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Game 85: Nats at Orioles

Jul 10, 2015, 4:30 PM EST

BALTIMORE — After two days off, the Nationals pick back up on Friday night for their final series of the first half of the season. They take on the Baltimore Orioles in three games before breaking for the 2015 All-Star Game.

Gio Gonzalez (6-4, 4.16) gets the start in the first game between these teams of the season. He has allowed just one run across 14 innings in his last two outings.

Right-hander Chris Tillman (6-7, 5.57) will pitch in Baltimore in his 17th appearance of the season. Tillman has had a tough year and lasted just 4 2/3 innings his last time out against the White Sox.

Yunel Escobar is back in the lineup, which is good news. The Nats did, though, place Denard Span on the disabled list this afternoon.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLBN, Ch. 9, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 85 degrees, Wind 6 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (46-38)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
DH Wilson Ramos
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
1B Tyler Moore
CF Michael Taylor
(LHP Gio Gonzalez)

ORIOLES (43-42)
3B Manny Machado
1B Steve Pearce
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
RF Chris Davis
LF Nolan Reimold
DH Jimmy Paredes
SS J.J. Hardy
2B Jonathan Schoop
(RHP Chris Tillman)

UMPIRES
HP Mike Estabrook
1B Paul Nauert
2B Ed Hickox
3B Tim Welke (cc)

7:06 p.m. — And we are underway…

7:29 p.m. — No runs to report on in the first inning, as both pitchers got off to good starts to the evening. Tillman allowed a single to Escobar, but that was it. Gio also gave up a leadoff single to Machado, but nothing more. Tillman threw 18 pitches, Gio needed 21. On to the second we go.

7:47 p.m. — Still scoreless through two innings here. Both teams got one baserunner, just like they did in the first. For the Nats, it was Desmond who walked with one out. For the Orioles, it was Reimold who reached on an infield single. Both Gio and Tillman are at 33 pitches so far.

8:07 p.m. — We remain locked at 0-0 after three. The Nats went down in order, while Machado drew a one-out walk for the O’s. Machado would later end the inning, though, by getting caught stealing second. Tillman is at 48, Gio’s at 51.

8:30 p.m. — This game is scoreless no more. Jones broke the 0-0 tie with a solo homer on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth. The Orioles now lead 1-0 and have Gio’s pitch count all the way up to 77. He has been relatively effective, but not as efficient as he would like.

8:51 p.m. — The Nats took the lead in the fifth inning and are now up 2-1 on the Orioles. The first run came on a Moore double down the right field line. That scored Robinson, who led off with a single. The second run came in the next at-bat, as Taylor singled to left field to score Moore from second. Gio then worked around a leadoff single to pitch a scoreless frame.

9:13 p.m. — It’s still 2-1 here at Camden Yards. The Nats threatened with a pair of baserunners and had two men in scoring position with two outs, but couldn’t score. The Orioles got Wieters on with a one-out walk, but couldn’t capitalize. Darren O’Day will now take over to pitch for Baltimore. Gio is at 100 pitches through six, so we’ll see if Matt Williams wants to go to his bullpen or give him another frame.

9:42 p.m. — The Nationals are still up 2-1 after seven innings, though they did make a pitching change in the bottom half of the frame. Gonzalez began the inning, but was pulled after facing just one batter. He allowed a leadoff walk to Paredes before Williams called on Aaron Barrett to replace him. Barrett was impressive in his first outing since June 11. He saw Paredes get to second on a passed ball, but then struck out Hardy and got Schoop and Machado out on balls put in play. Brad Brach will now take over to pitch for the O’s in the eighth.

10:06 p.m. — This game is now tied as we head to the ninth inning. The Nats went down in order before Casey Janssen took over looking to set up a save opportunity. He faced two batters and allowed a leadoff single to Chris Parmelee, a pinch-hitter. Janssen was replaced after retiring Jones by Matt Thornton and Thornton quickly allowed an RBI double to Wieters. Parmelee scored all the way from first to push this game to 2-2. Zach Britton will now come in to pitch the ninth.

