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Game 75: Nats at Phillies

Jun 27, 2015, 11:43 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — Good morning from Citizens Bank Park, where the tarp is on the field and the rain is on the way. The forecast is not good this afternoon, and it only gets worse tonight, leaving the status of this 3:05 p.m. game between the Nationals and Phillies very much in question.

Also in question is the Nats lineup, which hasn’t been posted as of 11:40 a.m. Sounds like they still have to check on the status of Bryce Harper’s hamstring, Denard Span’s back and Yunel Escobar’s hand. Lee Kuntz, Steve Gober and the rest of the training staff are up to their necks right now.

If and when they play, it’ll be Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, with rookie left-hander Adam Morgan starting for the Phillies. (No truth to the rumor his personal catcher’s name is Foggy Bottom.)

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Gametime: 3:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184/869
Weather: Chance of rain, 72 degrees, Wind 16 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (41-33)
CF Michael Taylor
3B Danny Espinosa
SS Ian Desmond
RF Clint Robinson
2B Dan Uggla
1B Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
LF Matt den Dekker
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES (26-49)
CF Ben Revere
2B Cesar Hernandez
1B Maikel Franco
RF Jeff Francoeur
LF Darin Ruf
3B Andres Blanco
C Carlos Ruiz
SS Freddy Galvis
LHP Adam Morgan

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

1:15 p.m. — Some updates for you … First of all, the lineup still hasn’t been posted. The Nats continue to check on Bryce Harper and Denard Span, hoping one or both could play today. Yunel Escobar, though, is a “no-go,” according to Matt Williams. Meanwhile, the weather update: It just started raining lightly here, and there’s lots more on the way. The forecast is a 60 percent chance of rain at 3 p.m., then an 80 percent chance from 4-5 p.m., then 100 percent from 6 p.m. through midnight. So, in other words, it’s not going to get any better, it’s just a question of whether the heavy stuff holds off long enough for them to attempt to play.

1:30 p.m. — OK, the lineup has been posted. And it’s not pretty. Harper is out. Span is out. Escobar is out. Ramos is out. Ian Desmond is hitting third. That’s all assuming they actually play this game, which remains very much in doubt.

2:45 p.m. — Well, they’re going to attempt to start this game on-time at 3:05 p.m.

3:05 p.m. — And we are indeed underway on-time. Mother Nature toys with us yet again.

3:25 p.m. — That was a long first inning, especially when you consider nobody scored for either team. Michael Taylor led off the game with a bunt single but never advanced past first base. Gio Gonzalez, meanwhile, allowed a hit, a stolen base, uncorked a wild pitch, saw two infielders bounce throws to first base and threw 18 pitches himself … yet somehow emerged with a zero on the scoreboard.

3:37 p.m. — And here comes the tarp. The Nats stranded a pair of baserunners in the top of the second, at which point the rain was coming down too hard to continue. So we’re in a rain delay in a scoreless game. And there’s little reason to believe the skies are going to let up anytime soon.

4:37 p.m. — Well, it’s been an hour, there’s been no letup in the rain but there also has been no announcement of anything.

5:05 p.m. — Game postponed. True doubleheader tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.

102 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:00 PM

    max, max, max, how dare you give up a hit, LOL

    Max is a beast!!!

    A few points, I like the way Robinson is playing, he is reminding me of Chad Tracy and his impact he had back in 2012.

    I am now concerned about Storen. I know he is the closer and the best we have. However, some fans have over looked that in the 2014 post season, game #2 where MW took grief for taking out JZim in the ninth (I did not criticize him, I thoughht it was the right move), Drew blew it period, There were two outs in the ninth and a runner on first. Not zero outs, 2 outs and Drew blew it like he did in 2012.

    I fear Drew may choke again in October. I still think we need one more BP guy and maybe another closer.
    I also hope Bryce and Escobar are back soon and Anthony recovers very soon.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:23 PM

      So long as it is the early 2012 Chad Tracy before the groin injury that he never recovered from, I will take that comparison. The old Goon Squad was a difference maker in the 2012 season. Even TyMo with key hits in 2012 and he’s the only returning player as Espi was a starter in 2012.

      I liked how CRob went with an outside pitch and served it to LF. That will help him if he can continue with that approach.

      • micksback1 - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:27 PM

        agreed

        also, T Moore is hitting the ball this year as he gets more reps. My guess is that Espi could very well be in the starting lineup in the Fall, even with everyone back

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:38 PM

        Best 8 should play and the more I watch how bad Clint Robinson is in the outfield the more I think Espi is the answer when Rendon returns.

        I asked Espi last week about playing LF and he smiled and said “I now have my own outfielder’s glove”.

