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Game 49: Nats at Reds

May 30, 2015, 12:32 PM EST

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On the heels of Stephen Strasburg’s abbreviated, 1-inning start last night, the Nationals sure could use a quality outing today from Gio Gonzalez. As always, Gonzalez’s ability to get quick outs and not raise his pitch count too early is key.

The Nationals will be facing Reds rookie right-hander Raisel Iglesias, making only his fourth career start, having lasted only three innings himself in his last outing against the Indians. Matt Williams made two changes from last night: Jose Lobaton is catching and Clint Robinson gets the start in left field, continuing the theme established since Jayson Werth fractured his wrist of a revolving door of replacements, based on matchups.

UPDATE AT 2:50 P.M. — Bryce Harper has been scratched from the Nats’ lineup with a sore back, according to the club. He was hit by a pitch there last night. So Robinson slides over to right field, with Michael Taylor taking over in left.

Enjoy the game and the conversation as always…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at CINCINNATI REDS
Where:
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Gametime: 4:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/869
Weather: Chance of rain, 82 degrees, Wind 10 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (28-20)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF RF Clint Robinson
C Jose Lobaton
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Michael Taylor
LHP Gio Gonzalez

REDS (20-27)
2B Brandon Phillips
1B Joey Votto
3B Todd Frazier
RF Jay Bruce
C Brayan Peña
LF Marlon Byrd
SS Zack Cozart
RHP Raisel Iglesias
CF Billy Hamilton

UMPIRES
HP Andy Fletcher
1B Paul Emmel
2B Jordan Baker
3B Jerry Meals (cc)

316 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. micksback1 - May 30, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Nats Talk had an excellent discussion on Stras an I agree with them. Both Phil wood and Cliff Johnson made some really good points. This is reaklly up to Stras at this point as MW and other team mates have tried to work with his mental frame of mind.

    Phil Wood had a great point that all highly touted pitcher’s of Stras’ caliber come into MLB dominant early and after a while veteran hitters figure out what pitch they can hit ansd figure out the sequences of pitches. Phil’s point was that most Aces figure out that hitters are going to have a read on them and that domination of hitters goes away. In Stras case, he thinks Stephen has not figured this out and that Stras in his mind expects to be dominant.

    BTW: I think Votto is a first class ass. I am sick of players like him, most Braves players and dumb ass MLB insiders picking on Bryce and how they think he should respond. My God, Bryce was hit by a pitch, he has every GD right to say aloud it hurts. I wish someone would have punched Votto in the mouth. That really pissed me off last night!

    • infideljack - May 30, 2015 at 12:43 PM

      Right about Votto. I think Stras will heal and be the kind of pitcher we thought he would. This would be a good time to offer an extension because I believe in 2016 he will be showing ace stuff and his price will rise dramatically. Time for Rizzo to double down.

      • unkyd59 - May 30, 2015 at 12:54 PM

        Ijack……. You don’t think extending the current Stras wold be a huge gamble? Is not like he’ll be cheap…

    • Doc - May 30, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      With respect to Stras, you’d think that some of Scherzer’s savy would have rubbed off—–guess not. Scherzer needs to take him out for another round of man-to-man golf.

      • micksback1 - May 30, 2015 at 12:46 PM

        I also think the Nats felt that Fister would rub off on him as well. Perhaps it will, we will see

      • Hiram Hover - May 30, 2015 at 12:48 PM

        If Stras is physically injured, another pitcher’s “savvy” won’t do him much good.

        Salve, maybe.

  2. micksback1 - May 30, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    good point and Phil and Cliff both mention that as something that could get Stras refocused. I am not sure Rizzo is on that page?

    • Doc - May 30, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      What Rizzo manufactures for us public, and what he really thinks are two different things.

      • ArVAFan - May 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM

        + unknown number

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 2:20 PM

        +37

  3. whatsanattau - May 30, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    I agree. The Harper hate needs to stop. Thank god I’m not still being blamed for my behavior as a teenager. Harper’s been consistently mature for quite some time now. The press who over reported his behavior before ( #notzuckerman) need to over report the growth and maturity now.

    The pitcher and Votto complained that Harper didn’t run down to first. Well … How is that a bigger mistake than drilling him in the first place. You want Bryce to suck it up? Show him how it’s done. Shut up. Don’t get overly dramatic.

    BTW, Gio is legitimately wild sometimes.

    • unkyd59 - May 30, 2015 at 1:05 PM

      Just sayin’…..

      • unkyd59 - May 30, 2015 at 1:07 PM

        Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, saynomore….

      • Doc - May 30, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        Time for Gio to be wild again and again!

  4. Jfmii - May 30, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Folks, Strasburg is injured. I agree that he is somewhat fragile emotionally. Could be youth or could be who he is. But now? Last night? He is injured. Physically

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2015 at 1:38 PM

      +1

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 1:44 PM

      SS’s ingrown toe, then rolling of his ankle in the weight room in Viera, are the root of this, I think.

