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Game 40: Yankees at Nats

May 19, 2015, 3:26 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Anytime the Yankees are in town, it’s a big deal. But it seems fair to ask tonight which team in this ballpark is the bigger deal, with bigger star power. It sure feels like the Nationals, doesn’t it?

Indeed, Bryce Harper and Co. return home tonight deserving of all the praise and attention being heaped upon them, winners in 15 of their last 19 games, with Harper leading the NL in almost every offensive category of significance. Harper is in his customary cleanup spot tonight against New York right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, a familiar face from his time with the Marlins. Actually, four members of the Nats’ lineup tonight own career batting averages over .300 against him: Harper, Denard Span, Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman (all have at least eight career plate appearances vs. the righty).

Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, is on the mound for the Nats, trying to bounce back from a rocky start in Arizona last week.

Updates to come…

NEW YORK YANKEES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 89
Weather: Partly cloudy, 81 degrees, Wind 8 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (22-17)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Michael Taylor
LHP Gio Gonzalez

YANKEES (22-17)
CF Jacoby Ellsbury
LF Brett Gardner
RF Chris Young
1B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
3B Chase Headley
2B Jose Pirela
SS Stephen Drew
RHP Nathan Eovaldi

UMPIRES
HP Jim Joyce (cc)
1B Marvin Hudson
2B Chris Segal
3B Chad Fairchild

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway on a warm, 89-degree Tuesday night on South Capitol Street. There’s a little extra buzz in the crowd with the red-hot Nats back home and the Yankees in town. Should be a fun series.

7:24 p.m. — Oh my god, it’s happening again. Bryce Harper steps to the plate for his first home at-bat in nine days and promptly homers to right-center. That’s his 15th of the season, leaving him now tied with Nelson Cruz for the MLB lead. And it came two batters after Ian Desmond poked an opposite-field shot to almost the exact same spot. Great first inning for the Nats, who also saw Gio Gonzalez retire the side on 12 pitches, getting three groundball outs. What a start to this one, with the Nats leading 2-0 after one.

7:34 p.m. — Another 1-2-3 inning for Gonzalez in the top of the second, all three outs again coming on groundballs. That’s a really encouraging sign for him tonight. The Nats went down in order in the bottom of the inning, so it remains 2-0 after two.

7:46 p.m. — Make it 9 up, 9 down for Gio, every single out on a groundball. Who does this guy think he is tonight, Doug Fister? Seriously, this is very impressive work from the lefty, who has needed only 30 pitches to complete three innings. Still 2-0 Nats.

8:19 p.m. — Well, things have taken a decided turn for the worse here. It began with a laborious top of the fourth for Gonzalez, who looked nothing like the guy who was so efficient in his first three innings. Gio issued two walks, gave up four hits and was all over the place, needing 40 pitches to face nine batters, four of whom scored. That put the Yankees up 4-2. The Nats threatened in the bottom of the inning, with Escobar singling and Harper drawing his 37th walk in 40 games. But Zimmerman struck out and Ramos grounded into a double play, erasing that potential rally in a hurry.

8:51 p.m. — A wild fifth inning, in both halves. The Yankees got a couple more runs off Gonzalez via a Teixeira homer to left. Gio wound up finished after only five innings, having allowed six runs. All of that came after his perfect three innings to begin the night. Crazy. The Nats, though, rallied in the bottom of the inning, getting three runs back via RBI hits from Clint Robinson (who hits pretty well for a pitcher), Ian Desmond and Yunel Escobar. That brought Harper to the plate and the crowd to its feet, but lefty Justin Wilson got Harper to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the rally. So it’s 6-5 Yankees after five, and here’s Blake Treinen from the Nats bullpen.

Chase taking over while Mark works on his game story

9:09 p.m. — The Nationals tied this one up in the sixth on a solo home run by Ramos. He took a 3-0 pitch from David Carpenter deep into the left field stands. It pushed the game to 6-6 and extended Ramos’ hitting streak to 19 games. Treinen pitched a scoreless sixth inning and will now go out there to pitch the seventh as well.