10:20 p.m. — Schoop hit a solo homer to left field in the bottom of the 9th off Tanner Roark and this game is over. Walk-off win for the O’s. Nats fall 3-2 in the opener.

219 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. nats128 - Jul 10, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Chris Davis plays RF?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      Not really but they’ve put him out there several games this year and Pearce has played 1st, 2nd and the outfield. In fact Pearce had never played 2nd base before he was inserted this year. For those that complain here all the time, other teams do it.

      • nats128 - Jul 10, 2015 at 4:45 PM

        Other teams do it, but do they do it well.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Davis actually played some outfield early in his minor league career.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        And he’s pitched.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 10, 2015 at 4:47 PM

      Like Clint Robinson. ANd here’s hoping the Nats don’t turn Tillman into Zack Greinke.

      • Steady Eddie - Jul 10, 2015 at 4:55 PM

        Don’t you mean the Chiefs plus Bryce?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:25 PM

        Gio likes pitching outside to the lefties . Clint get could some work in LF.

  2. veejh - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Escobar being back is huge. Anything to boost the lineup.

  3. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Need JZIM back tomorrow.

    • Danny - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:24 PM

      Well too bad!!

    • NatsLady - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:27 PM

      • Danny - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:32 PM

        Well, so much for the paternity list

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

        MLB start > 2nd baby birth

    • ArVAFan - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Just saw that Zimmermann is expected to pitch tomorrow. I like.

  4. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Who is Sundays pitcher?

    • chaz11963 - Jul 10, 2015 at 5:53 PM

      I suspect if Gio does well and they win tonight, and ZNN does well and they win Saturday, Sunday will be either a Roark pieced together bullpen effort, or if we need a win it will be Max on Sunday

      • DaveB - Jul 10, 2015 at 6:22 PM

        Znn is out on paternity leave, but I think Fister is available for Sat.. Not sure if there is any possibility that Znn would be available to come back Sun., or if he is definitely out until after the break.

      • veejh - Jul 10, 2015 at 6:26 PM

        DaveB, see above

  5. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    I just hope we don’t have to hear the combined broadcast tonight…. whoever came up with that ‘brilliant’ idea should be fired…

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2015 at 6:34 PM

      Pretty sure they ditched that last year, didn’t they?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 6:40 PM

        I don’t know. I think I went to all the games last year. I vowed never to go to CY but I got tix at work. Me and my dad went…

        Or was that the year before…. shame, my young mind doesn’t remember.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

        OK, Bob and FP. Good.

  6. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    A.J, Cole 6 2-hit shutout innings so far, Turner 2 for 3 with a triple and a couple of ribbies.

    • Danny - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      Only 2 Ks though. That’s been an issue.

  7. adcwonk - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Hey?! WTH?!

    I saw that the Orioles are favorite, by a non-insignificant amount (-135).

    I don’t recall seeing that at all this year.

    Yo! Nats! Make them pay! (pun intended)!!

  8. Section 222 - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    If MW is focused on winning the pennant, he can start Max Sunday and again Friday on regular rest against the Dodgers. That’s an extra start, and we need him to do it. That’s what aces do. It would be another matter if Stras was able to pitch, or Fister or Roark were pitching like it was 2014. But they aren’t.

    • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:17 PM

      OTOH, with a 3-game lead in a not-very-strong division, and wanting to make sure Scherzer is in top form in October . . . .

      It’s a balancing act

      • Section 222 - Jul 10, 2015 at 11:16 PM

        Do you really think that resting Scherzer for the week between now and next Friday, broken up by the ASG of course, will make a bit of difference in whether he is in top form in October, much less ensure it? Ok then.

    • rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:17 PM

      Wasting your time.I have been saying that for days and all i get is excuses.Guys Roark will never pitch Sunday.Either Fister or Max.

  9. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Hanging breaking balls easy bombs please don’t waste them Tillman left two for blasting, but we didn’t take advantage.

    From now on slam them please.

    • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      If it were easy, Harper woulda done it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

        You need to always be ready for fast balls and just slow your mind on a hanger. That is what agony Gwynn was teaching his college batters a few years back.

