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Game 71: Braves at Nats

Jun 23, 2015, 3:57 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals enter Tuesday coming off arguably their best series of the 2015 season, a three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Max Scherzer’s no-hitter and two homers by Bryce Harper.

Now they welcome the Atlanta Braves, who have surprised many by beginning the season 35-35 despite trading away most of their best players over the winter. They battle the Nats, however, without Freddie Freeman, who is not only their best hitter but a guy who has had ridiculous luck against the Nats over the years with a .344 average, nine homers and 44 RBI in 79 games. Freeman is on the disabled list with a right wrist contusion.

Stephen Strasburg (3-5, 6.55) makes his return from the disabled list after recovering from a strained left trapezius muscle. He will go up against lefty Alex Wood (4-4, 3.40).

For more on Strasburg’s activation from the disabled list, click here.

Updates to come, so please check back…

ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Scattered T-storms, 88 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (37-33)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Stephen Strasburg

BRAVES (35-35)
2B Jace Peterson
CF Cameron Maybin
RF Nick Markakis
C A.J. Pierzynski
3B Juan Uribe
1B Chris Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Eury Perez
LHP Alex Wood

UMPIRES
HP Sam Holbrook
1B Ed Hickox
2B Mike Estabrook
3B Dana DeMuth (cc)

6:25 p.m. — Weather update: The start of tonight’s game will be delayed. It hasn’t started raining yet, but it’s on the way, and it’s going to be heavy. Stay tuned for updates…

7:45 p.m. — It’s been pouring — and I mean POURING — for a good hour now, but it does look like there’s some clearing to the north and west. It’ll still take awhile to get the field ready and the pitchers warmed up, but there probably will be baseball tonight at some point.

8:30 p.m. — The rain stopped awhile ago, and they started to get the field ready … only to watch as it began raining again, so the field has been covered up again. Don’t think this one is going to last long, though.

8:38 p.m. — First pitch at 9:15 p.m.!

9:17 p.m. — And we’re underway at last after a 2-hour, 12-minute rain delay. Stephen Strasburg fires a 96-mph ball to Jace Peterson to get this one started.

9:33 p.m. — A solid top of the first for Strasburg. He threw 20 pitches, 15 of them strikes (eight of those foul balls) with a fastball that consistently sat at 97 mph and topped out at 98 mph. He did give up a couple of hard-hit balls (Jace Peterson’s leadoff flyout to the warning track in center, Nick Markakis’ 2-out single to center) but overall was pretty good. The top of the Nats lineup, delivered against Alex Wood. Denard Span led off with a double off the wall in right-center, then scored moments later on Anthony Rendon’s RBI single. How many times did those two do that last season? It’s starting to happen this season. Nats up 1-0 after one.

9:47 p.m. — Another scoreless inning for Strasburg, this one requiring only 12 pitches, 9 strikes. He’s definitely pounding the strike zone. His command within the strike zone probably could use a little work, but overall he’s been solid so far. Still 1-0 Nats after two.

10:15 p.m. — The Nats make it 2-0 in the third thanks to a base hit by Michael Taylor, an error by Cameron Maybin, some aggressive baserunning by Taylor (who stole third with nobody out and Strasburg at the plate) and then an RBI single by Span. Denard, man, he makes this lineup work.

10:40 p.m. — Make it 3-0 after an RBI single by Taylor in the bottom of the fourth. Seven hits for the Nats so far. Strasburg, meanwhile, has five strikeouts (all on high fastballs) through four scoreless. The only downside: He’s at 68 pitches.

11:00 p.m. — That’ll do it for Strasburg, and it was a big step forward for him tonight. He went five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk, striking out six and allowing only one Brave to reach second base. Yes, his pitch count (94 total, 64 strikes) was too high for only five innings, but that’s a small quibble on this night. His fastball command was sharp, and though his off-speed stuff didn’t crackle, that’ll come around. This was nothing but a positive performance for Strasburg, who departs with the Nats up 3-0 after five. Tanner Roark takes over now.

