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Game 83: Reds at Nats

Jul 6, 2015, 4:13 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Fresh off a 3-game sweep of the winner of three of the last five World Series, the Nationals now turn their attention to a struggling team that swept five weeks ago. The Cincinnati Reds have been facing an uphill battle all season, but they are 3-0 against the Nats after a perfect late-May weekend at Great American Ball Park.

The Nationals team, though, is slightly different, most notably when it comes to a starting rotation that has been brilliant over the last few weeks. Doug Fister has been part of that renaissance, though the right-hander is coming off a bit of a ragged start in Atlanta last week.

One roster move for the Nats: Right-hander David Carpenter has been placed on the paternity leave list. Lefty Sammy Solis was recalled from Class AA Harrisburg to fill his spot in the bullpen for now.

Updates to come, so please check back…

CINCINNATI REDS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Rain early, 79 degrees, Wind 7 mph RF to LF

NATIONALS (46-36)
CF Denard Span
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
2B Danny Espinosa
SS Ian Desmond
LF Michael Taylor
RHP Doug Fister

REDS (36-44)
2B Brandon Phillips
1B Joey Votto
3B Todd Frazier
RF Jay Bruce
LF Marlon Byrd
C Brayan Peña
SS Eugenio Suarez
RHP Anthony DeSclafani
CF Billy Hamilton

UMPIRES
HP Vic Carapazza
1B Brian Knight
2B Larry Vanover (cc)
3B Ron Kulpa

7:05 p.m. — There were a few periods of rain during batting practice, but the skies have cleared for now and the game is underway on time.

7:16 p.m. — Ugh, we’re in a rain delay in the bottom of the first, with an 0-1 count on Bryce Harper. Shouldn’t be long, but if you need something to do to pass the time … read my story on Max Scherzer (but not Drew Storen or Yunel Escobar) being named an All-Star.

7:45 p.m. — And we’re back after a 29-minute delay. Harper went right after DeSclafani’s first pitch and launched it into the third deck … in foul territory. He wound up striking out on a 3-2 curveball. So the first inning is complete, with no score.

8:07 p.m. — The top of the second was, well, odd. It included a 2-base throwing error on Fister, an infield single by Eugenio Suarez that would’ve been a groundout to second had Clint Robinson merely held his position at first base while Danny Espinosa made a great diving stop up the middle, Suarez then getting picked off after straying too far off first base but then DeSclafani lining a 2-out RBI double to left to give the Reds a 1-0 lead. Worse, Denard Span is now out of the game, with Michael Taylor shifting to center field and Matt den Dekker entering in left. Have to wonder if Span’s back acted up again during the rain delay.

8:27 p.m. — Ian Desmond and Danny Espinosa turned a really pretty double play to end the top of the third. And then the Nats lineup delivered its first run of the night in the bottom of the inning. Den Dekker got it started with a 2-out single to right, with Escobar adding another single after that. When Harper drew his 62nd walk of the season, the bases were loaded for Ramos. The Nats didn’t need a hit from him, though, because den Dekker swiped home plate on a wild pitch that only bounced about 15 feet away. Really aggressive move by him, and it paid off. 1-1 game now after three.

8:45 p.m. — Still 1-1 after four, but each team had a chance to score. The Reds loaded the bases in part because of a Desmond throwing error, but Fister got out of the jam. The Nats had a man in scoring position on Espinosa’s double, but Taylor popped out to end the inning.

9:02 p.m. — Uh-oh, another Nats regular has left this game. Now it’s Escobar, who departed after the top of the fifth, with Dan Uggla pinch-hitting for him. Not sure what exactly would be the issue with Yunel. We’ll see. Still 1-1 after five.

9:29 p.m. — Make it 2-2 after an eventful sixth inning. The Reds got the go-ahead run when Marlon Byrd drove a ball off the top of the right-field fence that was initially ruled a double, was changed to a home run after an umpire huddle, then was changed back to a double by New York on replay review. No matter, because Byrd still scored on Suarez’s RBI single. The Nats, though, answered immediately when Danny Espinosa launched a ball clear over the fence in right. That’s his ninth homer of the season, second only to Bryce Harper on the roster. Who saw that one coming on Opening Day?

9:44 p.m. — Some filthy stuff from Blake Treinen in the top of the seventh, producing three strikeouts of right-handed hitters, including Todd Frazier, all on sliders. The Nats went down quickly in the bottom of the inning, though. So we move to the eighth in what remains a 2-2 game.

9:57 p.m. — Uh-oh, Suarez lofted an 0-2 slider from Casey Janssen and deposited it just next to the left-field foul pole, giving the Reds a 3-2 lead in the eighth. And the Nats went down in order in the botto of the inning, so now they’re down to their last three outs, with Aroldis Chapman looming for the ninth.

