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Game 60: Nats at Brewers

Jun 11, 2015, 4:54 PM EDT

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It’s been a busy day already for the Nationals, who this morning traded for reliever David Carpenter and this afternoon placed Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis, an unfortunate move that felt more and more likely as the week played out. Combine that with Ian Desmond getting his first day off this season, plus the fact Jayson Werth already is on the DL, and Matt Williams has a very different-looking lineup tonight in Milwaukee.

It’ll be Clint Robinson at first base in Zimmerman’s place. Michael Taylor gets the start in left field. And Danny Espinosa, who we surmised earlier this morning might be on the verge of his first career start in the outfield, winds up at shortstop tonight with Desmond out. All told, only three players in tonight’s lineup (including the pitcher) are guys in the Nats’ projected Opening Day lineup and in the position they were expected to play all along: Denard Span in center, Bryce Harper in right, Wilson Ramos behind the plate.

Tanner Roark, himself a fill-in starter, takes the mound at Miller Park, looking to keep up his strong performance to date. Veteran right-hander Matt Garza starts for the Brewers.

I’m not in Milwaukee for this weekend’s series, but please keep up the conversation here as always, and be sure to check back in the morning for some remote analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where:
Miller Park, Milwaukee
Gametime: 8:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183/869
Weather: Chance of rain, 60 degrees, Wind 13 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (31-28)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
1B Clint Robinson
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Tanner Roark

BREWERS (22-38)
C Jonathan Lucroy
CF Gerardo Parra
RF Ryan Braun
1B Adam Lind
3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Shane Peterson
SS Jean Segura
2B Scooter Gennett
RHP Matt Garza

UMPIRES
HP Tim Welke (cc)
1B Mike Everitt
2B Tim Timmons
3B Todd Tichenor

439 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jun 11, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    let’s go Nats…

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      Shake ’em up, roll the dice, and let’s have a winner.

      • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:10 PM

        Yup.

    • senators69 - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:17 PM

      Left side of the infield is the one me and so many others called for numerous posts ago!
      if it was Moore at first, it would match exactly!

      I think (hope) we score some runs tonight!

  2. Guapo - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    Espinosa cycles tonight and Wally Pipps Desmond.

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      Danny has earned a starting position, on the merits. And Desmond has earned a seat on the bench, on the merits. MW seems to have gone with his best producers at each position, other than Rendon, who is a special case.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:34 PM

        Looks like this is a 1 day line-up. Desi back in tomorrow.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      There are just so many things wrong with this “Wally Pipps” analogy–not least that Espi has now gone from goat to Lou Gehrig.

      • Guapo - Jun 12, 2015 at 12:37 AM

        It’s a joke, brah. Lighten up.

  3. masterfishkeeper - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Interesting that Lucroy is leading off. When was the last time you saw a catcher leading off?

    • nats106 - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      Jason Kendall

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        Great memory, nats106!

      • nats106 - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:24 PM

        I remember he had a lot of speed for a catcher. I think it was early in his career that he led off.

  4. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    One of these days I’ll stop calling Clint Robinson Cliff Robertson.

    • nats106 - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:18 PM

      And I’ll stop calling Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore

      • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:22 PM

        He’s gonna make it after all!

      • wearenationals - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        +1

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:36 PM

      Cliff Robertson won an Oscar for his role in Charlie.

  5. natsfan1a - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    I’m gonna have to hope for a happy game results email for the next couple unless the games go really fast.

    Go, Ro-ark! Go, NATS!! Oh, and go down the water slide again, Kolko! 😉

    • laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      “Oh, and go down the water slide again, Kolko!”

      LOL…;0)

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      Not that I’ve watched a lot of Brewers games, but I literally have never seen Bernie slide down the whole way and splash into the water. I wonder why they don’t show that on the broadcast. I hope not to see it during this series, but has anyone ever seen it on TV?

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        Hi Everyone,

        Dueces, The slide doesn’t end in water. It’s just from one level to another, it’s really a little pointless. If you don’t have a costume on, you ride on a piece of burlap. No pool at the end. It looks a lot like when you step off an ice rink. It ends with a rubber area like that.

        Not that I knew, I looked at a couple of Youtubes.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        Oh ok. No wonder they don’t show it.

        Boy is that dumb.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:59 PM

        Back in the day, he would slide into a big beer stein.

        http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/23/sports/baseball/23cheer.html?_r=0

  6. NIWatcher - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    He was pretty good in Flowers for Algernon (aka Charly).

    • NatsLady - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      Such a sad movie (and book).

    • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:22 PM

      PT109!!!

      • nats106 - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:27 PM

        Kevin Bacon game to Cliff Robertson and Adam Dunn (Dallas Buyers Club) who can do it?

      • NIWatcher - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:33 PM

        There’s a app for that. Cliff Robertson was in Class (1983) with James DuMont who was with Adam Dunn in Dallas Buyers Club 2013.

  7. laddieblahblah - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Hmmm. Just checked up on Matt Skole. Over his last 3 games he is 6 for 12, including his 9th HR, with 2 walks, making his on base numbers 8 for 14.

    Maybe he finally woke up.

  8. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Those doing a victory lap because Desi’s not playing tonight probably should cool their jets. He’ll likely be back in there tomorrow.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:42 PM

      No victory lap here, but mainly because I think that you are right. Like I said earlier, he’s in a slump and he will probably work his way out of it. Truly, I would’ve put Rendon at 3B, Danny at 2B and Yunel at SS, but everytime that I have questioned MW’s odd changes they have worked out great.

