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Game 67: Rays at Nats

Jun 18, 2015, 3:33 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

So, they scored 16 runs on 23 hits Tuesday night. Then they were shut out on two hits Wednesday night. What on earth can we expect from the Nationals tonight in their series finale against the Rays? Your guess is as good as mine, though they face an extra challenge in this one with Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer on the mound.

Archer has been perhaps the AL’s best pitcher this season, certainly over the last month in which he had three straight starts allowing one or fewer runs with zero walks and 11 or more strikeouts. Nobody thought much of it at the time, but the 26-year-old right-hander actually made his MLB debut right here at Nationals Park on June 20, 2012, allowing three runs in six innings but taking the loss to Stephen Strasburg (who struck out 10 in seven innings).

Doug Fister, of course, starts tonight for the Nats, making his return from a 5-week stint on the DL with a strained forearm. Fister sounded pretty encouraged yesterday when discussing his rehab and how he currently feels. We’ll see if all that translates to his first big-league game since May 14.

Updates to come…

TAMPA BAY RAYS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184
Weather: Chance of rain, 85 degrees, Wind 4 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (34-32)
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 Doug Fister

RAYS (37-30)
CF Kevin Keirmaier
LF Joey Butler
3B Evan Longoria
2B Logan Forsythe
RF Steven Souza Jr.
SS Asdrubal Cabrera
1B Jake Elmore
C Rene Rivera
RHP Chris Archer

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

7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway with some blue sky visible above despite some torrential rain earlier. Doug Fister’s first pitch in five weeks is an 86-mph sinker low to Kevin Kiermaier for ball one.

7:33 p.m. — Nice first inning for Fister, who induced a double-play grounder (nicely started by Ian Desmond and turned by Anthony Rendon) and struck out Evan Longoria to end a 14-pitch frame. And nice job by the Nats to jump on Chris Archer for two runs in the bottom of the inning. They were aided by an overturned call (Denard Span had been ruled out trying to steal second, replays proved he was safe) and by one of the hardest-hit comebackers you’ll ever see from Bryce Harper (112 mph off the bat, knocking Archer off his feet, with the ball ricocheting into shallow left field for an RBI single). A nice takeout slide by Wilson Ramos and hustle down the first-base line by Danny Espinosa prevented the Rays from turning an inning-ending double play and brought another run home. So the Nats have jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one.

8:07 p.m. — Fister wasn’t nearly so efficient in the top of the second. He wound up allowing three straight singles, bringing home one run. He did manage to limit the damage to that, but it took 30 pitches to get through the inning, leaving him at 44 total. No worry, though, because the Nats got the run back in the bottom of the second on Escobar’s 2-out bloop single to center. The only problem: Bob Henley got Span thrown out at the plate to end the inning with Harper standing in the on-deck circle. Nats up 3-1 after two.

8:26 p.m. — Fister bounced back with a 6-pitch third inning, and though an Escobar error put him in a jam in the fourth, Fister was able to escape thanks in part to Ramos throwing out Souza trying to steal second. Before they could begin the bottom of the fourth, though, the skies unleashed with heavy rain. So they’ve pulled the teams off the field and called for the tarp. This shouldn’t last long, though.

8:43 p.m. — And we’re back after a delay of only 17 minutes. No big deal. This felt like one of those really short delays they used to have in Miami at the old ballpark.

9:02 p.m. — Still 3-1 Nats after five. Fister has thrown 71 pitches, not bad at all considering he needed 30 in the second inning alone. He’ll come back for at least one more. Archer, meanwhile, has given up at least one hit in each inning so far, but the Nats haven’t scored anything more since the second.

Chase here taking over for Mark while he works on the Harper story…

9:32 p.m. — So, the sixth inning was a bit of a disaster. Not only did the Nats allow four runs to the Rays and lose the lead, but they saw Harper go down with an apparent left knee injury. He hurt it on a throw attempt from right field and appeared to slip as he was planting his foot. Teammates and head trainer Lee Kuntz rushed to his aid before Harper limped off the field. It was a scary scene for Nats fans and one we will certainly try to update you on postgame. It’s now 5-3 Rays.

