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Game 81: Giants at Nats

Jul 4, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a ballgame in the nation’s capital against the defending World Series champions? It’s tough to top that. The Nationals and Giants continue their series today, and continuing with recent July 4th tradition, the game will begin at 11:05 a.m. (weather permitting, of course).

Stephen Strasburg is on the mound for this one, looking to keep up his impressive turnaround since coming off the DL. He’ll need to be in fine form, because Madison Bumgarner gets the ball for San Francisco.

I’m attending a family wedding today, and Chase is on vacation. But Rich Dubroff was up bright and early this morning and will have full coverage from Nationals Park on CSNwashington.com. Enjoy the game and enjoy your Fourth of July!

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 11:05 a.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB Network (outside D.C. market), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Chance of storms, 74 degrees, Wind 6 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (44-36)
CF Michael Taylor
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
2B Danny Espinosa
SS Ian Desmond
LF Tyler Moore
RHP Stephen Strasburg

GIANTS (42-39)
CF Gregor Blanco
2B Joe Panik
3B Matt Duffy
C Buster Posey
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Ryan Lollis
RF Justin Maxwell
LHP Madison Bumgarner

UMPIRES
HP Will Little
1B Phil Cuzzi
2B Gerry Davis
3B John Hirschbeck

321 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. veejh - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Happy 4th all!

    Stras tosses his 3rd straight solid outing and then I think we can declare he’s “back”.

  3. thelatencn - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Q: if you’re going to start both Tymo and Robinson, who should be on first and who in left? I think I’d do it the other way from how it is stated here ( because I think Tymo is really, really good at first, while neither excells in the OF). But other factors are obviously involved, too.

    Discuss among yourselves.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      I honestly think one could flip a coin on Tyler and Clint and I’m guessing that’s what the coaching staff did.

    • natsguy - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      I think you’re kidding yourself about Tyler Moore at 1B.

      • thelatencn - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:35 PM

        Then I don’t think you’ve been watching this year. He’s been exceptional.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Any word on Span? Is it just a rest day?

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

      Again, I’m guessing it’s a combination of rest and Bumgardner with Span. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:33 AM

        Bumgarner (damn auto correct).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM

        3 for 12 career against Bum. Not awful. I want to see what Clint Robinson can do.

        Tyler Moore is 0-10 career vs Bum.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Trea Turner on a 3 game hit streak and now batting .129

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:01 AM

      Slow start at new level seems to be par for his course. I don’t think any of the grownups were concerned.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:03 AM

        I’m not either

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

        heh

        I qualify only intermittently, myself.

  6. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Let’s go, Strasburg! Let’s go, NATS!! Looks like it might be a soggy one. Hoping that things dry out a bit by this evening, when we’ll be at the P-Nats for game and fireworks.

  7. jfmii - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Are they going to be able to play this one? Day-night doubleheader tomorrow?

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:08 AM

      The Capital Weather Gang, early this morning, put chances of delay at 50%, but postponement at only 10%. In Arlington, the downpour just stopped and sky is brightening. This is not an all-day system, unlike the mess in Philly. My SWAG is noon or 12:30. I have that on the authority of the world renowned Dr Otto Yerass.

  8. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Interesting that Tyler Moore isn’t starting against the lefty Mad Bum. Personally, I have no problem with giving the deserving CRob the start, but I am surprised by the move.Tyler seems to be slipping further into irrelevant status.

    A couple of observations from yesterday. To start with, because of the holiday, I have never had an easier time time driving to and from the park, not to mention I was able to get a legit free parking spot quite close to the stadium. We decided to leave right at the end of the game and while many stayed for the fireworks we drove right over to the GW Pkwy and got home in record time. If it was that easy all of the time I would get a 1/2 plan instead of the 21 game plan.

    Early in the game a high fly dropped in shallow left center and most wondered how a ball that stayed up so long wasn’t caught. Span was playing towards right center and it wasn’t that he got a bad break on it, he never ran that hard for it because I think he thought it was Taylor’s ball. Taylor meanwhile was playing fairly deep, and he also never broke hard for it because I think he thought Span would get it. Honestly, MAT would’ve had the better chance to get it because of how far towards right Span was set up, and if anyone got a bad jump it was Taylor.

