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Game 58: Nats at Yankees

Jun 9, 2015, 3:39 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

NEW YORK — Hello from the Bronx, at the venerable corner of 161st Street and River Avenue. The big sign out in left-center field says we’re at “Yankee Stadium” but of course anyone who came here to watch a ballgame pre-2009 knows the real Yankee Stadium was across the street. This place is called Yankee Stadium. It was designed to look like Yankee Stadium. But it’s not really Yankee Stadium.

Anyway, the Nationals will be facing the real New York Yankees tonight in the opener of a brief, 2-game interleague series. It’s a rematch of the series at Nationals Park last month, swept by the Nats, who will try to make it three in a row over the Bronx Bombers tonight. They’ve got their best pitcher on the mound, with Max Scherzer seeking his seventh win and possibly to reduce his 1.85 ERA. This is Scherzer’s fifth career start in this ballpark; he’s 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA and an unusually high 14 walks in the previous four.

Masahiro Tanaka takes the mound for the Yankees in only his sixth start of the season (second since coming off the DL). Nobody on the Nationals’ current roster has ever faced the Japanese right-hander before, so that should make for an interesting encounter.

UPDATE AT 6:03 P.M. — Lineup change for the Nats: Denard Span was scratched. He wanted to test out his back (which suffered from spasms on Sunday) during BP today, and apparently something didn’t feel right. So Michael Taylor will now start in center field and bat ninth, with Yunel Escobar taking over leadoff duties.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK YANKEES
Where:
Yankee Stadium, New York
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 176/869
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (30-27)
CF Denard Span DH Yunel Escobar
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Michael Taylor
(RHP Max Scherzer)

YANKEES (32-25)
CF Brett Gardner
3B Chase Headley
DH Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
RF Carlos Beltran
SS Didi Gregorius
2B Stephen Drew
LF Ramon Flores
(RHP Masahiro Tanaka)

UMPIRES
HP Gary Cederstrom (cc)
1B Eric Cooper
2B Lance Barksdale
3B Quinn Wolcott

7:09 p.m. — And we’re underway on what turned out to be a gorgeous evening here in the Bronx. It’s 83 degrees under clear skies as Yunel Escobar takes ball one from Masahiro Tanaka.

7:26 p.m. — The first inning featured six total batters and none of them reaching base, but it was still mighty compelling stuff. The Nats really made Tanaka work, forcing him to throw 21 pitches to only three batters, including 10 to Bryce Harper alone during a real battle to end the top of the first. Max Scherzer was far more efficient, needing only 13 pitches during his 1-2-3 inning, only three to strike out Alex Rodriguez.

7:44 p.m. — Kind of the opposite happened in the second inning. Tanaka cruised through a 10-pitch inning that included a strikeout of Clint Robinson on a pitch at the ankles, while Scherzer needed 19 pitches to face four batters, giving up a double to Brian McCann along the way. He did strike out Carlos Beltran on a 96-mph fastball, again showing the ability to dial that pitch up when he needs a punch-out. Scoreless after two.

8:02 p.m. — What is it about opposing No. 8 hitters and Max Scherzer? He just gave up his third homer to them in his last two starts, leaving a 2-2 fastball down and in to Stephen Drew, who sent it flying over the right-field wall to put the Yankees up 1-0 in the third. Weird stuff. The Nats, meanwhile, have yet to put someone on base against Tanaka in three innings, with three strikeouts, all on pitches well below the knees. They’ve got to be more disciplined than that against this guy.

8:17 p.m. — Welcome to Yankee Stadium, Bryce! He just crushed a low fastball from Tanaka over the wall, just to the left of Monument Park. In this stadium, that’s a poke. It’s Harper’s 20th homer of the season, and we’re only in Game No. 58. And it ties this one up, 1-1 after four.