9:45 p.m. — Seven innings in the books, and it’s still 5-3 Tampa Bay as the Nats hold their breath waiting for word on Harper. The life has been sucked out of the ballpark, as you might imagine.

10:07 p.m. — The Nats got a leadoff double from Espinosa in the eighth, but couldn’t advance him. Desmond and Taylor each struck out, and Tyler Moore roped a liner to center that hung up just too long. So it’s still 5-3 heading to the ninth.

10:24 p.m. — And that’ll do it. That Nats fall 5-3, but obviously that pales in comparison to the status of Bryce Harper. We’ll update our story as soon as we find out more, so be sure to check the homepage shortly.

273 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - Jun 18, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Don’t know from expectations, but I’m hoping that by the end of the game we’ve scored more runs than they have. Yeah, that would totally work for me.

    Go, Doug! Go, NATS!!

    “What on earth can we expect from the Nationals tonight in their series finale against the Rays?”

    • natsfan1a - Jun 18, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      [Confidential to camera crew and FP: Next time you see an older gent who is struggling with his poncho, maybe offer him a hand rather than focusing the camera on and mocking him. Just a thought.]

      • nattyboh1 - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        That was good natured ribbing and hilarious.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        Not sure that he or his family found it good natured.

      • Section 222 - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        It was not good natured at all. Cruel and stupid. FP should know better.

      • nattyboh - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        You guys make wet blankets look fun.

      • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:05 PM

        Lighten up, Francis.

  2. naterialguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    I sure would like to see something bordering on consistency. These extremes are like DC weather. Just hard to know how to feel sometimes.

    • jd - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      It may have something to do with the long list of players on the DL.

      • NatsLady - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:46 PM

        I don’t have a good feeling about the Face. Corey Dickerson came off the DL for about a day and went right back on.
        http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_28332958/corey-dickerson-moved-back-rockies-dl-left-foot

      • jd - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        NL,

        this team was designed to have Werth, Harper and Zim hit 3,4,5 behind Span and Rendon with Desmond, Ramos and Escobar at the bottom of the lineup. We haven’t had that alignment for even 1 game this year, not really even close. That’s how you get to 34 -32.

    • naterialguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:39 PM

      34-32 not bad. I know the DL is affecting us I still don’t feel like we have that is playing up to the potential of what we have. I’m not talking about winning every night just being competitive.

      • nattygoats - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:11 PM

        Not bad. But certainly not good. This team D L or not should be at least 8 to 10 games over .500

  3. NatsLady - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    I’m not leaving my house until it stops raining. Looks like they’ll get the game in, though.
    http://www.weather.com/weather/map/interactive/l/20001:4:US

    • adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      it sure looks like it’s fast moving and will be outta here in under an hour . . .

      what section are you in?

      we’ll be in 308

      • NatsLady - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        I’ll be in 304. It’s clearing up. I might be a little late to the game but I’ll get there. Have to get away from the news from South Carolina. 😦

      • adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:54 PM

        I’ll have the big beard and red Nats hat, and Mrs Wonk will have the cute pink Nats hat.

        And the locally famous “Wonkling” will be with us (until she ditches us and finds some seats behind the Nats dugout, which she always does 😉 )

    • ArVAFan - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      I’ll be in 313 (if it stops raining). Not swimming to the Metro!

  4. Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    How many runs will they score?

    Well, over the last 2 games, they averaged 8 runs. So I’m going with that.

    • adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      +8 !

  5. jd - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Taylor Hill to Syracuse. Ross gets to stay for at least a few more days.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM

      Yep. That was the plan but I don’t understand why they wouldn’t pitch Ross on 6 days instead of 7. If you pitch Ross tomorrow on 6 days, it pushes Scherzer to Saturday who then also goes on 6 days instead of Scherzer going on a regular 5 after he threw in my estimation the most pitches he has in his career. Sure, he’s thrown 124 pitches once and 127 pitches but neither was a complete game and when you consider that every extra inning you go adds approx 8 warm-up pitches between innings and those all add up to the overall stress of a game.