    Speaking of Taylor, not that it did him much good yesterday, but he was way up in the batter’s box all day yesterday, with his left foot so far forward he was almost out of the box. Yunel was the same way.I’m a big believer in getting up in the box if you’re having a tough time with off speed stuff and this was a total contrast to Taylor’s approach earlier in the season. Justin Maxwell, in contrast, was all the to the back of the box and was basically flailing all day.

    Gio looked fantastic all day! Even on the pitch that Buster Posey went long on.

    Storen had a 10 pitch save in the 9th and only faced 3 batters but all three of them smashed the ball, and Desmond made a couple of great plays. I really didn’t think Drew looked as good as his box score would indicate.I also thought that there was some merit in having Thornton pitch to the left handed hitting Panik to start the top of the 9th, and then bring Drew in… yeah, I know, it’s not conventional baseball, but Thornton was really on yesterday.

    GYFNG!!!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 9:59 AM

      Opps, I just noticed Moore is starting in LF. So much for slipping further into irrelevance.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:01 AM

        He’s 0-10 lifetime vs Bum.

      • npb99 - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:15 AM

        Joe, I agree with your basic observation, regardless of today, TyMo’s stock is low and hard to see it getting higher. When more regulars return, where does he go?

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM

      On his first AB yesterday, Yunel was doing his usual job of obliterating the front line of the batters box before he stepped in. The home plate ump sidled up to him while he was doing that and had a word with him. I wonder what was said there?

  9. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    I kinda like this lineup, given what we have to work with.

  10. #4 - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:05 AM

    “What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a ballgame in the nation’s capital against the defending World Series champions? It’s tough to top that.”

    How about?

    “What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a ballgame in the nation’s capital AS the defending World Series champions?”

    Hopefully next year.

    • veejh - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:49 AM

      There ya go!

  11. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Yet another reason we love us some Drew:

  12. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Game time now scheduled for 11:20. I guess I was being pessimistic.

  13. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Think I’d rather have Span in there today and rest tomorrow, think with Stras you need your best defensive team in there….do like what CLint has been doing with the bat but Denard has been pretty good as well

  14. #4 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Listening to the pre-game on MASN made me wonder about the difference in organizational philosophy between the Giants and the Nats. I did not know that Buster Posey was a SS/P in HS and had played multiple positions at FSU. Clearly when the Giants drafted him they had a choice as to where to play him defensively. They seem to have put a premium on placing their best player/athlete behind the plate. When the Nats had the same choice with Harper, they chose to make him a corner OF. There are some differeces between the two players, not the least of which is size, but I have to say I agree with overall with the Ginats’ philosophy more than the Nats’.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:29 AM

      Big difference between a 21 year old college junior and a 17 year old high school junior. Harper hadn’t finished developing physically and the Nats felt like his overall ability would be better served as a corner outfielder.

      I think they were right.

      • tcostant - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

        At the time, I thought Harper should stay behind he plate. I thought having a huge offence at the catcher position was to good to pass up. Now I think he Nats were correct.

      • #4 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM

        Not sure I understand why their ages mattered, but I take your point that their skill sets are different. I guess I am expressing more that having that stud presence behind the plate is so important for a winning team. I am not sure the Nats have that right now. I am wondering if Harper could have been that.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:24 AM

    Bob Carpenter has changed the pronunciation of Phil Cuzzi’s name to Fill Kah-Z. What’s up with that?

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:29 AM

    Excellent 1st inning by Stras!!!

    This is a heavyweight match today.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    “@washingnats: An easy 1-2-3 inning for Stephen Strasburg. 11 pitches and one strikeout in the first inning. #Nats #Nationals #MLB”

    Easy?

  18. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Ambush!

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      Ambush II !!!

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM

        Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary.

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Bombs bursting in air!!!!

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:33 AM

    Michael Taylor to Esco! Bombs bursting in air.

    Should’ve been a hustle triple Esco.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Harper using a bat with a print on the barrel. I think that’s illegal but I love it!!!!

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      Not sure if this is complete, but I got it from Lacassebats.com

      MLB Bat rules and Reg.

