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Game 79: Nats at Braves

Jul 2, 2015, 3:44 PM EDT

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Not since Stephen Strasburg’s rookie season has the baseball world been captivated to watch every pitch of one man’s starts. That’s where we are right now with Max Scherzer, whose every appearance on the mound is a major event.

And deservedly so, considering the man has carried a perfect game into the sixth inning in each of his last three starts. The stars were aligned well for Scherzer last Friday in Philadelphia, and they’re aligned well again tonight in Atlanta, where the Braves are fielding a struggling lineup and missing their best hitter (Freddie Freeman). That doesn’t guarantee anything, of course, but it does make Scherzer must-see-TV yet again.

A Nationals lineup with Ian Desmond on the bench goes up against left-hander Manny Banuelos, making his MLB debut for the Braves. Banuelos, 24, was once among the Yankees’ top prospects only to suffer a major elbow injury and have to restart his career again. He was very good at Class AAA Gwinnett, going 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA in 15 starts.

Enjoy the game and the conversation here as always, and check back for remote analysis…

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 179/869
Weather: Scattered storms, 78 degrees, Wind 10 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (43-35)
CF Denard Span
SS Danny Espinosa
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
2B Dan Uggla
1B Tyler Moore
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer

BRAVES (37-41)
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
LHP Manny Banuelos

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

318 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jul 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    GYFNG!

  2. masterfishkeeper - Jul 2, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Desmond sits while Uggla plays. Guess MW reads the comments at natsinsider!

    • nats106 - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      I missed Desmond’s golden sombrero on June 30th. I think that’s his 4th this year? Anybody have any idea what the MLB record is for one season?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        I bet Mark Reynolds has it.

      • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        Yes — it’s his fourth. Here’s the worst part: three of them in the last 30 days.

    • Doc - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      So he should!

  3. natsfan1a - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    Maybe I’ll get to watch this one in real time, if the ATL weather cooperates.

    Go, NATS! Go, Super Max!

  4. bowdenball - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Unless Robinson has Ryan Howard-esque struggles to hit lefties, I don’t get sitting him for Moore here. Moore actually hits LHPs significantly worse than he hits RHPs both in 2015 and for his career. Robinson is the one guy who has been giving you decent production after the 4 spot in the lineup- you could maybe argue for Taylor or Lobaton, but Robinson has clearly been the best hitter on the team outside the Span-Espi-Escobar-Harper quartet. I say let it ride with this newfound source of production instead of platooning him with a guy who, lovable as he may be, flat out cannot hit major league pitching.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      I think TyMo is better defensively and the book on CRob hitting lefties is not extensive.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        Moore has hit lefties much better than righties in the minors. Not sure why he’s struggled with it in the majors, but I wouldn’t read too much into it. I agree that he’s better defensively, although not a lot.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:48 PM

        Neither is great defensively.

      • bowdenball - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        Yeah, baseball reference doesn’t log minor league splits and there’s not enough MLB data to know what he’s like against lefties. I guess I was hoping maybe someone here had some knowledge of how he does against them? But Moore is pretty awful against them too. And considering how well Robinson has been going, maybe his past numbers aren’t that predictive anyway?

        ]I’d like to see what we have in Robinson and if he can be the full-time backup 1B for Zim and the lefty bat off the bench if/when Zim is healthy. We know what we have in Moore: stunning good looks, a wonderful aw-shucks accent, and sub-replacement level production at the plate.

      • Doc - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        I kinda agree. Also, I think that TyMo has picked up his defensive skills over the past few years. But yeah, my MlB.TV instincts suggest that he’s the better !B guy on and off the bag.

        But I like what CRob is doing for the Nats when he’s in there. But good to give TyMo some time, at least against lefties.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 2, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        Bowdenball, you can get minor splits at http://www.milb.com. Tyler’s are here:

        http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=489138

        I didn’t look up Robinson’s, but Moore has typical righthanded power hitter splits. Don’t know why he doesn’t do the same in the majors, but hope it starts tonight.

    • chaz11963 - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:39 PM

      Totally agree with bowdenball. TMo, as much as we love him, is AAAA material. Lets see what CRob can do.

  5. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Here’s hoping the Nats hitters get many buñuelos tonight.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:45 PM

      So I’m not the only one whose thoughts turned to food.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        I was with both of you.

    • Doc - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      And buenos too!

  6. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Best lineup against lefties although lefty pitching might be what could get Desi out of his funk.Might be better to sit him against tough righty.

    • Doc - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      All righties are tough for Desi right now!!!

  7. adcwonk - Jul 2, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    And deservedly so, considering the man has carried a perfect game into the sixth inning in each of his last three starts

    Begs the obvious question: when was the last time that was done?

  8. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    The Mets were booed off the field as they lost 6-1.

    We are 4 up to start the game.

    • nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      Mets with 1 run in 28 innings

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:27 PM

        Actually 29 innings as night was 11.

