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Game 62: Nats at Brewers

Jun 13, 2015, 1:00 PM EST

I wrote the other day about the need for the Nationals to get Danny Espinosa into their lineup, even if that meant putting him in left field. Well, he hasn’t been used in the outfield yet this weekend, but today he will make his first appearance at another position: first base. With Ryan Zimmerman on the DL, the Nats need help there, so Espinosa gets his shot with the oversized mitt for the first time. This will be the fifth different position he has played already this season, three of them brand-new to him in 2015 (third base, first base and left field). He’s turning into a modern-day Jose Oquendo!

Joe Ross, meanwhile, makes his second career start, hoping to build off his impressive MLB debut performance last weekend against the Cubs. The 22-year-old right-hander was great out of the chute last time, then started to fade as the game progressed. This will be a good test today of his ability to get through an opposing lineup a second time, or perhaps even a third time if things really go well.

Right-hander Jimmy Nelson starts for the Brewers, coming off a 6-scoreless-inning performance against the Pirates. Carlos Gomez also returns to the lineup after missing a few days with sore legs. Enjoy the game and the conversation, and be sure to check back in the morning for remote analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where:
Miller Park, Milwaukee
Gametime: 4:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184/869
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (31-30)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Danny Espinosa
SS Ian Desmond
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Joe Ross

BREWERS (24-38)
CF Carlos Gomez
C Jonathan Lucroy
RF Ryan Braun
1B Adam Lind
3B Aramis Ramirez
LF Gerardo Parra
SS Jean Segura
2B Scooter Gennett
RHP Jimmy Nelson

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

224 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. npb99 - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    It may have been a disappointing season so far, but at least it ‘s full of surprises, what with the team philosophy having turned to “we absolutely must play Espinosa!”

  2. IsawTeddywin - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    I sense a great disturbance in the force, as if millions had cried out on terror , WTF?
    Good luck Danny.
    “It’s hard, it’s incredibly hard”

  3. Drew - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Holy Zobrist, Batman!

  4. Doc - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Nothing wrong about Espi at 1B but I thought that CRob and TyMo were doing a pretty good job there.

    Both have few inches on Danny, and more experience too!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:23 PM

      If Espi homers that would 3 straight game with a homer by a 1b , all being different guys.

      • nats128 - Jun 13, 2015 at 10:43 PM

        It was close!

  5. manassasnatsfan - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Zobrist now at first.

    Joe Ross listen. No nibbling just like last time you didn’t. Cut down the pitches per inning to 12 to 13.

    Fielder screws up behind you; get the next guy out in 2 pitches.

    Clear?

  6. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    MW: Danny, I want to start you today. Would you feel more comfortable at 1B or LF?
    Espi: 1B I guess. Sure I can’t play SS?
    MW: Yeah, I’m sure, 1B it is. Don’t worry, it’s easy. No Ks today, ok, or I’ll look like a chump.

  7. Dorothy LaRussoi - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    I would put Danny at SS and bench Desmond. Desmond has not done much defensively as well as offensively. Continue to put Moore or Robertson on 1B

    • Doc - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:49 PM

      Me too,, Dot!

      Desi got the Golden Sombrero yesterday. I think that the record for K’s in a row is 8.

      • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 13, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        What is the record for Sombreros in a season? Never mind. Bo Jackson had seven. Desmond’s career total is seven, this being the first year he’s had two.

  8. manassasnatsfan - Jun 13, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Going to the PNats today.

    Nats will win in both places.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Hope so, MNF. I’ll be at the PNats game, too.

      Go, NATS!! Go, PNATS!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      Well PNats didn’t do their part.

  9. Another_Sam - Jun 13, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Am I dreaming? Is this a typo?

  10. micksback1 - Jun 13, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Well now 4 horrible starts by JZim now. This team is now in trouble, not soley because of JZim , but all the other issues are now magnified:

    I would bet the ranch that Rizzo will deals off Desi soon. He is toxic to this team from the standpoint that the entire teams knows he wants out and he is the worst fielding sS in the game. Injuries have caught up, Werth, RZim, Fister, etc..

    Isimply think Stras is a head case and will stand by it and will give you one of many reasons, most recently:

    I talked with a few other coaches since Stras failed to cover HP a week or so ago. All of them, one of which is in the DC Hall Fame all said that a physical injury is one thing, but when your pitch is not going well, you as a “team” player” can do other things to help your team, defensive, hitting, etc…

    The fact that Stras failed to cover the plate shows his selfishness, he was pouting over his performance and put his emotions over the good of the team. To add, 2 nights ago there was a game in which a team was getting blown out 7-1 and the ball got by the catcher and the pitcher hustled over to cover the plate. he was not worried about the score, he was still battling. Stras only battles for himself if things are going good.

