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Game 78: Nats at Braves

Jul 1, 2015, 3:48 PM EST

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All is well in NatsTown at the moment. They’ve won nine of their last 10. They’ve opened up a 3 1/2-game lead in the NL East. Their rotation has been on a dominant stretch. And, get this, they’re actually using the same lineup tonight as they used during last night’s 6-1 victory over the Braves. Yes, for the first time in awhile, there are no questions about the state of Bryce Harper’s leg, Denard Span’s back or Yunel Escobar’s hand. Obviously, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Jayson Werth still remain on the DL, but for now there appears to at least be some level of stability among the guys on the active roster.

Doug Fister gets the start tonight, coming off his own dominant performance against this same Braves team last week in D.C. (seven scoreless innings). Rookie right-hander Matt Wisler, who the Nats roughed up for six runs on nine hits in four innings last week, is back on the mound for Atlanta tonight.

As you know, I’m not at Turner Field for this series, but please keep up the conversation here. Enjoy the game…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field, Atlanta
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869
Weather: Cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to RF

NATIONALS (43-34)
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Doug Fister

BRAVES (36-41)
2B Jace Peterson
CF Cameron Maybin
RF Nick Markakis
C A.J. Pierzynski
3B Juan Uribe
1B Kelly Johnson
SS Andrelton Simmons
LF Eury Perez
RHP Matt Wisler

UMPIRES
HP C.B. Bucknor (cc)
1B Dan Iassogna
2B Lance Barrett
3B Gabe Morales

230 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. nattygoats - Jul 1, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Wow I think Ugla needs a shot. Desi is an automatic strikeout. I love the guy but it is painful to watch.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 1, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      Uggla is not a realistic option to Desmond. He’s terrible defensively, is 35yo and hasn’t actually been good in three seasons. His current mild state of suckage is only because he’s had a couple of good games and his P/T is low enough (81 at bats) that this has a disproportionate effect on his stats. Chasing the “hot hand” is a fool’s errand – when people actually look at the numbers, it turns out that recent past success doesn’t really correlate to near future success.

      As jd points out below, no amount of internet chat board whining will change the fact that Uggla will remain a bench bat. The unspoken corollary is that this is the right decision, for the reasons given above. Although, as jd also mentions, when Rendon returns and gets his timing down it’s quite possible that the issue will be reopened. Or at least come closer to being reopened if Desmond continues to struggle. Until then, not so much.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 1, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        Interestingly, Uggla is better on both fWAR and bWAR than Desmond this year. Says more about Desmond than Uggla, of course.

    • rabbit433 - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      I agree with natty. I’m fine with Desmond if he can hit the ball. But all those strikeouts! And errors! What does he have now, 18 or so errors? An error about every four games? If we make the playoffs we have to wonder what game the error will be in, to go along with his strikeouts.

  2. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Desmond vs Wisler last week. Home Run and reached on error. I guess that’s the rationale.

    • jd - Jul 1, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      In my mind no amount of whining will change the fact that Uggla was brought in to be a bench bat and will remain that throughout. When Rendon returns the issue may well be re opened and we’ll have to determine who gets the majority of the playing time between Desmond and Espinosa. It is also conceivable that something will happen at or before the trade deadline which will clarify the entire situation.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 4:36 PM

        With Fister on the mound, not a surprise at all that Desi is starting to keep Espi at 2nd over Uggs.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM

        I wouldn’t expect to see Uggla start with Fister on the mound, but maybe tomorrow, with Scherzer, I think it’s conceivable he might, with Danny at SS, especially if Desi has another game like last night.

  3. 3on2out - Jul 1, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    I love it. More inspiring insight into how to improve the mediocre Nationals from the Czar of the Legion of Doom, nattygoats. Let’s review:

    nattygoats – Jun 17, 2015 at 8:58 PM
    MW is a terrible manager. To continue to run Desi out there is absurd. this team just stinks of mediocrity. And after the Rays, Pirates and Giants it will be 3 games under 500

    How’s that assessment working out for you, natty?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      April 28th one of the LoD was swearing off this team with others and going to watch “real baseball” up the BW Parkway.

