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Game 56: Cubs at Nats

Jun 6, 2015, 9:07 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

After breaking out for seven runs in their win over the Cubs on Friday night, the Nationals will try to continue that momentum on Saturday and give rookie Joe Ross some help in his MLB debut.

Ross, 22, was called up from Double-A Harrisburg to fill in while the Nats’ rotation deals with injuries. The right-hander was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres this offseason. Ross joins the Nationals after holding a 2.81 ERA through nine starts with Harrisburg.

Veteran right-hander Jason Hammel will take the mound for Chicago. He is 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA this season.

Yunel Escobar is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a sore right wrist. Ryan Zimmerman is back hitting second and Anthony Rendon is batting cleanup, just like last night.

Check back for updates throughout the game…

CHICAGO CUBS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 12:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 80 degrees, Wind 10 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (30-25)
CF Denard Span
1B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Bryce Harper
3B Anthony Rendon
C Wilson Ramos
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Joe Ross

CUBS (28-24)
CF Dexter Fowler
1B Anthony Rizzo
3B Kris Bryant
C Miguel Montero
RF Junior Lake
LF Chris Coghlan
2B Jonathan Herrera
RHP Jason Hammel
SS Addison Russell

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

12:06 p.m. — The first pitch of Joe Ross’ MLB career is a 95 mile per hour called strike and we are underway…

12:21 p.m. — No runs in the first inning, as Ross made it through on just 14 pitches. He started off by striking out Fowler and then getting Rizzo and Bryant out on balls in play. The Nats saw Harper reach with a two-out single to left field, but that was it.

12:36 p.m. — The Nationals are on the board thanks to a solo home run by Ramos, he crushed one into the Red Porch in center field. Ross is still cruising through two, as the Nats now lead 1-0. Ross will go back out there now to start the third.

12:47 p.m. — So, this Ross guy is pretty decent. He mowed through another inning and has retired all nine batters he’s faced so far through three frames on 41 pitches. Nats are still up 1-0 on the Cubs.

1:11 p.m. — The Cubs tied this one up in the top of the fourth with three consecutive singles to begin the inning off Ross. Fowler and Rizzo each singled before Bryant smacked one off the glove of Rendon to score the run. The Nats then went down 1-2-3, so it’s 1-1 with the fifth up next.

1:38 p.m. — Ross ran into more trouble in the top of the fifth inning, as the Cubs got two runs to take a 3-1 lead. Herrera began the rally with a bunt single and moved to second and then third on groundouts. Fowler singled him home and then scored himself on a double by Rizzo to right field. The Nats saw Espinosa walk with two outs-but that was it. Ross’ day is over as Felipe Rivero will take over.

1:56 p.m. — The game remains 3-1 Cubs after six innings. Rivero allowed a leadoff walk to Montero, but got Lake to ground into a double play. Span also led off the Nats’ half of the inning with a walk before Zimmerman grounded into a double play.

2:12 p.m. — No runs in the seventh as it remains a 3-1 game. Rivero will go back out there for his third inning of work. Top of the order up next for the Cubs.

2:29 p.m. — Rivero pitched another scoreless inning, but the Nats couldn’t capitalize on a leadoff double by Espinosa to begin the bottom of the eighth. Taylor Hill will now pitch the ninth in a 3-1 game.

2:42 p.m. — The Cubs added an insurance run off Hill thanks to a Herrera single. Montero came home from second on that one. It’s 4-1 Cubs with the bottom of the ninth up next. It will be Harper, Rendon and Ramos looking to claw the Nats back into this one.

3:00 p.m. — Nats fall to the Cubs 4-2 for their seventh loss in nine games to spoil Joe Ross’ solid MLB debut.

159 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - Jun 6, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Okay, guys. You heard the man. Help a fellow out and get another curly W!

    Go, Joe! Go, NATS!!

  2. JayB - Jun 6, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Hazing Joe West behind the plate….not a good idea for Rookie Pitcher to have to face that crap and first pitch in the big leagues…..Rizzo should think these thing through better that that.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 9:54 AM

      What an absolutely stupid comment. Unbelievable.

      • Doc - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:31 AM

        Agreed. Total dumbass remark about Rizzo.

        It”s what happens to a poster when his Prozac runs out.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:09 PM

        What did JayB say now

      • ITGSOT - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:14 AM

        Consider the source.