8:52 p.m. — Wow, wacky stuff in the bottom of the sixth. After Mark Teixeira doubled with one out, Brian McCann singled into shallow center field. Teixeira probably should’ve scored, but he held up around second base to make sure the ball wasn’t caught. So that put runners on the corners with one out. At which point Carlos Beltran hit a sinking liner to center that Michael Taylor either caught or trapped. I’m still not entirely sure. Regardless, the runners both held, so Taylor threw in to second base and the Nats got a force out from the play. Why Teixeira held up at third, I have no idea. He could’ve easily tagged up and scored and given the Yankees the lead. That proved huge because Scherzer followed all this by striking out Didi Gregorius on his 100th pitch of the night. So somehow this remains a 1-1 game after six, after a crucial sequence there.

9:20 p.m. — Well, things took a decided turn for the worse for the Nats in the bottom of the seventh. Scherzer began the inning at 100 pitches but gave up 1-out singles to Flores and Gardner. With his pitch count now at 113, Scherzer got a visit from Steve McCatty but stayed in the game. He got a quick out of Headley, setting up a huge encounter with A-Rod, who smashed the first pitch to the hole at shortstop. Desmond made a fantastic diving stop but then tried to throw the lead runner out at third and wound up hitting him in the leg, the ball skipping into the dugout for an error. On replay, it looked like Desmond had enough time to hop to his feet and throw to first to get the slow-running A-Rod. He didn’t, though, and that changed the entire inning. Matt Thornton entered but gave up RBI hits to McCann and Beltran. And so now it’s a 5-1 Yankees lead all of a sudden, with the Nats needing to rally against the really tough back end of the New York bullpen.

9:30 p.m. — Nothing happening in the top of the eighth, so now the Nats are really up a creek. Still down 5-1 with 3 outs to go.

9:42 p.m. — Stephen Drew’s second homer of the night makes it 6-1 and makes the challenge all the more daunting for the Nats.

10:00 p.m. — That’ll do it. Nats lose 6-1, their ninth loss in 11 games.

203 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Don’t get me started about National Airport.

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      +1! (for George Washington)

  2. natsfan1a - Jun 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Yay, Mark’s there! Here’s hoping that the X-men will triumph, and that the TBAs won’t be a PITA.

    Go, MAX! Go, NATS!!

  3. nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Nats get the DH. Im guessing Clint Robinson.

    • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      God I hope not.

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

        Robinson seems like the hitting version of Treinen to me. You watch him play, look at his body type and his swing/arm action and you think he should be effective. But the numbers just aren’t there.

      • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        Well you got him in LF. I’d rather he DH.

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:10 PM

      If Span can play, could make Espi the DH.

      • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:16 PM

        Or Escobar

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

        Good call, jd. Escobar it is. Rendon 3b, Espinosa 2b.

    • Doc - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      So how come no DHs are listed????

      Did the Yanks just join the NL?

      • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM

        Yunel is the DH.

  4. jfmii - Jun 9, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Attending this one

    • jd - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      Me too !!

  5. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    This place is called Yankee Stadium. It was designed to look like Yankee Stadium. But it’s not really Yankee Stadium.

    As Reggie Smith might say, “This isn’t Yankee Stadium. It just looks like it.”

  6. nats106 - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Looks like Vin Diesel dominating the batting order tonight. Either that or the Dos Equis guy with an eXtra chromosome.

  7. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Soriano signed with the Cubs.

  8. TimDz - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Was expecting Uggla at DH today…

  9. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    “Borne led the Southland Conference with a 1.39 ERA and ranked fourth in the league in strikeouts (93). He went 6-5 in 15 starts.”

    Getting deep now. Southland Conference! These are the “you never know” picks like Tanner Roark.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    I expect big things from RZim tonight after 2 rest days.

    Here’s hoping for big things!

  11. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I don’t understand why you don’t DH Zimmerman for this series. With the plantar fasciitis, DHing would essentially get him off his feet for 4 games (day off, off day, 2 DH days).

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      MW doesn’t care what we think. Better to get RZim’s defense.