      GYFNG!!!

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:23 PM

        I think you should concede what I believe The Brain Trust has concluded: Escobar is serviceable at 3B but not a defensive whiz who should be extended beyond his abilities. So leave him at 3B where the team is comfortable and let him be Melvin Mora.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        I agree with your lineup. Also, I would have T-mo @ 1st … He needs to be there all day every day.

        This game should be fun to watch!

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      Must you crush their dreams?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:02 PM

        Theo never liked the pickup of Yunel. Fact is he is a better SS than he is at 3B.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        Maybe he is a better SS. But has he had any time there at all this year?

        Espinosa on the other hand has had to move to, well, a lot of places on the diamond.

        Espi is handling the jerking around.

        I agree with the idea of leaving Escobar to cover third for the foreseeable future and plugging TTB into second. Tony has done the job there before. And Yuni really is only fifty games into settling into being a third baseman. Leave that alone because it hasn’t hurt us yet.

        There are fewer moving parts this way.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        Well, Desi will be back in the lineup tomorrow. So it doesn’t matter much. But when the IF includes Esco, Espi, and Rendon, I’d put Rendon at 3B where he’s a superior fielder, Esco at SS where he’s played for years (he doesn’t need to have played there this year to do it well), and Espi at 2B where he is very good as well. A little surprised at MW’s choices tonight on Desi’s day off.

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    Williams is offering up himself to be hoisted on the horns of a dilemma: If Espinosa goes on a ten-game hitting streak, when does Williams give Desmond his job back? After tonight’s game, however, it turns out, Williams has to swear up and down that “it’s only a rest.” I agree that Willliams has made enough remarks about swinging only at good pitches but he won’t publicly admit that this an effort to make the point forcefully.

    • ITGSOT - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:30 PM

      Desmond is getting a night off, not being benched or losing his job. It will be rather hard for Espi to Wally Pipp him with a 10 game hitting streak in just one night. And if he tries to do that, he might undo all the good he’s done with his swing this season.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        Well put.

  10. scnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Any word on why Difo was pulled from his game?

  11. Hiram Hover - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:10 PM

    So–Carpenter not yet officially added to the 25-man, and no one else removed?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      Strange

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        I guess we conclude they are not gonna just pick him up and throw him into a game.

        I think a bullpen is in order.

        I see no reason why that couldn’t happen today or tomorrow.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:44 PM

        It’s not like he’s Soriano, who’s not able to get into the country. I heard the Cubs picked him up on a MiL deal, but are giving him a week to settle things back home before coming in?!? Did anyone else hear that?

        I found this quote on USA Today

        “”I need to talk to him, and he’ll pitch in front of some of our guys in the Dominican while we finish the paperwork,” Maddon said before Tuesday’s game with the Tigers. “After that, we’ll decide where we need to send him.””

    • zshurs - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:52 PM

      Here’s my completely unsubstantiated speculation:

      I think they’re waiting on Fister’s next rehab start tomorrow. If he comes out of it feeling great, and they think he can return next week, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t add Carpenter until after Joe Ross starts on Saturday. Ross goes down after his start, Carpenter takes Ross’ spot, and they carry 8 relievers until Fister has to be activated.

      Of course, if Fister is not ready after tomorrow’s rehab start, they’ll make a bullpen decision.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    “@JamesWagnerWP: Desmond is getting a day off b/c he’s played so much and it wears on the legs, MW said. He’s expected back in the lineup tomorrow.”

    Then there’s this.

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:38 PM

      Smells like cow dung.

  13. dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Billy Burns Spans the Oakland Outfield for their play of the year

    http://www.athleticsnation.com/2015/6/11/8768771/video-of-billy-burns-making-the-diving-catch-of-the-year

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        That one was definitely not Spanning. Bad route. 🙂

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 6:54 PM

      Thanks for sharing that! Terrific play. Burns had another overall solid game: 2-3, SB, RS,BB, RBI Sac Fly and of course a pretty nice catch!

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM

        Make that 2 outstanding catches! He also raised his BA to .313 today. Oakland fans are giddy over him. I kind of wish we had kept him.

  14. scnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    I would expect as long as Ian is a Nat he will be playing

    • senators69 - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:20 PM

      Hope he gets hot in July / August, which he done in the past.

  15. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    GYFNG

  16. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Dez played his hand and lost. This is what happens when you gamble.

    On the contrary, JZimm has decided to gamble, and so far, it appears he will end up winning.

    I own Dez gear, and have no problem with him sitting right now. You have to go with the current winners. Espi deserves his spot, imo. Comeback player of the year.

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Yeah he gambled, and by “losing” he’ll still sign somewhere for tens of millions. We should all be so “unlucky.” 🙂

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        tens of millions less than he could have signed for. I’m happy it turned out this way, because that contract he was originally offered, would have been an albatross. Sucks for him, good for us. Oh well. He’s had my full support through the years.

  17. dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Too bad Span is playing hurt 😉

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Great at bat…

  19. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    I’m liking the Carpenter trade and I also like Espi starting for Desi at SS.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    Come on Escobar… come on man….

  21. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Free runs!

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    We will take it….

  23. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Gotta love Front Row Amy

  24. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    0-2 pitch to Braun not that bad.. Really FP? He threw a dead red piped fastball

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      Yeah as soon as it came out his hand I was like YIKES!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      right down the middle, just above the knees. I have NO IDEA what FP was talking about there.

