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Game 59: Nats at Yankees

Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

NEW YORK — Hello again from Yankee Stadium, where today this very brief, 2-game series wraps up with a matinee, getaway-day game. The Nationals, losers in nine of their last 11 games, really need this one. The Yankees, on the other hand, are riding a 7-game winning streak and have opened up a 2 1/2-game lead in the AL East.

Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nats, trying to turn in a better performance than the last time he faced the Yankees (six runs allowed in five innings on May 19, in a game the Nats wound up winning, 8-6). Hard-throwing right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who opposed Gonzalez that night in D.C. and gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings, starts for New York in the rematch.

We’re still waiting for lineups, but I would doubt Denard Span plays today after missing last night’s game with a stiff back. Span tried to give it a go last night but the back tightened up on him after he took BP in the cage, and he sounded a bit concerned after the game about his status moving forward.

[UPDATE AT 12:00 P.M. — Turns out Span is in the lineup after testing out his back this morning, but Ryan Zimmeran is out, his left foot still bothering him.]

Stay tuned. Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at NEW YORK YANKEES
Where:
Yankee Stadium, New York
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 176/869
Weather: Sunny, 79 degrees, Wind 8 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (30-28)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
DH Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
SS Ian Desmond
LF Clint Robinson
1B Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
2B Danny Espinosa
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)

YANKEES (33-25)
CF Brett Gardner
3B Chase Headley
DH Alex Rodriguez
1B Mark Teixeira
C Brian McCann
RF Carlos Beltran
LF Chris Young
2B Jose Pirela
SS Brendan Ryan
(RHP Nathan Eovaldi)

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

1:08 p.m. — We are underway on an 81-degree afternoon in the Bronx.

1:20 p.m. — A scoreless, baserunner-less first inning for both sides. Nathan Eovaldi retired the side without letting the ball out of the infield. Gio Gonzalez then set down the Yankees in order on 12 pitches, capped by a strikeout of Alex Rodriguez on a 2-2 curveball. Good start to the afternoon by both starting pitchers.

1:34 p.m. — Two scoreless innings in the books. The Nats don’t yet have a baserunner against Eovaldi, though Bryce Harper did just get under a first-pitch curveball and drove it to the warning track in center. Gonzalez, meanwhile, issued a 2-out walk to Carlos Beltran but that’s it so far. He has a couple of strikeouts and 30 total pitches through two innings.

1:50 p.m. — The Nats are on the board, thanks to back-to-back, 2-out doubles from Danny Espinosa and Denard Span in the top of the third. Each two-bagger was hit the other way, down the left-field line, a good sign in each case. And the fact Span was able to leg out the double is also a good sign that his back is doing better today. The Yankees got their first hit off Gonzalez in the bottom of the third (a 1-out single by Brendan Ryan) but that was it. Gio is through three scoreless on 45 pitches. Nats up 1-0 heading to the fourth.

2:08 p.m. — Make it four scoreless innings for Gonzalez on 62 pitches. He has four strikeouts, including a pair of A-Rod, each time on a curveball. He has walked two while giving up just the one hit (Ryan’s single in the third). The lefty is looking good so far today. Still 1-0 Nats after four.

2:35 p.m. — Danny Espinosa, folks. He’s done it again, launching a left-handed home run in the top of the fifth. That’s his eighth homer of the season, his sixth while batting left-handed. Gonzalez, meanwhile, got into his first jam of the afternoon in the bottom of the inning, with a 1-out walk followed by an 0-2 curveball off Ryan’s foot. But Gio got out of it thanks to a pair of groundballs and one rocket throw across the diamond by Rendon. It’s 2-0 Nats after five.

2:51 p.m. — Make it six scoreless innings for Gonzalez, who pitched around a 1-out single by Teixeira in the bottom of the sixth. He notched his fifth strikeout, getting McCann to chase a high fastball. He’s at 93 total pitches, so he’s definitely good to start the seventh. We’ll see if the Nats bullpen starts stirring at all. Still 2-0.

3:24 p.m. — Well, we’ve seen this before: The bottom of the seventh was a nightmare for the Nats, with the Yankees taking the lead in the process. They just scored four runs thanks to a pair of drives to deep center field (with Span unable to track either one down, possibly a result of his bad back), a hard smash past a diving Moore at first base and a base hit that bounced off second base (instead of rolling right into Desmond’s glove). It’s 4-2 Yankees now, and the Nats are down to their last six outs.

3:42 p.m. — Brand-new ballgame, and for that the Nats can once again thank Michael Taylor. Inserted for defense in left field, he made his biggest contribution at the plate, hammering a 2-run homer to right off lefty Jacob Lindgren in the top of the eighth, making this a 4-4 game. It’s Taylor’s fifth homer, and his last four have all either tied the game or given the Nats the lead after the fifth inning. Casey Janssen, meanwhile, retired the side on three flyballs in the bottom of the eighth. So we go to the ninth in a tie game.

4:04 p.m. — Extra innings! The Nats couldn’t push across the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, and then Blake Treinen retired the side in the bottom of the inning, capped with a strikeout of A-Rod on a 98-mph sinker. So we continue…

4:25 p.m. — Treinen has struggled vs. left-handed hitters this season, but he has improved a lot lately, thanks in part to adding a 4-seam fastball in on the hands. And he just came up big in the bottom of the 10th, striking out both McCann and Beltran, with Lobaton then throwing out Didi Gregorius trying to steal second to end the inning (after a lengthy review to confirm the call). To the 11th we go…

4:37 p.m. — Denard Span to the rescue! So much for that bad back. He just legged out a chopper to second, allowing Moore to score from third in the process and give the Nats a 5-4 lead in the 11th. Drew Storen enters to try to finish this one off.

4:44 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 5-4 in 11 innings, a much-needed win. Michael Taylor had the big homer to tie it in the eighth. Denard Span had the big RBI infield single to win it in the 11th. They split the series and head to Milwaukee at 31-29 overall.

335 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    I feel like a broken record on Desi… Charlie Slowes said it best with clear disgust in his voice that Desi’s play was terrible and bad.

    If there is something wrong with rZim, then nats need to be honest about it, if he is healthy, then my friends, Zim is done period. remionds of when Unseld and Hayes got old at the same time in 1980

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      if he is healthy, then my friends, Zim is done period.

      I thought bowdenball and others shot you down pretty well in the last thread. But since you’re repeating it, I’ll join in: RZ is in a slump. Extended lumps happen. Even to veterans. See, e.g., past seasons by ALR, Werth, etc. You don’t just assume that a guy who is 30 is over the hill based on two bad months.

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:10 AM

        let me explain it to you as clear as I can. Zim is 1 for 64!!!!

        Why are you making up stuff like that? He’s only gone more than three hitless games in a row once this season (once he was hitless in four).