Chase taking over while Mark writes his postgame story

11:16 p.m. — No runs to report on in the sixth inning. Roark set the Braves down 1-2-3 before the Nats couldn’t take advantage of a leadoff single by Ramos. It’s still 3-0 with the seventh inning up next. Roark will go back out there.

11:31 p.m. — Nothing much for either team in the seventh inning. The Braves went down in order and the Nats saw only Rendon get on base. Rendon notched his fourth hit of the night and has now raised his season batting average from .230 to .277 all in one game.

11:57 p.m. — The Braves finally got a run of their own in the eighth inning on a solo homer by Cameron Maybin. He smacked a ball to the lawn in center field off Matt Thornton. Atlanta, however, should have had a few more as they left two runners on base with Uribe flied out against David Carpenter. Ramos doubled and Espinosa followed with a single, but the Nats did not score in the eighth. Here comes Drew Storen for the ninth.

12:11 p.m. — Ramos catches a pop fly by Maybin with the bases loaded and this one’s over. Nats beat the Braves 3-1, move to 38-33 on the season.

203 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. masterfishkeeper - Jun 23, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Interesting to see Desmond sitting again tonight.

    Go Nats!

    • bowdenball - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      This seems like a weird time to sit him. You’re essentially sitting him for Moore, since before the benching the plan seemed to be Espi or mabe Clint at 1B until Zim returns. But even the terrible 2015 version of Desmond is almost as good a hitter as Tyler Moore. In fact he has a higher OPS against lefties in 2015. And if you want Desi to get his mojo back you’d think facing a lefty would be a good time to start.

      Is it possible this benching is a little more permanent than the day or two we’ve been led to believe?

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        Well I for one am glad to see TyMo in the lineup against the lefty. Espinosa improves the defense at SS and I’m pretty certain that Moore hits better when he plays first base as opposed to playing in the outfield.

      • philipd763 - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:04 PM

        TyMo’s bat has come alive lately while Desi’s is dead!

      • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        My guess is no, not more permanent. Much to the disappointment of everyone here who is ready to trade or release him. But he’s going to get more “rest” than usual until he breaks out of his slump. And TyMo had a couple of good games vs the Pirates. So starting him against a lefty makes sense.

      • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        Sample size? Moore way less at bats vs lefties

    • Toot D. Blan - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      It would appear that MW’s plan was to give Desmond a couple of days off on Friday and Saturday, coupled with two days off for Rendon on Sunday and the off day Monday. But things got messed up by Escobar’s stomach bug on Saturday that forced Desmond back into the lineup. (I bet Escobar is probably wishing he hadn’t let Desi buy him lunch that day. Y’think?) So perhaps this day off for Desmond coupled with yesterday’s off day makes up for the two days off that MW couldn’t get for him over the weekend. Time will tell.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 23, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        MW: “I really don’t want to see Desi play, and I didn’t get to see enough of that this weekend.”

      • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:16 PM

        Heh.

      • Eric - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:16 PM

        Lol Hiram!

  2. Nats_UrbanPlanner - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    I agree the benching is more permanent than is being led on. Espi/Moore are both upgrades over June 2015 Desmond. He must be sick over not taking that contract offer.

    Here’s hoping Stras has his mojo back and the D behind him and offense are clicking tonight. Go Nats! Beat the Barves!

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      Or who knows, he might have taken the contract and with his mind settled about his future, have had a year like 2012. Not likely, but I would hope for Desi’s sake as well as the team’s that he’s put that behind him as done and gone.

  3. Steady Eddie - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Well look who’s starting in LF for Atlanta!
    4 singles, 2 Ks, 1RBI, 0 BB, 1 SB, 0 steal attempts in 13ABs over 4 games.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Eury Perez should not be anyone’s leftfielder. Centerfielder maybe, but in left field he’s a poor man’s Ben Revere.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:22 PM

        Totally disagree. His arm is way better than Reveres. And he’s played more left field than our own Michael Taylor. And Cameron Maybin has been superb in center field.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        I’m commenting on his bat more than his defense. I agree he’s better defensively than Revere, but his bat doesn’t play in left field.