      MLB ruling for a legal wood bat

      1.10
      (a) The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2.61 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood.
      NOTE: No laminated or experimental bats shall be used in a professional game (either championship season or exhibition games) until the manufacturer has secured approval from the Rules Committee of his design and methods of manufacture.
      (b) Cupped Bats. An indentation in the end of the bat up to one inch in depth is permitted and may be no wider than two inches and no less than one inch in diameter. The indentation must be curved with no foreign substance added.
      (c) The bat handle, for not more than 18 inches from its end, may be covered or treated with any material or substance to improve the grip. Any such material or substance, which extends past the 18 inch limitation, shall cause the bat to be removed from the game.
      NOTE: If the umpire discovers that the bat does not conform to (c) above until a time during or after which the bat has been used in play, it shall not be grounds for declaring the batter out, or ejected from the game.
      (d) No colored bat may be used in a professional game unless approved by the Rules Committee.MLB Maple bat controversy

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:44 AM

        This is the point that matters. you can’t even use a white bat. (d) No colored bat may be used in a professional game unless approved by the Rules Committee

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:26 PM

        They use pink bats on Mothers Day all the time. Pink is a color.

  22. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Esco either dogged or pimped that one. Hopefully Harper makes it academic.

    • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Academic indeed.

    • natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      He did! Harper that is. Escobar definitely didn’t hustle.

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      I say dogged. Sholda been hustling. But no matter, BamBam collects him!

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      I do not believe he’s anything like completely healthy. Haven’t seen him go flat out in a while, I don’t believe.

      Do not have any inside info, I hasten to add.

  23. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    C’mon Bryce, Lets go.,

    Oh My Goodness.

  24. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Harper!

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Bombs bursting all over!!!!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      I said here just as you wrote it.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:38 AM

        I think that was a cannonball by Harper. Just cleared the wall and dented the cinderblock on the back wall.

  26. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Don’t let up now!

  27. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Wow! Good morning!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      Yes, yes it is.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:41 AM

        8:40 a.m. In SF.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM

        and 5:40 a.m. in Maui

  28. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Let’s have crooked numbers a few times today.

  29. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Ok now we need a shutdown inning…..

  30. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Remember when there was a question whether Harper could hit lefties? Remember when opposing teams used to bring in LOOGY’s to face him? Well, actually they still do that.

    Bryce Harper’s splits against lefties this year BEFORE today:

    329/.463/.605/1.068 with 9 doubles, 4 (now 5) HRs, and 18 BBs in 95 PAs. Insane.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:49 AM

      He could hit traditional lefties who threw over the top. He struggled mightily with the 3/4 lefties who side-fired and couldn’t hit a good slider. Do you remember what Andy Pettite did to Harper? He put him in a deep slump.

      Bryce started to layoff the outside pitches and has taken advantage of mistake pitches. I think the LHP record this year has him doing incredibly well against LHPs.

  31. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    The ball is flying today. Just sayin’.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Great start. Was Desi’s hands still raised or back down. Swinging at ball not near the zone for the K it matters not where your hands are.

  33. Drew - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Noted baseball fan John Adams:

    “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

    The boys are putting on a Shew!

    20 to reach 100 at age 22.

    675 from Henry Aaron.

    • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      Thanks Drew, I was waiting for that.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    Ok Strasburg a shut down inning would be nice.

  35. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Well, that was a nice inning all around!

    Visited Frederick for the Keys-PNats game last night.
    http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20150703&content_id=134579256&fext=.jsp&vkey=recap&sid=t436

    PNats put it out of reach with a five run sixth inning. The game was over 3 hours long though.

  36. rlndtln - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM

    Escobar is a head case.He had a stand up triple.The play was in front of him.I have been saying Rendon should be the 3rd baseman and there is no logical reason unless Esco is resisting and the Nats will never tell you that.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      Here. Have a six pack of ST*U on me. You know the surest sign of a real head case?

      Take a wild guess. And a flying leap.

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      The logical reason is he hasn’t had any reps at second since very early March!

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:54 AM

        There you go, being all logical and stuff. There isn’t a player on the team this bozo, in one or another of his guises, hasn’t called a head case at some point.

  37. npb99 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Sweet first inning! High fives in my living room.
    Except of course for Desi’s at-bat. Desi, you’re supposed to swing at the ones in the zone, take the ones outside it, not the other way around. Strong contender for the worst at bat I’ve ever seen.

  38. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Thanks for showing us that Belt homer, MASN. Appreciate it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      I don’t get them. Sad they do that and also have to feed some of the same cr@p to Carp to say.

  39. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Buffalo! Gunned down Crawford at first!

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    Nice throw Buffalo.