    • unkyd59 - Jun 6, 2015 at 9:58 AM

      Rizzo’s slacking, alright… He shoulda known 2-3 weeks ago which of his pitchers would be banged up, and checked the ump rotation, to make sure that only one of his veteran, unshakable pitchers would be up that day….smh…

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:01 AM

        And now we learn the kid has to wear #41.

        He’s doomed.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:04 AM

      You mean that Mr. Rizzo didn’t call you for your advice on this, JayB? That’s just shocking.[sic]

    • Jfmii - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:28 AM

      Yes, Rizzo is just so stupid and short-sighted.

    • everendp - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:20 AM

      You’re an idiot

  3. natsfan1a - Jun 6, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    And now for something completely different, statscast on switch-throwing pitcher Pat Venditte’s debut:

    http://m.athletics.mlb.com/news/article/128856326/statcast-two-different-sides-of-as-pat-venditte

    • natsfan1a - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:00 AM

      er, make that statcast, singular, anyhoo

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    RZim back in the #2. For some reason Ramos is in there in a real early day game after a night game. That is just stupid no matter how Ramos does. The Buffalo was finally hitting like the Buffalo last night and easily could have been 3 for 4 if not robbed by Lake on that liner he dove and caught.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:12 AM

      Good grief Ghost, Ramos is a big boy. He can handle it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        He’s had a busted up thumb. Finally looked back to form taking balls to RF. You have Lobaton, use him.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:19 AM

        They used him Thursday. I prefer The Buffalo anyway in spite of FP’s overzealous rants about José and his pitch framing.

        I really do like the report that Ross’ s locker is situated between Scherzer’s and Zimmermann’s.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:26 AM

        FP just has to let it go. I watch the Nats Strikeout Zone app which tells you the calls you are getting. Storen got a bunch in the 9th last night. Was that framing or just a liberal K zone.

        When Lobaton becomes Yadier Molina let me know because FanGraphs has Lobaton with a negative defensive rating and 3rd worst defensive catcher.

    • chrisrw109nats - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      I honestly don’t understand why you think Matt Williams is never right. I seem to remember you criticizing him for sitting Ramos in a day after night game at some point.

      I guarantee you that he touched base with Ramos regarding how he is feeling and if he wanted the start. It is also a big game for the Nats to guarantee a series split and to back up Ross in his first start in The Show.

      It is a defendable decision no matter how Ramos does. Your eagerness to vilify Williams is just weird.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM

        You don’t read me enough. I’m a fan of Matt’s. My criticism is he doesn’t need to ask Willie how he feels, you sit him automatically.

        He has a banged up thumb and you sit him today and play him tomorrow.

        Monday is an off-day and I get it, I just think that you get Loby as a lefty today.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    AJ Cole going back to Syracuse to activate Joe Ross.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    4 “R’s” in Nats lineup. Rendon-Ramos-Robinson and Ross.

    • Jfmii - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:37 AM

      Where are you seeing today’s lineup?

  7. micksback1 - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    To begin with, i am very proud of Espi…he has worked his tail off an as a result he is playing up to the potential that many thought he had 4 years ago.

    The BP really scares me. I assume that Rizzo and MW have the same fears. I know its early and nats are ina fairly good place, but, the middle and 8th inning set up guy has to be resolved this summer. last night’s game was enjoyable.

    The other thing that concerns me are some of MW’s game decisions. I still havea problem with Clint being picked off. i understand both Bowden abd Wonk’s point about the winning run scoring if Rendon doubles, BUT, given the fact that Storen was still available and that Nats would have an advantage ina tie game going into the 10th, why not keep Clint close to the bag. Unless, MW has the same concern that his BP is shaky unless storen is pitching?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:36 AM

      Better than he was in 2012 which was a combination of being the newbie and taking advantage of the lack of scouting and he kept up his overall stats for a while with his RH hitting. He was quickly exposed then for anyone who was watching. I starting commenting in May that his LH hitting was bad.

      Espi’s only problem this year has been his LH approach with RISP where he seems to swing impatiently. If you remove his LH RISP at-bats he’s batting over .300 in all other situations.

      I will say it again, when Esco is ready to play, buy Espi an outfielders glove because he would be the best option in LF. Make him the Full Zobrist.

      • micksback1 - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:44 AM

        good post

        I will say that even Espi’s LH approach is better in that he now takes certain pitches that he use to swing at wildly

        interesting idea about Espi in the outfield. He is athletic enough to do it as Phil Wood said last week. But, his forte is really as an SS. Which I wonder now if Espi will end up being the regular SS after this season when/if Desi is gone?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:06 AM

        Except for a few times, he has laid off that pitch at his eyeballs and rarely swings at the back foot breaker at his right foot.

