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Game 55: Cubs at Nats

Jun 5, 2015, 3:48 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals are in a funk right now, of that there’s no doubt. They’ve lost six of their last seven games, and their once-productive lineup has gone silent, averaging a mere 2.3 runs and 6.9 hits per game since May 20. And because of all that, they found themselves this morning in second place in the NL East for the first time since May 17, trailing the Mets by 1/2-game.

They’ll try to get back on track tonight when Tanner Roark takes the mound to face the same Cubs club he beat last week at Wrigley Field. After going five innings and 66 pitches in that start and then six innings and 92 pitches Sunday in Cincinnati, he should be good to crack the 100-pitch mark if needed tonight.

New-look lineup for the Nats tonight. Yunel Escobar is out after hurting his wrist last night. Ryan Zimmerman his second, with Beyce Harper third and Anthony Rendon fourth. Updates to come…

CHICAGO CUBS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (29-25)
CF Denard Span
1B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Tanner Roark

CUBS (28-24)
CF Dexter Fowler
1B Anthony Rizzo
3B Kris Bryant
C Miguel Montero
RF Junior Lake
SS Starlin Castro
LF Chris Coghlan
LHP Tsuyoshi Wada
2B Addison Russell

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

7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway. The skies are still gray here, but there’s a little blue peeking through. And there’s no threat of rain for the first time all week as Tanner Roark fires strike one to Dexter Fowler.

7:18 p.m. — Boy, Roark has turned things up a notch this season, hasn’t he? He completed a 1-2-3 top of the first by striking out Kris Bryant looking at a 96-mph fastball that had serious tail on it. Looked like a 2-seamer, a pitch Roark used to throw in the 91-93 mph range. Really impressive. The Nats’ new-look lineup got its first test in the bottom of the inning, and it didn’t pass. Ryan Zimmerman, batting second now, popped out. Bryce Harper drew a 2-out walk, setting the stage for Anthony Rendon. But Rendon got caught looking at a slider from Tsuyoshi Wada on the outside corner. Scoreless after one.

7:39 p.m. — You know, it’s funny how things work out sometimes. Danny Espinosa was going to be the odd man out of the Nats lineup with Anthony Rendon healthy at last. Except Espinosa is back in the lineup tonight because of Yunel Escobar’s injured wrist. And it’s a good thing, too, because he just clobbered a 3-run homer OVER the left-field bullpen. Yes, OVER. That was a big-boy home run, Espinosa’s seventh of the season. And in one swing, he managed to outproduce the entire Nats lineup from the last 24 innings. Not bad. It’s 3-0 Nats after two.

7:54 p.m. — The good: Roark has retired all nine batters faced so far, four of them via strikeout. The bad: The Nats managed to get a leadoff single by Zimmerman and a drive off the right-field wall by Harper, yet didn’t score. That’s because Bob Henley threw up a late stop sign for Zimmerman at third base, and Harper didn’t see it and got caught in no-man’s land, giving himself up to be tagged out. Ugly, ugly play there. And it was costlier because the Nats still couldn’t drive in Zimmerman after that. So it remains 3-0 after three.

8:25 p.m. — Man, what a wild fourth inning we just had here. It began with Anthony Rizzo crushing a ball of the facade of the second deck in right field for the Cubs’ first hit (and run) off Roark. It included a great play by Michael Taylor to take Bryant’s drive off the left field wall and fire it to second base to nail Bryant (a play that left Espinosa banged up, though he managed to stay in the game somehow). Then came the bottom of the fourth, which included Espinosa sending a ball into the left field corner and Chris Coghlan pulling a Justin Upton. That is, throwing his hands up and claiming the ball is stuck in the gap between the wall padding and warning track. That prevented Desmond from scoring from first and brought up bad memories of the Upton play on Opening Day here a couple years ago. No matter, though, because the Nats made up for it with RBI from Taylor and Span. They had a chance to completely blow this game open when Wada intentionally walked Harper to load the bases (and then get yanked from the game in favor of Edwin Jackson). Our old pal Edwin, relegated to mop-up work these days, managed to get Rendon to pop out and end the inning. So it’s 5-1 Nats after four.