      • langleyclub - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

        Every GM in baseball would pick Ben Revere over Eury Perez, regardless if it was to play them in LF or RF.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:26 PM

        Agreed on the bat. But this tells you who the Braves are now. Pitching and defense and hope to scratch out some runs.

    • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      4-for-13 is .308

  4. Doc - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    We want Joe Cool!!!

    • virginiascopist - Jun 23, 2015 at 4:42 PM

      I’m quite sure we haven’t seen the last of Joe Cool this year. He’s only a phone call away.

    • mauimo22 - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      Agreed, +1

  5. donniebenth - Jun 23, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    I feel totally confident when Scherzer starts.
    Really good when Joe Cool starts
    Pretty darned good when Jordan starts
    On solid ground when Roark starts
    Calm with a bit of apprehension when Pfister starts
    Nervous and pretty pessimistic when Gio starts
    Hopeful, but not at all optimistic when Stras starts

  6. Hiram Hover - Jun 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Weather report doesn’t look too good for them getting in this game without interruption.

    • Toot D. Blan - Jun 23, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      Why worry? Strasburg handles stuff like that real well, right?

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 23, 2015 at 5:14 PM

        Coming back and in this heat, he probably wasn’t going to pitch too long anyway.

  7. Candide - Jun 23, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Cross your fingers:

  8. NatsLady - Jun 23, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Feel bad, but couldn’t cope with the heat, the approaching storm, and the VERY long workday tomorrow. TV for me tonight.

    Posted earlier: I don’t see Stras going more than five innings, given that he only had one rehab for 71 pitches, and it’s hot, and there will be a rain delay. Hopefully Roark is ready for a few innings and we can get it to Carpenter/Janssen/Storen with a lead.

    • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      And that’d be a nice trade if a rain-delay — our BP against their BP, eh?

      Braves BP has the NL’s second to worst ERA (Rockies), and the worst WAR (fangraphs)

      (Nats rank 5th in WAR for relievers)

      (BTW, Nats rank 1st in WAR for starters)

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      I certainly don’t fault you, Nats Lady. I stayed home.

  9. Eric - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Starting to look pretty wicked up here in NE.

  10. Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Sorry, beat me up for reposting from earlier today, but with the storm coming in, and I got Word Pressed into the middle of the thread, I figured I might be ok reposting:

    But this is a baseball blog called “Nats Insider” and as such it is an ongoing discussion revolving around the Nationals, mostly by Nats fans. Many of us on here closely follow baseball in general, and follow the Nats in depth. And in varying degrees, each of us follow many statistics of the game, because after all, baseball has always been a game of statistics. So when one praises, or derides a player’s performance, it is often based on some form of stats, whether from the last game, last week, of the whole year. So to my way of thinking, fans see a player putting up poor numbers and might show their frustration with the player by voicing their frustrations on here. And if stats back up their critique I don’t think of them as being any worse fans than anybody else. which brings me to Ian Desmond. [For the record,, when Desi was struggling early in his career I didn’t ever trash him]. Anyway, Desmond has brought a lot to the table for this team in of so many ways over the past 3-4 years. That said, this year’s team has suffered some major setbacks due to injuries to several key players: Rendon,Span, Werth,and Zimmerman, not to mention the pitching staff. During their absences Bryce Harper has really stepped up his game to help this team win, as have Yunel Escobar, Danny Espinosa, Span when he’s healthy, and several bench players. Ramos has been intermittently pretty good, and I think you have to give Rendon a pass right now. But Ian Desmond is supposedly a leader on this team, but he has been at best a very inconsistent player this whole year. He has too often seemingly left his leadership qualities in the locker room,because they have over all been MIA on the field during the absences of the other other guys. He has not been able to step up his game, and I don’t think it’s from lack of effort, or from a character flaw. I don’t know why he hasn’t stepped it up, but though the stats don’t always tell the whole story, his are awful this year, and there are guys behind him showing that they are playing better ball than he is. And when I give the opinion that I think that at this point in time that Ian Desmond should be the odd man out? It doesn’t make me any less of a fan of this team. And if he’s in the lineup tomorrow night? I’ll cheer for him every time he comes to the plate.

