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Game 63: Nats at Brewers

Jun 14, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

After a convincing win helped by a strong start by rookie Joe Ross, the Nationals will look to secure a series split on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

They will have to do it, however, without Bryce Harper. Harper is out of the lineup after getting hit in the left knee with a pitch in Saturday’s win. Danny Espinosa is back at first base. And Yunel Escobar is batting cleanup.

Max Scherzer (6-5, 2.13) will start for the Nats in his 13th appearance of the 2015 season. He has allowed four earned runs in each of his last two outings.

Starting for Milwaukee will be 6-foot-6 right-hander Taylor Jungmann (1-0, 1.29). Jungmann is making just his second career start after debuting on June 9 against the Pirates. That day he went seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits and a walk.

We are not in Milwaukee for this one, but please check back in the morning for remote analysis…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Where:
Miller Park, Milwaukee
Gametime: 2:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869
Weather: Indoors

NATIONALS (32-30)
CF Denard Span
1B Danny Espinosa
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer

BREWERS (24-39)
CF Carlos Gomez
LF Gerardo Parra
RF Ryan Braun
1B Adam Lind
SS Jean Segura
2B Scooter Gennett
3B Hector Gomez
C Martin Maldonado
RHP Taylor Jungmann

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

172 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. peewilly - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:12 PM

    Max may need a shutout to win.

    • ogremj - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      Yeah, it’s hard to see this lineup manufacturing a ton of runs. May have to slug.

      • natslive - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:34 PM

        I am going to predict 2 Home Runs….Rendon and Taylor 🙂

  3. ehay2k - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    Just play ball guys, have a little fun, and stop pressing! Man, they kick the ball around a lot, and corkscrew themselves into the batters’ box, whenever each one tries to be Superman.

    Ross sounded good yesterday. I saw his debut and he was very, very poised, IMO. Usually new guys come up and the nerves cause them to throw the ball around a bit. Ross was in the strike zone from what I saw and heard. Sounds like yesterday was a repeat of that. To me, that’s impressive. His cool mound presence reminds me of Roark a bit. Will be interesting to see what happens in his next start or two as other teams have a chance to adjust to him.

    One less reason to worry about some of our starting 5 departing via FA next couple of years. And Ross wasn’t exactly on everyone’s radar when the season began. (Please, if you DID have him on your radar, resist the urge to point that out here.)

    • natslive - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      Saw his debut in person and that is what impressed us – poise and throwing strikes.

    • npb99 - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      +1 on the last point. Those “I said it first posts” are so tiresome.

    • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Please, if you DID have him on your radar, resist the urge to point that out here.

      Well put.

  4. natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Missed the game as I was at the P-Nats last night (which they lost, but I got my Souza figurine, talked to congenial home and opposing fans, and saw fireworks after the game – niiice). Figure to watch at least some of today’s game in real time and catch up on the recording from last night at some point. Sounds like Ross did very well. Good for him. They kinda owed him after they couldn’t score enough runs for him in his debut.

    Go, MAX! Go, NATS!!

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:43 PM

    Cannot believe Bryce Harper misses another game due to a HBP. While I don’t think it was intentional, it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities.

    • rayvil01 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:24 PM

      It’s the “Cincinnati Maneuver.” Since it’s our superstar, I’m assuming the most nefarious explanation possible. =)

  6. Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    As far as I can tell, Harp has played in every game this year except for games he had to miss because of being hit by a pitch the game before. Let’s hope this is a short absence.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      It’s not just missing time, it’s missing timing after days off and playing while in pain. Took time for Bryce’s power to return after that plunking to his spine.

      • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:07 PM

        Yup

  7. Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    The message to be sent to teams is overdue: Don’t mess with our kid, or a price will be paid!

    Hockey is the best sport that takes care of its’ own.

    • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      A price will be paid!! Until the next time someone does it.

      I was away, but I believe I heard that Roark plunked Votto after the Bryce and Gio plunkings in Cincinnati. Sure is a good thing he did that, or who knows how many plunkings Bryce would have had to endure between May 31 and June 13 when the Brewers got him.