      I hope Scherzer pitches great tomorrow and Fister tonight but the best laid plans change quickly and Ross could end up a long-man.

      Best laid plans of MW and men.

      • jd - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:43 PM

        Ghost,

        I don’t think Ross is starting again in DC. I expect him to be the long man for these next few days until Stras returns

        I agree with you that Scherzer needs to be watched closely tomorrow and probably not go much beyond 100 pitches unless it’s very low stress.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        Wagner with his 2 cents reiterates what I think I said. Oh James!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:14 PM

        OK, I’m confused. Just heard on the radio it’s Ross tomorrow and Scherzer on Saturday.

  6. jd - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    I’m thinking Scherzer, Gio and Roark against Pittsburgh and Zimmermann, Stras and Scherzer against Atlanta.

  7. micksback1 - Jun 18, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    Souza is a hell of a player, very hapy for him and i am glad he in the AL east and NL east.

    I am looking forward to when mark posts the lineup and I no longer see desmond in the lineup. I hope that day is coming soon. The lack of hitting has gotten old and makes no sense at all

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:13 PM

      mick, Desi is hitting (besides that mini-slump) in Low Lev, low impact situations. His RISP BA is below .150 which tells you he’s hitting much better in lower lev situations which is why his RBIs are so low.

      It was just the opposite for Desi last year. He had a career high 91 RBIs and even while he K’d too much, his impact hits were high and he was best in the Majors with bases loaded.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:19 PM

      He got one of the team’s 2 hits last night. Would have been awfully surprising to see him benched tonight.

      • nattygoats - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        Did we all forget about his error? Or is it happening so often we just assume it, like the sun coming up?

  8. nattygoats - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    You will all be happy to hear that I’ve looked at Archers stats and decided that it’s best to go see Jurassic Park. Nats shutout again. Enjoy everyone.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:06 PM

      I am guessing you mean Jurassic World. Enjoy.

  9. Drew - Jun 18, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Nats need to go 56-40 to reach 90 wins.

    Let’s hope they get one tonight against an excellent young Tampa starter.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Need to make that #LoW hurt on Archer!!!!

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Poor call on Rendon. Should be 3-2 pitch as the 3rd pitch was way outside.

  12. lesatcsc - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    So Espinosa at 1B. If you’re TyMo what does that tell you? Don’t buy a house in DC would be the first thought…

    • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      I wonder if TyMo’s miss on defense the other night made MW and crew question his range and the impact of that?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:27 PM

        That was a tough chance but he’s had others I would question. Has to get the lead weights out of his back pocket.

      • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM

        Yeah, he belongs in the AL. Hey, is that Oakland on the phone? Clip for TyMo? Lol

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:33 PM

        I’m disappointed at his range to his backhand.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Good overturn on the steal. The way Span reacted with not reaction I figured he was out.

  14. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Hey, NY finally got one right!

    • veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      bout time.

  15. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Archer can’t find the plate, why are they swinging?

  16. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Blammo! Right off Archer!

  17. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Lol, Charlie Brown-ing some one. Thanx for that one FP

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Long 1st inning for Archer. Nice!

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    That was a nice at-bat by Ramos working that walk.

  20. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    No matter what happens with the rest of this inning, Fister needs a fast inning to get Archer back out there.

  21. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Need a hit from Danny here…..bust up Archer before he gets his groove.

  22. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Need a hit from Danny here…..bust up Archer before he gets his groove.

  23. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Speed kills. Glad we had the speed on that play. Nice AB Espi.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      Nice AB? Compared to years passed, yes because he didn’t K, but a 4-6 groundout with bases loaded and 1 out is just a productive out.

      • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:49 PM

        And because of the count when he hit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        I like this version of Espi much better.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Ian Desmond gets robbed there by Asdrubal. That’s a shame. 2-0

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:43 PM

      Ironic, isn’t it?

      Two errors for Asdrubal so far this year. It’s easier to take an SS not hitting when he isn’t making errors in bunches.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:45 PM

        That’s the way it was in the 1960’s.

      • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        Yep, and it’s heading back in that direction now that the ‘roids are out of the game.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    We’ve learned nothing on the pull side defense on Souza. Peppers that off the 3rd basenan’s reach once again like he has dozens of times we’ve seen him play before.

  26. philipd763 - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    According to Sanangelo, Astrubal Cabrera can’t get around on the fast ball anymore. Well, he’s only 29 years old so he’s either a victim of premature aging or he’s lying about his age.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    I agree with FP. Looks like Esco vacated the spot where he could have snagged Elmore’s grounder.

  28. exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Fister’s velocity still down right? Is that the biggest problem compare to last year?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:46 PM

      His sinker has not been as crisp this season IMO.

      • exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:48 PM

        Does he need the velocity or with a good sinker he would be fine?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:50 PM

        He has never thrown a power sinker but I’d still like him at 91 – 92.

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      Yep, 85-87 tonight so far and also before he got hurt. Last year he topped out around 90.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Come on Fister, we give you a lead we expect a shut down inning.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    44 pitches in two innings. Very inefficient.

    Fister when pitching well is very efficient.

    • veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Fister got pounded his first outing in his debut for the Nats last year in Oakland. I’m not worried at all. He’ll be fine.

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Yikes… I hope he is okay…. that looked like it hurt…

    • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Yeah, don’t wish injuries on anyone. That looked awful.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I hope Tampa is out of challenges.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I hope Tampa is out of challenges.

  34. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    You can count on Fister get those bunts down.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      Not a great bunt but speed on the bases.

  35. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Looks like we got some good eyes tonight at the plate

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      Ump hasn’t helped Nats. Call on the 2-1 against Rendon was awful. 3 inches outside.

      • veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        Saw that. Was a terrible call.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Perfectly placed by Span on that single!!!!

  37. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    I like the hold there. 1 out with a man on 3rd vs Archer w a 1 run lead. Take every run you can get.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    I’d go hit and run here. Make something happen.

  39. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    It’s High Pitch Count nite at Nats Park everyone! Come on down and get the most pitches tonite for your baseball dollar! (Note, beers still $28.50)

  40. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    So do the Rays have any challenges left?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:05 PM

      Wondering the same. They shouldn’t.

    • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      None until the 7th inning, if I have that right.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Nats got away with one.

  42. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    terrible Span baserunning. dayum.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      Hang on, was that on Span on Sendley?

    • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      Terrible 3rd base coach.

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    What a dumb dumb dumb send of Span. Why oh why with Bryce on-deck. Worst send of the year. Reminded me of sending LaRoche 3 times in April when he was out by a mile.

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      What is up with our 3rd base coach? Remember when he held up Ryan and got Harper caught in a rundown a few weeks ago? I know it’s a tough job, but both plays were about as no brainer as those calls get.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:12 PM

        That’s a Nook Logan “What was he doing, what was he thinking”

        Maybe Henley wanted to give Souza another outfield assist.

        The reason it was mostly as bad as it was—-BRYCE WAS ON-DECK!!!!

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    That wasnt hit deep enough for Span to score from 1…

    But we got another run….

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

      Read my post above twinnie. I have heat coming out of my ears. They were ready to knock Archer out early. Way to let him off the hook.

      • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:08 PM

        Ghost, I’d like to have Archer in for another inning, wouldn’t you?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:10 PM

        LMAO. After what their bullpen did for 9 innings yesterday, YES!

      • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:12 PM

        ehay–remember what they say about aces: get ’em early or not at all. You certainly never want to give them a third out, especially when your best hitter is due up.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:16 PM

        It’s Sendley… so I don’t even get upset anymore….

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

        I thought he made some great decisions holding 2 runners already in the game.

        No way I believe Span ran through that. Wasn’t even close at home.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      I agree Ghost a terrible send by Henley. He has got to know the situation and who is on deck better than what he showed there. Now we get to see Harper lead off another inning, just what I hate seeing in a Nationals game.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Did Span do that on his own? It wasn’t even close can’t believe a coach would miss by that much.

  46. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Nice by Doug. Now back to eating Archer’s cookies.

