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Game 75*: Nats at Phillies

Jun 28, 2015, 10:34 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

PHILADELPHIA — Well, it’s a beautiful day here in Philly … guess we might as well play two!

Yes, after yesterday’s rain-shortened, 1 1/2-inning fiasco, we’re back for a traditional, old-fashioned doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park. The Nationals and Phillies get underway with Game 1 at 1:05 p.m., then will pick right up with Game 2 only 25 minutes after the opener ends. Two games for the price of one!

After Gio Gonzalez was burned up yesterday, the Nationals turn to Stephen Strasburg to start the first game, with journeyman right-hander Kevin Correia on the mound for the Phillies. Still waiting on a Nats lineup; as was the case yesterday, there are several guys who need to be checked on first (Bryce Harper, Denard Span, Yunel Escobar). [UPDATE AT 11:20 A.M. — Harper and Span are both in the lineup, Escobar is not.]

Check back for updates all day long…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees, Wind 15 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (41-33)
CF Denard Span
3B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
2B Dan Uggla
SS Ian Desmond
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Stephen Strasburg

PHILLIES (26-49)
CF Ben Revere
2B Cesar Hernandez
3B Maikel Franco
1B Ryan Howard
RF Jeff Francoeur
LF Cody Asche
C Cameron Rupp
SS Freddy Galvis
RHP Kevin Correia

UMPIRES
HP Paul Emmel
1B Sean Barber
2B Andy Fletcher
3B Jordan Baker

1:07 p.m. — And we’re underway with ball one from Kevin Correia to Denard Span.

1:25 p.m. — Scoreless, but eventful, first inning in the books. Bryce Harper, in his first at-bat since tweaking his hamstring on Wednesday night’s 11th-inning double … legged out a double down the right-field line. He didn’t quite look 100 percent running, but he wasn’t severely hampered, either. Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, threw 14 pitches in the bottom of the first (I believe 11 of them fastballs). He did give up a 1-out single to Cesar Hernandez, who later stole second and took third on Wilson Ramos’ bounced throw, but Strasburg otherwise was very good. He broke two bats and struck out Ryan Howard on a 97-mph fastball (his hardest of the inning).

1:40 p.m. — Jeff Francoeur pounced on Strasburg’s first-pitch fastball to open the bottom of the second and sent it flying over the left-field fence for a leadoff homer, but Strasburg buckled down after that and retired three straight in short order. He’s through two innings on 26 pitches (16 strikes), having struck out two. Nats down 1-0 after two.

1:54 p.m. — Weird play in the top of the third. After Michael Taylor singled, Strasburg bunted right in front of the plate. Cameron Rupp picked up the ball and tagged Strasburg, then threw to second base, where Freddy Galvis caught the ball way before Taylor got there. Except he never tagged him, so Taylor wound up safe. Which meant Strasburg got credit for a sac bunt. Like I said, weird. The Nats, though, couldn’t take advantage, stranding Taylor in scoring position. Strasburg, meanwhile, is through three scoreless innings on 39 pitches. He has given up the one run on the Francoeur homer, struck out two and broken three bats. Phillies up 1-0 after three.

2:15 p.m. — Man, the Phillies infield defense is leaving a lot to be desired today. They had two more screw-ups in the top of the third, with Hernandez unable to throw out Dan Uggla on a grounder up the middle and Galvis making a bad throw trying to get the lead runner at third base on a grounder to the hole. The Nats couldn’t take advantage, though, with Taylor striking out with the bases loaded. Fortunately, Strasburg is on his game today. He’s through four innings on 54 pitches. And since coming off the DL, he has now thrown nine innings, allowing one run on six hits, with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He has looked like a completely different pitcher. Still 1-0 Philly after four.

2:34 p.m. — And the Nats tie the game in the fifth. Denard Span puts his bad back to the test by legging out three bases on a double to right field followed by a comedic adventure by Francoeur. Espinosa then drove him in with a sac fly to left. Strasburg, meanwhile, is in complete control. He struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth and has struck out four in a row, seven overall through five innings. 1-1 after five.