        I don’t know if anyone has bothered asking him that but that’s a direct quote as he was borrowing other players gloves.

        It’s not an issue now with Rendon out but could be once everyone is healthy. Keep CRob and TyMo in a platoon at 1st. TyMo had some solid defense yesterday and the huge Web Gem in the 9th

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:06 PM

        Ghost, I agree with playing the best 8. I agree about keeping Espinosa in the lineup, but in the IF. You can flame me if you want, but in my opinion Espinosa has beat Desmond out, both defensively and offensively.Who would’ve thunk it? Not me, but that’s baseball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:15 PM

        It’s a tough call and Espi over this season has certainly outplayed Desi but I still believe that Desi can go en fuego. Let’s see after the All Star break when Rendon is back.

        Might be a moot point anyway as Werth should be on his way back and that’s a debate for another day if Werth can turn around his awful season.

  2. micksback1 - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    I just realized, Burriss played for Coach Eddie Saah at Wilson HS. Eddie is a great guy and was a great baseball coach

  3. raleighnat - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    Rain out wouldn’t be worst thing for our beat up lineup!

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      Rain out would be great if they keep the rotation and move one day right …. I’ll get to see Max Friday night and it’s fireworks night!n!

      • Nats Fan Zee - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        I spoke too soon … Rotation should have Gio I guess …

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    “rookie right-hander Adam Morgan starting for the Phillies. (No truth to the rumor his personal catcher’s name is Foggy Bottom.)”

    Good one Mark!

    • micksback1 - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:11 PM

      Kudos

      that is funny

    • knoxvillenat - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      If Adam Morgan was indeed pitching to “Foggy Bottom”, it would only be fitting if the game was played in Swamp poodle (sp?)!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:18 PM

        Close. Swampoodle, or sometimes Swamp doodle. (Once-upon-a-time Irish neighborhood just north of Union Station, over to 1st St NW).

        There could be a whole team of these guys. Slugging left fielder LeDroit Park.

      • realdealnats - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:08 PM

        Don’t forget that perennial glover: “Glover” Park.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:18 PM

        You guys are too funny. Leave us not forget the wily skipper, “Fox” Hall; pitching coach Barney Circle (known back in the day for his changeup); or minor league coordinator Barry Farm.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:22 PM

        Oh, I owe Waddueyeno. 🙂

      • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:27 PM

        Good one on LF, Sofa!

        Oh, and Carver Langston toeing the rubber and mowing ’em down.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:33 PM

        Waitaminnit. Not to be gauche, but wouldn’t the LF be playing out of position?

    • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      And first baseman George Town

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:08 PM

        Andy Costia?

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        Wes Tend?

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        Jimmy Foxx Hall?

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:10 PM

        No Ma?

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        Alex Andria

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        Barry Farms?

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        Ludwig Van Ness?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:10 PM

      Looks like a rookie lefty to me.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:12 PM

        Yah, thinking the same which is odd that the lineup has Clint Robinson going in the cleanup instead of TyMo or Uggla.

  5. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    The Phillies are going to go through a lot of changes in the near future. Amaro has always over-rated what he thought his players should fetch. Right now he may be ove-rating his own worth to the organization. Assuming MacPhail is going to take over soon my guess would be Amaro will the first to go. But then they will be trying to unload a ton of salary and try to get some prospects. Of course Cole Hamel tops the list, followed by Papelbon, and probably Chooch Ruiz, all guys that could help a contender in need. It will be interesting to see where those guys end up. Utley is toast, and Howard’s salary is an albatross. They don’t have too much more to offer.Revere might have some value to a team needing OF depth and a speedy base runner.

    • micksback1 - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      good points. I think Hamel will be gone as the Phils may just bite the bullet and totally rebuild. I notice D Brown is out of today’s lineup. I compare him to a an ex Nat (Dukes) who was bust and a knuckleheaed back during the Nats purgatory days. lol

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        I don’t know if bringing in McFail will spell the end for Ruben Amaro. It could be a total housecleaning and McFail can take care of the trading of Hamels and Papelbon, etc.

  6. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Also, the play that Dominic Brown got caught with his pants down to end the game was about as stupid of a play from a veteran player as I’ve ever seen, but kudos to Taylor on the throw. It was actually a throw that was text book. If not cut off it goes to the plate on one hop, but it was thrown so as it could be cut off, both preventing the runner to score, and/or allowing the batter to get to second, if Brown had not screwed up. Taylor is showing himself rather well in left field

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      And, yes, I know the throw was from CF by MAT last night, but I think Taylor has made the case that he stays in LF until Werth is back. The club has invested a lot of time teaching him to play the OF.