8:44 p.m. — Roark, meanwhile, is just cruising along tonight. He’s through five innings of 1-run ball, going right after the Cubs hitters. He’s back out for the with the Nats leading 5-1.

9:08 p.m. — So much for Roark cruising. He got roughed up during the sixth, serving up homers to Rizzo (his second of the night) and Montero. That last one ended his night and brought Aaron Barrett in from the bullpen. It’s 5-4 Nats after six.

9:27 p.m. — Nice inning of relief from Casey Janssen, who has looked much better since that awful appearance in Cincinnati last weekend. And the Nats added a big insurance run when Wilson Ramos doubled to right-center to score Anthony Rendon. So it’s 6-4 Nats as Blake Treinen enters for a big eighth inning against the top of the Cubs lineup.

9:34 p.m. — Impressive job by Treinen, who struck out Fowler and Bryant in the eighth. Even more impressive job by Span, who leaped high at the wall in front of the Red Porch to rob Rizzo of at least a double and bring the crowd of 36,124 to its feet. That kept this a 6-4 game heading to the bottom of the eighth, as Drew Storen begins to warm.

9:51 p.m. — Another insurance run as Dan Uggla makes the most of a rare at-bat to double down the third-base line and score Michael Taylor. So it’s 7-4 now as Storen enters for the ninth.

10:03 p.m. — And that’s your ballgame. Storen locks down his 18th save in 19 tries (though not before allowing one run) and the Nats get a much-needed 7-5 win.

224 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. TimDz - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Rob Drake behind the dish tonight…
    God help us….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      I bet Wada gets more gifts than Roark.

  2. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Anthony batting 4th. OK.

    Why Zim second?

    • Doc - Jun 5, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      MW has some ‘splaining to do!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      That’s the spot where you expect he will see better pitches batting before Harp. He saw a true meatball last night and swung through it. Can’t get much easier than that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      Who you asking?

      • unkyd59 - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:10 PM

        Who is who asking…?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        The original note was removed as it was totally inappropriate.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:32 PM

        Uh oh, what now.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        ?

      • scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM

        Bs- he scores easy

      • scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:18 PM

        Stop reporting Swm – screws up order.

        Btw – let’s do a nats insider night at local sports bar like we did in 2012

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:26 PM

        I can organize something local…oh wait, you mean in DC?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        +1

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        Awful pitch. Quite a difference between No. 2 hitters tonight.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        Barrett got his wild pitch out of the way.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        Hope Taylor was watching Rendon’s turn at third.

      • scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        Lol – what’s local Oregon?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        I wait til the end of the night and I do it

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    GYFNG!

    • senators69 - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      Nice article today on Bryce on Grantland: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2015-mlb-bryce-harper-historic-hot-streak/

      BTW: A older sports editor I know has repeatedly said that Harper reminds him of Mantle. Says that it is possible that Bryce’s current “hot streak” cools off only somewhat — ie, that he has developed into being one of the top 3-5 position players in baseball for the foreseeable future.

      • soonernat - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM

        Who would have thought that the top 2 streaks of 50 plate appearances would both be from Washington?!? I remember Frank Howard’s 1968 season. I believe they painted several seats in the outfield upper deck because of his homeruns that year.

        I have said before that we are watching something special with Bryce Harper. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

  4. Doc - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Ben Zorbist??? Huh???

    The guy’s hitting .222 in a hitters’ league!

    Say it ain’t so Rizzo!!!

    • nats128 - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      Hes not having a good year. Discussing that earlier today.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      ?

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Let’s try this again, boys. Go, Ro-ark! Go, NATS!!

  6. npb99 - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    A lot of posters complained in the past that MW was too stubborn to tinker with his lineup. Now it seems like he’s shuffling the order several times a week.

    • jd - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:41 PM

      That’s what happens when players get hurt and other players come back from injury.

      At the end of the day its playing musical chairs. If the players hit the order will have minimal effect.

      I think it’s a bad idea to have your best hitter placed in the order where he’s more likely to come up with the bases open.

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

        Something had to give and hopefully RZim gets his .276 OBP up.

        I know you’re opposed to Bryce in the 3 hole but MW had to shuffle the deck. I’m concerned that Span gets on base and RZim has been a big GIDP batter.