3:09 p.m. — Make it 3-2 after an eventful sixth inning. The Nats got an insurance run on a single by Uggla and an RBI double by Taylor. Then came a real head-scratcher. Pete Mackanin took starter Kevin Correia out of the game and brought in righty Jeanmar Gomez to face … Strasburg. And only Strasburg. Because he then brought in lefty Jake Diekman to face Span. Who he walked. Bizarre. The Phillies, meanwhile, got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Strasburg left a 3-1 fastball up to Francoeur, who lined it to center for a 2-out RBI single. Strasburg is through six innings on 96 pitches. Interesting call here for Matt Williams. If there’s no doubleheader, I think Strasburg would be done. But given the second game, I think he’ll stay in.

3:22 p.m. — Which he did. And it’s a good thing, too, because he finished on a high note, striking out both Galvis and Domonic Brown. So his final line is: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 113 pitches, 68 strikes. Really impressive. His total line over two games now is: 12 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 15 K. His ERA has dropped from 6.55 to 5.49. Nats still lead 3-2 after seven.

3:56 p.m. — David Carpenter, ladies and gentlemen. He just struck out Ryan Howard with 2 out and the tying runner on second, preserving the Nats’ 3-2 lead after eight innings. So that’s now six scoreless appearances for Carpenter since joining the Nats bullpen. To the ninth we go…

4:13 p.m. — Ballgame. Drew Storen wraps it up, so the Nats win 3-2 and stretch their winning streak to eight games. Don’t go anywhere, cause Game 2 is coming up in 30 minutes…

232 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Nats_UrbanPlanner - Jun 28, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Debacle indeed. Hope they can take the first game and punt the 2nd game (maybe win since the Phils are total garbage). let’s go MiLB Nats!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:03 AM

      Nats have an off-day tomorrow which could return a few starters for game 2.

      Burriss could get the start to put together a good infield defense behind TJord.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      From Mark, “In April 1980, Steve McCatty went 1.2 IP one day, then started next day and went 8.1 IP. “Different time, different era,” he laughed today.”

      That is impressive, but how was Cat’s next start.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM

        OK, props to Cat. He threw a complete game in his next start giving up 7 hits and 2 runs in a Win.

      • sjberke - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM

        Of course, that was for the ‘Billyball’ As where Billy Martin and Art Fowler rode their starters as long and hard as they could. Produced great results for awhile, but not long careers….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:58 PM

        Exactly right sjberke. McCatty had a stellar 1981 and then his career slid in the wrong direction. 9 year career for Cat.

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    “#pirates have DFA’d Jose Tabata Chris Volstad also packing his things. Gorkys Hernandez on his way here. One other move coming.”

    8 days late on this.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:11 AM

      But maybe there is karma in baseball. Better late than never.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:17 AM

        Good point and I’m a believer in karma.

        Like Olberholtzer yesterday who got assigned back to AAA. Gives up 6 runs into the 2nd inning and throws at ARod and then gets tossed from the game and after the game his own Manager trashed him for doing that and sent him to AAA.

        Karma sometimes is also determined by management. BTW, I’m glad what Houston did with Olberholtzer. He threw at a player after 2 HRs were hit against him. Own it like a pro. That shouldn’t warrant a HBP unless it was showboated and then you get that batter the next time he’s up but don’t throw at the next batter.

    • Doc - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      Jose takes $8,5MM with him, and; his HBP skills on his way out the door—-ain’t baseball a great place to win the lottery!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:45 PM

      Rats! I was looking forward to booing him for years to come.

  3. Hiram Hover - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Harp and Span both in line up–excellent!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:04 AM

      Very good news on Harp.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:08 AM

      Bet they both sit Game Two, espec. if Nats win opener.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:11 AM

      Anyone have any idea why someone gives a $500K bonus to the 282nd-ranked player in a draft which produces around a 100 major leaguers in a typical year?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:20 AM

        Was it a High School player?