      Throwing at people intentionally has zero, I repeat zero, deterrent effect. The Nats need to take their retribution by getting hits and winning games. Let’s even the series, not try to even the score.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

        Maybe if Scherzer hits the Brewers Jungmann the message will be sent.

      • #4 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:10 PM

        Can”t say I agree with you 100%, 222. Teams need to occasionally lay out a marker that they are not to be messed with. While I agree that it may or may not reduce the number of times that Harper is hit, it will galvanize the team’s chemistry and give them some swagger. I know it sounds primitive but it’s the culture of pro sports.

      • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:17 PM

        I know I’m in the minority here #4, but I just think that is total B.S. It’s just old school, prestigious, macho baloney. Maybe there was a day that it had an impact but not now. People were so proud of Roark going after Votto and what did it accomplish? Nada.

      • #4 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        It accomplishes this. Harper feels like the team has his back. That is of no small importance when it comes to a hot shot 22 year old and the social hierarchy of a more veteran team. It agree with you that there is an ample of amount of “baloney” here. I would never allow a HS team that I coach to retaliate in such a way. However, pro ball has a code that needs to be followed or guys start to lose faith in each other.

      • Toot D. Blan - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:46 PM

        The purpose of the Votto plunking was not to send a message to the rest of the league. The purpose of the Votto plunking was to send a message to Votto, after he had words with Harper about taking his time coming to first base after being hit by a Cingrani fastball smack between the 3 and 4 on his back. That was a message that needed to be sent. You don’t want to leave a town being swept by a bad team AND having your star player denigrated by the other team’s best guy.

  8. exposremains - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Does anybody think that opposite teams kinda half intentionally hit Harper to take him out of the lineup? I think so…and they should be some retribuition. They should defend harper at all cost.They already loss Werth to hbp.

    • exposremains - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      By half intentional i mean…lets throw inside…dont give him something to hit ..so either we walk him or we hit him.

  9. #4 - Jun 14, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    I’m not usually into this type of thing, but it’s time. Scherzer better drill Braun in the first inning.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    “@Nationls: The #Nats have acquired INF Trea Turner from the #Padres, completing 12/18 three-team trade: http://t.co/hI8i75B94j http://t.co/EJraLuhK7v

    The best UN-kept secret in baseball! Finally official!

  11. natsdial8 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Where in the world is Turner ? Don’t see him on the Harrisburg roster . Is he traveling East by walking ?

  12. rlndtln - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    We should knock down Ramirez today and Braun and if they are hit so be it.Enough is enough.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:11 PM

      I think Jungmann has to be hit. When you hit a player anywhere besides the gluteus maximus at 95mph you take the chance they could be seriously hurt (see Jayson Werth). Bryce has taken fastballs now on the spine and the left knee/quad and has missed time. It’s dangerous stuff. A heck of a way to get time off.

      • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:23 PM

        Wait, it’s dangerous stuff so we should intentionally hit their pitcher and risk serious injury to him? What?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:26 PM

        Yes, that will send a message to pitchers. It’s getting out of hand. Hitting Votto on a softy to his arse did nothing to deter.

      • #4 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:29 PM

        Eye for an eye here. Braun is the one to hit. Best hitter on each team gets plunked.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:31 PM

        Scherzer will take care of it.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        Well, Braun’s the best when his supplier comes through. (Oh, yes I did.) :-O

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:37 PM

        Oh it’s on like Donkey Kong!

      • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 1:54 PM

        I love starting a discussion like this because it brings out the most intelligent analysis.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:09 PM

        +1

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Do they call the song JMCA in Milwaukee?

    Jungmann, there’s no need to feel down.
    I said,Jungmann, pick yourself off the ground.
    I said, Jungmann, ’cause you’re in a new town
    There’s no need to be unhappy. ♩♪♫♭♭

    • Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:20 PM

      Now that’s funny Ghost!!!!!

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    I like the hustle from Espi.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Nats are working Jungmann in the 1st.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Rendon works back from 0-2 to a walk.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    This would be Bryce’s spot in the lineup now.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Drats… think Rendon is out…

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Have to get the foot down guys. Cost the Nats a few times on that.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      ARen beat him to the base on good hustle but cleats up. That hurts.