    GYFNG

    • Bruxtun - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:43 PM

      Good read, Joe

    • alexva6 - Jun 23, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      “I don’t know why he hasn’t stepped it up”

      it’s because the game is hard, very very hard. if you lose even the slightest edge you fail. it happens and it can’t be solved by trying harder. you need to try different approaches, different ideas until you start to feel good again. only then can your natural abilities take over, when you can let it happen instead of trying to make it happen.

      as I said on the prior post, I can’t tell whether he will ever be the player he was in ’12-’13 but I am sure he is committed to giving it his best as he has always done.

      I cuss him when he swings from his heels on 0-2 but afterward I try to remember just how hard it is.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 23, 2015 at 7:15 PM

        alex? I think we are on the same page, even if we might be on a different paragraph.

  11. veejh - Jun 23, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    I really, really hope Stras can put together a quality start tonight. This past weekend needs to continue.

  12. stoatva - Jun 23, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Anyone else waiting this out in the club section?

  13. ballgrindM - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    With the wet field I wonder if MW considers putting Harper at 1B tonight and move Moore to the OF to keep Bryce off the grass. Not sure if he’s ever played first, but it seems like it’d make sense as a way to keep his bat in the lineup while minimizing further leg injuries

  14. donkort - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    When do you folks think the game will start?

    • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      if you haven’t seen it already up top — 9:15

  15. ehay2k - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Stopped raining in Arlington a few minutes ago. So now it would seem they can start planning to start the game, as the rain will be over in DC soon if it hasn’t ended already.

  16. ehay2k - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    How did I know it would rain? Cuz Stras is starting!

  17. ehay2k - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    So, I read that Scherzer’s not only cools off between innings, but he also changes his soaked clothes sometimes. This that tactic would help Stras? As someone here pointed out a while back, sweaty, sticky Stras often struggles. Maybe he just needs new threads to help him manage the seams?

  18. thewerthwhisperer - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Sorry for those at a game starting at 9:15 when last Metro is at 11:20. I was there for 2 hour rain delay versus Cubs two weeks ago, 2-1 game’ top of 7th, had to leave. Place emptied out with me, luckily not many people left when Robinson got picked off first!
    Just needed to rant a little about this situation. Complain about Metro when it’s running and complain when it’s NOT running!
    Any thoughts on this?

    • ehay2k - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      The problem is also logistics: how do you know in advance that a game will run late? You can’t, not with enough notice to make sure Metro staff can be lined up to work. So, the only option is to have Metro open late for EVERY night game. That is not cheap, and someone has to pay for that. MLB is not willing to do it.

      So, I always plan to Metro in, and Uber/taxi back to my car at the station. If I want to watch a night game, why should anyone else foot the bill for any part of it?

  19. donkort - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    It seems obvious that they should extent the hours of operation for the Metro.

    • kgwcoach - Jun 23, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      Costs money and MLB has a policy of not paying.

    • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      I *think* that Metro needs advance notice for this if such a contingency hasn’t been pre-planned for this date, no? (Separate from the issue of who pays for it).

    • Toot D. Blan - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      It seems obvious that Metro should be running a competent train system and not doing things like filling cars with smoke. But they aren’t.

  20. tcostant - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Let’s scratch Harper and keep that hammy off the web OF.

    • tcostant - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      Opps wet OF

  21. natslive - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Play ball – let’s go Stras and the Nats!