  41. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Way to go Stras and Ramos

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:55 AM

      Set play by Ramos to CRob. Throw was the only place to put it to get him out.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Not only is that a great play by Ramos but it just saved pitch count on Strasburg’s ledger. Stras has now faced the minimum.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:57 AM

      Also secondary leads the rest of the game will be cut down.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:00 PM

        Great point. It gets them thinking. That was the Pudge play in his prime. You think twice about taking a few extra steps on your secondary.

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Ball girl wants o play

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    Difference between TyMo’s K and Desi’s K is about 6 extra pitches that TyMo worked. That’s big.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:59 AM

      Also TyMo had a ball 4 ump missed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 11:59 AM

        It was close but yeah. He got the call.

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:01 PM

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:03 PM

        3.1 inches off it says. To me that is not real close.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:06 PM

        You’re right. Much lower than it looked.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    OK Strasburg keep it up.

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      Well he got out of that, but let two guys get on. Some of those pitches were down Broadway though!

  46. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    Wifey says Escobar flipping his bat reminds him of League of Their Own, when Doris (Rosie) says she spent six months in the hospital after hitting herself in the head with a bat she was fooling around with!

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      Ow, that looks bad. “reminds HER of..”

  47. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    Ramos looks like he wants to pick off Maxwell too!

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:08 PM

    Pitch 2 to Blanco look just like pitch 4 to TyMore

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      Check it for me Ghost

  49. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Can they take Harp’s homer away?

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:14 PM

      Where does that say PINK bats are okay?

      I sorta agree, we’ll see next ups if he still uses the one with stars.

      Would it be the ump, or the other team that has to say something?

      • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:18 PM

        Good point. Those are clearly MLB approved though. Lots of teams use them on a single designated day.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      Matt is ten years old, just sayin.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:19 PM

      Look, if anybody, and I mean anybody, is going to get crap for that bat it would be Bryce. Why they are letting him use it is curious.

      • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:20 PM

        Marvin Hudson would have tossed him.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:57 PM

      No but he couldl be fined like I wrote above.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:00 PM

      Off-white is allowed but white isn’t. The white on the Nats uni is definitely not allowed. Marucci bat company had to stop making that color.

      Pink is only allowed on Mothers Day.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:01 PM

        Bryce had his paint done in an “after market”. That was not done by the bat manufacturer.

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Elevate the fastball on Blanco. Hard to believe the Nats had both Blanco and Maxwell and kicked both to the curb.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Great 3-2 pitch by Stras. That’s a strike. Come on blue.

  52. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Ouch. Tough call considering the others he’s been handing out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      Yep, the inconsistencies can drive you nuts. Especially on 3-2 where umps usually give it to the pitcher.

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:19 PM

        Some umps seem allergic to punching guys out unless it’s right down the chute. Kind of understandable.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:24 PM

        I don’t like it. Stras earned it.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Great job coming back Stras. Whew that became high stress.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:14 PM

    Strasburg pitching way too many balls for my taste, but still effective otherwise..

    OK hitters we need to restart, we don’t want to leave Giants in the ball game.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:17 PM

      I feel like some of them are overthrowing. The first walk looked like a swing back that didn’t because it was 97.

  55. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    FP keeps saying MAT hit his homer on the “first pitch of the game.” Did he get to the booth after the top of the 1st?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:20 PM

      It was the Giants first pitch of the game and that is Elias’ definition of a first pitch of a game homer. Home or away.

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:21 PM

      For FP facts aren’t really important. AtBat has the homer on a 0-0 count, but I thought it was the second pitch. I can’t rewind my DVR that far back.

      • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:22 PM

        I think it was the first pitch, but it wasn’t the first pitch of the game. That would have been Stras’s first pitch to Blanco. And I don’t care what Elias calls it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:22 PM

      1st pitch the Nats saw?

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:28 PM

        It was MadBum’s first pitch, that’s for sure.

  56. nattygoats - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    We have all seen this before. Start out hot then go ice cold. Can’t give up more than 2 runs today.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:49 PM

      As you were saying…..

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Strasburg stretching why?

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM

      No Bueno!

  58. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Don’t mess with the oblique, guys.

    Right move.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

      A healthy Strasburg has looked good. But makes you wonder if Strasburg’s stretching program is not good as he has had lots of problems with various muscles this year.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Come on Tanner

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM

      Rough spot for anyone to come in. I might be inclined to burn a later inning guy who gets ready quicker to get out of the inning while Roark gets fully ready and his head in the game. BWDIK?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:35 PM

        Why? He gets all the time he needs

  60. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Crap. Just, crap.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Paging Joe Ross.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      Ayup

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:32 PM

      Was thinking the same

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:35 PM

        With the All Star game you either bring back an extra reliever and then Ross in 5 days or else use the day-off to just finish off the 1st half with 4 starters.