  20. Danny - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Replay always screws us

    • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      Two incorrect calls are overturned. New York must be out to get us!!

      • Danny - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:31 PM

        Not saying the wrong call was made. Just saying we have had wrong calls on our challenges not be overturned

  21. Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    So are the Brewers out of challenges now? Or do they keep getting them until they get one wrong?

    • Danny - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:31 PM

      Keep em till they lose a challenge

  22. rlndtln - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    Nats playing with out Bryce will solidify his MVP case.

  23. Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Max didn’t drill Braun. What’s wrong with him? Doesn’t he have Bryce’s back? Or is he waiting to send a message by drilling the pitcher?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      Not going to do it in the 1st. Might not at all.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 14, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      It’s a long season….no rush
      If the league can’t step in, then the incident can not be tolerated.
      The Nats retaliated with Votto with an off speed pitch….just a warning.
      Read the Pitch that killed before brushing HBPs under the plate

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:38 PM

    Dillon Gee pulled after 3 2/3 giving up 8 runs. Unfortunately Foltyneiwicz has given up 5

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    Desi with another swing & a miss. Why not Espi at short and TyMo at 1st? Probably makes too much sense.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    You look up as the sample size grows and Lobaton is batting .200

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Hard to believe that Scherzer has a higher batting average than a few Nats position players. Scherzer batting .214

  27. Danny - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Yes, we have 4 starters out… Bit it’s Jungmann. We should be able to put up 2-3 at least for Max

  28. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Desmond has 8 strikeouts in his last 9 at bats. 10 out of his last 15. And some want to put Espinosa in LF to keep Danny’s bat in the lineup? I’m all for keeping Danny in the lineup right, but at 2nd base. Desmond is totally out of sync.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      Why not put everybody available in their best positions? Renton at 3rd, Yunel Escobar at SS, Espinosa at 2B, Moore at 1st?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

        New dynamic with Desi in a huge slump so yes I would agree with that.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:33 PM

        THAT is the million dollar question. Desi, 0-4. Good news is he has not made an error yet today.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    This is the pitch that FP keeps yacking about. Ball with movement. Again, is it framing or movement or something the ump saw as a strike or bias against ARod as the ump only missed 2 pitches that game against the Yankees that registered on the Nats Strike Zone app. Both were against ARod.

    • texnat1 - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      Could be the ump just sees ARod’s strike zone differently than that app. Those K Zone things aren’t always perfect when it comes to high/low as that is based on the individual batter and is thus not constant.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        They are supposed to adjust from an Altuve to a taller batter.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      From this inning. Umps miss calls. He missed 2 in that inning.

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Anthony Rendon with a .350 OBP. Umps respect his batting eye.

  31. Hiram Hover - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Escobar has been getting a pass from fans so far for his batting box theatrics.

    If his #s fall, that might end.

    • texnat1 - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      I’m more surprised that he doesn’t catch more heat from opposing pitchers.

  32. NatsLady - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Well, never mind hitting Braun (“We don’t have time for that BS”). Max needs a shutout here. Danny’s hurt.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      +1.

      On those throw overs to first, he seemed very slow to get up.

  33. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Re plunking, the defense attorneys’ maxim is one shot is self defense, two is manslaughter and three is first degree. Three plunkings one game is sure as heck intentional. Someone’s earflap needs to be field tested.

  34. natslive - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Way to go Max

  35. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:14 PM

    Scherzer was paying attention yesterday. Ross set the bar for today at eight innings.

  36. Hiram Hover - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    FP needs to stop talking about Desmond overthinking it.

    Whatever his problem is, that ain’t it.

  37. Danny - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Protect the mutha truckn plate

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Infield in costs the Brewers a hit.

  39. TheBigDummy - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Golllly, how many K’s for Desmond is that this series? 9 in the past three games?

    Nice knock, Lobaton!

  40. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Free bases makes for a run!