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:36 AM

        let me explain it to you as clear as I can. Zim is 1 for 64!!!!

        What I especially love about that comment is that it combines an utter falsehood with the admission that it’s the clearest explanation he can give.

        Which I believe.

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:59 AM

        +64 (to HH)

      • Just. Dave - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:47 AM

        Whatever facts, I am hopeful that he can have one of his incredible hot streaks that can carry the offense for 4-6 weeks.

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:16 PM

        uh, Charlie Slowes last night said 1 for 64

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM

        Well, he was either exaggerating, or made a mistake, or you heard wrong. Go look it up — it’s right here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=zimmery01&t=b&year=

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:54 PM

        shut me down, wow…that says it all

        I am going to watch the game as I have stuck to my goal of not posting during games how condenscending of you

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM

        shut me down, wow…that says it all

        Huh? I said bowdenball “shot” you down, meaning, he took what you said and (imho) thoroughly refuted it. You didn’t really answer him, but I see that you posted the same assertion on this thread. That is what I was referring to.

      • rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

        Soriano is looking good compared to these bozos.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:06 PM

        Mick

        You did something like this yesterday as well, when you posted an opinion from a radio (or TV?) host that most people found baseless and ridiculous, and then you retreated to “well, someone else said it. Don’t blame me!”

        Here, its a fact, not an opinion, but you’re again trying to blame it on someone else. C’mon – 1 for 64 would mean 1 hit in something like 15 games. If that’s really what you remember hearing, it should have set off warning bells, and it’s something you could have easily checked.

        “Don’t shoot the messenger” doesn’t work when you’re a self appointed messenger who’s choosing some pretty outrageous messages to deliver.

    • senators69 - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:17 PM

      Agree with you on Desi.

      Zim? — Let’s see. Shoot-up his foot (if that is possible with such an injury) and/or put him on the DL with later rehab in the minors. Zim is signed through 2019.

  2. micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    I am seeing first hand why Giradi is a great manger. every so called expert had the ankees last in the East this year. This why Rizzo’s first choice would have been Giradi if he did not resign with NY. Thsi is why we will probably get swept this series as well.

    • jfmii - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      I will probably get sucked in, but for now, I am gone, and you, micksback1 are #1 reason.

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:46 AM

        “If not injured, “Zim is done period.” And you’re asking me what my basis is”

        let me explain it to you as clear as I can. Zim is 1 for 64!!!!

        There are only 2 reasons and 2 resasons only for this with a sample size this large and the fact Zim before the 1 for 64 was not even batting 230:

        1) He is injured (I hope that is the case as the past 4 season’s Zim has had early season problems with his shoulder)

        OR

        2) If he is healthy, then age has caught up with him period.

        got it!

        I am gone, and you, micksback1 are #1 reason.

        good, you will not be missed and you clearly have an attitude that is not based on any amount of facts that one presents. If you disgaree with someone you simply insult them. i can play that game to you j-off!!!

      • ITGSOT - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

        Plantar fasciitis would qualify as “being injured.” It’s what knocked back Albert Pujols a few years ago, to the point that people like you were saying he was done. Turns out he wasn’t done, it was the plantar fasciitis.

        So with Zim, the question is not is he done, it’s when will he go on the DL. MW last night made it sound like Zim has until the ASB to turn it around. Geez that’s a long time, almost a month away.

      • bowdenball - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:26 AM

        micksback, you are NOT presenting facts. Zimmerman is NOT 1 for 64, and he IS injured. Suggesting otherwise is pretty much the opposite of presenting facts.

        It’s an unrelated lie, but you’re also making up stuff about the preseason predictions for the Yankees. A quick google search gave me this link to 5 expert predictions, NOT ONE of which has the Yankees last in the AL East this year:

        http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/25132940/mlb-season-preview-cbs-sports-staff-predictions

      • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:27 AM

        mick,

        there is a 3rd possibility – He’s in a prolonged slump. It happens. And just a thought; when you punctuate your points with: ‘period’ it doesn’t make them more convincing. It’s your opinion it’s not gospel.

      • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:44 AM

        Bowdenball,

        Zim is out there every day in the middle of the lineup. He and the team must have concluded that whatever ails him does not impede his ability to play and does not hurt the team so I’m not buying the injury story. Up until about 3 weeks ago while not up to his normal performance Zim was still a contributing somewhat productive bat in the middle of the order and this was after the reported foot issue.

        If his below replacement level play is caused by injury then shame on him and shame on the team for not letting the injury heal away from game situations. I am not a big TyMo proponent but it’s not hard to beat the numbers Zim is putting up right now.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:52 AM

        Just for the record, I’d miss you, jfmii. But not in the in-game portion of the thread, cuz I skip those, too.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM

        Let the record reflect that I agree with the representative from sec3, his sofa, although I don’t do game threads either.

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:44 PM

        OK Bowden

        SI and ESPN had Yankees 4 of 5 one game ahead of tampa in both accounts. does that make what is aid flawed??? I think you know the point i was making. i know the other trolls and yahoos who like to pounce on anything i say that they disagree with will jump on yankees picked 4th instead of 5th, but that is expected from them

        So, to call me liar is a bit over the top

        BTW: Charlie Slowes said 1 for 64 last not on RZim

      • bowdenball - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM

        You said every single expert had the Yankees last. That wasn’t even close to the truth. Why would you say something that isn’t even close to the truth?

        As for 1 for 64- it takes 10 seconds to fact-check something like that you think you heard on the radio. If you don’t have 10 seconds to fact-check something that sounds crazy on its face, maybe don’t say it?

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        I guess I should have said near last place, even though in both SI and ESPN they had Yankees only ONE game better than Tampa, whom was picked last.

        as if it mitigates the point i was making….now that is ridiculous and proves my point on how if one is not on the same page they get attacked. You know damn well what my point was on the Yankees

      • rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:14 PM

        This is really tough to watch.

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:14 PM

        and next to last one game over the last place team doe snot belittle my point, but of course to you it does

        whatever

  3. Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Happy for an early start time, to end the kvetching about last night’s stinker.

    GYFNG!

    • natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:45 AM

      Seconded on both counts. Go, NATS!!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM

      Unless the Nats lose this one too…. Which I absolutely hope that they wont…

      • natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        Likewise on the hoping. Maybe it’s time for a Swedish Owl-inspired “man up: the sequel.”

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:39 AM

        +1 – keep hope alive!

  4. ccallahan15 - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    If we get swept this series it will be because we’re banged up and on second and third string players in many positions. We are a predictable swing and miss out of the zone or ground out team right now.

    It won’t be because Girardi in not our manager. If that we’re the cause we’d lose every game.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:52 AM

      From my experience a manager’s I.Q.level is directly related to his bullpen.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        That doesn’t bode well for MW… *note – this post made me laugh*

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:57 AM

        Which is cause and which is effect? Does a good manager make a good bullpen or is it the other way around? Last year, MW must have had a good IQ.