    On MW, it was good hire at the time, but it is clear to me, he is not even one of the top10 managers in the game. Nats will not win a championship with him, let a;one a playoff series. His leadership and his decisions are just not good. This team needs a Billy Martin. Martin was tough but fair, he related very well with kids from hard backgrounds, Ron Leflore, Elliott Maddox and Len Randle, etc.. His love was tough and he cared. I can not say this for MW. I simply think he may be a stooge with tunnel vision.

    The ship be sinking…

    • natslive - Jun 13, 2015 at 2:43 PM

      Mick – I don’t think the ship is sinking just yet. Yes there are problems particularly Desi and the BP but playing in the NL least div there is a good chance we can win the division and who knows what happens after that. I am hoping Rendon can get his swing back and the offense can put more runners on in front of Harper. I really think the Nats miss Stammen in the BP and hopefully Janssen and the rest can turn it around or we deal for a quality reliever. Obviously the rotation has been disappointing but I have confidence JZ can return to form and Fister can help when he comes off the DL. I do think that while I like Roark as a starter he is better as a long man out of the bullpen. As for Stras I think the injury has been a problem and yes he sometimes doesn’t do the basics but I don’t think that means he is a head case.

      Agree injuries have caught up with the team but think we have enough talent to turn it around. As for MW – don’t think he’s a good manager as he always seems to be a step behind with his moves.

      • infideljack - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:15 PM

        I think Ramos is as big a problem as Desmond. He gives Harper no protection. MeanwhileLobaton needs to play more and get more AB’s.

    • philipd763 - Jun 13, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      Mick, I think you nailed it. The Lerners, who are very careful with their money, bet the ranch this season as confirmed by the $210 million signing of Scherzer. Meanwhile, a disaster seems to be unfolding. If the team continues to falter, MW may be gone too. The Nats absolutely have to win the division because the wild card playoff teams will likely come from the NL Central and/or NL West. With their stellar pitching, I don’t see the Mets folding. By September, Randy Knorr may be the manager.

      • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:16 PM

        If we fire the manager, then we’re a sure-thing for the playoffs??? I don’t see that.

    • Just. Dave - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      Fire Matt Williams now!

    • NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      No fight in you, I guess, mick. Just go ahead and concede with a hundred games to go. Me, I never say die until the Nats are mathematically eliminated.

    • letswin3 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      Ol half-empty Mick is at it as usual. He dislikes everything except …. ummm, wait a minute …. ummmm …

      • micksback1 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:14 PM

        letswin3 – Jun 13, 2015 at 4:00 PM
        Ol half-empty Mick is at it as usual. He dislikes everything except …. ummm, wait a minute ….

        let me say that other posts prior to yours were excellent critique of my post and some really good points made.

        as for you, I see you ar a cherry picking kinda dude, right??

        I guess you missed my posts on Espi being NL comeback player of the year or Gio, playing well as 4th pitcher or MT being a special player, or Bryce will hit 35-40 with 100 RBI’s. . But thats OK, keep cherry picking my comments.

        If you have proof, facts to the contary on Desi, MW or Stras, I would love to see them. I bet I have a majority view among all Nats fans on all them, but i forgot, you and few in here are the AUTHORITY and JUDGES

      • letswin3 - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:24 PM

        Checkout Unkyd59 at 3:54 … he seems to think that you are again being harsh and unjust. It just seems to me that you are very frequently negative to the point of overkill with statements like Desi being toxic to the team. If that’s what you call cherry picking, I can live with it.

  11. Hiram Hover - Jun 13, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Lucy was the neighborhood psychiatrist in Peanuts, right?

    And she at least talked to the other kids in person before pretending to psychoanalyze them.

    On the other hand, she charged 5 cents.

    PS – I would be interested to see the title to that ranch you are giving away.

    • Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      Well played, Sir.

  12. Toot D. Blan - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    You’ve got two career first basemen available on the roster. One of them homered on Thursday night, the other one homered last night. So why not put both of them on the bench and instead start a guy at first today who’s never played there in his life? Makes perfect sense. What could possibly go wrong?

    • ArVAFan - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      For every problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious, and wrong.

      Problem: Need Danny’s bat in the lineup.

      Solution: Have him play first base (has he even taken reps there before today!?)

      Another obvious (and equally wrong) solution: Move DC to the AL so he can DH.

      Oh, well, we have first basemen (with experience! what a bonus) on the bench if this experiment doesn’t work out.

