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Game 84: Reds at Nats

Jul 7, 2015, 3:29 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

As far as pitching matchups go, they don’t get much better right now than Max Scherzer vs. Johnny Cueto. Scherzer, of course, is in the middle of a historic stretch that has seen him throw a no-hitter, a 1-hitter and strike out 42 batters while walking only one. Cueto, meanwhile, owns a 2.84 ERA and 100 strikeouts to only 20 walks.

The Nats lineup will be shorthanded against Cueto, though. Both Denard Span (back spasms) and Yunel Escobar (tight hamstring) are out of the lineup after leaving last night’s game early. We’ll get updates on both players shortly. It’ll be up to the rest of the crew to cobble together enough run support for Scherzer.

No rain in the forecast, but it is scorching hot and humid today. Check back for updates throughout…

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 184
Weather: Partly cloudy, 87 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (46-37)
CF Michael Taylor
3B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
1B Clint Robinson
2B Dan Uggla
SS Ian Desmond
LF Matt den Dekker
RHP Max Scherzer

REDS (37-44)
2B Brandon Phillips
1B Joey Votto
3B Todd Frazier
RF Jay Bruce
C Brayan Peña
SS Eugenio Suarez
LF Skip Schumaker
RHP Johnny Cueto
CF Billy Hamilton

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

7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway on a scorching, 89-degree evening. Max Scherzer got a big ovation from the home crowd, which hasn’t seen him pitch here since the no-hitter.

7:29 p.m. — Now THAT was a weird first inning. Scherzer actually looked human for the first time in a long time. His command was all over the place. He surrendered three hits, including drives off the right-center field wall by Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. He was really deliberate on the mound, stepping off the rubber several times. Dan Uggla letting Matt den Dekker’s throw from left field scoot right between his legs didn’t help, but Scherzer was not himself during a 25-pitch, 2-run top of the first. Johnny Cueto was better but far from perfect himself. The Nats put two guys on base, with Votto flat-out dropping Cueto’s routine throw to first allowing Danny Espinosa to reach safely. And Bryce Harper blooped a single to left. But the Nats couldn’t push across a run, with Wilson Ramos grounding out and Clint Robinson flying out to center. So after one, it’s 2-0 Cincinnati.

7:40 p.m. — Much better stuff from Scherzer in the top of the second. He retired the side on nine pitches, so he’s at 34 total through two. Cueto also retired the side in the bottom of the inning. Still 2-0 Reds.

7:52 p.m. — Votto is just owning Scherzer tonight. After doubling off the wall in the first, he just homered off the back wall of the right-field bullpen in the third. Scherzer has already given up three runs in three innings. The Nats, meanwhile, have only Harper’s bloop single to their tally against Cueto so far. 3-0 Cincinnati after three.

8:07 p.m. — This sums up the Nats’ offensive attack so far tonight vs. Cueto: Harper is 1-for-1 with a walk, everybody else is 0-for-13. They’ve had two guys reach base on errors, but Wilson Ramos just ran himself into an out in the bottom of the fourth. Trying to avoid an easy double play on a grounder to second, he eluded Brandon Phillips’ tag, but assumed he was called out for being out of the baseline. Except he wasn’t. Had he kept running to second, he would’ve been safe. Instead, he was tagged out to complete the double play. Bad baseball. Still 3-0 Reds after four.

8:37 p.m. — Well, this obviously wasn’t Scherzer’s night. He wound up getting yanked after only 4 2/3 innings, having matched his season high with five runs allowed on seven hits. He failed to complete six innings for the first time in 23 starts, a streak dating back to last year with Detroit. Meanwhile, Ian Desmond led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple … and didn’t score. That kind of a night. 5-0 Cincy after five.

Chase taking over while Mark writes his game story

8:58 p.m. — The sixth inning was a quick one, as Taylor Jordan allowed only a walk to Schumaker and the Nats went down 1-2-3. Cueto is in complete control against a Nats’ lineup that is missing five regulars. He added a pair of strikeouts in the sixth to push his total to eight and has thrown 88 pitches on the night.

9:13 p.m. — Another inning with little coming on offense for either team. The Reds got Phillips on to lead off the seventh on an error by Espinosa. He misplayed a hard groundball at third that bounced off his glove and into left field. The Nats would go down in order and strike out twice. Cueto now has 10 strikeouts on the evening. He’s thrown exactly 100 pitches, but as of now there is no activity in Cincinnati’s bullpen.