      • senators69 - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:21 PM

        MW is a dumb-a$$

    • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM

      my point is simply that Girardi is a great manager taking a team that was picked last and playing as well as they can and the fact that Giradi was the Nats first choice, thats al, oh and he has a world championship tool

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        I agree Girardi is a good manager, but let’s not overstate his accomplishments this year.

        The AL East is weak and the team that was predicted to lead the division, Boston has tanked. On top of that, the Yanks haven’t had the kind of injuries to key performers the Nats have had–if anything, they’ve had the reverse, with ARod and Tex resurgent.

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM

        OK, AL east is weak, but both BlueJays and Yankees are kicking our butts

      • therealjohnc - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:42 PM

        A lot of Yankee fans hate Girardi – they derisively refer to his “binder” because he apparently keeps a lot of information in a binder and (the cynics say) merely paints by numbers according to what his mystic binder tells him.

        Hogwash, of course – but fans almost always hate the manager. But the thing that impresses me about Girardi has nothing to do with this season and everything to do with the previous two seasons. He somehow managed two really terrible teams to an 86 and an 85 win finish, keeping them in wild card contention to practically the end of the season. And if you looked at those rosters your first and second reactions would be “how did he do that?” This year he’s riding the unexpected late season surge of Texeira and the return of some semblance of A-Rod to produce offense even with 3-4 hitters in the lineup each day that just stink. His pitching staff is held together with string and duct tape, but unless/until Tanaka, Pineda and Sabathia fall apart (which may happen any moment) they are a solid team. Their defense is much better than last year, especially when Ellsbury is healthy. Ellsbury may well be their best player.

      • bowdenball - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:46 PM

        Not sure where you’re getting this “picked last” nonsense. The Rays were the consensus pick for last in the AL. Most people agreed the rest of it was basically a crapshoot. Nobody had the Yankees projected as a terrible team this season.

  5. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Personally I think that it’s time that we sacrifice a goat. Like the one that hangs around this neighborhood peeing in everybody’s Wheaties.

    GYFNG!!!

    • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 10:54 AM

      noooo
      not a goat, remember what happen to the Cubs the last time a goat was involved

      LOL

    • nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      No we need to sacrifice a chicken for the Allstate guy. Somebody get a bucket of KFC!

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        No we need to sacrifice a chicken for the Allstate guy

        Man, I’m really missing something. “Jake from Allstate” ??

  6. adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    After 58 games, we’re 30-28.

    Bowdenball noted in last thread:

    We’re two games over .500 despite getting less than replacement level performance from the guys projected to be the #2, #3 and #5 hitters in our opening day lineup before injury and from our #2 and #4 starters.

    We’re frustrating to watch right now. We’re a big disappointment thus far. There are some serious problems that should be addressed. But do we stink? Not by any definition of the word. And certainly not to any fan who watched this team from 2005-2011.

    I want to add one more thing:

    Last year, the 96-win 2014 season, after our first 58 games we were . . . .

    30-28.

    As Casey Stengel would say: “you can look it up!”

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:22 AM

      Wonk,

      So the 10 game win streak is right around the corner. Right?

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:58 AM

        That happened last time I said something like this (in late April!!)

    • ITGSOT - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      You should look up Boswell’s column from the other day. He had it right. This is the third straight year now that the Nats have been napping in June at around .500. Everyone says, ah sure they’re a great team, they’ll wake up eventually. But in 2013 they woke up too late. Now people say, yeah but this year there’s no team gonna run away with it like the Braves did in 2013. True that, but if the Nats wake up late this year they will need to win the division. If they lose it by even one game their record won’t get them a WC berth.

      • bowdenball - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:42 AM

        Why do you say that? Assume that 88 wins is enough for a wild card spot, as has usually been the case. Are you saying it’s too late for the Nats to reach 88 wins? That’s just 58 wins over 104 games, a .557 winning %.

        Plenty of time to compile a record good enough to grab a wild card spot.

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

        That’s always the question! Is this year like 2013, where they get on track way too late, or like 2014, where they get on track by mid-June?

        Heck if I know. That’s why they play the games!

        And that’s what makes being a fan (with perspective) so much fun!

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:03 PM

        (I should add — one obvious difference between 2013 and now, is that in the former year, we were chasing a hot team; but this year it seems like the NL East is ready there for the taking for *any* team that can get it together — and I don’t see any other team besides the Nats and Mets, who are nowhere near as good as the 2013 Braves)

  7. jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    It pains me to watch RZim. I told my son last night that all I’m hoping for is a hard line drive anywhere. To see him take 90 MPH fastballs on the outside corner which used to end up in the gap in previous years or seeing weak ground balls is just tough. We better hope it’s injury or slump related because if that’s who he is now we are in serious trouble.

  8. npb99 - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Weak division update: As of this morning, no team in the NL east has a positive run differential.

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:03 PM

      Wow!

  9. nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Unbelievable, but true. Nats106 is still not concerned. Maybe I’m hyperventilating over what I’m going to have to pay for the season tickets next year, but given the injuries, missing two starting pitchers, a young and unproven bullpen for innings 7 and 8 we’re in a good spot, which is the NL East. As npb99 points out, no NL east team has a positive run differential.

    This division is up for grabs and we just need to take it when we go down the stretch. We are the American Pharaoh of baseball! And once we squeak into the playoffs, then its balls to the walls time and MW will have another opportunity to prove he is the guy to lead this team.

    • nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      or not.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:40 PM

      omg, just think how much we’ll make once we start replicating those genes! What?

      “We are the American Pharaoh of baseball!”

  10. nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    In the fantasy baseball department anybody know if Ramos is going to DH today?

    • nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      Thanks Mark!

  11. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    Right now, they look like they’d have a hard time beating the 2009-2010 Natinals in a 5-game series. It’s really ugly. They are both hurt, and playing with several heads up their respective asses. It happens. They’re probably worried, too — I know I am.

    BUT … They are not going to play .182 baseball (2 for 11) for the rest of the season (which would give them a record of approximately 48-114). They are not this bad.

    And anything less than 100 ABs is too small a sample to worry about.

  12. scnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Seriously… what does Desmond have to do to earn a game on the bench. Danny is playing as good as he ever has yet MW continues to reward the Crazy L Machine by giving him better at bats.

    • bowdenball - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      Espinosa is in the lineup too. Are you complaining about lineup construction or demanding that Desmond be benched? Benching Desmond would mean using Ramos or Uggla at the DH instead of Escobar. I’m not sure trading Desi’s bat for Uggla’s or Ramos’ at this point is a big upgrade, and I think MW probably wants to give Ramos a full day off.

      • scnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM

        I’m complaining that the guy who leads the team in boneheaded plays has played every inning. Mostly I’m just complaining.

      • bowdenball - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:43 PM

        Bryce Harper’s pretty close to the team lead in boneheaded plays. Guessing you don’t mind seeing him out there every day? 😉

        I get it, though. Hard to NOT complain during a stretch like this. And wow, that is one ugly lineup 5 to 9, especially considering there’s a DH spot.

  13. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    So, since he’s not playing, after today’s game will Ryan Zimmerman be 0 for his last 68? Just wondering.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      According to Mick’s figuring yes.

      Is Nattygoat at work today?

    • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:51 PM

      hey pal… charlie slowes said it not me, i was just repeating and the bottom line is if Zim is not injured, all should be worried

      you can ridicule me and attack me all you wnat.

      you all act as if i am the only one on this board that something that is questionable then you attack me.

      What SICKENS me is that nobody has nice word for anyone if they post something agreeable or intersting which says more about the character of the jfm’s in here than anything else. btw: jfm, I think you are a creep period

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:12 PM

        If Charlie said he either misread or was saying it tongue in cheek.

  14. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Desi still saying he did the right play.

    He is delusional.

    New day let’s play like the ability says we can.

    • therealjohnc - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      FWIW, Ray Knight was vehemently with Desmond last night, that the play was to third.

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:47 PM

        given the fact that Desi has 14 errors already and counting, I respectively disagree with Knight

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:49 PM

        He was still that way today. Because the runner was already close to third it was almost impossible to miss him. Also ARod is slow now. That clearly was the play. Had Brett Garner was the batter the play to third makes sense.

        The batter’s speed dictated the correct play.

      • David Proctor - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:53 PM

        I disagree with that. Did Ray factor in who was running to third? A-Rod isn’t much faster than Ramos at this point. He hit the ball sharply. He was barely out of the box when Desmond made the stop. Desmond could’ve stood up, set himself and still thrown A-Rod out by two steps. Whereas the play at third, even if the throw is good and Rendon properly sets himself (which he did not), is a close play because there was a speedy runner on second bearing down on Rendon. The play is at first all the way. You have to know your runners.

      • David Proctor - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:53 PM

        Sorry, I mean did he factor in who was running to FIRST

  15. richardp6 - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    The only thing i’ll say in Zimms defense is that he has had a lot of great plays made against him. Some were probably helped by his running troubles but not all of at bats have been weak ground balls to second. He’s not in the lineup today. Maybe this is the beginning of the Tyler Moore try out similar to the Michael A Taylor tryout. Problem is, its gradually becoming a AAA team when you throw in the bullpen and Ross.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Time for Moore not less.

  17. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Zimmerman is either more seriously injured than the Nationals will admit or the injury is affecting his performance more than Zimmerman will admit. PF lopped thirty points off Pujols’s BA and Zimmerman is not what Pujols was as a hitter. Glad that he gets a day off but he needs a lot more rest than that. In light of Werth’s injury, Rendon’s recovery lag, Ramos’s slump, Desmond’s under-performance and lack of discipline and Taylor’s inexperience, Williams has practically no choice but to trot Zimmerman out there (nearly) every day and pray for a resurgence that is nowhere in sight. The Nats should have put Zimmerman on the DL back in April-May when this problem arose and left him there until he recovered — 15, 30 days, whatever. “Slump” is a euphemism for hope.Now hope is more valuable than letting him heal. Hope he proves me wrong, starting Thursday.

  18. micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    I guess I should have said near last place, even though in both SI and ESPN’s they had Yankees only 1 game ahead of tampa

    as if it mitigates my point

    unbelievable!!!!

    now this is rididulous

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    My my the word press carousel is at work again.

    Whoever is the Word press programmer is he is slumping more than Zim. He needs to go on the DL.

  20. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    12 pitches for Gio. I’m shocked.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      As was I.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Charlie on the radio is very ho-hum. Gio Ks A-Rod and you’d never know it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      He may be at a point where all of us are… Just not sure what we are going to see, so we wont get too far up or too far down on anything…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:43 PM

        Possibly a lack of sleep but as monotone as I’ve ever heard Charlie.

        Normally it’s that excited “STRIKE 3 CALLED”!!!!

  22. rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Desi stinks.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Gio in the second inning is an example of what causes us problems in the game.

    After 2 outs 19 pitches. Then nibble city starts and takes 10 more pitches to get the third out.

    Thishapoens often enough our starters leave at least an inning sometimes two earlier, and the inconsistent bullpen comes into action.

    He is not the only one who does this, but does it more than the others (except SS). MAXdoes more than he should thus his wall comes way to soon.

  24. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    It is really painful watching these Nats at bats.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Espinosa with an oppo double. His 1st career hit off of Eovaldi.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Did I hear Carp right? Did he say hitters are hitting .375 against Evoldi’s fastball.

    By the way I am using Espi on draft king’s as well as Harp and ARod.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:45 PM

      Speaking of draft king’s kicking ass with my SS Carlos Hernandez of Phillies and a great game by Russell Martin who just homered.

  26. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    See how that works. Now for D-Span.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Nats on the board and the Natsinsider out of whack again.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Word press needs to go on the DL.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:50 PM

        It’s awful and the Moderators need to check in once in a while. I just don’t get how the interaction with Mods here is near zero. At least on all the MASN blogs the writers are interactive.

        We drive the traffic and with traffic is ad revenue so while they are all free, they all make money.

        With the frustration of lousy baseball comes lousy in-game moderation. Sorry to vent. I appreciate Mark but come on.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:13 PM

        Well, with such a large number of current and former NI’ers eschewing the in-game threads, I can’t say as I blame him if he’s not enthusiastic about participating in the conversation.

        As for the REPORT button, my aim on a laptop is bad enough that I’ve done it inadvertently many times.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Spanning hitting style.

    Ok Gio there is your run. Make it stick.

  29. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    And now for Tony.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Rendon you need to get out of spring training mode.

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    I wonder where this comment will end up.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      You never know.

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Aight Gio – need a shut down inning here…

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Lobaton must be paying FP because he gushes over him. If I hear the “pitch framing” one more time I’m going to explode. You don’t know if Loby is stealing strikes because you don’t know if he gets that with another catcher.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Funnily enough, I was just about to say that I prefer the Gio/Lobo combo… Im at work, so have to listen to C and D…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:50 PM

        Then you know how glum Charlie is. Hopefully he’s happier now.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:48 PM

      Lucroy of the Brewers the best at stealing pitches.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:52 PM

        Yadier doesn’t even steal pitches, the umps just give it to him.

