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Game 72: Braves at Nats

Jun 24, 2015, 3:37 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

What kind of a roll is the Nationals’ rotation on? Well, that group collectively has tossed 26 consecutive scoreless innings over four games now. Not surprisingly, the Nats are 4-0 in those games. We’ve seen Joe Ross, Max Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg all dominate. Now it’s Jordan Zimmermann’s turn to try to keep the hot streak going.

The Nationals’ lineup faces a stiff challenge in Atlanta right-hander Shelby Miller, who has been fantastic since his offseason trade from St. Louis for outfielder Jason Heyward, a deal that looks better and better from the Braves’ perspective every day. Ian Desmond returns after sitting out last night’s game. Danny Espinosa heads back to the bench, with Clint Robinson getting the start at first base.

After last night’s crazy weather, it’s an absolutely gorgeous day for baseball here on South Capitol Street. If you’re coming out to the park, enjoy. If you’re not, please check back here for updates throughout…

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: Mostly clear, 82 degrees, Wind 6 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (38-33)
CF Denard Span
2B Anthony Rendon
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

BRAVES (35-36)
2B Jace Peterson
CF Cameron Maybin
RF Nick Markakis
C A.J. Pierzynski
1B Joey Terdoslavich
3B Kelly Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Eury Perez
RHP Shelby Miller

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

7:05 p.m. — We are underway.

7:15 p.m. — Good stuff from both starters in the first inning. Jordan Zimmermann allowed a 2-out single to Nick Markakis but that’s all during a 14-pitch frame that included a strikeout of Cameron Maybin on an elevated, 95-mph fastball. Shelby Miller, meanwhile retired the side on nine pitches, with some help from Markakis, who made a sliding, snow-cone catch of Denard Span’s sinking liner to right.

7:31 p.m. — Ian Desmond committed his 16th error of the season in the top of the second, booting a potential 6-4-3 double play grounder. But he immediately made up for it with a nice turn of a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Miller continues to dominate, retiring the side in the bottom of the second with a pair of strikeouts, including a 3-pitch whiff of Bryce Harper, something we haven’t seen too many times this season. Scoreless through two.

7:43 p.m. — Make it 9 up, 9 down for Miller against the Nats. He has been really sharp. Still scoreless through three innings.

8:02 p.m. — Well, the Nats got a hit. Anthony Rendon singled sharply to right field with one out in the fourth, breaking up Miller’s perfect game. But he was immediately wiped out by a double-play grounder off Yunel Escobar’s bat. That’s six straight groundouts (three ending in a double play) by Escobar over the last two nights. Not good. Still 0-0 after four.

8:11 p.m. — And this one is still scoreless after five innings. Zimmermann has been very good. Miller has been even better, facing the minimum. Somebody has to break through eventually, right?

Chase here taking over for Mark while he writes his game story

8:27 p.m. — It is still 0-0, as both pitchers are cruising. Miller has allowed one hit on 69 pitches. Zimmermann has given up 6 hits on 75. The Nationals’ starting rotation has now pitched 32 consecutive scoreless innings.

8:50 p.m. — The Nationals finally broke through on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single by Harper. The rally began with a leadoff walk by Span, which Rendon followed with a single. A groundball by Escobar resulted in a forceout at second, but left runners on the corners. Harper then lofted a bloop single over Terdoslavich’s head at second to score the run. It’s 1-0, as Miller will now leave the game for a pinch-hitter to begin the 8th.

9:07 p.m. — It’s still 1-0 after eight. Zimmermann set the Braves down 1-2-3. The Nats faced Jim Johnson and got two baserunners on, but no one touched home. Drew Storen will now take the mound looking for save No. 22.

9:30 p.m. — This one is going to extras. Storen blew his second save of the season on a sac fly by Johnson. He brought home Markakis, who led off with a single. The Nats got Escobar on with a leadoff single, but that was it. On to the 10th.

9:58 p.m. — No runs in the 10th for either team, so we’ll now head to the 11th with Felipe Rivero set to pitch for the Nats.

10:18 p.m. — Desmond brings Harper home on a sac fly to LF and this one is over, about an hour after it should have been, but it’s over. Nats win 2-1.

149 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Nats_UrbanPlanner - Jun 24, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Still think Desmond should be sitting not Danny; but I’m not a MLB manager. Go Nats! Continue this hot streak!

  2. Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    I like that MW is playing matchups with the lineup. Let’s give Ty-Mo and C-Rob some consecutive ABs, Esco, Ramos, and Rendon adequate rest , Desi a chance to get his head straight, and Espi opportunities to keep showing he’s a new man at the plate. Mix and match is working pretty well lately. Until Zim and Werth return might as well keep doing it.

  3. Doc - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Rendon’s current recovery range is better suited to 3B. But whatever, as long as he’s in the lineup.