  4. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Uggla remains the Nats emergency backup. He’s valuable but he’ll start only when two of the other infielders (Rendon plus whoever) is injured. Desmond will continue to start, no matter how poorly he plays. (Well, maybe, if he’s even more gawd-awful than he’s been so far, Turner will be called up to replace him.) But Uggla isn’t going to start. Maybe Desmond will end the season with a flourish (historical pattern) — and maybe he’ll continue to hit .225 and be a — positive — factor in 6-7 games between now and the end of the year. But the lineup is what it is.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:34 PM

      Rest days are needed also. Uggla is a -1.3 this season on UZR and he’s fine a game at a time.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    • dryw4nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Wouldn’t surprise me if Matt said something like “hey Harp, you know and I know why you did that, but you also know they’re looking for reasons to kill you out there.” Yeah, I talked to him about it.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:53 PM

      Do Nats beat reporters really want to let the Braves announcers set their agenda?

      • nats128 - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        Why, one Nats beat writer on Friday was predicting who would break up Scherzer no-hitter in the Phillies game.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 6:12 PM

        I need names and numbers on this.

      • nats128 - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      • nats128 - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:23 PM

        I guess some of the Nats beat writers were guessing who would break up Max Scherzer’s no-hitter on Friday.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        Isn’t that special. I could see the Phoolies staff of beat writers having fun with that, but the Nats side of the Press Box? Eesh.

  6. Sonny G 10 - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Go #Nats! #IBacktheNats.

  7. scnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:51 PM

    You play Desi every day and he’s horrid. You sit him for a couple games and he returns unchanged. Not sure what you do with him but I imagine as long as he’s on the roster you play him and hope especially with Rendon living on the DL.

  8. Candide - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    Cunegonde and I are off to the Kennedy Center to see The Book of Mormon, but before we go, I leave you with this reading from The Book of Pitchers:

    • ArVAFan - Jul 1, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      +31

    • ehay2k - Jul 1, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      Saw Book of Mormon a couple of weeks ago. Ached for a day or two from laughing.
      Enjoy!

  9. langleyclub - Jul 1, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    Uggla has only remained on the roster because of all of the Nats’ injuries. He is not a viable starting candidate.

    Desmond is completely lost at the plate and has been an error machine, but I don’t see Uggla getting starts over Desi. With that said, when Rendon comes back next week, Desi will sit more than Espinosa, Rendon or Escobar, unless he turns it around quickly. Desi has 6 games left to bust out, and if doesn’t happen, he will be a part-time player until he produces (or another injury hits).

  10. natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    Eh, I’ll watch no matter who’s in the lineup. At least until I fall asleep in front of the tv.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      Appears you will tonight as late finish

      • natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:14 PM

        I think that this will be a case of bracket the DVR for a late game and fall asleep in bed.

  11. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Billy Burns only has 2 hits and a walk today.

    • ehay2k - Jul 1, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      What a bum!

    • NatsLady - Jul 1, 2015 at 6:54 PM

      He just caught the last out of the game, Clipp’s 14th save…

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:22 PM

      I kind of wish we had kept him, Ghost.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        Me too or at least used him in a better trade as I never really got the Blevins trade. If Burns isn’t an All-Star, that’s a snub.

      • Section 222 - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        Really Joe? We never would have known. 🙂

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:32 PM

        That was another 4 out save for Clippers,and it was a clean one.

        Steve, you know how much I screamed about the Burns/Blevins trade.I said at the time that in my opinion Burns had as much upside as Billy Hamilton, and was snickered at. Well, I still think Billy will be at least as good as Hamilton. I wish we had kept him, especially if Span isn’t re-signed.

      • Section 222 - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:40 PM

        We all wish we’d kept him now. To your credit Joe, you expressed your disappointment on Day 1. No one else did that.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:47 PM

        FWIW, at the time, as Mark described it, the other lefties available were just too expensive at market prices then.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        And for Joe’s specific opinion (one or two instances):

        Joe Seamhead – Dec 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM
        I’m a little bummed by this deal. Blevins? Not impressed. Billy Burns will make a very good bench player/5th outfielder for somebody. The kid just gets on base, and once there is pretty much unstoppable. He doesn’t often strike out and doesn’t hardly ever make an error. No power, but sometimes that isn’t everything.I like Rizzo, but I think he not only got Burned, but he also got Beened.

        Danny – Dec 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM
        I’m not going to repeat myself as my opinion has been stated above. You are sorely missing out on the context behind this deal of you think Rizzo got “Beaned”

        Joe Seamhead – Dec 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM
        Well, excuse me for stating my opinion. I’m very aware of the context of the trade, but I don’t like who we got. I don’t think much of Blevins. If the trade had been for Sean Doolittle I would’ve liked it a lot better. Just my opinion.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:07 PM

        Sofa, my feeling then, and now, was that we traded the wrong guy for the wrong guy. Goodwin was the higher rated outfielder, but he was the guy I wish had been traded. As to Jerry Blevins, I followed the A’s pretty close and I thought he’d be a bust. He actually ended up better than I thought he would.