      • natsjackinfl - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:27 PM

        I thought Michael showed a much better presence in center field yesterday. He’s definitely not Span like but as an occasional replacement, he’ll do.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        MAT has generally been doing well, but he took a poor route on Brown’s double over his head in the 7th inning.

        Would like to see stat cast’s route (in)efficiency rating on it. It would have taken a perfect route to get to it, but MAT’s zig-zag was definitely not going to do it.

  7. Doc - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Nats are starting to remind me of an old WWII movie where Audie Murphy shouts, “Corpsman, corpsman, over here…….”

  8. npb99 - Jun 27, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Let it rain and let the guys rest.

    • rmoore446 - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:20 PM

      +1

  9. ogremj - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Wow, that lineup is crazy. Ok, let it rain!

    • ogremj - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:40 PM

      We’d probably still win though.

    • dcsnakehead - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      Who is left on the bench? They are all starting!

  10. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    The game will be played! Just not today.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      Is that a guarantee? I want to make plans.

  11. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 27, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Thirty-plus games in LF, 25 starts — Taylor now owns everything hit to LF. I don’t think he has the same command of CF — yet — but he gets better every time out. CF is both the easiest for a player to make a transition — no corners, balls are mostly straight and don’t hook or slice — but also the most difficult to master — depth, angles. Folks need to put their skepticism about his fielding out with the Hefty bags.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      MAT has the speed and the arm. I think it’s a confidence and instincts thing and believing what he sees and going for it so he gets good jumps and plays smart but aggressive. Once he can put all of that together he will be the defensive player we all hope he can be.

    • Hiram Hover - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM

      Agreed about his command of LF, but would just add the caution that it’s also where you stash your worst OFers, so it only counts for so much.

      Look forward to seeing more of him in CF, and him really mastering that position, which looks to be his longer term home.

  12. nattygoats - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    Dem Os have already postponed tonights game. What is Philly waiting for?

  13. realdealnats - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Real Deal at 2:08 should read perennial gold glover: Glover Park.

    Arrgghh.

    • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:15 PM

      And their brother cleveland. First three brothers to play MLB since the dimaggios?

      • Waddueyeno - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        And little bro takoma. Still in AAA.

      • knoxvillenat - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:57 PM

        Have you forgotten the Alou brothers? Manny, Jesus and Felipe?

      • realdealnats - Jun 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM

        Waddueyeno: really funny. I think if we dig we can find Garrett and a number of others. It was a big family and they loved their b-ball.

    • natsfan1a - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      You guys are en fuego!

  14. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Philadelphia is on a pace to win 56 games. If they get rid of the players who have any remaining value (?), they’ll be worse. Equally to the point, if they had any players in their system who were close to ready, those guys would already be playing. I can see them ending up in the upper 40s. McPhail faces a choice between being hopeless and destroying hope. Don’t think I’d want that job at his age. I wouldn’t want to be three years older and have people calling for my neck.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      That’s how his last job ended. He’s like the guy that comes in for a company on the brink of bankruptcy and has to start slicing and dicing.

      • rayvil01 - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:43 PM

        Phils held on too long. As much as i hate to admit it, Atlanta was smart bringing Hart in and cleaning house before everything spoiled to the point that it was bottom-feeder time. Hart has done a good job. Atlanta will be in good shape, unfortunately, in the not-too-distant future. Much tougher job for MacPhail.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:46 PM

        Way too long. They should have been sellers at the trade deadline in 2012.

  15. Section 222 - Jun 27, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    As we wait for this game to be postponed, I thought I’d share a sports podcast with a couple of great baseball segments this week:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slates-hang-up-and-listen/id327595087?mt=2&i=344836945

    First, at 44:27, Mike Pesca does a hilarious piece on descriptions of promising baseball prospects. And then
    at 53:54, Josh Levin discusses Pat Venditte and the whole switch pitcher phenomenon.

    The second led me to think about the rule the MLB has for switch pitchers facing switch hitters — that the pitcher has to declare which hand he’s going to throw with and the batter can then go to the other side. Anyone else think that since switch pitching is so much rarer than switch hitting, the batter should get to choose his favorite side to hit from and then the pitcher can pitch to him from that side? Why give the hitter the advantage in these situations.

    Enjoy.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Makes more sense to force the pitcher to declare himself first. Pitcher changing hands is the same thing as bringing in a new pitcher. If a switch hitter is due up and the opposing manager decides to bring in a new pitcher to turn him around, the switch hitter doesn’t get to tell him he can’t do that.