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Ahhhh huh yayyyyy CROB!?!?!?!!?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      We can finally stop saying he’s overdue.

  26. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    unexpected HR. We’ll take that, too.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    That’s wasn’t wind aided. Way to go Clint

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      already displaying the power of a 1st baseman. LOL

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      already displaying the power of a 1st baseman. LOL

  28. janebeard - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Guy hits his for major league home run and Carp can’t do a better call than THAT? Yikes.

    GOOD GOING CLIFF!

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      That was Johnny Holiday; Carp off.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        But I agree with Jane. That was very lackluster.

      • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM

        Yes, agreed, didn’t mean to sound contrary. Jane!

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    These line outs will fall next time… *fingers crossed*

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      +1!

  30. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Money Time. My may CRob going for the downs, Nats 2 Brewers 1. Silent treatment in the dugout! Epic!

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      loved that.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      Silent treatment was great. LOVED Harp sitting there like a king as Robinson returned to the dugout. Hilarious.

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      My may = My man.

      Second deck.

      I’m on about a four or five minute delay to sync the tv and internet radio.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      And Robinson went right with it, put away his helmet and gloves, didn’t look at anybody, walked back toward his seat at the far end of the bench … good stuff!

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        Priceless.

        Robinson and Moore were raking when I saw them in March.

        Love to see some more of that!

  31. Just. Dave - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Nice Mr. Robinson! Show ’em what you can do.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      And here’s to you, Mister Robinson!
      Rizzo loves you more that you will know.

      • npb99 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        hey, hey, hey

  32. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Congrats CRob!!!

  33. janebeard - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    And cool it was Uggla who hugged him first

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      +1

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:47 PM

        He’s a hugger. Keep him. But please play him a little more.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        I hope you’re not talking about Uggs. That dude is being so paid (by the Barves). Hehe.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        Tell the Braves, NatsAddy. They’re the ones paying him.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:52 PM

        Hello, Play not PAY.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        😉

  34. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Clint wins the MW’s “right call of the night” so far! I’m thrilled for the young man. And those SOB’s in the dugout are cruel in a very funny way with the silent treatment.

    And that wasn’t wind blown.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:46 PM

      Nor bandbox-aided. The roof is closed, but that was way up there.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:48 PM

        Hey, it’s Miller Park, let’s not get carried away.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:50 PM

        That ball was out anywhere.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        I know, I know.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:08 PM

        Said with a Matt Vasgursian voice — “That ball was absolutely crushed.”

  35. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Group High Five!

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Segura is not having a good game so far….

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      But D-Span is! Halfway to the cycle!

  37. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    I bet MASN Dan would do a good PxP

    • dcwx61 - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      bernie brewer would do a better job than …

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

        +10000000000

  38. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Two on Yuni up no outs. I’m liking this so far… 1-1 count…

    Corkscrew into the dirt! Wow he swung hard on that one. 1-2. Foul, still 1-2, K on a bad swing way outside and way low!

  39. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    back to back unproductive outs is no bueno

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:59 PM

      iced with a K. excellent

  40. natslive - Jun 11, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    First 2 on but never even advance…..

  41. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Great job of manufacturing there middle of the order… Rolls eyes.

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Ramos does not hit in the clutch.We just can not get the knock out punch.First 2 on and Escobar does not even move the runners.He was swinging for the seats.

  42. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    When they get Zimmerman straightened out they need to get started on Ramos.

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Disappointed Span couldn’t be plated….

  44. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Um, FP, MW had been a coach for many years for the D-backs. Think before you speak. You run your mouth too much.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Didn’t Matt manage a team in the AFL? Or was it High A?

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        Yes. And Johny said that Counsel had no managing or coaching experience. FP’s response was, “that’s the trend now, people like Matt Williams.” Dumb. And wrong.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

        And yet nobody mentions Miami! That’s one just left lying on the table!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      In fairness to FP, he’s working with Johnny tonight. He has to pick up his game a bit.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Serious handicap!

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        The rest of his “analysis” was stupid too. Star players don’t make good managers because they don’t know what it’s like to scuffle. Oh yeah? Ever heard of Joe Torre? How about Frank Robinson? Ugh.

  45. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Danny Ruth then @bathoarder. C’mon guys!

  46. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Replay of the freeze-out. Cat and Scherzer discussing stocks when CRob returns to the dugout.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      From The Graduate, “Plastics”.

  47. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    FU Blue, second base hit by CRob!

  48. natslive - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Way to go Clint and Michael A

  49. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Koklo interviewing two youngsters, brothers (12 or less) who coralled CRobs homer. They’re not sure what swag they’re getting but it’s a 75 25 split!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      That kid has been working on his interviews. Polished, articulate, and didn’t actually say anything.

      Call him up, he’s ready.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        Been watching MW’s pressers!

  50. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    THIS is D-SPAN

  51. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    horrible throw to the plate.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Every single thing about it was wrong. Run scored, both runners advanced. Another run then scored on the next hit.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        just like our defense (at times).

  52. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    DSpan up with two on, he’s two for two. Two out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Now 3 for 3

  53. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    More free runs!

  54. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Whoop.. whoop…..

  55. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Fortunately, Brewers IF forgot to show up tonight.