  47. Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    A 6 pitch inning? Me like!

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    6 pitch inning just what he needed.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    I am watching on my tablet and about every third pitch it freezes for 2 pitches.

    Was Span sent or went on his oweither way a bad decision.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      No help from FP or Carp. No clue. Would love to know. How do you take the bat out of Bryce’s hands.

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:17 PM

      They didn’t show it, but Span would have had his back to the outfield so it’s third base coach’s fault all the way.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:18 PM

        Remember when he would send LaRoche…. ugh…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:38 PM

        I know its his call. However I have seen runners run through signs before.

        Was wondering if they showed it.

  50. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Desi up with two outs. Who’s up next? The other team.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      Come on guys…. COME. ON.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        Lol… that was supposed to be a regular post… not a response… lol

  51. Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Espinosa and Desi both on the hack attack there.

  52. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Escobar needs to play SS ….

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      His range is not good at 3b. Would be even more of a liability at SS.

      • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:27 PM

        I’d rather have that than have everybody else in the infield playing out of position just to accommodate a SS with a .624 OPS and 15 errors in 66 games.

      • natslive - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        +1 Karl. His range is terrible at 3B because it’s an familiar position and he plays in way too close just like Zim used to when he had his shoulder probs

      • natslive - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        Oops should be unfamiliar

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Not true.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Great camera shot of Esco playing on the cut-out. Makes little sense unless it’s a bunting situation. That one still could’ve been a double but give yourself a chance on the hot corner.

  54. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    And Espinosa needs to play 2B …. This is nuts!

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    There’s the blundering thundering Nats with a huge Error. Awful throw.

  56. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    And Tony can play anywhere!

  57. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    No challenges left. 😂

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Souza was out. Come on Steven. You were tagged. Great throw Ramos.

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Ramos and Fister pick up Escobar. Not sure how they escape that mess.

  60. Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    FP on his stupid “argue, don’t challenge” kick again.

    When your job is to run your mouth all the time, stupid things are going to come out.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Colon getting smashed. Toronto up 6-0

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    I saw rain went through earlier is this cell big?

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Fister was getting in a groove before the little delay… I hope he is okay…

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Doesn’t seem like the groove is messed up…

      Good news

  64. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Went back to the Span tagged at home play. Carp says on the broadcast, “Span did a good job getting to 3rd, and just kept on running.”

    I’d like to know if Henley sent him or not.

  65. veejh - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I think Fister is ok.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    FP hedged his bet there on Fister’s arm being ready for the 5th. Fister cruises through the 5th inning.

  67. Danny - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Predictable blown insurance run

  68. Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Esco 3-3. Wow.

  69. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Hmmmmmm

  70. natslive - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Hope Matt has the BP up

  71. Drew - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Well, well… This is interesting.

    At Harrisburg tonight Difo is at 2b and Turner is at ss. Each has an RBI through 5.

    Get this: The Nats also have promoted 2b Chris Bostick to Harrisburg — and he’s starting in LF.

  72. Danny - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Ok. Even I’ve had it

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Come on…. yet ANOTHER DAMN DESI ERROR….

    • Danny - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      On another no doubt DP

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:09 PM

        It’s getting old…. I mean this is the damn majors….

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Ian Desmond botches another doubleplay ball. Yes, not easy but this is the Majors.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      How bad does the fielding with no hitting have to get before MW actually does something?

      His patience with his far surpasses anyone here.

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Fister finish strong. Don’t weaken like to many teammates do.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Huge play there with Desi going to Esco. Played that like a 1st baseman.

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Why won’t McCarty go out there and pep talk him…. he is clearly gassed…

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Need a pitcher’s best friend doubleplay here.

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Ahh…. hell….. PLEASE NO….

  80. Danny - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    This is a nightmare

  81. Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Oh crap.

  82. Drew - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Oh my God.

  83. exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Here we go..the only bright spot of the year….

  84. Danny - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    And there is the breaking point

  85. unkyd59 - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Nooooooooooo!!!!!!

  86. natslive - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Oh no not Bryce!