        I believe Tony could read pitches better than most as his strikeout rate was very low.

      • adcwonk - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        Well, OK, Harper is not, and probably will never be as good a contact hitter as Tony Gwynn. That’s part of the trade-off. Harper will strike out a lot more than Gwynn ever did. But Harper will have a much higher SLG than Gwynn ever did, too. (And I’m not even mentioning HR’s!)

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:37 PM

        I bet if you had a team with 8 of both , they would both play quite well.

        Brw another hanging just started at. Till likes to hang them.

  10. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Nibbler Gio appeared today it appears. Goes 0-2 to 3-2 before the Michado hit.

  11. natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Come on Gio…get that DP

  12. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Apparently Adam Jones like to hit nibblings

  13. adcwonk - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Can’t get the Nats feed on my TV, so listening to the O’s feed.

    In the bottom of the first they were extremely complimentary of the Nats, fwiw.

    They listed all the players who were out, and said that’s it’s a huge credit to the Nats that they have won 46 games with so many superstars (that’s the word they used, superstars) out, and a tribute to the Nats organizational depth.

    I’m just sayin’ what he was sayin’ ! 😉

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      Your MASN2 not working. I would turn sound down and listen to Charlie and Dave

  14. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    2 days off. Will Desi finally take off.

  15. natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Desi walks! Good AB

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:33 PM

      Baby steps

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      +1.

  16. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    With this lineup have to get Desi running.

  17. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    With Span out now this is going to get dicey.We will be lucky to stay in first.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:43 PM

      We will the division fear not. Pitchers will determine if we win right now.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      with the O’s pitching staff, now they are going to get dicey….they will be lucky to the stay in the major leagues.
      what is Angelos doing with all the money the O’s suckers give him blindly

  18. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    The hit was like a change up. Gio closed glove to quickly. Hit slower than he thought.

  19. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    I think he got him. But there does need to be a time limit on these challenges etc.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      See para graph 2 below

  20. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    The hat looked like it went back . he could have whiffed, but hard to tell. The rag non tag are hardest to tell.

    One replay rule I would change. Manager has to decide in real not waiting for someone else to call for a replay. If we expect the ump to call it the immediate I expect the same from the managers.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      Zackly.

    • Section 222 - Jul 10, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      Why? Stupid idea. Why undercut the rationale for replay — getting calls right — by enforcing a time limit. To save you two minutes of your life on your couch. Big freaking deal.

  21. natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Agree there needs to be a time limit….am I crazy or did it look to anyone else that Escobar was thinking it was a force and was going to tag the base and then realized he needed to tag the runner

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      He must have as he headed for the bag first.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      I was thinking he would stand on base and meet the runner… then I was thinking why not throw it to 1st… then I was thinking Escobar and his antics at 3rd…

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

      No.

  22. natsjackinfl - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Just as I thought. Nats getting dominated again by a 6+ era guy again m

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Escobar’s hit didn’t seem hard but Davis caught it in front of the wall. Talk about a band box.

  24. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Escobar is a head case.Tillman stinks and we can not do anything.We will be up 2 games after tonite.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      Yeah, right.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      “Head case.”

      TOTKO.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:58 PM

      i’d be more worried about the o’s pitching….year after year, the same crap as Angelos robs from his ignorant fans to line his mansion in Virginia! with his fans money.

  25. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Imagine trying to hit Greinke and Kershaw after the break and then the Mets pitchers.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM

      imagine trying to bring a baltimore championship with Angelos stealing you blind…yet you continue to support him. Why ?

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Need a quick pop up… hoping Gio can go longer than 5…

  27. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    This is hard to watch.Ramos gets a hanger and grounds out.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Hang em and bang em. Oh Gio.

    • natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      Typical Gio outing…way too many pitches….. 77 thru 4…..still only 1 run so there is hope

  29. natsjackinfl - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    With that Cy Young candidate Chris Tillman on the mound, that home run looks huge.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      You were saying, Jack?

  30. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Too many pitches .lucky to 6.

