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Game 46: Nats at Cubs

May 26, 2015, 3:36 PM EDT

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If you were worried when Bryce Harper slammed pretty hard into the ivy (and the brick wall behind it) making a catch yesterday at Wrigley Field, it appears you can stand down. Harper, who appeared to jam his right hand against the wall while bracing himself, stayed in the game (and doubled in his next at-bat) and is back in the Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs.

Harper will be joined in the outfield by Denard Span and Tyler Moore, today’s left fielder. Matt Williams has been using a revolving door out there with Jayson Werth out. Michael Taylor has started four of the nine games since Werth landed on the DL, with Moore now making his third start and Clint Robinson getting two to date.

Jordan Zimmermann is on the mound, looking more and more like himself each time he pitches. He has tossed seven consecutive quality starts, and over his last four he owns a 2.08 ERA.

As you know, I’m not in Chicago this week, but please maintain the conversation here and check back in the morning for remote analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CHICAGO CUBS
Where:
Wrigley Field, Chicago
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, ESPN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 75 degrees, Wind 19 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (27-18)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
LF Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

CUBS (24-20)
CF Dexter Fowler
3B Kris Bryant
1B Anthony Rizzo
SS Starlin Castro
C Miguel Montero
RF Jorge Soler
LF Chris Coghlan
RHP Kyle Hendricks
2B Addison Russell

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

209 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - May 26, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Weather? Mark has it as partly cloudy and I’m hearing mostly rainy.

    • Hiram Hover - May 26, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Weather.com says 50% chance of t-storms from 5-6pm, then 0-20% chance from 7pm on.

    • nataddicted - May 26, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      Hi Everyone, Ghost, NOAA has a light rain falling there at 1:53 local. Precip chance arouind 50% until 6pm when it drops to 32%, and at 7pm and later 14%. Visibility was 8miles.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        Sounds like maybe at most an hour to an hour 1/2 delay. Thanks for the update!

      • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 10:09 PM

        FP explained it perfectly regarding that Span would have been playing deeper

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        Glad to hear FP was on top of that. Not sure what game Chelsea is watching.

      • dryw4nats - May 26, 2015 at 5:53 PM

        Oh sorry, clicked report instead of reply!! I hope that doesn’t mean anything!!

        What I wanted to say was that it’s currently sunny here with white puffy clouds. It rained pretty hard earlier, but very briefly, and I think any lingering storms are supposed to clear out by 8 or so.

      • dryw4nats - May 26, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        And, of course, now it’s pouring down rain.

  3. jd - May 26, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    I like that TyMo is in the lineup. I’d like to see him stay in there for a bunch of games in a row. I think he’s been the most productive of the 3 recently. I am however a bit nervous with TyMo in Wrigley, it can be tricky with the wind and the Ivy.

  4. ehay2k - May 26, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Wind 19mph out to CF? Uh oh! Could be a tater-fest tonite!

    Zimnn needs to keep that ball doooown.

    • masterfishkeeper - May 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      Wind was out yesterday, but it didn’t seem to affect things much.

      • ehay2k - May 26, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        Except that all the runs were homers.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 26, 2015 at 4:22 PM

        Not like any of the homers were borderline. Would have been homers with no wind.

  5. natsfan1a - May 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Go, Z’nn! Go, NATS!! Send some balls to the invisible Cubs fan in the RF bleachers, but, remember, only in the bottom of the innings.

    • ehay2k - May 26, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      Only in the TOP of the innings, right?

      • rlndtln - May 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        Prefer Robinson against righties until late innings wit MAT.

      • natsfan1a - May 26, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        OMG! You’re right. Make that the “top” of innings. Somebody get me a live [is it a live?] rooster!! I’m going to go drink some coffee. Or maybe take a nap. OMG! 😉

  6. ehay2k - May 26, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Balkin’ Bob Davidson is there – wonder if Barrett will get called for the obligatory balk?

    • NIWatcher - May 26, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      Or Janssen.

      • ehay2k - May 26, 2015 at 4:13 PM

        Oh, is there a history there?

      • NIWatcher - May 26, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        No, but with Janssen’s constant rocking and fidgeting before his pitch, there was some comment here that some ump may call a balk. Balkin’ Bob would be just the one.

      • natsfan1a - May 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        I think it was Country Joe West who called the balk on Barrett.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 6:04 PM

        It was West that called the balk on Barrett, but as far as Janssen is concerned, the guy had been pitching a long time. One would have to trust that he can avoid getting called for balks.