10:16 p.m. — And that’ll do it. Nats lose 3-2 and fall to 0-4 this season against the Reds. Go figure.

193 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - Jul 6, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Turner and Ross strong afternoons for Syracuse and Giolito pitches tonight on the farm.

  2. adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    (Psst, Mark, “DeSclafani” only has one “i” in it)

    • National Anthem - Jul 6, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      Yes and a fani in the hand is worth two finis in the bush.

  3. NatsLady - Jul 6, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Looks like a delay is possible. Got my suite seat from Red Carpet Rewards so I’m sitting pretty.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:54 PM

      A terrorist attack you know something about ?

  4. adcwonk - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    The growth of Michael Taylor:

    April & May: .221/.283/.396/.677 37% of PA’s were K
    June & July: .273/.308/.382/.690 25% of PA’s were K

  5. donniebenth - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Is this the day Votto gets drilled hard?

    I know we tapped him gently on the back side a few weeks back.

    I actually don’t like plunkings, but we need to find something that reasserts our swagger against these guys.A nice steal of home would do. Calling Mr. Harper.

    • jd - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      That’s silly. If they start hitting our players, you have to send a message in order to stop it but you don’t drill people for no reason just to be a tough guy.

      • natsjackinfl - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:59 PM

        I’m with you jd. Things like “retribution” should and usually are left to the losers. Now if some loser Reds pitcher decides to start something, by all means, the Nats need to protect their own.

  6. nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    I’m gonna do this early. Every year when we play the Os at Nats park the place is 50 percent Oreos fans. However when the games are at OPACY you might get 10 percent Nats fans. Being that I have gone to Bmore the last several years I am quite sick of A, losing the games and B taking quite a bit of verbal abuse. I know Bmore is not an enjoyable place to be but could we try to get some more fans in red at OPACY?

    • therealjohnc - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      A lot of Nats fans simply refuse to put money in Angelos’s pocket. That wouldn’t stop me from going to OPACY, but for a lot of people it’s an uncrossable line.

      • 3on2out - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:03 PM

        nattygoats – Jun 18, 2015 at 10:30 PM
        “Lose the lead. Lose your best player. Then lose the game. 6 errors in the last two games and ZERO accountability for this.. Just a middle of the pack ho hum baseball team who is only still alive because they are in an awful division. They will be under .500 by Monday as they are nowhere near the level of the Pirates”

        The Pirates the Nats swept? Those Pirates?

        Big Nats fan, huh, Nasty?

        You want us to come to Charm City to support that “middle of the pack ho hum baseball team”?

        Your rallying cry really has me excited…sign me up to join you in your unwavering support the Nats.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:10 PM

        Too funny!

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      Despite what Angelos once said, there are a lot of baseball fans in Washington. And many of them who live inside or near the Beltway and who grew up as Orioles fans are still Orioles fans despite the Nats now being here. I know several such people, and I don’t begrudge them their Orioles fandom. They will go to Orioles games in OPCY, and when the O’s play in Nats Park, they will go to those games too.

      OTOH, there are no Nats fans (or very few, anyway) who live in Baltimore to go to games in OPCY when the Nats play there. And as the other guy said, there are a lot of former O’s fans who are now Nats fans and still hate Angelos and refuse to go to games in Baltimore, even if it’s the Nats playing there. I’m not one of them, but I understand the sentiment. OPCY is a great ballpark, no one can deny that. So why not go see your team when it’s playing there? I’ve been up there for Nats-O’s games several times, but was late off the mark this year and just discovered that the Sunday game is nearly sold out, and StubHub prices are through the roof. Baltimore is supporting its team now that they’re winning again, so it looks like it will be majority orange up there this weekend.

      Just be glad that there’s now no one yelling “Oh” during the anthem at Nats Park even when the O’s aren’t there. That wasn’t the case when the park opened. Now if we could just get rid of those idiots who wear half red and half orange to the games. Just pick a side, okay?

      • dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:59 PM

        why risk my life…remember SWM and family were verbally and physically abused up there cheering against the O’s..l..tooo dangerous….and why waste gas and money when I can watch the Nats anytime here at home.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:56 PM

      i pity the fool that goes to that dump and givin money to the slum lord, Devilos

    • ArVAFan - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:31 PM

      Count us as 4 for Saturday. Bringing my BIG brother (ex Navy) and his wife (also ex-Navy) for protection. Got seats right behind the visitors dugout.

  7. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    Time to forget that nonsense and win games against the Reds.That is the answer.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 6, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      Exactly.