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      for a second, I thought we were in the field

      • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:23 PM

        We better resign Denard.MW needs to keep lefties in the lineup against right handed pitching.Lack of lefty hitters has really hurt this year.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    The are honoring this game to Rawlings. Terrible fielder.

    Nats 2 for 10 RISP. ESCOBAR 0 FOR 3

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Can anybody translate that?

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        Just no.

  57. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Wow! Nats 5 Brewers 1. Gork throw to first way horrible play by the 1B.

    Nats score 3 runs on 3 hits.

  58. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Span is en fuego. Quite a game so far.

    And while I’m dumping on FP. He was correct that that one pitch was not well framed, but you’d think he’d note that Lucroy is one of the best in the business at framing, rather than suggest that he’s not good at it, compared to Lobo, who he thinks is the God of Framing.

  59. Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    I can’t believe I’m actually missing Bob Carpenter tonight. Holiday and Santangelo are just awful.

    • natslive - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      Johnny and FU not a good combo

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    I thought Taylor could have caught that….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      Maybe not…

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        Willie Mays couldn’t have caught that ball.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        Even if Willie was on Wilt Chaimberlain’s shoulders!

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Come on Tanner we just scored 3. Your job is to shut them down immediately.

    Do your job.

    I see Giants let the Mets back in their game.

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Nice play Clint.

  63. scnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Nice to be on the other side if this and have someone handing us runs

  64. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Question: Why didn’t Rendon cover second on that grounder to Espinosa? They had the lead runner dead to rights if Rendon gets behind him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Correct, but at least he got one out.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        But that lets the runner advance to third, and then score.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        But that lets the runner advance to third, and then score.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        Since Rendon didn’t, what do you want? Espi not throw to first?

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Tanner gives 2 of the 3 back. Poor job.

    At least all on the pitcher not on the fielders.

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Come on Tanner.. offenses just scored… you need to shut it down….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Apparently he forgot .

  67. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Even if Bryce hadn’t taken a baby step backwards, Rendon would still have been in the way. No play on that one.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Seems like either Harper or Rendon could have caught that if the other wasn’t running at it. Fear of collision allowed the ball to drop.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        maybe Harper, had he not tracked backwards for that split second. Rendon….don’t think he could have gotten to that either way.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        I don’t know. Rendon took a last second glance at Harper that through him off track. Almost snagged it.

  68. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Shot of Carpenter in dugout?

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      I think that was DenDekker.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        Confirmed. Not listening to TV.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      Shot of bourbon and maalox in the fifth?

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        BaDump! Again please bartender!

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Boys we have to score some more since apparently we are going to give up some tonight.

  70. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    So.. Just pencil Ramos for a K or 5 hopper to the left side

  71. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Has the ship sailed on everyone thinking Ramos was going to be an above average hitting catcher? I’m liking Ramos less and less. Play some more Lobaton.

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Liking Lobo a lot. Play him!

  72. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    I said this before but I really hope Danny Espinosa at least won a $100 bet on that mustache photo!

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      All that want Danny over Desi realize Danny is hitting 230 lefty.Danny is a great spare infielder that can be used against left handed pitching.

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    2 bad at-bats in a row for Espi in those 2 K’s. Playing shortstop could be weighing on his mind.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      My note relates to this.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        He’s buried 2 throws in the ground at 1st base. He will get some more at-bats so I hope he can put together a good at-bat. His 1st at-bat was a nice line drive which was right at the outfielder.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        I heard on the radio on that one. Looked clueless since I have been home.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      So with that thought,how much will playing in LF weigh on his mind?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        It could weigh on him. Many people thought that had a big effect on Michael Morse and the splits were interesting when Morse played LF and 1B.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    I think someone forgot to tell Espi just because you are playing SS doesn’t mean you can stop hitting.

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Has Roark had a clean inning yet?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Yes, the third.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Not sure, but he’s definitely in “grit it out” mode. Hasn’t really had his A game all night imo.

  76. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    GYFNG Let’s get two here!

  77. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Come on Tanner don’t let them back in it.

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Two down man on second after a nice play by Roark on a squibber!

  78. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    This is frustrating as hell… damn Tanner.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Not a good night for Tanner Roark. 5-1 lead turns to 5-4.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      I find the board kinda funny… had this been SS that gave this lead up, we would be hearing about how much of a head case etc he is and all the other stuff people say…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:02 PM

        I agree that is why I am wanting him to step his game up a step.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:04 PM

        So true. I just hope Roark can get through this 6 inning unscathed but 4 runs over 6 innings is not good.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        Except Tanner’s head hasn’t turned into a tomato

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

        Neither has SS…

  80. natslive - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Let’s get the bullpen up

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Curve up they clobber it for a run.

    Why are giving back all the gifts they gave up. Might as well have SS pitch if we are going to do that.

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Batters obviously Tanner is not pitching well, so please tack on the 3 runs we lost.

  83. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Kinda wondering if they stepped up Roark’s pitch counts too fast. 66, 91, 97 for his first three starts. And, he’s seemed kinda flat all game.

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Batters obviously Tanner is not pitching well, so please tack on the 3 runs we lost the last 2 innings.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    I just hope we score more runs…

  86. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    BTW – welcome back, 222! Hope you had a great trip!

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Tanner do exactly what Garza did 3 up 3 down on 7 pitches.

    Is that asking to much?

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      Apparently. First hitter gets on.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Actually the first batter flew to center, the second one single.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      I guess it is to much to ask.