9:28 p.m. — Still 5-0 here at Nationals Park as Sammy Solis will take over to pitch the ninth. Cueto carved the Nats up on 11 pitches in the eighth and has 111 for the night. That will probably be it for him.

9:36 p.m. — Nats lose 5-0 to the Reds, as Cueto pitches a shutout. They will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow with Gio Gonzalez on the mound.

134 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    let’s go Nats…

    • paulfortier - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      Nats Insider commits more erros than Ian Desmond…

      • paulfortier - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:48 PM

        errors (what a freudian lapsus)

  2. masterfishkeeper - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    That guy DeSclafani is working hard, starting again tonight! Or is that an error? 🙂

    • Doc - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:40 PM

      He was so good last night, the Reds are trying him again! LOL

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      I want a refund!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      I’m starting to think Chase is a bad influence.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:47 PM

      Back in my day every pitcher pitched back-to-back starts…not like today’s wimps.

  3. jfmii - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Humid and wind blowing “out to center”. Nationals Park might be playing small tonight

  4. bowdenball - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    The Syracuse Chiefs must be absolutely thrilled to have the NL’s leading contenders for MVP and CY Young in their lineup tonight. What’s the special occasion?

    • therealjohnc - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Heh. I had the same thought, but you got there first *tips cap

    • senators69 - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      Crazy…Only 3 Nats position-players deemed starters in Spring training take the field tonight?!

      Is Cueto throwing or not??

  5. mauimo22 - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Let’s beat these scumbag Reds tonight, eh fellas?
    #NATITUDE

  6. nattygoats - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Desmond is way overdue. I predict 3 ribis for him.

    • lphboston - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      I was hoping that Rendon and Escobar can get healthy so Desmond can sit for a week or two.

      • senators69 - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:30 PM

        Or for the rest of the season as a bench player.
        If all healthy, I’d like to see Rendon, 3B; Escobar, SS; Espi, 2B

  7. nattygoats - Jul 7, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Once again Ramo at cleanup? Don’t get it.

    • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:00 PM

      Totally agree. Robinson is far and away the better hitter against RHPs these days. Or even Espinosa. Someone has to be there to at least make the pitchers try to come within a foot of the plate vs Harper. 2015 Wilson Ramos scares absolutely no one

      • jfmii - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:07 PM

        Lefty, righty, lefty. And you’re saying the rookie Robinson does scare anyone? Why no love for Ramos? He has had plenty of big hits at critical times this season.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        He scares me every time there’s a throw coming in for a play at the plate.

      • ArVAFan - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        Well, he did startle a couple of folks above the scoreboard within the last few days. Indeed, I seem to recall that he was player of the game that night. Is he Bryce? No, but who else is? He may not be scaring anyone, but don’t underestimate him, either.

      • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:36 PM

        Clint Robinson is batting .261/.340/.418 on the season. Wilson Ramos is batting .262/.289/.405. As for getting big hits at critical times, Ramos is batting .222/.265/.289 in high-leverage plate appearances this year. I love the Buffalo as any good Nats fan should, but the only thing separating him from the ire of Nats fans this season is Ian Desmond, human criticism shield.

        If Matt needs to separate the lefties he could move Harper up to 2, which would be my preference given the paper-thin lineup and the way opponents are treating him. Or put Espinosa’s switch-hitting bat behind him.

      • jd - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        bowdenball,

        What you don’t like Harper batting 3rd where he has a great chance of coming up with 2 outs and no one on? You haven’t read the memo about the best hitter always hitting 3rd? you want statistical proof that that’s the way to go? folklore isn’t good enough for you?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        Pitchers aren’t worried about somebody’s slash lines over the season; they only have to deal with a few ABs. If they’re worried at all, it’s about what the hitter can do. Either of them can take your mistake into the red seats.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        Pitchers aren’t worried about somebody’s slash lines over the season; they only have to deal with a few ABs. If they’re worried at all, it’s about what the hitter can do. Either of them can take your mistake into the red seats.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:17 PM

        Seriously? We’re going to bash Ramos for his “high leverage” at bats because of his .222/.265/.289 splits? In favor of Clint Robinson … whose “high leverage” splits are .130/.231/.261?

