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Game 45: Nats at Cubs

May 25, 2015, 11:10 AM EDT

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Tanner Roark was among the best starting pitchers in the NL last season, a 15-game winner with a 2.85 ERA over 31 starts. But when the Nationals signed Max Scherzer to a record-setting contract in January, Roark found himself the odd man out of a jam-packed rotation, relegated to bullpen duties to begin 2015.

Today, though, Roark finally gets to make his first start of the season. With Doug Fister on the DL with a strained forearm, Roark rejoins the rotation, pitching the opener of a 3-game series against the Cubs. A native of nearby Wilmington, Ill., the right-hander will have a large and rowdy group of friends and family members in attendance at Wrigley Field.

Roark will be facing a very good, young Cubs lineup that features rookie phenom Kris Bryant (.836 OPS through his first career 35 games), not to mention one of the best hitters in the game in Anthony Rizzo (1.015 OPS). Of course, the Nationals have this Bryce Harper kid, who is kind of decent himself. And with the wind blowing out of the Friendly Confines this afternoon, watch out when Harper comes to the plate.

Unfortunately, I’m not with the team on the road this week. But please enjoy the game and the conversation, not to mention your Memorial Day plans…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where:
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Gametime: 2:20 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186
Weather: Chance of rain, 75 degrees, Wind 22 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (26-18)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Tanner Roark

CUBS (24-19)
CF Dexter Fowler
3B Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
SS Starlin Castro
RF Jorge Soler
LF Chris Coghlan
C David Ross
LHP Tsuyoshi Wada
2B Addison Russell

UMPIRES
HP Ryan Blakney
1B Mike DiMuro
2B Hunter Wendelstedt
3B Bob Davidson (cc)

183 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ArVAFan - May 25, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    GYFNG! Hope the confines are friendly to the visiting team!

    I am expecting good baseball today. If it’s considered an omen, I just scored 101 points on fungoes (in Scrabble).

  2. mauimo22 - May 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    The fungoes to the team with the most runs scored!

  3. homeparkdc - May 25, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    MZ, thanks for the wind report. I saw that wind was expected (in Chicago?) but didn’t know the effect.
    Glad to see Tanner Roark taking the mound as a starter. Guestimates have him going 70 to 80 pitches today. Just sorry this rotation change is due to a Fister injury. Go Nats!!

  4. natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Go, Ro-ark! Go, NATS! Keep on rolling!

  5. dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    yeah 22 mph winds out to center

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM

      gusting to over 30 mph…yippee

  6. natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Now, if they could just make it so that the wind blows out only in the top of innings. 🙂

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      we’re working on it and making it rain after 5 when the Nats are ahead

      • dryw4nats - May 25, 2015 at 1:36 PM

        I dunno, I came a long way out here to have the game end after 5. Can we end after 9 with the Nats ahead? 🙂

      • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 3:01 PM

        on a sunny day in Wrigley with the wind blowing out….for sure

      • natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        Either plan sounds good. Thanks! 🙂

  7. ArVAFan - May 25, 2015 at 12:17 PM

    Re: Wind

    Chelsea Janes ‏@chelsea_janes ·
    One of the Cubs media crew asked Harper if he had checked out the flags yet, see what the wind is doing. “I don’t need wind,” he said.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 12:25 PM

      Classic answer.

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 12:36 PM

      a mighty wind indeed

      He will hit it all the way to downtown wrigleyville

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      and as Mohammad Ali told a stewardness
      superman don’t need no seat belts
      to which she replied
      superman don’t need no airplanes neither

    • sec105rowwseat28 - May 25, 2015 at 1:34 PM

      I break the wind. The wind does not break me.

    • natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 2:11 PM

      Oh, that’s good.

      • natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        “That” being the Harper quote (nesting comments, yada yada yada).

  8. slidell2 - May 25, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    They don’t call it the Windy City for nothing.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 1:06 PM

      Do they ever call anything something for nothing? Just wondering.

      • natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        You’ll take nothing and like it!

      • janebeard - May 25, 2015 at 2:45 PM

        Well, “Charm City” sorta counts in the “call it something for nothing” category. Just saying’

      • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        The Money for nothin
        and the chick-filets for free
        i want my Nats TV

      • nataddicted - May 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        [Ding] Pay the person Shirley!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        + 0

  9. Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Just back from the gym where ESPN had a reporter do a stand-up from one of the dugouts (a totally-predictable-but-not-very-analytical story comparing Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant). In any event, the reporter described it as raining hard (maybe half an hour ago), but she didn’t give any insight into whether the game would begin on time.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 1:11 PM

      Looks like just a few cells in the back of a line of storm that are already gone. Should be cloudy but dry.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 1:15 PM

        unless there are some T-storms that pop up in the afternoon, but they should be local, so probably even money whether the game gets wet.