  7. homeparkdc - May 26, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Hoping Blakney at 3B can really see Harper’s check-swing.

  8. nats128 - May 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    From Crasnick:

    “Baseball is always, ‘What have you done for me lately?’” Harper said. “That’s just how the game works. I still believe Trout is the best player in the game, hands down. It’s not about taking a backseat to anybody. I love seeing [Giancarlo] Stanton hit homers or Kris Bryant do the things he does. I love watching Matt Harvey or Gerrit Cole or Noah Syndergaard come up and throw 100 mph. I cheer for guys. I’ve always been that way.”

    • Drew - May 26, 2015 at 6:27 PM

      Can’t quibble with any of that.

  9. nats128 - May 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    National audience on ESPN. I hope when they examine the TV ratings they are adding in all the audiences from these nationally televized games. Nats are must-see TV these days.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      Great barbs going back and forth today between MLB lawyers and the MASN people.

      Angelos has impugned Manfred’s integrity publicly and that stain won’t be wiped away easily.

      Angelos is a big time POS and even when he does something positive, it’s not out of the question to think that he has a string attached. His maneuvers in this MASN sh!t storm is those thinly veiled that I will be curious to see where this goes. The next reset is after the 2016 season. That’s not far away.

      With the new deals kicking in, who knows what happens at the next reset.

      The most interesting point brought up in December was the term “not receiving fair market value for [it’s] broadcast rights” and fair value is a whole different definition of formulas that look to fairness. Fair Market Value is what the Nats could get from anyone on the market and with a headliner superstar like Bryce Harper, the skies the limit.

      In regions outside of LA, the Dodgers are working on additional cable deals to reach into other markets. These mega Regional deals are worth far more than just the immediate market, it’s worth what the market will pay.

      • knoxvillenat - May 26, 2015 at 5:18 PM

        And just what did Peter the Less have to say about the commish?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 5:23 PM

        They attacked a statement last week when Manfred said something like MASN will have to pay sooner or later to which MASN cried foul on Manfred’s impartiality and were going to tattle tale to the Judge.

      • Hiram Hover - May 26, 2015 at 5:29 PM

        Just to be clear – the news today, as I understand it, is a letter submitted to the court by an MLB lawyer, responding to things that MASN attnys said in writing and orally last week. Or did Angelos do something more today?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 5:31 PM

        No, nothing new since further impugning Manfred’s integrity last week. Today was MLB’s salvo back.

      • ITGSOT - May 26, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        Sorry, but Angelos is right on this one. Manfred should not be making such comments.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:07 PM

        He shouldn’t have I agree but you don’t start whining about it again.

      • ITGSOT - May 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM

        It’s not whining, it’s smart lawyering. When the opposition or a party that should be neutral makes a mistake that plays into your hands, you pounce. Angelos is a very smart lawyer. Let’s hope that Manfred’s mistake doesn’t adversely affect the verdict. It very well could.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:34 PM

        It is whining and Angelos should have accepted the original arbitration award and moved on. Instead it’s been years of ridiculous back and forth. You call him a very smart lawyer and I call him a greedy troll.

  10. nats128 - May 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    “Angelos has impugned Manfred’s integrity publicly and that stain won’t be wiped away easily.”

    I have been watching the latest snipets and I think the word impugned is spot on.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    “Washington Nationals (@Nationals) tweeted at 5:25 PM on Tue, May 26, 2015:
    .@Bharper3407 is a man in demand. http://t.co/jbmikiI9uc
    (https://twitter.com/Nationals/status/603311024318603265?s=09)”

    Looks sunny in Chicago!

  12. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    I like the lineup as far as the batting order, but I fear for Span’s health and well being when Moore plays LF. That clumsy, diving catch that he made last time that he was in was not only the centerfielder’s ball, it would of been a can of corn for Span. Denard had the good sense to stop and stay out of Tyler’s way.

    • Theophilus T.S. - May 26, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Moore’s dash for the fly ball bodes well for his ability to get to the next blooper. Span can look out for himself.

      • Theophilus T.S. - May 26, 2015 at 5:45 PM

        If the guy can make an athletic play, be happy for him and the team, even if it wasn’t the smartest thing to do at the time.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 5:48 PM

        Go watch that play again. Moore was a bozo on that one.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        And, sorry, it wasn’t very athletic looking. It was klutzy.

      • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 6:09 PM

        In my memory he came to a dead stop, then jumped, got himself horizontal, and reached out to grab the ball. Pretty funny. Don’t really want a replay to ruin it 😉

  13. Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    “Sorry, but Angelos is right on this one. Manfred should not be making such comments.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Disagree, strongly. In this case, neither the Commissioner nor MLB is supposed to be impartial. This isn’t one club challenging another. This is one club (O’s in the form of MASN) challenging an agreement that the previous commissioner brokered. And — at least as I understand it — the O’s/MASN aren’t just suing the Nats, but they’ve taken MLB to court. So MLB, with the new commissioner as its most senior spokesman — has every right (and reason) to present it’s arguments both to the law courts and to the court of public opinion.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM

      All that seems accurate plus they previously impugned in court documents Manfred’s impartiality which calls into question his integrity.

    • ITGSOT - May 26, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      Manfred is not a party to the case. The commisioner’s office chose the impartial arbitration panel that rendered the decision being appealed. The commissioner needs to remain publicly neutral on this. The appearance of impartiality or favoritism is as bad as impartiality or favoritism itself. A bad mistake on Manfred’s part.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2015 at 7:47 PM

        No, sorry. The commissioner and MLB have a distinct, firm, and defensible position: the O’s/MASN should honor the contract that was negotiated as part of the deal to move the Expos to Washington. Nothing wrong with stating that. O’s/MASN are challenging a process that’s already completed. If the courts rule in their favor, another process will have to created. But no ethical or legal reason for MLB — in the person of the commissioner — not to state clearly MLB’s position.

      • ITGSOT - May 26, 2015 at 8:07 PM

        The case is Nationals vs MASN, not MASN vs MLB. MASN is appealing the original verdict on the grounds that the selected arbiter was not impartial. MLB selected the arbiter. If MLB and the commissioner do not remain publicly neutral during the appeal of the original ruling, they are expressly demonstrating why the ruling should be overturned in MASN’s favor. Simple as that.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2015 at 8:44 PM

        Sorry, but take a look at the petition filed in court: It’s against the Nats, the Office of the Commissioner, and the Commissioner himself (http://www.scribd.com/doc/236167423/Petition). We’ll see how the courts rule.

        And if the O’s believe that the commissioner has behaved improperly or unethically let them raise it with the other owners — previous commissioners have been removed by the owners. Give it a try and what the other 28 think.

      • Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2015 at 8:46 PM

        Should read: “Give it a try and see what the other owners think.”

      • ITGSOT - May 26, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        A filing which basically accuses those three parties of colluding against MASN in the original arbitration case. All the more reason that the commissioner should not be suggesting publicly that they did exactly that.

    • Hiram Hover - May 26, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Agree w Eugene on this one, tho it does depend on what the original poster meant by “should.”

      Would it have been more prudent for Manfred to keep his mouth shut? Probably. Did he do anything wrong in a legal sense, or endanger MLB’s legal position? I don’t think so.

      This is “smart lawyering” in the sense that smart lawyers with a poor case will throw whatever they can against the wall, to see what sticks.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Costly TOOTBLAN there on Escobar. Hasn’t anyone learned that MLB catchers can throw runners out like that.

  15. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Rough start. Jeez, what is it with JZimm and Wrigley Field?

  16. rlndtln - May 26, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Can not pitch Rizzo down and in.Must pitch him up and in and down and away.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Anthony Rizzo had a TOOTBLAN on the basepaths not capitalized on since JZim didn’t run at him.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    Where was that 3-2 pitch on Montero?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      It was just at the upper edge of the zone. Could of been called either way.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:45 PM

        On 3-2, that’s a strike. Any other count it should go either way.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - May 26, 2015 at 8:41 PM

        I of seen it called both ways.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Athletic play by Ramos on a lousy throw by Espinosa.

  20. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Terrific play by Ramos! If they gave saves in baseball he would’ve just earned one!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      Why does Espi have such a problem throwing accurately to home? I haven’t seen a strike to home all season.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Robbery by Addison Russell on RZim.

  22. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Almost 3 TOOTBLANS in less than n 2 innings

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      2 officially so far.

    • richardp6 - May 26, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      whats TOOTBLANS?

      • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 8:14 PM

        Well, that’s not exactly a word – it’s an acronym that stands for Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop, and it was invented in a May 7, 2008, post published by Tony Jewell on his Cubs blog, Wrigleyville23.