        I sometimes feel that moves like this put “I” over “Team”. By stats RZim needs to be back in the order but hopefully the baseball gods align and get RZim back on track as the conspiracy theories of what’s wrong with him grow loud amidst a deep funk.

      • nats128 - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        Why is there this much coddling. Most teams are put up or shut up. To give RZ the 2 hole defies all logic of a spot where you want a high OBP guy with speed.

        Since when is .276 a high OBP guy.

        Like you I hope he does great!

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:26 PM

        Really! Why doesn’t MW just leave the 2 hole empty? He clearly doesn’t have any player who deserves it!!

  7. tcostant - Jun 5, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Tanner goes eight to avoid the worst of the pen!

  8. Dorothy LaRussoi - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Lineup makes no sense. Span and Rendon have been successful since last year. Zim and Desi are the weak links.

  9. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    Hopefully the revised lineup results in lots of runs.

  10. nattygoats - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I think it’s a good lineup and I expect a lot of runs. Tonight’s the night. It’s gonna be alright.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 6:20 PM

      We agree

  11. nattygoats - Jun 5, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Hey Mark thanks for the tweet on Zimm pitching Sunday. I am definitely going now.

  12. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 5, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Too many players deserve to hit lower in the order. There are at least four that deserve to hit 7-8 and, if I recall, only two numbers in that range.

  13. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 5, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Much of the day-to-day lineup these days is the triumph of hope over experience.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      It is. I like RZim’s chances vs this lefty.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:19 PM

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Good job Roark. He didn’t give in to Montero who started the inning in a 3 ball count.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    2 good ABs in a row by Ramos and Desmond

  17. natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Need to get these 2 runs in

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Ramos needs to take a big lead against a lefty

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    GI was listening to inning 1on the radio. Charlie acted shock Rendon was rung up. How did it look to the audience here.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Espi

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Right-handed Danny Espinosa got some 3 run HR with RISP

  22. natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Way to go Danny!

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Put 3 hits together that inning!!!!

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    People still don’t think you find a way to get Espi into LF when Esco is ready again?

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:43 PM

      I have heard that the Zobrist deal is more than a rumor.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:45 PM

        It’s definitely for real. It will be a large package if it happens

  25. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    What is the official “diagnosis” on Escobar, if it means anything?

  26. natsjackinfl - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    I guess we can classify the Brett Mooneyham draft pick as a total waste. Nats finally cut him loose today.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Tack on some now boys.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Bryce has an easy triple and somehow Ryan is standing on 3rd. That can’t happen. If Ryan can’t run and score on that he should be on the bench. Unreal.

    • lphboston - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      This is one of the least-intelligent baseball teams I have ever seen.
      Stupid cubed.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:57 PM

        In this case the coach had a brain fart. That ball went 90 feet, why would he hold him up.

      • richardp6 - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        I agree. I’ve seen little league teams run the bases better than these guys. These gaffes will kill them in the playoffs.

    • natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Boy that fell apart quickly……agree that’s on Ryan and Henley not Bryce

      • natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:56 PM

        Course Bryce isn’t interested in a rundown FP……….he knows Ryan isn’t going anywhere….sounded to me like excuses for Zimmerman….. We need more runs….oops Rizzo just homered

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        Wrong. Totally on Bryce. You are the trail runner. It’s your job to pick up the 3rd base coach as you approach 2nd.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      I’m at the park. Zim was jogging because he thought Bryce’s hit was a HR. Then he realized it wasn’t. Then Henley holds him. Just one good after another. Dumb ass baseball continues.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        Thank you for being our eyes. That explains it. I thought it was upper deck but you don’t assume on the basepaths.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:04 PM

        Then Zim has a brain fart you run hard until it is over the fence.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      Third base coach is crazy. That ball bounced 90 feet off the wall. Easiest triple Harper will get.

      Another brain fart just like Clint.

      We cannot have brain farts.

    • natsdial8 - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      Z should have run thru the stupid stop sign he almost broke his leg trying to stop

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    What the hell Zim that ball bounced so far away, that an easy triple. No way he should have held up. That was terrible coaching and base running.

    Cost us at least one run.

