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Game 74: Nats at Phillies

Jun 26, 2015, 3:54 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — So, let’s see … Anthony Rendon has been placed on the DL with a left quad strain. Bryce Harper is out of the lineup for the second straight day with a tweaked right hamstring. D.C. native Emmanuel Burriss has been called up from Class AAA Syracuse to play for his hometown team. Ryne Sandberg has resigned as Phillies manager. And, oh yeah, Max Scherzer is on the mound tonight seeking to become only the second man in baseball history to throw back-to-back no-hitters. Slow news day, eh?

You can never, ever assume a no-hitter, certainly not a second straight one, but Scherzer is as well-positioned as anyone could possibly be to throw one. At the very least, he’ll look to extend the Nationals’ current streak of 41 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings by starting pitchers.

With Harper and Rendon out, though, the Nationals again have a depleted lineup against Phillies veteran right-hander Aaron Harang. We’ll see if that group can step up and give Scherzer however much run support he needs tonight. [UPDATE AT 6:00 P.M. — Now Denard Span has been scratched with back spasms. That leaves the Nats with only three members of their projected Opening Day lineup starting tonight. Wow.]

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183/869
Weather: Chance of rain, 77 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (40-33)
CF Denard Span Michael Taylor
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
LF Michael Taylor Matt den Dekker
RHP Max Scherzer

PHILLIES (26-48)
CF Odubel Herrera
2B Cesar Hernandez
3B Maikel Franco
1B Ryan Howard
RF Domonic Brown
LF Cody Asche
C Cameron Rupp
SS Freddy Galvis
RHP Aaron Harang

UMPIRES
HP Jordan Baker
1B Paul Emmel
2B Jerry Meals (cc)
3B Andy Fletcher

7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway in front of a sparse crowd here in Philly. You definitely heard some Nats fans cheering, though, when Michael Taylor blasting Aaron Harang’s first pitch off the center field wall for a double.

7:25 p.m. — And the Nats take a 1-0 lead thanks to Taylor’s leadoff double, a wild pitch by Harang and then an infield single by Wilson Ramos. Yes, Wilson Ramos. He beat out a chopper over the mound, though umpire Jerry Meals did get in Cesar Hernandez’s way and affected his throw somewhat. So, Max Scherzer took the mound with a 1-0 lead and that’s where it remains after a 1-2-3, 6-pitch, 6-strike bottom of the first for the ace. Mikael Franco did smoke a line drive right at third baseman Danny Espinosa (more on that in a moment) to end the inning. Why was Espinosa at third? Because Yunel Escobar took a pitch off his left hand in the top of the first and went down in a heap of pain. After a long exam by head trainer Lee Kuntz, Escobar remained in the game, trotting down to first base. But when the inning ended, he didn’t re-emerge from the dugout to take his position. So Espinosa shifts to third base, with Dan Uggla now at second base (and batting third). If you’ve lost track, the Nats now have only TWO healthy regulars in their lineup tonight: Ramos and Ian Desmond. Wow.

7:37 p.m. — 6 up, 6 down for Scherzer on a grand total of 15 pitches. Opponents are now 1 for their last 61 against him. ONE for SIXTY-ONE!

7:51 p.m. — 9 up, 9 down for Scherzer on 25 pitches. He hasn’t allowed a hit in his last 14 innings. Opponents are now 1 for their last 64 against him. The Nats’ rotation scoreless streak is now 44 1/3 innings, tied for second-most in the expansion era. It just keeps going on. Nats up 1-0 after three.

8:06 p.m. — 12 up, 12 down for Scherzer on 38 pitches. He hasn’t allowed a hit in his last 15 innings. Opponents are now 1 for their last 67 against him. My lord this is incredible to watch. Still 1-0 after four.

8:14 p.m. — This Scherzer guy does it all. He led off the top of the fifth with a single to right. That’s his sixth straight game with a hit. And he came around to score this time on Espinosa’s sac fly. The Nats added another run when Domonic Brown flat-out dropped Ramos’ line drive right at him. That made it 3-0 as Scherzer took the mound for the bottom of the fifth … to continue what he’s been doing for two weeks now. The Phillies did hit a couple of drives to center field, but nothing found the turf. So it’s 15 up, 15 down. Folks, no matter what ends up happening tonight, this is something really special we’re witnessing. Savor it for all it’s worth. To the sixth we go, the Nats up 3-0.