  22. conatsguy - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Well done Stephen.

  23. stoatva - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Pierzynski missed me by about two feet on that foul. Too bad I’m crippled and chicken.

  24. adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    So what do we see in the first inning:

    SS is holding his hands lower. He’s throwing free and easy. He’s hit 97 a few times, and 98 at least once, which is not common for SS to do in the first inning. He left one mistake up, but it was a 400 foot out. I don’t think we’ve seen the big curve yet. His motion looks good.

    So far, so good.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      How dare you actually focus on his pitching mechanics and results?

      In discussing Stras, you are only permitted to discuss his tortured demeanor and inner demons.

      • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        Oh, right — I forgot the NI line on this — he’s a mental case, and this year has nothing to do with injuries.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      In the second inning he flew open once, the the third pitch, to Perez.

      When he flies open it is usually 3 , 4 or 5 times.

      So I liked seeing only one and immediately back to free and easy.

      Encouraging first two innings.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    That first inning Strasburg looked good as he has all year, so let’s get 6 or 7 more. Two hard hits, but the pitching looked smoother.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      My fear is he runs out of gas. That was 96 and 97 all inning and back to 97 to start the 2nd

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:43 PM

        32 pitches for 2 innings. That would expand to 96 for 6. Meaning inning 6 is where the wall could be have Tanner tossing lightly to start that inning.

      • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        Yea but Roark… Easy peasie

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Strasburg was over-cooking that fastball in the 1st inning.

  27. adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    How did Rendon not make it to second on that? (Couldn’t tell at all from tv)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Jogged to 1st. Cost the Nats in the double play. Supposedly his quad is sore.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Glad Harper hit a rocket off Wood.

      • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        OK, I understand (sort of) jogging to first on what you’d think would be a single, but this was down the line, which is so often a double. How could you not run hard on that?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM

        His Quad has been barking. Probably told to take it easy.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:25 PM

        Had it gone to the corner it was a double. Knocking back to short right with gold glove arm Makakis in right, not a likely double.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        I disagree. He jogged to 1st and took a small unagressive turn.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    How long will talk about AJ while Peterson is batting.

  29. Section 222 - Jun 23, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Late start, but it’s cooled off and the beer is cold at Nats Park. And Stras is back and has 3 Ks in 3 scoreless innings. All is well with the world.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:08 PM

      And the Nats up 2-0 at this point over the Barves sounds good also.

    • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

      Poor me an IPA plz

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Nice manufactured run. Shortstop playing in and Span pokes it by him. All set up by Taylor hit and the Maybin error and gutsy stolen base.

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

      (snif) — our 12 year old is growing up 😉

    • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Really nice. Somehow you just knew Denard would bring him in.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Strasburg trying Max’s cooling and strategy sessions between innings.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Escobar a little high on his throw. Shaw playing first might catch that.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Manute Bol wouldn’t have caught that.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Might have knocked his glove.

  33. knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    “shaw playing first might catch that”

    Say what?

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    This is the best he has looked through 4 except for the April 19 game.

  35. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    What is this? It’s the fourth inning and he’s already given up three hits! Trade this bum.

    • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      Can’t trade low — just send him to the minors.

  36. conatsguy - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Very nice Stephen. Let’s get this.

  37. veejh - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Manute Bol wouldn’t have caught that.

    George Muresan would have.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      🙂

      Well played, Veejh.

      (Gheorghe was 1/4″ taller)

  38. stoatva - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    That sacrifice bunt made me happy even though nothing came of it.

    • kgwcoach - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      😊

    • Section 222 - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      He’s better than Joe Cool in at least one thing.

  39. knoxvillenat - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    The wife wanted me to post that she is glad SS got rid of his “ridiculous looking” gotee. Says he looks much better and much more professional without it.

    Consider it done, now will you get me another beer?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      Actually my wife said the same.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Hitting the wall an early . walking the pitcher is his first bad batter.