  31. natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Another baby step for Desi….I do think you bunt – prob is I don’t think Loboton can bunt

  32. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Oh, yeah Tyler Moore! 2-1!

  33. natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Clutch by TyMo and Taylor

  34. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    imagine if lobo sacrificed

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      Around every silver lining there’s a dark cloud. You never miss one, do you?

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:57 PM

        Give a little love to CRobb for getting it all started.

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Hahaha… FP dogged the 8 and 9 and they deliver huge hits and runs….

  36. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    gotta run here

  37. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Great A B by Tyler Moore, and lots of credit to Michael Taylor, too!

  38. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Imagine MW uses Uggla to pitch hit over TMO.Thats a joke.

  39. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Called third strikes make me nuts.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Swing at ball 1 then stand like a statue

  40. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Pathetic AB by Espinosa.

  41. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Thats was his pitch down and in.

  42. scnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Wow that could have been disaster in multiple ways

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Lucky no one got hurt and that Taylor hung on to the ball. Just because MAT could get to it doesn’t necessarily mean it was his ball. Taylor did that to Harper twice the first weeks of the season.

  43. Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    That was what happens when you have guys in the OF that don’t know how to communicate.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Nice shut down inng for Gio.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Thought that was going to roll for a double.

  46. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Ramos misses pitches right down the middle

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    I’m just glad that Wilson didn’t hit into a DP….

  48. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    I thought that was going to be an unlucky double play.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      I have to admit that I was thinking the same thing, MrsB, re:Ramos

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        Actually me too.

  49. scnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Loboton and Ramos are killing me

  50. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    We have 9 relievers and no one from the left side to dh this weekend.Why we would not call up a lefty to dh this weekend is beyond me.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Who, specifically, would you suggest?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Is Den Dekker gone?

      • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        I think you’re looking at Skole, Gwynn Jr or Caleb Ramsey, unless I’m missing Roger Maris in our system somewhere.

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Loboton mad he struck out. Missed the ball by a half foot. Not close enough to be mad.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:12 PM

    Solid outing by Gio. Let’s see what MW does.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      AL managers have this decision without pinch hitting

    • natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      I’d bring in one of the BP guys but looks like MW is rolling the dice…..come on Gio

  53. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    I would suggest the best minor leaguer we have.It makes zero sense to have 9 relievers and a short bench.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      As I said above is Den Dekker gone and I missed it?

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      What’s his name, smart guy. You like Skole? Tony Gwynn Jr? Caleb Ramsey? Otto Yerasz?

      Like you wouldn’t be screeching about any of them.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        My question Den Dekker is on the team you have a lefty already

  54. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Run

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Stolen base erased by fouling the ball off.

  56. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Esco has to take that pitch

  57. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Idk how you can overturn that…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      My TV said out. Tagged before foot hit base.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    You have the 40 man roster to deal with. Not sure we have anyone else to bring without DFAing someone.

  59. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Taylor is fast but is not a good base runner. Which is a shame when you have that much speed.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Taylor got a good jump, got there quick enough to fool the ump, got beat by a very good tag play by Schoop and by replay. Sometimes the defense just beats you.Taylor is not a great base runner, but he is a decent base stealer. And he certainly had it stolen earlier if Yunel hadn’t fouled off the pitch.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    The only lefty in the minors on the 40 man roster is Brian Goodwin.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Scary.

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Gio headed out there ?

  62. veejh - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 10, 2015 at 9:12 PM
    Solid outing by Gio. Let’s see what MW does.

    Runs Gio back out. Let us pray.

  63. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Gio back out for the 7th huh… okay…. we will see.

  64. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Bring him up for the weekend better than a 9th reliever.Also can be used as pinch runner.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Emmanuel Burriss can’t pinch run?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        Roster has Burris’s listed at a switch hitter.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      The 9th reliever tonight is because JZimm is on maternity leave until tomorrow. There is no logical move to make to bring up a LH hitter.

  65. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Gil’s gassed.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      He wasn’t gassed after 6? Only 6 last pitches gassed him?

      • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        I’m not here to defend Matt Williams’ bullpen management.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    One batter later again

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Way to many of the balls were nowhere near the plate.

  67. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Not only are we under manned we will be out managed.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Nah…. Nats will win…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Until we lose why assume a loss?

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Why not just let the reliever start the inning….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Obviously MW must have thought he was fine.

      If thought was going to walk the batter and he sent him out I would fire him that night.

  69. scnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Gio can’t do that. Worried about Barrett.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Barrett’s slider nasty tonight.

  70. TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Really solid outing for Gio. Hope the bullpen can pick him up but I don’t have much faith in Barrett, especially just coming back off the DL.

    Prove me foolish please!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Barrett nasty with his slider

  71. natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Let’s get these outs so the lead off walk doesn’t hurt

  72. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    I prefer Rivero

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      Against the righties?

      • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        Dude’s favorite player is ” the other guy.”

    • deftndumb - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Good thing no one listens to you.

  73. veejh - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Hmmmmm….that seems familiar

  74. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Loboton you need to block it at least.

    • natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Yeah he looked lazy on that one….fortunately Barrett got out of it

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Sigh…. Bear down Barret….

  76. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Beastly slider by The Bear.

  77. TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Okay Barrett, looking good so far. Slider looking nasty tonight.

  78. dcwx61 - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    shouldn’t the batter be out if he touches the ball on the 3rd strike and the catcher misses it ?

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      He was in the box, I believe.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

        ok, then it was not impeding the defense illegally

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    I would walk Manny….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      I kind a like the pop to Desmond result.

  80. natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Way to go Barrett…where are all the naysayers now

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Hope it becomes a regular occurance that will help the team a lot.

  81. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Rock Brach!

  82. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Ump lucky ball didn’t hop a tad higher.

  83. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Looks like Bad Danny’s back in town. Bad time for it.

  84. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Casey Janssen over David Carpenter, based on what they done lately I lkean to Carp.

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    This is where a punch run with Difo for Ramos.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Harper’s longest struck fair ball today 80 feet.

  87. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Janssen this is not the Reds so pitch like it.

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Some nights the save is in the 8th inning.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      Bad luck on batter 1, jones almost fouled out bad luck number 2

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:14 PM

        Yah, but Thornton threw a poor pitch. A shame.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:06 PM

      Weak contact on that dribbler by the O batter… ya know I was thinking, damn this reminds me of last October…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:23 PM

        Not Janssen’s fault but Thornton missed his spot.

  89. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Get a double play Janssen.

  90. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Good luck 3 on the line drive.

    Bad luck number 4 runner read it well.

  91. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    I think I’d have held back Thornton until Davis Hopefully this will work anyway.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Sorry to be right about that one. Made no sense to me.

      • natslive - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        Did I hear wrong as I thought from the stats they quoted that Weiters was better from the right side? If so, why have him hit from that side?

      • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        Beats me. Already 2 for 3 tonight batting righty against Gio.

  92. TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Matt Thornton looks like a Civil War general out there.

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

      Ouch. Jumped on General Thornton early, couldn’t have hit that ball any better. Well he could of but that was placed perfectly in the gap.

      Brand new ball game.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    I cant even get mad… lol…

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    MW wanted Writers batting right, when he is a better eighty, so I am not sure why he wanted the move.

    Thornton to Davis mad sense.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      Wieters was 2 for 3 batting RH so be sure and give him another shot, against Thornton.
      /shrugs

  95. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    MW played rhe match up.. it didn’t work…

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      How you figure? Wieters is switch hitter but weaker batting LH. Already had two hits batting RH against Gio. So why take out Janssen to give him another RH shot? The lefty lefty matchup was Davis, and that worked just fine.

      • TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:11 PM

        I think what they said was Weiters hits for more power as a lefty and better average as a righty.

        Oh well. Too late for second guessing now.

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

        His ops against lefties is 396… against righties it’s 895…

        So it makes sense for the match up.

