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Game 54: Cubs at Nats

Jun 4, 2015, 3:03 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Losers of six of their last eight, the Nationals will try to get back on track against the Chicago Cubs in a four-game series beginning Thursday night. The Nats took two of three in Chicago just two weeks ago, now they meet again.

Gio Gonzalez (4-2, 4.73) will get the start for Washington in his 11th outing of the season. He gave up four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds his last time out.

Right-hander Jake Arrieta (4-4, 3.18) will pitch for Chicago. He last faced the Nationals on July 6 of 2014. That day he gave up one run in six innings, but took a no-decision as the Nats won 2-1.

Anthony Rendon was activated off the disabled list this afternoon and will make his 2015 debut after missing the first third of the season.

Updates to come…

CHICAGO CUBS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 89
Weather: Chance of rain, 64 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (29-24)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
LF Michael Taylor
LHP Gio Gonzalez

CUBS (27-24)
CF Dexter Fowler
3B Kris Bryant
1B Jake Arrieta
RF Junior Lake
SS Starlin Castro
LF Matt Szczur
C David Ross
RHP Jake Arrieta
2B Addison Russell

UMPIRES
HP Gabe Morales
1B Rob Drake
2B Joe West (cc)
3B Kerwin Danley

8:27 pm. — They are hoping to start this one at about 8:55 p.m. after the rain delay.

8:57 p.m. — First pitch from Gio was at 8:56 p.m. and we are underway after a delay of one hour and 51 minutes.

9:25 p.m. — The Nationals find themselves down 2-0 after the first inning thanks to a rocky start by Gio. He threw 32 pitches and walked home a runner after loading the bases before recording an out. Another run came home on a Castro GIDP. The Nats didn’t score, but they did see Rendon get a single in his first at-bat. He went down 0-2 against Arrieta before working a full count and then smacking a single to right field. That’s a good sign. A bad sign, however, was Escobar leaving the game with an apparent injury at the top of the second. Danny Espinosa took over at second base, while Rendon moved to third.

9:40 p.m. — It’s still 2-0 Cubs after both teams went three up, three down in the second. Gio recovered from his awful first inning to strike out the side on just 11 pitches. The Nats put balls in play in all three of their at-bats, but none dropped in.

9:58 p.m. — The game is still stuck at 2-0 after three, as Gio set the Cubs down in order and only Taylor reached for the Nats. He got on with an infield single and stole second with two outs. Span then struck out to end the inning.

10:21 p.m. — Still 2-0 here at Nationals Park. The Cubs got Lake all the way to third after he bunted, went to second on a wild pitch and then stole third. The Nats got Espinosa on with a bunt and the inning ended when he was caught stealing second with two outs. The umps reviewed the play and confirmed it, though replay looked like he may have been safe. Oh well, on to the fifth.

10:44 p.m. — No runs to report on in the fifth inning. Gio allowed a leadoff walk to Russell, but the 21-year-old Cubs infielder was thrown out at home to end the frame. Lobaton doubled with two outs, but Taylor flew out to right field to end the bottom half of the inning. It’s still 2-0, as Gio will remain in the game at 95 pitches.

11:03 p.m. — Gio finished his outing with his fifth consecutive shutout inning, keeping the deficit to 2-0. His final line: six innings, four hits, two earned runs, four walks and six strikeouts on 103 pitches. Then the Nats finally got on the board in the bottom of the frame after Harper’s RBI groundout to make it 2-1. On to the seventh.

11:32 p.m. — Blake Treinen came on in relief and pitched a shutout inning to keep the deficit at 2-1. The Nats had a golden opportunity to score in the bottom half of the inning, but Rendon struck out with two on to end the threat. Still 2-1 heading to the eighth.

11:51 p.m. — The bullpen continues to do the job, as the Nats held the Cubs to a scoreless eighth inning thanks to Matt Thornton and Aaron Barrett. But once again they couldn’t take advantage, as the Cubs shut down the heart of the order to keep it at 2-1.

12:14 a.m. —The Nats had a chance to tie or walk off in the ninth, as Rendon was up with two on and two out. But Clint Robinson was picked off at first base to end the game. Nats drop this one 2-1.

389 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. nats106 - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    After a one game hiatus (and last night was a good night to NOT go), it looks like I picked a good night to come back so I can welcome Rendon back in an appropriate Sec 106 fashion.

  3. virginiascopist - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Off topic, but starting for the Diamondbacks against Matt Harvey tonight is former National Robbie Ray.

    Good luck, Robbie.

  4. natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Welcome back, Anthony. We missed you.

    Go, Gio! Go, NATS!!

  5. fstop1970 - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Chase, not to be picky, but shouldn’t Rizzo be playing 1B? Unless of course Jake Arrieta can pitch and cover 1B at the same time. Throw overs tonight when the Nats bat, are going to be really interesting.

    • unterp - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      have to cut salary for the renovation so pitcher has to play two spots…

    • infideljack - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      You know there is no edit button. hahaaha

    • Doc - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      Arrieta is very versatile, and he can run fast too!

      Not sure if he can beat his own throw-overs though? Waitin’ to see!