    • jfmii - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      He may have aggravated it while playing third on Saturday; in any event, I think the quick, reflexive movement needed at third is no less harmful than the risks of playing second. That said, and disappointing as it would be, I think he should sit and recuperate.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM

        Keep in mind, it’s his quad; pretty much any quick movement left or right uses those.

  4. ogremj - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Hopefully Escobar got all the double-play balls out of his system last night.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Nats have agreed to terms with top overall pick (No. 58) second rounder Andrew Stevenson, outfielder from LSU. Under-slot bonus of $750K.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Great.

    • nats128 - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      Holy cow Bat-man. I just looked up and you said 2 weeks ago he would sign after LSU was eliminated for $749,500 rounded up to the nearest 1,000. That’s $300,000 under slot!

      That’s impossible to just pull a number like that out of your behind. That’s also less than the next pick the Nats signed for $800,000

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM

        That’s true. Blake Perkins was paid $800,000 at a $893,000 draft slot and the Nats top pick Andrew Stevenson got $750,000 at a draft slot of $1,058,100.

        Now keep in mind the pick right before Stevenson was to the Yankees and they paid Degano $650,000. Stevenson was 3rd round rated and I believe fairly compensated. My hope is he turns out better than Bernadina who I have comp’d him to.

        Rizzo is taking these savings for some High School players he will have to go over slot on.

      • nats128 - Jun 24, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        Good comp to Bernadina in speedy outfielder who is lefty and will make circus catches.

        I’m also thinking Billy Burns comes to mind as a comp.

    • NationalAnthem - Jun 24, 2015 at 5:51 PM

      Was looking for some additional details on the signing Ghost. Nothing on MLB Trade Rumors, no official Release from the Nats, etc. Where did you learn of this?

      • Just. Dave - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:59 PM

        The ghost has sources. Who is this guy? He’s been doing it since I started following this blog.

      • nats128 - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        Yah, I still think he is Rizzos cousin. Gave us what Stevensin would get paid even before Blake Perkins got more money and Perkins was picked after him

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:11 PM

        just.Dave, thanks so much!

        Blake Perkins has already played 3 games in the GCL Nats going 1 for 9.

        Mariano Rivera in the NY Penn league pitched 2 shutout innings with 2 Ks.

        Stevenson agreed to terms a day after his LSU season ended and was subject to his physical which he took today and the contract is complete. Should be announced shortly.

  6. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    JZim we expect you to continue the trend Joe Ross started.

  7. nats128 - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Interesting lineup tonight. I hope the Nats do to Miller the same as they did to the Pirates starter on Sunday

  8. natsfan1a - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    I’ve been catching up with DVR entries seeing as how I have a bit of downtime after my out-of-town guest left yesterday. Have already watched two “catch-up” DVR games today (the Ross start from Friday night and last night’s rain delay theater – watched the recording of Scherzer’s no-no yesterday afternoon). Now I get to see a real-time tv event (having seen a real-time, in-person Nats game on Sunday). It’s been a while, what with various sightseeing excursions and a P-Nats outing on Friday. Hope my rooting skills are up to par. Go, Z’nn! Go, NATS!!

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 24, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    As to draft picks, it appears Mariano Rivera, Jr., is off to a quick start in the NY-Penn League.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 5:10 PM

      Glad to see it and I expect Stevenson to join him soon.

      I wouldn’t be shocked to see the last man on the postseason bench to be a toolsy speedster in that Dyson role the Royals had him in. Cause havoc on the basepaths and play defense.

      Is Bullet Bob Hayes available?

  10. rlndtln - Jun 24, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Has anyone ever heard MW explain why Rendon is not playing 3rd.

    • ITGSOT - Jun 24, 2015 at 5:51 PM

      Because Escobar is playing there. That’s why.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:11 PM

        That has been answered time and time again but the same guy continues to ask it over and over.

  11. rlndtln - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    That’s a reason able answer because Esco is playing there.We traded for Esco to play 2nd. Rendon is an all star 3rd baseman.If you watch the games and no anything you can see reflexes,arm strength and the ability to field a slow roller or bunt.That is a ridiculous answer because Esco is playingy there.Phil Wood has not heard a reasonable answer.I am waiting at MW press conference for a so called reporter to ask him.Believe me it is more than Esco is playing there.

    • ITGSOT - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:29 PM

      Escobar is not a second baseman. The plan was to make him into one in spring training, but that didn’t happen. They made him into a third baseman instead, which is why when he’s in the lineup now that’s where he is. They have decided not to try to make him into a second baseman during the season, which makes perfect sense. Meanwhile, Rendon has experience at second so he can play there.

      • NatsLady - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        Exactly. Your only other choice would be Escobar at short, and apparently MW believes Danny is the better choice at SS when Desi is out.