      • dryw4nats - May 25, 2015 at 1:38 PM

        It was raining pretty good 15 minutes ago, but there is actually some sun poking through now. Off and on.

  10. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Mark’s hardly making any trips at all, it seems. I hope everything’s OK.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 1:19 PM

      CSN is a joke. If Mark doesn’t go, Chase should be there. How do you cover a team without boots on the ground.

      • slidell2 - May 25, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        Seems like Mark was on the road more often prior to CSN being bought by NBC Universal. Deeper pockets doesn’t always mean more spending.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 2:14 PM

        Just bigger profits. Mark and Chase can make good observations from their Sec1 Sofa, but they miss the interviews and other in- person observations.

        That’s OK, my sources are getting me great info 😉

      • scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 1:14 AM

        Not hRc to watch on tv n report

    • janebeard - May 25, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      I was thinking the same thing, Sofa. I hope it’s a stingy budget and not other reasons. Though what would be the purpose for the stingy budget, I don’t know.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 26, 2015 at 9:04 AM

      FOLLOWUP NEXT DAY …
      Actually it’s not as much as I thought. He’s only missed 2 trips out of 7. See tomorrow’s post for my retraction.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 1:28 PM

    The Giants continue cleaning out players. Sabean and Bochy sure don’t get sentimental like some teams. They didn’t retain Postseason heroes like Morse and just DFA’d Travis Ishikawa and already DFA’d 2015 FA pickup Casey McGahee.

    Another mark of a winning team, memories are great and these players stay as long as they are deemed productive and if not they will be invited back for a 2014 WS Reunion.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      So we hear how attractive DC is to free agents because Rizzo treats them right. I don’t see the Giants having any trouble signing people.

      Just saying.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 4:09 PM

        Exactly right. The Marlins signed Free Agents also, maybe just maybe it’s about the money .

  12. homeparkdc - May 25, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Don’t know how the wind is blowing in NY, but Yankees had 4 HRs in two innings and lead KC 11-0. Middle of 3rd now.

    • slidell2 - May 25, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      14 mph according to Weather Underground. Having said that, the wind blows for both sides. More likely lousy pitching.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        The rain falls alike
        on the Just, and on the Unjust fella.
        But chiefly on the Just, because
        the Unjust steals the Just’s umbrella.

  13. Joe Seamhead - May 25, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    The line on Royals’ Jeremy Gutrie today: 1 inning ,9 hits, 3 BBs,1HBP, 11 runs, 11 ERs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      That will have some effect on his ERA.

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      amazing they kept him in so long

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    How is this guy getting the outside AND the inside pitch….

    Okay blue, as long as Tanner gets it too.

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    That pitch stayed right up….

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    2 batters you can’t make mistake pitches on—Bryant and Rizzo. Hanging slider to Bryant is ent out quicker than in came in.

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Wow MAT…. wow.. helluva catch…..

  18. Drew - May 25, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Taylor goes to the MAT!

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    This blue is terrible…. he can’t call the inside and the outside like this…

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      Clearly, his left eye isn’t his good one.

  20. Drew - May 25, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Noooooooooooooooooo …..

    • Drew - May 25, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      Guess the hand’s OK.

  21. dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    enuf with the ivy…put up some pads

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Harp with a nice double. Time for some RISP.

  23. scnatsfan - May 25, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Excited get to see Giolito here in Myrtle Beach tonight

    • natslive - May 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Me too

      • natslive - May 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM

        Line for Giolito 5 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 4 Ks. Hit hard early even the outs were loud but settled down. Command off early. Hitting 93/94 on stadium gun with a few 95s thrown in.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    So who else thought MAT was gonna get a hit there…

    No one?

    Me neither….

    • Just. Dave - May 25, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      The guy just made the catch of the year, cut him some slack.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 3:32 PM

        That had nothing to do with him swinging out his knees at his at bat after being ahead of the count… nothing at all….

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 4:41 PM

        Maybe Jayson Werth gets the run in there, let’s be really generous and say twice out of every five times.
        Jayson Werth makes that RUN-SAVING catch in left exactly zero times out of a million.