        Deuces, I rooted for Burns from very early in his career. I wanted to be able to watch the kid be the spark plug for the Nats. A’s fans, fellow players, and manager Bob Melvin are crazy about him. As are the Bay Area writers. I doubt he’ll get enough recognition to make the AS team, especially since he lacks the necessary AB’s to qualify for the leadership boards. But ROY is a possibility if he keeps playing the way he has been since he came up in May.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        I’m not taking a position beyond “Great call, Joe.”

        Had the trade you described, Cory Brown for Blevins, or better still, Sean Doolittle, happened, that probably would have worked out well. Given Rizzo’s track record since, I’m guessing Burns didn’t go for that, but maybe we’ll never know.

        Joe Seamhead – Dec 11, 2013 at 5:19 PM
        Good question regarding the 40 man. I think we’re over capacity now, but I am not positive. <bwish we could’ve traded Corey Brown back to the A’s for Blevins, but, oh well. Like I said above, I wish that we could’ve gotten Sean Doolittle, who is more of a loggy, but I hope that it works out for all concerned, especially for the Nats.
        http://natsinsider.com/2013/12/11/nats-acquire-lhp-blevins-for-prospect-burns/

  12. adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    FWIW, Charlie and Dave think the game won’t start until at least 8pm

    • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:21 PM

      Although at 7:20 they said: “it’s still raining here,hopefully we’ll start in an hour or so”

      • natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:18 PM

        The AJC beat writer, O’Brien, thinks the rain won’t stop until 9:20 p.m. (or his weather app thinks that).

        Not bad for a Luddite, eh? (pssst, don’t tell anyone, but check out this site):

        http://sportspyder.com/teams/atlanta-braves/tweets

      • natsfan1a - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        Oh, I didn’t know how that would display. Do I need to say that the parts that aren’t in a box are from me? No? Okay, as you were then.

  13. adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    “Fancy Stats” purports to explain that, indeed, Lobaton frames much much better than Ramos.

    What do people think of this article?

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fancy-stats/wp/2015/06/30/wilson-ramos-framing-pitches-could-become-a-problem-for-the-nationals/

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      I’m of mixed views. I think pitch framing can be important. In a recent game I saw Lobaton absolutely steal a couple of strikes, and it was important in dispatching the hitter each time. I think it’s most important when the pitcher is consistently in or close to the for-real strike zone. On the other hand, if the pitcher does not have good command of the strike zone, as has been the case with a number of the Nats’ pitchers this season, there are fewer “frame-able” pitches — that the umpire is likely to bite, in any case. I think that may explain why Ramos’s percentage of out-of-zone pitches is down from one year to the next and why I don’t think the stat means very much. The distribution of “frame-able” pitches is not random. If more pitches, overall, are out of the zone, that probably means a greater percentage are beyond the area where deception can do any good.

  14. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Speaking strictly for myself I’d never suggest that Uggla could be a permanent, full time second baseman for this team. But with Desmond spinning himself into the ground repeatedly and missing pitches by two feet, would I give Uggla a shot against his former teammates? The guys who are paying his salary? Oh my yes. Yes I would.

    I will also be pleased if we see Fister inducing those ground balls, which seemed much more common last year than this year.

    • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      The guys who are paying his salary? Oh my yes. Yes I would.

      That’d be awesome!

  15. knoxvillenat - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    FWIW, weather.com is showing thunderstorms in the Atlanta area up until 11:00 PM to midnight tonight with a 100% chance of rain for the evening. Doesn’t get a whole lot better tomorrow with rain forecasted at a 50 to 60% chance tomorrow afternoon and evening.

  16. Danny - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Turner! A day after his 22nd bday gets his long awaited 1st hit in Syracuse, a 2 run HR.

    • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      Mazel tov!! 😉

      • thewerthwhisperer - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        I think that that response is better suited for the Mets’ Matz!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      Yep, how nice that was!

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      +22!

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    In other news Lucas Giolito is pitching in a special game.

    • Danny - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      As he hits Sisco in the helmet, scary. Followed by a DP though!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        A few Web Gems. How did you like the FP Santangelo mention.

      • Danny - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        Announcer jinxed it. How much longer does Giolito stay in Potomac? Been on a hot streak.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        They will move Giolito up to Harrisburg after the All Star Futures game.

    • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      In relief of Aaron Barrett, heh.

  18. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Barrett/Giolito no-no through 8 innings.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      They pulled Giolito so its the closer’s job now to finish it up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        No hitter no more. 8 1/3. Rodriguez gives up a double to the 2nd batter he faces.

      • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:43 PM

        Apparently scored single and error, not that it matters.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        Yah, they did change it. Still was the difference in breaking up the no-hitter.

      • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

        Yeah, I missed that they had pulled Giolito, anyway.

  19. trom1 - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    If you change directions, you may not get where you are headed.

    Benching a silver slugger, team leader, starting short stop is a move that reflects desperation and sends the message that the team needs to change directions. The Nats are scoring like crazy and the rotation is playing up to expectations, and they are in first palce in the NL East. No matter how bad the individual performance may be, as long as the Nats are in 1st and playing well as a team, they won’t change directions.

    • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      The Nats are scoring like crazy and the rotation is playing up to expectations, and they are in first palce in the NL East.

      What are you doing? Looking at the big picture or something? 😉

    • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Benching is one thing, giving him a couple of days to clear his head, as had been planned until Escobar got nicked, is altogether different. And still a good idea.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      +20

      Besides, if we didn’t have Desmond to complain about, we’d have to invent him.

  20. natslive - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Let’s go Nats!

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    #LoW to begin the game. Good job Denard!

    • rlndtln - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Ramos for some reason can not hit 2 fast balls down the middle and then we know what is coming a slider out of the strike zone.

  22. Drew - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Trea Turner has raised his batting average 48 points tonight.

    Next stop: the interstate.

  23. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Stop the presses. Mets and Cubs scoreless through 8.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Missed bunt suicide squeeze saved the Cubs in the 8th after the Cubs had an error then Murphy hit a double they had 3rd and 2nd with 1 out.

  24. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Wilson looked like Desi swinging at a ball a foot outside.

    I wonder if they no longer say the saying I first heard from Mickey Mantle.

    If it high let it fly, if it’s low let it go.

    Most major leaguers (not just Nats have a hard time identifying a low slider)

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    My heart hurts for Desi… like it is what it is with him…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Paid to much for my heart to ache for him. His problem is very fixable but he absolutely has proven for years he doesn’t want to change.

      • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        That 458 foot home run was the worst thing that could have happened to him.

  26. scnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    That was a shocker

  27. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Way to grind it out, Desi. Definitely making progress here.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      If Schu is working with Desi, then Schu is not having much luck in teaching.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Any pitcher who pitches a strike to Desi is stupid.

    Instruction to all batter swing at no sliders.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      Agreed. Absolutely no reason to throw him any thing but things off the plate and at the eyes.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      So if I’m reading these comments right:

      1. Desi is a moron
      2. The pitchers pitching to Desi are morons (since they don’t only throw sliders, and pitches outside the K zone)

      Really?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        I used the word stupid for the pitcher. Never used a word for Desi. Though the word I would use is very impatient or possibly not disciplined. But never used the word moron.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:36 PM

        My point wasn’t really about the word choice.

        It was about the premise that what they need to do is so obvious and easy to see – from our comfortable perch here on the internets.

  29. rlndtln - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    The 1-0 pitch is the difference of Rendon and Desi.Rendon would have taken ball 2 and eventually get his pitch to hit.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    26 pitches in 2 innings not bad Fister.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Off to the 10th in NY.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Espi breaks up the no hitter

  33. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Grr. Too many hidp

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      He is getting jammed. Needs to payoff the inside pitches.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Memo to everyone unless its hanging over the middle lay off anything is not a fastball.

    I wish Escobar would hit the ball to right. He grounds into to many double plays on pitches to close to him. Kay off them unless 2 strikes

    • scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:08 PM

      One per 8 games. Not horrible

    • Section 222 - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      The Nationals Reserve? Oh please, don’t let that stick.

  35. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Fish walk off the Giants on Bour 3 run homer.

  36. ogremj - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Southerners…. So obnoxious.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Hanging slider just outside to Harper. Then another hanger that was outside called strike 3.

    OK Ghost was that really a strike?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      Not Ghost, but PitchTrack said it was right on the edge, close enough to call.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:25 PM

        I agree with Sec 3. Problem was that the one he swung at before that was out of the zone.

    • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      Yeah it had a nice break and caught the corner. Way too close to take, for sure.

  38. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Man we needed to push the pitch count…

  39. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Helluva effort by Desi…

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    In the 11th in NY

  41. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Saw that coming…

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Maybin has the same injury as Zim and has no problem running.