    • hummel26 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      It’s hot outside, so we must keep Desi in the lineup, as his constant fanning keeps everyone cool!

      Seriously, let him sit for three or four games. He’s killing us.

  13. NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Anyone know who we have in the College World Series? I am totally bored with this Toronto-RedSox game.

    • deftndumb - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      Stevenson with LSU and Wiseman with Vandy, IIRC. I think they both play Sunday but I’m willing to be wrong.

      • NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:42 PM

        Yep, both of those are tomorrow.
        Sunday, June 14

        2 p.m. Game 3: LSU vs. TCU

        7 p.m. Game 4: Vanderbilt vs. Cal St. Fullerton

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        Look for Chad Cordero who is a pitching coach with Cal State Fullerton. Lots of Nats connections tomorrow in the College WS

  14. deftndumb - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Dan Kolko – ‏@masnKolko

    “Doug Fister came out of yesterday’s rehab start feeling good. Will throw a bullpen, then should be good to rejoin Nats’ rotation.”

    Does anybody know the velocity on his fastball last night? The 82-84mph from his previous outing was not encouraging.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      “topped out in the mid-80s”

      His avg last year was 86-87 and he topped out at 88-90, so still down a few ticks.

      http://www.baseballessential.com/news/2015/06/12/nationals-doug-fister-efficient-rehab-start-double-a-harrisburg/

      • deftndumb - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:06 PM

        Thanks, HH.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:12 PM

        You’re welcome, but I just realized those #s were for 2015.

        Last year, his FB average was 88, and he topped out at 90-92. So down a few more ticks than I thought.

      • Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        I’d call 90-92 to mid-80s down more than a few ticks. Did MW say he’ll have another rehab start or is he coming back to the bigs for his next start?

      • ArVAFan - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        On the pre-game show, MW said that if Fister’s bullpen goes ok, he’s ready to come back in the rotation. So that would indicate that he’s headed back to the rotation shortly.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        222

        I agree. I initially said down a few ticks, and then realized it was a few ticks more than that.

        A few ticks + a few ticks = more than a few ticks.

        I have now typed “a few ticks” so many times that it is starting to look pretty strange to me, so I think it is time to stop.

        I don’t think they have made any announcement about what happens next with Fister.

  15. mrnat7 - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Oh, R Zimm is going on the DL and we are going to see what Tyler Moore can do the at first for the next two weeks. Moore hits a HR and gets benched for Espi who has never played first. What a circus the Nationals are!
    They trade for Escobar to play second and instead of letting him learn the position in spring training and start the season . When Rendon gets hurt they move Escobar to third and play Espi at second. They couldn’t think ahead and have Escobar play second and play Espi at third. When Rendon returned you would have had the infield you envisioned. Also with Desi playing so poorly they could have moved Espi to SS and still have had a nice strong infield.
    Also, you are not going to convince me that Ramos is a better all around catcher than LaBaton. Ramos has spells were he is very lazy. (blocking and framing pitches)
    In regard to Stras, the team has already or are going to ruin him. Top management needs to be asked if they have ever heard of Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan and Bob Gibson. They were power pitchers and so is Stras! Concentrate on the FB and keep moving it around and occasionally mix in the curve and change. If I were Stras I couldn’t wait to get out of DC.
    I’ve said for four years Desi would have been a natural outfielder! Great arm, lanky and good speed and range!
    Your best infielder is suppose to be your SS. Desi is not the Nats best infielder!! Espi fits that bill.

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      Just Wow.

    • hummel26 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      What does that do for the team’s consistency, rotating guys in and out, playing them out of position, while Desmond gets to stay in his spot, making errors, mental mistakes, and striking out? Why is he rewarded? He’s leaving any way.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Espinosa at 1st. I was sort of joking when I suggested that last week. I hope this works out. Plugging him into new positions like its a video game could backfire. It took RZim a while to catch on. That flip to the pitcher takes some skill.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      Zobrist vs Espi in games played at different positions

      2B 560 485
      RF 419 0
      SS 229 53
      LF 79 1
      CF 34 0
      DH 21 0
      1B 17 1
      3B 4 9

    • thisizit - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:18 PM

      With a young pitcher today, would have been better to put an experienced first baseman there, whether Robinson or T Mo. Recognizing that we’re trying to find a place for Espi’s bat (who’d a thunk it?)

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:23 PM

        I agree but there is an old saying that you find a spot for a guy who can hit. They didn’t want to sit Desi or Taylor.

  17. unkyd59 - Jun 13, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    micksback1 on June 13, 2015 at 2:12 pm
    “Well now 4 horrible starts by JZim now.”