9:31 p.m. — This game is still tied at 6-6, though the Nationals had a good chance to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh. The frame began with Wilmer Difo notching a single as a pinch-hitter in his first career at-bat. He then moved to second on a groundout by Span. Desmond grounded out before Escobar walked to put to men on with two outs for Harper. The Yankees brought in lefty Chasen Shreve, who happens to be a very good friend and former college teammate of Harper. Shreve got Harper to go down swinging to end the inning. Matt Thornton will now come in to pitch.

9:50 p.m. — It’s still a 6-6 game as Drew Storen will pitch the ninth hoping to keep it tied. Alex Rodriguez has entered and will bat second in the upcoming frame.

10:07 p.m. — Off the extra innings we go. The Nats got a baserunner on in the ninth as Dan Uggla walked as a pinch-hitter. That was with one out and Span followed by grounding into a double play. It’s still 6-6 with the 10th inning up next.

10:32 p.m. — Zimmerman wins on a walk-off, two-run homer against Andrew Miller. Nats are in a first place tie.

260 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - May 19, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. natsfan1a - May 19, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Yankees, shmankees. Go get ’em, boys!

  3. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    GYNFG!

  4. nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Counting on Gio to be the 2012 Ace version.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Well there’s a shocker for today. Nats want Janssen to continue rehab. DIdn’t like the quality of his breaking balls.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Depending on the starter for tomorrow the Nats have a plethora of potential long-men in Cole, Roark, Solis, Treinen which leaves Grace, Thornton, Barrett and Storen as the rest of this 8 man bullpen.

      • nats128 - May 19, 2015 at 3:56 PM

        “Mark Zuckerman ‏@ZuckermanCSN 14m14 minutes ago
        Casey Janssen said he feels like he’s ready but #Nats want him to make couple more rehab appearances. Will be at Harrisburg tomorrow.”

        What’s up with that. Rizzo must want the long arms for a few more days.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 4:00 PM

        Maybe if Gio has a long outing, the Nats could use a Roark/Cole tandem tomorrow? I’m rooting for that, because we’ve got tickets for Saturday, and I’d like to see Scherzer.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM

        That might be the answer if Gio goes deep but I’m nervous about Cole. Mechanics looked better but he needs work and the Yankees are a veteran team.

      • sec105rowwseat28 - May 19, 2015 at 4:19 PM

        Quit over thinking things. Zimmermann will pitch tomorrow on his standard four days rest. No reason he wouldn’t. Then Scherzer pitches Friday, Strasburg on Saturday, and Gio on Sunday. All on the standard four days rest. Monday’s starter is still TBD, but a lot can happen between now and then.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 4:26 PM

        That’s what I’ve been saying. They go with a 4 man rotation on 5 days rest

      • masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        I’m not overthinking. Just want to see Scherzer!

    • NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      Probably for the best. Let him go against the Phils rather than an AL team that’s seen him a lot.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        That might be what Rizzo is thinking. Definitely sounds like a change of heart. Janssen was brought to DC on Sunday. Maybe they worked him out yesterday and he truly wasn’t sharp.

        Surprising. Never seen Rizzo do that before.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 4:08 PM

        Well, he’s been with Toronto. Maybe they feel the Yankees hitters are already familiar with him, and he’s better off starting against the Phillies. Just wondering out virtually loud.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 4:08 PM

        Well, he’s been with Toronto. Maybe they feel the Yankees hitters are already familiar with him, and he’s better off starting against the Phillies. Just wondering out virtually loud.

  6. langleyclub - May 19, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    I assume that MAT is playing LF, not CF… With no DH and facing a lefty, the Yankees may be forced to play Arod in the field. Would like to see the Nats take advantage.

    Eovaldi faced the Nats 4 time last year:

    May 26 6 IP 3 H 1 ER BB 5Ks (Eovaldi got the W)
    July 28 5 IP 6 H 5 ER 2 BB 3Ks (ND)
    Sep 21 6 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 Ks (L)
    Sep 28 67 IP 8 H 2 ER 3 BB 5 Ks (L)

    3 out of 4 quality starts.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 19, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      You don’t like 2 CFs?