      Fister out for weeks, Werth months, Stras looking like he needs a few weeks too.

      Matt has to suck it up and do the Babe trot or the baseball gods will continue to smite us.

  5. Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    GYFNG!

  6. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    The PA announcer at Great American Ball Park pronounces it

    Gio Gone-zal-ez

    Fans still not as nice as Cubs fans.

  7. Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    “Phil Wood had a great point that all highly touted pitcher’s of Stras’ caliber come into MLB dominant early and after a while veteran hitters figure out what pitch they can hit ansd figure out the sequences of pitches…he thinks Stephen has not figured this out and that Stras in his mind expects to be dominant.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    To use that analytical framework, you have define ‘after a while’ as three full seasons (plus parts of two others). But most of the time, when people talk about hitters ‘figuring out’ new pitchers, they’re talking about a few months. And — as much as some people want to ignore it — Stephen Strasburg was a very good pitcher from his first start through the end of the 2014 season. Was every start perfect? No. Was he an ‘ace’ (with its multiple definitions)? Probably not. But he was a very, very good major league pitcher, who virtually any GM in the game would have been happy to have as the #1 or #2 in his rotation. I don’t believe that it’s simply that hitters have finally ‘figured him out’ or otherwise ‘made adjustments’ or something to that effect. I firmly believe something’s wrong mechanically/physically. That doesn’t mean I don’t recognize that Mr. Strasburg doesn’t always adjust well to adversity. But this isn’t about being tougher mentally or ‘manning up’ or whatever. I suspect a DL stint is both in order and coming. Let the ankle heal, let the back muscles heal, get the mechanics back. If you want him to talk to a sports psychologist, fine. But I, at least, want all the Nats pitchers to ‘expect to be dominant’ every time they take the mound.

    • Steady Eddie - May 30, 2015 at 2:16 PM

      Exactly. Losing the command to locate your best pitches effectively, and not leaving them unintentionally in very hittable parts of the zone, has nothing to do with hitters or the league generally “figuring you out”. That’s a rookie or at most a sophomore syndrome. Losing command after being relatively dominant over big parts of four seasons is a mechanical/physical thing.

      By the way, on the mental toughness thing, I’m not sure anyone noticed that in his previous start, the 8-1 blowout by the Phillies, in the second he faced a two on-one out jam after Ryan Howard hit a Texas League blooper and RZim threw wild to second (throwing error), and got a K and a groundout. After bad luck BABIP and an error, he did pick up his teammate. Not trying to prove anything larger by it — he’s obviously in the worst straits of his MLB career — just to point out that even this season he has shown some mental toughness. Also emphasizing that circus likely physical/mechanical.

      • Steady Eddie - May 30, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        “Circus”? Autocorrect so weird I’m not even sure what word I was trying to type there.

      • natsjackinfl - May 30, 2015 at 2:22 PM

        I’ll go on record one more time.

        Unless Phil Wood is talking about the old Senators or the expansion Senators, there is no reason at all to pay any attention to him.

        Nice guy but extremely poor at explaining today’s game.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 30, 2015 at 2:30 PM

        Steady Eddie, I was there and I noticed it. Stras recovered in the second from a very difficult situation caused by a boneheaded play by Zimmerman. I was very surprised when he ran into trouble in the third. I agree that he’s got some sort of mechanical issue, perhaps caused by the back issues.

  8. Nate Jones - May 30, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Anybody know the best place to find if Rendon is playing for the Sens tonight? Thinking of going to Bowie.

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    As I reported this morning, extra arm sent is Taylor Hill. Most likely Strasburg to DL.

    Other choice is TJord back to AAA.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      Mr. Strasburg to the 15-day DL, per MLB AtBat.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 2:42 PM

        Thanks.

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 3:25 PM

        And we appreciate the scoop again, Mr. Ghost.

  10. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Washington Nationals ‏@Nationals 3 minutes ago

    Bryce Harper was scratched from tonight’s lineup with a sore back. #Nats

  11. NatsLady - May 30, 2015 at 2:51 PM

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Cingrani injured Harper. Instead of shutting his mouth he had to run it. In my opinion it was intentional and that’s a shame.

  13. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Harper out do to being plunked. I’ve always hated the Reds. Pete, Marge and Joey from Canada…… Ugh. Time to kick the living snot out of these losers,

    • unkyd59 - May 30, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      “Harper out do to being plunked.”… Huh?

  14. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Chelsea Janes on the Harper – Chapman matchup and single. “According to the Web site BaseballSavant.com, that is the fastest pitch anyone in the majors has hit this year.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2015/05/30/bryce-harper-gets-hit-then-hits-102-mph-fastball/

    • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      That’s awesome. So glad he ended his night in a hit, especially since he’s out of the line up today.