        Geez, people, do some research.

        FWIW, Robinson’s stats peak in “low leverage” situations using B-R’s clutch stats. Ramos’s peak in “medium leverage” situations. Which would you rather have? Further, Ramos is hitting .310 with RISP (Robinson .258), .325 in RISP w/2 outs (Robinson .200).

        Mostly the reason that Ramos is batting cleanup behind Bryce is not because he’s a classic cleanup hitter – it’s because there’s no one better in the lineup.* Even putting aside the downside of stacking your lefties with CR hitting behind Harper, Ramos is the better option.

        *Boy, this is a lousy lineup. It’s not quite the Riggleman Sunday Special lineup from 2010, when he would have 5 guys in the lineup below the Mendoza line, but it’s not a true contender’s lineup unless you count the “Hitless Wonders” 1906 White Sox (.230 team batting average). Go get ’em, Max!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        That’s not supposed to happen!

        But as long as I’m in comments — Time Machine Willie McCovey wasn’t available tonight. This is who’s left standing. So far.

      • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:37 PM

        Ramos was outstanding Sunday evening.

        Jeez. What’ve you done for me in the last five minutes, huh?

  8. rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    I said the same thing last.You need a lefty bat behind Harp when a righty pitches and Ramos when a lefty pitches.MW is always a step close.I also wanted Rivero in the 8th over Jansen but Mw will take a couple of beatings before he comes around.The eye test tells you that even if you no nothing about baseball.

  9. rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    This is a pathetic lineup.Only MW would pitch to Harp if he was managing the Reds.

    • Danny - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      Whambulance

  10. GeneralCornRowWallace - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Span MRI on his back and visit to a specialist. I see yet another starter on the DL here in short order. Is this just a case of dumb luck and more injuries than normal or is our training staff and Weimi the Witch Doctor our team’s greatest weakness?

    • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      I think it’s three different things:

      1. Bad luck: enough said.

      2. Team philosophy: The Nats take chances on players with injury histories. Rendon wouldn’t be on the roster if the teams that picked before us on his draft were run the way the Nats are run. Werth might not be either, and maybe they don’t extend Zim. It’s a high risk, high reward strategy. So far it’s worked out for the best over the long haul.

      3. Fan perception: everyone has injuries, we just ignore the other teams’ and focus on ours. The team chasing us is without David Wright, Travis D’Arnaud and their suspended closer, and they just got Daniel Murphy backfrom the DL. Tonight’s opponent is missing Devin Mesoraco, Zach Cosart and Homer Bailey along with several bullpen guys. It’s the nature of a 6 month season. I agree that our situation is worse than most, but at the same time we’re the only team missing multiple key players.

      • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:56 PM

        “We’re NOT the only team missing multiple key players,” that should say.

      • Section 222 - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        +1 on the injuries. The Cards are getting it done with some significant injuries. Their best hitter (Wainwright) out for the season. Arguably their best hitter (Holliday) out since June 9. The Nats are getting it done pretty well too.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        Have to agree with Bowdenball and Section 222 here, except that Wainwright, while a decent hitter for a pitcher, is not the Cards’ best hitter!

        Seriously, folks, everyone has injuries, and this fluctuates. At least the Nats have only lost one player for the season. Let’s hope our health peaks at the end of the season.

  11. Section 222 - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Complaints about the hitting Ramos 4th and C-Rob 5th are misplaced. It”s pretty obvious that MW wants to break up the lefites for the late innings. If they want a lefty to face both Harper and C-Rob, they have to let Ramos have a shot at him, unless they want to burn 3 pitchers in an inning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      +1

    • bowdenball - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      That’s a fair point. I’d like to see Harper moved up to the 2 spot with Espi batting third which would alleviate this concern, but I understand that sort of unorthodox lineup construction is not going to happen with MW at the helm, so this Harper-Ramos-Robinson lineup is the best we can do with the players on hand.

  12. raleighnat - Jul 7, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    If Harper gets a pitch the Reds manager should be fired.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Svrluga is on MLB Network talking about his book about the behind the scenes of the Nats.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:05 PM

      Anybody looked at it yet?