  8. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:01 PM

    I’m interested to see where Solis apparently ranks in The Brain Trust’s evaluation of minor league relief pitching prospects. I don’t know that he has a long-term future in DC but, barring injury, at least he’ll probably get a serious look in ST.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 6:49 PM

      Sometimes I think these short term call ups are more about featuring trade bait than anything else. I have a hard time believing Rizzo has long-term plans for Taylor Jordan, for instance. BWTHDIK?

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Signal went out during D span at bat cuz of rain… im like 1.5 miles away from the park…. wonder if it’s raining there….

  10. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Are the Reds gonna complain and say we did this on purpose?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      Buffalo

  11. dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    should be done by the time the tarp is put out

  12. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Espi beast defense

  13. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Robinson pulls a Brandon Belt

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      That’s a minor leaguer’s mistake there. Clint is probably not used to playing with guys who can make the play Danny just did.

      But I’m not sure FP is right about why he was off the bag. He looked to be trailing the runner, not moving toward the center of the diamond.

  14. dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    biiiiiiiiiiiiig break

  15. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Unearned run reappear.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    Nice TOOTBLAN By them after Clint Robinson plays spectator.

    Error by pitcher, 1st baseman falls asleep, TOOTBLAN by them. RBI single from their pitcher.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM

      If Clint wants to watch the game like a spectator, he should buy a ticket.

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        Oh, he just figured there was no way Espi was getting to that ball. He was wrong.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:05 PM

        That’s a minor leaguer’s mistake there. Clint is probably not used to playing with guys who can make the play Danny just did.

        But I’m not sure FP is right about why he was off the bag. He looked to be trailing the runner, not moving toward the center of the diamond.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      RBI double, in fact.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      RBI double as I saw it.

      Robinson did the same thing Brandon Belt did. Not a matter of falling asleep.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:12 PM

        Belt was t inning to cover the pitchers mound for a cutoff. CRob was just late getting back to 1st.

  17. scnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Why a pitcher would throw a strike to Desmond is beyond me

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      I said that last week or maybe two weeks ago. Makes absolutely no sense.

      My kangeroo court would fine that pitcher.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      That would be K # 96 ….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:16 PM

        Catching Pederson.

  18. scnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    And now Span is out again. Can’t we go a week without an injury?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      Back probably stiffened up during the rain delay.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Ramos’swing and miss I would like to be mad at but it was called a strike incorrectly early in the at bat.

    The Nats need to start having a kangeroo court, and fine In every time he takes a fastball in the middle or swings at a slider low and away. Of course the stupid collective bargain agreement has probably outlawed kangeroo courts.

  20. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Now Denard is out of game.This really sucks.When we get the 3 back somebody else will be out.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Span may need to just go on the 15 day DL

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Unless its different than the back spasm the 15 day DL is way over kill.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:17 PM

        Completely disagree. All this play 1/2 days then off again is overkill… just rest the back and get it 100 percent.

  22. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Taylor needs to be ready a fast ball and adjust if it is something else. Taking a fastball over the plate just means you are guessing non fast ball.

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Den Dekker with little preparation gets a hit

  24. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Maybe den Dekker can fill in with a …

    two out single~!

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Hahaha…. when I player 3rd base, I made those mistakes all the time… I was a terrible baseball player… hahaha… I was scared of the ball.

    Thats cuz I got drilled in the thigh and never recovered…..

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Come on Wilson… DO SOMETHING POSITIVE!?!?!?

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    3-0 fastball, not sure where he wanted it to swing, looked per spot for a good whack.

  28. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    den Dekker!!!!!

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Lol… I cant believe he scored……

  30. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    looks like he may have jammed his left hand. that would be terrible if we lost den Dekker.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    DenDekker what a hustle.

  32. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Great read to score there by den Dekker.

    Now, if he had gotten himself thrown out with a guy who homered last night at bat …

  33. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    MW is amazing.He bats Robinson behind Harp and for no reason bats Ramos tonite behind him with a tough righty for Reds.Harp would have gotten more to hit with Clint behind him.Amazing.

  34. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Ball was tagged but Span catches that.

    • veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      +1

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Oh well. The rookies giveth and the rookies giveth away.

  35. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Span catches that ball on a perfect read

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      97% he would have made it look easy.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    That looked like some of the April Taylor. He had the correct shoulder than switched to the wrong way.

  37. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    These guys look like they could use a few days off pretty soon.

    • veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      Are you kidding me? den Dekker looks amazing!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:38 PM

        Yeah, I didn’t mean him.