      Make the Reds hate life today, boys.

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        Maybe more than just the fastest pitch hit this year…

        ” James Wagner retweeted
        Daren Willman ‏@darenw 5h5 hours ago

        Bryce Harper’s base hit last night vs Aroldis Chapman’s 102.2 MPH fastball was the hardest pitch in PITCHfx era anyone has gotten a hit on.”

      • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 3:35 PM

        That’s just fantastic

  15. veejh - May 30, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    This series is officially tainted.

  16. veejh - May 30, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    The perfect win today…….16-0, and Votto gets beaned and misses the tomorrows game.

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      I get the feeling the benches may get cleared this afternoon. The last thing we really need, but…

      Let’s hope the players can stay calm, we win today and get our pound of flesh Sunday in the form of our 10th series win.

      Stat note: Seven teams have a winning road record. The three in the NL are WAS 14-13; STL 13-11; SF 14-11. Best in the Bigs? Houston with a 15-8 record.

  17. veejh - May 30, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Votto gets beaned by Gio today in the 7th when Gio is at 100 pitches. Perfect.

  18. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    harper not listed on the board as in the lineup.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      He was scratched due to back pain. Couldn’t get loose.

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

    Finally back in town and can sit down and watch a Nats game…

    Where is FP… Sorry to hear about Harper and yes I think that it waa an intentional hit, for what I don’t know…

    The best retaliation, for me, would be to embarassing this team today and tomorrow and the rest of the times that we play them.

    • Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      “Where is FP…” = Daughter’s high school graduation.

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

    Desi, first pitch swinging…. 1 pitch, 1 out… sigh

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      Desi trying to pull an outside ball again…when he’s on, he takes that the other way. Not so now.

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

        You don’t think he’s on? He’s one of the hottest hitters in baseball the last 10 games.

      • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 4:19 PM

        Yeah, doesn’t he have a 13-game hitting steak going?

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Escobar trying to steal 3rd again with 2 outs? Why?

    • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      Did you see where the 3rd baseman was playing? He was deep and pretty far over towards 2nd, effectively leaving the base unguarded.

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

        You’re saying Frazier was off the line near SS against Ryan Zimmerman leaving 3rd base there for the taking? Huh? No mention of that at all from Carp or the Silver Fox.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 4:33 PM

        It sure looked like it on my TV. That’s all I can give you as to what yYunel was doing. You know, Yunel Escobar, base runner extrodinaire. L & LOL!

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Someone needs to tell Yuni he can’t try to be a base stealer. He doesn’t need this kind of encouragement either. I think he got away with something there!

    • AlexandriaNatFan - May 30, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      We sure that wasn’t a hit and run?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:25 PM

        He was on 2nd, not 1st. Never heard of a hit and run when a runner isn’t on 1st.

  22. Eric - May 30, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Nice Zim

    Let the onslaught begin. Let’s embarrass these losers.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Way to go Ryan…

    (Who put the steal on?)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Don’t ask. Escobar is determined to steal 3rd.

  24. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Game on,

    Span flies to right for the first out.

    Desi grounds to first on the first pitch.

    Yuni yanks a double to left bouncing off the wall in the corner. There goes the no-no!

    RZim in cleanup with a man on second. Escobar is off on the swing and scores on a Zim single to center. Looked like he was stealing. Bad play good result. There goes the shutout!

    CRob up with two out man on first. Gashed to left center for an out.

    Nats 1 Reds due up.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Why not Michael Taylor in RF and CRob in LF.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      Steve, though Robinson has never played RF in a regular season game, when I was in Viera for ST, CRob played RF and seemed relatively comfortable out there. But you’d think with MAT’s arm he’d be in right. Tough call, either way.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:31 PM

        Yep, I remember that with CRob but he’s barely a good LF. I just don’t get it.

  26. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    @BatHoarder!!!! Let’s have a good game CRob! Running catch going to the corner in right. Caught in full stride.

  27. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    That was a tough catch even for an everyday right fielder. Way to go CRob!

  28. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Espinosa playing three or four steps in the outfield on Votto, he runs a long way and knocks the ball down but can’t get a handle on it for the throw. Pro’ly a single anyway. One on one out.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Wow… how was that not a K?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM

      It was close, should have thrown that on 2-2. That 4 seam fastball that was a foot outside on 2-2 was a waste of time to throw. He’s supposed to be a power pitcher and that was the pitch he had to make.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Lousy 2-2 pitch by Gio. Puts him in the 3-2 and he walks bases loaded. Gio should be mad at himself.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM

      Yeah I was like… why is Lobo so far off the plate…

      But Gio got out of it… whew…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        Gio drives me crazy. Why would you throw that trash? You are lefty on lefty. You need to throw a top of the zone inside heater.