      • Section 222 - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:13 PM

        The switch hitter doesn’t have to turn around though. Just seems like switch pitching is such an unusual skill it ought to be rewarded by the matchup advantage. But I suppose Venditte could chose to throw righty to make Espi bat lefty. Not that that matters as much this year…

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:44 PM

        Switch hitter doesn’t have to turn around if the opposing manager changes pitchers. The point is, it’s the defensive manager’s choice as to which handed pitcher he sends out there for any given batter in the lineup. Then once he makes that choice, the offensive manager can react with a change if he chooses to.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    MAT is a good bunter. To many fast guys are clueless how to bunt. As for his base running it is a work in progress.

  17. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Gio did you forget how the starters are suppose to pitch now.

  18. Danny - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Gio lead off hit, 3-1 on Cesar Hernandez.. Here we go

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      According to Nats Strike Zone on Twitter, the 1st pitch should have been a ball.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    “rookie right-hander Adam Morgan starting for the Phillies. (No truth to the rumor his personal catcher’s name is Foggy Bottom.)”

    What we learned is Adam Morgan is a left-hander giving us some curious lineup configs with Clint Robinson in cleanup as he has very little history against LHPs. 4 official at-bats before today.

    Let’s hope in his next at-bat Clint Robinson looks better.

  20. nataddicted - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    GYFNG

  21. Danny - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Madding to watch Gio pitch

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      He is all over the place. Not nibbling as much as just no control at all.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Another nice play by TyMo.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      Huge scoop saving Espi from an Error as that would have been 1-0 and a runner on 2nd with 1 out.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:25 PM

        Ditto

    • scmargenau - Jun 27, 2015 at 5:40 PM

      He’s way better def then most here give him credit for.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Two good scoops by TyMo.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Good play by Desi and TyMo to save 2!

  25. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    After all the injuries, the really damning indictment of Amaro is that you could make a good case that the Nationals starting 8 today is still better than theirs.

    • Tyler Babip - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      I had the same thought…

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    I think Gio threw 19 pitches in the 1st inning. That isn’t exactly an “A” lineup he’s facing.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Adams Morgan is not over powering for sure. Just get ready for a hanging slider

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    What a catch to rob Tyler Moore of a double or triple.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    TyMo hit it well, good play by Revere.

  30. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Great catch by Revere.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Adams Morgan is a softy, second time around just time the junk.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    If the rain anything like here no way we get 5 in.

  33. Joe Seamhead - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    This is just stupid for them to keep playing in this rain.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:39 PM

      If it was a 3:35 start time they wouldn’t have started it. A 3:05 start time they had that opening in the weather. Now that they’ve started it the Nats have now burned Gio if this is a long rain delay.

      • stoatva - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:56 PM

        I think it’s safe to say that this is a raised middle finger to the Nats from a team that’s going nowhere.

        What I said on Twitter I’ll repeat here. I’d have started Felipe Rivero.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:59 PM

        Smart choice if you can read a weather radar.

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Morgan comes from 2 angles it seems. den Dekker saw him well. Gio working him well.

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    This is rediculous, someone is going to get hurt.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Anyone want to know why I think umps are not smart. Playing for more than a minute in that much rain is stupid. Ball coming at 90 and you can’t see well. Injuries waiting to happen.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      I remember catching in a game in Florida a few years ago, and it was raining pretty steadily, but not enough to stop, until the skies opened up and it just started hammering down. Umps didn’t even flinch, but our first and second basemen started hunching up and running off the field — just them. HP ump hollered at them “WTH do you think YOU’RE going??” They sheepishly trundled back out, obviously feeling stupid, half because they ran off without waiting for the call, and half because they didn’t just keep going.

  37. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    I seem to remember somebody coming up to bat with an umbrella instead of a bat sometime in the early ’60s. Maybe Bo Belewski? Yes, he did get tossed for that. IIRC.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    5 minutes late. Actually 30 minutes late. Meils could have put tarp on at 305

  39. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 27, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    I’m looking at the radar and I don’t see a window before about 6 am tomorrow. There’s a whole train of heavy stuff coming right up at them.

  40. stoatva - Jun 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    I’m sorry. There’s no way this isn’t intentional sabotage of the Nats pitching rotation by the Phillies. Shame on the Nats for falling for it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      Agree 100%. The umpire could have taken control at 3 and said no start.

      • Section 222 - Jun 27, 2015 at 7:01 PM

        Actually, they can’t. Decision whether to start the game is in the hands of the home team. Umps take control after first pitch. Surprised you don’t know that. Don’t you watch dozens of games a week?

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jun 27, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Our buddy Rob Drake kicked the Astro’s pitcher as he pitched to tight to the batter after a homer.

  42. scmargenau - Jun 27, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    So double header

  43. rlndtln - Jun 27, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    What would it have hurt to start a bullpen guy and if a miracle happened and it cleared bring in Gio.Everyone knew it was going to be a rain out.The Phils stuck it to the Nats for the music deal and we fell for it.If MW knew why did he start Gio.

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