      • dcwx61 - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:24 AM

        USC Junior

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:06 PM

        Thanks. Yep, picked up on the discussion below on Schrock.

  4. dcwx61 - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    From MLB trade rumors:

    The Nationals have agreed to a $500K bonus with 13th-round pick Max Schrock, Callis tweets, That’s the highest bonus yet given to a post-tenth-round selection, Callis adds. As I noted recently, Washington had freed a significant amount of cash with its previously reported signings, and $400K of that will go to add the South Carolina second baseman, who Baseball America rated 282nd overall based on his strong bat.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:14 AM

      My reply to this was somehow misplaced. To be worth this kind of money the guy would have to be an Uggla w/ a .300+ BA.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM

        Rizzo used the money he saved on Stephenson and Perkins to spend on a pick where he thought he got a player in a latter round that was a steal and needed to be paid like a 3rd rounder.

        Schrock was a Junior with a year of eligibility left and had some leverage. Schrock’s stock was rising.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:31 AM

        *Stevenson

    • natsguy - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:24 AM

      You need to start reading Nationals Prospects.

  5. homeparkdc - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM

    After the double-header today, please, feel free to revisit yesterday’s outspoken comments about MW burning a starting pitcher rather than a relief pitcher. Please, feel free.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:04 PM

      It’s a gamble and the Phoolies burned their starter also.

      • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:08 PM

        And he, after all had 100% of their starters’ wins over the last month. One.

        My point being that there’s a lot more of a step down from Gonzalez to, say, Jordan than from Morgan to whatever tomato can they open up for the second game.

        Question: Does anyone think the Nats would have been as careless had Scherzer been the scheduled starter as they were with Gio? I wonder if that’s behind his apparent anger saying “Yeah this really snuck up on us over the last three days.” Gio had obviously been paying attention to the forecast for his next scheduled start.

        Anyway, it’s history. Play ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:19 PM

        If the Phoolies started a long reliever it would be even more frustrating. The Nats had a split squad lineup and Gio laboured through the 1st inning and weren’t knocking Adam Morgan around which didn’t make it a “given” the Nats win yesterday.

    • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      Do you think the merits of that debate turn on the outcome of the doubleheader today? Philly is a very bad, demoralized team but whether they get swept, or win a pair today or something in between shouldn’t change the argument.

      The MASN line seems to be that absolutely everyone knew there was no chance an official game could be played, and yet somehow the Nats were powerless to do anything about it. I think that’s nonsense.

      Hey, they might have saved Gio for today and he might not have gotten out of the second inning anyway. It’s baseball. But this notion that the Nats were helpless victims of Philly intrigue, or ineptness is…. well, I just don’t buy it.

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 28, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    GYFNG!
    GYFNG!

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Harper batting 3rd. Hoping he has any situations today to bat with runners on base.

  8. Dorothy LaRussoi - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Why is Danny Espinosa batting 2nd?

    • scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:28 PM

      Who else without Rendon or esco??

      • Dorothy LaRussoi - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:04 PM

        Taylor

  9. scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    With our lineup yesterday it was not a good gamble. Simply not smart

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2015/06/28/nationals-michael-a-taylor-continues-to-grow/

    The on-the-job training for MAT and the move to leftfield has been good for the Rook. What the writer fails to mention is that he’s been much more effective batting in spots other than the leadoff.

    The contact on sliders has improved and he has attacked mistake pitches, especially the hanging sliders.

    • scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:22 PM

      Imagine if he got some protection away from 7-8 holes

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:31 PM

        He’s adjusted well to the back of the order where the starters don’t always go as agg

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:32 PM

        *aggressively

  11. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    Yeah, Bryce!

  12. Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Bryce did not jog, he went full bore. But he did not look good, FP’s “analysis” notwithstanding. He sure looked like he had a little hitch in his gait, like he was slightly favoring that right leg.