      I know you have Ro better than Garza. Pitch like you are.

  88. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    That loud, long out gave me heartburn….

  89. natslive - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Deep breath there

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    When sinker ball pitchers get outs in the air… im always nervous…

  91. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Wow Roark gets out of the sixth with two balls caught on the warning track. The first was a nice play by DSpan, turning around on a full run.

    Another tight game!

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      Span blows my mind. He was having a picnic out there by the time the ball got to him.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        So the discussion is how much to you have to pay him for three years to stay here?

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Had to hold my breath there. Roark up on every pitch and he got lucky. Unscathed in the 6th on 2 long flyouts at the warning track.

    I hope his night is over.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      +1

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      Nobody has done more with less the past three years than Roark. He looks so hittable, yet somehow manages to always get enough outs to keep his team in the game. Just call him the anti-Strasburg.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        So long as the Nats win, I’m fine but that was too close for my taste in the 6th inning.

  93. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Ok if Roark goes out for the 7th someone send MW to the doctor to see what is wrong with him.

  94. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Fresh Meat, Let’s light up this Rookie!

  95. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Desi with his batting gloves on. Please.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Mets just walked off with a win.

  97. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Why are you stealing with Harper on-deck.

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      The proper move with BamBam on deck is to stand close to the base!

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      right?

  98. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    El stinko double play. Strike out, throw out!

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Good question.

  99. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Not sure why MW ran Rendon w Harper on deck.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      Because he didn’t ask our opinion.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Escobar swings at one way low to start a strike’m out throw them double play.

    Since Rendon has returned we have run more, but the success rate is poor. So maybe stop running a while.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Why is Roark out there…. im sorry… I dont agree…

  102. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Ooof

  103. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    OK, so MW pretty much sucks as a manager at times. Sheesh.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      Unless you have zero confidence in your bullpen, you thank him for 6 innings and hang on to that lead.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

        The real problem was Roark threw way to many pitches earlier.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        “‏@ZuckermanCSN: 3rd straight day #Nats starter has left in 7th after giving up tying or go-ahead run. Lack of reliable setup men forcing MW to push starters”

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

        Of course. He squeeked thru the 6th, and he ran him back out? Turrible. Ran the Don with Harper on deck, too. 2 numbskull decisions within 3 minutes of each other.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        Yep, I don’t get it.

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Thank you Matt Williams. Thank you so much.

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      Well said.

  105. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    No one could have foreseen…

  106. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    MW sent Roark back out. He got out on the first pitch. Second batter goes yard. Tie game and the slide is used!

    Start over.

    Left him out there too long. And he stays out for the next hitter???

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    I am so pissed right now… like just done…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      I am also pissed at our hitters who stopped hitting after the third.

  108. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Sure it’s been but Roark was left out there!? How many warning signs did MW need?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      More than all of us needed.

  109. scnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    MW and Cat just can’t figure out when a starter is out of gas

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      Second start in a row that has happened. Didn’t cost us the Cubs game, but still…

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    It’s like… are we watching the same damn game… damage is done… I just don’t get it…

  111. rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    MW will never win you a championship.Every other manager would have taken Roark after 6.This is a joke.Now he takes him out.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      I don’t blame Cat, this is on Williams.

  112. knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    More and more I’m not impressed with Matt Williams.

  113. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    And gets out then yanked.

    The horse left the barn, skip!

  114. rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    If Rendon steals they walk Harp.

    • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      So basically a stupid baseball play. Not gonna do it in the playoffs with that kinda goof.

  115. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Who In the hell didn’t see a homer coming? Almost two last inning.

    Remember I said send MW to the doctor if Roark came out.

    Now he takes him out.

    Why did you not take him out after 6 like basically could tell was needed?

    For a second year manager he makes lits of mistakes with the pitchers. When is going to know to pull someone to early not to late?

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Agreed.

  116. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Radio guys blame Ramos for calling three straight changeups. Of course, they were baffled that Roark was still in anyway.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Ramos has done that before… called the same pitch with no varying… however, everyone and their mother saw that Tanner waa done last inning… yet he went back out for the 7th..

      Why…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      3 changeups were thrown but we have no idea what was called for and in what location but that sure is strange.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    No way to cut it. Bad night for Tanner… compounded by dumb managing…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      +1 I thought Roark would face the 1st batter to bring in Rivero vs Parra the lefty and then Barrett vs Braun to finish the inning.

  118. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Well, you didn’t want them to stop scoring runs, anyway. Might as well go get some more now.

  119. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    A little late Matt.

  120. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    You’d think it would be an easy call to go to the pen when you have a teetering starter facing the top of the order for the 4th time…….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Apparently not

  121. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    I hate to do this but Earl Weaver knew to take guys out too early because too late was always ugly.

    Send them to the showers pissed.

    Awful.

    • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      Earl, of course, actually enjoyed this.

      • nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Along with a couple of packs of Lucky’s!

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        5 runs on 8 hits and 3 errors by the opponent is not enough to offset the dumb ass in the manager’s hole who doesn’t know when to pull a pitcher.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Hahahahahahaha Knox… I normally don’t laugh at stuff like this…. but im so angry I needed that laugh….

  122. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Random note. Wouldn’t a more effective lineup start be Span, Escobar, Rendon?

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Left Roark in because MW has zero confidence in BP.

