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Game 66: Rays at Nats

Jun 17, 2015, 3:26 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

So, when you score 16 runs on a club-record 23 hits, what do you do for an encore? We’ll find out tonight when the Nationals-Rays series shifts to D.C. after a pair of games in St. Petersburg. The Nats will be hoping to carry over some momentum from last night’s offensive onslaught, and they’ll be doing so against a different pitcher than originally announced.

The Rays actually will start right-handed reliever Steve Geltz, not scheduled starter Matt Andriese. Though Andriese will pitch out of the bullpen in the game. Don’t ask me, I’m just the messenger.

As for the Nationals’ lineup, it’s a little different today. With the DH no longer available, somebody had to take a seat. For tonight, that will be Denard Span, who gets a chance to rest his legs. Michael Taylor shifts to center field, with Clint Robinson in left field (and batting cleanup) and Danny Espinosa at first base (batting fifth). Wilson Ramos also gets the night off, so it’s Jose Lobaton behind the plate catching Jordan Zimmermann.

Plenty of updates to come from the ballpark (including, unfortunately, some weather updates given the forecast of intermittent rain). So please check back often…

TAMPA BAY RAYS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, ESPN2 (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Chance of rain, 82 degrees, Wind 6 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (34-31)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
LF Clint Robinson
1B Danny Espinosa
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

RAYS (36-30)
CF Kevin Kiermaier
1B Jake Elmore
3B Evan Longoria
LF David DeJesus
2B Logan Forsythe
RF Steven Souza Jr.
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
C Curt Casali
RHP Steve Geltz

UMPIRES
HP Paul Schrieber
1B Fieldin Culbreth (cc)
2B Jim Reynolds
3B Manny Gonzalez

7:08 p.m. — And we’re underway under gray but dry skies. There was some rain earlier during BP but it’s dry for now as Jordan Zimmermann throws strike one to Kevin Kiermaier.

7:20 p.m. — That was a dominant top of the first for Zimmermann, who retired the side on 13 pitches. He struck out Kiermaier looking at fastball, struck out Jake Elmore swinging at a slider and got Evan Longoria to tap a comebacker to the mound. Nice way to get this one started. The Nats didn’t do much of anything in the bottom of the first against Steve Geltz, who caught Bryce Harper looking at a tough, 94 mph fastball to end that inning.

7:33 p.m. — Props to the crowd here for giving Steven Souza Jr. a really nice ovation as he stepped to the plate at Nationals Park for the first time since his no-hitter-saving catch on the final day of the 2014 regular season. And then props to Souza for breaking up Zimmermann’s no-hitter with a solid single to left. Asdrubal Cabrera also got some applause when he came up to bat, though not to the extent Souza got. (David DeJesus, an all-time Nats great, got zero response from the crowd. What’s up with that, folks?) Scoreless through two innings.

7:45 p.m. — Well, now we understand what the Rays were doing. After two scoreless from Geltz, they sent up a pinch-hitter (Herndon’s Brandon Guyer) in the top of the third. An interesting idea, except Guyer ruined it by grounding into a double play. Matt Andriese, though, entered for the bottom of the third and retired the side. So Johnny Wholestaff has a perfect game going here.

8:00 p.m. — Not anymore, though, after Bryce Harper singled with two outs in the fourth. That’s all the Nats have been able to muster so far, though. It’s still 0-0 after four.

8:25 p.m. — Uh-oh, Steven Souza wreaking havoc on his old team. He already singled earlier, then made a sliding catch in foul territory, and now he crushed a homer off Zimmermann to lead off the fifth. Making matters worse, Curt Casali followed with his first career homer. So it’s suddenly 2-0 Rays after two.

Chase taking over for Mark while he writes his game story

8:49 p.m. — The Rays added another run in the sixth inning to make it a 3-0 game. The rally started with a one-out single to center by Longoria. He then moved to third on a DeJesus single to right. Forsythe then hit a groundball to Desmond, that he bobbled to earn his 15th error of the season. He had a decent shot at a double play, but couldn’t handle the ball in time to tag second. The Nats then went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning.