  13. scnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    Before I could even finish my thought – don’t hit that lazy roll over ground ball to second – Ramos had done it.

  14. scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    I
    Like this outfield 👍👍🙌🙌

  15. scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Stras: fire your barber. Huge hole in back

  16. scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    Good job strass after error

  17. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Stras blows 97 past Howard. Don’t you hate it when he folds up after an error?

    • coop202 - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:26 PM

      What a head case.

      • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:28 PM

        IK,R?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      He has dialed back the fastball so far and used the reachback fastball to add some giddyup to high heat to K on Howard.

      That’s like adding a pitch to Strasburg’s 3 pitch repertoire!!!

      • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:32 PM

        One likes to think he picked that up from Max.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM

        Who learned it from Verlander.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Strasburg has to cover 3rd there. No damage. Nice high fastball to K on Ryan Howard.

    • Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:30 PM

      You say he “has to cover 3rd”. That’s where he was headed and he would have beat the runner, but was on the move. Do you really think he could been there in time and set to take a throw? That seems to be asking too much.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:35 PM

        It’s a tough play but you have to know in the shift you’re the guy. Eyes on the field Charlie Slowes says he hesitated.

  19. Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Has the Phillies’ new manager really declared no more shifts? What a brilliant way to turn things around. Hahaha.

  20. scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    Sttass looks much more calm. I think max is a good mentor

    • coop202 - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Good bounce back after the hr. Hope vintage 2013 silver slugger stras gets it back

  21. scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    After HR ball that is…

  22. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    As strange a sac bunt as you’ll see.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Espi has to work that count more as a 2-hole batter in front of Harper. Had it 2-0 and then rolls over a poor contact grounder.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    3 straight Nats lefty batters in Span, Espi and Harp all pulled outside pitches to 2nd.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

      Was in the car listening to C and D. Both complaining that the three all had bad approaches pulling outside pitches. I of course complain regularly about that.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:51 PM

        I think Schu grabbed his lefties and told them to stay on those to oppo which is what Espi did his next at-bat for that oppo Sac Fly.

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Good hustle Dan Uggla! Have to like Uggs game.

  26. Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    I guess the Phillies are using shifts still after all. Sorry, FP.

  27. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Taylor has gotten better with breaking balls, but Correia has a good one going today. Overmatched with two strikes.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:10 PM

      He is getting better but still misses too many breaking balls. Still, he’s young.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    That was a shame in the top of the 4th to not capitalize on Phillie mistakes. Taylor fails to make contact.

  29. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    That’s an error on Robinson in my book. The official scorer can say whatever he wants.

    • scnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      +1

  30. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Tough error on Danny – Robinson should have had that. Fortunately Stras gets the last out

  31. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Come on Espi

  32. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Way to go Danny!

  33. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    Francouer will not enjoy watching that on SportsCenter tonight.

    Tie ballgame!

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Good situational hitting by Espi lifting that outside pitch oppo for a Sac Fly

  35. Danny - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Ramos groundouts special

  36. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    That’s a gift, Clint. Let’s take advantage.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      Desi pulled his head off that 1st pitch. Had one to drive.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      Just got home, even Clint seemed shock on the ball 4.

  37. ArVAFan - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    I know there’s no such thing as clutch . . . NAH. That was clutch. Sez me.

  38. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Wrong pitch, poorly executed by Correia. Taylor takes advantage.

  39. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Another clutch hit by a Taylor. He learned from the last AB

    • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

      Helped that Correia went away from the curve, for some inexplicable reason.

  40. Drew - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:47 PM

    I’m surprised Sendley held Uggla with the pitcher coming up next.

    Why not make the Phillies make the play?

    • Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:48 PM

      Only one out.

      • Drew - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        OK, that works, too!

    • Danny - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

      C and D saying contact play should have been on with 1 out

  41. Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Wow. Goes to Diekman in the 6th. Gutsy move.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM

      Yep, backfires big time as he walks Span and WPs on the 1st one to Espi. Thanks!!!!