  6. npb99 - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Welcome back, Mr. Smooth!

    But as to tonight’s starting pitcher, I never like it when Gio pitches in colder weather. No stats to back it up, but my sense from watching h over a few years. Whereas JZ I’d trust in a snowstorm.

    • infideljack - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:29 PM

      It’s only one game and it is a long season.

      • npb99 - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:54 PM

        That response could be made to any post on any topic! Cheers.

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      Normally I’d agree, but damp in the mid-60s is not all that different from what he experienced a good bit in Oakland with the fog rolling up the bay at night. Admittedly, there’s a lot more of it on the SF side, but not that different evening temps.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 4, 2015 at 3:48 PM

        The coldest professional baseball I ever attended was in early June in Oakland. Just like you say, the fog rolled in and everybody was drinking hot chocolate. Well, I still had a beer, but almost everybody had hot chocolate.

      • Doc - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:06 PM

        Can’t deny the power of beer keeping your warm!

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:26 PM

        brings to mind Mark Twain’s comment that the coldest winter he ever had was a summer in SF . . . (which actually Twain never said)

      • npb99 - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:40 PM

        I’ve lived in both those cities and the climate is amazingly different considering how close they are. SF is a maritime climate, with fog and more wind. Oakland is sunnier and warmer, no fog to speak of.

  7. lphboston - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Desmond three spots too high in lineup.

    • hokiepokster92 - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      Actually, he’s not batting high enough. His best spot in the lineup this year is the 2-hole: .293 BA, .796 OPS in 30 games.

    • nattygoats - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Zimmerman too

  8. Jfmii - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Generally speaking, would flip Escobar and Rendon

    • jd - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:25 PM

      why?

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        Rendon (when healthy) has more power and Esco seems to have a pretty high OBP

      • jfmii - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        Yes, adcwonk stated both my reasons.

      • jd - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:07 PM

        I don’t understand how that plays into it. Rendon is a better hitter than Escobar so he should be in the more valuable slot.

    • jd - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:26 PM

      You do know that the 2 position is more valuable than the 3 position?

    • hokiepokster92 - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Traditionally, your best hitter overall bats 3rd.

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        Which is why I wish Harper would be batting 3rd!!

        You know, guys like Ruth and Ted Williams batted third, too! (And Mays, Mantle, Pujols . . . )

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        And I loved it in prior years when Harper was guaranteed to have an at bat in the 1st inning.

      • jd - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:55 PM

        wonk,

        You are smarter than that. Traditionally they had it wrong. I am not making this s*it up. This was run through computer programs and while the differences where minute there were still differences and it was found that the most valuable slots are 1,2 and 4.

        The simple reasoning behind this statistical evidence is the fact that the 3rd place hitter will often hit with 2 outs and no one on base in the 1st inning and if he’s your best hitter you would prefer if he hits with men on base or is leading off an inning or at worst with only 1 out. This is what the no’s 1,2 and 4 get to do.

        Hey, before they started analysing baseball they thought that giving away outs might be a good idea, then they put millions of samples into a computer and lo and behold they discovered that sacrificing, with some very small exceptions (pitcher hitting, winning run on base) causes you to score fewer runs than not sacrificing.

      • hokiepokster92 - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:14 PM

        JD, Earl Weaver didn’t need advanced metrics to figure out that sacrificing caused you to score fewer runs. Some people argue against it, but he always believed in playing for the big inning instead of sacrificing a runner over. He did say that you sacrifice if you’re looking to score only one run. Otherwise, swing away!

      • jd - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:26 PM

        Please rhttp://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2009/3/17/795946/optimizing-your-lineup-byead this and see what you think:

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 7:49 PM

        The simple reasoning behind this statistical evidence is the fact that the 3rd place hitter will often hit with 2 outs and no one on base in the 1st inning and if he’s your best hitter you would prefer if he hits with men on base or is leading off an inning or at worst with only 1 out. This is what the no’s 1,2 and 4 get to do.

        Thanks for the link to the article — which I haven’t read yet.

        But, here’s the thing: the plain fact of the matter is that the #3 guy has more at bats than the #4 guy.

        Nevertheless, as a stat-head myself, I’ll check out the article.

  9. Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Detroit was trailing the A’s 7-1 in the bottom of the 9th and scored 4 runs to make it 7-5. Clippard came in an recorded the final two outs. to record his 9th save.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:48 PM

      BTW, the A’s took 3 out of 4 from the Yankees and now just swept the Tigers. Even though they are still way back of the Astros, they are getting healthier and playing much better ball. I wouldn’t count on them as being anxious sellers of Tyler Clippard just yet.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:02 PM

        Thinking they might wait longer to see what happens.

  10. jpzzz - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    I think Mantle usually batted fourth.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:48 PM

      That’s correct, jpzzz.