      • Hiram Hover - May 19, 2015 at 3:54 PM

        What better way to figure out who’s the better CF–put them both out there at the same time!

      • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 19, 2015 at 3:57 PM

        Yes that would work. Side by side competition.

      • Eric - May 19, 2015 at 4:16 PM

        Like this?

    • masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      Eovaldi threw 199 innings last year, far more than he had ever thrown in a season. I thought the Marlins should have shut him down in September.

      Probably won’t matter tonight, but it will be interesting to see how he holds up the next year or two.

  7. natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 19, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Ghost, thanks for the scoop last night. I ran with it. Never got a reply from Mark or Chase. As they say, it ain’t real until Ken Rosenthal says it. 😉

  8. guyanesebanna - May 19, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    2 CFs and no LF would make for some interesting baseball. Fans of the ‘shift’ rejoice !! Defensive metrics run amok …

  9. NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      He has options and might just be re-assigned there when he’s done with his rehab but who knows with Rizzo. He’s become more unpredictable just when I thought I had him figured out.

      Has 4 long men who could all start stashed in his bullpen.

  10. joemktg - May 19, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Yanks are the NL East’s version of the Mets, except that it’s taken a little longer for them to realize it. That ship was sunk before the season started.

  11. golfersal - May 19, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    I am sorry but tonight is not that big of a deal.

    I can’t go and trying to sell my club level tickets, I can’t even get half of what I paid for them.

    If this was such a great game, people would be paying double the face value, but they aren’t they are getting tickets for tonights game at half price at Stubhub.

    • natinalsgo aka Gonats - May 19, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      I found the same thing as my friends needed tickets and found them for under Face Value. Problem was that all the speculators bought tickets just to sell for a profit and the demand from Yankees fans just isn’t there.

      I will be there!

      • NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 4:19 PM

        I think it’s the timing. Lot of New Yorkers left and started their Memorial Day holiday early. Also graduations are done. They’re just not here.

    • NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      Same for a ticket for tomorrow’s game I’m trying to sell. No bites. I’ll have to lower the price tomorrow morning if it doesn’t go tonight.

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

        Weekday game before Memorial Day weekend.

    • chrisrw109nats - May 19, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      It’s a tuesday game, and there are still colleges / exams, and people working. Not surprising that tickets are available. If I wasn’t working late I’d probably buy them, but I wouldn’t get there until the 3rd or 4th inning.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      Yep — I saw that tix in the 300 section (for tonight) were in the mid-to-high $40s last week — now in the high 20s, low 30s.

      • golfersal - May 19, 2015 at 4:31 PM

        We can’t even give away tickets for tonight’s game.
        A shame that there is such small interest for the New York Yankees, who are in first place and for the Nats, the hottest team in baseball along with Bryce Harper, the hottest player on the planet.

        A real shame.

      • NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        Well, I wasn’t going, but y’all talked me into it. Later!

  12. NatsLady - May 19, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    A-Rod’s not in the lineup. He can admire Bryce from the dugout.

    SP: Nathan Eovaldi
    1. Jacoby Ellsbury (CF)
    2. Brett Gardner (LF)
    3. Chris Young (RF)
    4. Mark Teixeira (1B)
    5. Brian McCann (C)
    6. Chase Headley (3B)
    7. Jose Pirela (2B)
    8. Stephen Drew (SS)
    9. Nathan Eovaldi (P)

    • ArVAFan - May 19, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      But he won’t go to the concession stand when he’s batting.

  13. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Responding to a couple of comments from more than one person from last thread:

    Only a few of those 2006-2008 supplemental picks ended up helping the team. Maybe he’s a little gun shy.

    I don’t think Rizzo was making those picks. The supplementals in 2011, etc., were incredibly awesome.