        But their fans sound like our LoD in April.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:38 PM

        If you’re ever in need of a good laugh, check out, like, Amazin’ Avenue or Metsblog sometime after a Mets loss (or, better yet, when they’ve been swept). They do have plenty of the doom and gloom folks, but mostly it’s a riot.

      • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2015 at 6:39 PM

        The Mets were booed off the field as they lost 6-1

        I can understand their frustration.

        Imagine going through a three-game series at home, and scoring just _one_ run?!

        Come to think of it, on the weekend of May 2-3, the Mets, at home, lost to the Nats by a score of 1-0 in both games.

        That’s _gotta_ drive a fan nuts.

      • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        And it was Jacob DeGrom that scored that only run for them!

  9. Doc - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Dan almost knocked one last night—repeat of April 28th in Chop Town.

    Finish the AB tonight, Dan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      Denard now 8th in the league batting.

  10. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Pitcher making debut? That usually doesn’t work well for the Nats. Let’s go guys.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      But I am playing 2 Nats in Draft Kings it has to work.

      • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        Which two? (You seem to have the golden touch!)

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:15 PM

        Span, Harper

  11. natsfan1a - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Congrats to the Max!

    Mark Zuckerman ✔ @ZuckermanCSN

    Max Scherzer is NL Pitcher of the Month again. Duplicates Clayton Kershaw’s back-to-back winning of award last summer.

  12. Tyler Babip - Jul 2, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    A three-run squeeze bunt homer! For Nats Lady and the other copyeditors on the board:

    Jonathan Herrera filled in neatly for Kris Bryant, driving in three runs with a squeeze bunt and homer that sent Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs past the feeble New York Mets 6-1 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 2, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      I’m okay with that, actually. But these still bug me: http://www.fallacyfiles.org/begquest.html

    • adcwonk - Jul 2, 2015 at 6:54 PM

      In the Mets’ face. In the bottom of the 8th last night, they had guys on 2d and 3rd and one out, tried a suicide squeeze. Batter couldn’t get the bat on the ball ((a) it was a tough pitch, but (b) batter only jabbed at it), and the guy coming in from 3rd was a dead duck.

      As we all now, it ended up going scoreless to the 11th when the Mets lost.

      Mets are last in BA in the NL, second to last (Phils) in R/game. That’s gotta be a real bummer for their fans.

  13. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 2, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    The lifetime record for Golden Sombreros is 17, by Bo Jackson. I think the single-season record is eight. Desmond is on a pace . . ..

    • Karl Kolchak - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      Desmond just looks completely lost in every aspect of the game. Those comments he made back in February 2013 when he turned down the Nats’ extension offer saying he didn’t want to “screw the next guy” by taking less than he was worth look completely foolish now. He was basing them on having had (at the time) one good season under his belt, and he is exactly the kind of free swinging hitter prone to potentially having a steep drop off in production at a fairly young age.

      He essentially gambled around $90 million that he could keep up his production for three more years, and unless he suddenly has a dramatic turnaround it looks like he lost the bet. Too bad, because the banged up Nats could really use the Desmond of 2012-2014 right now.

  14. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Don’t tell me we are out of order and the game just started.

  15. natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    It’s the first inning I’d pitch to Bryce….come on FP

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      Especially he is going to swing through hanging slow pitches.

      When he is clobbering slow pitches they quit pitching him that.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Please take note guys he hangs slow balls to clobber if you are prepared for it.

    Be ready for fast balls and clobber his slow ones.

  17. ogremj - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    I have a feeling we’re going to be seeing a lot of bad offense tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      Not if the coach is paying attention as is letting them know what he is pitching. Also pay attention for yourself.

      In general we adjust less than we should.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    You have seen the way the Barves are trying to get ahead on Bryce which is to work him on the outside black and then expand to get him to chase then come off-speed way in.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Right so you either drive it hard to left or let it go. I prefer letting it go.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        He used to let it go.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:43 PM

        Needs to get back to that.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Nice inning Max

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Fast ball mid to outer half Ramos drives easily the other way.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Uggla hit hard but right at Uribe. Need more liner and less grounders.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      What is a 2-seamer supposed to do? You have to save the key strokes. They are doing what they’re supposed to do with a man on 1st. The best you can hope for is that it finds a hole.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:40 PM

        Or lower your swinger to square better. Hard to do,.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:45 PM

        Seriously? Who can do that by approach? You’re taught to barrel up and usually when you do square one up is luck because you dropped the bat head. The other ones you square up are the stinkers that are just a flat BP pitch.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    That chin guard didn’t do much.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Nice play Escobar and TyMo.

    Same kind of spin Desi had problem with last night. Difference TyMo picked it CRob didn’t

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      Exactly what I was talking about last night. CRob has not been good at scooping balls. That’s a problem with as many as this team buries in the dirt daily.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        When Saw it last night I knew that, but the E has to go the throw

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM

        It does but it was thrown right to the glove and at least if it clanked off of CRob’s glove but it went over his glove and the runner got 2nd base.

  24. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    The Ks they burn!!!

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Each team 0 for 1 RISP.