    • jfmii - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      Yes, in 61, it was usually Maris, 3, Mantle 4

  11. Danny - Jun 4, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Random Trea Turner note.

    Bowden just said on MLB radio that scouts have been saying leading up to the draft that they would take Turner over the two SS’s who could go #1

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Bowden has been very complimentary of Turner in past conversations.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    I’m so excited that I just can’t hide it.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      I’m about to lose control and I think I like it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:53 PM

        I hope you’re not driving or operating machine equipment. 😉

      • natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:58 PM

        Nah, nothing heavier than a keyboard. 😉

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    “Escobar staying at 3B boils down to: didn’t get much time to learn 2B, got comfortable at 3B. MW: “An easier move for us to do for our club””

    This is why people suggesting Desi to LF and Espi to SS go against the way Rizzo thinks with too many moving parts.

  14. masterfishkeeper - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    I am looking forward to hearing Charlie or Dave spell the last name of the Cubs’ leftfielder.

  15. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Explanation why Lobaton is starting?

    • Danny - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:34 PM

      Ramos isn’t hitting

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:36 PM

        That hasn’t stopped Williams from starting everybody else who isn’t hitting.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:44 PM

      Ramos dealing with a sore thumb from a foul tip. At least that’s the story.

  16. thenatom - Jun 4, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Glad to see Rendon back but I would have:
    1. Span
    2. Escobar
    3. Bryce
    4. Tony Two-Bags

  17. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    In other news, from my monthly trip to Leesburg and back, the poles for the lights at the Loudoun (Ashburn?) Hounds’ new stadium are up. There seems to be much work yet to be done on the field, the grandstand, the parking lots and the access roads but some of that (parking, roads) probably could be completed in another 30 days and the light poles — no lights, yet — are a tangible benchmark (Looks like the field will be well lighted. Driving by I think I could count 19 or 20 poles.)

    • wearenationals - Jun 4, 2015 at 7:45 PM

      Doesn’t look like LH will be finished with the park this year, so hopefully I’ll be able to see some baseball next summer in my “backyard”!

  18. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    any word on a delay? raining tons in shaw

    • dcwx61 - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:32 PM

      There will be a delay…I’m figuring the game starts at 9 PM unless the field is too soaked in which case see you on Monday.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        Thanks, 61. WTH, I figure we can go, wait it out at the bar, and be that much further ahead if they have to call it. 🙂

      • dcwx61 - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        Excellent. I just saw the post page said it is a delay but no word on start time.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 4, 2015 at 7:06 PM

      Is Chase on duty at the stadium tonight?

      The updates (in the post above and the tweeter feed to the right) have not exactly been coming hot and fast.

  19. Steady Eddie - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    At the stadium it’s just spitting now and radar projection is it stops shortly after seven.

    I hope.

  20. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 4, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Still drizzling at the park, slightly. Tarp very much on.

    Pretty good crowd, considering. Zim bobble night, i suppose.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 4, 2015 at 7:52 PM

      Any announcements about a projected start time?

  21. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    GCrew coming out!

  22. unkyd59 - Jun 4, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    “Updates to come….” ?

    Chase, it’s an hour past the start time… Wassup?

  23. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 4, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    8:55

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Gio already in nibble mode. Goes 3-0 on Bryant then throws a strike. Then walks him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      Awful start. Bases loaded and no outs. Is he a finesse pitcher like John Lannan or a power lefty like Cole Hamels.

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Come on Gio….

  26. Danny - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    So.. Gio will never be quality again. Starting the LOD early.

  27. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Yes FP, its definitely the rain delay making Gio issue walks and be lost in the 1st inning. It usually never happens

  28. Danny - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Doesn’t Gio realize he was good without using his changeup.. Why is it so predominant now.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Gio had both Rizzo and Lake set up and lost both of them.

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    What the hell Gio …

  30. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Wow just wow. I guess he takes that 5th starter role seriously. Maybe a little too literal.

  31. natslive - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Quit with the excuses FP

    • exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Yes please stop. It would make sense if it was Scherzer.

  32. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    The big 5 of SP is starting to look real small.

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    DP… pitchers best friend…

    • natslive - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      Now get this last out

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    If Gio would just believe in his stuff and attack he will get back to 2012 form.

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    At this rate, Gio may not last 5….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      Watch him attack the bottom of their order. These 25+ pitch 1st innings is not what you want to see.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        Hopefully it will be what he Ned’s to settle down… and get with the program…

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Tony Two Bags thrust into action quickly. Almost took RZims glove off on that throw.

  37. nattygoats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Another stellar start from the Nats pitching crew. Pathetic!!

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Span is in a funk too…. cant wait for Ryan to get out of his as he has been killing the middle of the order…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      He was inside outing at will before. Missing his pitches now.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Yep… saw a lot of rolled over balls last 2 series…. hope that knee is okay obviously…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        Probably a combination of things. Span is the tablesetter. He has to get on-base at the mid-.350s+ pace to get this offense going.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Anthony Rendon batting 1.000

    • natslive - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      Welcome back Anthony!

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Welcome back Mr Rendon!?!?!?!?!?!!!!

    • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      Rendon can out hit Desi in his sleep

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    FP just needs to shut up.

    • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Esco swings at a pitch over his head

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        Did he?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        Lol… nah it was more so at his chest… clearly a ball leaving the pitchers hand…

  42. natslive - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    WTF

    • conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Had to be hit & run..

