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“I thought he was going to do it again”

Jun 26, 2015, 11:45 PM EST

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PHILADELPHIA — His name has stood the test of time, known to hardcore baseball aficionados and even a fair share of casual fans if only for the remarkable feat he accomplished 77 long years ago, a feat that has stood intact all these decades and rarely has been threatened since.

There’s a reason Johnny Vander Meer is etched into baseball lore, because what he did in the summer of 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds — pitch back-to-back no-hitters — is really, really, really, really hard to do.

But boy did Max Scherzer give it his best effort Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Scherzer didn’t do the impossible, but he still did something only a handful of others have done in baseball history. He carried a perfect game into the sixth inning for the third straight start. And he came within 11 outs of joining the great Vander Meer atop the mountain of pitching dominance.

“It just seems so improbable, to be able to do that,” Scherzer said. “You’re really speechless to even be mentioned with that.”

In the end, Scherzer settled for merely a great start, not a historic one. His eight innings of 2-run, 5-hit ball were more than enough to lead the Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Phillies, their seventh straight win during a run that has been defined by brilliant work on the mound.

Freddy Galvis, the Phillies’ .257-hitting shortstop, was the man who thwarted Scherzer’s bid for history. His 1-out double down the right-field line in the bottom of the sixth represented Philadelphia’s first baserunner of the night and the first hit off Scherzer in a long, long time.

“Off the bat, you’re like: It’s a hit,” right fielder Matt den Dekker said. “That doesn’t happen much.”

No, it doesn’t. From a stretch that began with Carlos Gomez’s broken-bat bloop single in the seventh inning at Miller Park on June 14 and ended with Galvis’ double on Friday night, Scherzer faced 54 major-league batters and retired 52 of them. The only two to reach base during that span: Scooter Gennett via a walk and Jose Tabata via a controversial hit-by-pitch.

“It’s just complete comfort, dominance, throwing the ball where he wants it,” manager Matt Williams said. “Fifty-four batters between hits? Pretty good.”

There’s always extra anticipation when a pitcher takes the mound following a no-hitter, but it felt like there was even more than usual in the air Friday as the crowd of 22,292 began to settle in at Citizens Bank Park. The odds of one no-no, let again two in a row, are extremely low on any given night, but if ever the stars were aligned in a pitcher’s favor, this was it.

Not only was Scherzer on an incredible roll that began with his 1-hit, 16-strikeout masterpiece in Milwaukee 12 days earlier and continued Saturday with his no-hitter against the Pirates, he was facing a Phillies club primed for something bad to happen. Already owners of the worst record in baseball, with one of the sport’s least-productive lineups, they began their day with news that embattled manager Ryne Sandberg had resigned, holding a news conference before ever speaking to his players.

So with all that hovering over the ballpark, Scherzer took the mound at 7:19 p.m., the Nationals already up 1-0, and began his quest for history. And almost immediately, it became apparent he had what it would take to make a serious run at it.

Scherzer retired the side in the bottom of the first on six pitches, all strikes. He retired the side in the second on nine pitches, mixing in three balls just to prove he’s actually human.

And so it proceeded, the Phillies sending three men to the plate each inning, Scherzer retiring all three each time. He did it in the third. He did it in the fourth. He did it in the fifth.

By the time Scherzer took the mound for the bottom of the sixth, his pitch count was a meager 48. The Nationals held a 5-0 lead. He was, as he has been throughout this remarkable run, in complete, utter control.

“It’s a little stressful sometimes when he’s got the no-hitter going,” said Michael Taylor, who had to track down a couple of balls hit to deep center field on Friday. “But other than that, it’s pretty amazing what he’s been doing.”

So amazing that the mere sight of a batted ball landing on turf was a shock to the system.

With one out in the sixth, Scherzer hung a 1-1 curveball to Galvis, then watched as the diminutive shortstop roped the ball down the right-field line, reaching the fence on one hop and coasting into second base with a double.

“I made a mistake,” Scherzer said. “Eventually, I was going to run out of luck. You just move on. You just focus on the next hitter and how you’re going to get out of the next inning, and the guys you’ve got to face. Is it a letdown? Yes. But at the same time, your focus is to win the ballgame. And that’s the first and foremost thing you have to worry about. So for me, it was just bearing down and trying to find a way to get out of that inning with no runs.”