        That fastball never looked like a strike the instant it left his hand.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        Did you see what Iglesias threw Lobaton on 2-2 and 3-2. High fastballs. If you are a power pitcher, pitch like it. Very frustrating to watch Gio walk the bases loaded and it wasn’t the 3-2 pitch which was good, it was that 2-2 pitch.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:38 PM

        Just called my dad and said ‘you know im a fan of high heat or in the dirt on 3-2 counts’ he chuckled and said… well its Gio…

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        Ahhh twin, I’ve missed you and these conversations 😆😆😆😆 hopefully the travel will settle down and I can enjoy the season..

  31. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Cat out to the mound as the bases are drunk on a shady ball four call by the ump. Gio gave up two singles and a walk. Pitchtrack had the ball nicking the strike zone. I’d have called it a strike.

    Keep the wheels on Gio. Groundball up the middle fixes this.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      Define “drunk bases”

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        Sorry, Bases Loaded = Drunk

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Bailed out by poor baserunning by Frasier. Huge doubleplay.

  33. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Brainfart by Frasier and we get out of it with a line drive to Desi and he doubles the guy off second as he didn’t go back!

  34. scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Count ad tootblan?

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Clearly. Just the look on his face rated a TOOTBLAN.

  35. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Happy to see Lobaton playing today. I think he could use a little more time. Not unhappy with Willie, but having two hot catchers is a nice thing. Strikes out swinging at 90 upstairs.

    Hitters need to get very patient today this ump isn’t giving the pitchers any breaks.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    I forgot N McLouth was on this team…

  37. scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Who is Danny espinoooosa??

    Oops carp

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Marlins take a 2-1 lead.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Steven Souza with his 9th HR.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      You know my feelings on that trade….and seeing how Werth is out…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        He’s a K machine but a legit power hitter and can actually play defense. If he can cut down on the K’s he can develop into a top player. In today’s game of few legit power hitters, he’s legit. In the 9th last night with bases loaded and no outs he K’d. It was a turning point in the game.

  40. Steady Eddie - May 30, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    At least both pitchers are getting squeezed.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Center cut slider on the 2nd pitch to Taylor and he looks it in for a strike. Iglesias goes 3 straight sliders then 2 fastballs. K’s him on a slider. Taylor is just making it too easy for the pitchers. Batting average down to .212

  42. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Again I ask, why would anybody throw Taylor a FB with 2 strikes? He will chase that outside breaking ball every time. Sigh…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 4:47 PM

      I’m just patiently waiting for him to adjust…

      *twiddles fingers*

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      I wouldn’t throw him anything straight. That 2nd slider wasn’t that great and was center cut. Have to kill that pitch. Sorry, if you can’t hit a slider, you will not succeed in the ML until you can because most pitchers throw it and the ones that don’t throw curveballs.

      I mentioned stats in the off-season that Taylor only hit 1 slider fair last year.

  43. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Gio gets out of the second 1-2-3.

    Gonzo, Span, Desi, Esco up.

  44. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    OK, everybody OK with Gio last inning?

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:56 PM

      Two swinging K’s and a flyout to right. I’m okay with that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 4:58 PM

      Sure, bottom of their order. Back to the top now.

  45. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Nats down 1-2-3, K, groundout, K.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Gio starts the 3rd with 35 pitches. Goes up 0-2 on Hamilton and now in nibble mode.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Hamilton’s cold zone is inside pitches. Gio leaves it over the plate on 3-2. Again, how do you go 0-2 to 3-2. Pitch like a power pitcher.

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Why nibble Gio…. you had him…

  48. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Gio gives up a single to the leadoff man in the third. A base stealer, Hamilton. 56 swipes last year. 23 caught, sez Carp.

  49. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Ray Knight sez that’s all on Gio? We had Hamilton cold!

    • Jfmii - May 30, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      I agree with Knight

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Look at the lead Hamilton has off of 3rd.

  51. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Phillips groundout to Desi, Hamilton to third with one out.

    C’mon Nats!

  52. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Should of just plunked him.

  53. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Votto goes yard for two runs. Fastball down, middle.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Really Gio? What a lousy pitch that was in a 2 strike count. Right down the middle and low.

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Terrible pitch Gio…. terrible…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      Terrible is too kind but it goes back to the Hamilton at-bat. Get the guys you need to get so when you face the only guy who can beat you (Votto), you can nibble on him because bases need to be empty.

      Finally against Frasier he goes after him with power. Gio drives me nuts. His BS about learning from the other pitchers is just a joke. Nobody on this staff will ever tell you to nibble against multiple batters.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Marlins up 5-1 on the Mets. Just sayin.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    To go from Strasburg to Gio in back to back games where you see Gio’s pitch count mounting is not good. Gio at 60 pitches in the 3rd inning.