        That’s improvement.

        Did Phil Wood suggest Espi should play LF? Just wondering as I floated this several weeks ago.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM

        Taylor’s developement is accelerating out of necessity. He really is a 5 tool player that the Nats have invested a ton of effort in making him into an outfielder. Why would you, in mid-season, move an infielder to a position he’s never played, where it’s already a problem getting three guys enough playing time, and retard Taylor’s developement while doing so? I guess there’s no sense bantering about this, as we aren’t going to agree. We’ll sit back and see what unfolds.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:03 AM

        You can’t just throw around the 5 tool term as there are so few that actually are.

        Taylor has potential to improve but:

        1. Defense: takes poor routes to balls in CF. Much better in LF.
        2. Power: It’s there when barrel meets the bat which isn’t often enough
        3. Speed: Has speed. Poor baserunner. There’s a big difference.
        4. Arm: Yes
        5. Batting average: not there as he K’s too much

      • natsdial8 - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:16 AM

        Espi just keeps sticking around . We all see nice improvement and hope he doesn’t fall back Re:! the left hand side just shorten up a tad and up the middle .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:19 AM

        This is 1/3 of the season. Time will tell. So far so good.

      • chrisrw109nats - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM

        The problem is we aren’t going to have espinosa play left field next year. Taylor is a future outfielder for this team, and that requires a little bit of patience as he sorts things out while playing as much as possible at the highest level.

        VERY few players arrive in the majors as fully formed prospects and have no adjustments to make. People need to learn to have reasonable assumptions rather than wanting to send taylor down because he isn’t a 2015 Harper clone.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:01 PM

        Taylor will get his work in every day in AAA. I want the best line-up daily and believe Espi will be excellent if given the opportunity.

      • everendp - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:04 PM

        Agree Ghost on full Zobrist

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:06 PM

        Danny’s athleticism is off the charts. Defense and arm.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:07 PM

        Ghost, funny thing, stats are. Taylor has more RBI’s than Espinosa (19-17) with 40 fewer plate appearances (170-130) and 27 fewer AB’s (146-119). Look, there’s no question that MAT K’s too much,and he will probably always have TOOTBANS, but he’s improving ,albeit slowly.And small SS but he does lead the team in SB. Defensively, we’re not talking CF right now, but he has been close to flawless in LF. If he improves at the plate there is already an issue as to what happens when Werth returns. Personally, I like the defense of Harper, Span and Taylor.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:11 PM

        Potential is there no doubt. Maybe more of confidence. Looks much better in LF.

  8. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    “Joe Seamhead – Jun 6, 2015 at 7:57 AM
    A couple of thoughts from last night’s game:

    Matt Williams was asked about the Zimmerman/Harper base running fiasco after the game. His take was that Ryan was waiting to make sure that the ball wasn’t caught before getting too far off of first, then he mentioned that he also has the foot issue that may have slowed him down, leaving Henley with the decision to hold him, and then he mentioned Bryce over- hustled by not watching the lead runner, but that he’d take that any day. Matt sure has a way of covering for his guys with the press. It sure looked like Ryan thought it was a home run, like everybody else in the stadium, and that he was trotting until he saw that it didn’t clear the fence.”

    Based on your eyewitness account and then the bizarre comments from FP where he blamed it on the bad foot and then MW’s account which was he had to make sure the ball wasn’t caught you have 3 different accounts.

    The ball off the bat and the way Lake turned his back tells me you run until you’re stopped. It was either a HR or off the wall.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM

      LOL. Again, Matt covers for them publicly. Ryan certainly turned it on when he realized the ball was in play. One of the amazing things about baseball is that 5 people can see the same play and give you 5 different accountings as to what happened. It’s always been that way, even today with all of the wonders of replay, graphics and pitch tracking equipment.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:40 AM

        On WaPo and the Nats site they back up what you said that he was in the HR trot. There’s no video I could find. I’m sure people videotaped it as Bryce is video’d whenever he comes up.

        Question, did RZim run hard towards 2nd and stop and turn to see if the ball was caught like you’d expect if MW is telling the truth.