  26. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    That was a pathetic AB Espy

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      We have seen much worse in the past.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      You’re right but Bryce’s was about as bad. He keeps swinging at the junk out of the zone. That’s not good.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    This guy must be hard to see because we act like we don’t see the ball well.

  28. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    you need patience.Danny had a terrible at bat.

  29. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Pretty frustrating to watch us flail at junk repeatedly out of the zone

  30. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Harp seems to have lost that patience he had a month ago. Swinging at balls.

    End of 3, Nats 0 – Barves 0

    • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      Oh, and I am so glad those fans have shut their ugly mouths!

  31. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    We are making him look like Clayton Kershaw.I am starting to get a bad feeling.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      We are swinging at a lot of balls. Not just one batter so it up to Schu just to remind them.

      The biggest difference between baseball coaches and other sport coaches is the in game coaching.

      I see almost none in baseball. You’re a coach then coach.

  32. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Patience

  33. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    This series Bryce has become impatience. Let everything outside go. They are rarely strikes.

    He needs to watch the video when he is clobbering the ball and compare it to the strike outs.

    I would say majority of k is caused by swinging at outside pitches. Just let them go.

  34. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    We are great against pitchers that throw 98 miles but flail away at guys that know how to pitch.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      You mean finesse pitchers because I know plenty of pitchers that throw heat like Scherzer who know how to pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      This is guys first game. We really don’t know if he can pitch.

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    Ball 1 to AJ (pitch 4) sure appeared to be a strike to me.

  36. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Time to play small ball.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:18 PM

      Banuelos thinks he’s being crafty and a Nats will smoke one out on him.

  37. natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Need to get the bats going Nats!

  38. ogremj - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    1 pitch 1 out,,,,,good job Wilson.

  39. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    I’m spent tonight. It’s either a weak 1st pitch out or flailing at junk in a long AB..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      Nats will need some 3rd time around the order adjustments. Guess right on the 4-seamer and send it deep.

  40. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Gosh darn it guys get some plate discipline please! Uggla just swung at a low and away pitch to strike out!

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    We just need to show patience he is not throwing as many over the plate as Max is.

  42. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    They might never adjust.If you swing at balls this guy will never throw a strike.PATIENCE,PATIENCE AND PATIENCE.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Unless this guy is impossible to see the way we swing.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    I hope all pitchers were watching Max back up third

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Umps do for most batters but I hate giving time ourpts.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    This ump can’t see. 2nd pitch to Simmons is a pitcher’s strike painted.

  47. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    (Captain Obvious) Max is a real pleasure to watch. He just sprinted to back up third. I love the way he prowls around the bump after an out.

    Hey guys, remember Harp has been a beast when Maxie pitches.

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Max fools a batter but they still hit. When we get fooled we like fools.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    I though blue was hunting strikes?

    Three pitches that were strikes called balls.

    Bring robo ump in

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Dan Iassogna is not giving the respect to Scherzer that he has earned. If he gives Scherzer the strike 2, then he probably goes to a different pitch on the 3rd pitch.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      I didn’t say it, but was thinking that.

  51. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    2 runs seems like a task tonight.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Big problem that inning Escobar didn’t offer on the ball hit by Uribe. Probably out of his range, but at least look like you are trying to get it.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Line drives not flies

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    The Braves back to their old tricks hitting a Nat.

    Make them pay.

  55. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Yikes, Spanny takes one of the top of his shoulder, way too close to the melon for me, and him too, I dare say!

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    I sure hope the Nats have the equalizer here in the 6th.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    Now Espi a single will do.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Wow two on the shoulder now. To close to the cocinut

  59. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Hey Blue, How about a little warning. Two hit batsmen in a row.

    Oh, wait. The rook just tweaked his left ankle it looked like. Go ahead a leave him in, we need a little payback here.

    He’s getting pulled.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      You saw an ankle injury? I slowed it back and see nothing that he made any face about.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        I saw him take a little funny step after he landed on the follow through. C&D’s speculations included cramp, looked like he couldn’t put full weight on that leg for one step only. But it he walked off without favoring it.

        C’mon Yuni, extend this to get Harp to bat this inning.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        I wasn’t looking at his face was looking at his feet.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        When he landed, he put weight on the ball of his foot, but it looked like he didn’t want to put any on the heel.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    A fake injury. Didn’t grimace or anything.

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:46 PM

      why would he fake.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

        Because they didn’t have a reliever ready and he totally lost it. You couldn’t see anything that looked awkward. He is a TJ survivor so who knows but it does look suspicious.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        Absolutely why they would do it

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    I guess they are saying Banuelos is injured. We will see. He hit the wall quickly.

  62. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    We took care of that guy.no problem.

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Escobar we need a hit.

  64. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Yuni you needed to hit where Uribe hit his.

  65. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    I don’t remember the last time that Escobar has hit anything oppo boppo… he has been in pull mode for weeks now…

    Ummm… Espi may not need to be in the 2 hole… I understand why he is up there but uhm…. yeah hope that experiment doesn’t last long..

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      Yuni needs to back to hitting to right.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Max has had no bad pitches. A couple hits on good pitches.