8:43 p.m. — Well, all good things must come to an end. Freddy Galvis lined a 1-1 pitch from Scherzer down the right-field line with one out in the sixth for a clean double, his first hit allowed in 16 1/3 innings. Oh, well. Which doesn’t mean this still isn’t something incredible. His final line during the no-hit run: 16.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 HBP, 18 K. And he carried a perfect game into the sixth inning in three consecutive starts. Meanwhile, the Nats lead 5-0 after six thanks to Matt den Dekker’s homer.

9:12 p.m. — Well, there go all the scoreless innings streaks, too, after Hernandez and Brown doubled in the bottom of the seventh. So Scherzer ends up with 24 2/3 consecutive innings, the Nats rotation with 48 consecutive innings without allowing a run. Scherzer legitimately appeared to be laboring in that last inning, not on the same page with Ramos and sweating up a storm. The bullpen was up and warming at one point. Thinking he might be done after seven innings of 1-run, 4-hit ball on 93 pitches. We’ll see. Nats up 5-1.

9:29 p.m. — Nope, Scherzer was back out there for the eighth. And he wound up serving up a home run to … Ben Revere?! Yessir. He completed the inning, but it’s now 5-2 after eight. Gotta think that’s really going to be it for tonight.

9:43 p.m. — Ballgame. Drew Storen finishes off a 5-2 victory for the Nats. They’ve won 7 straight.

216 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Hopefully MT spins a gem on the mound

  2. Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    With Scherzer pitching, it doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup. MW could even give Manny Burris a start. 🙂

    But seriously folks, let’s hope Bryce’s injury isn’t as bad as TTB’s. MW said both were just getting a day off yesterday.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    “NATIONALS (40-33)
    CF Denard Span
    2B Danny Espinosa
    3B Yunel Escobar
    RF Clint Robinson
    C Wilson Ramos
    SS Ian Desmond
    1B Tyler Moore
    LF Michael Taylor
    RHP Michael Taylor”

    Michael Taylor doing it all tonight, pitching and playing LF

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      I liked when Scherzer had the extra day rest last week and does again today. Strong as Bull.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      He would have played all the positions, like Baseball Bugs, but he didn’t want to show anybody up.

    • adcwonk - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      Same line up as yesterday. Let’s hope for same results!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:23 PM

        +9

      • adcwonk - Jun 26, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        Or, at least, +7

    • ccallahan15 - Jun 26, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      When Taylor pitch no one ever hits it to left field. It makes good solution for resting the bench. And MAT gets twice as many at bats. Ghost runners all. Looks like a fun set up.

  4. Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    By the way, whenever you’ve had a enough of my snark, you can just say this:

    “One would think that Section 222’s logic is like some ghoul in a late-night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles about after being repeatedly killed and buried. That, alas, is not a novelty.”

    Get your Scalia burn at Slate.com: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/low_concept/2015/06/justice_scalia_insult_generator_how_the_supreme_court_justice_would_mock.html

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      Wowzers, who said that about you?

      • natsfan1a - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:12 PM

        Nobody, it’s an insult generator.

      • Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:16 PM

        An insult generator using the actual words of Justice Scalia. Try it. You have to admire the guy’s creativity, even if you don’t like his jurisprudence. Imagine if he commented on this blog. Feel Wood (and his progeny) would have some serious competition.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:23 PM

        Feelwood changes names as quickly as I change the filters in my air conditioner. Toot D. Blan being his latest after we figured out Section105RowMSeat5 was him.

        Why not just contribute your knowledge, insight, and good opinions.

        As I was telling Byron Kerr, I felt horrible for him filling in for Phil Wood on the call-in postgame show. There wasn’t a call that made sense but instead of going Feelwood on them, Byron handled them diplomatically. I’m a big fan of Byron.

      • Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:43 PM

        I like Byron a lot too. Very even keeled, seems like a really decent guy. I liked the radio postgame show a lot more when he used to do it regularly. Phil will argue with every caller who has a criticism of the Nats, no matter how legitimate.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:34 PM

        Phil is a history buff but his current events is flawed too often for my taste.

      • Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        His history lessons are boring too, to be honest. Lots of Nats fans couldn’t care less about the Senators, either because they aren’t over 50, or because they grew up somewhere else.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        He seems to have his fanbase though.

      • pdowdy83 - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        I wish they would replace Johnny Holliday with Byron on the pre and post game show. Kerr does good work. The other guys on the pre and post game show are no bueno.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        I agree with you and that’s a great idea. Byron has a good eye for talent too in the Nats system.

      • stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:24 PM

        They could replace Johnny with the Antonin Scalia random insult generator and I’d be okay with that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM

        LMAO

  5. rlndtln - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Scalia is the best.Only hope for our nation.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    • stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      If I were going to predict who’d make that comment I’d have bet on you.

      Let’s give it a rest.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:55 PM

        C’mon, that was so tee’d up.

    • Steady Eddie - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:56 PM

      Ritalin or Rin-Tin-Tin? You decide!

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    And on a baseball note, we present a group of twitter reactions to Sandberg’s resignation, as gleaned by CSN:

    http://www.csnphilly.com/blog/700-level/best-twitter-reactions-ryne-sandberg-stepping-down-phillies-manager

    I like the Cubs one, myself.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      That’s pretty good. I like this one, too:

      Feel like this will turn out better than the last time Ryne Sandberg departed the Phillies organization

    • adcwonk - Jun 26, 2015 at 5:13 PM

      Wow. Some those are terrific.

      If you haven’t yet, click on that link!

  7. adcwonk - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Mark, quite a day to use the expression “slow news day, eh?”

    Oh, wait, you were talking about the Nats 😉

  8. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    You can never, ever assume a no-hitter, certainly not a second straight one, but Scherzer is as well-positioned as anyone could possibly be to throw one. At the very least, he’ll look to extend the Nationals’ current streak of 41 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings by starting pitchers.

    Dang, could we put the Mickey on the guy a little more?

    • adcwonk - Jun 26, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      +26

  9. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Hopefully Harper is back in the lineup tomorrow, if not that is a bad sign.

    Overall new era (whatever that is is 54 innings Orioles in 1974)

  10. Another_Sam - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Saw Burriss in spring training. Seemed to be a very smooth fielder but in spring he couldn’t hit anything at all.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      Yes, that’s him.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      That’s pretty much his resume right there.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        Maybe they could put his locker next to Danny’s. Something might rub off. You never know.

      • virginiascopist - Jun 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        Just as long as it doesn’t rub off the wrong way — Burris to Espinosa.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    I think the Phillies new President will be Andy McFail as has been rumored and that’s why Ryne Sandberg resigned so he could leave on his own terms. I will step out on a limb that Ruben Amaro will be re-assigned or let go shortly after McFail is named.

    McFail has had a history of going into struggling teams like the Oreos and trading veterans like he did with Bedard but scored Adam Jones, Chris Tillman and others and that trade probably ranks as one of the best of their trade thefts. The problem is they fired him before all of his trades took hold and he got the McFail name.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    “Rendon said it didn’t bother him at plate, only in field and on bases. Good news is he can keep swinging while on DL, just can’t run.”

    That backs up why he has 4 singles the other game and not a double in his first AB since we now he’s not Tony One-Bags!

    Get well soon!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 4:45 PM

      Well, that’s encouraging, at least. Good to hear. Read. Whatever.

  13. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    Our first pick this year Stephenson is playing center field and leading off for the Auburn Double Days as they host West Virginia tonight.

  14. npb99 - Jun 26, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    Harper – hamstring? Rendon, yet another injury? Yikes!
    Can anyone shoot me an LOD application?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 6:39 PM

      We will be fine.

  15. stublues33 - Jun 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Pete Mckanin will presumably manage Phil tonight. Was drafted by your 1969 Washington Senators.

  16. natsfan1a - Jun 26, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Geez. Well, at least we still have our skipper.