    Now to your theory, I think none of the potential FAs get traded and the trades you might see is lefty bench stud and a getting Clippard back.

    Yes, Clippard.

    Nats could get Clippard and Ike Davis who last year was a top lefty bench bat and is batting .282 this year with a .348 OBP.

    Wha? How much would it cost to get Clippard and Davis?

    Tulo probaly feeling like he is stuck in baseball he!! with the Rockies as he wants to go to a team that can win. That team needs so much help.

    I feel bad for him. That’s the downside of signing a long contract I guess. He’s stuck there until 2021 or 2022!

    And Stanton — he’s chained to Miami for 12-1/2 more years (2028 at the earliest!). OTOH, the Marlins are not half bad. On the other other hand, the front office messes the team so often, . . . .

    • knoxvillenat - May 19, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      “And Stanton-he’s chained to Miami for 12-1/2 more years…….”

      I thought Stanton had an option out of his contract after 5 or 6 years?

    • Danny - May 19, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      Stanton has an opt out around year 6-7

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        You’re right — I forgot about that. He has an opt-out after the 2020 season.

  14. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    OK, I made a personal request last week, and I want to repeat it. I asked “the summoner” to get us a two-game sweep here.

    Can we hear it?

  15. nataddicted - May 19, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP · 7s 7 seconds ago

    Werth still a few days from even swinging, per MW. Having Difo around gives more infield options, provides speed & helps free up the bench.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 4:41 PM

      That’s the answer. Not sure why people were obsessing over replacing an outfielder with an infielder.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        Because we had an off day, so couldn’t obsess over a game on Monday. So of course we obsessed over a silly thing like who the Nats are calling up.

      • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        mfk…lol

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    “Williams said they want to “make sure” Janssen is ready since he will be thrown into late-inning, high leverage situations.”

    The word “leverage” certainly becoming more popular amongst baseball writers.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 19, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      Right. How about substituting “key” or “important” for “high leverage”?

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Did they get it from the sabermeticians?

  17. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    My co-worker is a Yankees fan. I can’t wait to send some smack talk as we beat the tar out of his beloved Yanks. This is gonna be fun.

  18. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Rafael Furcal retires.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/nationals/rafael-furcal-retires-after-14-major-league-seasons/2015/05/19/a3e0b6fe-fe68-11e4-8c77-bf274685e1df_story.html

    That happened fast. All Star in 2012, injured & TJ surgery in 2013, never really made it back.

  19. peewilly - May 19, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    I’d still like to see Harper in the 3-spot, maybe drop Desi to 6 or 7 and bump everyone else up.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      It sure was fun when Harper, early in his rookie year, when he was hot, hot, hot, got up in the first inning of every game.

  20. Section 222 - May 19, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    It’s official:

  21. Old Wino - May 19, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Will we here chants later of “WILMER!”? Hope he gets a shot tonight.

  22. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Espi with a great play. big range and huge arm, on the first batter of the game.

    I think it makes a big difference whether the game starts off with a leadoff hit, or a leadoff ground out. (Perhaps even more for Gio).

  23. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    I like the move bringing up Difo. Reward a kid doing well by giving him a taste of the bigs. This will make him hungrier.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Exactly.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Alright Mr Desmond… that ball left the yard quick…

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Well there it is….

  26. TimDz - May 19, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    FORE!!!

  27. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Hoppah!!!!!!

  28. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    veejh: I think you’ve got some material with which to text your colleague.

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      I’ve already been pounding away. Like I said, this is going to be fun.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      +2 !!

  29. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Harper — what the heck is he doing. That ball was low out of the strike zone. And he didn’t get full wood on it.

    And it’s *still* a home run.

    That’s a can-of-corn to CF with anybody else swinging that.

    That’s 11 HR’s in 12 games for Bam Bam?!

    Un-fr(*&^*-believable. Really. To say he’s “white hot” or “on fire” is an understatement.

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      He’s approaching the core of the sun. How about that?

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:28 PM

        Approaching a fissionable state?