  58. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Going to the fourth 2-1 Reds.

  59. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    with a good throw wold Hamilton been out?

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      Like a dead fish! The point is RZim sholudn’t have been in the position to make the throw. Gio had him picked off and instead of running towards the runner he threw to first.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      Maybe, but Hamilton is arguably the fastest guy in MLB. Speed kills. Forces a lot of mistakes. MAT did a fine job backing up the play.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Come on offense…. need you to show up….

  61. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    I give the whiny little brat credit for hitting a low pitch out. Again. Like I said, should’ve just plunked him.
    Kidding. Sort of.

    • scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      No u didn’t

      • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM

        I most certainly did @ 5:08, though I was half joking.

  62. scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    That sux – unlucky babip

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    I feel like the Nats make a bunch of scrubs look like CY young…

    • scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM

      This guy looks good actually. Nice command

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      You think?

      • scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        I’ll take him

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Joe, I saw the alignment there against RZim and saw no shift. Frasier is where you’d expect him to be.

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

      He looked pretty deep and off the line from what I could see. There’s only so much you could see on the MASN feed, but like I said, I thought 3rd looked pretty much there for the taking. You saw it, then I’ll believe you.Or maybe Yunel really is just a total moron.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        For Ray to mention it again the next inning, and Bob chiming on it’s 50/50 and not good odds, I’d say a total moron and hey, I like the guy.

        Funniest comment was someone thinking it was a designed hit & run.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 5:41 PM

        Well, if Frazier was at home on third, then it would be a good question to ask Williams as to why he ran. Incidentally, I don’t think he’s a total moron, though he has never been a good base runner, but for as many years as he has been in the ML he has very few steal attempts.

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Niese pulled in the 4th for a pinch-hitter! Wow! Muno who is hitting .071 gets walked on 4 pitches to load the bases with 1 out. Way to go Tom Koehler.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:22 PM

      Now a tie game. Unreal.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:25 PM

        Inning in NY still not over. Just walked Duda, 2 on and 1 out and 4 runs across this inning. Jennings just pulled Koehler.

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:28 PM

        Tejada doubles with the bases loaded and the Mehs score that inning.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Taylor has to get good contact here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:29 PM

      Bunt for a hit in play here for Taylor.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Taylor is totally lost. Fastball mistake pitch and Taylor watches it for Strike 3. Sure, he thought it was a slider which means he can’t ID it.

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Good Lord MAT… good lord…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      Such a shame they didn’t give the start to TyMo. Now if you were going to play MAT in RF, then I could understand him in the game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:39 PM

        Is this the game that CRob proves his value to this team? He’s here for XBH power and while I like singles, I want to see some doubles and HRs from him.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    My man Span…..

  70. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    That’s the kind of throw that gets your catcher seriously hurt.

  71. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Two on, one out for DSpan after Gio is plunked.

    Single to center Espy scores, Gio to second.

    N A T S! NATS! NATS! NATS!

    Tie game.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:36 PM

    Nice by Span. I thought Desi got that ball. Now up to Esco.

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Carp: Gio working the inside edge

    Me: I gave his scouting report in the last at-bat. Mind boggling to why Gio screwed around the last at-bat

  74. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Ray Knight I usually can’t handle. Today he’s been a delight!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      He’s very honest in his assessments and not in the Dibble way where Dibble was a genius with hindsight.

      Ray knows every aspect of the game.

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

        His discussion on Umps earlier in the game was fabulous. Now he’s talking about Sparky. Priceless!

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Damn Gio…. nice inning…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      Much better, pitcher was a given but pitched well against Hamilton. Phillips smoked that liner, luckily right at Taylor.

  76. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Only Reds runs on a two run dinger by Votto. Are we really gonna get out of this game without a brawl? We shall see.

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Terrible call blue….

  78. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    C’mon CRob!

  79. mauimo22 - May 30, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    I’d rather see TyMo than Taylor, who seems confused at the plate in the Bigs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:51 PM

      Yah, well, yah.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        You were saying? Not arguing that he’s been lost, but man, oh, man, how good did that feel for the kid?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        Joe, let’s face it, you could have squared that up but we take it and Taylor makes Matt Williams look like a genius in the boxscore.

    • scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      Umm, what were u saying? Shut your filthy mouth! 😱

      • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        What’s with the filthy mouth comment? Who are you talking to?

    • mauimo22 - May 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      Or maybe just give him more ABs 😉

  80. Eric - May 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Of course it’s Taylor up with 2 out, men on the corners.

    • scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      And????😜

    • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

      Reverse jinx?!!! Woo hoo!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

      LMAO, I think we all felt that way. That ball did nothing and Taylor didn’t miss it. Wow just wow!!!!