  42. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Diekman can be a wild pitch machine on his off days.

    • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      No WP yet but 4 balls none close.

      • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        No one could have foreseen….

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Wild pitch machine.

  44. Danny - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Danny is awful w/RISP what was that…

    • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

      He still seems to think he’s Stanton when batting right handed.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    5 straight balls and then Espi swings at one in the zone but low and inside. Arggg.

    • coop202 - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:54 PM

      What on earth….

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Espi has been situationally challenged with inconsitency today. I don’t get it. Great at-bat before with the Sac Fly then swings at the 1st pitch that Diekman finds in the strike zone after 5 straight balls. You have to do better than that Espi.

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    On to the 11th in the Mets game.

  48. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Diekman move failed, sort of,but it’s a shame that the Nats only got one in against him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:01 PM

      It sure was. How do you swing at the 1st strike seen in Diekman’s outing. Wasn’t close with any pitches to that point. Espi let him off the hook.

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    The low strike has been there most of the day.

  50. natsdial8 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Stephen looks physically different to me . Clean shave ? Not sure but looking good and also relaxed .

  51. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Bryce definitely looks like he could use the evening off.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Yes and honestly I would insert den Dekker after Bryce’s leadoff at-bat.

  52. natsdial8 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    FP says ball just dropped in front of Bryce . Another stupid comment it was tailing away all along and never close to 34.

  53. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Think you need to get the BP up here

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    That sequence to Hoard worse release points in the two games back from the DL. Opened up twice. Maybe only twice the rest of the time.

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    That sequence to Hoard worse release points in the two games back from the DL. Opened up twice. Maybe only twice the rest of the time.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      Would have had him with the changeup if it was a strike.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:09 PM

        But because he opened up it was nowhere near a strike. Body position during pitch counts as part of the sequence.

        Pitch selection was good it was the mechanics bad.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Is anyone warming in the bullpen?

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:07 PM

    Damnit McCarptty your a batter late.

    His mechanics to Howard were terrible.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      Come on, blue. That was a K on Asche. Good play CRob on the next play.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:11 PM

        Blue gave us one with CRob up.

        I have been a proponent if robo umps for longer than most since I do not believe umps are not good at balls and strikes as they need to be.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:13 PM

        I don’t want robo umps but I do want a challenge on any play including using it one time a game on a ball/strike call.

  58. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Nice snag, CRob!

  59. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Nice play Clint

  60. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Have to think Stras is done for the day.

  61. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Kimberly Knorr’s death notice, very brief obituary, in the Tampa Times.

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.aspx?pid=175175617

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Wow, couldn’t see it on the broadcast but Dave Jaegler said Strasburg didn’t immediately run to 1st on the play snagged by CRob.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:12 PM

      That is not good.

  63. Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Looks like Roark can start the 2nd game. Hope that’s what MW does.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      C&D said nobody warming in the pen now and thinking Stras could be back out for the bottom of the 7th.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:21 PM

        I hope not.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:23 PM

        C&D are correct. I think you have to pull him when the lefty comes up.

  64. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    I hated this move. Robinson has earned his stripes today, and Diekman hasn’t been throwing strikes. Burnt Moore unnecessarily.

    • Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      Hate might be a little strong Joe, but I agree with you. TyMo will start Game 2 I assume.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:22 PM

        Deuces, it was a Riggleman/Morse type move in my book. Leave the guy in.Have Tyler available later, if needed.

      • Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:02 PM

        Remember when Riggs doubleswitched Morse out of a game after he had hit *two* HRs?!!

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Desi knock in at least one run now. Need to get that run back that we just gave away.

  66. natsdial8 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    What is the smart money going when Werth returns . He hasn’t been any good for quite a while and Michael improving . I guess I know the probable answer .