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:40 PM

        I know. lol

  38. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Yikes… imma give him the benefit of the doubt and blame the wet field…

  39. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    No doubt, Zimmerman scoops that.

  40. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Now MW will use DenDeker to pitch hit against righties.Uggla stinks.Desi stinks.

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Anither E6 of course no one misses LaRiche more than Desi

    He isn’t hitting

    So what is his purpose in being there.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      actually, I don’t think Desmond’s errors have come on plays where Laroche could have helped, except for a few.

  42. natslive - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Bad throw by Desi but a good 1B picks that

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      It’s gets to a point where blame shouldn’t be shared, imo… cant keep faulting others when Desi messes up.

      Sure a seasoned 1st would have caught that but that was absolutely a terrible throw by Desi….

  43. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    You can not win playing like this.

  44. natslive - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Good play Danny

  45. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Had Escobar been playing 2nd base right there, Reds up 2-1.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    7 extra pitchesthis inning 3 extra in the second. So 10 extra now.

  47. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Wonder what Desmond’s swing and miss percentage is. Wonder where it ranks in the majors

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Annie says he’s pulling his hips out.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      You can look that up on fangraphs, if you’re actually interested.

      If you’re just venting, I get that too.

  48. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Espi having a solid game thus far

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:47 PM

      I’d call it a pretty solid season, thus far.

      • veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        You, sir, are correct. Comeback player of the year?

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Danny doing his thing… on defense and offense…

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Deja Vu sort of…

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    How low does Desi have to go get some pine time?

  52. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    All the hard hit balls are by lefties.Harp foul shot,DenDeker,Espi and Clint.Thats why you need Robinson behind Harp.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      Fister lined a hard one first time foul too.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:58 PM

        And another hard one this time.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Nasty pitch to k Votto.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Bochy must not have been impressed with Storen this weekend.

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    OK guys let’s start scoring.

  56. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Let them have the AS game,we want the WS.

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    FP who you fooling? NY would never call blocking the plate even if if he did.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Escobar grimiced on that good play in the 4th but since nothing happened afterwards I decided I might be wrong.

  59. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    What the F is going on.Now Escobar is out.This is a joke.What can happen to a guy just playing and not even working up a sweat.

  60. scnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    And now Escobar

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Pitch on the outer half please hit the other way and not pull.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Sigh… its like the Nats are the Walking Wounded….

  63. nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    The Nats are the walking wounded. Still a lot of missed opportunities. Why Ramos behind Bryce is mind boggling

    • veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      How about rewarding a player for a previous performance? It’s not always about going with the obvious answers. Sometimes pushing a few buttons here and there work out nicely.

  64. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    I said earlier when we got the 3 guys back we would lose 2 more.We lost them already.

  65. dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Nats in the field by the ASG
    Robinson-Uggla-Desmond-Difo
    Moore-Taylor-denDecker

    There stands Ian like a stonewall

  66. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Think that’s a HR….

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      Wow… replay worked in the Nats favor…. im surprised they over turned it.

  67. dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    funny bounce though…like it hit the top of the strip where it met the railing

  68. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Huh…..we caught a break. Nice.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      Marlon Byrd very nearly doubled off. Wow, that would suck, to be in the dugout with a home run, then be told “No, go back to second and stand out there in the rain like an idiot,” and then get doubled off.

  69. dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    could we possiblh have
    Zimmermn, Rendon, Escobar
    Werth, Span
    on the DL….too much rain

    In the unlikely event this happens, who do you bring up ?

    • dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      oh we do have another outfielder in Goodwin on the 40 man roster

  70. knoxvillenat - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Reds are starting to square up on Fister, MW needs to get some bullpen action going. Even the Reds outs are pretty loud lately.

  71. nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Oh well we will try again tomorrow. Just walk Bryce and this baby is over. 0 and 4 against Reds? Ughh.

  72. Hiram Hover - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Fister has not looked that sharp but damage has been limited. Don’t push it.

  73. dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    jeez….espinosa swinging a potent bat

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Way to go Danny…

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    DESI GOT A HIT… DESI GOT A HIT…. GLORY GLORY…. DESI GOT A HIT!?!?!?!?

    • dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      once a week whether he needs it or not

    • scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Woot, amen sister!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      Need another big hit!

  76. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Get Fister out of game whether he bats here or not.

  77. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    We are running out of players.MW may have to think out of the box and use Lobaton to hit.

  78. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Let’s go t mo!

  79. nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Lobaton Ph

  80. dcwx61 - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    one thing we don’t need is extra innings given the depleted state of affairs in Washington

  81. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Free Emmanuel Burriss!!!!!