        On that hit, most people are watching the ball off of Bryce’s bat and where it was going to land. He just didn’t catch it on the barrel of his bat.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        Steve, first off, it looked like the ball was going out but just didn’t quite clear the fence. I never had the feeling that Ryan was hesitating to see if it would get caught. As i saw it, he turned it on when he rounded second, then had a hard time stopping at 3rd when Henley held him up. Honestly, I have serious doubts, even with his slow start on the play, that the Cubs would’ve gotten him at the plate.It took a long time for that ball to get back to the infield. Now, all that said, maybe with his foot issues that was why Zimmerman did run soft at first. But I honestly thought that he wasn’t going full tilt boogie was because he thought that it was a HR.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:10 AM

      Managers should cover for the players, which means that in this situation MW is the only who was really doing the right thing – RZ should have been running harder, and Harper as the trail runner should have been paying more attention.

      Hopefully both learn their lessons. And the Nats won, so no harm done.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

        HH, Matt also covered for Henley in the post, but not very enthusiastically. But I agree with you as far as Harper and Zimm both were the one’s at fault, but Matt was correct in not trashing anybody. Now, if the Nats had lost the game….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:18 AM

        Agreed, I have no problem with that unless it’s just a big lie. No video proof to say otherwise but I buy Joe Seamhead’s version.

        Like you said, Nats win.

      • natsdial8 - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:18 AM

        As I said yesterday Z should have ran thru the stopsign .

      • everendp - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:20 PM

        Agree HH

    • ITGSOT - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      If you’re the batter and the bases are empty, yes you can run til they tag you. But if you’re on first base, you have to stay close until the ball is on the ground. That’s what Zimmerman did. RZ is a smart baserunner, Harper isn’t.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:41 AM

        Clearly Bryce screwed up and if RZim was doing what MW said than good for RZim however the replay clear shows the RF was playing it for a angle off the wall and was never going to catch it as he had his back turned to the infield.

      • ITGSOT - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:46 AM

        Outfielders deke all the time. Zimmerman was no doubt watching the ball, as he should have been. And a smart baserunner knows his own limitations. Zim is not MAT. He knows he’s not scoring from first on a double.

  9. micksback1 - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I know nothing about Ross. can anyone give me an objective rundown on the youngman? Can he be an impact pitcher like Riark was last season or is his call up just until Fister is back?

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:37 AM

      All the evaluators rate him as a top end of the rotation guy who has a higher ceiling than his brother, Tyson, who’s not to shabby.

      He’s been extremely solid at Harrisburg and it will depend on his overall composure and his ability to throw strikes early in the count.

      Hitters will probably be patient early with him so throwing those 1st pitch strikes will be important, as usual.

      • micksback1 - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:41 AM

        TY natsjack

        excellent rundown, I hope he lives up to the expectations, this would be a great addition

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM

        His main arsenal is an effective fastball that he is pretty effective with as long as he keeps it low. I’ve read that his hitting around 96 mph is real.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:14 AM

      Natslady posted yesterday to baseball prospectus’s scouting report, which projects him as a #4 starter.

      http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_pit.php?reportid=272

  10. knoxvillenat - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Some thoughts on last night’s game. On a rare visit to DC this weekend I got outfield seats (section 103) for the first time. Why don’t the Nats show more replays on the score board? For example the Harper/Zimmerman base running fiasco and the Espinosa double into the LF corner? From where we were sitting we had no view of what was going on in the corner. And I would have liked the opportunity to have seen a replay of Henley’s late stop sign to RZ as detailed by Mark in the post game thread.

  11. TimDz - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    They had to add Joe Ross to the 40 man….who did they remove (or place on the 60 day DL)?

    • dcwx61 - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      stammen

  12. JayB - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    just start AJ Cole and use Ross at at different time…no rush…no reason to subject him to Joe West….watch….nothing good will come from West Hazing Ross…..someone will get tossed in today’s game.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Phil Wood on this ridiculous NatsTalk Live show on MASN was asked for good blogs to follow and Phil recommended Chris Johnson’s MASN site and Byron Kerr MASN blog and the Nats official site and fan blogs which he didn’t name. No mention to NatsInsider.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:59 AM

      That’s because he knows a lot of us are on to him. I happen to remind him of his “Micah Owings will go North” prognostication 2 seasons ago every time I see him.

      I suppose the fairly loud chuckle I add to it may rub him wrong.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:09 AM

        He knows vintage baseball but his current grasp of the Nats is lacking.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:10 AM

        He really kind of ridiculed me in the beginning of the 2012 season when I talked to him outside of Nats Park. Why? Because I told him that I had two predictions: The Nats would win the East and Davey Johnson would be Manager of the Year. When I saw him in ST in 2013 and reminded him he was like , “Um, well, you, know, blah, blah, blah”. The guy is a great historian.I’ll give him that. And “That’s All, Folks!”