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        Careful. If he turns into fissile material the government has to confiscate him as a non-proliferation threat.

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:32 PM

        Or, think of it this way, the govt mandates that he has to stay in DC 😉

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 7:27 PM

      On my little iPad I thought it was either a single or an easy F8.

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        On my TV I thought it was an F8, too (although, FP and Carp had just been talking about how the ball was carrying very well to right — noted after Desmond’s HR — and so I had a slight hope . . . )

  30. Drew - May 19, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    70 in the books, 30 from 100.
    685 from Henry Aaron.

    (And we thought Morse was a beast.)

  31. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Gio — two innings — only 19 pitches. Now *that’s* a good sign!!

    (And only six balls — three of them to the lead-off batter)

  32. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Seems like Gio has picked up his pace a bit. Am I imaging things?

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      imagining

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 7:42 PM

        No, not imagining. People were noticing last season, as well. He’s not Doug Fister, but he’s a lot more purposeful than he was in the past.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    So far so good Gio….

  34. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Gio’s got everything working — including the sinker. First nine batters, nine ground outs (!!)

    (As Charlie and Dave said: he’s channeling his inner Doug Fister).

    Sitting at 30 pitches after three.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      Spoke too soon.

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:21 PM

        Sheesh — it was like a completely different pitcher between the first 9 batters (30 pitches, 9 ground outs) and the next 9 batters (40 piotches, 4 hits, 2 walks). How the heck does that happen?!?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 9:00 PM

        Concentration. Walked the leadoff man

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    #LoW always gets you Gio.

  36. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Dayum, Gio, you were cruising, and then, right back to the old Gio. CUT OUT THE WALKS.

  37. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    I’m loving Espi in the field tonight.

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Gio seems to have just lost it..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      Walks the leadoff man and misses some spots, a run scores, and then Gio loses focus.

  39. Danny - May 19, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Knew Gio wasn’t up to holding a 2-0 lead.

  40. Danny - May 19, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    And why does he always throw that changeup so much now. Didn’t he used to have a dominant curve?

  41. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    I’ve been following intermittently on AtBat, but it seems Gio is getting g the strangest called balls and strikes…am I just looking in at odd times or has it been an inconsistent zone?

  42. Danny - May 19, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Thanks again Gio.

  43. scnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Freaking Gio. Every game with the. Blowup inning, usually 4 or 5 it seems.

  44. exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    As usual, Gio can’t put hitters away and it keeps piling on.

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    He threw 40 pitches that inning… good lord.

  46. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Wow. That was ugly.

  47. mauimo22 - May 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    I’d like to see Gio and Stras enrolled in the Mental Academy of Baseball.
    Admission is free for all Nats because The Scherz is teaching the class!

    #StopBeatingYourself

  48. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    In fairness,there were a couple of Punch and Judy flukes in that inning. The dribbler up the line at third ended up leading to a couple of those runs, there were two other grounders the were so close to being GIDP’s There was some bad luck,, though the walks sucked,

  49. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    This is the most dialed in Bryce has ever been.

  50. exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    No dpZim..RbiZim

  51. exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Right down the middle..taking

  52. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Ryan? Right down the center and you watch strike 3?

  53. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    I think Dez could have gone to 2nd there.

  54. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Well, at least Mets are down 4-0; better than being down 4-2

  55. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Other than Max anybody still think this is a good rotation? It’s crap. I have zero confidence in any of them. And it’s time for Zimmerman to have a day off. Pathetic AB

    • Danny - May 19, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      He did yesterday

      • nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        Game day off

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      SWM

      • nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:31 PM

        Are you seeking a Single White male?

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      Really?

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      The sky is falling, and the glass is 1/4 empty!!

      Nats’ team ERA is 6th in NL.

      RZ has had a hit in 10 of his last 11 games. And he had a day off yesterday.

    • Section 222 - May 19, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      Reading through the posts after the game. Nothing to say to this other than ha ha ha.

  56. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Bummage

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I just don’t get it….