      Saw an excerpt in the Post last weekend, thinking about getting it for some beach reading later this summer.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:52 PM

        I assume it’s a repackaging of the Svrluga pieces that have been running in the Post over the past season or so. Can’t recall them all but there was the recent one on Rizzo, another on Zimm, another on the players’ wives. The series of pieces was called “The Grind,” as is the book. Interesting reading, yes, imho.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:56 PM

        Here’s the one on wives.

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/sports/wp/2014/05/09/the-wife-chelsey-desmond/

      • natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:58 PM

        Click on “The Grind” link at the top right of the landing page for the link I gave and you’ll see the other pieces in the series.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:56 PM

        Thanks!

  14. Steady Eddie - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    That’s silly. He got several pitches to hit last night, and much to his own visible frustration, failed to do anything with them (unless you consider a 400++ foot foul into the third deck as anything, which of course it isn’t, other than more frustration.

    And tonight’s pitcher is Cueto, who sure won’t be intimidated if DeSclafani wasn’t).

    • Steady Eddie - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      That was supposed to be a reply to raleighnat, but reply button didn’t work.

      • Steady Eddie - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        And parentheses misplaced, but whatever.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:07 PM

        Not so steady, eddie? 😉

  15. letswin3 - Jul 7, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Scroll back up to the lineup for tonight … is there any way in the world you would have imagined this lineup back in March? I guess the good news is that the Nats are still in first place in the NL East. I seriously can’t remember a year with this many injuries, so maybe we should be thankful that the depth is carrying us through this night of darkness.

    • rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:23 PM

      The only thing that matters is the health issue.We have not had a complete team for 2 years minus a few games.It does not look good.

  16. natslive - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Need for Desi to break out of his season long slump and get hot for at least a week

  17. natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:53 PM

    I’ll be watching until there’s a long rain delay or I fall asleep on the couch, whichever happens first. 🙂

    • natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      I don’t care if Paulie Walnuts wins, but I’d like for the home team to win.

      • natsfan1a - Jul 7, 2015 at 6:59 PM

        kthxbai

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Good Lord guys….

  19. stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Gotta make them regret that bonehead baserunning. Hate to give Cueto 2 runs before he throws a pitch tho.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      It could have been much worse. That throw from CRob to Ramos was 3 feet high. That was fortunate.

      • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:49 PM

        Yes indeed. I think he couldn’t believe he was actually trying to score.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    I just got in from mowing and felt like we got nattygoated in the first

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

      Nothing cheap about either run. They’re morons for not getting three.

      We didn’t take advantage of a couple of gifts.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        So they hit Max like the Blue Jays did.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    What’s up with Scherzer’s velo in this game. Sitting 91 and his reachback was 93. I hope that gun is wrong.

  22. rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Max is not a machine although it seems like he is.

  23. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Oh boy….

  24. rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Best to take max out after 5 and pitch him Sunday.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    That was a ball right in Votto’s wheel house.

    Max is spoiled us.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Now FP says what I’ve been saying for weeks about Scherzer’s workload. I love the hindsight people.

    • natslive - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      Exactly….but earlier he was talking about him throwing at least 100 pitches in most of his starts and how great that was and that it didn’t take anything out of him…kind of changing his tune now

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:56 PM

        FP learned that you sound smarter in hindsight.

        Like I’ve said, MW is the manager and needs to tell Scherzer he has nothing to prove on the Iron Man award which doesn’t exist. Scherzer had the reputation of not pitching deep in games with only 1 CG before this season.

        What was the purpose of pitching Scherzer into the 9th in his last start in a tie game?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

        I told you before, twin, how someone said to me that Max doesn’t normally go past 7 too often… then all of a sudden I’m seeing him in the 8th and 9th etc.

        I get it though, becuz of the lameness (that’s probably harsh) of the BP at a time when it wasn’t settled… but yeah I would rather Max start going deep in September/October…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:08 PM

        I wonder any of these pitchers could keep up with Gibson and Kaufax etc.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Maybe he is just now noticing it… some of us have mentioned it before.. but you have a fair share of peeps who also like to talk about how pitchers used to go everyday or are being sensitive now etc…

      • natslive - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        Yeah I remember a couple of us saying don’t bring him out for the 9th in his last start against the Giants…he does have us spoiled though – used to very few hits/runs when he pitches and then when he gives up one it’s a surprise

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:11 PM

        The pitchers of yesteryears didn’t play baseball 10 months of the year with ridiculous pitch counts in tournaments.