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    And now Rays have the lead.. and why didn’t McCarty come out and give Fister a breather….

    • unkyd59 - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      McCatty

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      80 pitches after I told wife MW is tempting fate and he was.

      He is always to damn sliw removing pitchers.

      As for Desi he obviously must be MW’s boy as most of us would not tolerate his nonsense.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    MW again takes a pitcher out too late.

    Side note on it because where balls are hit Harper gets hurt.

    Might have got hurt anyway, but guaranteed hurt because Fister was pitching.

    MW is really testing our patience. Making way to many poor pitching decisions as well as keeping Desmond in decision.

    • adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Oh please. Those were grounders.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        The Homer was a grounder?

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Just add up all the screwed up things in that inning. I hope Bryce is ok, but that encapsulates the Nats season in a nutshell.

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

      If Desi gets the DP… of McCarty comes out and slows Fister down… just a whole bunch of nonsense….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        Yah, Fister needed a breather for sure.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        The homer didn’t raise a red flag? It was huge and red.

      • adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        After the HR was four straight grounders.

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    At this poinr…. I dont give a rat’s patootie if the Nats lose this game… I just don’t want Bryce to miss any significant time….

  91. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    I am sooooo pissed. Bryce was showing signs that his knee was not solid ater he got plunked. Then he slid home the other night and was limping afterwards. But they still let him play. Kids say they are “fine” all the time when they are not. Kid baseball players are worse.

    Epic fail by Nats medical staff and the management in protecting their assets. Shame on MW for putting Bryce out there.

    • adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      Oh, you got the diagnosis already?

      • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        He wasn’t holding his butt.

  92. npb99 - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    I’m hoping he just twisted his knee. Happened to me in a bike accident where my foot was stuck in the pedal while I flipped head over heels. Hurt like heck, but 15 minutes later I biked on home.

  93. exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Well Fister is the same as before the DL..MW always wait too long. certainly hope Harper is ok.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      He is clueless.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    And then the wheels fall off….

  95. exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    The great bullpen strikes again..not a hold situation but just adds gas on the firr

  96. exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    And the great bullpen strikes again..not a hold situation but just adds gas on fire

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Come on offense…. do this for Bryce….

  98. Hiram Hover - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Well, best face on a bad situation – we are into their BP now.

  99. philipd763 - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Too bad re Harper. Blame the wet grass! As I have said many times before, MW is clueless when it comes to a pitcher who’s out of gas.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Eury Perez is the starting LF tonight for the Barves.

  100. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Now lets see if the Nats offense can pickup Fister. Deserved a better fate. Tough chance for Desi but you have to turn that into a doubleplay. Both those runners scored.

    • conatsguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      I agree, nats are scuffing. Take a deep breath and take this thing back.

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    McCatty

  102. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Late to the party.

    GAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!

  103. richardp6 - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Why did Rizzo hire a rookie manager to entrust his carefully built team to.? makes me long for Davey(well not really) ok Riggleman(er, not really). Maybe Rizzo should manage too.

  104. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Just not sure what the upside of wringing the last pitch out of Fister was, in his first game back.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      This has been an on-going issue all season.

      • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        I know. I got into a bit of an argument with a seat neighbor a couple of weeks ago on said subject.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Uhm… we can go back to last season… the playoffs…

  105. natslive - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Exactly Fp and Carp..TB plays fundamental baseball whereas we play 3 stooges baseball at times

  106. adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    You guys are funny. Complain that the BP stinks, and complain that MW leaves pitchers in too long.

    • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Complaining is the fan’s prerogative. You’d have left Fister in?

      • adcwonk - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        Actually I would have taken him out right when MW did. Look, Ian booted at DP ball. Next guy hit a grounder to SS for an out. It’s reasonable to leave him in for another.

    • conatsguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      Don’t forget the moaning about our shortstop stinking… Desi has been the only constant in our infield this year- playing with a different infield combination almost every day. That cannot be easy to do.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:02 PM

        So Becuz of people around him… he has 16 errors… I mean he misses DPS that should be made, Becuz of other people…

        Wow. Okay. Got it.

      • conatsguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:14 PM

        I knew you would come around😎

        Yeah, I’m probably too full of excuses for Desi. Still a big fan though. Hope he does not wind up in the NLE.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      I don’t complain about the bullpen. If they give it up itsvacshame.

      But if the starter runs out of gas it is bad managing.

  107. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    This is one of those situations where you can just sort of feel that the Nats don’t have three late inning runs in them. Hoping to be wrong.

    Nice hit, Denard.

  108. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Span can’t run well, but he plays. Harper is on one leg,but he plays. Zimm had one good foot, but he played until he couldn’t anymore, even though he wasn’t producing when he was hurt.

    Is this a machismo thing? Right now is when these guys need some breaks, including Desi although he is not injured as far as we know. I would gladly sacrifice having our starters in for two or three games now to get all our guys healthy for the stretch run.

    Werth merely has a broken wrist, can’t they put him out there and just have him catch and throw with his right? /snark

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Wiilie Mays played injured, Hank Aaron played injured. Lou Gehrig played sick.

      It is what great ones do.

      • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:37 PM

        Mantle played injured, and shortened his career. It’s also what fools do.

  109. Danny - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Even Rendon swings at ball 4 that turns into 2 outs. Where is the light?

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Did Rendon swing at ball 4? Would have been 2nd and 1st and no outs. I’m just shaking my head.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Rendon has swung at ball 4 three times this week.

      He has had enough at Nats to say spring training is over.

      It is time start knocking in Span with doubles not to swing at ball 4.

      Why is Span getting caught that is also a concern.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        On a 3-2 count there was no reason not to be running. The DP can’t happen. But again NW doesn’t understand small ball at all.

        Sad

  111. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Come on, Clint.

    • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Come on Wilson.

  112. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Need Clint to tie this up!

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Tampa doesn’t change pitchers here. Hope it bites them hard.

  114. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Come on Wilson…. park it in the red porch and take the lead…

  115. nattygoats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Typical Nats. The season is over. Another home loss. Average team with a terrible manager.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      I thought you went to the movies. Why no ice cream afterwards. You promised not to be here.

  116. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Anyone else smell something nasty?

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

    Wow… just wow….

  118. nattygoats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    I love the Nats. But team is just not good. Add that with injuries and a really really bad manager and you get 34. 33.

  119. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Man…if Rendon had not swung at Ball 4, we would be tied right now (or down by one with bases loaded and no one out)

  120. conatsguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Nice play Clint.

    • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Look what I found!!!

  121. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Clint has been impressive on offense and defense the last 4 or 5 games.

    • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      He’s a grinder, for sure.

  122. ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Glad Clint caught it. Probably not as glad as he is.

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Nice catch….

  124. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Rendon should have walked before that groundout.

  125. conatsguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Danny!

  126. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Yeah, Danny.

  127. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Look at Espi…. really happy for him and the progress that he has made all season….

    Keep. The. Line. Moving.

  128. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Here is Desi’s chance for redemption here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Not meant to be.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        At this point… he ain’t never coming out… its just no point anymore…

        All we can do is hope he gets back on track and stops being a hole in the line up….

  129. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    I am tired of watching Ian Desmond embarrass himself.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      So is he.

      • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        Oh, absolutely. I derive no joy from his struggles at all.

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

        I don’t think he is. If he was he would do something about it. He’s a dead man walking. So why play him?

  130. Nats Fan Zee - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Look at Desi … How much longer Rizzo?

  131. natslive - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Too bad Desi couldn’t deliver….come on Tyler

  132. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    What was Michael Taylor looking for. Missed location fat pitch.

  133. conatsguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Dang that was close.

  134. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Tyler Moore as no luck. Crushes it and right to the CF. Leadoff double stranded.

  135. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Looking forward to seeing Joe Ross tomorrow. Seems like forever since I’ve been to a game.

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      At least I’ll get to see Scherzer on Saturday.

      • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        Scherzer Saturday, Gio Sunday, no?