    The third base coach is at fault. No way Zim was going to be thrown out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      No too sure about Ryan makes it home based on the replay I saw. Ramos went 1st to 3rd on Desi’s double. Are you telling me RZim can’t score easily on that? Based on what I saw, nope.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        Well if he had run to begin with he would’ve made it. He was lolly gagging until he rounded 2B

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        FP and Bob had it called wrong. They said he had a problem running.

      • natsdial8 - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        What do you expect from FP ?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        Yep, makes it up as he goes along. Disappointing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      Go anyway Harper was coming. Given a choice he is the one I want on third not Zim.

      But why Zim held in the first place that boll rolled forever.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM

        Agreed. Thought the same that I would want Bryce’s speed at 3rd. Think what that inning would have been.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Not watching and just got c and D on…. what happened with Zimm and harp on the base paths?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      The ball is clobbered it ricochets 90 to 100 feet away. No way it was going to be caught. An easy triple. Handley like an idiot holds Zim at third when he would have easily score. Never dawned on Harper that Zim would be on third. He was in no man’s land.

      Have no clue what Hensley was doing.

      That was all on him.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    The umps owe us big time. Did his fingers stay on the base?

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Joe Maddon is out of challenges. I guess there was no other view available. Nice throw Taylor and great hustle to the ball MAT.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      +2 on Baby Taylor! Great play. One of the best I’ve seen in LF in this park.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:11 PM

        He hustled to it and got to the correct spot and threw a strike.

        Very impressed.

  33. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Espi’s left arm did not look like it ended in a good place on that tag. REALLY hope he’s OK. Would be so sad for him if he sustained any kind of serious injury there.

    Great throw by MAT.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      Well, I guess he still has his swing!

      Weak sauce on the GRD.

  34. natsdial8 - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    FP trying to say maybe Espi got spiked in head. How can an announcer be so bad?

  35. donkort - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    I’m wondering if Harper should have forced a rundown.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM

      He should have gone to third anyway and have Zim be the one out.

    • adcwonk - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      Cubs sportswriter sate giving Harper crap for that.

      As I didn’t see it, I have no idea if it’s deserved

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        In retrospect, you could blame various folks (as is being done here). And you can understand why Bryce Harper was running hard…but as the tail runner he has a responsibility to watch the runner in front of him. And he didn’t.

      • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        At the end of the day, I agree. Zim probably cost us a run, but Harper lost us the out.

  36. natsdial8 - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Henley hasn’t impressed in two years .

  37. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    We’ve seen this movie before. Maybe they should raise that pad 1 inch to avoid this b.s. in the future?

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      +1 to that!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Too logical.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Good job ump. If they did that on Opening Day for Desi it would have been a HR as it wasn’t lodged. That was lodged for sure.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      nice job MAT

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      +1. Proper call.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      I totally disagree…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:18 PM

        What are you disagreeing with? The ball was lodged and the ump sprinted out there to confirm which they never did on the Opening Day play.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:42 PM

        That was by the book the rule. My problem is either have the padding go 6 inches higher or 1. 5 inches lower.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      +1, but still weak sauce that it got wedged 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        The ump tugged on it. For some reason that part of the padding was on slightly crooked. Wasn’t the case on Opening Day back when.

      • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        Yeah, and while he didn’t have too much trouble dislodging it, the extra time matters during a play. I agree with the call.

        Going out there to check is maybe the second time tonight the umps repaid a debt to us 😉

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Efffff. This. Officiating. Crew.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Third straight inning of a single double to start an inning

  41. natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Way to go Taylor

  42. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    BIG hit from Roark. Hopefully, the run follows.

  43. scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Ok u Taylor haters. This guy is learning. He’s too good for AAA – he’s progressing b4 our eyes. Guys gonna be great

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:17 PM

      I’ve only seen 2 Taylor haters who have called him AAAA. Much more comfortable in LF. Baserunning needs work. Batting is a mixed bag. Not sure he will be great until he can hit consistently.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:17 PM

      He is a work in progress. Playing everyday will help him.

    • conatsguy - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

      Ill tell ya, he’s got an arm!

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Come on Span tack on.

    • veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      yessssssss

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Come on Nats. Take it to them and snap some necks.

  46. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Keep that line moving!