  58. Danny - May 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Your changeup is awful.. Stop throwing it!

  59. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Three change-ups to the same spot in a row?

    How much of that Is that on Gio or Ramos?

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Why do you call for the same pitch 3 times in a row… we saw this the other day…

  61. exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Gio find your pink cream.

  62. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Watching Gio the Seattle and the Os pitcher. Yuck yuck yuck.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      SWM

      • nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:33 PM

        Dude I like women. You creeping me. Eeeew

      • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        LOL!!!!!

      • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:37 PM

        So, if this is in fact secretwasianman……

  63. Danny - May 19, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Gio hasn’t been above average for over a year now…

  64. section309 - May 19, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    I think McCattys time has come. Any good pitching coach should be able to whip Gio and Stras into shape. Under Cat they’ve regressed. Time for a some young blood. Never been really impressed with him given the talent of his pitchers. His influence on MW bullpen decisions leave much to be desired too.

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      Love the fire the “hitting/pitching” coach posts. I agree with this one.

    • exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      I don’t think Mccatty is bad just not the right guy for Stras or Gio. im sure he can’t stand thre drama. He’s a snap out of it guy and doesn’t work with them.

  65. Danny - May 19, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    MT can’t hit a slider.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      Yep. They know it. We know it. MAT knows it. He still has work to do with that.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      Nor can he lay off of 2 strike curves. More so in his first AB he reverted back to the long loop in his swing.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Bench comes thru once again…

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      Yes!

      +1

  67. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    And that Nats make the #LoW pay, too.

  68. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Nice CRob!

  69. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I love our bats lately but oh Gio give us a chance.

  70. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Desi gonna try to tie it

  71. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    We got bats. We got bats. We got bats.

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    KEEP. THE. LINE. MOVING!!!!!!!!!

  73. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Eovaldi channeling his inner Gio.

    #LoW with a four run lead?

    Then CRob’s double came because Eovaldi fell behind 3-0.

    Keep on making him pay, boys!!

    • nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Inner Gio. LOL

  74. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Way to keep fighting guys. Good heart

  75. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Nice job, fellows!

  76. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Harper up! Ruh roh!

  77. Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    That’s better.

  78. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    When the inning started I was fantasizing that the line would move enough so that Harper would get a chance this inning.

    And he does!

    Make the most of it Bam Bam !! (actually, I’d settle for a double — even a single — at this point)

  79. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Mutts down 6. 2

  80. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Don’t throw that pitch again.

  81. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    We have a game.

  82. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Oh well. At least we got three back. 6-5 is a whole lot better than 6-2.

  83. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Damn. That’s only the 2nd GIDP this year for Harper.

  84. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Oh well….plenty of game left.

    • rlndtln - May 19, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      I have been saying for weeks MW must play Robinson over Taylor when Werth is out of the line up against righties and Taylor against lefties.MW is a slow learner.

    • rlndtln - May 19, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      I have been saying for weeks MW must play Robinson over Taylor when Werth is out of the line up against righties and Taylor against lefties.MW is a slow learner.

  85. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Wanda you know? Blake dTreinan didn’t walk the lead off guy.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      Man, I wish we could edit our posts.

  86. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Ahhhhhhhhh HAHAHAHHAHHAHHAH!

    3-0 LIVING BABY!!!

  87. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrramos

  88. Drew - May 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Just relentless.

  89. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Ramos! Everybody feeling a little bit better now?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 19, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      That’s the way to extend your hitting streak.

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      FP was saying that at the beginning of his 19 game hitting streak it was all singles, then he started hitting some doubles, and now, his first homer in a month.

  90. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Even when the pitching is a bit off, it’s hard to hold down this team the way it’s hitting right now.

  91. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    fastball, fastball, fastball. he almost got caught.

    • rlndtln - May 19, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      Treinen has as good stuff as anybody in our pen.He needs to be used the way MW is using him now.For all you that think he is going down when Jansen gets here think again. He is doing nowhere.

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        He needs to be used the way MW is using him now.