  62. AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    1) I hope he’s ok, but how does Stas get hurt more than any other pitcher we have?

    2) Tanner has been a workhorse for us for years now. Hope Nats resign him when it’s time. He is so versatile.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      I wonder about his stretching program.

  63. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    Oh, pooh. Stras has looked great, and now this. Whatever “this” is. Bummer.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:31 PM

      Hope it’s nothing more than gas.

  64. rlndtln - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    I just can not understand todays baseball.I have been watching this game for 60 years and in the past guys pitched evey 4 days 125 pitches and rarely did they get hurt.This with Stras is sick.

  65. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Come on Tanner

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Luckily the All Star break is coming up.

  67. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    The only good news is that Mad Bum is sitting a very long time.

  68. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Ok…now time to get a few more runs…..

  69. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Lovin’ the leadoff man on base. Go CROB!

  70. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    OK Desi let’s see a hit with this adjustment

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:42 PM

      Simply awful to watch.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:42 PM

    What is Desi swinging at?

  72. Danny - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Umpire is really not doing us any favors

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:47 PM

      In the Desi at bat uno looked fine.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Desi can k either way swinging at a ball or watching a strike.

    • npb99 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      I criticized Desi above for his woeful first at bat, but the called strikes this time looked pretty low.

  74. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    Whoever was saying about umps calling a batter out on the looker K. That was basically the same pitch Stras threw to Blanco (?) on 3-2

  75. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    You don’t get that called a ball when you’ve already demonstrated that you haven’t a clue what you’re swinging at.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:48 PM

      But be consistent. Stras didn’t get the call earlier in the same 3-2 count.

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:51 PM

        Of course I agree with that. Just think a guy that’s been flailing at everything doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. Plus, it seemed to catch the zone, anyway.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM

        I agree with you. All I want is consistency.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:58 PM

        Call hurts #Nationals
        Strike 3 should be ball 4
        Bot 4 Bumgarner vs Desmond
        28% call same
        1.4in from edge http://t.co/HF10czZbFd

        Turns out it was below the zone

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    TyMo is due.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:50 PM

      First hit ever against Bumgarner. Now 1-12

      Congrats. You deserved that TyMo with all the cr@p you take from the fanbase.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:53 PM

        One of his better AB’s in recent times. I’m happy for him, and for the RBI. But he also has been beat out at 1B by Robinson imho.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:03 PM

        Joe he has and I don’t see anyone questioning that.

  77. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Good AB Tyler

  78. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Lucky bounce. Espi can’t score on GR2B.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      The ball was close enough to the fence it couldn’t bounce over the fence.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      And Robinson would never have scored from first on that, so the FC turns out to have been worth the out.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:55 PM

        Agreed.

  79. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:51 PM

    Way to go TyMo! Insurance runs are just fine today. Save Drew for tomorrow.

  80. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Wait, people still think Matt Purke is a potential big leaguer?

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Wow Desi!!! Made that look easy!

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:55 PM

    Does MW think CRob is a better first baseman or does he think TyMo a better left fielder

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Good job Tanner.

  84. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    Glad (and relieved) to see Roark having a bounce back appearance after the Philadelphia debacle. Against a team he cannot have fond memories of.

  85. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    That was ankle high, at best.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    This ump is floating the bottom of the zone.

  87. Danny - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    And strike 1 to Yuni was ball 1…

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:04 PM

      @NationalsUmp says 4+” out of zone.

      Thanks to ghost for the heads up. A good Twitter follow, if one does that sort of thing. And I do.

  88. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:07 PM

    Good hitting pitcher gets pitched.

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Nats finally get a bad call from the ump.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      Seriously, I wish they’d just call time and go to the bathroom, instead of working through it.

    • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      We get as many as the other teams do. We just don’t notice or comment on them nearly as much.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:31 PM

        Agree that calls even out over the season. Umps just seem so bad at the plate these days.

        Looked at on a small scale, when the call goes against your team in a key situation, it sucks sooo bad.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Will Little is not very good. Isn’t favoriting Giants or Nats, pitchers ir batters. He is umpires as Desi has been been to hitting this year. Not very good.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      Not sure what you said, but OK. He has missed 14 so far by my count. That’s not good.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    Bum is so disgusting with shooting his snot rockets.