9:08 p.m. — The Rays nearly scored another run in the top of the seventh in a rally started by a Casali walk. He moved all the way to third before Elmore struck out to end the frame. That ended Zimmermann’s day after seven innings and 105 pitches. Blake Treinen will take over to start the eighth after the Nats’ offense went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh.

9:55 p.m. — After a 27-minute rain delay, the Nats and Rays resumed in the eighth inning only to see both teams fail to add anything to the scoreboard. It’s still 5-0 Rays as Casey Janssen will pitch the ninth.

10:11 p.m. — Nats go down 1-2-3 in the ninth and this one is over. Rays win 5-0 to drop the Nationals to 34-32 on the season.

124 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. 3on2out - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    now there’s a lineup combo I never thought I’d see:

    4. Clint Robinson, LF
    5. Danny Espinosa, 1B

    • tcostant - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Wow!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      I guess we see what happens if they bring in a lefty to face Harp and CRob. Harp is killing lefties!

  2. knoxvillenat - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Sure hope Geltz is not the pitcher designated to drill someone in the back before the starting pitcher comes into the game. Rays have no reason to throw at any of the Nats tonight but strange stuff happens in MLB.

    • Bruxtun - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:49 PM

      I had that same thought knox but I think I was just bored at work and thinking too much.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      I think it’s a weather precaution in case the game is halted for rain. Looks like you all are getting storms around game time . If it is they have the starter waiting in the wings.

      If it doesn’t rain, I don’t get it.

    • tcostant - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      I heard the Rays stat guys think this a way to get one extra hitter in. The guy pitches and then gets pitch hit for and then the starter rolls.

  3. langleyclub - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Geltz has some really good numbers, but all in relief: 27 IP 14 H 12 BB 30K 2 HRs. He has only given up 3 ERs since May 6. With the good, there is some concern about his ability to throw more than 2 innings: his longest outing of the year was 35 pitches against the Marlins on April 10, and 32 pitches on June 6 against Seattle. Geltz last pitched on Sunday; so, he is pitching with 2 days rest. Very unconventional. Then again, the Rays have to be unconventional.

    With the Rays bullpen already taxed, they will be in a world of hurt if the Nats can get to Geltz early.

    Also, Geltz is 5-9 which is pretty short for an MLB pitcher.

    • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      Geltz hasn’t gone more than 2 innings the entire season. I’m guessing that’s the plan tonight. What the heck? See my next comment about last time he started (and went 2 innings, giving up one run).

      • virginiascopist - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        I do believe that’s the plan — pull Geltz for a pinch hitter when his turn comes up (if not sooner, I suppose).

  4. adcwonk - Jun 17, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Rays did this once before — started Geltz for two innings, and then used a bevy of pitchers in relief, including Matt Andriese

    Folks, check out this boxscore and tell me what you think the plan was and/or what the manager was thinking?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/MIA/MIA201504100.shtml

    In the meantime, Matt Andriese has been in eighth games, he’s started four of them. Weird.

    Can our experts look at his game log and figure out what in the heck the deal is?

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/gl.cgi?id=andrima01&t=p&year=

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      Excellent research, Wonk. The Rays’ bullpen is going to be pretty tired come tomorrow. Guess they’ll need a long start from Archer, but he’s been pretty good.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:23 PM

      Maybe the Rays are doing this in part because of the weather? Looks like there could be some delays tonight.

      • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        Maybe the Rays are doing this in part because of the weather?

        Hmm . . now that is very intriguing!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 5:25 PM

        I owe you one. Started going chronologically and made the same point above.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      Looks to me like he’s their long guy, and they’ve tried to start him, with mixed (at best) results.

      He starts and doesn’t get out of the fourth, or he finishes and gets a 3-inning save.

      Agree, that’s a bit weird.

  5. nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Mark the game is at Nats park in Washington DC. But we know what you meant

    • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:50 PM

      Wow! — good thing — that’ll really cut down on my commute time, since I have tix tomorrow! 😉

  6. nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    And I think it’s game 66

    • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      Unless it means we can add in the 16-4 score from yesterday’s game 65?