    JZ has allowed more than 3 earned runs, exactly twice, and those were his most recent. Where did you find two other “horrible starts”?

    ——————-

    “I would bet the ranch that Rizzo will deals off Desi soon. He is toxic to this team from the standpoint that the entire teams knows he wants out…”

    You must’ve spent a lot of time interviewing “the entire team”…

    —————-

    You make a good point about Stras; if he can’t avoid the “little boy” reactions when things aren’t peachy, he’ll have a hard time sustaining excellence, wherever he winds up… Perhaps someone will be able to impress this upon him….

    ——————-

    “On MW, it was good hire at the time, but it is clear to me, he is not even one of the top10 managers in the game.”

    Matt would be quite the prodigy, if he became one of the Top Ten managers in the game, after less than a year and a half. Some of the admittedly poor decisions he’s been making have been “lesser of two evils” types, thrust upon him by injuries, underperforming players (pitchers). This has been a “rock and a hard place” season for Matty, so far, and nobody needs to be passing ultimate judgement on him as a manager, until he has most of his tools at his command…

    —————-

    “The ship be sinking…”

    The ship may be listing 10-11 degrees…… But she still swims!!!!!

    GYFNGOGOGOGO!!!!

    • Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:23 PM

      Nice summary of misinformed gloom. Was that just one commenter or a sampler?

    • realdealnats - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      unkyd & Mick:

      First Off: hang in their Mick, we luvya.

      Agreed unkyd. And also to your point: MW was NL Manager of the Year despite many of the shortcomings we all witnessed regarding BP management etc… Hard to manage in 2015 from a continually shifting position of weakness due to injuries. We start the season missing Rendon, Werth, and Span. Then we work them back into the lineup over 2+ months while losing Stammen for the year, and Stras & Fister for a sizeable chunk of time. Then we lose Werth again, and Solis, and Grace, and now Zim, and Span is walking on eggshells after two surgeries and an ensuing bad knee and back. criminee…

      Consistency is all these guys need imho. Get most everyone back and healthy so they can get a feel for who’s batting before and after them, and how they’ll cover DPs, and where their BP strengths are and what specific innings they’ll come to assume they’ll put those strengths to use and the ship will right itself. Rendon has yet to heat up. Escobar is beyond anyone’s expections (I know I’m eating humble pie and happily so) Span is doin it to death on heart, soul, and will power. Nothing to do til then but tough it out. Actually I really like these guys. Even Desi who has been his own worst nightmare. I’ve often thought how does MW keep from attacking some of these guys personally–like Desi this year and Espi in years past–I mean given the fatigue of the marathon that can make an adult react childishly. I understand it isn’t productive, and that you often blame others for your own shortcomings etc…It just makes me glad I’m not a manager, and it earns my respect for those who are and can still handle all this through such tough times. It’s so easy to hate yourself and project it.

      No sense whining Mick, the enemy only laughs.

      PS: maybe injuries will undo us this year. Who knows? But one thing I actually don’t mind: if most everyone gets healthy, I’d much rather have toughened up throughout this year having gone through all the ignominy and self-loathing of all those booted balls and base running mishaps. With a basically healthy crew, I’m glad to head into September within striking distance of first place in a weak division, being under-estimated by the rest of the league who probably faced a totally different team earlier in the season. IOW: pull a giants on everyone.

      GYFNGoGo

      IRWT

    • NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      Well, three bad starts. You have to count April 13 when JZ allowed seven earned runs.

      • unkyd59 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:38 PM

        Thanks, ‘Lady… Just noticed the table I was looking at only had the last 10(?) starts listed…heheh

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    I wasn’t too worried 8 games out of 1st place and I’m certainly not jumping ship at 1 1/2 games out of 1st place. This team will figure it out because winning is a mindset and they know how to win.

  19. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    FP just said that the team had a closed door meeting today. Hadn’t seen that reported anywhere.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Called by Ian Desmond. Yah, team leader.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:17 PM

        I can bet Jayson Werth had a few words to say!

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Look at that. 3 hits in a row.

  21. Hiram Hover - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Keep ’em moving, Wilson!

  22. Hiram Hover - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Ok, sending positive thoughts Milwaukee-wards for Espi–and the rest of them, too.

  23. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Harper looked great on that AB. Nice easy swing on a pitch that kind of had him fooled.

    Does anybody still think he’s not chewing?

    • Toot D. Blan - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Asked and answered. Matt Williams said on the Junkies one morning a few weeks ago that what Bryce is chewing is “herbal.” Which herb it might be was a question not asked. There’s an expanded menu of them legal these days in DC.

      • Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

        Hmm. Thanks for the info.

