really do anything:

    With the help of Manager Matt Williams, Harper has calmed his swing, improved his rhythm and simplified his approach. With a less jumpy lower body, Harper’s head is more still as he swings, helping him better recognize pitches…

    Harper said he “absolutely” loves plays for Williams because he was such an accomplished hitter. Before every game, Harper asks Williams how he would attack that day’s opposing pitcher and his thoughts on Harper’s approach. “Having him around has been a lot of help,” Harper said. Williams’s advice in spring training still resonates.

    “He looked at me and said, ‘It’s not how far, it’s how many,’” Harper said. “You can get a ball out of the field that’s 375 and hit it 376. It still counts the same. You can hit a ball 900 feet. It still counts the same as 300 feet.”

    • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      (I meant: so many that were here last month, but, seem to have disappeared now)

    • npb99 - May 17, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      What with his high performance, determined attitude, and constant enthusiasm and support for his teammates, manager, etc., Harper’s turning into the de facto captain of this team.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      Thanks for posting and I’ve read and heard Bryce give MW accolades and respectful comments and doubtful that will change many people’s minds about MW. MW isn’t perfect but he is also learning.

      Loved the quick hook today on Stras. He was right. Save Stras from himself and leave with a W and an improving ERA.

      • adcwonk - May 17, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        Yep — the theory of “let them leave on a good note”. (Which is the same reason why a manager might leave a young ‘un in when he gives up a bunch of runs in the first or second — see if he can pitch a good 3rd inning before you take him out);

        In any event, I like that Harper realizes what a good hitter MW was, and what a good resource he can be now.

        (MW: 5 time All Star, twice he finished top three for MVP, 4 silver sluggers, 4 gold gloves, 30+ HR’s 6 times, etc etc)

      • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        Some of those numbers were PED-aided, but yes, MW was a very good hitter and has a lot to offer Bryce.

    • Section 222 - May 17, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      At least to me, the constant ragging on “so many” who disagreed with you at some point or said something you didn’t like but “seem to have disappeared now” is getting really old. You realize that some of “those people” have legitimate points of view and probably still read this blog. And they probably have decided it’s just not worth expressing their opinions because the “in crowd” here is so quick to pounce. I mean, why not share the Bryce quotes and make the same point you just made about MW without disparaging other readers? It’s not like MW has never done anything worthy of criticism, right? Or is any negative comment about any Nat out of bounds?

      I know you’re not the only one who does this wonk. This just seemed particularly gratuitous.

      • chrisrw109nats - May 18, 2015 at 2:57 AM

        But the thing is, they weren’t really justified when they did it. The Nats have often started slow, and were missing guys who accounted for half of their runs last year. it was predictable (and predicted) that they would scuffle early until they started to get some of these guys back, particularly Span and Rendon.

        Despite that fact, when the team started out scuffling we got an endless parade of posts giving up on the season, calling for the firing of Williams or Rizzo, trading Strauss or Jzim, sending Desmond to the minors (despite the fact that he was the only person hitting) etc, etc, etc. It wasn’t critiques of the team, it was just stupidity and venting and negativity. It was also negativity that ignored the things we knew going in, the previous track record of the team, and any chancer that playears would return to their historical norms, or that players coming back from injury would make a difference.

        They weren’t “pounced on”, they were argued with by people who believed in the team. If they don’t feel welcome here because they were proven to be wrong, and because they made a bad start of the season hell for the people who truly believed in the team… well then I am totally comfortable with that.

        If the team hadn’t recovered, I and a lot of other posters would have been here to acknowledge our disappointment and look towards next year, and it is still possible we will need to do that before the season is over. But those people were giving up on the season after 20 games. That isn’t legitimate, that isn’t being negative, that is a fundamental lack of understanding about baseball.

        And honestly, anyone who suggests that Rizzo should be fired (as several of them did) is either an idiot or an egregious troll.

        So sorry if you’re upset on their behalf, but we had to put up with them jumping on the slightest thing and lambasting Williams, Rizzo, and the Lerners… they can suck it up now.