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      On a MASN show, puffing MASN blogs? Not that surprising, really.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:18 AM

        He hesitated before he went there. I turned it off after that. The show is awful.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:19 AM

        Where you stand depends on where you sit. And he sits in a MASN-owned chair (figuratively if not literally).

    • natsdial8 - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:21 AM

      Oversight on Phil’s part 🙂

      I do like Byron Kerr.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        Me too and CJ was good in Spring Training

  14. JayB - Jun 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Phil Wood is lucky to have a job……he is not going to screw it up talking about a CSN Blog

  15. natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    For those asking, it’s Stammen to the 60 day on the 40 man move.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      Sorry dcwx61. Didn’t scroll up.

  16. Dorothy LaRussoi - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Why is RZim batting 2nd? His hitting stinks and if he gets a hit he is a slow runner

    • natsdial8 - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      They did score a bunch last and won with Z at 2 maybe Matt is onto something 🙂

  17. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    GYFNG!

  18. natsdial8 - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Re: Phil Wood show I watch because I can’t get too much Nats info but it is hard to get through a whole show. In the offseason it is a bit better- they sometimes have a Nats scout or other personality for an interview.

  19. Hiram Hover - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    +31.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      that was supposed to be a reply to Eugene @ 11:17

  20. kirbs3256 - Jun 6, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Did he just say that Tyson Ross is in the park to watch his brother? If i heard that right, that is Class A-top notch of the Padres to let him come.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Cool that Tyson Ross was allowed to fly in for this.

  22. philipd763 - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    After 10 years, RZ is still a sucker for the low outside pitch.

  23. natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    OK Ghost. I like Wilson.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:34 PM

      I love the guy. He was beat up hard in that Yankees series.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Buffalo in the zone!!!!

  25. Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    Well, 9 up, 9 down for Ross. Stoked the sage fire up, and preparing a couple of more chickens and goats for sacrifice.

  26. Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Word Press spins round and round, where your post ends up, nobody knows.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:50 PM

      +1

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:54 PM

        + infinity. What is the deal with Word Press

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Fowler gets a 2nd chance and gets a single. Need a doubleplay here.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:53 PM

      Bad luck. Fowler could have been out, Bryant could have been a double play instead 3 singles.

      How come I have this feeling Cubs infielders make the plays.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 3:20 PM

        But that’s BABIP. He was great for 3 innings. There’s a guy who could take over the Stammen spot.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    Now getting BABIP’d and Rendon got the doubleplay ball that hit him on the wrist.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Ross is missing location now. Over throwing. Grind through this.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      Joe got another ground ball. Hit slowly. Desi wisely eats it with 1 out

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Ross has the same problem most our pitchers, and not enough of our opponents have.

    Once 2 strikes occur way too many pitches. He needs a put away pitch to avoid a lot of extra pitches.

    As I said this happens a lot to the Nats

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:58 PM

    Now need to K on Lake or a doubleplay ball.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM

      Good call.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:02 PM

        Lake is a free swinger with runners on base. Susceptible to pitches on the outside.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    If MLB Is actually serious about speeding up the game, what just happen would no longer happen.

    Late time out calls by the home plate umps.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    That inning was actualky more impressive than the first 3.

    The Fowler could have been caught, but just missed. The Bryant hit had double play all over it. However Ross kept the damages limited despite the misfortune in the field.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      I agree. The kid showed some toughness certain other starters fail to exhibit some times.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Lousy bottom of the 4th.

  35. Danny - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    That was at least half a foot outside

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Why challenge that?

    • Eric - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      Wasn’t a challenge, just asked the umps to review and they did.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:23 PM

        Reviewing what.

        Can’t review running inside, can’t review if he turned to second.

        Nothing to review.

      • Eric - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:28 PM

        I dunno apparently the umps thought there was something worth reviewing. You’ll have to direct further inquiries into them.

  37. Eric - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    I’m really liking Ross. Tough as nails and doesn’t give in. Looking forward to seeing this guy develop his game.

  38. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Ross is loosing a bit of speed.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Either Ramos is Desmond were not on the same page. Drsi playing up the middle Ramos wants a pitch on the outside. The two don’t match. Ross hits the spot gets the grounder and Desmond no where near it.

    Terrible defense.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Not a good start unless we judge them as 3 innings.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      I don’t see it as bad.

      Bad luck, and misfortune in fielding more than anything else. Desmond was not prepared for an outside pitch. An easy double play ball is not fielded. Take away those 2 plays no runs score.