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Mets now up 10-8. That Atlanta bullpen living up to their advanced billing as being the worst in baseball. 3 quickies given up.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Scherzer is now batting .241 That’s ridunculous!

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Espi needs to be thinking good contact here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:33 PM

      Danny, Danny, Danny. Have to make him pay. He threw you a meaty pitch and you fouled it off.

  44. TheBigDummy - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Man Johnny Holiday is not easy to listen to.

  45. mdmcommish - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Hey, let’s just try it today. No one say anything. I know, nothing we say makes anything different 1000 miles away, but what the heck, let’s give it a go!

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Scherzer with a reachback 97 mph heater to K on Ryan Braun!!!

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    These HBPs are getting old….

    • rlndtln - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Hard to believe but Johnny is better today.Desi now takes 2 down the middle.He always came up swinging.Can you imagine we will be lucky to split with this pathetic team.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      I choose to believe Wms. feels he can’t afford to have a pitcher — certainly not Scherzer — tossed for retaliating. If another Nat gets hit, Council needs to be tossed, fined and suspended.

  48. deftndumb - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Desi. Yikes.

  49. Nats105 - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Desmond may have set a record with K’s. Pattern is so predictable….0-2 then take a huge swing at breaking ball low and outside. I could pitch to him.

  50. texnat1 - Jun 14, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Just nasty nasty stuff.

  51. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    Not sure how you can stick with Desmond. Poor guy. I feel awful for him, but he is not helping this team right now. Matt Williams is going to have to make a tough call, and soon.

    So, I am happy that Danny Espinosa has been hitting better, but his BA is deceptive. With nobody on base he is hitting .272, (28-103). With RISP his BA is .121, (4-33)

    • natslive - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:10 PM

      Still better than Desi at this point. Think it’s time for the Escobar move to SS, Danny at 2B, Rendon at 3B and see what Moore can do at first.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:18 PM

        natslive, I agree. But I certainly wouldn’t keep Desi in the lineup and put Danny in LF as others are calling for.

      • natslive - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        Joe – think you go with infield as suggested and give Taylor time in LF. He still has a lot to learn but has talent and has gotten some clutch hits for this team. Really needs to cut down his Ks as well

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        Amen

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        Small sample size and all that, but MAT in is last 32 AB’s? 4 K’s. Definitely showing some improvement.

      • natslive - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:25 PM

        That is improvement – thanks for the stat. He is learning

    • TheBigDummy - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      I feel so bad for saying this but Desmond declining that 100m dollar deal and betting on himself is looking more and more like a blessing in disguise. He cost himself so much money doing that. No team is going to offer him anywhere near that.

      If Danny can keep it up with the bat, I think the choice is clear. Let Desmond go elsewhere and try to get himself back to form. I hope he can do it, he’s always been a standup guy.

      Then again, he could always get back to form this year and really help the team. Best case scenario right there, really.

      • rabbit433 - Jun 15, 2015 at 5:53 AM

        Don’t feel bad for any major leaguer. Desmond has made more money than he can spend in a lifetime. And, if he can spend it, it is being spent on things he doesn’t need anyway. Compensation to players is ungodly. They all hit the lottery.

  52. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Anybodt else noticing a foul, barnyard-type smell?

  53. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Lobaton is really stealing strikes today.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      Sure, just ask FP.

  54. exposremains - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Perfect game or hit Braun…choices..choices

  55. mdmcommish - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Ssssssh

  56. Drew - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Huge two-out knock by Robinson.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    I feel for Desi…. poor thing… hopefully he will get hot in July and carry us as he has done before…

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    A broken bat bloop for a H. What a shame.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Can’t help but wonder what if the players were all playing in their best positions…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        Yep, Scherzer will ponder.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:44 PM

        I made a similar comment to my husband during the game.

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    The strike zone works both ways. According to the K zone they say Scherzer only got 1 strike call but also didn’t get this one.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    I was complimenting the slider of Joe Cool yesterday and now Scherzer wanted to let everyone know that he has a darn good slider!!!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      Max says… yeah the rookie waa great but I do this every 5 days….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:53 PM

        If Clip could come back and help JZim and JoeCool with a changeup though!!!!