        TOOTBLAN is actually one portion of a larger statistical term he dubbed “The Ryan Theriot Adjusted On-Base Percentage,” which he created to help determine how much Theriot’s value as a leadoff man was being eroded by being a nincompoop on the basepaths.

  23. richardp6 - May 26, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Two mental errors already tonight. 1) picked off of 1st base taking the bat out of Harper’s hands and 2) Zimmerman not looking at the runner on second on a comebacker to at least look him back and could have picked him off. If the Nationals are practicing for the playoffs they need to do the little things right.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Nats need a big inning here.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Great AB by TyMo earning that walk. Lousy pitch selection by the Cubs battery there.

  26. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Good eye tymo

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Hendricks is getting strike calls.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      Everything low and away….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        Yep. I don’t like it but Hendricks is smart to keep going there as long as they keep giving it to him.

  28. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Bad Danny – there’s that swing :/

  29. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Cubbies flashing the leather. Sheesh, that cost us a run

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Sigh Desi….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      He made contact, just not the type that finds a hole.

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Smart play by RZim knowing that grounder was going to Espi. Earlier in the season RZim would have run after that.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Defensive positioning by the Nats in this game coming up big. Espi playing Castro near the 2nd base bag makes that an easy play.

  33. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Umps all over the place with zone

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Wow… P had a 10 pitch at bat… wow

  35. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    And 5 innings to go…

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Come on guys…. get JZIMM some run support.. he is doing his part..

    Wake up bats!

  37. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Unlucky babip

  38. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Unlucky babip

  39. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Ugh!!!!😡😡😡

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    What the heck was that Espi…. that pitch wasn’t even a strike…

  41. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    I suppose that depends how you feel about the term “wasian”…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      +1 fairly obvious who 105 is and nattgoats. A tiger doesn’t change his stripes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        I liked you better as SWM.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        Well, does his left tiger ever change his stripes?

      • rlndtln - May 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        I often thought the save could come in the 8th inning when there top hitters are coming up.How would you like Drew in the 8th to face there top 3.

      • adcwonk - May 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        He’s been throwing a lot lately — I’d bet that’s part of the equation here . . . .

      • rlndtln - May 26, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        What the f is Escobar doing?

      • rlndtln - May 26, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        Desi not a smart player

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Great 5th inning by JZim. Struck out the side and 3 quality batters (Fowler, Bryant, RIzzo)

    • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      +1, good stuff!

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Some Nat has to hit one out of the park here.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      I would settle for not leaving a Nat on base and bringing him home…

    • scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      Done

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        I like it. A long high pop up has a chance there. I’d say add 40 to 60 feet to that.

  44. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Nice Desi! OK Yunel, do your thang!

    • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 8:49 PM

      ARGH!

  45. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Sigh….

  46. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Zinn’s looking a little gassed…missing up…

    But that’s good stuff there!

    • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      My goodness, way to come back Zinn!

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    2 Zimmeran(n)s covering 1st base.

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    8 pitch inning for Jordan…. nice….

    Now come on Nats bats… get up and get loud!

  49. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    EXCELLENT takes on balls 2 and 3 from Harp. WOW. I almost yelled at the screen when he held up on ball 2.

    And then he sends one onto the jet stream. HA!!!!!!

  50. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Bryce still can’t believe it

    • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      I still can’t believe he held up on balls 2 and 3. Those were a pair of NASTY change ups. Incredible eye.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    That boy Harper is a bad man…. FRICKIN LOVE THAT HE IS ON MY FAVY BASEBALL TEAM!?!?!?

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Order restored. 1-1 game.

  53. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Yikes… Hope Span was slow to get up simply due to feeling relieved he got that…

  54. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    The way Span slipped on the grass? That’s how I tore my knee up a long time ago playing outfield on wet grass.

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Following on at bat…. was that Jordan last batter?

    • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      Hope so…

      • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:12 PM

        Nope, Thornton not ready…Zinn v Fowler now.

      • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        And Zinn gets him! Phew!!!

        Nice outing Zinn!

        Get him the win, bats!!!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Thanks…

  56. Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Okay: 16 innings so far in the series. A total of 5 runs scored. On 5 solo HRs.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    What a night for Jordan… great job Jordan…. now Nats bats… get him the win!?!?!!?

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Nails to get Fowler on the K there. Wow JZim! ERA down to 3.26

  59. Drew - May 26, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    OK, the shock’s worn off.

    28 to reach 100 at age 22.

    683 from Henry Aaron.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Aaron Barrett for Bryant. Thornton for Rizzo.