        Loby does do a good job at catching the ball at the bottom of the webbing instead of the middle of his mitt but like I said FanGraphs rates him poorly and a big part is his percentage of Wild Pitches on his watch.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:57 PM

      Just switched to the radio broadcast.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        I have earphones in for radio and TV on. FP last night sent me over the edge with saying Scherzer was being left in to geta chance at a W. You think it, but don’t say it like it’s ok.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Gio if you are going to pitch inside, Ian you need to move over a little to have a chance.

  35. Mark Zuckerman - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Folks, if you want the comments to appear in proper order, stop reporting comments that don’t warrant a red flag (and replying to those that might be flagged). Every time a comment is reported, it drops to the bottom of the page until it’s approved by an administrator (ie. me, Chase or someone else at CSN). If a comment does get deleted, the replies to that comment remain there at the bottom of the page. Hence the out-of-order appearance at times.

    Best advice: 1) Don’t report a comment just because someone expresses an opinion you don’t agree with, only report something that is legitimately offensive and merits deletion. 2) Don’t reply to comments that are likely to be reported or deleted.

    Sorry for the problems this causes, but there’s no other way around it that I know of (aside from moving off WordPress altogether, and that’s not something that I or anyone at CSN Washington has any say over).

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:53 PM

      Thanks.

      Do you realize almost all reports are accidents? The button is next to reply. It gets hit accident my. An easy cure would be put up a note that says do you really want Ro report? If no then undo.

      Not rocket science at all.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      Have you sat through a game this week with NattyGoats? I don’t report him but others do. He is clearly SWM reincarnated and it’s tough enough watching a lousy game but to read the constant Hatorade is tough.

      The other issue is the “report comment” button is next to the “reply” which causes innocent false reporting.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        ‘The other issue is the “report comment” button is next to the “reply” which causes innocent false reporting’

        Lord knows I am guilty as charged on that one… But I try to post a SORRY! notice asap… Its cuz I am normally on my phone when I am posting and the screen is smaller…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        I’ve done it before also. If they could space it out it would solve most issues.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:01 PM

      Mark, I believe most of the “report comment” hits are done inadvertently by folks with iPads. If one scans down the page holding the tablet with both hands it is way too easy to hit the “report comment” tab with your thumb. The tab is in a bad place for tablet users, especially. If it could be moved over to the right side of the box the problem would be solved.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:06 PM

        I report myself as much as I do anyone as they are always an accident caused by the thumb on the tablet.

        The programmer was obviously not someone like me.

      • texnat1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:08 PM

        Yes, I am with the crowd that believes that most reporting is by accident.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Good job shutting them down.

    I am now putting on summoning hat.

    I am summoning some tack on runs.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Damn ump that was ball 4. Now a foul off the foot, that never would happen had he been on first.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 1:57 PM

      Yep, wouldn’t you know it. That had to hurt.

      • rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:02 PM

        The opposition should intentionally walk Bryce every time he comes to the plate.Why would you let him beat you when nobody else can beat you.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        The ball was clearly outside so there was no reason not to call it a ball.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    A clear pitch around by Gio on Texeira. Eovaldi pitched around Bryce but the ump gave him a strike on 3-0.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      TeX is terrible right handed I though. Why pitch around him?

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Clint R is SSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOO overdue for a HR… I hope he gets it his next at bat…

  40. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    62 pitches through 4 innings and only 1 walk and 1 hit for the Yankees.

    Gio will never be accused of being efficient.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Moore is less. 0-13 skid.

  42. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Nice Espinosa goes yard, that’s our 2nd most productive Homer guy!

    More runs please…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      He will Zobrist tomorrow night.

  43. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    I am now officially in the Danny Espinosa plays every day camp.

    Never thought I’d say that.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      My thoughts too. No need for Zobrist we have him. And I was the one lighting torches to get him out of town.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM

        Before the torches were earned. He has been so much better this year.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      Read James Wagner’s Tweet below . I’ve been even before Werth was injured needed the outfielders glove as he is an upgrade in LF.

    • Guapo - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Espinona has 8 HRs and 18 RBIs, Desmond 5 and 17, despite having 80 less ABs. His OPS is nearly 180 points higher as well.

      There is no excuse for starting #20 now that Rendon is back.

      • Guapo - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:45 PM

        Michael A Taylor now equals Desmond’s HR total (5) and has 4 more RBIs at 21 total, despite having 107 less ABs.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Picking Espi for draft king’s was a great move.

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      It sure was. I do believe you caused that HR. Thanks! 😉

  45. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Spanny moves the line with a single. Both two-out hits. Tony Two Bags up.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:21 PM

      TTB Singles, it almost looked like Span coulda snuck home on that weak throw to 2nd. If he’d a kept running I think he would have made it.

      Yuni up with two on and two out. Me likey…

      • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:24 PM

        And a popup to end the inning.

  46. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    OK, my hand is off and in hand. Good gogamooga, Danny Espinosa is on a tear.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    “@JamesWagnerWP: With the way he continues to hit, the Nats have to find a way to keep Espinosa’s bat in the lineup. I bet he plays LF this next series.”

    Thanks James.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Do we dare put Espi behind Harper to protect him (Zim and Desi don’t protect him)

  49. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    When is Tony Twobags going to start barreling up balls?

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      Not quite squared up but I’ll take it.

  50. npb99 - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    I wish to report all comments in the past two years expressing frustration with Danny Espinosa, including my own.

  51. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    if you’re tired of buff and FB making excuses for this team or others mincing their words go listen to the radio broadcast of the Yankee. John sterling this team was supposed to be competing for the World Series and they are two games over 500 and behind the month. they’re not hitting accept Escobar and Harper. Susan I’ll tell you another problem with this team is there short stuff has 14 errors 113 to the season. That’s unbelievable for a major league short stuff. Another thing they’re starting stuff really hasn’t been as good as they were supposed to be. John sterling yes Strasburg has been terrible. sometimes it’s good

    • exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:24 PM

      Sorry let me try this again

  52. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    if you’re tired of Bob and FP making excuses for this team or others mincing their words go listen to the radio broadcast of the Yankees.

    John sterling this team was supposed to be competing for the World Series and they are two games over 500 and behind the Mets.

    They’re not hitting accept Escobar and Harper.

    Susan :I’ll tell you another problem with this team is there short stop has 14 errors in on 3rd of the season. That’s unbelievable for a major league short stop. Another thing they’re starting staff really hasn’t been as good as they were supposed to be.
    John sterling :yes Strasburg has been terrible.

    I say sometimes it’s good to look in the mirroir. I hope MW and Rizzo are letting thrm know about them underachieving

    • rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      Must bat Bryce 3rd

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    How do you walk Jose Pirela.

  54. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Why on earth do you nibble with a free swinging rookie #8 hitter?

    • rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

      This is vintage Gio.No one can touch him thru 4 and walk,hit batter against the bottom of the order.You know what is next.

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:54 PM

        Lemme guess — closing out the inning with no runs?