        Look, Michael A isn’t Willie Mays. We get it. Let him be Michael A Taylor.

  25. Danny - May 25, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    MT is killing me right now

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Oh Taylor. Swings through 2 consecutive fastballs on 3-1 and 3-2

    Has to make contact there. As Charlie Slowes said, he was swinging for Lake Michigan.

  27. dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 3:32 PM
    • Tyler Babip - May 25, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      Cool.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      That’s a great photo and that’s a great catch.

  28. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Look at Tanner… trying to help himself out… 😆

    Nice to see MW trying new things…

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Another terrible terrible terrible call….

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      its the new way to speed up the game…when in doubt call a strike

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      +1 the moving zone

  30. TheBigDummy - May 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Tanner Roark is the man and deserves a starting spot in nearly any rotation. The guy is a gamer. Point blank.

    • lphboston - May 25, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      Roark deserves a starting spot in THIS rotation. We all know who needs to be deleted until he has a come-to-Jesus discussion with himself.

  31. lphboston - May 25, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Typical Desmond. Runner at third less than two outs and he screws himself into the ground trying to hit it 400 feet, then takes a called third.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      In his defense on the called pitch (I’m right with you on trying to hit six-run home runs), it was both low and off the plate inside.

    • scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 6:33 AM

      Dude needs to learn to be a hitter not a slugger

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    For those cursing Desmond:

    Nats Strike Zone (@NationalsUmp) tweeted at 3:37 PM on Mon, May 25, 2015:
    Call hurts #Nationals
    Strike 3 should be ball 3
    Top 5 Wada vs Desmond
    4% call same
    5.4in from edge http://t.co/AqOKKU5df5
    (https://twitter.com/NationalsUmp/status/602921419316531200?s=09)

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      Exactly why I’m not cussing him out. Not that time, at least…. this SZ has been an issue all day….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

        It’s been bad both ways but when the Nats are pitching and get calls its called great framing. 😉

  33. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    All day I face
    The barren waste
    Without a taste
    of Wada.

    Tsuuuuuuuuuu YoShiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
    Wadaaaaaaaaaa …

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      is that joni Mitchell ?

      • realdealnats - May 25, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        It’s High Noon somewhere out there

      • Section 222 - May 26, 2015 at 1:08 AM

        High noon? That would be where I am. In China!

    • unkyd59 - May 25, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      (Waaaaadaaaaa…)

      • unkyd59 - May 25, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        Marty Robbins.

      • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 11:04 PM

        tanks!

    • natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 5:26 PM

      I know! I know!

      [scrolls down]

      Oh, Unk had it. Never mind…

  34. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    So the wind is blowing out at Wrigley, the two teams that lead the NL in homers, and so OF COURSE we get a pitchers’ duel.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      Well, low scoring, yes, but there are those three HRs that have been hit.

  35. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    We haven’t had a Buffalo horns in …. RAMOS.

    Totally called that!

  36. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    We haven’t had a Buffalo horns in …. RAMOS.

    Totally called that!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      Good call. Good ahead RBI!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      I seem to have developed a stutter. Or maybe an echo.
      🙂
      🙂

  37. ArVAFan - May 25, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Horns UP!

  38. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    So there’s Strasburg in the dugout, and he STILL looks unhappy.

    • Section 222 - May 26, 2015 at 4:07 AM

      You’d be unhappy too if Ghost said he”d prefer to see Taylor Jordan start the next time your turn I the rotation came up. 😕

  39. dcsnakehead - May 25, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Remind me why Roark is not a starter?

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      man, the yanks or sox should trade the farm for him

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

      You don’t need to be reminded.

  40. dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    russell, rizzo, bryant, soler, castro, baez…yup, WS champs in 2018

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      from the times of chicago

      in his last 13 games (at Iowa), Baez is 20-for-48 (.417) with four homers and 13 RBI. If Kris Bryant or Addison Russell doesn’t move to the outfield, then Baez could see some time in the outfield for the Cubs in the near future.

  41. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    OK … so that pitch off the plate that was a strike? Now the one over the plate at the knees, not a strike.

    Come ON, blue.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      You’re such a traditionalist.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Now that Roark is done I can give a sigh of relief as I didn’t want to jinx him given how poorly he pitched in his hometown Chicago last year.

    Great start against a tough opponent.

  43. kgwcoach - May 25, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Trienan looking good.

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    The rare 3-6-1 doubleplay. Nice job Nats. Another 2 good innings for Treinen.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Thank you Blake Treinan. You have done a good job today.