  41. natslive - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    So far so good for Stras but looks like he’s hitting the wall…hope MW has bullpen up if needed

  42. ogremj - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    I hope MW has someone warming up.

  43. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Rivero is up.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    No way Strasburg needs to come out for the 6th. I personally bring Roark in the 6th with a clean inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:09 PM

      Inning 6 just the way I was hoping.

  45. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Uh oh. No handshake from Matty for Strasburg when he came off the field. You’re not going to send him back out after that, are you, Skip??

    • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      He couldn’t possibly — he’s thrown 94 pitches. (Maybe the tv cut away before the handshake? That’s what I’m hoping . . . )

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:59 PM

        We are talking MW. None of us would send him out.

    • kgwcoach - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Stras , Williams and Cat all three just walked straight back to the locker room.

  46. Drew - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Nice return for the Prodigal Stras.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      Not bad … lets hope

  47. conatsguy - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    We will take 5 innings.

    Welcome back Stephen!

  48. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    There you go. Roark getting loose after the top of the fifth. Let’s give him a cushion, fellas.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Now Roark do your job. Would like him to go 2 innings unless he has a hiccup.

  50. Drew - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Rendon is rolling.

    P.S. Turner and Difo had two hits apiece tonight.

    On the Nats minor league affiliates page Turner is now listed as the team’s No. 3 prospect behind Giolito and Cole.

    • Danny - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      When the list updates it will likely be Giolito, Turner, Ross, Lopez

      • Drew - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:13 PM

        That seems reasonable. Difo also seems too low, presently at No. 8.

  51. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Sup boys n girls! Just got home, looks like Stras was solid…nice to see tanner in there. Wish joe cool was in pen too

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    Mets lose. 2 up on them presently.

  53. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    So the starters have given up one run (Ross) in the last four games, counting this one.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      I think only 4 walks.

  54. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:16 PM

    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnn…

    Are we out of time synch again??

  55. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    FP letting the grey come in, looks better than dyed

  56. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Who reported!! Ugh

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:23 PM

      Can you notice from over there? sorry, I’m always that way after I eat radishes.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM

        Once there is old stuff at the bottom it is obvious.

      • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:30 PM

        Ew. Stop eating those

  57. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Ok. Esco for SS – I’m all in

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    FP doesn’t mention that Esco has been playing even with the bag now at 3rd instead of at the cut-out.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Escobar nice play TyMo doesn.
    ‘TyMo doesn’t have to be Minute Bol

  60. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Roark for uno Mas?

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Decision time again 8th inning Roark or Carpenter/Janssen?

    I say Roark.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      I see we are moving on. Roark now available Friday for 2 innings,as Max probably not going to be a third complete game.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        Certainly can’t count on it. Have to be ready, at any rate.

  62. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Welcome back tony uno bag

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Well at least Esco can’t hit into a doubleplay here 😉

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Look at that, another tailor made groundball for a doubleplay but just a 5-4 groundout since there was already 2 outs.

      Nice 4-4 night for Rendon. Don’t look now but he raised his BA over 40 points. Now batting .277

      • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        U knew he would

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:36 PM

        As C & D said on the radio, his 2nd at-bat the 2nd baseman double-clutched on or else it would have been a doubleplay for 3 doubleplays.

  64. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Ok. Let’s show we have progressed, no collapse — put them away!!!

  65. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Seriously?? How hard can it be to MOVE the report button??!! 😡😡😡😡😡

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:32 PM

      It’s not the software, it’s the red tape.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:38 PM

        The red tape? Is this run by the government.

  66. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    What bull pen issues? Say what? That’s what I thought.

    • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      Umm. I owe everyone a beer.

      • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:34 PM

        Maybe Thornton should dye beard

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:40 PM

        Shave the beard. See what happens.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    The Nats starter shutout streak continues. Impressive from Joe Ross who finished with exactly 6 scoreless innings, Max Scherzer 9 innings, Gio 7 innings, Strasburg 5 innings. That’s 27 straight innings of shutout baseball from the starters!

    • adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      +27 !

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:41 PM

        Has anyone mentioned that there’s a 27 inning starter shutout streak going? That’s the equivalent of 3 full games.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:44 PM

        Sort of.

        Sec 3, My Sofa – Jun 23, 2015 at 11:10 PM
        So the starters have given up one run (Ross) in the last four games, counting this one.

  68. adcwonk - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Right around now I’m thinking: nice to not be facing Freddie Freeman, eh?

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Awful outing for Thornton. He wasn’t fooling anyone but Rendon should have had that Markakis grounder.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      Yes, he should have. Danny would have had that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:45 PM

      Awful is probably strong.

      Rendon is slightly dinged for fielding. Espi has that. Ball by Maybin before homer might have been fair had Escobar charged it. But the last hop that he waited for let it go foul.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:03 AM

        HR was blasted and he didn’t miss barrels. Needed to get the lefty Pierzynski out and couldn’t.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    What we waiting for MW?

    You let any reliever give up 3 hits? That is at least one hitter to many.

    But then again I was bringing in Carpenter or Janssen if anyone. I actually planned to keep Roark.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    Any reason why Janssen wasn’t used in the 8th inning?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:46 PM

      I think he will mix Thornton, Janssen and Carpenter. I would have picked Carpenter, but didn’t have a problem with Thornton.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Carpenter could handle the NY press. Glad we picked him up, that so far is one add for the bull pen.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:47 PM

      Could not…..

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Ramos and Rendon 7 hits

  74. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Cunniff. Sounds like an obscene verb from some 18th c. porn novel.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:50 PM

      I believe Romeo used it as his nickname for Juliet.

    • scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      Wow sofa. How. The mind wanders

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Come on TyMo. Get that run back.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:53 PM

      Hanging slider and you swing 6 inches under it. Idea pitch for a sac fly. Poor execution.

  76. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Wow, nice hit, Danny. Way to dig one out.

  77. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Virginia 3 Vanderbilt 0 final.

  78. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Dang, TMo. That was your pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:55 PM

      They hang them you bang them.

      As I said easy sac fly pitch at the minimum.

  79. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Oh TyMo. Have to make contact buddy. The dreadful K with a runner on 3rd and less than 2 outs.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      On a hanging slider.

      Had he been blown away so be but batters love hangers.

  80. scmargenau - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Bourbon??

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jun 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    FP finally catching Tendon’s fine at the plate but not the field.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      Autocorrect hates Rendon’s name.

      Every time I log off I lose my dictionary.

  82. Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    FP is right about Rendon not looking right defensively.

  83. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    FP says Rendon not moving as normal

  84. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    End it!

  85. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Drew treated Eury Perez like a dog: Stay. Stay. Sit!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      Do the same to Johnson pkease

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Now with a high stress 9th inning here you wish TyMo got that added insurance run in. Just saying.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      The pitcher put it there for him he just didn’t hit for whatever reason.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:07 AM

        Well it isn’t that easy!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:11 AM

        The hard is what makes it great. If it were easy, everybody would do it.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Argggg. Needed to catch it in the glove. Now throw strikes

  88. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Nice!!!

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Storen what are the balls all about. Put them away.

    I guess this is his Raphael Soriano invitation.

  90. Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    How’s A!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:12 AM

      “Yowsa” got autocorrected to How’s A! but regardless, that was exciting.

  91. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Whew

  92. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Woooooooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

    TM Michele

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:10 AM

      That was too high stress.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:12 AM

        Nah. “The human drama of athletic competition.”

        It’s why we watch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:13 AM

        Still too high stress!

  93. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Mallox now secured

  94. conatsguy - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Wow… That was easy😎

  95. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Man, Strasburg really looks like a different guy without the beard. Amazing.

  96. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    New thread

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