      • scmargenau - May 18, 2015 at 7:13 AM

        I agree deuces. Part of a good fan is not being a homer too much. You are certainly allowed no not like certain players and moves, and should be able to share your banter without getting pounced on. SWM was annoying, but he did crack me up at times 🙂

      • Section 222 - May 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM

        chris, It’s fine to argue with people when you think they are wrong, but the constant endzone dancing and self-back patting even weeks after the fact makes this place much less welcoming. I’d rather have divergent views here than a bunch of self-satisfied homers congratulating each other on how smart they are. It makes the discussion much more interesting, and, as scmargenau says, entertaining.

        I’ve said my piece.

      • adcwonk - May 18, 2015 at 9:14 AM

        This just seemed particularly gratuitous.

        Point taken. But, on the other hand, I think my criticism of the criticism is often misunderstood. And so I’ll say it again:

        There is a world of difference between:

        A. MW made an idiotic move; and
        B. MW is an idiot

        Criticism type A is perfectly fine, and can be debated. That’s what’s great about baseball.

        Criticism Type B is a childish immature tantrum statement (or an attack by an Oreo fan, or just a troll statement)

        Comments of Type B really bother me (my own weakness). I don’t want Oreo fans here denigrating the Nats. And if they come from sincere Nats fans, I want to tell them to grow up.

        Please understand (this message is to everybody) — I am not against criticism! Nobody’s perfect, and everyone will make mistakes. But calling for somebody to be fired because he’s an idiot after two weeks of the season is a bit more than reasoned criticism.

        I love NI, and it’s the only Nats place that I bother commenting, because folks are, for the most part, are so reasonable here. So, yeah, when I see folks that make comments that endanger the reasonableness here, I tend to strike back.

        Make sense?

      • Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2015 at 9:17 AM

        I think that swm is still here under a different handle.

      • Section 222 - May 18, 2015 at 11:15 AM

        wonk, it makes perfect sense to strike back when someone makes a comment that endangers the reasonableness (recognizing, of course, that reasonable minds might differ on what is reasonable). I have no problem with that.

        What’s bugging me is so many comments (llke yours above, but you’re certainly not alone) that pile on weeks after the fact about “some people” who said something stupid or unreasonable. Usually, the number of people who said the unreasonable thing is greatly exaggerated, and it wasn’t particularly smart or prescient not to agree with it. So the reference is unnecessary self-aggrandizement, patting yourself on the back for not having said the stupid or offensive thing many moons ago and being proved right by subsequent events. So what? Or even worse, it sounds like the person doing the self-back patting is saying, “see, I was right about that, so you should pay attention to what I say now even more.” Ugh.

  169. Ghost of Steve M. - May 17, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    For Billy Burns fans, he went 3-4 today w/ a stolen base as the leadoff man for the A’s and raised his BA to .321

    • infideljack - May 18, 2015 at 2:18 AM

      He is no Harper.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2015 at 4:20 AM

      Billy is playing good baseball for a very bad team right now. I was surprised that the A’s kept him up, much less as a starter. He has held his own, so far.

      infideljack? Who ever insinuated that he was? He’s an over-achieving underdog that virtually no one on this board thought would ever be a ML player when the Nats traded him for Jerry Blevins, who has since been traded for Matt den Dekker, who is hitting .224 at Syracuse. He is also arguably one of the two fastest guys in all of baseball, some scouts say he is the fastest. No, he’s no Harper, but he’s no den Dekker, either.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2015 at 7:31 AM

        When I look for a Dyson type for my postseason bench who could pinchrun in the 8th in a 1 run game I’d want Burns. He can bunt also and play D. We discussed this last postseason that there was no more Bernadina type ready in the system and Burns was that guy.

        I wish Burnsey continued success. I don’t think his .321 is sustainable but we will see.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 18, 2015 at 7:53 AM

        Steve, if he stays up and hit anywhere near .300 this year I think the A’s would be happy. Coco Crisp is seriously looking like it’s time to throw in the towel and Coco’s misfortune may be the chance for Billy to stay up.

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