      The pitcher can only do so much.

      He needs to work on a put away pitch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:30 PM

        It’s not good. 3 runs 5 innings. Better than Cole, sure.

      • Eric - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:36 PM

        I agree it wasn’t the best outing, but he did a good job of limiting damage. Things could’ve gotten very ugly, a la Cole’s debut.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:39 PM

        You are going with results. I go with his the results happened. No walks. Fielders to me didn’t make plays hit at them, fielders not positioned for the pitch called.

        Numbers alone say not great, how they got those numbers says he did fine.

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Notice Hammel pitches inside Russell pls it to pull. You defenders need to know the pitch coming.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Who would guess Espi extending an at bat.

  43. Eric - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Espi! Nice AB man!

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    I am over all pleased with Ross. As I said with proper execution in the field he could have easily given up 0 runs.

    It didn’t sulk or complain about the fielders.

    I see a lot of upside.

    As usual we don’t hit Hammels worth a crap.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    So Rivero comes in and walks a lefty to start his appearance.

  46. nattygoats - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    The kid pitched great. Let’s get some bats going and win this. And as I type Joe West calls a strike on Span low and outside. Sheesh

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Time to beat Hammel!!!!

  48. nattygoats - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    For the love of all get Zimm down to the 7 th spot. 214 avg. yuck

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Like I said yesterday, Ryan batting 2nd can hurt you with doubleplay balls.

  50. Danny - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    And Zimmerman bailing Hammel out.

  51. ogremj - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Lord almighty Zimm…

    On track to get Madduxed again?

  52. exposremains - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Bob, did Zim hit that balk hard?

  53. nattygoats - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Ryan Zimmerman is a disaster. And FP continues to make excuses. 3 1. Pitch and he does nothing with it

  54. philipd763 - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    When will Zimmerman sink below the Mendoza line? The “face of the franchise” is getting very ugly. Sit him down and give Robinson a shot at first base.

  55. natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    2 stinking hits through 6 innings.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:01 PM

      Ramos’ hit not stinky.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    A 3-1 pitch that jams you is a pitch you let go.

    Agree with all Zim has an issue that needs major fixing.

    Can Espi play first?

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Could we start hitting?

    Hammels would be a HO Famer if he pitched his whole career like he does against the Nays

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:11 PM

      Actually, Hamel has been solid all season.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Most of our batters are getting jammed. Adjust.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Carp twice called Robinson Danny.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Notice Clint with no lead

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Ian looking like Jr. Lake swinging a5 one not near a strike.

  62. Eric - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Excellent work Rivero!

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Can Espi play first?

    • nattygoats - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      Now that is a great comment. Just thinking the same thing. Looky there something in common.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:49 PM

        Worth asking for sure. In little league we played everwhere. I know this is not little league but…..

  64. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    I’m officially changing his nickname to Danny Two-Bags.

  65. Danny - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    The first pitch was a tad better than the 2nd Zim

  66. scmargenau - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Ugly has to swing there

  67. natsjackinfl - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    It’s time for Ryan Zimmerman to take a seat for a couple of days.

    Injuries don’t effect your ability to see or recognize pitches.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      So, do you insert Clint Robinson and his .237 BA, or Tyler Moore with his .190 BA to spell him?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:47 PM

        If Escobar is back maybe Espi

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      Even FP is saying so now. “He’s not seeing the ball at all.”

  68. nattygoats - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Folks been killing Danny and Desi for years here. Well it’s time to start killin Zimm. What an anemic hopeless mess he is at the plate. Pitcher doesn’t even need to throw strikes. Sit him

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Leadoff double by Espi is a run you desperately need. Uggs looks at 3 and can’t move him over. RZim flails at 3.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      Totally a failed AB. Walking won’t help much there. That said, strike 3 was a really good pitch. Give Hammel some credit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:59 PM

        Have to foul it off and do whatever you can do to get HARPER to the plate!

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Taylor Hill did something Ross didn’t do and probably my biggest pet peeve.

    He walked a batter and let him score. At least Ross made them get hits and they were fortunate to get 3 runs against him. With luck on his side it would have been 0 or 1 run.

  71. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    OK, RALLY NAPKINS TIME.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Wow MW never did that to Soriano, but Maddon is a great manager and didn’t hesitate removing closer after 1 batter.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Time for Clint’s first homer.

  74. scmargenau - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Pinch for Ramos!

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Damn it Clint take the walk. Second 9th inning in a row you screwed around

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 6, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Almost all sliders have hung except the k to Robinson.

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