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

    Tristan Beck still not drafted. He’s built like Ross Detwiler and 18 years old with a big righty arm. Hoping Rizzo takes a chance and gets the High School kid to commit.

    Justin Hooper is the other High School arm that is as big as Fister and throws bullets.

    If anyone could convince them to play with the Nats and forego college it’s Rizzo.

    • nats128 - Jun 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Hooper is committed to UCLA. Hooper is the hardest-throwing and most intimidating pitcher in the 2015 high school class. The 6-foot-7 left-hander hit 96 mph at the Area Code Games, 97 at the Perfect Game All-American Classic and 95 at the Under Armour All-America Game. Hooper sat in the low 90s with his fastball as a junior and figures to add more velocity as he adds strength to his ultra-tall frame. He throws from a lower arm slot, creating difficult angle and adding life to his pitches. His secondary pitches lack consistency, but his curveball features impressive depth at times and his changeup shows promise as well. While he has a huge ceiling, some scouts believe Hooper’s work-in-progress secondary pitches and command and his delivery may have him destined for the bullpen.

      Beck is committed to Stanford. When Beck is on, he has the stuff, size and projectability that make him look like a potential first-rounder. Inconsistencies with that stuff, not to mention a very strong college commitment, leave his placement a bit tough to figure out. Beck does have tremendous upside, with a 6-foot-4 frame ideal for adding strength. As it is, he’s gotten his fastball up 94-96 mph at times, though he’s more likely to sit 90-92 mph. He can be absolutely dominant from the windup, but does struggle mechanically out of the stretch, leading to variances in his stuff. Beck will throw a true slow curveball he’ll get over with strikes, then can put away hitters with a power knuckle curve that acts like a slider. He also has a solid change, giving him a four-pitch mix to work with.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 5:05 PM

        Thanks for the write-ups. Still some great High School kids left that are the ones who go to College and are 1st rounders in 3 years.

  13. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/59065/qa-with-max-scherzer

    Great article on Scherzer and insight into his pitching. He’s very thorough.

    • NatsLady - Jun 9, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      Thanks for the link. Smart cookie. Puts a lot of thought into his work, and, yet, sometimes just lets adrenaline and instinct take over.

    • Section 222 - Jun 9, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      Awesome stuff. Thanks for posting. I particularly love his comments on defensive shifts. Harold Reynolds take note.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      Cool. Thx.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Williams was asked if any chance he’d start Espinosa in LF. “If the need arises, sure.” Likes his athletic ability out there.”

    I think MW had the same answer last year when RZim got moved to LF.

  15. Nats_UrbanPlanner - Jun 9, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    So Spans out with back issues; Taylor to CF. that’s concerning since Span had a day off already. Hopefully it’s not a long term issue.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 6:49 PM

      Abdominal surgery then the knee then the back.

  16. letswin3 - Jun 9, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    Read that Zack Walters was called up by Cleveland.

  17. donniebenth - Jun 9, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    I’m sitting here at the old Montreal Olympic Stadium waiting for women’s WC game to start.

    What a pit!

    Worst stadium I’ve ever been in.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Went to McGill and saw many an Expos game there. A cement monstrosity but God I loved going there. Cost more to get to the game by Metro then it cost for a bleacher seat.

  18. richardp6 - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    RZimm batting cleanup. This is even worse idea than putting him in front of Harper. Though the other choices aren’t that great either come to think of it.

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    I thought Ryan was going to beat it out….

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Desi swings at ball 4.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Tanaka gets Desi to bite on a low slider for Strike 3 and Espi on a low sinker for Strike 3. Taylor with an awkward swing for the 3rd out.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Carpenter channeled that HR for Drew. Thanks Bob.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    I blame Bob…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      I am at work and just flip in once in a while, was the Drew homer a hanging slider.