    • rlndtln - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      I have said this for weeks you will never win with this bullpen.Stop talking about this and that.Until you can get 2 relievers to pitch the 7th and 8th,WE ART GOING NOWHERE.

  55. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Gio wears me out.

  56. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    I’m reluctant to post Espinosa in LF because no matter how athletic he may be I don’t want learning new position to detract from what he’s been doing elsewhere. Instead I’m finally flipping over to the sit Desmond column. Desmond not only flails and fails he’s also developing a sullen look when he strikes out, as if God was personally defecating on the bill of his cap. That doesn’t bode well for the Swingers Anonymous meetings he should be attending. I’ve been convinced Williams wouldn’t subject him to public scorn but Espinosa has made the case emphatically.

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      You have a point but it’s not gonna happen. My out of the box idea is Escobar in left leaving the infield defense in tact.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Now from Mark: “For those asking about #Nats getting Espinosa in lineup again: I don’t see it happening at SS, do see it happening in LF soon.”

    Watch out Mark saying things like that.

  58. dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    wish we could have taken advantage of 2 runners on base last inning
    Cause they won’t take Gio out until it is too late.

  59. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Gio’s wheels wobbling walking the 8th hitter and hitting the 9th. Two on, one out. Get someone up Matty.

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    Com eon Gio… Come. on.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    BTW – I am on board… Danny E must play every day. Not even a question that he shouldn’t… between he and Bryce, they are carrying the team…

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      and Escobar.

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:36 PM

      And Span

    • dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM

      hopefully soon Rendon and Escobar will support the weight too….
      maybe Ramos too….after that, Seems like Zimm is hurt, Desmond won;t change approach, Taylor is young, Span is playing very hurt. but Escobar, Rendon, Harp, Ramos, Danny may have enuf runs in them as we pray for better health for Zimm and Span.
      Better things could happen in the mean time if Desmond returns to his career norms.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Gio seemingly creates his own problems with walks. Gets outn of his own jam. Pitch count climbing

  63. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Whew, Gio gets out of that one. Going into the 6th, Nats 2 Yanks 0. Gio has a one-hitter going, but it doesn’t feel like it.

  64. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Getting out of that inning with 15 pitches was actually pretty good.

    But Gio still wears me out.

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:37 PM

      Guys,

      Gio is Gio. He still hasn’t given up a run though and Scherzer had 100 pitches after 6 innings yesterday 2.

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:57 PM

        True — but —

        a) we always have to complain whever Gio issues a walk, because it’s always his nibbling, whereas if Scherzer walks somebody, umm, I’m not sure

        b) on a more serious note, Scherzer had give up a lot of hits by the sixth inning if I remember, no?

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    I think the expression that NatsJackinFl said says it best.

    Gio and his constant nibbling when unneccesatu “Wears me out.”

    BTW NatsJack we went to the same high school, but I was a few years younger. You might have been in my sister’s class.

    You played with Tom Bradley and my personal favorite Wally Brown didn’t you?

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM

      I just added Danny Espinosa and dropped Jimmy Rollins on my Fantasy Team.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:44 PM

        Nice move. Used him on draft king’s. My SS on fantasy is Brandon Crawford

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      Yes. Tom and I were captains of the 1965 Jaguars.

      Coming up to our 50th High School Reunion this weekend.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:50 PM

        Dennis Crawford invited me though I am a here youngster. My sister was class of 64. She went by her nickname. Even in the yearbook. If you knew a girl name Chickie you knew her.

        Also I was ejected by Lee Barbash from the stands when I told him my friend Albert would be a better ump. Barbash turned and said Albert us blind. I said I know. I think that was in 1966.

  66. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    C’mon @bathoarder. I’m really rooting for you here! CRob up with one out, Harp on 2nd.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      Popup for the out. TMo up now. Two down, Harp on 2nd. Evaldi at 81 pitches. And another popup. Inning over.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    I’m not going to say CRob is due for something to go far.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      CRob is wearing then on me.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:46 PM

        Yep, no better option though

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:58 PM

        How about TG Jr?

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Desi saw 1 pitch… 1 frickin pitch… It makes me want to tear my hair out with him sometimes…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:42 PM

      I have no problem if a fastball down the middle. Not one on the inner corner.

      Obviously Schu and Williams don’t care as if they insisted he show some discipline or bench he would probably just choose the benching.

      I am not against first ball swinging if a fastball over the muddle or a hanging slider.

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      Espi hit his HR on the first pitch, no?

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Quit the nibbling and Lobo catch the damn ball. That was not hard to catch.

  70. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    Wow, McCann had me worried after that dangerous foul. Gio rings him up on a fastball way above the strike zone. Now let’s get Beltran. 2 out man on 2nd.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      Beltran out on a broken bat come-backer, Gio tags him out. On to the seventh.

      I’m holding my breath here!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      Gio wears us out. How can he stand himself?

      • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:03 PM

        I’m sure it’s easier to be him when he checks his bank balance. 11M this year, 12 next.

  71. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    OK. Now let’s see if the Nats can have a successful 7th inning.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Mrs B we must take away the honer as it was a first pitch hanging curve.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Good job Espi

  74. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    The Nats sure have a mess of hitters that can’t square a ball up.

    Danny Espinosa isn’t one of them.

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM

      Yep,

      5 through 8 full of out machines.

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Rendon due a 2 bag

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    Headed to granddaughter’s for graduation tonight so will listen to D and C

  77. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    So much for the successful 7th inning.

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      Gotta give him credit for what he did so far . . . 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER (so far) ought to be enough to win a game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:11 PM

      I get in the car and all hell broke loose. Where was tge triple.

      Why Rivero in high pressure spot?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:13 PM

        Why did Moore not field it?

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    I have been trying to reply to comments for the past 10 minutes… ugh, wordpress, please, work with me here…

    Will try to check back in later on…

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Gio gives it up. Cling to this lead.

  80. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Gio leaves the game after a triple to Brendan Ryan, just over the outstretched glove of Span in deep center. Span may have misplayed that, but it was a rocket.

    Yanks score one, and have a man on third.

    On to our bullpen, and now I’m feeling even worse! Filepe Rivero on, his fourth MLB appearance. Brett Gardner, tie run on third, one out, infield in.

    Pucker factor rising.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      Did Span misplay it enough that we can place blame like Desi last night.

      • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM

        On the second shot over his head he looked to not be moving as quickly as usual.

        Lotta guys dinged on this team, and Harp took an ugly one off his foot earlier.