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    MAT… PLEASE DO SOMETHING POSITIVE…

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Michael A. Taylor just shut me up!!!!

    • Eric - May 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

      + me 2!!!

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:58 PM

      LMAO. Thanks for that slider stat earlier!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        Technically that’s a slider because there’s no stat for “hanging slider”

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    That people was a HR on a hanging slider! Pitch #100

  84. Drew - May 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    MAT!!!
    Way to go, kid!!!

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:55 PM

    Well then… Thank you MAT…. you DID do something positive….

  86. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I guess when MAT goes deep after Espi dogs it to first makes up for that. Collect the runners.

    Danny just plain smoked that ball off the wall.

    Nice!

  87. Tyler Babip - May 30, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Let’s hear it for the bottom of the order!

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Okay…. I dont think it was intentional….

  89. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Hold it a minute. Gio is hit again? This time not on the butt but on the left back of the bicep, tricep?

    Not cool.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Gio’s OBP is climbing big time! I think he’s ok. I hope so.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 6:01 PM

      Yeah im hoping we don’t have to skip his next start or he lands on the DL…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM

        Need to see how he looks here and if it tightens up on him.

  91. Eric - May 30, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Gio HBP again?????!! WTF Reds???

  92. Eric - May 30, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Ryan Mattheus! Do your old friends a solid.

  93. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    How in the world does Gio miss Votto this AB? Cooler heads are prevailing I guess?

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    Remember Werth’s “No time for BS”? You don’t nail Votto here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:06 PM

      You also don’t want to walk him ahead in the count 2-2.

  95. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    I really think that Gio ‘s arm should be on ice to keep it from swelling more. Wow, pull him now.

  96. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    One batter too late. Pull him now MW.

  97. scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Bad decision after hbp

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    5 1/3 giving up 4 runs is not good. Taylor has to catch that ball. Come on.

  99. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    Blake better sack up!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      Oh he did. I think he struck Byrd out twice.

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:29 PM

        Two K’s. Nicely played.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    What I don’t like is you have a 3 run lead and it’s whittled down to 1.

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:30 PM

      And I think that’s on the Manager.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        I feel that way. 2 nights in a row where he doesn’t seem to know his own pitchers. Last night was clearly telegraphed what TJord had left. Don’t know what he sees some times. I made comments in the 5th inning that TJord had lost all sink on his sinker which signaled the end was near. What was McCatty watching?

      • dcwx61 - May 30, 2015 at 7:22 PM

        no it’s thanks to Strasburg for destroying the BP

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:24 PM

        I said that earlier today that Strasburg has abused the bullpen and Gio hasn’t helped either.

        MW has to go back to what was working which was matchups until the 9th inning.

      • dcwx61 - May 30, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        ok…i didn’t catch many of the comments…i thought ‘MW didn’t have an option to pull Gio unless absolutely necessary.
        but so many HBPs….need Trienan FB off the back of Votto tomorrow

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        The bigger issue in the game and what really mattered with the game on the line was Janssen who is a veteran didn’t cover 1st.

        That trumps almost anything else. No excuses.

      • infideljack - May 30, 2015 at 7:34 PM

        Yep. That was the game.

      • dcwx61 - May 30, 2015 at 7:44 PM

        yes…good point

  101. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Blake you just broke Lobo’s hand! OMG!

  102. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    Lobaton? Sheesh. His Wild Pitches and Passed Balls just pile up. Can’t happen. I agree with Ray that the slow jog after the ball is not good.

    There’s another Wild Pitch that has to be blocked. He never shuffled his body in front of it.

  103. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    PB and WP and a man on 3rd with two outs. Drama! Treinen goes 99!

  104. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    And there is a foul off the same bare hand of Lobo. He’s hurt guys.

  105. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    We’re out of that inning with a one run lead. Three frames to go.

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Marlins somehow got out of a man on 2nd and 1st jam to end the 6th and now in the 7th the Marlins have men on 3rd and 2nd and no outs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:22 PM

      Stanton now up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:23 PM

        Stanton is walked to load the bases.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:27 PM

        Baker K’s and Ozuna pops it up. Now 2 outs and Yelich up with 2 outs and bases loaded.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:29 PM

        Yelich with a single w/ an error on Granderson. Somehow they only scored 2.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:32 PM

        On to the bottom of the 7th with the Marlins up 7-5

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    What was Escobar tossed for? We’ve seen worst…. are you kidding me right now…

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Escobar with just a dumb a$$ move there. Short-handed bench and you get thrown out. MW should have been sprinting out when the argument started.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 6:29 PM

      Agreed. Though it seemed like a quick trigger, not to mention that it seemed like it was a pretty bad call.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:32 PM

        It was. We’ve seen it before. Don’t push it. Escobar stayed there too long but MW should have been sprinting out there to defuse it.