  7. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    JZim pitch like Ross, Scherzer and Roarkbthis week. Not Gio please. No nibbling.

    I’m in Knoxville the next 4 games.

  8. natsjackinfl - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Am I missing something or are the Nats the only team that isn’t signing any of their draft picks?

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:14 PM

      They signed the HS kid (Perkins?) and the college kid, I think, is still alive in the CWS. Beyond that I haven’t heard

      • virginiascopist - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:30 PM

        I think they also signed Mariano Rivero, Jr.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      Can’t sign Andrew Stevenson until after LSU is done in the College WS. They signed #2 pick Blake Perkins yesterday at $800,000.

      This is hilarious that Boras is upset but there was no mention of him but there was no mention of any player’s rep except one mention of Boras after Cameron and Funkhouser slid way back.

      http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/13050345/agent-scott-boras-claims-mlb-network-censored-analysts-mentioning-company

    • ITGSOT - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      Mark Z and CSN only cover half the games. You want they should cover draft pick signings too? Find yourself a real news site to follow.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:39 PM

        Sounds like you have a problem with NatsInsider. Mark does an amazing job!

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:44 PM

        Actually I get most of my draft signing news off twitter. And the question was asked of the regular commenter’s from this site, not trolls like you.

      • ITGSOT - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        So you admit that Mark Z and CSN are not meeting your need for news. Seems like you agree with me.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Mariano Rivera Jr. was signed yesterday at slot value of $411,000

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        Thanks Ghost. The Nats did right by Mariano’s kid since he was a senior.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:52 PM

        I gave you the rest below and you’re welcome. As I told Joe Seamhead, the Nats acquired this Rookie phenom named Clint Robinson and might not need Ike Davis any more.

        Not sure who you would get rid of except for TyMo if you were to take on Ike Davis who would basically be a freebie if the Nats take his salary.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        I’m hearing Rivera has a real future and RIzzo was surprised he fell to the Nats. I’ve never seen him pitch but an area scout I know in the Mid-Atlantic liked him a lot as a late 2nd round or 3rd round pick. He improved year over year in College.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:48 PM

        And if Clint Robinson continues to hit, you may have your Ike Davis except he can play outfield too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

        Would you trade Ile Davis for TyMo? Not sure I would.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:49 PM

        Nats signings: Glover RHP (8th Rnd).Taylor Guilbeau LHP (10th Rnd) $25,000. Matt Crownover LHP (6th Rnd) $160,000, Grant Borne LHP (7th Rnd) $150,000, David Kerian 1B (9th Rnd) $25,000, Taylor Hearn LHP (5th Rnd) $275,000

        Perkins and Mariano Rivera have all been signed.

        That just leaves the 2 players left to sign in the Top 10 and both are in the CWS which is Stevenson with LSU and Wiseman with Vandy.

        There is some latter picks in High School who will be tougher and Rizzo has saved some money just in case he goes well over slot.

        That brings you up to date.

    • zshurs - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      2nd rounder Blake Perkins signed for $800,000 (pick 69 value = $893,100)

      4th rounder Mariano Rivera, Jr. signed for $410,700 (full pick value)

      5th rounder Taylor Hearn signed for $275K (pick 164 value = $307,600)

      6th rounder Matt Crownover signed for $160K (pick 194 value = $230,400)

      7th rounder Grant Borne signed for $150K (pick 224 value = $177,800)

      9th rounder David Kerian signed for $25K

      10th rounder Taylor Guilbeau signed for $25K

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 17, 2015 at 6:50 PM

        Terrific. Thanks. I must have missed a bunch recovering from a fantastic 50th Falls Church High reunion this weekend.

  9. natsjackinfl - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    This guy Geltz that’s starting tonight got a pregame kiss from Paula Abdul last Thursday and has thrown 4 perfect innings in relief since. Claims that’s the reason for his recent success.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      That’s hilarious, Jack

    • Section 222 - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      This year’s Miss Iowa? 🙂

    • scmargenau - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      Cold hearted snake

  10. Danny - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Great start for Zimm

  11. natsjackinfl - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    That’s the best inning Jordan has thrown in 10 days.