  24. Toot D. Blan - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    So did Desi call a closed door team meeting to ask what the MLB record is for consecutive strikeouts by a batter?

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

      I don’t think we’ll ever know.

      Could have been to say “I know I’m sucking right now. I promise to work as hard as possible to fix it.”\

      I did see JDub in the dugout. Did I just miss seeing him the last two games or was he not with the team?

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    What was Michael Taylor doing there? Watching the swinging bunt go fair? Lost a single there.

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      He definitely didn’t get out of the box, as FP said he was playing umpire as well as LF.

      I don’t think he would have made it anyway. An out, just a little unusual, but it was always an out.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        Who knows. He’s been in quicksand the last 2 days. I don’t get it.

  26. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    johnny holiday…is he still alive or is this a tape recording

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:39 PM

      I love the guy but he is having a tough series.

      • NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        I have Charlie and Dave on, and about a two-pitch delay.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:23 PM

        Smart.

  27. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Nobody thinks that FP.

  28. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    blahhh…..experiment failed
    base ball is not a game to fool around with
    too many nuances…

    • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      takes a lot of practice i hear

      • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        SUDS= Seemingly Unimportant Decisions
        that can be really important

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    I’m tired of seeing Ramirez….

    • BatBoy - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      GYFNG ! Guess it’s time to bring out my BUFFALO HORNS!!!! YEP! HERE WE GO !!! NATS BUFFALO HORNS BACK! YEP! GYFNG !!

  30. Danny - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    This is ridiculous.

  31. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Ack. That’s embarrassing. Was Span not aware that Segura is pretty fast? Seemed to be taken by surprise.

  32. nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    One thing I’ve observed, on the throws to home, we’re trying to get it too close to the catcher before it bounces.

    We should be having the bounce closer to the mound versus closer to the plate.

    It’s a lower trajectory coming in, and gives the catcher a chance to receive the ball above the waist.

    Tony just did it again.

    Tarasco has to get them to watch a few videos.

  33. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Oh FP. If you go out and argue, you’ll get a call later? Like in basketball. Really? And Johnny is just a yes-man.

    • Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      So how would this work?

      MW: That guy was out at first ump.
      Ump: I saw him safe, sorry.
      MW: He was out for sure.
      Ump: You gonna challenge?
      MW: Nah. My replay guy doesn’t think there’s enough evidence, and I want to save my challenge for later.
      Ump: Ok. Sit your $&# down.
      MW: Ok, but you’ll give me the next call, right? Cause I came out an wasted everyone’s time.
      Ump: Yeah, sure.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:07 PM

        +1

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Esco blast!!!!

  35. nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    C’mon, let’s get a little production out of first base here!

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      Danny Espinosa up with two on, one out, top 3. 2-1 count… Ramos on First, Harper on 2nd.

      Oh well, huge high fly to short left, near the line.

      Now Desmond. Oh, bother!

      • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:05 PM

        Weak fly to center after fouling off a few. Nats 3 – Brewers 2, Middle third.

  36. dc27dan - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    I’ll always have faith in my favorite team, and i know many on here feel the same. Let’s go Nats and way to go Yunel!

  37. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    For everyone who thinks the HP umps are always biased against the Nats there’s this:

    That was worth a run.

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      I love this info. As you say we always think we’re the harmed party, but it swings both ways, as do many things in this game!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:26 PM

      It happens. Was it the movement or was the catcher fooled. It was a great pitch that had movement and missed the glove.

      • Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM

        Would you have said the same thing if it had been the Nats pitching?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:54 PM

        No, I would have been ticked as that’s what happens to Treinen with that wicked movement often.

      • Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:58 PM

        So when it happens to us, it’s “come on blue!” and you’re ticked, but when it happens to them, “it happens” and maybe it missed the glove or was the catcher’s fault. Ok then.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        Yes, I’m a homer.

  38. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:05 PM

    enjoy the moment…we are ahead

  39. Danny - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    1st and 2nd 1 out and nada again

  40. nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Has anyone here ever seen a Cowboy Monkey Rodeo?

    What does that look like? Damn, now I have to go to Youtube…

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:19 PM

      Okay, it’s monkeys basically bolted onto border collies herding sheep. The wifey is not loving that!

  41. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Taylor has been hitting a lot of line drives with nothing to show for it lately.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:39 PM

      The have him played perfectly. He is pulling lots of balls.

  42. dc27dan - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Good job by Span getting to the ball very quickly, may have saved a run

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:31 PM

      Saved the tying run most definitely. Will be very sad to see him in another uni next year.

  43. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Buffalo!!!

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Oppo boppo Ramos!!!!

  45. nats1924 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:38 PM

    go Ramos!