    The Braves have had many more bad pitches (maybe 6 or 7) , and we swung through hanging off speed pitches.

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Harper due a homer been a while since he hit one.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Cramping is now an injury?

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Harper the second pitch was crushable and he fouls it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      He missed another fast ball down the middle.

  70. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    C&D are saying the Barves staff report that their pitcher was dehydrated, ie. he cramped.

  71. coop202 - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Maybe we just want to make the Braves buyers at the trade deadline and ruin their rebuilding…

  72. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Give him a double hooking away.

    • joemktg - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      For HS and College ball, yes. Not at this level. E8.

      • natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        E8 all the way

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        Scorer didn’t agree

  73. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Wow, Harp’s ball hits in the mitt of Maybin but comes out. Didn’t land in the webbing.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    With Bryce on 2nd and no outs do you play small ball, smart ball, or big inning ball?

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Wilson swing at strikes only please.

  76. veejh - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    yesssssssssss

  77. natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Way to come thru Wilson

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Buffalo with another huge hit!!!! #RISP

  79. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Yay

  80. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Money, Buffalo moves the line and Harp wheels it home.

    N A T S, Nats, Nats, Nats, Whooo!

    • ArVAFan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      +1

      I heard that on the radio, so there must be some Nats fans in Atlanta.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    To right is correct Wilson.

    Why is Uggla bunting?

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    How many times have we asked Uggla to bunt. It hasn’t been pretty.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      It makes no sense. But if you are asked to do it, then do it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        Looked it worked once in the playoffs when Ramos laid down the bunt against Bumgarner. Rarely works for guys that haven’t practiced it extensively.

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      Pathetic.We were lucky to score.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Luck happens with contact and you make your own luck.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      I don’t understand why you are asking him to bunt… just like I wouldn’t ask Bryce to bunt…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        I believe that is the 3rd time they’ve asked Uggla to bunt. Each time painful.

        Bryce can bunt though but you don’t ask him to.

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    The ball 18 inches outside never was that anywhere near the zone, so why you swing, your eye sight can’t possibly be that bad.

  84. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    (Throwing the remote!) Just awful. Uggs whiffs again on a ball, called out on a check swing.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Stop asking him to bunt I’d say. How many times have we seen that replay?

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        The only good thing about that AB was the catcher taking one in a sensitive spot. Two very ugly bunt attempts. But MAT did one earlier too. When I was at ST, the one guy that impressed me bunting was Tony Two Bags.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        I thought Scherzer was a good bunter. Not sure what happened there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      The ball was never remotely close to the zone, so a check swing makes no sense.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        Totally agree. I don’t see any reason he was even offering at that pitch.

  85. coop202 - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Glad to see harp tie it up, but sad to see uggla doing uggla things

    • coop202 - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      And Moore. That is one guy Ivd sadly never loved

  86. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    That deescalated quickly. Tyler Moore just doesn’t get it done

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Shutdown inning time.

  88. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    We are going to have to stay with Desi.Uggla stinks.

    • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Good grief, I hate the sound of that, but it’s the only logical thing to do.

  89. scmargenau - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I don’t agree with ugly bunting a slow Ramos. That’s not a good decision.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      I agree with you. Wish I understood.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    AJ needs to hit to bunt a few times toward third to get stuff removed.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    I disagree with FP as Jace Peterson was playing Ramos up the middle and the 1st baseman was 25 feet off the line because they know how slow Ramos is and the 1st baseman could still beat him to the bag.

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    OK Uggla watch and see if Scherzer can bunt better.

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    I’d straight steal MAT here.

  94. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Is Randy Knorr still not back with the team? Awful to be in his shoes. Best vibes going out to him!

  95. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    MW proves how bad he is. Let Fister bunt for Ugla. Then put in Desi. Then let Clint hit for Ty mo since it’s right on left, foolish foolish foolish.

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    I take it back those were easy huntable balls and Max whiffed

    • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      Terrible fundamentals, Maxie looked clueless on those bunt attempts. I always heard you should try to ‘catch’ the ball with the bat. He was jabbing at it, as was MAT earlier.

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Clearly that was Ball 4…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      I think on the Pitch F/X it will show it just touching the bottom of the zone. Borderline.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        Confirmed. That one just nicked the bottom of the zone.

        According to the @NationalsUmp there hasn’t been a bad call since the first inning.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        natsaddicted, where did you check that? If it was on the At-Bat app, that’s not close to accurate. The MASN K Zone isn’t height adjusted to the batter.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        GOSM, Not relying on AtBat any more as you’ve schooled me on that. The pitchtrack on the TV screen showed it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Yep, it’s close but not height adjusted. I think they have it set for an average height batter.

        I thought it was a fair call on a 3-2 pitch. I’d want my pitcher to get that call.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        Good point on the Nats K Zone on Twitter. It’s said it’s a fair zone which surprises me on those outside pitches.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Oops, I should read more carefully.