  81. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Another rookie that can’t throw strikes…whats new

  82. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Theophilus T.S. – Jun 10, 2015 at 2:29 PM
    I’m reluctant to post Espinosa in LF because no matter how athletic he may be I don’t want learning new position to detract from what he’s been doing elsewhere. Instead I’m finally flipping over to the sit Desmond column. Desmond not only flails and fails he’s also developing a sullen look when he strikes out, as if God was personally defecating on the bill of his cap. That doesn’t bode well for the Swingers Anonymous meetings he should be attending. I’ve been convinced Williams wouldn’t subject him to public scorn but Espinosa has made the case emphatically.

    I am thrilled for Espinosa, and for the mostly unexpected contributions he has made so far this year. I agree with Theo on this though. Desmond’s defense has been pretty bad, to put it nicely. Espinosa and Escobar have been consistently very good in the infield, to put it mildly. Rendon is just waking up.

    Offensively, Desmond has 249 plate appearances. He now has 68 K’s. He has 17 RBI’s

    Michael Taylor’s 50 K’s are tiresome to watch, but in 137 PA’s, Taylor has 19 RBI’s ( 112 less chances than Desmond)

    My point is: Desi should be the one to sit.The IF should be strengthened, not weakened.I agree that Espinosa needs to stay in the lineup, but at 2B. I’m sure he could play a fine LF, especially if he had more time to learn the position. There is already a guy playing good defense in LF. Now, if Span goes down, all of my feelings would be different. But Desi is the that should go to the bench right now, in my opinion.

  83. Danny - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Knew that lead wouldn’t hold. Back to work!

  84. Danny - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Seemingly every time the pen comes in now a grease fire results.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      He put us in position to win, then put the Yanks in position to tie.

      A wash

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Another starter left in too long

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      because our pen is so good. Right?

    • exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      MW doesnt trust the bullpen. Tell Rizzo to get proven guys. This Rookies are useless right now.

      • exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:23 PM

        And thats why he kept Gio in there. Finally FP stops making excuses for the bullpen. Its about time.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      2nd attempt – (sorry for the double and/or triple posts)

      With this BP, we need our SP to just go 8 every night… cuz this bullpen cant be trusted at all. Again, I don’t blame MW for leaving GIo in…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:29 PM

      2nd attempt – (sorry for the double and/or triple posts)

      With this BP, we need our SP to just go 8 every night… cuz this bullpen cant be trusted at all. Again, I don’t blame MW for leaving GIo in…

  86. TheBigDummy - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    I don’t care where it is in the field, second, LF, (preferably)SS, or 1B, Danny has to play every day at this point.

    Sucks for Gio, he pitched a good game today. Sucks for the team too, the Yanks have some momentum now and are into our leaky bullpen.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Yup and the Nats are into the strength of the Yankees bullpen.

  87. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Relief pitchers that refuse to throw strike 1 really tick me off.

  88. natsguy - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    And here comes the late inning meltdown. Predictable or what?

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      Yanks put up a 4 in the seventh. Nats 2 Yanks 4.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    MW said last weekend some time that once we have the lead it is up to the pitcher to keep it.

  90. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    And Cy Young Barettt does it again

  91. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    FP’s excuse making is bordering on shameful.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      Turned him off hours ago. I’s a shame, at one point I enjoyed his comments. Now he’s not listenable.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      It’s bad

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    MW said last weekend some time that once we have the lead it is up to the pitcher to keep it.

    C and D implied Span definitely should have caught ARod’s hit.

  93. scnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    How much more does Rizzo have to see to go get us an arm. The guys we have for middle relief just cant cut it. Time to move some of this dead wood out of here.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    I cant say that I am surprised… that is how much faith I have in this bull pen…

  95. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    I am going to search out the back fields in Viera and find where the Nats pitchers practice throwing their breaking pitches into the legs and feet of opposing hitters.

  96. TheBigDummy - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Sigh. This bullpen is agonizing to watch. Getting really tired of seeing Barrett in crucial situations too, but who else is there?

    If we’re to make noise in October, we’ve got to make noise on the phones in the summer to get some bullpen arms.

    Get Desmond out of there. Flat out.

  97. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Black cats..really? Their losing is supernatural…give me a break

  98. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Warm up the plane for the trip to Milwaukee.

    Not only do the Nats have to score 3 runs in the next 6 outs, they have to shut down the Yankees.

  99. jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    The pen is bad but the pressure on the pitchers to be total shutdown is enormous. When you see a lineup with 4 straight players who are close to automatic outs there’s a real problem and not much help available.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Lindren younger than Harper

  101. micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    “Nobody had the Yankees projected as a terrible team this season.”

    SI had yankees wining 77 and ESPN had yankees wiining 78, both one game ahead of tampa for last place. So, Bowden, is it fair to use the term liar when you say the above post???

    just asking, since you called me a liar first.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    The formula to win is eady just they cannot do it.

    Starters must go 8 innings meaning no more than 96 pitches through 8 innings. Then bring in Storen.

    Our guys pitch way to many pitches. Then our middle relief is so inconsistent, we lose.

    • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      you are spot on and I just read your post after I posted

  103. dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    let’s keep padding they three runs or less stat

  104. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Tie Game on a MAT homer with Desmond on.

  105. TheBigDummy - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Michael Taylor!!

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Good ole MAT…. Good ole MAT!

  107. micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Other than Storen and Thornton, Nats do not have a BP. It does not matter if Nats score 5 or more runs a game, unless our starters can go 8 innings, we are doomed with this roster of garbage in the BP. This alos puts more pressure on Drew.

    I feel bad for Gio and I am one of the few in here that have not criticized Gio. I think as a 4th pitcher he has done well.

  108. natsjackinfl - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    I like young Mr. Taylor.

    • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      agreed

    • TimDz - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      Do you like him enough to trust him full time in CF next year? Or would you advocate signing Span again?

      • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:42 PM

        good question… I would resign span and assume MT takes over in 2018, MT may be playing for Werth as jayson is now old and injury prone, something to consider

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:45 PM

        Sign Span for 2/3 years….

        Transition MAT to LF with Jayson…

      • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:45 PM

        I love Span’s game but I think he costs too much next year. He makes 9M this year and that would go up a few. I think we cross fingers and put MAT in the lineup next year and beyond.

  109. micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    very proud of Espi….comeback player of the year right now in NL

  110. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Taylor buys himself a few more weeks in the majors

  111. langleyclub - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    MAT has two of the biggest hits for this team this season. GS at Arizona and the current bomb to tie this game. He also leads the team in steals. For a team that struggles to score runs, think he has to play almost everyday until JW comes back.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      Uggla HR is ATL was bigger IMHO

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    MAT with another impact HR

  113. micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    valuable experience for MT….if this kid cuts down on his KO’s, nats have something special the next decade

  114. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Who keeps it tie now?

  115. jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Casey Jansen.

    Let’s hope.