        Many here were saying to never use him in high leverage situations.

  92. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Difo!!!! Come on kid!

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      Love it! Congrats, Difo!!!!!!!!

  93. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Congrats Difo!!!

  94. Drew - May 19, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Welcome, Wilmer!
    Way to go, kid!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      + #1

      • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        ballsy # to take. I guess he has what it takes?

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Congrats Mr. DIFO… Welcome to the Big leagues…

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

    The kid had the base stolen, but Teixeira made a nice play on Span’s ball.

  97. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    This is what baseball is all about right here. Let’s go!

  98. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Some nasty sliders there. His fastball must be right in that exact track for Bryce to bite on all 3 of them the way he’s seeing the ball. Nice stuff.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      Ehhh, the guy’s a bum. What’s he done since the home run? Bupkis! Trade him for a middle reliever while you still can.

      • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        We could definitely fill that closer role….

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Jeez — why can’t he do something as simple as lay off the slider?

        (do I need to mark that this is snark?)

  99. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Sure hope Thornton was up like that on purpose

    • Eric - May 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      Meaning up in the zone to Teixeira…

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Whew…. I thought that was a sure fire HR….

  101. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Dirty slider to start things off

  102. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I keep hearing that the Yankees 8th and 9th innings guys (Betances and Miller) have a combined ERA of . . . 0.00

    Yikes!

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Was Barrett trying to be up?

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      those sliders were pretty solid. They may have been in the zone, but they were moving quite a bit north and south. I have zero problem with those pitches (unless they got hit of course…lol).

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    The summoner is now home.

    Tack on a few runs bogs

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      About time, dude!

      I won’t be greedy, just summon us a scoreless top of 9th, and one run for the good guys in the bottom, ok?

      • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        From your thoughts to Nats Stadium.

  105. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Was peeking at “At bat” while at work.

    Gio I see did his usual Jekyll and Hyde performance.

    Question did he nibble the first 3 innings?

    I know but watching pitch track he did the last 2 innings.

    I believe Jekyll and Hyde is a good nickname for him.

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Gio was excellent for 3 innings, then fell apart.

  106. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    the night of the slider

  107. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    BTW, for those who haven’t seen it yet — Ramos’ HR was about 4 rows up and over the visitors bullpen. Mammoth!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      I was in the car, and Dave said it was blasted.

  108. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Bryce didn’t look very happy that Espi took that fly ball as a basket catch on the backside right in front of him.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      Even though I am home, I have to follow on at bat as my wife is watching the finals of the Voice. Since I watch so many games a week, I know better than bitch.

      But I turn during commercials

  109. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Nasty sequence to ARod…

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      I’m curious — was that last pitch a strike? It looked a tiny bit low and/or outside and framed well by Ramos.

      Thoughts?

      (They didn’t show the replay of that pitch on pitch-track!)

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        Ramos is good at stealing strikes… Lobo is better, imo… with that said, it was a strike. It helped that they went of speed at first and then threw the cheese….

        AROD knew it too…

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        I’m looking forward to somebody posting Brooks-whatever pic of that at bat!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      veejh, Bryce had good reason to look unhappy. That is the outfielder’s ball.

      • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 9:59 PM

        I know. Gotta love Espi’s range, but that was a bad call from Espi.

  110. Drew - May 19, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Grab some pine, you lying cheater.

  111. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Nasty sliders followed by two 99 mph fastballs by the 6’8″ reliever?

    No wonder his ERA is 0.00

    • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      OTOH, as FP and Carp noted: since his opposition BA is .118, there _is_ hope 😉

  112. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    MAT clueless

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    I’m with FP… idk how Uggla didn’t swing at that…

  114. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Dayum, Uggs making the most of his chances. Well done.

  115. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Horrible call on strike 2 to Span by Jim Joyce.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      On my app looked a little outside.

  116. Eric - May 19, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Sure hope that’s the last we see of Betance!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 10:08 PM

      26 pitches.