Scherzer did get out of the sixth unscathed, but he couldn’t get out of the seventh. Cesar Hernandez and Domonic Brown each doubled to give the Phillies a run, notable for the fact it ended two remarkable streaks of consecutive scoreless innings pitched: Scherzer went 24 2/3 innings on his own; the Nationals’ rotation went 48 innings combined, the second-longest streak in baseball since 1961.

His pitch count at 93, Scherzer could have called it a night at that point. He wanted to return for the eighth, though, and Williams complied.

“We had a conversation in the dugout, in the tunnel, after the seventh,” Williams said. “We trust him and what he tells us. And he was good to go out for another one.”

Scherzer made it through the eighth, though he did surrender another run (a solo homer by the slap-hitting Ben Revere) before finally wrapping his start up at an even 100 pitches, putting him in line to record his 100th career win.

“It means something,” Scherzer said. “To be able to win 100 ballgames in The Show, it’s special.”

The final tally on Scherzer’s run of excellence: 17 1/3 innings without allowing a hit, only two men reaching base at all during that time. Over his last three starts in total, he has allowed two runs on six hits, striking out 33 while walking only one in 26 innings.

To the outsider, it looks automatic. To Scherzer, it has been anything but.

“Oh, god no,” he insisted. “Those guys are good. This is tough.”

It is indeed tough. There’s a reason only one man in the long and storied history of this great game has pitched consecutive no-hitters. But anyone at Citizens Bank Park could be excused for believing, even for only a fleeting moment, that it could happen on this night.

“Actually, I was,” Taylor said. “I mean, he’s throwing so good, making good pitches. I thought he was going to do it again.”

  1. stoatva - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Domonic Brown did not have a very good evening, did he?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      +W

    • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      Sadly for Philthies phans, he was the second coming a couple of years ago. He has athletic skills, but his in-game thinking and effort leave a lot to be desired.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:00 AM

        ehay, for years he was the only prospect who seemed poised to be a star. They traded away most of what they had ranking them for years as the worst farm system.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Well he did have the RBI double, but had too many misadventures.

  2. knoxvillenat - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    To paraphrase from my post in the gamer, Williams letting Max pitch the eighth inning reminds me of a Fredi Gonzalez move, and that is no complement. Lot of games and innings left to play, nothing to be gained putting Max back out there in that situation.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:41 AM

      +162

  3. ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    We are so spoiled. This rotation is something good, and I have a hunch it is about to get ludicrously good. Max rubs off on everyone, in the right way.

    As for the Mets, they had to look at our lineup tonight and think: “They can’t score a run with those guys, Scherzer needs a shutout to win! ”

    Sorry Mutts.

    GYFNG!

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      Do you channel the Mets or just make stuff up?

      • ehay2k - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        Both.

    • conatsguy - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      It feels so good to be on another roll ehayk😎

  4. Section 222 - Jun 26, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Nats Extra is pretty funny tonight — Things You Don’t Hear (very often)

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      All 3 accurate.

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

      They missed one, too: Starting pitcher manufactures a run on the bases.

  5. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Suppose to rain all day and night tomorrow here and Philly.

    Know who hopes it does?

    The Braves.

    If it rains tomorrow, I am sure game will be made up in September.

    If that happens and no one gets skipped it would be

    Sunday Gio
    Tuesday Strasburg
    Wednesday JZim
    Thursday Fister
    Friday Max

  6. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    I missed the first part of the game. What did Brown do (on the “lollygagging” play) ?

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

      He muffed a fly ball to RF. Ball was hit well to his left but he had the angle, and just took his time getting there and took a lazy stab at the ball. Went in and out of his mitt.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 27, 2015 at 8:24 AM

        Your idea of a “fly ball” and mine are quite different, Clint absolutely smoked a line shot to right that Brown “show boated” nonchalantly and let clank off his glove.

  7. manassasnatsfan - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Denard needs a good chiropractor.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      or a good masseuse.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:27 PM

        “licensed massage therapist” – that’s the gender neutral term 🙂

      • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 7:16 AM

        Is Tatiana still available? What?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      And a heating pad.

  8. unkyd59 - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    I’d REALLY like to hear JayB’s take on the bench performance….. Holding my breath…..

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      +many

  9. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    I knew the Phillies were bad, but before watching this game, I didn’t realize just how bad they’ve gotten.

  10. Drew - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Scherzer was terrific — and the fill-in guys are getting so much PT, they’re playing with great confidence.