  47. natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Denard!

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Nice on Span. Now Zim make up for your pitiful running last time.

  49. Tyler Babip - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    All right! This is more like it.

  50. scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    As MNF would say. Keep the line moving

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      I almost said it.

      EJAX remind us why we never loved you.

  51. natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Come on Ryan – make up for that baserunning

  52. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    productive out from Zim. Baby steps

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      More like robbery by the Cubs, imo. Inches from an RBI single.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Ok Rendon make them pay.

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Playing every day has helped MAT… im still hopeful that the Nats can still re-sign Span and Taylor and Werth do the transition etc.

    • natsdial8 - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:25 PM

      Yes it has but about every third he may cost us a game . On the job training has risks .

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:39 PM

        Correct, but I believe he will get better and better.

  55. natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Make them pay Anthony

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:26 PM

      Not yet. He is the only one not to have either a hit or RBI.

      HE WILL CATCH ON.

      If not lot more Harper walks. However I have confidence in Rendon than Zim.

  56. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    I have a real good feeling about EJax coming in here.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    I didn’t like the 0-2 pitches to Lake. You’re getting the high strike. Needed the reachback fastball up there. Dig Tanner. Let’s go.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      There it is for out #2.

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Shocked that Maddon goes to a PH in the 5th with 2 outs.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      I guess runner in scoring position had him do that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:38 PM

        Not smart IMHO and it didn’t work.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:47 PM

        Didn’work, but I understand it. Travis Wood pitched wellin the 5th.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Roark good for 1 more inning. Have whoever you plan to pitch the 7th start stretching at the beginning of the 6th unless we tack a few more on.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      +1, he looked gassed.

    • senators69 - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      Gotta love Tanner. He’s a Swiss Army knife of pitchers. Anything you ask him to do, her generally does an excellent job!

      Most valuable Nats pitchers this year: Scherzer, JZ, Storen, Roark.

  60. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Desi’s hitting .303 at home??? Wow.

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    After looking great and aggressive the first 4 innings our batters just couldn’t do it a 4th inning in a row.

    Maybe the 6th inning .

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Rendon robs Russell. Russell has done that often to us.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Web Gem to Anthony Rendon.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Time to get the bullpen going.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      I said have them stretching before the 6th started.

      How can MW see what we all know.

      As Fowler got a hit I planned to pull, but because MW was not prepared he couldn’t do it.

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    We need a double play not a homer damn it

  66. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Ugh. MW, we told you man! 😉

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      I certainly did.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      Oh, NOW you dig deep, eh Tanner? 😉 GREAT job against Bryant!!!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:58 PM

        Unfortunately MW wouldn’t let him finish on a high note, instead he let him finish on a bad note.

        Terrible managing.

        Let the bullpen be the problem, not the starter.

        Simply bad management

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Roark just turned a great start into a lousy one. Awful 3-2 pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      What the hell is MW waiting for.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:57 PM

        Not a clue. I thought for sure he was going to pull him after Bryant. I’m just watching a different game.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        I pulled him after Fowler, and surely after Bryant. He just isn’t watching the same game.

        Still can’t believe EJax stopped our rally. When pitching for us he would have given up a hut in that situation.

  68. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Ooooooof

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Now you pissed a 4 run lead away to 1.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      All on MW. WE all saw it coming. How could he miss it?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        As obvious as Taylor Jordan when he relieved Strasburg.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:12 PM

        Who pitches the 8th? I guess matchup baseball.

  70. scnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    I feel for MW because the bullpen has been spotty but everyone saw Roark was toast. This one is on him.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      +1 on both points.

      The execllent Bryant K probably earned him one more batter, unfortunately.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      It was obvious to everyone but him. I thought his second year he would figure this out but still hasn’t.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:12 PM

        That’s just a stupid comment. Even Matt knew he was gassed and asked for 1 more out.

        He didn’t get it.

  71. natsjackinfl - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    As Barrett comes in, I’ll say it again. I hate relief pitchers that don’t throw strikes.