        “MASN K Zone isn’t height adjusted to the batter.”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        Brooks F/X loads all the data as soon as the game is over so we will see. My eye test says you’re right, bottom of the zone.

  98. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Now Scherzer didn’t even touch his bat on a ball in those bunt attempts.

  99. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Come on Espi hit a gapper

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      No quicker do I ask and you hit a crapper not a gapper.

  100. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Danny doing his Desi impersonation

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    5 of the 6 games being played right now are tied.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Twins just scored

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    See how I incisions that inning. Pitch 1 to Max MAT steals, pitch 2 max bunts then Span Sac Fly on that liner.

  103. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    The team lacks consistency in doing the little things

    • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      Dang that’s two things you’ve said tonight that I agree with. More beer for me now!

  104. Drew - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Turner has two knocks tonight.

    He’s safely on the interstate at .115.

    Progress.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Is this only second ball 3 count .

  106. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Rangers can’t buy a key hit either tonight

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Has no relivance to our team.

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Scherzer is running out of gas quickly.

    • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      I’d let him sit. Of course MW will send him back out.

      I almost suggested Harp should go back to two batting gloves on his last AB.

      (Grand Finale going off down the street. Dogs everywhere under the beds.)

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Relievers just now getting up off their bench. Too late again MW!

      • natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        Think I’d sit him too….looks like MW listened to Max…hope this turns out well

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        Leadoff hitter on. Percentages are higher that he gets around to the plate.

  108. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Here’s where Bryce needs to split some Grilled Cheese.

    • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      He was so hot earlier. Afraid he’s gonna look just as goofy as he has tonight, at the ASG.

  109. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    At least Escobar hit to right.

  110. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Let it hit ya bryce

  111. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    pathetic ab by Bryce. Guy never threw him a strike

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Pathetic no. Poor yes. Only pathetic swing was the one way inside. High pitches I have no problem as they can go along way but you have to hit them.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      You know what, even Mike Trout has pathetic at-bats.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        One swing was pathetic, that is all.

  112. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    High fast ball missed again. Come on Bryce hit those fast balls.

    Then of course as told my granddaughter he swing at one way low and inside because he has quit showing patience.

    Calm your feet no jumping please.

  113. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    The line is NOT moving

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Who is in first, line has moved enough

      • nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        Oh stop it. This team is only in first because it’s in a terrible division. Put them in the central and there done.

  114. ogremj - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    This game has not been good for my blood pressure.

  115. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    I can’t believe Scherzer is back out there. Do you have no faith in your bullpen?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      I said to my dad…. dont let Max back out there… he was like I agree… then when I saw him go, I said game over…. and then what happens…

      Whatevs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        You have to trust your bullpen. Scherzer had to K on Maybin there.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        My dad is still cussing….

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    FP: Matt Williams trying to let him win this ballgame

    Me: Who cares who gets the W. This is about the team and the team W is what matters.

  117. ogremj - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    MW has really been riding Scherzer, hope it doesn’t come back to haunt us later in the season.

    • natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      +1

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      You guys must think all pitchers are wimps. Not all are.

      • ogremj - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 PM

        I believe the southern expression is dag gummit.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      Tonight was a game you save that inning for October. I hear what MNF is saying but we are talking about pitchers of the 5 man rotation era and pushing these guys when you have postseason aspirations is an important consideration.

      I appreciate the warrior in Scherzer but MW has to tell him to take a seat.

  118. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Need 2 k now

  119. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Talk about bad luck

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    I have no words….

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      I guess when Rendon comes back you guys still want Esco playing shallow at 3rd and keep Rendon at 2nd.

      • nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        Look, I hear what you’re saying. But the fact is that Yuni has not had playing time at second since March. His career has been at SS.

        I’m not loving that Rendon is not at third. But there are less moving parts this way. Yuni’s glove at third has not been the problem with this club.

        Not being able to do the small things like bunting, and swinging at junk were the issue tonight!

      • scmargenau - Jul 3, 2015 at 12:33 AM

        Yuni government and position have cost us games. Period. Ed o should be fine at 2nd and he’s below avg at first. Rendon is plus 3rd basman. It’s ridiculous to consider keeping esco at 3rd. How can u guys not see that????

      • scmargenau - Jul 3, 2015 at 12:34 AM

        *glove

  121. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Two crappy hits again kill us. We needed k not a batter ball in the 9th

  122. nataddicted - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Okay now the remote is totally destroyed. I have to find something else to throw!

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      hard to win with 1 run.

  123. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Escobar positions himself poorly twice leading to two runs.

  124. stoatva - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    “Travel day. Let’s get outta here.”

  125. Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Well that sucks. Two rookies and the bats go silent

  126. Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    I do believe that that was a fair ball. But it’s very hard to tell. And Ray, it’s not reviewable because there is no camera that has the angle to show you where the ball was when it went over the bag.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      It was a reasonable call that you rarely see called and Buckner was not in position to call that. It is what it is and that’s how the ball bounces.

      They got the bunt down which the Nats couldn’t and that was the difference in the game.