  45. kgwcoach - May 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Playing match up. Jansen not available.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    MW going matchup baseball again. Whodda think???

  47. Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    How about a couple of more runs?

  48. kgwcoach - May 25, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    BP getting in a gruve.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Don’t think you can tell….

  50. kgwcoach - May 25, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Bat crosses plate should be swinging strike.

  51. Danny - May 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    How do you change that call. That’s ridiculous.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    How did I know the Nats would get screwed….

    • Just. Dave - May 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Not sure. Do tell, how did you know the Nats would get “screwed?”

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 5:17 PM

        How did I know that the Nats would not be on the call stands of the receiving end of the replay aka getting screwed… seeing as how I watched the game and saw a SZ that moved all afternoon and saw calls that at 1 point were called 1 way earlier and the other way later… who didn’t know. I didnt agree with the call, luckily it didn’t hurt us but it wasn’t the correct call.

        Or do you need yet another reply to get notice…

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    That pitch was a K earlier….

  54. Danny - May 25, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    So much for indisputable evidence

  55. dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 4:58 PM

    I don’t understand why HBP are reviewable since the sound is such a critical part of the decision

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      +1

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      Because the sound is only critical when you are standing close enough to hear it, and don’t have the benefit of three camera angles and replay at slo-mo hi-def.

      • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        So the ump is too far away to hear it ?
        Does the replay include sound of ball hitting bat or skin ?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        No. The ump is too close to see it well. The ump has to use sound, since he has one chance to get it right.

      • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        OK, that’s why we need slow mo instant replay because the ump is too close. I think that is true for balls and strikes too 😉

      • infideljack - May 26, 2015 at 1:33 AM

        Eliminate replay and fire umps that are inconsistent on a weekly or monthly basis. Replay sucks and so do the speed up the game rules.

  56. kgwcoach - May 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Storen SOLID save.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Nice going Nats….

  58. dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Harper was right….Nats don’t need wind

  59. Tyler Babip - May 25, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Welcome back, Roark!

  60. kgwcoach - May 25, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    This type of game never gets old!

  61. kgwcoach - May 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Let’s take the series tomorrow!

  62. Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Bravo!

  63. Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    I dunno, I thought it was pretty obvious the ball hit Bryant in the arm. Replays looked pretty clear.

    anyway …

    WooooooooooooooooooooooooHoooooooooooooooooooooooooo1!
    TM Michele

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      No, seriously. The replay from center field was unambiguous, it wasn’t near the bat. On the replay from the first base side, the ball deflected noticeably at his wrist. And he also didn’t go around. Those are the only three things in question.

    • scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 6:45 AM

      Where is michelle S???

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Nice composure by Storen. I didn’t see the HBP. A well earned Save and overall a good win by the Nats.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      Bullpen with 4 scoreless and Span and Ramos provides all the offense the Nats needed.

    • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      a real challenge for Storen… Facing Rizzo, Bryant and Soler. No mistakes allowed.
      Passes with flying colors

      Need to find a way to keep Roark in the rotation.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 5:14 PM

        I’d take Roark and TJord over the injured Fister and Strasburg.

      • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        I don’t know Jordan enough except for his first round in the Majors but will be interesting to see him again now that he has more success in minors.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        My brother swears by Tanner… has maintained that he should be a starting pitcher, and given how SS has pitched lately… I dont blame anyone for thinking that sentiment…

        With that said, I hope that the Nats and SS figure out what is wrong with him soon as we will definitely need him.

      • dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 5:23 PM

        yep…I could only think something physical is bothering SS and he doesn’t want to lose his spot. Unless you pitching experts see something different in his delivery

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 6:58 PM

        MrsB, Tanner Roark IS a starter BUT there has been no room for him until now with the Fister injury. Now Strasburg will get another start on Friday and I huess TJord will be assigned to him as a tandem starter JIC (just in case).

        Rizzo is lucky as he has backups and maybe Strasburg proves the faith he received and rights his ship.

  65. Drew - May 25, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Tanner Roark now has a career ERA of 2.56 in 277.6 career innings.

    Comes a time when we need to ask about Tanner the question people are now asking about Bryce:

    “My gosh, what if this is who he really is?”

    • npb99 - May 25, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      +1

    • infideljack - May 26, 2015 at 1:26 AM

      Most of us already know the answer and I guarantee Rizzo gets plenty of calls about him from GM’s that have noticed.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 25, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Kudos to the BP today… hopefully tomorrow’s starter can go 7… gotta give Trienan props especially since I know I am hard on him…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      MrsB 🙂 for Try-In A really nice 2 innings.