  136. nattygoats - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    Never the big hit. Never the big play. Matt Williams should be fired for no other reason then for playing Desmond. And if it’s Rizzo who is forcing the issue then he’s a fool also.

  137. Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    From the link below, Desmond on why he did not take the Nats’ 5-year, $90 million contract extension off in February 2013:

    “I don’t want to sign a deal that is so bad that a future shortstop gets screwed because I signed a terrible deal. I’m not going to be that guy, that kink in the chain. I’m going to get a fair deal, or I’m just going to wait.”

    http://deadspin.com/ian-desmond-solves-the-yips-personifies-irony-is-scre-1711269609

    Now worries there, Ian. Asdrubal’s one-year, $5 million contract with TB this year looks to be more in your price range these days.

    • senators69 - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      KK — Are you the “Nightstalker”?

      • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:54 PM

        Well, I do originally hail from Chicago. 🙂

  138. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    I guess the good news is, tomorrow morning we will still be only a game and a half behind the Mets. Stay in the game, get into the playoffs with a healthy and rested Werth and Zimmerman, etc.

  139. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    I don’t remember the last time the Nats had a walk off win… I think tonight would be a good night for it…

    *fingers crossed*

  140. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    How large does sending Span where he was thrown out at the plate look right now.

  141. knoxvillenat - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    I know Williams is the reigning manager of the year in the NL but given the talent he had last season and the pitching he had it wasn’t a surprise. But this season he just seems lost as he continues to make the same mistake with his starting pitcher game after game. I realize the bullpen is underwhelming, and a lot of that is on Rizzo, but Williams just seems to have a stubborn streak in him when it comes to pushing pitchers beyond their limits. Coupled with his insane insistence to keep Desmond in the lineup, K after K, error after error and I’m wondering how good Bud Black might look in a Nats uniform.

    End of rant.

    • exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      Yes…I also think the pitchers need a new voice.

    • Karl Kolchak - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      The Manger of the Year award SHOULD be called “The manager of the playoff team that saw the biggest win total increase from the year before” award.

      Last year the Nats had a strong bullpen, their starters were terrific and mostly uninjured, Ian played well and they got production up and down the lineup instead of from only a few guys. All that made MW look much better than he really is.

    • senators69 - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      MW blows…just that simple.
      Mediocre at best. Does not lift his team.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      He is weak at knowing his starters limits.

      The bullpen might not be great but you can’t let the starters be gassed and we lose because of that.

      That is controllable. The bullpen whoas less so.

  142. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    NEED BASERUNNERS

  143. senators69 - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Look, there’s a pall hanging over this game with Harp getting hurt like that.
    I’m sure the players are as bummed as we are.

    • stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      You can totally feel the energy drain. Not quite as bad as the bottom of the ninth in Game Five 2012, but palpable nonetheless.

    • ehay2k - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      +34

  144. stoatva - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Damn I like Yunel Escobar, and I did not expect to. Shame on me.

  145. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    I cant imagine where the guys would be… without Escobar….

  146. exposremains - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    And Harper’s spot

  147. manassasnatsfan - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    The trifecta in the 6th inning of MW being sliw on the wheel, the fielding being terrible, and Treinan unable to come in and keep an inherited runner from scoring turned a 2 run lead into a 2 run deficits.

    As for batters. Just way to many swings at bad pitches and staring at strikes.

    Surely there has to be some computer exercise to help the batter identify pitches better. There is everything on the internet.

  148. conatsguy - Jun 18, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Dang this hurt. Gotta take advantage playing at home. Rays are a good team, but we had this game.. Interesting on what MW has to say.

    • rlndtln - Jun 18, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      Fister is batting practice.Gio is pathetic.And Stras we never know.If the Kid pitched another good game I would leave him in the rotation.I know you guys will say who should go out.Pick any of the 3 I mentioned

  149. thewerthwhisperer - Jun 19, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    I was there.
    How quickly the promise of magic can turn really tragic.
    The odd thing is, with the state of the NL east, .500 might win the division.
    I should not be allowed to go to games
    I was in Vierra when Rendon got hurt, now Bryce.
    Wish I could say something nice,
    Wish I could say something nice.

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