  61. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Ugh. Bad Danny with loop swing is back. Hurry up Rendon!

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    This would be a heck of a time for CRob’s 1st career HR

  63. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Span!!!!!!!’

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    My man Span…

  65. Eugene in Oregon - May 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Wow. Just wow.

  66. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    OMG, Span???! I LOVE IT!!!

  67. unkyd59 - May 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Nicely done, Mr. Zimmermann.

  68. Drew - May 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Well I’ll be Denard!

    • unkyd59 - May 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      DSpan…. Feeling it in Chicago!!

    • Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      Too funny, Drew! I wish I had thought of that!

  69. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Denard Span must be re-signed!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      Have felt like this for a few years now… especially with Werth being in the final stages of his career…

  70. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    I love Hannah and her horse

    • adcwonk - May 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      What horse?

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    ESPN is having fun calling this game.

  72. TimDz - May 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Znn didn’t have his best stuff early, but got better as the game went on….Nice that he can potentially get rewarded with the win, thanks to Span….

    Shut it down, Bull Pen (aka sanitation department)

  73. adcwonk - May 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Gosh — a team like that must be in last place or something!

  74. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Meatball.

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Seriously Barrett…. ugh

    • adcwonk - May 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Yep: uggh

      His first blown save of the year . . .

  76. Drew - May 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    My God. Terrible location.

    Fail.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Just as the bullpen gets accolades, Barrett throws a meatball to Bryant. What was he thinking there?

    • scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      I think he was worried about waking him. Bad mistake

  78. npb99 - May 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Span is becoming one of my favorite Nats. Real pro, no fuss, and increasingly clutch.

  79. exposremains - May 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Still don’t understand why Barett has been anointed the primary setup guy. He can’t put good hitters away.

    • adcwonk - May 26, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      He can’t? Short memory much?

      Just yesterday he faced two batters — Russel and Fowler — and got them both out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Really? Goldschmidt. Mike Trout. Adam Jones. Marlon Byrd. Michael Cuddyer. Ozuna, Marte. Posey. Uribe. Cruz. Gattis. Kemp. David Wright.

      None of them have ever gotten on base against him.

      • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        Giancarlo Stanton I think twice?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        There 1st time facing each other last year Barrett K’d him with men on base.

      • Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        Yeah, that was awesome!

    • scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Fine. Add consistently

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        All small sample sizes but he has gotten out many good batters.

    • exposremains - May 26, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      I was obviously exaggerating. I know he has retired some batters. To me, he is the same pitcher that couldn’t get it done in the playoffs. By the way, short memory goes both way. Lots of people were on his case a few weeks ago. Got a few good games and its all forgotten. Do it for a few months and then be anointed. Thats one area that Rizzo didn’t fulfilled . You need at least 2 really good and reliable relivers on the back end of the bullpen to beat great teams in the playoffs.

  80. exposremains - May 26, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Whata up with Jansen?

  81. adcwonk - May 26, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    In a scoreless game, Mets score 3 in the bottom of the seventh.

    J deGrom gets into trouble in the top of the 8th, relievers come in, and the roof caves in for them, Phils score 4.

    But now Mets have two on in the bottom of the 8th . . .

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Terrible terrible terrible called strike….

  83. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    What!!! How was thT a strike

  84. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Dumb

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    What TOOTBLAN is that by Escobar? I don’t get this stupidity.

  86. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    3 toots

  87. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    ::: barf :::

  88. knoxvillenat - May 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Another TOOTBLAN by Escobar!

    • adcwonk - May 26, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      He didn’t need to get to third with two outs . . . .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Which is so bizarre. I don’t get his thinking today.

  89. Drew - May 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    You can’t have a -$&@”!($&@
    TOOTBLAN when you’re already in scoring position with two outs in the 9th inning of a tie game.

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I can not believe that just happened…

  91. scmargenau - May 26, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Bad fielding his position by grace

  92. Drew - May 26, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    What was Yunel Escobar thinking?
    What was he watching?
    Where was he going?

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    What was Desi thinking there? The brains on some of these guys.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Stupidity lost this game…

  95. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    I’m still seething over Yunel’s brain-f-rt, and then Desmond pulls one of his own. Good grief…

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Span catches that ball if he didn’t need to play up.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 26, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Superb outting by Jordan Z….

  98. rmoore446 - May 26, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Have to say that his play this year will make it easier to say goodbye to Desi.