      Also sounds like we are swinging at a lot of balls again. I wish Schu could train them to let low pitches simply go, but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

  24. philipd763 - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    That may be all Tanaka needs, especially in view of the way the Nats are hitting.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Gardner walked on 4 pitches. Didn’t you learn from Cingrani? If you’re going to do that then just nail him in the back. Just kidding of course.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      I am not. I am simply 100% against unforced walks.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Max is not locating. He is throwing gas and overbaking these pitches and they are moving from right to left. That pitch to ARod was supposed to be inside edge and luckily he lined it right at the LF.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Double play hurts…

    Whoop whoop….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      If we assume that Bryce still hits that HR than yes it does.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    No Carp, that RZim ball was not hit hard. Was he told to say that?

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Did Ryan think Espi was getting that Beltran grounder? He ran to 1st base quickly.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Clint Robinson is so due on a HR he is overdue.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      It was suppose to happen Sunday to tie the game.

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Giants taking advantage of Syndergaard. 3-0

  32. exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Clint Robinson starting to look a lot like spring training wonder or Matt Stairs part 2. Lh bat no homers..nothing really

  33. nattygoats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Injured player hitting 210 batting cleanup followed by Helen Keller batting 5th. MW has finally lost it. Where is Manny Acta?

    • veejh - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      LOL

      • nattygoats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:34 PM

        V I kid a lot but in all seriousness the hitting minus Bryce is just pathetic lately. This is not a playoff team

      • veejh - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        I was LOL’ing about the MW comment. His batting orders have been a bit wonky.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Come on Mr Rendon… do something positive…

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Escobar with another nice swing. Glad to see he was rewarded with a double.

  36. nattygoats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Tony needs to move down for a while. He’s hurting us. Not working the count either.

    • veejh - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      Oh, come on. This is his ST. He needs to see MLB pitchers to get up to speed. He’s one of the best.

  37. nattygoats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    MW has tried many different lineups. It’s really not his fault. These guys just are not hitting.. I would bat Escobar then Bryce. Span or MAT, Esco, Bryce, and then the rest doesn’t make a damn bit of difference

  38. nattygoats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Clint Robinson, Matt Stairs, Chad Tracy, Ugh with the washed up veterans by Rizzo.

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Is it me or does Max look like he is overthrowing?

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Scherzer needs the K or the doubleplay here.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Thanks Mark Texeira. You certainly owe the Nats who helped get you that extra cash from the Yankees from that Free Agent contract.

  42. Just. Dave - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Has Zimmerman put good wood on the bat tonight?

  43. nattygoats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Max is doing his part. Give the guy some freakin help.

  44. veejh - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Come on, Bryce. Just do your thing and hit. Why try to bunt there?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      Because he’s trying to carry this team.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Just go home what is Harper with 2 strikes. The only 2 we can trust regularly or Escobar and him. What is the deal with that.

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Ryan needs to sit for a while… just sit down

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:59 PM

      He is not seeing tbe ball. Where is the team eye doctor?

  47. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    If it is low let it go.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      What about if it’s on the inside edge?

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

        If a slider let it go. Fast ball hit it down the pull line.

        Notice both Robinson and Ramos took outside pitches the other way.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    They play Clint Robinson like he’s Bryce Harper. Gets a broken bat bloop single.

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

    Is it if it’s high let it fly?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      Always unless you have to reach above your shoulder.

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    DESI PLEASE DO SOMETHING POSITIVE….

  51. npb99 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    I don’t even recognize Zim at the plate anymore. He is so lost.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      It’s like he lost his vision.

  52. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    WHY DESI WHY

    • stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      It was a good swing, got his hands inside, made good contact. Not fortunate.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:09 PM

        Fortune has not been kind to our hitters

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      Put a good swing on it. Right at the CF.

  53. stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Even the trolls are just phoning it in.

    • npb99 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      +1. LOL

  54. stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Not sure about leaving Scherzer in here, personally.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Time to get the Nats bullpen warm.

  56. Eric - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    I’m afraid MW may live to regret keeping Scherzer in for the 7th…

    Fingers crossed…

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

      Very surprised after going 3-2 on Drew. Seen it before how quick he hits the wall. Problem is he had so many long counts early in the game.