  123. texnat1 - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    There are reasons not to over extend your starters and lead them into bad starts that go beyond the importance of a single game. The lack of confidence in the bullpen is an inadequate excuse. This is not the playoffs.

    I just don’t think MW has what it takes.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 12, 2015 at 6:27 PM

      +1

  124. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    I’m frustrated by the staters being left in too long, but I pretty strongly believe it’s not cluelessness. I think he’s managing for the long haul, trying to stay out of the pen as long as possible, due to both lack of confidence AND to avoid overuse.

    I suspect he would be a lot nore aggressibe if we were still clawing our way back to the top of the division.

    • Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      I thought that as well. Gotta ale the games on front of you as well though, balancing act.

      • Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        Take the games*

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      All our starters have a problem to me of not being go late in the game because they pitch to many pitches in the early innings, so they can’t go deep.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      Avoid overuse is a dumb reason if that’s what it was. Odds are you’re going to bring someone in in the 7th anyway. What difference does it make if it’s after none or one out? He’s not going to make it into the 8th inning. You have a bullpen for a reason. To use it.

  125. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Matt always tries to get the extra inning out of his guy, usually gets one out and gives up a few runs.

    It’s my least favorite thing about him. Among many.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Expecting different results is an exercise in futility

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:35 PM

      It’s ruined a few starts for Scherzer pushing him an extra inning.

      • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:37 PM

        Yup.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      He was not doing that when we were storming back in May. Lots of match ups, etc. Much more aggressive…imo because we we were playing must win ball for awhile there.

      Remember: Stras and Fister had a number of very short starts, and Roark’s first outing wasn’t particularly long. The pen was used heavily during that period, and then there’s the loss of Stammen and Roark and the revolving door and lack of success.

      IMO there are legit reasons for MW’s recent approach, as aggravating as it has been.

      • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM

        The bullpen is not overused and tired based on starts that occurred weeks ago. He may not have confidence in the relievers, but I truly do not think it’s a legitimate reason that he’s trying to protect the pen from overuse.

      • texnat1 - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:49 PM

        I don’t agree at all, Eric. If you want to look at it long term, its far more important to take care of your starters than it is to take care of guys like Barrett who might not be long for the big leagues anyway.

      • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        Whatever the reason, he’s shown he’s willing to go with a different approach, so I think the charges that he’s clueless or rigid are unfounded.

      • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:51 PM

        Well-timed comments here, folks.

  126. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Fast ball outer half blast to right. No Ramos just looks at it.

  127. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Hoping it is Espi time.

  128. Danny - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    And if you picked K in the K or tap out contest from Ramos, you win!

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      How can you leave Robinson in to bat against that lefty.MW just can not think.He had to bat TMO or Desi or Uggla.MW sucks.

      • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:40 PM

        Brewskis had a RH ready, so maybe yes maybe no.

  129. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    just plain awful if MW called that

  130. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Only thing worse than our hitting and pitching the last 4 innings is our running.

  131. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Espi just missed that one… hey Nats bats… game is not over… need ya to show up again…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      A just miss is still a miss.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:44 PM

        Of course it is… unnecessary comment…. sometimes, just don’t say anything at all…

  132. nataddicted - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Ugh, Harp out like a dead fish stealing. Very close to a TOOTBLAN.

    He was doing so well staying close to the bag and then this!

  133. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Which Barrett today?

  134. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    hopefully, we get GB and not BB

  135. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    that was so strike 3

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Not a good time for the ump to miss an obvious K

  136. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Wonder how Carpenter will do in this role in weeks to come.

  137. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Damnit Ramos just keep it in front of you. Not rocket science.

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      Ramos is a huge disappointment.The bullpen gets a SO and he can not just get down and block it.We will never win this game.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      My goodness now the crappy fielding is on our side.

      Should be 2 outs none on .

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    Let’s see if Barrett can get a 4 K inning.

  139. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    this is where Barrett needs to get past the bad call. keep your head on straight and get these outs.

  140. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Charlie and Dave just likened Aramis Ramirez’ running to Fred Flintstone’s.

  141. scnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Barrett trying his best to get back to the restaurants in Syracuse

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      not really. bad call on the 1st AB, and crap D right there.

      • scnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        Bounces too many pitches. You can blame Ramos but you have to know he can’t handle them.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      How? Should have been 3 up 3 down.

  142. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Yeesh.

  143. scnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    Boy and the Brewers, the AAA Brewers, tried to give us this game

  144. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Great play by Robinson and Barrett.

  145. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Barrett has been pretty good tonight… its others around him..

  146. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    This is a good test for Barrett. 2 outs. Get this 3rd out.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      Spoke too soon….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

        With the runner on 3rd it meant he wasn’t going to spike his slider which concerned me. Gennett got a pitch he could handle.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        That was not a bad pitch, it was a good hit. Ramos and Rendon were the real problems this inning not Barrett.

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Fail

    • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Fail

  147. natslive - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Keystone cops out there lately

  148. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    dammit Barrett. hanging slider

  149. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Uuuuuuuugh

  150. Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Ack. Just sad if they lose this one.

  151. TimDz - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    No bueno to get beat by a guy named “Scooter.”

  152. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Time to send McCatty out there.

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      Why Barrett to begin with?He is a lll over the place.Now he brings in Jansen.How can you pitch Barrett over Jansen in a tie game.Lets face it the team does not have it.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        I didnt think Barrett was the problem tonight… thought it was everyone else…

  153. exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    The worst team in the Nl..Barett to AAA..unbelievable

  154. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    I foresee a TJ surgery here. Doesn’t seem good.