    • infideljack - May 26, 2015 at 1:23 AM

      Tanner has been a reliever and he was limited to 70 pitches maximum by the Nats management. They want to avoid an injury. I can assure you that Tanner wanted to come back for more innings.

  67. dcwx61 - May 25, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    Actually if they can review HBP…maybe allow the manager two reviews for questionable strike 3 calls or ball 4 calls (as they result in a hit or an out).

    • Eric - May 25, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      +1 to this. I think if they expand replay to include balls and strikes, it should only be for strike three or ball four.

    • infideljack - May 26, 2015 at 1:20 AM

      Heck no!!!! I would eliminate the current review system and have umpire reviews weekly or monthly, firing the ones that miss the most calls.

  68. natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    I was really hoping to see Ro-ark get syruped. Other than that, though, very nice win, boys. Very nice.

    • Drew - May 25, 2015 at 5:29 PM

      Maybe it was surreptitious.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

        It has to be late inning heroics like Uggla in Atlanta or a RZim walkoff.

        Really nice game although the Nats squandered chances.

        BTW, the Nats defense was great in the outfield.

      • natsfan1a - May 25, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        I see what you did there. 🙂

  69. janebeard - May 25, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    I wasn’t going to post but STILL I am so happy for Tanner. And for Drew, who’s pitched a LOT lately.

  70. ehay2k - May 25, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Good teams win games like these. There is not a player in the lineup that you want to make a mistake to. And the pitching, especially the pen, is unforgiving. This is a than bulky for series wins.

    GYFNG!!!!!

    • Eric - May 25, 2015 at 6:57 PM

      “This is a than bulky for series wins.”

      I’m gonna burn a review on that one…

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 7:05 PM

        +1

      • ehay2k - May 25, 2015 at 9:12 PM

        I have no idea what that was. I tried many different words and nothing comes out of autocorrect like that.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 10:47 PM

        It’s a than bulky! When you’re hacking the gorse, you want to start with a than bulky! Everybody knows that.

      • scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 6:53 AM

        Dude. That is the best thing since “all your base are belong to us”

  71. nats128 - May 25, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Talk about a High Stress save! Storen has to face a minimum of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and if any of them get on he has to face Soler.!

    I still dont get the strikeout call changed to a HBP however big Save by Storen to not be rattled by the change in the review and get 3 outs after Bryant was given 1st base.

  72. thewerthwhisperer - May 25, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Is it just me or does Tanner Roark remind anyone else of a HOF pitcher named Maddux?
    The way his fast ball tails back over the corner…hitting the corners with his pitches…not giving in to hitters.
    Great example of the old baseball adage ” you never have too much pitching”

    • Bruxtun - May 25, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      He’s been called Tanner “Greg Maddux 2.0” Roark before.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 8:47 PM

        Without the wide strike zone.

      • Doc - May 26, 2015 at 12:05 AM

        F.P. referred to him as a Maddux-type a lot last season.

  73. scnatsfan - May 25, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Went to the PNats game here in SC, Giolito certainly not ready for DC quite yet lol.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Give it time. Kieboom didn’t catch him today. Took Giolito a while to get comfortable today.

    • natslive - May 25, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Me too but remember he’s still young and inexperienced and learning. No cheap hits and some loud outs too but ended up settling down after the first 2 innings.

    • Danny - May 25, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Saw the stats. What was he hitting on the gun.. Any reason he was pulled after 5?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 25, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Mid-nineties. They would have had a fairly low pitch count for him going in, since he hasn’t been stretched out in the customary ways. FWIW.

      • natslive - May 25, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        93/94 consistently with a few 95s

  74. #4 - May 25, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Good win. Again I liked the match ups in the eighth inning. Another game though with zero manufactured runs on offense.

  75. scnatsfan - May 25, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    He settled down after 2; lots of balls hit to the RF corner. 1st baseman didn’t knock any down. Was pretty much 93,94 on fastball 80 on breaking balls.

    • natslive - May 25, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Yeah we thought the RF was going to get tired and he did settle down. Thought he was going to get out of the 2nd with no runs after the lead off triple and he struck out the next 2 batters but then gave up a hit.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - May 25, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Any word on Rendon on his few inning in Viera today?

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 25, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Wondering the same thing. NatsJack where are you?

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