    • unkyd59 - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:49 PM

      RinTinTin is gonna beat this drum all season, apparently… It’s rhetorical, at this point, since he won’t accept the correct, reasonable answer. MW has answered it, himself…..

  12. rlndtln - Jun 24, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Esco who is a good middle infielder can not play second without Spring training but Danny can move to first and Zim to Lf on the fly and some have suggested Danny to the outfield mid season.The bottom line we are a better team with Rendon at 3rd and Esco at second and if Esco is not great there Danny in the late innings if Esco pride can take it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      I agree with trying Escobar at 2nd and Rendon at 3rd.

      • NatsLady - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        Who’s to say they haven’t, in drills we don’t see?

        MW knows the players. Desi never switches position. Even though he makes error after error at shortstop, MW doesn’t put him at an “easier” spot.

        It’s one thing if MW makes a tactical error in a game, forgets to put in a pinch runner, uses the relievers out-of-order, doesn’t make a double-switch, etc. Then you could maybe say the game moves too fast for him.

        But he’s had plenty of time to think about his infield. And game after game Escobar stays at third base. Maybe if Escobar were injured and had a rehab stint where he could learn second base, it would change. But I don’t see it changing otherwise.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        Do I see it changing? No.

    • NatsLady - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      Danny, I mean this seriously, is a fielding genius. Not everyone is.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Call hurts #Nationals
    Ball 2 should be strike 3
    Top 2 Zimmermann vs Johnson
    30% call same
    1.1in from edge http://t.co/OSC9rz0BOO

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

      Ump and Desi not helping JZim. Doubleplay, good!!

  14. natslive - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    JZim – way to pick up Desi

  15. rlndtln - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    If the ghost agrees with me I am in good company.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      I think there’s a comfort level with positioning and Rendon can play both but Escobar is a fair to average 3rd baseman and in Spring Training was good at 2nd. If you can upgrade in your infield, do it.

      • NatsLady - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:03 PM

        Good at second? What’d he play, five games there? Probably not even full games, the way ST is. Too small a sample size for me.

      • Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:20 PM

        I’m not sure he even played that many NL. Didn’t Rendon get hurt in like the 2nd game of spring training?

        I’d like to see TTB back at 3B too, but it seems pretty clear that MW doesn’t feel comfortable putting Esco at 2B, or maybe Esco has told him he doesn’t feel comfortable playing there. I doubt you’d get a full answer from MW even if he were asked since it would probably involve saying something not particularly complimentary of Esco.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:37 PM

        2’s, all fair in analysis. Like I said I don’t think MW wants to do it or he would have already

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Good play by Desi on the caught stealing as he jumped into the tag. No more does the throw beating the slide work with replay.

  17. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    3 innings 48 pitches.

    We need to be more efficient.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 7:54 PM

      Fourth innings no runs but the first 2 outs in 5 pitches, but 8 more to get the third.

      Makes it harder to go deep doing that.

      Looks like 6 tonight.

      Rivero 7th
      Janssen 8th
      Storen the save.

      Of course we need to score.

  18. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    I am at working ready. Pitch track had Escobar hitting a ball for a double play. Did the ball appears as low as it looked on pitch track

  19. rlndtln - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    BRyce should be batting 3rd.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Escobar on 3-2 swings at ball 4. That’s frustrating as he hits into another GIDP.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    #SPANNING

  22. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    If there had been runners on, Harper’s popup to Peterson in right would have been an Outfield Fly Rule.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Much better 7 pitches. Might get to 7 n

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    This is playoff baseball here. Smart ball time by Nats offense is needed.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    76 pitches through 6 is much better than the 48 through 3.

    Good adjustment.

    Since I am only reading. Does he still look fresh?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:25 PM

      Looks sharp. Infield defense has not been good.

    • NatsLady - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      He looks fine. Settling into a groove. /nojinx

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Nats need to score here!!!!

  27. natslive - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Bryce! Now need some add on runs

  28. Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    #spanning

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Twice in that inning, That was fun to watch!

      35 straight shutout innings by Nats starters.

  29. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Was that a circle change to K on Peterson or over the top curve? That was filthy!

  30. stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Zimmermann or Storen for the ninth with one run lead? Deja vu all over again.

    Storen hasn’t made me very comfortable recently.

    • stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      Clean inning for Storen is a defensible decision. As it would have been in October.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      No question Storen.

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Barves had Espi played perfectly

  32. Drew - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Well, last time I was standing in the wind, pounding hot chocolate.

    Now I’m in my toasty house, settling in for 18.

    (Too soon?)

    • mnmindc - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      Haha. Was thinking the same thing. At least I’m not cold!

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Markakis is now 4 for 5 against Storen. Need a GIDP here!!