  155. exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    I dont blame this on being hurt..he does that all the time.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      So…maybe he’s been hurt for awhile now?

      • exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

        Well then its on him to hide it and costing wins to the team

      • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        I agree, but that’s a very different argument than your first one.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      What did he do? Struck out one Ramos didn’t knock down, ground out second baseman throws ball a way. Ground out 1-3. A jammed shot hit by third where he was not playing the link e.

      Please tell me what did he do wrong?

      • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        +1

      • exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

        A run scored…always with the nibbling..a run scored is a run scored

      • exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        And its not just about tonight…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM

        The run scoring he didn’t create at all, that is not logical.

  156. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Goats of the game 1. MW 2. Ramos 3. Escobar (0 for 3 RISP with no advancing of any runners

    But we can come back, but since the hitters really quit after collecting 8 hits in the first 19 at bats

  157. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Oh man… Bear… I hope he is okay…

  158. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    So, the bullpen gets even thinner now. Good thing we picked up Carpenter today.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      Not sure, but either Hill or Barrett were going to be sent down with the Carpenter trade. This is now a simple solution with Barrett to the DL.

      • veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

        Well, what are your thoughts had the Carpenter trade not been made?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:59 PM

        Not many choices. AJ Cole would be the guy they probably would bring back.

  159. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Any time the opposing team has 3 errors and you’re losing by a run…you know something’s not right.

  160. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    5 unanswered runs now by the Brewers. Went from Nats up 5-1 to the current 6-5 deficit.

  161. Drew - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Please give Barrett a ticket to Syracuse. I can’t watch him anymore.

    • Drew - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Didn’t mean to make light of an injury. I had flipped to the hoops and didn’t know Barrett was hurt.

      I hope he’s OK.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2015 at 12:17 AM

        They are still playing, I though Duke won it all opening game.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Do they have a good rehab center there or something?

      • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:01 PM

        😉

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      So who do you replace him with? Grace? Martin? Cole? Jordan? Solis? Those guys are all pitching badly now that they are back in the minors.

      Unfortunately, there is no one good to replace Barrett with, which is why we has to trade a marginal prospect for a guy who was just DFA’ed.

  162. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Reading all this hate on Barrett. Makes no sense. For all intents and purposes that was a 3 up 3 down inning with decent fielding.

    How come the hate for Barrett?

  163. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    PH w Dez. Another excellent move.

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

      I just hope it works out… I dont think it will…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:04 PM

        Rit worked

  164. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    If u can’t score off K-Rod u don’t deserve to win.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      What an illogical statement. His ERA IS 1.19.

      WHAT logic does your statement make?

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

    Well there was 4 straight changeups to Clint Robinson there.

  166. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Dez mashes a changeup. Book it.

  167. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Yeah, Desi.

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

    If Span hits a HR here……..

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      I will be fine with a base hit….

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

        Ump changed that whole at-bat. Should have been 3-0 and Span taking that strike for 3-1.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        That was terrible….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        Well Span to swing at pitch 4 as pitch no where near the plate was called a strike.

        I hope I live long enough to have an electronic balls and strike ump. Every year the calls are getting worse.

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

    Wonder if Desi will swing at the first pitch…

  170. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Come on blue. That was Ball 3 to Span. Open your eyes.

  171. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    That pitch looked off the plate… how the hell was that a K?

  172. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    F****** terrible call by the ump!

  173. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Good lord, what a call.

  174. Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Strike 1 to Span may be the worst called strike I’ve ever seen. Sheesh.

  175. veejh - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Oh man, what a turrible loss.

    • Eric - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      +1 to that

  176. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    I am so disgusted…. so damn disgusted.

    • rlndtln - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      Johnny sucks as an announcer as bad as the team.

      • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        That’s the worst thing you’ve ever said about the Nats!

  177. stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    3-10. This team is freakin bipolar.

  178. exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    The world series bound Nats losing to the worst team in the NL with 3 errors. Wow..im sure someone has a hoid spin on this.

    • exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      *good

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

      We will make the pkaoffs don’t worry.

      • exposremains - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:13 PM

        I got to be honest playoff is not enough for me…because i fear very soon we’ll be the Phillies…window is closing

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        Don’t live on fears

  179. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Nats scored 5 runs… sure the offense went silent but our SP failed us…. 6.1 innings and 5 runs is not good… and then the managing… and then the terrible K call on Span…

    Just terrible… disgusting loss…

  180. David Proctor - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    That’s a complete team loss. Manager, pitcher, offense, defense. Blame to go around to everyone.

    Why in the hell Matt Williams would put Roark back out there for the 7th inning, I have no idea. He was getting rocked all night. Was he even watching the game?

    As for Roark, can we talk about the fact that he has not been very good? He’s getting crushed. You have a four run lead, you should be able to hold it.

    The offense scored five runs, but only thanks to several errors by the Brewers. They were not impressive offensively and blew several chances to blow the game open.