  27. stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    How this Cincinnati team can be so bad with this kind of lineup is a mystery to me. Must drive their fans nuts.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:54 PM

      They are driving me nuts…. cuz I feel like this game is over…

      I dont see this line up scoring 4 on Cueto…. I absolutely hope I’m wrong…

  28. rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    This game is over.Save Max.

    • natslive - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Not yet….still 6 innings left

  29. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Come on Nats bats… HAMMER CUETO…..

  30. joemktg - Jul 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Michael A refusing to defer to Desmond. Smart.

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Come on Wilson… put 1 in the stands!?!?!?!?!?

  32. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    What the hell was that Wilson!?!?!?!?

  33. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Todd Frazier does his Ian imitation.

    Maybe Ian can do a Todd imitation

    What was Ramos doing

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    These doubleplays. Rally killers.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      Total vapor lock by Ramos. Just awful to see. Won’t take advantage of gift base runners.

  35. rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    We play dumb baseball.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:10 PM

      Not usually.

      Holy smoke that was a throw by Harper.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    I wonder any of these pitchers could keep up with Gibson, Drysdale and Kaufax etc.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      Can’t believe the d-bags in the crowd who won’t give Max a hand as he leaves. Dirt ignorant.

      • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        Don’t know why that was a reply.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Get the BP going….

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Scherzer could have picked off Hamilton had he wanted to.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    FP now saying it’s not fatigue, it’s the heat.

  40. rlndtln - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Like I said get Max out of there.Rest him until Sunday.

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    It wasn’t pretty before but this is getting real ugly.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    When Strasburg pitches this badly everyone suspect injury. Is Scherzer going to get equal treatment?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      When SS pitches this bad, he is a head case and not an ace and got something wrong between his ears and all the other stuff people say…

      It’s only injury when he grimaces, imo.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:20 PM

        Just asking so when Max pitches like this he is not a head case?

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    He was due for a dud… happens to them all..

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      That is OK as long as we are hitting. Not OK if we are not.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Paying for 9+9+8+9?

    As I said pitchers pitched 9 a lot in history The last 15 years pitchers have much less endurance for whatever reason.

    With the physical training of today endurance should be no problem.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      See what I mean, twin?!?!

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Maybe if the schedule was still 154+ 7 WS Max instead of 162 + 5 + 7 + 7 max that would help.

  45. scnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    On a bright note we are unlikely to see the Reds in the playoffs

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      The Reds are terrible. Not sure why we have so much problem with them.

    • nattygoats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      Unlikely to see the Nats in the playoffs.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Looking at the numbers I don’t see how you not start Grainke. As good as Max has been Grainke’s numbers are even better.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      Burnett has earned it, IMO.

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Wow… Desi… wow…

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Man on third just hit the ball to the middle infield.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    I cant believe we just stranded Desi…

    Actuallty, I take that back…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      The three guys who followed just decided to hit like him.

      • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:47 PM

        Let’s face it this is not a major league lineup we have on the field tonight.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Taylor Jordan, please throw strikes, they get enough hits without giving them free runners.

  51. nattygoats - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    WOW the boys really mailed this one in, very disheartening and depressing performance. Just forfeit tomorrow.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      Hey Brooks!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        Hahahahaha… I laughed for a good 5 minutes… thanks.

  52. stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    The good news: It only counts as one loss no matter how ugly it is.

    Bet we are in first place tomorrow morning! Any takers?

  53. AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Totally, absolutely unforgivable to not score Desi from third with no outs there.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      Two called third strikes are what made it so. All that was asked for was contact.

  54. stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Best I’ve seen Taylor Jordan pitch, by a long shot. I’m still on the record as not being a fan

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    Now FP talking about Scherzer throwing “a lot of high intensity pitches” . FP is all over the place with his theories.

    • stoatva - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      Maybe he meant in his previous three starts, which would be true. Dunno, at game so not watching.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        “FP is all over the place with his theories.”

        Well the Giants were recently in town so maybe FP got some new “juice” to help cultivate his theories.

  56. nattygoats - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    2 hits 2 errors. Just not very good. Oh this just in. The Giants suck too. No biggie beating them.

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 7, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    This sexy match up turned out to be….. a dud…. very 1 sided…

    Cueto put on a show… I dont think the Reds will trade him at all….

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