      Like you Eric, fingers crossed.

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

    FP: Matt Williams wants to get him a W.

    Me: Really? Get the team a W. I can’t believe FP would say that.

    • stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      I think FP is right, though.

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

        Both can happen.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        He could be but don’t say it. The Nats need a W.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      FP says a lot of stupid stuff Ghost, you should know that by now.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        Oh I know but every time he talks about pitcher W’s I cringe.

        Scherzer should have been pulled after that Drew at-bat.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Has Scherzer been squeezed all night as since I have home he has not gotten the same low pitches Tanaka got.

    • Eric - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      Yeah, that ball call was weak sauce.

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

    Carp probably just jinxed Heston about his no-no. Top of the 8th.

  60. Eric - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Wow…PHEW. Fingers still crossed…

  61. exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Or he knows the bullpen is so crappy better leave Scherzer in there FP.

  62. stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Well that’s an inventive way to give up a run. Shoulda et it.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    I’m so over Desi… im over him.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Tired of his batting approach aka not working a count to save his life…

      Tired of his half ass’d defense…

      Just tired of it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        He is already playing like a Yankee.

      • philipd763 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        All of the above plus I am tired of all his Ks and tired of his total void of clutch hitting.

      • scnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        You are not alone my friend

  64. texnat1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Bad decision by Desi to make that throw. And bad decision by Williams to leave Max in.

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

      With this BP I don’t blame him for leaving Max in…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      Desi only. Max got a fly out and 6-3 with ARod running.

      How is that MW’s fault?

      100% Desi

      • texnat1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        A fly out? Humorous. But the larger point is that there is no reason to work Max’s arm to that extent. Especially once he gave up that line drive to Headley.

  65. exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Thank you Desmond

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Far as I am concerned I believe Desi is totally not interested. The play was ARod easily and he refuses to use his brain.

      Inning should over long ago.

      Thornton has come in and showed why the Yankees dumped him.

      • exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        Yup

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Was slow ARod running and Desi makes that choice.

  67. Eric - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Desi likes to throw on highly questionable plays as much as he likes to swing out of his shoes.

    “Throw and hope they catch it before the runner gets there.”

    “Swing hard and hope you hit it.”

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      ARod out easy throwing to first.

      Desi shows no remorse as he comes off the field.

      That would piss off even more if I was Max.

      Got the batter to hit the ball and Desi not smart enough to throw to first.

      To me this as stupid as Clint Robinson getting picked off. Totally unacceptable.

  68. nattygoats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Trade Desi to Yanks right after this game for a bag of balls. Soooooooooo sick of him and this team

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Of course Max causes lots of his own problems by giving up cheap hits instead of striking them out.

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

      That doesn’t even make sense.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Surely makes sense. He didn’t miss the bats on 2 strike pitches, where Tanaka missed more of them.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        You constantly expect this game to go like a video game. Scherzer isn’t going to strike out 27 batters. They don’t have the K kings that the Nats have.

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

    That’s how you blow a game open. On the manager. Team before 1 player. Backfires once again. It usually does and I’m wondering when he will learn.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      If the BP was money… I may agree… but its unpredictable and we never know if we get Jekyll or Hyde with this group…. If Desi makes the smart play, none of this may happened..

      Max may have gotten. Out of it. Never know.

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

        I think they can get the bottom of that lineup out but who knows. Now Thornton is turning to cr-p also.

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

      And you KNOW im not MWS biggest fan at all… but on this one, personally, I give him a pass…

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

        Scherzer hits the wall so quick. You just knew it was coming.

      • stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        Yup. I didn’t have a good feeling about it, but Max did everything anyone could expect. I hope he’s not still feeling the effects next start.

      • texnat1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Not only does he hit the wall fast, but regardless of his track record and what he wants to do, at some point you need to play it safe with pitch count and your ace pitcher. Its penny wise and pound foolish, and its arguably not even penny wise.