    In other news, I finally realized why Turner’s missing from Harrisburg’s box score. He’s already in Syracuse!

    Tonight the Cuse got bludgeoned by Indy. Old friend Lombo had 3 hits and is batting .316.

    • therealjohnc - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      Turner 0-4 with a strikeout and an error.

      • Drew - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        That’s OK. He started slowly in AA, then got acclimated and took off.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 27, 2015 at 8:26 AM

      And Lombo still patrolling that 32 square foot area of the infield that he defends so well.

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

    If Tyler Moore doesn’t make that play in the 9th on the Dominic Brown hard grounder that inning could be a disaster.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 7:17 AM

      The [cruddy] baserunning helped, too.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:32 AM

        Exactly.

      • Doc - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:47 AM

        Ghost, thanks for mentioning TyMo’s great play—totally outstanding!!!!

  12. sec205 - Jun 26, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Is it just me, or does Storen look shaky lately?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:12 PM

      It’s not you, it’s him.

      • senators5 - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:27 PM

        Seven straight and all is roses . but not so fast…our injury prone guys continue to get injured one way or another. My major concerns are Rendon and Storen. Rendon has been an injury waiting to happen since he was a sophomore at Rice and Storen, I haven’t trusted him since St. Louis. I know, I know, but I simply do not have major trust in him in crunch times and hopefully they will come this Sept. and he will stand up tall. All of this leads to believe that MR is going to pull a blockbuster before August 1.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 26, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        Some fans are just uncomfortable with success. Wouldn’t it be nice to, oh I don’t know, enjoy a seven game winning streak? The Nats just won a game mostly played by a combination of bench guys and recent minor leaguers against ostensible major leaguers. That’s a pretty cool thing.

        Yes, there are things that could go wrong. Bad things might happen! Or they might not. Heck, predict bad t things often enough and sooner or later you’re bound to be right (there are also commenters that seem to have adopted this viewpoint). Or OTOH, bad things that we just don’t see coming might happen. But worrying/Fretting/anxiety is bad for the health; I would suggest a more postiive outlook 🙂

      • zmunchkin - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:44 AM

        No one (except maybe Max) is lights out every time out. If Drew is going to have a bad inning, then doing it with a 5-2 lead against a bad team whose manager just quit on them is when I want him to have those bad innings!

  13. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Scherzer second pitcher since expansion in 1961 to have 3 consecutive starts with a no hitter through 5.

    Doyle Alexander for the Yanks in 1976 did it.

    Scherzer were all perfect 5 innings. Don’t know about Alexander’s.

    • Tyler Babip - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:49 AM

      I love these weird but wonderful comparisons that Scherzer makes happen.

  14. websterj2014 - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    I’m trying my darnedest to recall Johnny Vander Meer’s two consecutive no-nos. I was four months old, already.

  15. natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Me, too, Mikey. Me, too. Max is a total beast.

    “I thought he was going to do it again”

  16. Doc - Jun 27, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    Max would have been working on his 3rd no-no in a row, if Rendon had caught CarGo’s blooper at Miller Park–the one that Danny would have cau

    Forced to listen to the Phillthyy broadcasters, Matt Stairs mentioned that Drew is hitable and lefties are hitting .300+ against him. As a matter of fact, our guy Drew is getting progressively worse against lefties. MW should consider a R/L closer tandem.

    • virginiascopist - Jun 27, 2015 at 8:20 AM

      I wonder if MW would consider the R/L tandem, based on matchups, Storen and Thornton. I would really like to see it, but it may be a little too out of the box for MW.

    • stoatva - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

      It seems to me that little by little Matt is making in game choices he wouldn’t have last season, or earlier this year. I haven’t been a big fan of his, but the Nats are my team and he’s not going anywhere any time soon, so I have to pull for him, along with all the other guys.

      Abandoning the designated inning approach in favor of matchup based substitutions is coming, I feel sure. Just hope it doesn’t take too many train wrecks to get to that point.

      Obviously, acquiring Chapman would force the issue immediately.

      • zshurs - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:46 AM

        Other than Storen in the 9th, hasn’t he played match-ups?

        I mean, who’s the 7th inning guy? Who’s the 8th inning guy?

      • stoatva - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:03 AM

        zshurs, that’s what I meant, in part, by saying he’s already making choices he wouldn’t have last year. The “closer” role may be the last one to fall.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    From Ken Rosenthal: Sources: #Marlins’ Stanton has broken bone in hand. Exact details not yet known.