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      (in every specially marked package)

  82. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Nasty Blake, just wicked

  83. knoxvillenat - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    All in all not a bad game by Fister, one earned run I think in six innings? Fister’s own error hurt him but otherwise he had a good effort tonight. Key is to recognize when he is about to hit the wall and not give him too much rope, Matt did well to get him out when he did.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      But he hits the wall fast.

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I see during my errand both teams scored .

    Treinan made Marlon Bird look like Ian

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Good move. I wasn’t sold on it.

  85. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    (Spit on ground) kick dirt. Take that reds!

  86. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Some killer sliders from Treinen there

  87. knoxvillenat - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    BTW….did Ghost take the night off?

    • scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Prob at game

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      I’m here. Computer issues. Phone posting if it’s working

  88. TheBigDummy - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Man Good Treinen is straight up filthy.

  89. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Tough to score with 5 regulars out.

  90. veejh - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Reds albatross this year?

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    I reiterate what I said this morning about Janssen to Mick.

  92. TheBigDummy - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Janssen stinks. He makes me uncomfortable watching him too with the how hyper animated he is.

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      He probably makes hitters uncomfortable too. Suarez sure has his number, though.

  93. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Treinen can not pitch 2 innings.I would prefer the kid Rivero who throws 98 over Jansen any day.Jansen stinks.

  94. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    That move was less excellent.

  95. knoxvillenat - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Reds have it where they like it now, Hoover for the eighth and Chapman in the ninth.

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Did MW look at the numbers?

    Pena was 3 for 3.

    The Suarez had homered against him last month.

    Statistically makes no sense.

    Janssen through him hanging curve, which we had a few hangers but for the most part we just let them go.

    Now we have to score or face Chapman.

    Janssen has pitched twice in July and gave up a run both games.

  97. nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Really needed the bullpen to be tough with all these starters out. Didn’t happen. Jansen stinks. Winless against the reds

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      In other breaking news: Water is wet!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      Read my stats on Janssen then tell me sucks.

    • nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      That’s why your always trying to kiss me.

  98. nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Blake has pitched 3 innings before. Jansen stinks. Did I mention Jansen stinks?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      When he was a starter.

  99. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    That as a ball

  100. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    I’m not sure Chapman against Desmond is appropriate for family viewing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      Chapman throws high strikes. Desi more likely to hit him than most pitchers.

      • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:06 PM

        From your lips to The Big Guy’s ear.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        However Chapman at times just can’t hit the zone.

    • nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      MW really is a poor manager. That Stat above by Manassas says a lot. Really pathetic.

    • nattygoats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      Lol. Take a knee.

  101. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    The health of this team is the real concern.The Mets are not going away.With 5 guys out winning is going to be tough.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      Next man up

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Janssen vs. Reds 2 games 22.50 ERA. Rest of the league 13 games 0.69 ERA.

    He twice now pitched the 8th inning to set a Chapman save.

    MW look at the match up and manage approoriately.

  103. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Rivera = min chapman in the making

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      He ain’t skeered, is he?

  104. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Like I said who would you rather have for the 8th?Philips,Votto and Frazier and MW brings in Jansen.

    • scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      MW let game with dumb decision there. See MNF post

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Ian vs Chapman…. Imma call it now.. He hits a hr…. *chokes chicken, throws salt over shoulder, grabs lucky shirt*

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      1 pitch… 1 out…. That’s Desi….

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Why should he take a pitch it just sets up a k. I prefer on fastball to swing and hit than watch it.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        That’s right Desi, listen to MnF.. Oh wait, he is sitting n the bench after not working a count and going up hacking…

        #dumb

  106. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    “Hey, Burriss. You wanna be a big leaguer? Grab a bat and go take a cut at Chapman.”

  107. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    Had no problem hitting a fast ball. Just didn’t square it up.

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Taylor let’s steal second. Hard to get two hits

  109. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    I’d have gone with Manny. Poor guy.

  110. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    That’s huge!!!

  111. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Wow, look at that… mAT works a count… And gets a walk….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Desi would never work on Chapman so I like him swinging.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:19 PM

        And you also like him 1 pitch 1 out on the bench.

  112. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Steal third

    • stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      Hope he throws a wild pitch. He does that.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Loboton could have had a walk too but swung at two balls.

  114. scmargenau - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Not fair

  115. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    only hope try to steal and hope they throw into left field

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      That is what I called for.

  116. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    That sounded inside.

  117. manassasnatsfan - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Note to MW. Janssen can pitch against anyone but Reds.

  118. stoatva - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Scherz’em tomorrow. I will be putting my 11-4 record on the line.

    All will be well.

  119. rlndtln - Jul 6, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Jansen stinks period.

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