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

      I don’t agree Scherzer got out 2 on a fly, and 3 on a 6-3 that Desi screwed up. ARod has no speed why would you even think you could get the runner of third. That is insane.

      However ARod has no speed get up and throw him out and it is 1-1 after 7.

      As I said a total brain fart.

      Our starters do need pitch less pitches through out the game. 8 innings then Storen.

  71. stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Bottom line… doesn’t look like we will lose a game to the Mets tonight, bad as we been playing.

  72. scnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    And Ian performs his magic pulling a curly L out if his sleeve. Again.

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    This is all predictable…

    Which is why I didn’t blame MW for leaving Max in…

    • senators69 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Predictable for its BS!
      Desi error
      Matt Williams leaving Scherzer in b/c he doesn’t trust the bullpen.
      Williams not pulling Scherzer in the 7th when the wheels start to come off.
      Thorton not getting it done but Williams leaves him in.
      Same old, same old..definition of insanity

      F the bullpen — I know we’re two pitchers down (three if include Stammen), but Williams needs to pull these guys sooner. Maddon woulda done that!
      Rizzo working the phones for help

  74. exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Thank you Desmond for ruining another game. Thorton not wanting to be left out and this terrible bullpen

    • exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      In this

  75. Danny - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    The NL East…..

  76. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Desmond. Killing. Me.

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

    Giancarlo Stanton with 2 HR tonight to take the HR lead with 21.

  78. philipd763 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    After stupidly turning down $110 million, Desmond can’t handle the pressure of his “walk” year.

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

    With all of our frustration, Nats still aren’t going to win many games where they score just 1 run. Just pathetic. Look at that boxscore.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Kinda freaky twin… kinda freaky…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      However you lose very few if you only give up 1. We were in that position too.

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

    My hope…. soon, our batters will score more than 1 run so our SPS don’t feel like they HAVE to be perfect…

    Cant win many games just scoring 1 damn run.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    FP is ticking me off. The fact we only have one run has nothing to do with Desi throwing to third not first.

  82. stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Putting out fires with gasoline…

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

      This is Taylor Hill’s to finish up the night. Close your eyes.

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Taylor Hill is worthless to because had it been 1-1 we still lose now .

    • stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      Of course if it’s still 1-1 Taylor Hill is buried deep in the bullpen.

  84. David Proctor - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    You can debate whether MW was right to leave Scherzer in or not, but he got the out and Desmond botched it. He had all the time in the world to set and throw to first base. A-Rod was like 5 feet out of the box. It was not a tough play, particularly after he made the stop. It was yet another boneheaded play, plain and simple.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      I completely blame Desi… I think Max would have gotten out of it, personally but we will never know..

      I give MW a lot of heat but I won’t tonight…. especially since I proceed in watching this jekyll and Hyde BP throw more gas on the fire…

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

        Throw out ARod and the inning is over. How can you Scherzer didn’t get us out. He did exactly what we needed. Desi gave it away.

      • senators69 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Yup, Desi and Williams again — over the season so far, both do nothing/little to help the club and MUCH MORE to HURT the club.
        I’m packing Desi’s bag, and I’d like to do the same for Matt Williams.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      That is my point.

      Desi’s brain fart was the big problem not Scherzer.

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Carp trying to deflect thoughts from Desi. Bad news it won’t work.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Let’s score 6

  87. NatsLady - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Zim can barely walk. He’s almost hopping off the field.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    When is spring training over for Rendon.

  89. exposremains - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Justin maxwell with the giants…after morse…blanco

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

    No matter what…. bharp34 plays hard… I frickin love it..

    • Section 222 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      Yeah, but if he had run hard out of the box, and as he approached first, he wouldn’t have had to slide headfirst into second base.

  91. Eric - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    So Heston has a 3.77 ERA AFTER the no hitter. Crazy!

    And, I thought our game was frustrating. That’s gotta burn.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      We have two hitters producing the rest need to get on the stick.