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        On a 3-2 count on a hit and run you don’t swing if is a ball.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Now MW has them running on 3-2 with Harper on-deck. This is why I want Bryce batting 3rd and move Escobar to leadoff while Span is scuffling.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      Escobar doesn’t take enough pitches, imo….

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Silly idea. Come on, Steve.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        Need opps for Bryce to bat with men on base. Need to bat him 3rd.

  44. Danny - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    We are a mess in the past week. Hopefully the tide turns back again.

  45. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    I don’t understand why you dont have Rendon followed by Harper. Escobar has been good but he’s no 3 hitter. I dont get it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      Escobar gets lots of hits up him behind Harper til Zim hits.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    What the hell happened to Escobar?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Tweaked something.

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        Span is a great lead off hitter.MW does not want to hurt Esco feelings.What a joke.Span,Rendon.Harper,ZIM,Esco,Desi,Ramos,MAT and the pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        He is a great leadoff hitter but is scuffling.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        Insult to injury, the pitch was not a strike so he had no business swinging at all.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        It happens.

  47. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    OK Gio!! Settled down nicely.

  48. Danny - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    So Gio decided to get his blowup inning out of the way early it seems

  49. natslive - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    That’s more like it Gio

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Gio imitates Taylor Jordan and can’t get an out to pitch 28.

    Escobar gets injured swing in at ballcreating a double play as well no one for Harper.

    Sometimes things just make no sense.

    However coming into the game stinking is a big problem that McCatty needs to fix.

    Playing from behind is not the way to play.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    There is the feast to the bottom of the order…. hopefully that gets him track and will not nibble against the top/middle….

  52. everendp - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    You’re pathetic

    • everendp - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Disregard. Replied to wrong post.

  53. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Typical Gio craps all over an inning and then suddenly he knows how to pitch. Its getting real old.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    See Mrsb, attack attack to the bottom of the order. That’s the issue I have. He pitches scared to 1st 5 hitters with the nibble garbage and throws pitches that never look like a strike which is a waste of a thrown pitch as it’s an easy take. He threw 3 straight balls to Bryant that were never near the zone and easy takes then he throws a strike and another easy take for Ball 4. Can’t do that.

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    I thought that was going to fall…

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Arrieta throws RZim 95 down the middle that missed it’s spot and Ryan swings and misses. That’s part of the book on Ryan that he can’t catch the big heater. I didn’t even think 95 was a big heater anymore.

    • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      we have the best lineup that can not hit

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      That is the biggest problem . More of our pitcher’s mistakes are hit , than mistakes the other pitcher’s have made are hit by us.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        That pitch had to be parked in the Red Porch.

  57. Danny - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Team is quite the downer right now.

    • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      We suck.Rendon back for 2 innings and we lose Esco.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Then quit watching. Why watch a team that sucks when there are many choices out there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:58 PM

        I don’t get it either MNF

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    RZim with a dangerous throw to lead Gio but a very athletic Web Gem by Gio to get 1st base.

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Yes, FP, he was trying to get the dirt out of his glove. Make it up as you go along, why not.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    A neighborhead play at first.Bryant would have broke his leg had he stepped on first.

    • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Atleast we have Rendon playing where he belongs

    • natslive - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      Yeah Gio was fortunate that Bryant didn’t step on the bag which would have also been Gios leg

      • everendp - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:54 PM

        It appeared as thought Bryant purposely avoided stepping on Gio’s foot. Admirable and fortunate.

  61. Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    So, Span “scuffles” over 3 or 4 games and you want to move him out of the lead off position? Man, come on. That is just not not baseball smart, imho. And I’m being nice. That’s called a knee jerk reaction, imho. Sit tight. Now is not the time to have a chemistry blowup.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      If Span knee is OK HE will be fine.

      The football fans are commenting again the past week.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Agreed.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 5, 2015 at 2:04 AM

      +1

  62. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    We’ll take that.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Glad MAT got on so the line up turns…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Gio forgot how to bunt fair. It’s all about catching the ball with bat.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        MAT bails out Gio.

  64. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    OK MAT.

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    The pitch Span k on would be hard to hit fair, but quite easy to flick foul.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      Yeah, easy to foul off..Like you, or anybody else on here can do it. Oh, yeah, who has a lower “k” ratio on this team? You guys are killing me tonight.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Lobaton knows the pitch coming. You have to extend your mitt out. Another wild pitch with Lobaton.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:02 PM

      It really wasn’t that bad. Block it at your feet.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        Worse case but you also can scoop your mitt under it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:04 PM

        Did you see on the 2-2 pitch to Szczur that Lobaton was already set up for the curveball in the dirt.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Again, come on. You scream for Ramos to get some time off. I agree with you, he needs some. But never have I insinuated that the Loboton was a better catcher. Jose is the backup catcher, and a damn fine one.

        That was a great BH bunt by Espinosa!

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        safe

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        That wasn’t directed at you. A general observation. It’s FP who sings the praises of Lobaton on pitch framing which is good but his overall defense is not good and he has a FanGraphs negative rating as a catcher.

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        What is new york looking at.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:21 PM

        Reruns of Seinfeld because that’s a comedy.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:22 PM

        Flook above I think they are bad intentionally.

        Let me take over. I trust me, I don’t trust New York at all.