  127. natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Tough loss…..think this is on the offense….oh well bring on the Giants

  128. ogremj - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    MW is bullpen-phobic

  129. Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Poor Ray. Watch the replay. The ump doesn’t have to see the ball hit. it doesn’t matter where it hit. He’s looking right at it when it goes over the bag. MNF, look at it frame by frame. You can see that, right?

    Quit complaining about the umps. Complain about the Nats’ bats. Dead again.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      I agree with Ray on one thing, Buckner was moving away from the ball but I guess it doesn’t matter where it lands but rather if he saw it go over the bag which is a judgement call.

      • Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        Look at the replay closely. He wasn’t moving away from the ball when it was going over the bag. He was looking right at it. He only moved away from the ball when it got to him, which was well after it went over the bag.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:02 PM

        You’re right. Just looked again. He was looking at the ball off the bat, not where it landed.

  130. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    That umpire should be fined. But let’s be real. Bryce double should have been caught. And we lose 1 0. Bats are pathetic. MW pathetic. Couldn’t bunt in 7th followed by DP.

    • stoatva - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      No know what’s really, really, really pathetic?

      I’ll bet you do.

  131. stoatva - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Kind of glad I wasn’t hanging out here during the game tonight.

    Scherzer’s earned that ninth inning if he wants it, and he wanted it. Infield roller for a hit, sac bunt and baltimore chop over third. Come on, people.

  132. scnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Again what a pathetic show of bats from this team

  133. David Proctor - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    1. Matt was right to send Scherzer back out.

    2. I think it was fair.

    3. Escobar playing so shallow is killing us. He’s not only a mediocre defensive 3B, he’s a poor defensive 3B. He plays at Ryan Zimmerman-level depth at 3B, meaning tons of balls get past him. If he’s playing back at normal depth, he at least knocks that down, imo.

    4. We scored one run.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Just curious, why was Matt right to send Scherzer back out there? It’s a tie game. Your bullpen is hot.

      • Danny - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:59 PM

        He had mowed down 10 in a row prior to the inning. Under 100 pitches. Let your ace get ya through 9. I’m sure he wanted the ball. They got two weak hits.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:04 PM

        Did you see the 2nd batter in the 8th? Went 3-1 and he smoke a ball that was luckily right at Span.

        Ball had flattened out.

      • David Proctor - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:04 PM

        I just thought he was cruising and I’d prefer him to the bullpen. Most managers take him out, but I liked that he left him in.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:07 PM

        I like to save the arm and go with the pen there. It’s a toss-up. I think most are split on it as to which way you go. It’s not a right answer, wrong answer type of thing as Scherzer got BABIP’d but really needed a K on Maybin and couldn’t put him away. The results of contact.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      I agree about Escobar playing too shallow. Been a problem many times. It’s a problem.

      • natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:21 PM

        Definitely a problem and has cost us at times…that’s why when Rendon comes back I think you put him at 3B and move Escobar to 2B(I know he would have to learn but still) or if Desi is still struggling give him some starts at SS although at this point defensively I’d prefer Danny there

  134. thewerthwhisperer - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Ain’t baseball great, Span smokes a liner to center with MAT on first and makes an out. The Braves get the baseball gods on their side in the bottom of the inning on a non-reviewable call and go home happy. Great sport isn’t it? Isn’t is nice to be enjoying it all from the comfort of our couches. Better than being int hat clubhouse right now.

    BTW, that ball sure looked fair when it crossed the bag.

  135. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Moving parts thats all we have done all season.For the 10th time we brought Esco here to play second base.We gave up Clipp to do this.I do not know what you are talking about.9th inning and one out and 2 strikes you must be playing deep at 3rd.Esco does what he wants.

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      Proctor finaaly somebody knows something about baseball.The real question is why we have a manager that allows Esco to play shallow.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Agreed. He was hugging the line but never plays deep like you want your 3rd baseman to do.

      • Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        At least we finally heard an explanation tonight. Has nothing to do with his arm strength. He likes fielding the ball off the grass at 3B, not the hard infield. He needs to practice more and get over that. Cost us the game tonight.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:04 PM

        Cost many hits. I hated when RZim did it and you can’t play everyone to bunt.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Wasn’t near the line on Uribe’s double had he been probably knocks it down if not field it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        Seriously???? Well that was mid-game. You don’t expect him hugging the line in the 5th.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:43 PM

        If the pitch is going to be on the inside corner yes. I adjust pitch to pitch based on the pitch location. At least we taught that in high school. We weren’t that good if you are hitting the inside the guy will pull down the line if he hits it. In the middle third he was in the right place just way to close again.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:47 PM

        Wouldn’t that be nice if every fielder moves to the pitch type and where your pitcher sets up. How many 3rd baseman do you know that move to the line when the catcher sets up for an inside pitch?

  136. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Ray is criticizing are approach at the plate and the fact we make no adjustments.

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      He likes to play on the grass.This is why MW is not a good manger.Who cares were he likes to play.I am telling you guys Esco is a head case.That is why he is playing 3rd when Rendon is there.He likes to play on the grass and he does not want to move to 2nd.

      • Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        He’s also hitting well over .300 and has the 5th most hits in the NL. I’d say he’s not our problem.

  137. Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    MW confirms — no camera angle to check. And both umps saw it fair.

  138. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Here you go, the 3-2 pitch that K’d Scherzer. Right on the bottom of the zone. Can go either way.

  139. nattygoats - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    All arguments are moot if the Braves center fielder catches Bryce Double. We were embarrassed by a rookie pitcher and the worst bullpen in the league. We couldn’t execute a bunt twice. GET OFF of Max and Escobar. 2 runs in two games. That the problem

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      Look at you being the voice of reason and clearly that play that ended the game wasn’t the reason the Nats lost. Lack of execution on offense certainly was a problem.

      • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:21 PM

        That is the real reason ghost however how can the 3rd baseman decide where he positions himself.If you watch the play when he leaped he was near the bag.had he been 2 steps deeper he would have caught the ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:24 PM

        You don’t win many games scoring 1 run. It just leaves you in a zero margin for error game and there you have it.

        The Nats had opportunities but their approach at the plate was poor most of the night and they had 2 missed opportunities to bunt.

  140. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    I think MW hit the nail on the year (now what will he do with it is another question).

    He said its important to swing at strikes. Implying quit swinging at balls.

    The team as a whole is starting some really bad habits.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      You have free swingers on this team and the one player who had been so disciplined has shown little ball/strike discipline lately.

      • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        And that is why we did not score against the Giants last year and it will be the same come October.Any real good pitcher will shut us down in the playoffs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        At least MW tried to play some small ball but his players didn’t execute. This had the looks of a 2-1 or 3-2 game.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Bring Ray in as hitting coach as his thinking and mine is close.

        I believe with great coaching everyone on this team could hut.

        The coaching as is just let’s them do their own thing.

  141. stoatva - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    I didn’t understand bunting Uggla. Even if he gets Ramos to second, it isn’t as if Wilson is likely to score on a single. Yeah, staying out of the DP, but when you stack Ramos, Uggla and Moore in the lineup you’re going to get DPs.

    No, it’s not the reason we lost but it was a wasted at bat in an important situation.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      +1 swing away there

    • Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      +100% Waste of an opportunity. Let Uggs swing away. (Though maybe MW was going to run for Ramos if the bunt was successful.)

  142. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Next issue.Max goes on tuesday.If the other 4 pitch he ends the first half tuesday and pitches in the all star game.I would hope but with MW who does not think outside the box he would skip Fister on sunday in Baltimore and start Max.That would set Max up to start the second half on friday.This will never happen with MW.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      That would keep Scherzer from pitching in the All Star game and I brought this up earlier in the week that it’s a tough decision for MW.

      Scherzer hasn’t exactly pitched well in his career in Baltimore. 4 career starts including 1 in the postseason.

    • scmargenau - Jul 3, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      I agree MW is not a great manager. Which is what u meant to say 🙂

  143. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    As for the last ball foul or fair. With no camera on the line impossible to know.

    I Bekieve every stadium needs to be required to cameras down the line.

    We couldn’t review the CRob non homer accurately because no camera.

    This play who know for sure no camera on the line.

    Based on the fact it landed about a foot foul, about 12-14 feet beyond the bag, then look next bounce to check the spin rate. That looking where the first bounce was then measure how shirt of the bag it was, then you can tell for sure if it was fair.

    I have to wait til the game is on my tablet as think about all this before I ran an errand and the game is no longer available on my TV.

    The close the ball hit to home originally and the further fair the original bounce the more likely faitpr

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      Forget it.no way to tell.

    • Section 222 - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:41 PM

      It’s not the lack of a camera down the line, you’d need a camera at a 90 degree angle to the bag to try to catch where the ball is when it crosses over the bag. And still it would be very hard to tell. Sorry, but it’s never going to happen. The umps are close to the play and best able to tell.

      I have no idea what you are talking about with the spin rate stuff.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        Taking two camera angle if both are perpendicular it would work.

        The spin rate if the baseball is all about the hook. But with camera angle they showed at the end I can estrapulate if it was fair or not.

        They called it fair so that is all that matters, but since I hate not using technology to get something right, I like checking it out.

        As technology has gotten better, I found the umps are not quite as 100% as we thought.

        Players are not perfect, but certain jobs I expect 100% accuracy umps, cops lawyers, doctors and NcDonald’s employees.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        You would use what’s called triangulation technology which is even more difficult than what they use in tennis as you are talking about a ball in the air crossing the intersecting points.

        Have fun reading the patent for the tennis location technology.

        http://www.google.com/patents/WO2013025477A1?cl=en

    • zmunchkin - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:13 PM

      Based on where the ball bounced before the bag and where it landed, it would have needed some pretty significant spin to be fair as it crossed third.

      And don’t forget that it was CB Bucknor who was the 3B umpire.

  144. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Ghost.It would also give him the start on friday after the all star game instead of waiting possibly to sunday.The hell with the all star game only bad things can happen there .nothing to gain.the idea is to win the division and I do not care what his success in baltimore is he is 20 times better than Fister.