  117. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    I saw Uggla’s very nice at bat, but then read Span’s double play.

    Two fast guys hit into double plays. Were they hit sharply?

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

      It was an average — not hard, not soft — but slightly to the left SS who was playing just a bit left off 2d base. So SS moved to his left, scooped it up, keep going, stepped on 2d, etc. Even Jesse Owens would have been doubled on that.

  118. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    High Lev Grace situation. Audition time again.

    • veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      Span just saved his azz.

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    My goodness… I love our CF….

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

      Great catch? Stuck with voice. App just made it seem normal.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        It was a SPECTACULAR catch…. headed towards the gap and Span tracked it…

  120. Drew - May 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Spantacular.

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Ramos just stole a strike on that 2-0 pitch..

  122. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    That catch is an example of why I continue to say that Denard Span is the best outfielder in this franchise’s history.

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

      I’ve always agreed with that.

      I really wish we could keep him another year. I don’t see it happening, but I wish we could . . .

  123. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    I saw the last pitch to McCann. Filthy.

    Back to watching the app.

  124. TimDz - May 19, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    I.Want.Half.Price.Pizza.

    Please…..

    Looking for a Walk off this inning….

    GYFNG…..

    • Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      Ugly Ian on that one, but he gets a pass.

  125. adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    And *this* guy (Miller) has pitched 17 games, and allowed only *three* hits this season!

    ERA of 0.00, and opponents BA of .050-something . . .

    sheesh!!

    • exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      Is it the same fail Marlins pitcher?

      • adcwonk - May 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        Yep. But when he got put in the bullpen, by the Red Sox in 2012, he started doing great. After a terrific year with Oreos last year, became a free agent, and got a 4 year $36M contract.

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Where did the yanks find these relievers….

  127. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    I cant even be upset becuz this reliever and last innings reliever for the Yanks are just filthy…

  128. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    OK, new Nats win this game. No swinging for fences. Just make some good ABs and get some guys on and bat em in. Piece of cake.

  129. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Unreal bullpen from these Yankees.

  130. exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Did Desmond really think Miller was gonna throw one right down the middle with 2 strikes. Ridiculous 2 strike swing.

  131. Section 222 - May 19, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Just tuned in on the way home. C&D wondering if Girardi would leave Betances in for a third inning. Carp no talking about how they are bringing their closer in. It’s obvious why he’s brinigng in Miller for this inning — to face Bryce.

    And good for Esco getting on base to make them pitch to him.

  132. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    terrible strike call…total b.s.

  133. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    That was NOT A strike to Bryce on pitch 1.

  134. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Bryce totally in defense mode after that 1st b.s. call. f***

  135. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    This guy’s pitches are too fast for Jim Joyce to call accurately.

  136. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Please Ryan…. do something positive.

  137. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Come on, Zim, take one for the team and get hit.

  138. veejh - May 19, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mr Walkoff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  139. nattygoats - May 19, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Bryce blind against lefties tonight. Ump sucks thougj

  140. Section 222 - May 19, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Mr. WALKOFF!!

  141. Joe Seamhead - May 19, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Ha Ha Ha!

  142. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 19, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    I was making Rally Tens with the fingers!!

  143. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    According to my pitch tracker none of the first 5 pitches to Sharper were in the zone though Joyce called 1.

    Desi k was not close on pitch track

  144. TimDz - May 19, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Half.Price.Pizza.

  145. dcwx61 - May 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    wow….hits the foul pole…another walk off
    ho hum !!!!!

  146. exposremains - May 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Wow

  147. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 19, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Hell yeah… baby… hell yeah!?!?!?!?

  148. Drew - May 19, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Chills.

    Team of Destiny.

  149. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    mrs B the new summoner, I hand the crown.

  150. manassasnatsfan - May 19, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Tied for first.

  151. scmargenau - May 20, 2015 at 12:23 AM

    I saw that at a sports bar and ran Round like a Luny on Zims hr

    As predicted

    Zim rises
    Werth will rise

    Espi will hit reality

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