    • nattygoats - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      And next to the Pirates skipper the Giants skipper is almost as ugly

  92. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Nice at bat CRob

  93. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    Clint Robinson can actually hit lefties. He has so little history it was hard to tell.

  94. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    CROB! Now get him in

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    I’m calling it now. Have Espi bunt for a hit/Sac

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      Desi must bunt here. Right?

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:21 PM

        You ready to PH for Roark?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:23 PM

        Roark can hit a Sac Fly. I’m not worried.

      • natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:22 PM

        Not a chance MW calls that

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:23 PM

        Not his style. Roark can handle a bat.

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    Brandon Belt was heading to be a cut off man

  97. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    I think Clint has shown that he probably shouldn’t get switched out like MW has done to him on a couple of occasions when a LHP comes in.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:21 PM

      Keep him fresh. You’re talking 1 to 2 times a week.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:27 PM

        I can’t help but to think of the way Riggleman handled Michael Morse. I detested that back then.

        Wow! 3RBI’s for Tyler. Good for him!

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:34 PM

        Yes, good to see both Moore and Robinson looking like they’re getting their eye!

  98. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    Come on, Ian. For goodness sake straighten this hot mess out.

    To mix a metaphor.

  99. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Mad Bum looked pretty bummed out as he walked off the mound.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:22 PM

      And mad, too. Also.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:24 PM

        Can only be mad at himself. He got a lot of calls. Could have been much worse for him.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Desi try Harper’s bat.

  101. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    Nice slide by Espi.

  102. philipd763 - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Desmond’s bat is dreadful.

    • nattygoats - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      I think the bat is ok. His swing is awful.

  103. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Way to go Tyler!

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:26 PM

    Yah, TyMo doesn’t deserve any starts. smh Good job TyMo!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      TyMo has a .228 BABIP. I think he probably leads the team in getting robbed. His sample size is still small. He’s a platoon player at best but the cr@p the guy takes is unwarranted.

  105. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    TyMo

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      Hey, Tyler Moore can hit, even when he’s not playing his “natural” position.

  106. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    FP: You’re seeing the real Michael Taylor

    Me: I wouldn’t be bragging about a .298 OBP guy who has received many pitch-around walks in the 8 hole. He’s done better than Werth and has made an impact but let’s not get carried away.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:43 PM

      Steve MAT with RISP: .366 BA and .438 OBP

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM

        Let the sample sizes get larger before we declare anything. We were all saying the same at the end of April about RZim.

  107. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    See, I am of the opinion that if there were as high a preponderance of LHP as there actually IS of RHP it would be Tyler Moore who’d be showing his stuff this year, as he did in 2012.

    I know that many feel vehemently the other way. Not trying to start a flame war, just saying that TMo is a hitter. He will, for someone who can/will give him a daily job and say “Go for it. You’re playing tomorrow too, even if you go 0 for 5 today.

  108. nattygoats - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:30 PM

    Took a nap woke up we added on. I stand corrected. As usual. Go Nats

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Good ole MASN, has the score 6-2. Idiots

  110. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Roark is pulling a Yusmiero Petit on the Giants.

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Only took them 2 minutes to correct it.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:37 PM

      Maybe they went forward in time a few minutes!

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM

        Not that far off, the inning ends at 6-1. Super odd!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM

        Luckily not.

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

    Roark you can see has hit the wall quickly. Did not look good in the Belt at-bat.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:37 PM

      Can McCatty get out to the mound to slow it down. Come on. It’s not a long walk.

  113. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:37 PM

    Think time to get the BP up

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Not good, Taylor didn’t set up like Posey was going to run. DON’T ASSUME!

  115. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:38 PM

    Hmmmm…. thought Wilson should have had that….

    • natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:40 PM

      Yeah but still safe if he catches it……now if Taylor would have expected Posey to go maybe different story…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      Don’t think he gets him anyway. Taylor assumed there was no way Posey was going. That hestiation and lack of velo on the throw was the difference. Should have been out by 3 steps.

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      The bounce was about half way between the mound and the plate. I think they should try a few feet closer to the mound on that throw. Gives a easier catch.

      Willie’s game on that tag play has been interesting this year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:46 PM

        It was soft. Taylor takes plays off and that ticks me off. Don’t assume. Posey caught him sleeping.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:48 PM

        Adding.. And I wish our outfielders would learn the art of perfectly placing where their throws land!