        They are simply terribly and unaccountable.

      • everendp - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Did the Nats challenge?

      • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        Yes. Apparently, NY is blind.

      • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        Yes. Apparently, NY is blind.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Yes and New York people are clueless.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        I take FP with a grain of salt. And I’ll give you change for the grain. He’s a color commentator. There are a bunch that are much worse, and he’s a bit of a clown. That said? I probably learn something about baseball from him every game, but Loboton’s framing skill isn’t one of those things.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

        He seems to have run out of things to say at time and embellishes at times and refuses to correct himself. That’s a problem.

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        You need a BP just for Gio.Nearly 100 pitches in 5 innings.

      • Donnie Benth - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        Thank goodness someone else got tootblan-ed for a change

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:40 PM

        Oh, great. There goes word press.

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        2-0 will become 5-0 when the bullpen comes in or sooner.we stink.

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:43 PM

        so what are you watching for?

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        how did span not score

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:58 PM

        The TV guys and the radio guys agreed with Henley holding him up. A runner on 3rd with one out is not a bad situation with Espi and Harper coming up.

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM

        these umps suck

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:04 PM

        we can not catch a break

      • Donnie Benth - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:06 PM

        This game can be very humbling

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        A break is ump screwing in our favor.

        I just want accurate calls. Not made up lies by Rob Drake.

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        a break is when you smash the ball and Rizzo grabs it.thats a bad break

      • rlndtln - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        I guess when you are successful bunting and playing small ball you swing

      • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        +1

      • donniebenth - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:24 PM

        I hate replays in every sport. If replays were infallible, then ok, maybe. But they aren’t. Just play the darn game and let umps/officials/refs call the game.

        Fallen, fallible humans we are. Embrace it!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        But if you are going to have it then be right. Often they are not and there is no excuse. Watch what happens and call it right.

        If you can’t do it find some one who can.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        I agree with you. This whole replay, pitch track, fast cast crap is changing the game in an overall negative way for this old man.

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Air dead tonight.

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Matt Szczur batting .188. Need to K this guy.

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Ghost I was at work the first batters. What was Bio’s problem the first 28 pitches

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Where are you Schu remind them low cutters will rarely end up in the zone, so lay off it.

  71. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Whats Arieta’s era again?

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Nice bunt by Espi

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    The braintrust at the Oreos traded away Arrieta with 4 years of team control remaining with Pedro Strop to the Cubs for Steve Clevenger and Scott Feldman. How did that trade work out? Feldman left immediately for Free Agency and Clevenger has been bounced up and down between the Minors and Majors.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    With a 2-0 count drive a strike.

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    I hate swinging on 2-0 and 3-0 counts…

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    What happened to the comments?

  77. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    No challenge…whos looking at those replays?

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    The tag was on the off leg, making him safe, but NY basically hate reversing things so we don’t bother to challenge.

    I would love Ro sit in the replay room. I could do a lit better than the ones there do.

  79. nattygoats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    MW runs us out of another inning. Zimm 219 average remains in tact. For now

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Idk how that wasn’t overturned…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      Ridiculous. There is no neighborhood play on these anymore where the throw beats the runner. Someone in NY has to be fired. Not even close.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    In the old day, Espinosa is out. In today’s game, he’s safe except for NY has lost their mind. Clearly safe.

    • natslive - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      Agree with FP on this one – just don’t get it

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    As I said the umps in New York are not only bad, I am beginning they are intentionally bad.

    Not against the Nats. Against baseball integrity.

    I see more terrible calls not overturned.

    What is the point of replay? Get rid of it orbket me take over.

  83. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Good job New York. That was not even close. Fail.

  84. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Yikes! Nats are in a funk and getting no breaks. Gotta suck it up and grab this game back. GYFNG!

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Another #LoW for Gio. Ahead 1-2 and walks him. That can’t happen Gio.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Why wasn’t Fowler thrown out there? Another joke. Escobar said less last week.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    We are playing poorly, but that is no excuse for the umps on the field, and really no excuse in NY.

    Let me sit with Torre and ask him why he was out.

    Almost never is there is not evidence word true. There is tons of evidence.

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Can’t blame Span on that read. Big swing by Bryant and falls in. Nats getting few breaks tonight in their favor. None from the umps.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      They haven’t ben getting the breaks for a while.. maybe Jayson needs to come and have a chat with them…. idk.

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Good pick by Desi. Lousy throw by Espi.

  90. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    I wish bob and fp would be more like the SNY team. Tell like it is and stop making excuses for every little thing.

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Thank you Cubs

  92. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Take that Russel!!

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Great play RZim. Perfect throw. Take note Danny.

  94. Joe Seamhead - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Nice routine catch and tag by Jose!

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Cubs had tape on that from last game Lobaton caught that he would throw down to 2nd but Gio reacts quickly and RZim didn’t bite.

    That’s what FP meant to say.

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Wow the reply button is not working as things are way out of order.

    Hey ghost no the best part of this game is?

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Did Ryan strike out?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Ugh, yes. A front door slider that did nothing. RZim didn’t pick it up.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:45 PM

        Was watching the bball game… I figured he was going to SO so I didn’t watch. ..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM

        LMAO. And you were right.