  34. natslive - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Dumb

  35. dcwx61 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    now i understand why mw does not like to use his bullpen

    • adcwonk - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Don’t you remember? He always leaves his starters in to long.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        a manager will be crucified no matter what he does so he might as well do what he thinks is right.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Thank you Terdoslavich!!!

      • dcwx61 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        if you can spell it, you win….ding

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Storen giving up hits again tonight.

    • stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Bloop and grounder set the table. Whaddya gonna do?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        K

      • stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        Oooh! Why didn’t I think of that?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      It happens. Held them at 1 now Nats need to answer!

  37. stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Terdoslavich must have confused Span with Ben Revere.

  38. knoxvillenat - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Four left handed batters due up in the ninth for the Barves,the first three reach base and no one warming up in the bullpen for the Nats. Oh yeah…..Storen did throw 23 pitches in last night’s game. Williams asleep at the wheel once again.

    • stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      The 23 last night was my biggest concern, too. Second blown save of 2015 I guess.

      Oh well. Tie is survivable.

  39. natslive - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Come on Nats let’s win it here….

  40. dcwx61 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    yes…no double play ball there

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Choc-off dessert ordered!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Bryce just missed it. A game of centimeters on the barrel.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        Now it’s time for Clint Robinson to be a hero!

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Are we good for 18 innings tonight?

    Last time Storen allowed a 1-0 run ffor JZim slip away I sat for 9 more innings.

  43. dcwx61 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    nice night…lets play 2

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    I am only following on game track. How was Harper’s fly. It was on the outer half but was pulled.

    • Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      It was caught.

    • stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Eight miles high, as the Byrds used to sing.

  45. Just. Dave - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Grow up Bryce. Run to first.

    • Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      He gets a pass with his hammie. And there’s a runner on first. Not like he can get to 2nd if the ball is dropped.

  46. Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Freddi G thinking outside the box tonight, using is closer against the middle of the order in a non-save situation.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      He thought the game was there.

      • Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        And it very well might have been. But how many times are managers gutsy enough to do that. Most leave their closers in the bullpen until it’s too late.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        Good move because his bullpen sucks.

  47. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Makers mark ordered. Posted up at sports pub. Let’s do this

  48. natslive - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    On to extras….just wish the lineup after Harper could do something…..

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

      They did.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Joe Seamhead, Billy Burns is 3 for 4 tonight.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Ok, no time for BS, time to choc-off. Who wants the Hersheys?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      MAT with many big HRs in 2015. Time for some Hersheys for the Rookie.

  51. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Come on dezi

  52. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Terrible swing

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Almost a HBP or wild pitch on the first pitch from Avilan.

  54. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Avilan needs some beard-growing lessons from Denard. My Lord – that thing is hideous.

  55. Drew - Jun 24, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Meantime, at Harrisburg:

    Trea Turner goes 3-4 with a triple and an RBI. After 39 ABs he’s hitting .359.

    In the title game at Omaha, U.Va. and Vandy are tied 2-2 in the top of the 5th.

    • scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Call him up!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      5th spot on the postseason bench open for a toolsy speedster 😉

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      Somewhere Jim Bowden is smiling.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        D

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        D

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:14 PM

        Didn’t Bowden say Turner would be the starting SS in August?

        Not that he wouldn’t take credit for predicting a Sept. call up too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        August 1st for the Washington Nationals as starting shortstop.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Wow – not just double posting, but stuttering.

        Ok then.

  56. Section 222 - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Wow. What a curveball!

  57. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Nice pitch!!!

  58. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Funny, Phillip Rivers throws a bullet to his wide receiver—a perfect strike!!!

    Football talk.

    • stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Cute little kid behind me (who chattered throughout the whole game… I didn’t mind) kept asking “Mommy? Who has the ball, mommy?”

  59. scmargenau - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Nice job! Nasty!

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Time for Clint Robinson to show he can hit a lefty.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Ian Desmond can either shut up his haters for a while with a long fly here or just add to the fodder.

      Please Baseball Gods, Ian Desmond deserves your help here.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      That was a crucial and excellent AB for Clint, going from 0-2 to walking the winning run to third with one out to make the walk-off Sac Fly possible.

  61. ogremj - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Chance for Desmond to be a hero, naturally.

    • natslive - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Hope he can deliver

  62. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    With 1 out, Desi does not have to swing here. Pressure is all on Braves pitcher.

    • stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      Ambush!

      • AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Maybe I’ll say that every time now! :). Good for him.

  63. Hiram Hover - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Good enough, Desi!

  64. stoatva - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Awesome.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    I am happy as fudge for Desi… seriously I am….

  66. rlndtln - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Never say a bad word again about Desi.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      His first mention in the interview was to point out the #53 on his hat, for Randy Knorr. Desi is a mensch.

  67. AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 24, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Seventh straight win vs. Braves. Feels good. Wasn’t too long ago that we were complaining about how the Braves “own” us. That era is put to bed now for sure.

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