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:22 PM

      It’s a tough call for Werth and RZim. Nats had ranked last in OPS in LF and 1st Base with both of them. If it was my choice, I’d platoon RZim at 1st with CRob and Werth would come off the bench and let both show they are upgrades.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:27 PM

        If Span is still aching you may see Denard sit against some LHP.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        Good point with some “rest” days. I like what the Nats have. It’s working well.

      • Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

        You know that’s never going to happen, right?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM

        I would agree with you but lets hope for a long rehab to get both of them ready with starts on the Minors side.

    • natsdial8 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      Yeah Ghost “rest days” seems to work 🙂 Agree with your thoughts on Werth and Z but for it to happen that way would take a 180 in MW/ organization historical approach . They should eat Werth’s contract and keep him on the bench or trade if possible .

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Nice 3 hit day for Uggla. Now batting .235. Time for Desi to keep head on ball and do something good for the Nats.

    • natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

      Uggla making the most of his playing time…..think he might get to play game 2 as well

    • natsdial8 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:42 PM

      Dan made his pay for season ( thx Atlanta:) ) when he turned our early season around with the HR in Atlanta. Good for him . Mike aces on this move .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:45 PM

        That 2nd game of the season in Atlanta paid for that. He’s turned out to be a great add-on!!!!

  68. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Bad AB by Desi there….also think Stras should be done but bet MW brings him out for the 7th

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    I disapprove let Stras leave on a good note.

  70. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Hope this works out……not sure what an extra inning really gets you here….I know it’s a DH but he’s thrown 96 pitches and it’s only his 2nd start off the DL

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    MW might be using Stras just to face the righty here but let’s see.

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Mets threatened 3 of last 4 innings, Reds escaped each time.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Blue is terrible is clueless of both the high and low strike.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      Ball three was strike 3. Strike 3 was ball 4.

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

      Yep, missed that 2-2. Got the 3-2 luckily.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    MW looks like a genius. Great job Stras!!!

  75. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Way to go Stras and prove me wrong.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:36 PM

      The right move was let him face the righty and pull him and go lefty/lefty but the fact it worked out doesn’t mean you were wrong.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    MW rolled the dice and won. That actually was Strasburg best inning.

  77. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Pretty good job for a head .case.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:34 PM

      Agreed. His critics won’t say a word.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:36 PM

        He pitched fine today, we expect this kind of effort each time.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

        I would only say this to his critics: there is not a GM in MLB that wouldn’t love to have Stephen Strasburg.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        For the right price, of course.

    • Tyler Babip - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      So happy for Stras.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    If you are just going to look at strike 3 bunt it. That was the easiest of the pitches to bunt.

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    He is hanging pitches slam them

  80. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Back from half hour on the treadmill. Tip of the cap to MW for confidence in Strasburg. Guess he figured that part of the lineup wasn’t going to kill him. Having survived, it will be a good thing for Stras.

    But I really questioned his command there.

    Also, today’s hope plate umpire has been pretty much random. Playing whack a mole with the strike zone.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      Home plate ump is terribly inconsistent. I know many are anti robot ump, but I am more anti bad ump than anti robot ump.

  81. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Come on, bullpen.

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    That might have been Harper’s worst at bat of the season.

    A hanging slider that could be clobbered he didn’t bother to swing.

    Two slider that were never ever close close to the zone he swings.

    That is why he is batting .340 he has not done that all year. Don’t star now

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    On to the 13th in the Mets game.

  84. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Taylor has now raised his BA up to .254. He lost a hit from yesterday’s rainout, and the Rays appealed a hit that MAT was awarded and it was reversed to ROE.Over a week after the game and they reverse a score’s call. Anyway, he’s come around to respectable.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:47 PM

      Why would Tampa care to give one of their players an error?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        If it made a run or runs unearned for the pitcher, they might ask for a change.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM

        A pitcher’s agent gets involved.