    …Desi ab prediction = K

    • nataddicted - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Or a double to deep right center?

    • Nats105 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:44 PM

      Johnny…he’s gotta go. “They’re sending the Buffalo home!” OMG

  46. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    ok skip gets a little more confidence…puts together a good lineup

  47. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Poor Johnny. It’s tough to keep straight who is on the bases.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      i was as surprised as he was sending buffalo home after he just hit a homer
      good move by Henley

  48. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    oh give me a dome where the buffalo roams

    Johnny seeing too many bisons

  49. Danny - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Is 6 enough? No lead is safe until Storen.. Funny enough.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      i’m liking Treinan and Janssen too and hopes spring eternal for the new guy…the carpenter

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        Are you taking my lines? “Hope springs eternal”

      • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:01 PM

        could be or we are both baseball fans 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:01 PM

        🙂 I use that line every Spring Training and early season

    • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:46 PM

      more to come i figure

    • scmargenau - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      How about a comp game? 🙂

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    David, did you see what Taylor did. They had the shortstop in the 5.5 hole and Taylor took it up the middle.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Esco, Harp, Ramos, all have 2 hits each so far. That’s how you score runs.

  52. Section 222 - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Bryce is playing some good defense out there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:57 PM

      Getting great jumps coming in. His jumps going back are a little more adventurous at times and understandably. They are playing him deeper which is smart.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Rendon’s OBP going up! On base 3 times today, hit, walk, HBP

    • scmargenau - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:08 PM

      U knew it would 🙂

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:13 PM

        To have Span to Rendon to Esco to Harp and Ramos hitting looks good. I like Espi moved up but Desi needs to be batting 8th.

      • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:12 AM

        Desi does not need to be batting 8th. That’s just a knee jerk reaction to his poor play so far. Remember when he was put there early in his career. He’s terrible at laying off the junk thrown to the No. 8 hitter in the NL. That’s the absolute worst place to put him in the batting order if you want him to improve.

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    If Aramis is playing back, I want to see Esco bunt.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:05 PM

    Bryce just taking what the game gives him and I like it!

  56. Danny - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    How do you hit the ball on the ground there… Oh well.

  57. scmargenau - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:07 PM

    Pizza!! Finally 🙂

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    The Barves just made the mistake of letting Shelby Miller go too long in a 1-0 lead. Just gave up 3 hits in a row and pulled. Barves losing 2-1 .

  59. unkyd59 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    FWIW….. I like the Ross kid.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:17 PM

      I heart him. Better than advertised. See my note below.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    I will say it again, Joe Ross could be the Stammen/Barrett in the bullpen in September with that fastball/slider combo.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:16 PM

    I will say it again, Joe Ross could be the Stammen/Barrett in the bullpen in September with that fastball/slider combo.

  62. NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Well, the 7th inning has done in the Barves. The good news is the Mets pinch hit for deGrom so the Barves will be into the Mets’ bullpen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      My note 9 minutes ago. Yeah, they don’t trust their bullpen which is worst in the Majors.

  63. Danny - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Ump extended the inside corner by half a foot that inning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:24 PM

      Sure did. A shame he did that to Desi who now has 6 K’s in 2 games.

  64. NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Ross has good stuff, but the difference between him and A.J. Cole is confidence. Ross knows he’ll be a major-leaguer, if not this year, then next. He’s seen how it’s done (by his brother). He fields his position, doesn’t lose his cool if they get a couple hits. Cole has struggled to overcome each level. I think his raw stuff is better than Ross’, but he’ll take nurturing. Just my opinion.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:27 PM

      I don’t agree. Ross is mechanically sound and if he is locating with that movement he is very good. Cole throws very open and it makes his fastball hittable even when located. These are Major League hitters. I’ve compared Cole to the Iron Mike. Cole has to make adjustments.

      Ross has some filthy stuff.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:28 PM

        By the way, I like AJ Cole. He needs tweaks or else he is destined for the bullpen.

      • NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM

        I’m done, Ghost. I can’t make a post without you arguing or pointing to where you said it first, etc.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:33 PM

        I just don’t agree with your comparison. Not an argument. I think you’re correct on Ross, just that Cole’s problems are more than confidence.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM

        Oh, my.

      • mauimo22 - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:11 PM

        A good interchange between two knowledgeable fans. These are just opinions – there are no right/wrong answers so just respect each other’s insights because they both appeal to other fans.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        It exactly and NatsLady was correct on Ross’s confidence but I don’t agree on Cole’s confidence. Cole even admitted he is mechanically fixing himself. A work in progress.

  65. ogremj - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    I’m glad Taylor caught that. I could not handle another Scooter hit.