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:54 PM

        Ghost, agree on the catch to throw part of the play, a minus grade. There is a way to get that throw off faster, and MAT has got to start making it when necessary!

        My comments earlier were just about where the throw landed, and how easy it was for the catcher to make his part of the play work.

        Willie couldn’t have tagged him out because the ball was late. Now does he catch it, no. Did that screw up the play, no. DOES he have to start making that play (coming up with the ball cleanly) more often, I surely hope so?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:58 PM

        I agree Natsaddicted. Well said.

  116. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    That was not Taylor’s best throw, though it was accurate. Probably didn’t matter with The Big Bison on the receiving end.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:41 PM

      Manos de Piedra.

      Not that I don’t love Wilson, cuz I do.

  117. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Let’s just get that run back.

  118. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    I wonder if MLB will confiscate that bat for it’s own charitable purpose. The rule says it can.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:48 PM

      They won’t but a call I’m sure has been made. They don’t want softball looking bats used in games.

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM

        Not unless someone’s forking over the bucks.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM

        That bat is going home with Bryce with the rest of them.

        That bat he hit the 7 HRs with was a 2014 bat he pulled out and used.

      • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:56 PM

        What do you mean, a call has been made? For what purpose?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        The MLB office I’m sure has already called Rizzo.

        Usually it’s the bat companies that get scolded for unapproved colors as Marucci has been hit before.

        In this case that’s an after-market paint job and Bryce will have to deal with the reprecussions.

      • Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:11 PM

        When he used to take batting practice on the field he would use some pretty flashy bats. I don’t know what he did with them afterward, but he definitely likes to style with his bats.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        I think it’s ok during BP. Don’t you remember Sosa claimed his corked bat was for BP use. That was some creative stuff by Syringing Sosa.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        We’re commenting on legality of the elaborate design of Bryce’s bat.

      • Section 222 - Jul 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM

        Ghost, definitely ok during BP. I thought he used them to sell or donate or something. The bats i saw him use were pretty sweet. Just didn’t think he could use them in a game, but the bat he used Sunday night was two toned as well.

        Someone commented earlier that MLB would be really two-faced if they fined him after using him to promote MLB.com with several articles and tweets. i’d love to hear any followup you get on this.

  119. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    I think Escobar can’t run hard, more than won’t.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      He needs that time off in the All Star break.

      • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM

        He’s taken a beating this year. Would love to see him named to the ASG, he’s earned it, but wouldn’t blame him for giving it a skip.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:54 PM

        With Frazier, Carpenter, Arenado, Bryant, there’s no chance. 3rd baseman are playing big this year.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM

        HBP a couple of times in very ugly ways!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM

        Yep.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM

      He’s not quite Dan Haren slow, but he does not have good wheels. Never has had.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:07 PM

        Very painful to watch him in April trying a couple of steals. Peeeyew!

        Am I still a huge Yuni fan, ah yup!

  120. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Lol…. I dont think I’ve ever seen that in the majors… hahahahah

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:50 PM

      That’s a Little League play for sure.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        Very entertaining baseball. Too close to catching BH for an epic TOOTBLAN!

  121. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    If you have to reach as much as Ramos just reached the ball is no where near the zone or you you are way too off the plate.

    BTW I think I an needs to move closer

  122. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Come on Danny break this game wide open

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      Great AB, all things considered!

  123. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    50% off pizza tomorrow. Nuggets at lunch free.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:56 PM

      U can haz mine. Ur welcome.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:12 PM

        I don’t think the free chicken sandwich is in play, no save opportunity.

        Only cashed in the free nuggets once.

  124. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Good AB Danny….now need Desi to have a good AB

  125. Section 222 - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    And Petit is pulling a Tanner Roark. Role reversal.

  126. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    A sac fly better than a do or a k

  127. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Ok Desi we will take it…

  128. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    One of Desi’s best AB’s of the year.

  129. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Desi AB: “nonononono….awright, good sac fly.”

  130. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    3 crooked numbers today. That is more like it.

  131. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Get some, TMo.

  132. natslive - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Another RBI for TyMo

    • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM

      Deserves props! Yay Tyler!

  133. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Bet last night Tanner didn’t tell baby Roark that he would get 3 at bats today.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:03 PM

      “That pop up was for you!” 🙂

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        He has a F7, F8 and a F9 today.