    26m
    Mark Zuckerman ✔ @ZuckermanCSN

    Now Denard Span scratched with back spasms.

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      But not our bench coach. 😧. Continued best wishes to the Knorr family.

  17. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    Mrs B disappointed MAT swings at a fastball over the middle first pitch.

    I never understood not swinging at a fat first pitch. I do understand not swinging at non fat first pitches.

  18. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Escobar hit the hand again. That is at least 3in the hand.

    Teams will keep pitch not just inside, but way inside, as long as our pitchers don’t protect our hitters.

    • Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      Oh please. You really think that will make any difference at all?

  19. stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    At long last, someone needs to pay.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      That wasn’t on purpose, but that was a crappy pitch.

      • stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:20 PM

        It was not on purpose. Not sure that matters anymore. As you said yourself, approximately, teams are pitching us inside with impunity. It needs to stop.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Espi not sacrificing cost us a run unless Wilson bails him out.

  21. knoxvillenat - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    On the check swing from Espinosa I saw where the third base umpire is Andy Fletcher. Wasn’t he the ump who got into a shouting match with Jon Lester yesterday in Chicago?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Yes he was the one.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        One of the more unprofessional displays by an umpire I’ve ever seen at any level of baseball much less MLB.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    There’s your lead Max Scherzer!

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Andrew Steveson singles in his first pro at bat

  24. natslive - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Escobar does not make that play

    • veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:27 PM

      maybe. r2d2 has to be happy right now

  25. rlndtln - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Burris will be in the game with the next injury which I am sure is soon.

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      Perhaps he could sub for you here?

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        +9

  26. Drew - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    At this rate, Turner might play for the Nats before he plays in the Futures game.

    The Future is Now.

  27. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    That 1st pitch was a strike

  28. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Sort of a crazy night, huh?

  29. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Hi FP! 😁

  30. rlndtln - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    Max may need to throw a shut out with this AAA lineup.

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:05 PM

      I’d rather have this lineup than that fielded tonight by the Phillies.

      • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        Yep, even on defense.

    • natslive - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      Hmmmmmm 5 runs is excellent

  31. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    did Scherzer just help set a record (that means nothing)? thought 3 innings scoreless meant something?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      To be 2nd all-time in scoreless innings.

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      Nats already have the NL record, IIRC, so now they need another 9 for the all-time of 55?

      • dcwx61 - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:23 PM

        now after the 74 oreos

      • dcwx61 - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:24 PM

        i say give desmond and ramos the weekend off too.

      • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:48 PM

        Lol, why not?

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Contact contact!!!!

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      To be clear, that is for US, not THEM!!

  33. stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    If I’m the brand new acting manager of the Phillies I might not be sending Dominick Brown out for the next inning. Just to see if anyone on this sorry team is paying attention.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      Our hitters hitting to right would notice.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Stevenson 2 for 2 now.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      with all these injuries, they’ll need him by the ASG

  35. wearenationals - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    15 up, 15 down… watching this is amazing!

  36. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Dare I speak of the boxscore?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Nope. Even if someone else does.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Den Dekker

  37. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    was that an upper dekker for denDekker?

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

    That’s stepping up den Dekker.

  39. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Nationals Park North is a bit empty these days.

  40. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    *standing O*

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    There number 8 hitter hit a hanger, which you are suppose to do.

  42. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    That’s [Scherzer’s] sixth straight game with a hit.

    Is that the longest active streak on the team?

    I think Max is re-thinking this whole DH stuff.

    • Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      That’s funny. JZnn might be rethinking his zinger too, after watching him run the bases.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Span has scored in 7 straight game.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    At least a clean solid hit.

  44. Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Wow. That was amazing.

  45. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    I have to agree with FP – would rather Scherzer pitch well and leave with a big lead after 6 or 7 than go for another CG or NH or PG. I’d love to see any of those but the Nats need a win and to preserve his arm for later, and not necessarily in that order.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Absolutely. That’s not was he was saying a minute ago, before the double, but yeah, definitely.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      He has only pitched 65 pitches. Don’t start an inning if past 90. So I would say 8 tonight, then let Thornton pitch the 9th.

      • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:58 PM

        He also ran the bases, hard. Better safe than sorry with this lead.

  46. conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Nice effort Max. Still can add to the scoreless inning total.

  47. Drew - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    A base hit in the 6th? Sheesh.

    Oh well, he was due for an off night.

    • conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      I’ll take it!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Yes and luckily it stayed in the yard. That looked like a HR off the bat.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM

        He didn’t have the backspin.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:55 PM

        Luckily.

    • stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      heh.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    I flipped to see how Lackey was pitching. Where the second double get hit? Corner or alley?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      Left-center, over Taylor’s head and one-hopped the wall.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Time to go to the bullpen after this inning.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      +1

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      Now you have to make sure the Win is protected for the Nats.

  50. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Good, now all the streaks are over. Back to baseball.

  51. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    On well.. Looked like Max was getting tired, but hard to pull him with that lead.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      Based on where the pitches were we knew if Brown hit , it would not be pulled.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      He hit the wall at the beginning of the inning. Flying open and missing spots.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Fans watching with their hearts not eyes foul by a foot.

    Then drives one to left center. Thought Taylor might get to it, but must have been less high than I thought.

  53. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Warm someone up please.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Carpenter and somebody else got up after the run, but that’s a bit late IMO.

  54. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    I know Matt wants to let him finish the inning, but he is SO toasted. Pen should have been up at the start of this half-inning.

  55. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Scherzer not able to reach back for the 97-98 mph fastball. He must be soooo tired.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Bring in Carpenter

  57. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Come on, Matty. You can’t let him stay in and get hurt. He’s done. He’s been done for about three hitters.

  58. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    The manager and pitching coach need to step up.

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    If Clint makes that tough catch on the flyball, the shutout continues and inning over. Oh well.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      That was a great effort by Clint, just didn’t get it.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Taylor catches that standing still. I think Span might have gotten closer to that double, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        Yes. The lumber Clint Robinson.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        Depends on the positioning. If he was playing to pull, he missed position, as every pitch was on the outer half.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        If Span was playing, Taylor doesn’t lead off with a double, Den Dekker would have no homer.

        Just saying….

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Lefty pinch hitter lefty.

    Thorton for the 8th.

  61. conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Well done Max. With nothing left in the tank… Take the rest of the night off

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      Please.

      • veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Well, accorcing to Max….

  62. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Desi just to quick on that long foul.

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    That umpire has to be 6’6″ and 275

    • veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      LOL!

    • veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      6′ 8″ and 300 lbs. den Dekker looks like a dwarf in front of him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        With his helmet on I think 6’9″. He is gigantic. Jordan Baker is his name and yes he’s the homeplate ump tonight. Desi looked like a twig next to him and Tyler Moore is a big man and looked like the guys little brother.

      • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        If they made a den Dekker garden gnome, would it be redundant?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Home plate ump?

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Scherzer a decoy on deck

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Drink owed

  65. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Wait, WHAT? Scherzer on deck?!?

    Matty, come ON. YGTBFKM.

  66. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Scherzer on deck? Better be a decoy.

  67. natslive - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    I think you put the bullpen in now……

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Even a 3 up 3 down I don’t agree with call as 93 pitches. My point at 90

  69. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Mystified as to why Scherzer is still in. A CG is out of the question, so why not stop at 7?

  70. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Man.

    Maybe it’ll be a quick inning.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    If anybody gets on, pull him, but my first impression is Matt is the Manager and he needs to send him to the shower

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      You have to be kidding me. That’s shades of Soriano last year. Now this is within Save range. I don’t get it.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      I have the flu…. so can’t post as much as I’m feeling weak. Saw the 7th and said whelp thanks for 7… Carpenter or Thornton please….

      And then Max came back out…. to which I do not understand at all. 😕😕😐😐

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

        I have the flu also. Last night was brutal. I was hot, I was cold, I was throwing up, yuck.

        Hope you feel better.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        Get well, both of you. Chicken soup.

  72. conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Really?

  73. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    I’m ok, i’m ok, i’m ok…….maybe not.

    • veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      I’m good, i’m good, i’m good, that is.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Irevere 3 career 2 vs. Nats.

  75. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Matt.
    Matt.
    Matt.

    smdh

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Exactly! What did that prove. It’s ridiculous. This season is a marathon, not a sprint. These innings add up.

      Very disappointed.

      • natslive - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        Exactly……save something for later….just don’t get it

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        Scherzer (after the 7th): I’m good, I’m good.

        MW: Ok, keep going then

        Me: WTF are you watching MW. He had a stressful 7th and was at 93 pitches. Take the ball.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        +162

  76. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Yeah, that was folly. Ben Revere?

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Be curious to know why MS even came out in the 8th…

    • conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Must have given MW an earful…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        He possibly did but at the end of the day MW is the Manager and like a good father does to his eldest, the answer is NO!

  78. natslive - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Don’t understand why you send Max back out there for the 8th…..you have a 4 run lead, he’s obviously gassed and nothing left to pitch for, shutout, no hitter etc gone

  79. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    OK, two outs have been dangerous plays for the pitcher. Can we stop now?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      For the Love of Casey, make him stop!!

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Got it figured out. Part of the plan to get Storen some work in a save situation.

    • conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      Ha! Good analysis.. Let’s get another run and squash that😎

  81. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    If Scherzer comes out for the ninth, Mark Z. needs to press HARD for an explanation. Even the 8th is not justifiable, since a run was scored.

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    I was thinking Fister might hit to save Span and Harper

  83. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    So Fister had to hit there. If they use Burriss, he’s the last infielder. Fister would be the closest thing to an infielder they have left.

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    What I like about Max he starts studying the batters for the next start the following day.

    I am not sure how all pitchers do, but he starts watching video, and spray charts etc.

    A good habit for all to get into.

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Mets won 2-1

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Even a blind squirell…

  86. conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Nice effort by Danny. Let’s get another run.

    • conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Or not..

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Jordan Baker home plate ump 6’7″ tallest ump in the majors. From Enid OK. Same home town of Mark Price NBA fame.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Thanks for that. The helmet makes him look 6’10” plus the chest protector makes him look larger.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:58 PM

        He looks like 230 based on the fact he has the equipment on.

        A big tall man though.

        Let’s check when he is on the base.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        True.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Espi has a laser doesn’t he.

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      His arm is subject to weapons export restrictions.

  89. Danny - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Turner starts in Syracuse as he did in Harrisburg 0-4 :(. Reynaldo Lopez also gave up a few..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Not surprised as he seems to start slow at the next level, but like I said, what was the rush to promote him.

  90. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    TMoore? Wow!

  91. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Nice play by TyMo

  92. Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    That play by TyMo was Zim-esque.

  93. natslive - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Good play Tyler!

  94. knoxvillenat - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Williams letting Max pitch the eighth inning reminds me of the way/decisions are made by Fredi Gonzalez. And just so there is no doubt, that is not a complement.

  95. veejh - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Yikes. Bad ending for the Phils.

    Storen kinda sucked, too. Whatever, we won.

    • conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      Walked into that “save”

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Third base coach stopped him way to late.

  97. Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Poor Dominc Brown. He’s wearing the goat horns tonight. Manager should have benched him after that lollygagging error.

    • stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      Yes indeed. He should have.

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Dominic Brown runs the Phoolies out of the game. Thanks a lot! That would have been 2 on with the tying run coming to the plate.

    • conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Wow! Mr Brown’s head was somewhere else tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Sure was. It also goes to show that the 5-2 score also was not a given.

  99. Tyler Babip - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    All right!

  100. sunshinebobby - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Domonic Brown pulled a Nook Logan!

    “Where was he going? What was he thinking?”

  101. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    OK, I’ll say it (apparently I’m known for that.)

    Where was Domonic Brown going?? What was he THINKING??

  102. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    I’ll bite my lip next time Bob Sendly sends someone. That was terrible. Stop sign needed to be up right away with tying run at the plate.

  103. senators5 - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Who cares about Brown and his head up his a–. My concern is Storen, has been and always will be. since St. Louis,

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