    So Aaron. Throw strikes.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      He stepped up. Good to see.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Now Rendon being popped up by EJax looks really bug instead of much bigger lead up only 1

  73. philipd763 - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    MW has always been totally clueless when it comes to spotting when a pitcher is out of gas!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Then what is McCatty’s responsibility? He surely should see it.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Think that botched running play by RZim doesn’t loom large now. Shaking my head. Veteran baseball player.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Still clueless to why Henley held him. Harper was flying. Would take a perfect play to get Zim at third. Why was Zim there not hustling. Unacceptable.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:16 PM

        Changed the whole complexion of the game.

  75. scnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Taylor so needs more time in AAA. He can hit but his eye is still so poor.

    • scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Wrong. He’s fine

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Need insurance here

  77. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Zim that ball was at your eyes.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Strike 2 was ball 4 terrible call by ump strike 3 wasn’t even close to a strike. One few has at bats in the last 26 games

  79. natslive - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Is it me or is every ball Zimm hits a hard hit ball according to Carp and FP

  80. exposremains - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    fp stop comparing Harper to Bonds steroids years.
    Bob…stop saying Zim is about to get hot. He hasn’t. Really hasnt done anything worth 100M since 2012 if you forget the defense. Great guy but injuries have completely destroy him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Completely?

      • exposremains - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        30 year old guy that has to become a 1st baseman(GG 3rd baseman) and numbers are nowhere near what he did earlier in his career.

    • scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      He’s top 5 rbi dude

      • exposremains - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:34 PM

        3Rbi in the past 13 game behind Harper. You can’t truly believe he’s the same guy that he was the first half of his career.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        There has to be something between “not what he was at the beginning of his career” and “completely destroyed,” no?

      • exposremains - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:43 PM

        Wow..you guys are really literal..having to change position to me is a huge deal. You go to a premium 3rd basemen to 1st. Look at the numbers of past few years and look at his first years. its scary.Obviously, he is still playing but Im sure Rizzo regrer that salary and guarantee no teams would offer much for him. Not destroyed but certainly a major downgrade.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Now Rendon gets a hit. We needed that exact hit last time. So far Harper on base Rendon 0 for 3. Harper out 1 for 1. Work together boys.

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Don’t you want Rivero pitching to Rizzo?

  83. natsdial8 - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    2nd strike to 34 looked quite inside could easily been called a ball.

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      Same location was strike three called on Taylor…

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Wilson let the curves go. Swing at the fastballs.

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    That’s how you score on a double.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Rendon ran it like RZim should have

    • Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      RZim definitely came up wincing when he held up at third. Was he lollygagging prior to that or hurting?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:47 PM

        Joe Seamhead is there and said he was in the HR trot until he got around 2nd and it was too late.

  86. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Buffalo!!!!!!

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Great staying with the pitch.

    Was waiting for Drake to call him out.

  88. natsjackinfl - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    That thing I said about relievers when Barrett came in goes double for Treinen.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Looked great the last 2 times, but now with a lead can Trainan do the job?

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Another duck on the pond

    • veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      All in all it’s just a…..

  90. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    excellent K

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Web Gem Span! Glad he was playing deeper.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Beautiful.

  92. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Thank you Denard. Amazing.

  93. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Pitching to Bryant with 2 outs and bases clear. Nice.

  94. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Good Treinen tonight

  95. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Great work, Treinen!!!

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Trainan and Span a great inning.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Tack on another

  98. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    This new version of Espi is really something.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      He is going better

  99. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Good job MAT. Come on Uggla.

    What is it Swedish for again?

  100. veejh - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Taylor knew what to do there. Score!

  101. Eric - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Yeah Uggla!!!

    Nice AB MAT!

  102. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Span better be smiling after that!

  103. scmargenau - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Wow. So who was saying Taylor needs to go back. He has won us at least 4 games

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Nice Dan Uggla. Back over .200 and a RBI (.209)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Not a lot of hits but most are big.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        Sure are but don’t ask him to bunt again.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    With less pressure MAT ran around third much better.

  106. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Give Taylor credit for the AB.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Ok Zim time for another RBI

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Zim needs to move 4 to 6 inches closer to the plate. He is having trouble on pitches outside. That would solve that. Though the pitch appeared outside to me.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Come on Drew do this the easy way.

  110. manassasnatsfan - Jun 5, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    I guess wanting to do it easy after all was not Storen’s plan.

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