    • jordy - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Taylor nice AB

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Strange move here with Carpenter coming in for righty Franco with lefty Howard on-deck. Does Rivero pitch to Howard?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      No Storen in the 9th, if MW is right.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Love the effort by MAT. That’s what I know he can do even if he didn’t get that bloop.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Talk about bad luck. The Franco hit that led to the second run was good pitch blooped now this.

    I guess Carpenter stays.

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Sometimes the Save is in the 8th. MW sticks with Carpenter and doesn’t bring in Rivero. Here we go.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      Against a strike not called. Robo ump where are you.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Come on Ramos get the ball there.

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Blue BLOWS it again. Great pitch by Carpenter on 1-2 on Howard. Inside fastball. Come on blue!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      The umps through the league are getting worse not better.

      Emmil just terrible.

      But Howard screws up at the end anyway.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:57 PM

        It’s the inconsistency that I can’t stand.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Carpenter gets Howard but BLUE BLEW it a few pitches ago. Howard doesn’t earn that type of call.

  92. Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Great K of Howard. Well done Carp (the player, that is).

  93. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    That Lite karaoke commercial cracks me up every time.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      Carry on.

      • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        heh

  94. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Can I order up some insurance runs here for the Nats?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      Do you have 15 minutes and GEICO?

  95. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Dominic Brown about as consistent as the home blue.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Reds in trouble in the 13th. #LoW then a single. Now men on 3rd and 1st and no outs and infield in.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      That happened in the 9th too.

  97. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Mets about to close out their game in the 13th.

    • stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      Totally inept infield play by Reds.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Safe by a frame.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      That is easy on my slow down TV

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        Whatever equipment they use is inferior . my slow down is 64 frames per seconds. They should have at least that. He was safe BT one frame or 1/64th of a second.

        I would love to sit the replay headquarters to see why they so often his the call on the replay.

        I would say in the many games I watch, the replay official is wrong 50% of the time. Almost each time it is backing the miscall on the field.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:07 PM

      Agree with you.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:09 PM

        Inconclusive by the nuts in NY.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        Amazing how many times this year the Nats have lost a replay where I thought the replay showed the play in favor of the Nats. This system isn’t all that much of an improvement. Maybe we need someone to review the calls of the replay officials?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

        I have never seen 1 ever inconclusive. NY slowing it down to 1/64th speed it has always been conclusive. That is why I question their equipment.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Mets win that suspended game 2-1.

  100. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Time for Drew to get back in the groove.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

      Bad mis-read by Span but has the closing speed to get that Francouer.

  101. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    OK, there must be some mystery camara angle that we can’t see. He was freaking safe.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:13 PM

      Close but clearly safe. It is just bad work in NY

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      No surprise that the 4 umps sitting in the control center don’t care about what we think.

  102. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    That must have been eight miles high.

    Cue the Byrds.

  103. scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    MAT wins this game. Drew gets some demons off back. Some.

  104. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    I wonder if FP and Carp will ever understand that Span virtually always takes a step back on balls hit to him? And it’s not by accident.

    • scmargenau - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      Yea, but a few have dropped in because of that. That and the fact he won’t slide.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        Very few. A well trained OF is trained from a young age to take a step back. Taking a step in results in balls hit over your head.It’s much easier to make the adjustment from a step back. And “he won’t slide” is not a “fact.” He doesn’t like to, but he certainly has made two sliding catches in the last week.

  105. stoatva - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Nice pick, TMo.

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Web Gem Desi to get the runner! FP says he did it on PURPOSE!

  107. Joe Seamhead - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Nice job by Desmond getting that ball, and the throw was better than it looked.

  108. Section 222 - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    If the Nats win 10 straight AGAIN, will MW finally do this Babe impersonation.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Nice play Desi.

  110. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Tanner Roark starting Game 2

  111. manassasnatsfan - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    New thread for game 2?

  112. natslive - Jun 28, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    I would like to see Danny at SS and Uggla at 2B with Desi on the bench but…..

    • rlndtln - Jun 28, 2015 at 6:22 PM

      Would have been tough for Desi to hit that homer on bench

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