      • Eric - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        There’s no question about that, but talk about making a guy look like a Cy Young winner!

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I wish all the hitters would execute like Escobar and Harper.

    The rest are really not earning their check.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Again… please sit Ryan for a long while…

    • texnat1 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      I’m beginning to think that is a good idea. I think Robinson might produce if he was given some consistent ABs against right handers

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        I think he should sit for Tyler Moore… been saying this for at least 2 weeks now.

        He is killing the line up.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Zim as slow as ARod.

  95. Section 222 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Oh FP, STFU.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      Lol… I know he is trying to give a bright side and all… but I was listening like… well if you don’t do well enough now you may doom yourself for September/October….

      See 2013 Nationals…

      Btw – hope you had an awesome time in China… on my bucket list of places to go…

      • Section 222 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        It was great. Keep it on your bucket list for sure.

      • Section 222 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        If FP really did talk to Randy Knorr about his harebrained casual approach to losing baseball in June, I sure hope Randy didn’t agree with him.

  96. stoatva - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Rob Drake was calling strikes six inches outside the plate on both sides of the plate in that no-no.

    Yeah, that Rob Drake.

  97. senators69 - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    See that.. a quality manager acts — pulls his pitcher at the first hint of trouble even with a big lead.
    MW..take notes

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 9, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Who in our BP do you trust to come in and do the job?

      • senators69 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Unfortunately, no one except Drew. Still, that does not you don’t go down the line with a short hook.

  98. Just. Dave - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    It is painful to watch my family’s favorite player flailing away at the plate. I am starting to worry that Zimmerman is not gonna snap out of it.

    This team has too much talent to be so bad so often. I wish the team would make a big splash. Like firing the manager or trading the farm for a big time left fielder.

  99. Joe Seamhead - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    The inmates are running the asylum.

  100. conatsguy - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Sigh….. That’s baseball.. Good game becomes a laugher. Bryce Harper bunting lead off with 2 strikes says it all for the Nats offense. No one protecting him in front or behind.

  101. senators69 - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Right now, infield for NL parks should be: Escobar-Espi-Rendon-Moore
    Need to bench Desi and Zim
    Maybe even try that tomorrow, but not sure who’s the DH

    • rlndtln - Jun 9, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      If the Mets can lose everyday we can win the division.With Desi and Zim hitting 8-80 there is no hope.

  102. thewerthwhisperer - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    My oh my this board has gotten so anti everything.
    Here’s how I see it:
    Span…hurt
    rendon….still in ST
    Escobar…good pick up
    Harper…MVP caliber year
    Ryan….the foot is hurting him far worse than he is revealing…and Tyler Moore is not even a very good bench player
    Ramos…still,can’t field his position, reminds me of Elston Howard, ground ball, automatic double play
    Espinosa…when he’s the hero of the team, the team is in big trouble
    Desi…the contract year is killing him, and so is his over aggressiveness at the plate and in the field
    Werth…they miss him big time
    the Bullpen is a mess…Rizzo knows it, expect to see Clippard back
    the Bench is a mess…
    Coaches…I’m surprised no one has moaned for Eckstein to return
    MW…didn’t like him last year and…none of us will ever forgive him for taking JZim out in the 9th.

    Prediction…all will be well! Once Rendon starts hitting, and he will, and Span returns, and he will, hitting will get contagious. Strasbourg and Fister return and pitch well, taking all the stress off the bullpen, which will also be fine …..OK, maybe not.
    And don’t forget, the National East is the weakest, they may only need to win 87-88 to win the division,
    Better to get hot late, which they will, and stay hot through the he playoffs.

    reality is, this is not a World Series contender myself Nats crazy friends….not yet.
    In Rizzo we trust

    • conatsguy - Jun 9, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      OK- I’m in. Thanks for the shot of penicillin. It’s working…GYFNG!

      Looks like no wildcard in the NLE at this rate.

      • rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:15 PM

        Danny is your new left fielder asap.

  103. rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Must bat Bryce 3rd.

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