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:49 PM

      I guarantee MW will start Fister in Baltimore and lose a Scherzer start and a few days after the AS break.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:52 PM

        It depends what needs to be done.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:50 PM

      I agree with you. I start Scherzer on Sunday. Just not sure what Rizzo and MW decide.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        I agree I would do that.

  145. lesatcsc - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    This team is feast or famine, ice age or fire and brimstone. I know they’re missing some keys guys, but how can they be so good for a week and then suck the life out of the sport the next? 9 hits in two days, whoopee! Maybe we shouldn’t have been so quick to gloat about how easy it was to beat the Braves. They turned the Nats into wet puppies the last two nights.

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      This is so true.Without our regulars the Ugglas,Danny and MAT are hit or miss .When or should I say if they ever come back and we have a full team we have a shot.however we have not been full for nearly 2 years.doubt we ever will.

      • scmargenau - Jul 3, 2015 at 12:12 AM

        Don’t throw mat in there!

  146. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Umps got a review right in the Cardinals game.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      Leads to a 2 run HR. What a turn in the 11th inning!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:06 PM

        Ball hit the line, thought that to start with, but I decided I must be wrong.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:11 PM

        I’m just glad the replay people got it right and it took them a long time to make a decision. Seemed clear.

        Kimbrel gets the Save.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:13 PM

        Watching the highlights and lowlights and the Cardinals botched multiple plays. Hard to believe as they normally play flawless.

  147. edshelton2013 - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Six hits in the past two days against two rookies, Wisler and Banuelos. The Barves’ future pitching looks bright.
    And there are more like them in the high minors who could be trade material for position players (3B, OF).
    Our hitters disappear from time to time.

  148. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Harper showed patience in June 13 strike outs. In July he already has 4.

    • rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Players do not play flawlessly all year.He has 24 hr and 59 rbis in less than half the season.If he winds up with 40hrs and 110 RBIS that would be MVP stats.At the pace he was going he would have hit 60 HRS and 135 RBIS.The other guys have to get healthy and others must step it up.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        He is pressing now. Just relax and be natural.

  149. rlndtln - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    When are Rendon and RZIM coming back.

  150. Joe Seamhead - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    So, for one of the few times in years I missed the entire game. Went to a great party in the woods near where I live. My phone rang, but I ignored it. Just looked at the box score. Are you kidding me?

  151. manassasnatsfan - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    The ball hit about 8 feet in front of the plate about 4 inches inside the line landed about 15 feet beyond the line about 8 inches outside the line

    The distance between first and second bunt approximately 100 feet..

    Distance in width from first bounce to second 12 inches.

    If the ball bount absolutely straight it would cross the foul line 1/3 of a 100 feet or 33 feet after the first bounce or approximately no more than 50 feet from home.

    That is all if the ball was straight.

    Odds are the ball was foul, but the umpires were emphatic it was fair.

    But I have learned the more emphatic ump is on a call, the more he is trying to convince himself.

    For what is worth which is nothing I am not convince that was really fair, just called fair.

    • Steady Eddie - Jul 3, 2015 at 12:31 AM

      Did look foul from the angle of this vine — https://vine.co/v/e1rTulVK23V — but too unclear to tell for sure. With this shot to make the initial call I would have said foul but as a replay, not clear and convincing.

      Though I do think in general the umps are getting more willful on marginal calls that are not reviewable simply because they can be, and relish the ability to be arbitrary when they can. Like refusing to get an appeal on a check swing.

      But bottom line is as several have said — miserable offense, having half our lineup be AAA every day is catching up with us, we were incredibly lucky on offense during the eight game win streak and of course we had a rotation on fire.

      I do think Bryce’s power has fallen off after his slide in the grass two weeks ago. He’s hitting singles and doubles but no booming shots, like his base is not solid enough to really launch them, and he’s not getting around quickly enough on FBs he would have crushed before the HBP on the knee and then the hamstring. After his phenomenal first 10-11 weeks, it hurts to see him somewhat impaired again and down a notch from his top form.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 3, 2015 at 6:39 AM

      Since Bucknor was the umpire, I am willing to think he did not care and wanted the game over. And if that screwed the Nats, well, so be it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:20 AM

        The play is not reviewable by NY.

        However show the ball mark hit in front of the plate then the mark behind third. Run a string to show the umps that the chances the ball was fair was not likely.

        CB Buckner was so emphatic that he was right that is when some is that emphatic they are trying to convince themselves they are right.

        As far as the hutting being mediocre at best last night, that is true. The pitches didn’t seem that deceiving, but they must have been as way too many non strikes were swung at and Desi the king of that this year wasn’t even playing.

  152. natslive - Jul 2, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Offense is feast or famine…..27 games 2 runs or less and 19 with 7 or more…..have to be able to execute small ball when they aren’t hitting HRs….as we saw tonight great pitching only goes so far if you can’t score…when Rendon returns healthy that should help some…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 3, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      Very interesting stat.

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