  12. Danny - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Giolito loads the bases with no outs in the 2nd then proceeds to strike out the top 3 in the order

  13. npb99 - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    How about that Souza guy? First he saves a no-hitter for JZ, next he ruins one.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      Strangely I bet just about everyone sensed that would happen.

  14. Danny - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Need some of that consistency on O

  15. natslive - Jun 17, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    JZ looking good

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Looking real good. Just shows how the randomness of BABIP works. Bryce was so close to catching that single and Escobar was inches from the grounder by Souza.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Take the single or a HR for Bryce. Tough choice. Perfect game no more.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    That’s where the book is on Clint Robinson is test him outside as he will lunge and pull them weakly. If he can inside out those he would step up to that next level.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    OK, enough of that JZim. You already thanked Souza. Meatball.

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    My thoughts on Souza… are quiet known….

    Of course he does that….

  20. TimDz - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    LOD in……3,2,1……

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Instead of 2-2, count goes to 3-1 and JZim makes a location mistake. 2-0

  22. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Blue missed a call… they score a HR….

    • rlndtln - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      The old good news is we might be able to sign Desi and Jzim cheap.

      • nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:04 PM

        Why would you?

  23. Drew - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Long Tall Casali.

    Wow.

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Time to answer with runs of our own… #letsgooffense

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Desi does it again. Tailor-made doubleplay booted.

    • scmargenau - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      Horrible. Need a solution here. Can’t keep going like this. Counts as earned run for zim too

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Seriously Desi… Frickin SERIOUSLY….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      Score would have stayed at 2-0. This just can’t happen consistently poor at this level.

  27. Danny - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    And Desmond with the kiss of death

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    When analyzing JZim’s pitching you forget in his last 2 starts the plays that weren’t made that learned to extra pitches thrown and earned runs that could have been prevented.

    • natslive - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      And even happened in the Boston game…..He did give up 2 HR tonight but 2 runs in 7 innings you would take every start but our inconsistent offense is anemic tonight and once again as you say a missed play results in a run and more pitches

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Today only 4 extra pitches. The run so much more important.

      There is underlying issue to Desi performance. I am not a doc so I don’t know. I do know in mostindustries, but not sports (or government) you can only screw up so much before you are asked to leave.

  29. Joe Seamhead - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    I don’t care what some of you all say, this alignment is not the lineup that gives this team the best chance to win. Put Escobar at short, Espi at second, and Rendon at third. Platoon Robinson/ Moore at first. This crap of not playing guys in their natural positions is bush league.

    • nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      Well said

    • everendp - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      Agree completely Joe

    • natslive - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Agree…..time for Desmond to sit……and tired of FPs excuses now he’s talking about the travel…

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 17, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      Yes, time to stop this nonsense!

  30. exposedindc - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    I swear FP told us Desi stops making errors after April

    • rlndtln - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:46 PM

      Back to rooting for the Mets to lose.We are not a very good team at this point.

  31. phillygirl1807 - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    When is MW going to bench Desmond and make Escobar the SS. So tired of this nonsense.

    • nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      I agree. How can you expect to win when the best players aren’t on the fired?

    • nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Field

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    When I left for dinner 0-0, come back and see Desi doing what defines him for in 2015.

    What is his deal?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Did you win any money last night in Draft Kings? I saw someone had almost your exact lineup but they had Todd Frazier and a couple of other different players than you. Oddly they had Ramos, CRob and Harper.

  33. nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    MW is a terrible manager. To continue to run Desi out there is absurd. this team just stinks of mediocrity. And after the Rays, Pirates and Giants it will be 3 games under 500

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Let’s just feast on the Rays BP….

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    http://www.hittrackeronline.com/hrdetail.php?id=2015_1808

    40 foot discrepency between HR Tracker and StatCast.

    409 vs 449

    I would think StatCast is official.