  66. NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Well, how-de-doo. The ROOKIE call-up goes seven innings! All you fancy starters, get your act together!!!!

    • BatBoy - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM

      AMEN! ROSS THE BOSS!!!!!!

      • BatBoy - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        OH MY GOODNESS!!!! 41 !!!!!!!! ROSS RULES!!!!!!!

      • BatBoy - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

        OH MY !!! BELIEVE! LETS GO ! GYFNG !!!!!! BELIEVE!!!!! THIS KID INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!! NATS NATS NATS WHOOOOOOI!!!

  67. Drew - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    The kid’s gone seven strong and he’s at 93 pitches. Why push it?

  68. ogremj - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    I don’t understand bringing Ross out for the 8th

    • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      +1

    • NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      Me either, but I guess he’s going down when Fister gets back, so it doesn’t matter if he gets tired.

      • NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        And he IS tired. Just issued that walk. TAKE HIM OUT NOW! What are you waiting for, Matty?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:40 PM

      Yah, and he’s over-throwing which you don’t like to see. Got the 2 outs and needs to fight to get the 3rd out.

  69. kgwcoach - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Wrong foot on bag but good scoop.

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Got helped out there by an Esco to Espi Web Gem and then comes back with a sick backup slider against Braun for the K.

  71. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    I want to challenge Matt Williams to take out a starter when he is done esp in the middle of the inning

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    You want Ross to finish his start in a good way. I wish Thornton was ready now. Hope he can claw through this.

  73. NatsLady - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Well, he got through it. Congratulation!!! BIG Congratulations!

  74. unkyd59 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    No problem, as it turns out…😀

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    I thought that was an intentional walk to Lind…. so he can get the R/R match up with the next batter…

  76. dc27dan - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Great outing by Ross, i thought that would have been his last batter anyway. What a performance

  77. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Ross should keep his rotation spot over Roark when Fister comes back. The lefties still seem to get good swings on him so the changeup is probably the pitch he needs to work on the most once he goes back down. But he’s been really impressive. 12 strikeouts to 1 walk in his career. A lot of groundballs. He got away with a couple of deep flyballs, but he was also very unlucky in the second inning when the 2 runs scored.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

      ++++1 then your bullpen gets stronger

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      I’m thinking the same and it would mean Roark replaces Hill who goes back to AAA.

      • infideljack - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:29 PM

        Roark is needed in the pen. He is the closest thing to Stammen we have.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:37 PM

        Tyson has better stuff than Stay-men but they don’t want Ross to relieve right now. Ross can hit upper 90’s on his fastball which is above where Stammen throws. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Ross in the September pen.

      • mauimo22 - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        I agree, we need that fill-in relief guy when starters only go 3-6 innings. Get to the 7th inning with this guy and go Treinen/Thornton, Janssen, and Storen. We miss CRAIG!

    • Just. Dave - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      I think it is crazy to put a top shelf starter like Roark in the pen.

      Why not take Sherzer out of the rotation to bolster the pen? Exactly.

      • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:16 AM

        +1 JDave. I don’t think it will happen.

  78. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    well it worked out…still don’t trust MW’s handling of a pitching staff but I’m not in the hot seat

    • BatBoy - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:50 PM

      Oh noooooooo!!!!!! Not Bryce !!!!!!

      • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:53 PM

        holy larapin lacerations, batboy

  79. scnatsfan - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Really impressed today

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    Lol… I thought MW did the right thing sending Ross out in the 8th… Yes I was surprised someone wasn’t warm, just in case… but I was never concerned…

    Thought it was Ross all the way… and he did a superb job…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      5 run lead and he could go out there with someone heating which wasn’t happening until the walk. I just wanted him to finish on a positive note and luckily he did.

  81. dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    2015 triple crown winner….Bryce Harper

    • dcwx61 - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:48 PM

      i jinxed it.

      • deftndumb - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM

        It’s not your fault. Let’s blame it on the Strasburg shutdown of 2012. I know Feinstein will.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        yes….the curse of the Strasburg
        only a goat will cure it

  82. dc27dan - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Last thing we need is Harper getting hurt, that looked bad.

    • deftndumb - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      Now we’re going to have to listen to: “He Just can’t stay healthy…” It’s infuriating.

      • infideljack - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        And this, “He is fine, we are taking it day to day. Nothing to see here, no worries”

      • deftndumb - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:43 PM

        Another narrative I’m now officially sick of.

  83. scnatsfan - Jun 13, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Desmond us just lost

    • mauimo22 - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:18 PM

      Put Danny E in at SS, ASAP. Let Desi earn his way back just like Danny had to this year. Too many Es and Ks with an unfocused approach to getting better. The guy is a joke right now.