    • virginiascopist - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM

      I wonder if it’s the hamate bone, like what happened to Wilson last year. That’s what I thought when I saw the replay. Either way, real bummer for him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:35 AM

        Oh my. They are going to have a “fire sale” like prior years.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:12 AM

        Agreed, it was while he was swinging the bat and he felt it.

    • ehay2k - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:07 AM

      Wow, that stinks for Stanton. He’s certainly had a rough time over the past few months.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    “Doc wrote: Forced to listen to the Phillthyy broadcasters, Matt Stairs mentioned that Drew is hitable and lefties are hitting .300+ against him. As a matter of fact, our guy Drew is getting progressively worse against lefties. MW should consider a R/L closer tandem.”

    We were just discussing this after the Barves lefties went back to back hits on him and his Lefty BA against was .304 and how the last 2 seasons his platoon splits have widened in the wrong direction. I brought it up last season about platoon splits and some said it was SSS, so when does it stop being SSS and prove to be a pattern?

    I think we are at that point now. Storen was bailed out last night by a Web Gem by TyMo and a TOOTBLAN by Dominic Brown.

    As to Aroldis Chapman, I wrote this earlier that I was discussing this with Byron Kerr and he assured me that the idea of getting Aroldis won’t happen through his Nats front office source unless the price comes way down so for now Rizzo is looking elsewhere for bullpen help.

    • virginiascopist - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM

      Okay, here’s an idea for the bullpen out of left field (pun intended). What about Sean Burnett? He did have Tommy John exactly a year ago, but I’m fairly certain he hasn’t signed with anyone. If so, couldn’t we sign him to a minor league deal? If he looks good, he could definitely help us down the stretch.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        Well, there is this: Burnett to throw for teams in May or June from last spring.

        IIRC, Burnett wasn’t too happy with the Nats and Rizzo for not even making an offer to him, when he left, and if he’s any good now, he’ll get other interest. Assuming he is, in fact, still worth trying after a second TJ. Never know, could happen, I guess.

    • ehay2k - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:30 AM

      Storen threw 7 pitches last night, 6 were strikes, and gave up 2 hits and I believe 3 hard hit balls. The Phillies were jumping on him early. Unlike a starter, however, a closer does not have a lot of time to figure that out and make the adjustments, he has to hit his spots from the beginning. He didn’t even get to throw enough pitches to mix anything up.

      But he did appear to miss his spot on the pitch to Brown that led to the TyMo play, and I wonder if his command hasn’t been off just a tad recently. As good as he has been this year, he has worried me in his last few appearances. Something seems amiss.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:41 AM

        Command was definitely off. He didn’t hit his spots if you saw where Ramos was set up.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:23 AM

        Maybe he should pull a Strasburg and shave off the fugly beard.

    • Doc - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:03 AM

      If MW would turn to his inner Bochy or Madden, he might consider Rivero for 9th inning lefty support.

      The kid has a lotta stuff that lefties have a hard time with. Livo thinks he’s a real talent. He buckled a few Braves hitters with his curve in the last series.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:09 AM

        I think for now he’s going to continue to hand Storen the 9th and let him figure it out.

        Notice how you mentioned the Phoolies TV crew let everyone know that Storen was susceptible to lefties. Word is out.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    If Giancarlo Stanton is in fact going on the DL with a hamate bone injury, our Bryce Harper becomes a serious contender for the HR and RBI crown and who knows about the Batting Average crown. Paul Goldschmidt is having a monster year also. Quietly Goldy is hitting .352 with a .470 OBP with 20 HRs and 62 RBIs.

    • stoatva - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:05 AM

      As a baseball fan, seeing Stanton go down makes me very sad. He’s a special talent.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        There is now almost zero reason to see a Marlins game as if there was a reason before in that near empty stadium unless you were there for the other team.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM

        Agreed.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:45 AM

        Agreed on both comments. 🙂

      • ArVAFan - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:48 PM

        The Nats destination trip in September may make Miami feel like a home stadium!

    • rayvil01 - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:15 AM

      Goldschmidt is really good. That’s a shame about Stanton. Think of all the pre-season picks for Miami to win the Division. They could end up with 75 wins…or less. Amazing.

      I think you’re right: A Fire Sale may be coming.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:16 AM

        Goldy gets so little love outside of AZ. He has more RBIs and a higher BA and OBP than Bryce.