  98. ogremj - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    I wonder if we can score any runs tonight….

  99. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Zimmerman called strike right down the middle or double plays. Its been ugly.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Our hitters for the most part look like they are having a hard time seeing the pitch.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Nats can’t seem to buy runs now a days… this is kinda depressing…

  102. adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Our hitters for the most part look like they are having a hard time seeing the pitch.

    Agreed. I gotta say, Arieta has great stuff tonight — excellent control, wicked curves, mixing it up really well. (E.g., Span’s K, it looked like (as FP suggested) he just couldn’t pick up that pitch well).

  103. adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    You need a BP just for Gio.Nearly 100 pitches in 5 innings.

    Yup — he’ll never make it out of the 6th.

    Oh, wait . . .

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    RISP THIS HOME STAND

    NATS 3 for 22

    Opponents 9 for 26.

    No surprise was are having problems. We haven’t hit well and opponents have.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Why does Gio always seems to have one inning that stinks up the game?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      Can you ask him.

    • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      Why does Gio always seems to have one inning that stinks up the game?

      And making it harder — a two hour delay.

      What’s weird is this: Gio had only allowed 1 run *all year* in the first inning prior to tonight (his ugly inning is usually 3, 4, or 5)

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Nats need to piece together several hits here.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    When is word press going to be fixed?

  108. adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Gio — 6 IP, 2 R. Overall, a decent outing. You can’t fault a starting pitcher for throwing a game that’s at ERA 3.00 (NL overall average is 4.10)

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Not even close on Tyler Moore. Come on Blue. Stop handing the game over.

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Nice hit by Span. Maybe that gets him going. He waited on that nicely.

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Come on… start a rally…. lets plate a few here…

  112. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Come on..go for it!

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    I hate home plate umpires through out the major leagues. It should not be hard to tell a ball and a strike. This guys is no worse than any other ump, they all are inconsistent . Give them training or get the laser strike zone. There choice.

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Great time to hit & run but that’s fine. A double.

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    This looks like vintage Nats…. why did he STOP HIM!?!?!?

  116. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    My goodness, I thought that was a triple.

  117. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    He re we go

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    TONY TWO-BAGS is back!!!!

  119. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Tony 2 bags

  120. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Espi with one of his biggest at-bats of the season.

  121. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Come on Bryce you are due.

  122. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Oh lord Bryce…. PLEASE NO DOUBLE PLAY…

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    I cant believe people really think baseball is boring…

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    One of the biggest at-bats of the season for Bryce.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Ryan is coming up…. whelp…. ok

  126. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    OK, that’s one!

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    FP, he can’t challenge. No challenges left.

  128. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    We have no challenged we used it. Safe easily

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    OMG… HE WAS SAFE!!!!!!

  130. adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Replays showed that Bryce was safe by a mile!!!!

    WTF!

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    One of the biggest at-bats of the year for Desi.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM

      Someone check Natsjack blood pressure…..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:04 PM

        Ian killed that ball and Rizzo just ripped that . Wow just wow.

  132. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    RYAN GOT ON BASE…

    DESI IS AT BAT…. WHELP… ok.

  133. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    And hes safe. Wow no break going the nats way.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      The umps are killing us and we are playing bad enough as is.

      No use to have replay if you refuse fix errors. I have no faith in umpires in NY for sure. They simply refuse to do their job.

      • exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        The whole challenge thing is stupid. There should 5th umpire watching the game and telling his buddy umpires..you messed up. Call overturned

  134. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    NY bad call cost us badly.

    That us two damn errors by the ump.

    Then we get hit by a pitch.

    We playing bad and umps are killing us ( I don’t want to say cheat, but what other word can I used)

  135. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    3 bad calls by the umps in the Cubs favor.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      The word my dad used when is really one sided is corrupt. I hate that word, but something is wrong with this umping crew.

      Drake must be blind.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:08 PM

        It all starts with the fact NY didn’t reverse the Espi steal of 2nd. Then MW would have had the challenge of the Bryce infield single.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM

        How NY not see that? If is not corruption protecting their brothers?

        How Dow Rob Drake miss an easy one. That right he gates Bryce Harper and screw every time he can.

        It fairly simple to see.

        Then I believe that the Kennedy assissnation had more than one person involved

  136. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Cubs/umpire 2 nats 1

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      +1

  137. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Bases loaded…. 1 run….

    Sigh

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      The umpires screwed us. That was not the batters fault.

      Of course no one makes the umpires be accountable.

  138. Donnie Benth - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Gawd this game is frustrating

  139. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    God, Nats are getting robbed. By the umps and web gems. Come on bullpen- we need the hold!

  140. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Think about the reprecussions of the missed replay call. If it was overturned properly, MW would have another challenge and then Bryce would’ve been on with 1 out and bases loaded. The RZim at-bat who knows what happens.

  141. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Someone choke a chicken… burn some sage… throw salt over their shoulder… walk backwards… we need to do our part to get this bad juju off the Nats..

    • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:13 PM

      Right?! Lots of bad juju. If I only had an umpire voodoo doll.

    • conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:13 PM

      OK MsB, I have no sage, but I’ll burn something… I do live in Colorado😎

      • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        Huh…..me too.

      • conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM

        Need to get together in August at Coors Field when Nats are In town.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        Bwahahahahahahahahahahahah…… I cant stop laughing….

      • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        I’ll hopefully be at all 3, so.

  142. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    I want MASM Dan or Mark to sit down and Rob Drake how in the help he called Harper out when it wasn’t even close.

    The press needs to apply pressure because no one else does.

    The press is all over the player, I say be all over the umpires too.

    • exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      Never gonna happen. The umpires are protected like none other.

      • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        I’m sure Drake will catch some grief from it from Torre and/or his office. It’s won’t go unnoticed. (But it won’t be public either).

  143. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Blue just missed that 0-1 call on Baxter. That’s been a strike all night.

  144. veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Treinen has the goods. It’s an enigma how he gets pounded so often.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      Some of it is unlucky BABIP and some of it he nibbles and does himself in. When he attacks, he thrives.

    • adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      I *think* it’s because sometimes his pitches have speed and movement, and sometimes they have speed but are flat.

      • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM

        Dunno. Maybe he’s predictable? I mean, his stuff is closer electric, imo. I just don’t get it.

  145. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Trainan should pitch like that more often.

  146. adcwonk - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    On a bad night, plenty of folks here ask: “What they heck do they see in Treinen”.

    Answer: they see things like the 7th inning of this game.

  147. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Blake Treinen with a 1-2-3 where he just attacked the strike zone. If he can trust his stuff and the movement on his pitches he will dominate. No reason to nibble when you have stuff like that.

  148. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Come on Blake. You can do it…keep doing it and stop the bad outings

  149. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Rob Drake umpiring 1st and he stuck it to Bryce once again.

  150. texnat1 - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Flat out crooked umpiring tonight. I’d like to see Williams get tossed in dramatic fashion on nights like tonight.

    You can’t convince me that first base call on Harper was an accident.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      Absolutely wasn’t Drake hates Harper

  151. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    #LoW by the Cubs. Make them pay #Nats

  152. thecynicin408 - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    I know that it’s irrational to believe the umps (and the replay officials) are conspiring agains the Nats, but it sure seems that way. Likely it is just that the bad calls that go against DC (like the 3 ball walk, Espy being ruled out at 2nd and the call being upheld, Bryce called out, etc.) stick in my memory and I just accept the ones that favor us as our just desserts. But it sure feels as though we don’t get our share of the calls. It would have been nice to take tie or take the lead last inning to give Gio a shot at a W.

    Let’s overcome it and render it moot, guys. Treinen started out ok and Lobaton starts the bottom of the 7th with a walk. Come on, MAT!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      The umps are bad all over. I watch a lot if games and see pathetic umping all around.

      It won’t change until someone in the press calls them on it and does an expose chronically all this.

      None have the guts.

      • thecynicin408 - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:30 PM

        You’re likely right both about it being common and that nothing will be done. I watch a fair amount of college baseball and the umps there can be brutally bad.

        I do wish we had an edit function so I could correct “just desserts” to “just deserts.”

        I thought we were in business here with two on and no outs. But neither Uggla nor Span even managed a productive out. Drats.

        Putting a lot on Anthony in his first game back.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      I absolutely agree…. I posted something similar earlier but it got lost on wordpress…

  153. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    MAT has to do something big here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:19 PM

      Speed kills.

    • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      he did?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        Sure, he was safe. Wasn’t a great bunt but it goes in the book as a single.

  154. veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Shocking they didn’t call Taylor out.

  155. janebeard - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Joe West is a creep.

    Michael A TAYLOR on the other hand, is awesome.

  156. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Why wouldn’t you use JZim in that spot if you were commited to the bunt?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      I was typing that up see below.

  157. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    What was that..cant bunt than a popup. They need a speedster on the bench.

  158. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    MW if you wanted to bunt why was Scherzer or JZim not up bunting instead of Uggla.

    Most of the game bad breaks, but that one is on MW a terrible decision.

  159. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    That is 2 crappy at bats with a man on second. Two foul outs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      I wouldn’t have had Uggla bunting there. 2 strike count and a tough hole to dig out of.

  160. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Easy to say this is Rendon’s biggest at-bat of the season.

  161. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Come on let’s get some 2 out magic….

    Really concerning the lack of offense…

  162. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Disappointing that we don’t make the lead off walk hurt…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Each of three batters fell behind in the count and it is hard to bat behind in the count (that is negative of taking strike 1, its is usually the pitch most hittable, and then you waste it by letting it go) I am all for taking a strike 1 if not a fast ball.

  163. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Again no hits with RISP 3 FOR 26 THIS HOMESTAND.

    FP’S REPORT WAS IFF fastball at 91. They were 4 at 97 or 98. Rendon swung like I
    He thought it would be 91.

  164. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Cubs are burning up the BP. We can win this ! Come on Matt. We need the Hold!