      # DesiK

  84. kgwcoach - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Momentum is your starting pitcher. Let’s get the split tomorrow.

  85. unkyd59 - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    I’m hoping Bryce just has a contusion, and misses a couple of games, til the swelling goes down….. fingers crossed…

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    From Wagner: MW said Bryce Harper was hit on the quad above the knee. With Nats up, took him out to get ice on it.

    • Eric - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      Was he hit with a pitch?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:37 PM

        Yes above the left knee which we all thought could’ve hit the knee.

      • Eric - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:42 PM

        Gotcha…well, sounds like it shouldn’t be a big deal, but the proof’s in the line up card.

  87. David Proctor - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Harper says it was the knee, not his quad. Either way, I expect him to have tomorrow off. No reason to risk it. He’s too important.

    • Nats105 - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      Someone’s going down tomorrow on MIL. 3 HBP today…..man up!

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    “@JamesWagnerWP: Harper said he was hit on the knee. Will rest & see how it feels tomorrow. “It hurts. Pretty bad. … 95 to the knee don’t feel very good.”

    This contradicts MW who said it was on his quad. Not good.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      Well, I saw the replays, and it wasn’t directly on the knee, but I’m sure it hurts a lot. I’d say MW is right, as a technical matter, but I think Bryce will sit tomorrow.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        Good info. If it caught any part of the knee, OUCH!

  89. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 13, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Return of Fister (in good form) will solve a good part of the BP problem by moving Roark back there while Ross covers one more start for Strasburg. While Roark hasn’t been setting houses on fire he is, in my regard, “reliable,” like to be able to cover whole innings without major flameouts. That will give Williams Treinen, Carpenter, Roark, Thornton, Janssen and Storen to play with, with Rivero or Solis as the Phantom Lefty– seldom seen but always available. I don’t want to see any more stories about giving away the team’s best prospects — there aren’t that many of them — for Chapman.

    • unkyd59 - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      +1

    • rlndtln - Jun 13, 2015 at 10:57 PM

      how about stras for chapman

  90. rlndtln - Jun 13, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    This kid will stay in rotation and Roark to the pen.Not so sure Stras will be back so soon.Might think of a Stras for Chapman trade.We would be in great shape and you only need 4 starters in playoffs.But then you would have the bullpen solved.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    Talk about a well un-kept secret:

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      Let’s review the Steven Souza trade. Nats trade Souza in a 3 team trade and get Joe Ross and Trea Turner.

      The further development of Ross and Turner have been spectacular.

      Ross has made his power sinker his go-to pitch and it’s very good and he has a late breaking slider that could rank as best on the Nats, yes, best on the Nats. The changeup needs work and is the pitch he needs to be a top of the rotation starter. The changeup wasn’t good in his 1st start and was worse in this start.

      Turner will move up the rankings in the Top 100 prospects. Jim Callis likes Turner better than all of the shortstops taken in this year’s draft which was rich in terms of # of shortstops.

  92. Doc - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Time to hunt down more than one Brewer tomorrow; best it be one of our pitchers who is going back down.

    A knee for a knee!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Do you think it was intentional on Bryce?

      • Doc - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:38 PM

        I think that they were throwing inside directly at his right knew, with no regard to whether it hits him or not.

        You have to pay a price for that kind of bad ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:43 PM

        It was a 1-1 pitch. I hope it wasn’t intentional. Bryce has certainly been a target.

      • Doc - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:43 PM

        My bad, it was his left quad, not right. Still think that that was their intention. Thank god ,t wasn’t his knee!!!

        Left quad for a left quad!!!

      • Doc - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM

        Bryce is the power hitter that Desi thinks that he is!

        A true power hitter should have more than 5 HRs and a .220 BA.

  93. Doc - Jun 13, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    While checking out the status of Alex Meyer (former Nat) I noticed that the Twins have a AAA pitcher named Mark Hamburger—who looks like the opposing batters are making mince meat out of. LOL

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Why didn’t Janssen take care of the plunking business in the 9th?

  95. Drew - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Two sets of numbers to ponder:

    Player A hits .343 with a .479 on base percentage.

    Player B hits .344 with a .482 on base percentage.

    Player A is Harper in 2015.

    Player B is Ted Williams – and those are his CAREER statistics.

    Bryce is having a remarkable season.

    Teddy Ballgame sustained that level of excellence until he was 42! Astonishing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      Vted Williams also missed 5 of his best aged years fighting for our country.

      His numbers would be a few ticks hitters as they were prime age years.

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