        Max just has 4 “+” pitches and pinpoint accuracy and a tilt from his arm slot that makes him so darn good. Remember, Scherz stunk in Arizona. He is all about continual improvement.

  61. mdmcommish - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    I blame “exporemains” for using the words “perfect game” at 4:11

    • exposremains - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      Can you imagine if all my comments had an effect on the team….

  62. exposremains - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    I think Rendon could have dove to make it more dramatic.

  63. Drew - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    F.P., that’s Charlie Lea, not Bill “Spaceman” Lee.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:46 PM

      Yeah, FP whiffed on that one. I wasn’t sure whether he was thinking of Bill Stoneman for Lee. I think the Spaceman was stoned a time or two.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Max tends to hit the wall fast. Hope someone is warming up. Just in case.

  65. mauimo22 - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    No need to keep Max in now, get the BP in there Matty!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      He would kill MW but I was thinking the same.

      I hope they Chocolate Sauce him!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        Yes! Choc Off!!!!!

      • natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:48 PM

        Some comments must have been deleted, because the timeline seems out of whack.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:49 PM

        Very usual these days.

  66. mauimo22 - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Maxy putting up Ron Guidry-type numbers today!

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    What a performance by Max…. filthy….

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Wow… SS DOES look totally different.. hahaha…. I was like, who is that with the number 7!!!

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Gomez smiles back at Scherzer after the K.

    • NatsLady - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:06 PM

        How do you like that. Funny were the Tweets saying it should’ve been an error, of course they were joking.

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Good Lord…. MS made CarGo look silly…

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Dominance. Only 11 balls put in play. On a no-hit bid you put the odds in your favor and take lucky BABIP out of the equation. 16K. Just filthy.

  72. Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Chocolate syrup time!

  73. Tyler Babip - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Scherzer!

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    What a filthy, dominant performance by MS…

  75. Drew - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    What a satisfying day:

    Scherzer to the Max.

    Welcome Trea Turner.

    And we’re done with Captain Obvious on the play by play. (I hope.)

    • Nats105 - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      +1 😊

  76. natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    That was some game, Max. Some game. And a strong finish by Drew with the syrup bottle. Niiice.

  77. NatsLady - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Who asked about Trea Turner’s location? Apparently he was eating in Harrisburg. 😉
    http://www.pennlive.com/senators/index.ssf/2015/06/trea_turner_joins_harrisburg_s.html

    He’ll play on Tuesday.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Was on the road all day, but it sounded like Gomez hit would have possibly been caught by the best 2b person in the game.

  79. natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda, but at the time I commented to my husband that I thought Espi might have caught it.

    • ehay2k - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      I said the same thing.

  80. natsfan1a - Jun 14, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    But we’ll never know.

    And where the heck are my comments going? Daggone WordPress.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:09 PM

      There were no issues today until a certain someone showed up.

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Max Scherzer got 27 swing & misses in 119 pitches today. Per http://t.co/TaWq2fqAuw, the most by anyone this season. 13 of 16 Ks swinging.

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    “@JamesWagnerWP:Scherzer on start & Nats record 16 Ks. “Memorable. To be able to throw a shutout against a major league team, that’s extremely tough to do.””

    That’s a humble comment!

  83. Doc - Jun 14, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Max, at .226, is out-hitting 3 guys in the lineup today: Lobaton, Desi, and MAT.

    Nats need to give him a raise!

    • zshurs - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      No! You don’t rest a hot bat. Start him tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!

      • zshurs - Jun 14, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        I read “raise” as “rest” originally. Now my reply makes no sense. Sorry.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 14, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        Nats play in an AL park tomorrow, Max to DH!!

      • Section 222 - Jun 14, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        It was still pretty funny. 🙂

  84. llf0701 - Jun 15, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    I think a huge fine should be given to anyone who hits a player at bat and immediate removal from the game. SOME hits might be unintentional but if you’re on the mound of a major league game you should have better control. The consequences of being hit by a pitched ball are too dangerous to mess around with this. Just play the game.

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