        Honestly, I was thinking Rizzo needs to hurry up and get chapman…

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        I was fussing ar the TV does Matt look at the numbers at all? Weiters much better right handed. That was a weaker match up. So I would say he didn’t go with match up at all. Thornton for Davis was right.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Again… look at his OPS vs righties and then vs lefties…

  96. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    MW wanted Writers batting right, when he is a better eighty, so I am not sure why he wanted the move.

    Thornton to Davis mad sense.

    Now we have to s ire again.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    As I was talking off line Writers hits better right handed bring Thornton in for him goes against the numbers.

    I also said before the inning started I would not bring in Janssen he is quickly moving to my bad list.

    Three straight games now he has given up a run.

    Why can’t all our relievers be consistent as our opponent’s relievers seem to be to us.

    • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Janssen gave up a fifty foot dribbler and got two outs. You’re going to complain about that? Thornton gave up the run.

      • stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        One out. My mistake.

  98. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Roark gets walked off again.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      When you hang a slider you deserve what happens

      They hung change ups and sliders we just swung and missed.

      We had our chances, but didn’t cash in.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      That happens to much for good as he is.

      Someone has to take the bull by the horns.

  99. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Wow… what a way to lose…

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      Well that’s a bummer. Get some rest, come out and get em tomorrow.

  100. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Tanner looks great on the 2 batters than hangs a slider

  101. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Mrs B is right about Wieters’ splits. Not sure where FP and Carp got the info they were feeding us.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      Well Thornton certainly didn’t get him did he.

      Our bullpen is not injured but man they cannot just blow people away .

  102. philipd763 - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    The bullpen sucks!

  103. ogremj - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Blah….thank god the ASB is after this weekend. This team is struggling.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Hanging slider. Roark once again with a lousy appearance. Great what you did to the 1st two batters but in a tie game, you have to get zeros.

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

      The first two batters he did great. In a tie game can gang a slider. You can’t think anything but a low slider. Of course Loboton called it, but Roark could not execute.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        The high fastball was the pitch for that spot as I agree with Joe Seamhead.

  105. stoatva - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Roark Belt-ed again.

  106. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    4 relievers tonight, only one retired their batters.

  107. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    The relievers with the best stuff are Treinen and Rivero.Treinen was filthy his last appearance.We keep experimenting.As I said for the last week the end is coming.We got enough pitching to get to Storen in the 9th but we could not produce when Lobaton is your DH.Thornton and Jansen stink.Atleast Rivero,Barrett and treinen have 95 and up past ball and great sliders.What does Rivero have to do.He went right thru the Reds ,Votto,Frazier and the lefty.MW has to get the bullpen act together.Where was Treinen.This is going to be a lost weekend and we will lose our lead.

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Their 3 relievers 2 hits 0 runs. No extra base hits.

    Our 4 relievers 3 hits 2 extra base 2 runs.

    Rizzo really needs on working getting us an 8th inning guy. I thought he had gotten us 1 in Carpenter, but MW doesn’t bother to use him. So get one he will use. He has been off Paternity leave since Wednesday so no reason not to use him.

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      I think our lineup having 3 of 8 projected opening day position players in it helps skew those numbers a fair bit. Just saying we are really beat up.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

        True except we were 2 to 1 and if our reliever just matched theirs we win.

        We were in position, and the last 3 relievers as group didn’t do the job.

      • TheBigDummy - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        Again, their relievers aren’t facing as big a task as ours are, almost on a nightly basis. Machado, Jones, Davis, Wieters, even a guy like Pearce can change a game with one at bat on any given night. We’ve currently got one guy like that and he doesn’t get anything to hit

  109. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Ray Knight hits the bail on the head 4 sliders to Scoop so you set him up to hit as the 4th must be the best.

  110. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    MW says Roark was good.

  111. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    You guys will see Rivero ,Barrett and Treinen are our best 7th and 8th answer.Thoenton ,Carpenter and Jansen are cast offs nobody wanted.

  112. manassasnatsfan - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    Carpenter is OK I agree the others 6th or 7th inning not 8th for sure.

  113. rlndtln - Jul 10, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Where was Treinen tonite

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