  116. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Now, young mister Taylor has 4 more RBI’s than Ian Desmond. He has over 110 less plate appearances. He also has 3 more RBI’s than Espinosa with 40 less PA’s. I say keep Taylor in LF, Espinosa, at 2B, Escobar at SS, and Desi to the bench.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Can someone explain the flaw in my statistically backed feeling? Why possibly weaken both the IF the OF by playing a guy out of position just so a struggling Ian Desmond stays in the lineup?

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

      He has over 110 less plate appearances.

      But only 14 fewer strike outs 😉

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:08 PM

        I’ll ( reluctantly) take the K’s with his defense and RBI’s per PA.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:19 PM

        Splitting hairs, but I think with today, it’s 18 more K’s by Desmond.

  117. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Re: FP, he may be unlistenable but it’s not all his fault. He’s trying to sell tinned beef as steak. That’s his job, unfortunately. It’s the Nats who are — often — unlistenable and unwatchable. This is a bad afternoon as there are no alternatives on TV and nothing on tonight to take the taste out of my mouth if this ends up badly.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      What did he say?

      • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        He was going on about pitch framing in the first and I had to switch to the radio. Later someone commented that he was making excuses, I wasn’t listening then.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      What did he say??

      Sorry for the double attempt…

    • micksback1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      I think both FP and Bobby C are critical when they have to be

    • exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      I dont know I like guys that tell it like it is. Like the SNY guys. Get excited for the good, point out the bad.

  118. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Danny with a big play by hustling to first on a grounder staying out of the double play.

    Another note, that ball that bounced off second base, that just showed how the game is treating us these days.

  119. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    That steal is huge!

  120. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Well I guess Span’s wheels can’t be that messed up, he just stole second with two out in the ninth. Tony2Bags up. 2-1 count. Ball 3. Ball 4. Rendon walked. Escobar coming to the plate.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      How does his look on defense? C and D kinda spoke earlier like he didn’t look like himself?

      • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        Honestly he looked bad on two plays in the seventh. Both hit over his head but not to the track. He didn’t catch up to either one. The first just barely out of his reach, the second well over his head. On the second he didn’t really recover quickly to get the ball either.

        Then he goes and steals a base. So I don’t know.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        Maybe he usually catches at least one of the balls, but he is being positioned by Widemeyer(sp?). The bigger question is why wasn’t he in a no doubles defense? Both shots were well over his head.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      Escobar hits it to the right side, but not squared up, and it’s able to be grabbed by Tex. Our half inning over. Now we go to the bottom of the 9th.

  121. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Escobar should just go oppo boppo for a hit…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      Sigh – never mind…

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      He tried! Great snag byTexiera

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      Just out luck…. Its been that type of day, series, stretch of baseball…

      • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        As evidenced by the ball that hit off second base and skipped right over Desi’s head. What can you do with that?

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    So close Esco!

  123. jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Oh boy !!

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    That was good Treinen!

  125. jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    When you see Treinen’s arsenal you wonder why he does so poorly.

    • texnat1 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      I have had this thought many times.

  126. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Treinen looked good getting ARod swinging. On to the tenth.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      From Mark:

      4:04 p.m. — Extra innings! The Nats couldn’t push across the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth, and then Blake Treinen retired the side in the bottom of the inning, capped with a strikeout of A-Rod on a 98-mph sinker. So we continue…

      • dcwx61 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        imagine if MW brought Treinen in for the big save situation in the 7th

  127. nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    End this now, Harper!

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Another great at bat Desi… smdh

  129. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Easy Mrs B, Easy. Desi swinging on the first pitch again… A fastball on the inner half.

  130. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Rizzo needs to work on gettin g relievers. To many just come in when runners are on and they cannot do the job.

  131. nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:22 PM

    no way strike em out throw em out dp

  132. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    He looked safe.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      The ump was right on top of the play and had a great view of it.

    • nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      Yankee fan. he was out! Except replay is in NY. we’re hosed

  133. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Strike-em-out, Throw-em-out, double play. Yanks are appealing the tag. First look seems he may have been safe even though the ball got there first. The slide was to the CF side of the bag.

    I bet it’s overturned and the inning continues.

    • nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:25 PM

      At least since it’s in NY it shouldn’t take 35 minutes to make a decision. I hate IR. It will ruin the game.

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

      Tough call to overturn as there’s no clear view to make it definitive.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM

        The standard of the way it should work is how you do it. No clear and convincing proof to overturn.

        Go TyMo, go on for a Espi triple!!!!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM

        TyMo comes through and Span!!!!

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

      Upheld, OUT. On to the 11th. Yanks have no appeal now.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        To me, the Yankees have never had much appeal.

  134. Joe Seamhead - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Wow! A break goes the Nats way! When I saw where the blue was, I thought we had a chance.

  135. exposremains - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    I guess umpire dont have vendetta against the Nats. With the replay tgey dont get anything right.

  136. nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    OK end this now, Moore.

  137. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    After a break like that, you’ve got to take advantage of it. GYFNG!

  138. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    OMG We’re gonna try smallball?

    TyMo singles and Lobo is looking to bunt him over with no outs in the top of the 11th.

    Successfully moves the runner.

    Babe Espinosa coming to the plate.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:32 PM

      A gork off the end of the bat moves Moore to third with two down.

    • nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:32 PM

      Yes, it seems amazing, doesn’t it. Go Babe Espi

      • nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:33 PM

        That didn’t work well…..

  139. nats106 - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Span!!!! Denardo la Vinci!

  140. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Span beats out an infield hit, a weak chopper, and Moore scores. Nats 5 – Yanks 4. Two down, Rendon up, Span on first.

    • nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Out swinging. Storen coming in to pitch.

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:41 PM

        facing the bottom 1/3 of the order . . .

  141. manassasnatsfan - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Do the job Drewwwwwwwww

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:45 PM

      All right !!!!

  142. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Ballgame!

    I haven’t watched one in a while, was out of town listening on radio. That was a nail biter!

    • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:47 PM

      And a phhttt and a raspberry to the poster who said the Nats are a boring team this year . . .

      • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        wonk,

        I gave you some advice last week which you either missed or are choosing to ignore and it’s about engaging in conversation with morons:

        ‘never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.”

      • adcwonk - Jun 10, 2015 at 5:06 PM

        dueling metaphors: sometimes my tigger finger gets rusty, so I engage in target practice by shooting fish in a barrel 😉

        But, seriously folks . . . when whoever it was said games were boring lately, it gave me a chance to re-live some very exciting moments from the last few weeks (not even including that Braves game). The pair of 1-0 winners, RZ’s walk off (against, yes, the Yanks), etc.

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

    A MUCH NEEDED CURLY W

    • jd - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      You could say that again. And not expected after what happened in the 7th. Hope this starts something good.

  144. nataddicted - Jun 10, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Ray just said that MAT’s 5 Dingers, all either tied the game or put the Nats ahead. Clutch!

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