  109. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Wifey sez “Thank you Sir may I have another.”

    Uncalled for ejection.

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

      You don’t do that. Haven’t we learned. Don’t get in an umps face. Simple end of story. These umps are power hungry.

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:32 PM

        Yuni crossed the line un-necessarily.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:34 PM

        That’s my point. Don’t push it.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 6:39 PM

        But early in the game didn’t one of the Reds protest even more vehemently on a called 3rd strike?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        Too long ago for me to remember 😉

  110. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Let’s hope for a huge thunderstorm!

    • Steady Eddie - May 30, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      Or just have Thornton, Janssen, and Storen shut these clowns down!

  111. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:35 PM

    More than one player hurt here. Brandon Phillips looks wounded!

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Why did the Yanks give up Thornton, again?

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      Brain Fart? He plays well in red white and blue!

  113. Steady Eddie - May 30, 2015 at 6:38 PM

    Speaking of which, WHY did McCatty have Barrett warming up there? He’d better give the eighth to Janssen, especially when Janssen hasn’t pitched since Wednesday. NO reason not to bring Casey in.

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Marlins just had the identical play the Nats had when they had a potential doubleplay ball hit to the SS Solano and he tossed to Dee Gordon who then threw to 1st way wide and the ball clanked off the rail of the dugout and bounced back on the field instead of out of the field of play. No catcher trailing.

    • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:42 PM

      Obviously covering first on a ground ball is not on the list of duties for a Catcher these days.

      Oh and, I guess it’s optional to knock a ball down with your chest. Thank you Roger Dorn!

      Get off my lawn!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:44 PM

        Went away with the hula hoop no doubt along with the 2 handed catch and running out groundballs and popups like they were going to be booted.

      • nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:48 PM

        The TWO HANDED CATCH. I just blew a gasket.

  115. Steady Eddie - May 30, 2015 at 6:40 PM

    Good! Janssen up for the eighth against the heart of the Reds order. Again, sometimes the save is in the eighth.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Dan Haren in as a pinch-hitter and K’s.

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    You know the old saying that sometimes the Save is in the 8th inning. Here you go.

  118. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Wow Span… damn, I thought he had it though….

  119. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Span is inches away from straight out gloving that ball.

  120. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Spanny! Great move by Rizzo to put him under three years of team control!

  121. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Pena has those lopsided splits as a switchhitter. .329 vs RHPs .219 vs LHPs

  122. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    Come on Jansen… you HAVE TO HAVE TO HAVE TO cover….

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:54 PM

    No excuse for Janssen not getting to 1st base.

  124. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Too many stupid mistakes.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 6:56 PM

      Slow runner too. Can’t happen. Inning should be over.

  125. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Getting a little tense here. Two out, Reds up, bottom 8, bases drunk again.

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    I would throw it in the dirt here..

  127. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Playing with fire!

  128. Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    We waited for Janssen for this?

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Why didnt they throw it in the dirt…. why….

  130. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Ruh Ro, 3-1 strike down the middle, over Span’s head. Reds 6 Nats 5

  131. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    So damn disappointing…. Jansen with not covering 1st… then throwing these meatballs….

    Ugh.

  132. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    By Janssen not covering 1st, all this was unnecessary. Should be inning over then throws a lousy pitch on 1-2 to Cosart.

    Go back to 8th inning by matchup Matt Williams.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:03 PM

      It worked…. I have ALWAYS hated pitchers owning innings… always…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      And I don’t understand why they didn’t throw it in the dirt… like I don’t understand any of this…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:11 PM

        Yah, probably didn’t trust his catcher. Not a good day for Lobaton. Hope he’s alright.

  133. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Wow… what a mess…..

  134. scmargenau - May 30, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    What the heck!! Unacceptable.

  135. Jfmii - May 30, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Can’t succeed at 89 mph

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      Sure you can. It’s called a finesse pitcher who can hit locations. He missed location.

      • Jfmii - May 30, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        You are correct, caught up in the moment. Certainly a lot less room for error

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 8:10 PM

        That’s true.

  136. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Dude serving up BP. I am beyond pissed. Now Mccatty comes out hahahahahahaha

  137. Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    “Crafty veteran who can’t remember to cover first base or throw a fastball that triggers a State Police radar gun.” Wasn’t that what Rizzo said when they signed him?

  138. philipd763 - May 30, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Great acquisition by Rizzo.

  139. nataddicted - May 30, 2015 at 7:05 PM

    Hey guys, we got 3 ups coming. Breathe deeply!

  140. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Why the hell are you throwing to 1st…. just get this batter

  141. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Now the Legion of Doom show up. Janssen is out of this inning if he covered 1st base. Real simple. Just another dumb play by the Nats today.

    • nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      I turned game on to start the 8 th. I saw nothing but awful baseball in that inning.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:11 PM

        I don’t believe you but whatever. You only show up when it’s gloomy.

  142. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    So damn disappointing….

  143. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    No confidence it anyone out of the bullpen except Drew. 88 on the fast ball and he throws it down the middle. Awful and embarrassing. Yes embarrassing. Reds totally struggling and wham get well against the Nats

  144. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Thank you Giancarlo. 2run homer. 8-5 Fish, bottom of the 8th.

  145. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Fingers crossed that Chapman blows a save…. thats all I got.

  146. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Marlins now lead 9-5 going to the bottom of the 9th.

  147. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Tired of relying on other teams to keep the Mets down. Cmon guys.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      Who’s relying?

      • nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:16 PM

        The guy who keeps posting the mets score. Are,the fans booing?….

  148. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Chapman hasn’t thrown a legit strike to Denard yet. 6 out of the zone.

  149. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Well, it took 6 balls for Span to get that BBs. Not one strike thrown to him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      You owe me one. See above.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      I have a Summer Ale here for you,Ghost.

  150. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    2013 was like this. Every time you think you are set the bullpen just pukes it up. Gotta fix it quick. 8 runs in a game is just horrible

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      One guy in the bullpen would have been finished with his inning if he covered 1st. Can’t give up freebies and Janssen did.

      • nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:18 PM

        Yes he did. But he was getting shelled out there. This team just has to tighten up the screw ups

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:19 PM

        He didn’t pitch well but baseball is funny that way that he would have been out of it if he just covered 1st base.

        That’s on him and he then fell apart piece by piece.

  151. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Cmon ump you suck

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Let Chapman supply the power here RZim.

  153. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Uggla seemed like he swung on strike 3 after the ball was in the catcher’s mitt.

  154. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    You can’t blow a 5. 2 lead. Just frustrating as heck. And we are not playing the Cardinals here.

  155. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 30, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Do your job and it’s a different story… Jansen didn’t cover 1st and that blew the gate open…

    Nats were bound to lose a series but the way they loss this one is just disappointing….

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Johnny Holliday: A terrific outing for Gio Gonzalez

    Me: Johnny, 4 earned in 5 1/3 is awful. Sorry buddy but that was not terrific.

  157. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Bullpen just awful. It really is. A shame to lose this game. Oh well

  158. David Proctor - May 30, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    If Janssen covers first, we win the game. Him getting shelled is concerning, but it happens. Him not covering first is just not acceptable, especially for a veteran like him. You can point to Gio not holding the 3 run lead or a number of other factors, but this loss is squarely on Janssen’s shoulders to me.

    I’m as optimistic as anyone here, often called a pollyanna. I see some holes in this team that are going to get exposed if they aren’t fixed. The bullpen behind Storen is too inconsistent. I’m encouraged by what I’ve seen out of Treinen lately (very much so actually), but I’m really not confident in anyone else except Thornton. We need help there. Maybe Janssen is it, but I’d feel more comfortable if there’s a power arm back there. Maybe Treinen turns into it. Maybe a move can be made. LF is still a problem to me, too. I’ve made my opinion about LF known, though Taylor did hit the homer today so I can’t get bark about that too much.

    They’ve been winning series (until this one), but I don’t think they’ve been playing particularly good baseball since the West Coast trip.

  159. nattygoats - May 30, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    1 and 2 and Jansen throws a meatballl. Gotta paint those corners

  160. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Steve, there’s no question about Janssen. End of conversation. And even though he made a helluva play to keep the ball in the park, it was too bad Span didn’t catch that ball. Also, I thought the ball that Taylor played short in left was worth taking a chance on, as Span was backing him up.

  161. Jeff L - May 30, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    I couldn’t listen to the game today and I’m trying to read everyone’s postings. A quick question: Did Votto get drilled and if not, we’re both sides worn at the beginning of the game?

  162. richardp6 - May 30, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    WTF Nationals? You want to be a world series team but continue to do dumb things that make the difference.

  163. ogremj - May 30, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Man, checked the boxscore for Harrisburg and Rendon’s stats. There is not much going on in the hitting department in our minor league system.

  164. Eugene in Oregon - May 30, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Geez. Had to leave just after the Michael Taylor HR and Gio Gonzalez’s second HBP. Kinda glad I did.

  165. manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Was again at the game.

    After Taylor’s homer Gio hit in the elbow. Tell me that is a coincidence. I don’t believe it.

    Another pitcher on the team that is clueless what his responsibility is after the ball is hit.

    Votto not being hit. Everyone in the stands was ready for it. What happened to protecting your teammates?

    Driving home tomorrow.

    Baseball is strange. The reds have been terrible lately, and we look lackidasical on the mound against them.

    This last rotation of starts 3 very good start, 2 terrible ones ( and we could have won one of those)

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