  43. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Too many gopher balls from Fister.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Fister didn’t read the memo. No runs given up before we are ahead.

  45. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Btw anyone notice how fast At Bat is? Ball barely cleared the fence and blink blink update via at bat

  46. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Yikes….. come on Fister…

  47. natslive - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Oops…another HR off Fister

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Third base coach for Cubs is an idiot. Rizzo would have easily scored. Instead he us held, the runner from first is almost at third and would have been safe. Not sure why Rizzo held.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    So… no talking to Fister by Ramos or McCatty…. help slow things down for him…

  50. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    FP : “they both count the same”

    Umm no they don’t.

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    While I was watching third base coach screw up I see Fister up to more no good.

    Come on Fister get back in the game.

  52. natslive - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    I hate the Chop

  53. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Somebody cue up goats. Season is falling apart!!!😉😉

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      It is his time of game.

      What happened to Fister? First three innings solid this inning a poor effort. The homer by AJ not a bad pitch, but exactly where AJ wanted it.

  54. rlndtln - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    1-0 cubs

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Rizzo scored on an infield single.

  56. rlndtln - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    still batting in 11th

  57. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    That’s just unacceptable.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Again… no going to talk to Fister by Ramos or McCatty to help slow things down???

  59. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Come on bats!!

  60. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Fister fooling no one.

  61. natslive - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Time to begin the come back

  62. Danny - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Foster having trouble with blow up innings this year

  63. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Need to answer with a run or two, right here.

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    If we just swing at fastballs that are strikes we can get back right in it. Lay off the off speed.

    Where is the coaching.

    • scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      Coaches coach. Players play.

  65. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    2-0 cubs

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Taylor misses a fastball on outer side. Didn’t swing to hit to right swung to pull easy k.

    • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      It’s called a cutter. Mariano Rivera made a pretty good living throwing nothing but.

    • scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      Wrong. He shortened swing and tried to play it to right. It was a perfect cutter. No chance. Tip your hat.

  67. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Bottom 11 in NY. 2-0 Cubs.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    Fister out vats Desi and Taylor by being patient.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      Damn fingers that is bats

  69. adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    If I were a Braves fan, I’d be feeling good about getting 22 year old Wisler for Kimbrel.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:40 PM

    Duda k 1 out

  71. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Murphy grounder to Castro

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Ceciliana singles to left.

    Justin Grimm coming in for Cubs

  73. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    If we don’t score here I’m calling it a night.

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Wilmer Flores walk and 2 wild pitches

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Plawecki k

    Up by 4 now.

    • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Mets lose 2-0. Last guy struck out on a 2-2 count with two guys on base.

      Get this: he didn’t swing on any of the five pitches.

      Ouch.

      • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        In another inning: Mets had runners on second and third and tried a squeeze. Guy missed the bunt, and both runners were tagged out at third.

        Ouch!!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

        The guy who missed the squeezed got the hit to extend the 11th.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Escobar hit it like that last time and we had a run argggg.

    • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Which is why Fredi pulled the plug, right then and there.

  77. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Not sorry to see Wisler leave. He was throwing frisbees.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Markakis very nonchalant going after Bryce’s single.

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    Took 6 minutes on a replay review in Houston. The call was clear to me. Eventually they ruled the same.

  80. stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Nite.

  81. Danny - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:58 PM

    K or weak grounder Ramos

    • rlndtln - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      With the opportunities Ramos has had this year he should have 50 RBIS.Batting against a lefty and he can not square up a pitch.Imagine in the playoffs against top notch pitching we will get the same results we got last year.Only Harp and Rendon will meet the challenge.

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    My goodness when a man on third less than two out, you must elevate the ball not chop on top of it.

    If we are going to chop down we need to start running the guy on first more.

    • Danny - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      How about the opposite field

  83. natslive - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    DP Ramos….oh well

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Tonight is certainly the unlucky BABIP night for the Nats.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Another Desi error….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      Those are the balls that LaRoche scoops with no problem.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        We all (at least I hope we do) know that Adam saved Desi butt a many of times these past couple of seasons…

        Becu of his lack of offense, everything negative by Desi is magnified…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        Exactly. I thought that was a ball CRob gets. It was to his glove hand. Instead of fielding like Adam LaRoche its more like Adam Dunn.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:08 PM

        LaRoche not even playing first base now. He is DH.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:09 PM

        Yah, because he had no range. Nobody scooped balls like ALR.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

        But idk if we can really compare Adam LaRoche with C Robinson….