  165. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Fwiw. .. I would have left BT out there for the 8th…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      Couldn’t have bunted worse than Uggla

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:40 PM

      He was pinch-hit for.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        Yes I know… I would have had him bunt instead of auggla…

        WordPress has timed out a few times that I’ve tried to post… so my comments get posted then lost….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:43 PM

        I implied that with my Uggla comment.

  166. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    How come its to much to ask each BP Guy to his job. Seems lately they turns screwing up.

  167. veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Please be good Barrett

    • veejh - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:44 PM

      yesssssssssssssssss

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        Now get some damn hits that the umps can’t cheat from us.

  168. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Great play by Desi, Espi and Zim

  169. conatsguy - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    OK boys. Let’s do this!

  170. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Safe again

  171. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    OK, Espinosa was out by an eyelash. Drake got one right.

    Now we need a blast by Harper.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      I’m still waiting for the make up call…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:53 PM

        Since the Cubs still have a challenge, there won’t be a makeup call and that’s what stinks. 3 awful calls tonight.

  172. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    I frame out actually but we are owed big time, so time for make up calls.

    Works in basketball.

  173. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    A 4 pitch pitch-around on Harper. Can RZim deliver a clutch hit here. Nats need this in a big way.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      I flipped to watch the end of the bball game…

      That says it all..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        Who do you want in the Finals?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        Well since the wiz kids didn’t make it… im going for GSW… thought and still think the Hawks are frauds…. they lucky as hell Wall got injured…

        Hoping Steph and co win it all. Huge fan of Draymond Green… still pissed with our dumb GM for drafting the European kid in the 2nd round who hasn’t played and probably won’t ever play for the wiz (satanorsky) and didnt draft Draymond….

  174. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    I’m fine with an oppo boppo HR from Ryan here….

  175. exposremains - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Of course..you throw around Harper to face Rzim

  176. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Ryan is KILLING US…. DAYUM…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:51 PM

      And so is Desi…. good lord…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        Desi with bases loaded smashed that ball that Rizzo caught so credit to him there. Not a good at-bat vs Strop. Ryan has not been able to make the Cubs pay. Difference between the Cubs #4 and the Nats #4.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:57 PM

        Both are just killing us but these at bats were both had. Zim’s first pitch was smasable and he kept it go. Second was cutting and his chance of a hit low. Chance for the first pitch much higher.

        Desi swings at first pitch which was a curve. Terrible choice.

        First pitches that are not fast balls over the middle let them go. Fastballs over the middle drill them.

        I know it goes against you high count theory, but especially late game the count is no longer an issue.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

        Smashing the ball 3 feet higher is at least 2 maybe 3 runs. Am asking it right at him got us nothing.

  177. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Once again, Harper on 1st and stranded.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      I mean do you blame the cubs..
      Why pitch to harper when there are 2 outs right behind him…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:57 PM

        Absolutely what you have to do.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:58 PM

        As I said last week until Zim hits I would walk him every time. Zim really needs to straighten his act up. This is getting old fast.

  178. manassasnatsfan - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    RZim is killing us. People seem on base a lot in front if him and he is not executing worth a lick .

    Occasionally he us, but this getting to the 1/3 and he is barely over the Mendoza line, there is a situation he needs to fix.

  179. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Rondon can be had. Be patient and wait for a pitch in your zone.

  180. conatsguy - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Wow, Barrett did it.

    Bottom of the lineup has to step up. GYFNG!

  181. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Come on… 1 of my favy episodes of Golden Girls is coming on… but I will gladly not watch it to watch us walk off here….

    Be patient…

  182. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    The balls are dying in the air. Line drives only

  183. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    MAT comes through. Love it.

  184. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Maybe Clint finally hits his first HR?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      You beat me to it!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:09 AM

      I think that 3-0 pitch was the HR pitch. He’s thinking there’s no way CRob will swing at it. Darn. How great would that had been.

  185. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Can Clint Robinson hit the 1st HR of his career? Make Mike Rizzo smart.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:10 AM

      Span single please

  186. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    3-0 count and you can’t square it up?

    At least a walk.

    Now RISP again

  187. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Come on Denard… PLEASE…. DO NOT ROLL IT OVER…

  188. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    I cant watch… please tell me what happens..

  189. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Denard needs a hit down the RF line. Let’s do it DSpan!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:12 AM

      Hit it the right direction just to high.

  190. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Damn it I said line drives only.

  191. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:12 AM

    If Rendon wins this game on a Tony 2 bagger, I’ll lose my sheet.

  192. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Rendon—-Right Man, Right Time!!!!

  193. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Ohhh… think Anthony just missed that one…

  194. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    WHERE TGE HELL WAS HE IS GOING.

  195. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    You’ve gotta be kidding me… YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME

  196. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    That pretty much is as anticlimactic as is gets.

  197. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    No challenges left. The story of the night.

  198. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    What a stupid a×× way to end the game…. that is just terrible…

  199. thewerthwhisperer - Jun 5, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Ode to the Lerners
    (Written on the red line to friendship heights from the game)

    Two hours of rain delay
    8:55 first pitch….hooray!
    11pm 2-1, good game
    But gotta catch the last metro
    11:20, darn shame
    Now it’s midnight
    At home in bed
    Robinson picked off first
    I bleed Nats red.

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