  134. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Maybe Justin Maxwell ought to save jawing with the umpire during an AB until he’s hitting at least .240

    In other words, never.

  135. masterfishkeeper - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    I blame MASN for Tanner giving up 2 runs.

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

      Clearly. MASN has never, ever, had our backs!

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      Also, they turned our score upside down.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:29 PM

        6-2 upside down to 9-2, okay, I took me a minute. Oh bother, the Giants just made it 9-3.

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Way to go Desi. Great play.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM

      FP: “I got her center fielder pickoff RIGHT HERE!”

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        *yer
        YER center fielder pickoff.

        As you were.

  137. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Maybe a play like that will get Desi going offensively too.

  138. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    They try little league on us. We get ’em right back! AWESOME. Desi finds a way to get an out from nowhere!

  139. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    I guess if Bryce is gonna get fined for using this bat, he’s at least gonna use it all game?

  140. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:20 PM

    Bumgarner’s ERA up to 3.34 Sorry, I don’t think there’s a Giants pitcher that deserves to be an All Star this year.

  141. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Harper batting 344

  142. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    ROFL, FP: Bryce going all Ichiro!

    Bryce with bat control and good plan, hits it where they ain’t!

  143. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Desi does the flashy stuff regularly — it’s his defensive version of the six-run home run.

    “Make the routine plays every time, and you don’t need to make spectacular plays nearly so often.” Or words to that effect.

  144. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    What’s involved in getting a special bat design approved by the Rules Committee? Equipment manager makes a phone call? I’m thinking it can’t be that big a deal.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:31 PM

      If it was deal the Giants would have complained and umps would remove. Lot of barking about nothing.

  145. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Not a good inning for Janssen.

  146. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Now we have something to complain about. Janssen so far having control problems.

    McCatty sitting on his thumbs

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:32 PM

      No need to trouble the waters unless they get more guys on.

  147. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Forget about the guy on second. Just get three out and go home.

    There’s one.

  148. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Ump must have a dinner date that was not a k.

    • stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM

      He has pretty much been a random ball or strike generator today. Pretty awful, in an unbiased sort of way.

      • nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM

        I guess I’m turing into an old fart, because I agree completely!

        Was there ever a time when the umps had it figured out how to call a consistent strike zone for a whole game? Much less a string of them.

  149. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    Rookie don’t get that call, either. Not when umpie is ready for cocktails.

  150. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Ballgame! Thank you everyone.

  151. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    On pace to win 90. As thecLoD would say, this team is toast.

    Give Strasburg 15 days again. Bring up Ross.

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

      Agree. Whatever was going on in his ribcage, it hurt at least two times before he walked off. I’m saying he tweaked himself, then in the moment when you want to find out how badly you’re hurt, you try it again and feel the same or worse OUCH! He did that twice from what I saw. You may sit now.

  152. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Not bad. Not perfect, but an overall very good game played by our lads.

  153. stoatva - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Harp: “I’ll probably get fined for it.”

  154. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Harper just said he’ll probably get fined for the bat.

  155. manassasnatsfan - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    40,029 in attendance

  156. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    Postgame, on field: Kolko asks about the bat and BH admits he’ll get fined. Not sure what to think about that!

    Laughing again, twice in one game!

    If that’s MASN Dan’s first question, then it was common knowledge in the clubhouse. True?

  157. natsfan1a - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Great win, Nats! I can only hope that the obnoxious, local-embed Giants frat boys who sat behind me for the entire 18 inning game have been there this weekend. You know what they say about payback, boys. Heh. I think my fave part of today’s game was Blanco’s out in the 8th. That was nice, Ian. Very nice.

  158. Joe Seamhead - Jul 4, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    BTW, I’m enjoying my ” irrelevant ” crow. Talk about a reverse lock! Great game by Moore.

  159. nataddicted - Jul 4, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 4, 2015 at 1:53 PM
    That bat is going home with Bryce with the rest of them.
    That bat he hit the 7 HRs with was a 2014 bat he pulled out and used.

    And…

    Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 4, 2015 at 2:00 PM
    The MLB office I’m sure has already called Rizzo.
    Usually it’s the bat companies that get scolded for unapproved colors as Marucci has been hit before.
    In this case that’s an after-market paint job and Bryce will have to deal with the reprecussions.

    Now, from me…

    GOSM, Sincere Thank You for your educated contributions to our community! I’m listening and trying to learn.

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