      • rayvil01 - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM

        And he’s good defensively. I’d take him over Freeman any day of the week.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Here is this season’s 65 PA platoon split against for lefties on Storen:

    .322/.369/.339/.708

    If Tyler Moore didn’t rob the lefty Dominic Brown on what turned out to be a fielder’s choice who knows what happens, but you can keep ignoring the facts as SSS or face it with the same reality of what we saw in the 2014 playoffs and the 2014 season that this is a pattern that’s problematic.

    Since the start of the 2014 season, lefties hit his 4-seamer to a .372 BA and a .488 slugging. Get a clue, if you can’t place your 4-seamer, stop throwing it to lefties and go to the sinker which they hit .296. They hit his changeup at .261 and only hit his slider at .171

    Enough is enough and the facts are the facts that either you locate that 4-seamer better to lefties or stop throwing it and go with a steady diet of sliders, changeups and sinkers.

    • nats128 - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:40 AM

      Not to correct you but yesterday and in the blown save game, the lefties hit his slider and changeup also. Now that is a super small sample size so overall I think your right. Lefties were hitting him 1.000 this week until Tyler Moore made that diving stop on Dominic Brown. He threw him a center cut sinker that missed location. Lucky, yes.

      Ryan Howard hit the changeup. Asche hit the sinker.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:43 AM

        You’re correct and he wasn’t hitting spots. He is scuffling now but it just doesn’t change how lefties are hitting him.

  21. stoatva - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Presumably there will be no baseball in Philly today. Seems like the Nats would benefit greatly by being able to add an extra player if game is rescheduled as Sunday doubleheader (don’t have any inside information, just speculating). For once, they’d probably add a position player rather than an extra pitcher.

    Let the guesswork begin!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM

      With the Nats walking wounded, a rainout seems like a something that could help the Nats.

      • rayvil01 - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM

        One more day of healing for Rendon without a game. That is unless they double-header tomorrow which I kind of doubt.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:42 AM

        Escobar and Harp also benefit from another day.

      • lowstrikes - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:37 AM

        I’m hoping for a rainout today, but the current forecast for Philly is for the rain to end at 2, recommence at 6. We could surely use the down time. I’m with you, stoatva…hate to see a talent like Stanton out for extended recovery. We’ll be lucky if Yunel is not seriously injured, as well.

    • Candide - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:46 AM

      Scherzer’s next start is July 2. Cheering for a rainout today and one more this week, so he’ll pitch the Fourth of July against the Giants, for which, coincidentally, I have tickets.

      The baseball gods owe it to me, after they gypped me out of seeing him pitch last Friday against the Pirates.

    • rayvil01 - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:53 AM

      No question all of the guys that are hurt will benefit from a rainout day. My point with Rendon, which I didn’t make very well, is that he’ll miss one less game on his DL stint if it does get postponed.

  22. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Stanton is not merely talented but a hard worker, all-around player and by all visible evidence a good guy. I feel sorry for him but not the Marlins, who are an all-around crap organization. Maybe Stanton and Fernandez can start their own team in Coral Gables.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Tim Kurkjian just confirmed. Broken hamate bone for Stanton. Out 4 to 6 weeks but as we know the power takes a while to return.

    • ehay2k - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:35 AM

      Luckily for Stanton, that means he will only be limited to 450 foot home runs. 😂

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 10:42 AM

        Unless he hits them to dead-center in Miami as they will be caught at the warning track 😉

      • ehay2k - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:25 AM

        He doesn’t hit them there on porpoise , lol.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:28 AM

        Good one! You fished for that one!

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:28 AM

      So he’ll hit them just over the wall instead of into the stratosphere. Still a homer.

    • TimDz - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:34 AM

      If Stanton keeps having bad luck injury wise, one has to wonder if he won’t opt out of that huge contract…
      Would serve Loria right….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:42 AM

        He won’t return until the July 31st trade deadline and my guess is he will return to a team that will look much different on the roster.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    “natsjackinfl – Jun 27, 2015 at 8:24 AM
    Your idea of a “fly ball” and mine are quite different, Clint absolutely smoked a line shot to right that Brown “show boated” nonchalantly and let clank off his glove.”

    Jack, that was Wilson Ramos who smoked the line shot to right that Brown didn’t catch.

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v200611483/phiwsh-nationals-score-third-run-on-browns-error/?game_pk=414765

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