    And then poor defense does us in yet again. Despite everything I just mentioned, it was still tied in the 8th. Ramos can’t come up with the wild pitch. Very tough play. But the double play has to be turned. That was a routine DP ball. Rendon threw it away. I’ve said from the start and I’ll keep saying it, there is no reason to play Rendon at 2B. Escobar is not great at 3B and he probably won’t be very good at 2B either, but we KNOW Rendon is great at 3B. Why are you moving a franchise cornerstone off his position? He looked tentative turning that DP. It cost us the game

    Bullpen, yet again, bad. And that’s probably why Roark was left in. Matt has no trust in them whatsoever. I don’t blame him for that, though Roark had reached a point where he had to be taken out. David Carpenter was a nice flier to take, but we need more. The Brewers are sellers and have a few attractive bullpen pieces. Especially if Barrett is hurt, Rizzo needs to pick up the phone.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      +1

      Ever notice MW has no problem using the hook AFTER we loose the lead?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      How many earned runs give up in 1.2 innings?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:44 PM

        Since you didn’t answer I will 0

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      I said before the game that I would have preferred Esobar at SS, Danny at 2B, Rendon at 3B.

    • senators69 - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      ++++1
      Nats current poor play is not helped by their weak manager.

    • natslive - Jun 12, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      Agree ref Rendon at 2B…I also wonder if him getting comfortable there has affected his hitting as well. I know he hasn’t played much yet and is still getting his timing but wonder if the readjustment to 2B has slowed that as well

  181. knoxvillenat - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    When will he (Williams) ever learn,when will he ever learn…….

    Leave the the starters in too long (yes the BP sucks) that’s on Rizzo, when will they ever learn. Not impressed by Matt Williams at all. Even Ray Charles knew Roark was done after six.

  182. dcsnakehead - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    3 games in a row that MW has to keep the starting pitcher in the game when they are clearly gassed.

    • Section 222 - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      Only he didn’t have to do it. He brought in Barrett after the HR, why not before. Bad managing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:31 PM

      Clearly true. On the other hand, why are they gassed so early in the game?

  183. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Another Matt Williams late hook loss. Ugh!

  184. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    I really hope it’s not too serious an injury for Barrett…. gonna think happy thoughts for him…

    • scmargenau - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      Hope it is. He’s awful

      • Karl Kolchak - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        Wishing a painful injury on a player just because he isn’t playing well is just plain stupid.

        How about instead we hope that not only is he not injured but is about to turn things around, because that’s what this team desperately needs.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        Tonight lot of hateful people out.

        Why would want any human be injured? Totally uncivil.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

        Scmargenau, that is about the lowest comment I’ve ever seen on this board. Total BS.

      • scmargenau - Jun 12, 2015 at 2:39 AM

        Ok, I didn’t mean it that way. I just have seen enough of him. But I don’t want anyone hurt. That was a bad comment, I take it back as stated.

  185. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    MW presser a waste of time.

    No real info given.

    MW says Roark had plenty left. Is he blind?

    Want to know why bullpen used so much? Your starters pitch to many pitches 1-6 innings. Fix that problem.

  186. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    People tonight have been very mean.

    I hate losing, but I don’t cheer for injuries.

    At least Tanner said it was his fault, but instead of taking the blain fix the damn problem, shut them down.

  187. senators5 - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    The good news is they are in the NL East with teams that can’t beat themselves.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:42 PM

      Being there opens door to the playoff. Once there the ream with the most wins doesn’t automatically win a series.

  188. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    The numbers are clear the BP is not doing the job well except for Storen.

    Way to inconsistent. Rizzo must take care of this as getting rid of Clippard started the probl3m.

    • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:44 PM

      I’ll trade Clippard for Escobar a hundred times.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:47 PM

        Hell. Yes.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2015 at 12:15 AM

        The inconsistent 8th though has been our biggest problem.

        Escobar has been fine, but we had no replacement for Clippard and that is on Rizzo.

      • exposremains - Jun 12, 2015 at 12:38 AM

        Absolutely manass..even Blevins was a bad call

  189. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Lots of bitter hateful people tonight.

    We will win tomorrow.

  190. manassasnatsfan - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    I sure wish the team hated losing as much we hate it. Lots of bitter people here. I doubt they are nearly this bitter in the clubhouse. Though a little bitterness would be fine.

    The game was in position to win and poor pitching and a little poor fielding and terrible managing gave it away.

    If they aren’t bitter tonight they never will be.

    • stoatva - Jun 11, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Yeah, a little back-stabbing and finger pointing would be the cherry on the sundae at this point.

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

        Don’ t need to point fingers just stand up and take the blain when needed.

        Finger pointing and fussing with teammates never stopped the 70’s A’s from winning.

  191. manassasnatsfan - Jun 12, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    I wish our great starters were as great as it was said they were.

    Was listening to an interview with Gaylord Perry who basically said almost no starters today would be that good if they pitches during his era. They had 4 man rotations and the pitchers rarely didn’t make it at least 7 innings if not 9.

    I know they aren’t train to pitch much now a days, but do what it takes to get 7 or 8 in.

    The problem is to many balls pitched and to many fouls on 2 strikes. Solve those two problems please.

  192. dclivejazz - Jun 12, 2015 at 12:42 AM

    Tough loss, giving up a 5-1 lead. Tanner battled, but he just didn’t have it tonight. Putting him back out there for the seventh shows MW has no faith in his own BP. His desire not to go to them is somewhat understandable given how much they’ve been used this season so far, and last night, but Tanner was clearly gassed and keeping him in didn’t work anyway.

    MW was more agitated than usual about the loss in his presser, which also must mean something, but I don’t know what.

    On the bright side, Robinson seems to be getting on track at the plate and Span is on fire. The Nats feel close to breaking out again.

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