        I get what you are trying to do for Desi here… but Desi can’t always rely on others to clean up his mess.. many a times we all said ‘Thank goodness we got Adam over there becuz that was a terrible throw Desi…’ doesn’t take anything away that Desi doing that is unacceptable, imo…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:15 PM

        I’m with you but it wasn’t a tough hop and was right to CRob’s glove.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Do you feel for him still? I sure don’t

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:11 PM

        Yes MnF… I do… I dont think he WANTS to suck right now. The guy is obviously trying and bren a professional thru it all.

        It’s hard to see any Nats player go thru what Desi is going thru

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:17 PM

        He is the one in control of what he does.

        No one swing at many pitches outside of the zone. He chooses that. That is chooses he makes.

        The errors who knows about.

        But deciding to swing or not 109% him. Good or bad.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    E6 again. What does he have to do to get benched a while?

    • stoatva - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      A loss tonight might get him a day off tomorrow.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        He needs 15 days off. Start fresh after all star game. Slight strain of something seems right.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    FP and Carp both crazy. Had Johnson came hone, he is an easy tag out

    • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      Nobody was covering home. I think he could’ve scored.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:27 PM

        They 10 feet from the line if they aren’t athletic enough to get him they shouldn’t be in the major. High school players look for that runner all the time. Much easier out than going to first.

      • adcwonk - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:52 PM

        No, I mean if he had started running when Fuster threw to first. It would have been difficult for Ramos to backpedal, receive a throw and make the tag.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Let’s score some.

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Desi just has to deliver a hit here.

  90. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Going to score 2 this inning and 3 next…. thats my predicition….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      Maybe Uggla can hit a bomb

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        Almost

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      I was thinking 3 then 2.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        Haha… im trying not to be greedy….

        Chip away… chip away…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        I’m not being greedy which is why I didn’t say 5 this inning. 😉

  91. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    Which game was it that MAT hit the GS?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      I think in Arizona or Milwaukee

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:23 PM

        The last aZ game when Harper was tossed.

  92. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    MAT impressive

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Warmer air and that is a HR by Uggla.

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    DAMNNNNNN….. Uggla just missed it….

  95. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Just missed!!

  96. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Aight… keep the line moving… good job my man Span…

  97. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Danny at 2 slot. Who would have ever think it last year….

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Come on Danny…. hit it right down the 1st base side….

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Being ill, I feel like I’ve missed like a million Nats games… like I’m all out the loop….

  100. scmargenau - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Ugh. Same loopy swing there

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 12:03 AM

      Has done that less this year.

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Needed contact there Danny.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    2013 and 2014 Espi returned.

    I am so happy he has quit swinging at pitches so high for the mist part.

    If you have to bring your hands up to swing, you don’t swing. That ball at least a foot high.

  103. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    So is a Rivero a LOOGY or they still experimenting with making him an innings guy?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:33 PM

      Inning guy

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Mets bringing Eckstein as batting coach?

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Nats will score 3 this inning….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:37 PM

      Great just got my bet down in Las Vegas as surely you wouldn’t lead us astray.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:44 PM

        Wow I lost money big time.

  106. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:36 PM

    Rivero turns 24 on Sunday.

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Hanging breaking ball swing and miss. Those are homers in waiting.

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Here we go. Bottom of the Nats order.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    One split going into this game that a big negative for us occurred tonight.

    In games where there is either a rely during, or the game is started late going into tonight the Nats are 2-6.

    Why would that be so far from their norm.

  110. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Escobar flies out the at bat after the double play. Ramos flies out after his double play at bat. Sure would liked to have those two sac flies

  111. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Wow we need a runner and you swing at one nowhere close to the plate.

    Be ready for a fastball react when it is anything else.

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Just get them tomorrow…. Desi may have a hang nail and may need to take 2 weeks off….

    I just don’t see how playing him every day is helping at this point.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 12:00 AM

      It isn’t. As an employer it seems the management is enabling his bad swinging habit.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jul 1, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Wow Desi swings at one a foot outside, who didn’t see that coming.

    Please MW put him out of his missary. Obviously he needs time to clear his head as he is cluelessto how to not swing at a slider.

  114. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    Fister pitched 5 solid innings and a pathetic 4th inning.

    The starters outside of Roark on Sunday have pitched great. We need to follow the memo. Don’t let the opponents to score first.

  115. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    2-7 in rain delay game us not happenstance. There is a reason for any number. Figure it out.

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