  99. rmoore446 - May 26, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Hard to count on Desi. Odd that this comes in a contract year.

  100. Eric - May 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Weak sauce.

    Spice it back up tomorrow with MaXXX heat!

    • Sonny G 10 - May 26, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      +1. All is forgiven if we win the series.

  101. #4 - May 26, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    I will comment again:

    1. No manufactured runs for the second night in a row
    2. Five boneheaded plays tonight

    a. Escobar getting picked off with Harper up
    b. Zimmermann not checking the runner on a comebacker allowing Rizzo to advance to 3rd and give the Cubs an extra RISP chance.
    c. Escobar getting picked off 2nd with two outs
    d. Desmond making the decision to try and turn two when there was no play.
    e. On that same play Ramos not backing up 1st allowing the ball to go into the dugout.

    As FP commented if the runner is on 1st, Span is playing deeper, catches the ball, and the Nats are still playing.
    I want this team to win. These games kill me. I still think they are missing that little extra that will kill them in the playoffs. These kind of games show it.

  102. TimDz - May 26, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Watched the ESPN feed …Nice to have an Ex Cub do the color (not).
    Home plate ump was terrible….especially that called strike to Zim….changed the whole inning…
    Escobar….Love ya, but WTF, dude!

    Lets see what ya got, Max…..

    oh…and….go Phils (saying that is like kissing Hitler on the lips…bleh)

  103. Joe Seamhead - May 26, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Barrett throws a meatball to Bryant. Yunel has two brain freezes. Desmond’s defense was just as bad.This was the most frustrating loss of the year to me. Much worse than losing 8-1.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      That’s the summation but who knows what happens if the game keeps going as it was a 2-2 game. I thought the HR that Barrett gave up changed the strategy of the game.

    • Sonny G 10 - May 26, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      I agree, Joe. I really hate losing because of dumb playing. Like you said, much worse than losing 8-1.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    @Chelsea_Janes: Probably would have taken perfect relay to get Herrera if he had been on first, not second.”

    She again isn’t understanding the situation. If Span isn’t cheating up, he easily catches that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      “Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes: But if runner not at second, Span is deeper, probably catches that ball. Either way, two solo homers a day usually doesn’t stand up.”

      Well yeah. I guess it took some responses on your other Tweet to get to the correct positioning/situation.

  105. David Proctor - May 26, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Escobar and Desi were braindead today. I don’t know enough about Escobar, but Desmond is usually a heads-up player. That throw wasn’t just a physical error, it was a mental one. He had absolutely no play. Even if it’s online, the guy beats it by a mile. I don’t understand why he decided to throw..

    • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      It’s the second or third time this season he’s done it…but I think it’s the first one since he recovered from his early season disaster.

      I had the sense Escobar was attempting aggressiveness on the base paths for, like, the first time ever. Did you see him balk-attempt to take third after stealing second? Bizarre.

      Anyway, they’ve been playing really tight baseball of late. Between tonight, the debacle Saturday, and the general offensive dip, I have the sense they’re a little fried. Bounce back tomorrow, hopefully win the series, and it’s not a huge deal.in the long run.

      • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 12:13 AM

        Er, “tight” = “solid” there

  106. David Proctor - May 26, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    I understand this if it’s an unlikely play, but possible. But there was NO CHANCE here at all. It wasn’t aggressive, it was stupid.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      Desi has to own it. No excuses there.

    • Sonny G 10 - May 26, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      I agree, it was stupid! Of course, I could only listen on the radio, but Charlie and Dave made it sound like a stupid play.

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - May 26, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Longoria just missed a walk-off Grand Slam by 3 to 4 inches.

  108. manassasnatsfan - May 27, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Just walked into the hotel as my group was eating after the game.

    Not sure how it sounded on the TV , but the homer by Bryant was as loud as any batted ball I haveheard in a while.

    Harpers liner to center was hit much harder than his homer.

    Saw MASN Dan as he got to stadium.

    Wore my JZim jersey tonight.

    • Eric - May 27, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      Harper’s homer was comedy gold as seen on TV.

  109. veejh - May 27, 2015 at 1:03 AM

    Not a big fan of Grace closing that game out against all those righties, especially with the game on the line.

    • lplipty - May 27, 2015 at 6:46 AM

      +1. Why not bring in the new guy instead of Barrett? I also think tooo many of our pitchers nibble after they get to 2strikes. IMO, i think Lobaton calls a better game than Ramos

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