  36. nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Nats line tonight. 0. 2. 1 . Disgusting. Disgusting disgusting.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      Even when the are good you never seem satisfied. They will still win the division. Tons of games still.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    There’s an inside out shot by Cliff Robinson. Just not out enough.

  38. exposedindc - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    let me get this straight…the Nats have a 2nd baseman playing 1st, a 3rd basemen playing 2nd, a shortstop playing 3rd, a 1st basemen playing left, the league leader in errors playing short, a backup catcher and our 300. hitting cf riding the pine…..oh well we still got Bryce…right

    • nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      How dare you question the manager of the year. ( sarcasm)

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    I said feast on the bp… not roll over and play dead..

  40. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Escobar doesn’t have the range to play 3B well — it’s about two steps to either side — so how on earth do you think he’s going to play shortstop? Some people have a blind spot that’s a lot bigger than the ground he can cover. That’s not a brief for leaving Desmond in the lineup but putting “the best players on the field” isn’t necessarily a cut-and-dried proposition and a disposition of Escobar at SS certainly isn’t going to improve the defense.

    • natslive - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      SS is his natural position and at this point he would be better than Desi and it would improve the defense by having Rendon and Espi at their best positions thereby improving those positions as well and with Moore/Robinson at 1B that would be better defensively than Espi ( who has done a nice job)

  41. Danny - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Archer is going to have a blast tomorrow

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    JZim did my third main pet peeve of a pitcher. He let the other team score first.

  43. ogremj - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Uggggghhhhh….

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Good Lord…. what the hell are we watching… Little League players steal the Nats unis????

    • nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      Yes. Back in April

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

      Tonight, yes. JZim deserved better.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        He deserved better possibly, but allowing the 2 homers in the 5th pretty much is on him.

        It would be nice, but we didn’t have any so he has to keep us even until we score.

        Sounds hard, but it does work.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      Little league homer

  45. nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    What a nothing baseball team this is. Other than Bryce and Max there is just nothing worth watching. This team is going nowhere. Let the Damn Mets have the division. This WS favorite bunch doesn’t even deserve to watch the playoffs.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      If they aren’t worth watching, why do you?

      There are 29 other teams. Choose 1 that will make you happy.

      • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        It seems that a team is only worth watching if they look like they are a lock for the WS, according to the goat?

        What a non-fan way to follow a team . . .

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Treinen needs to eat that. How dumb is that. How many times do we see discretion burn the Nats???

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      4 times a weak.

  47. Eric - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Wooooooooooooow

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

    Now they pulled them off the field. After 2 pathetic throws.

    Trainan is not a good fielder, and rushed it more than anything else.

    Didn’t see them have trouble throwing the ball.

  49. ogremj - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Stop it, please…. It’s not raining in Reston now

  50. nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Fire MW. Really. Maybe it will light a spark. He adds nothing to the team.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Why not just call the game…. reset and come back tomorrow?

  52. nattygoats - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    More errors than hits. LOL. Please let the Mets win 10 straight and put this pathetic sorry excuse for a baseball team out of its misery. WS? Lol

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      That is the BS a fan would never say. Why pretend you are.

      I expect us to win the division and much more.

      You don’t.

    • adcwonk - Jun 17, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      it’s tough to control the joy you’re feeling, eh?

  53. Danny - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Well ill say it again, fortunately it’s a weak division. Looking like we’ll be 1.5 back after tonight. 4 starters out tonight. Hopefully, better ball lies ahead. Especially, when the full rotation is back.

  54. Eric - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    I know what’s wrong tonight: a) the headline reads “Nats at Rays” and b) my buddy who is 0 for everything this year attended.

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Lomgoria had no trouble with a wet ball.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Don’t ruin FP’s lines of BS. Excuse #3258

      • rlndtln - Jun 17, 2015 at 10:02 PM

        I guess this is as good as it gets for us.We lose,Mets lose,Miami loses and still hope Atlanta can lose.86 wins takes this horrendous division.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 17, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        I think it will be in the 80’s wins takes the division. No lying, it’s bad.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 17, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Better hope the Mets don’t win 82 … They won the division in 1973 with 82.

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