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Game 86: Nats at Orioles

Jul 11, 2015, 3:29 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

BALTIMORE — Hello again from Camden Yards, where again the humidity is down and we’re in for what appears to be a beautiful night for baseball. It’s Game 2 of this weekend’s Battle of the Beltways, and after losing last night in walk-off fashion, the Nationals need to get back on track and avoid dropping their fourth straight.

It’s Jordan Zimmermann on the mound, just about 36 hours after the birth of he and wife Mandy’s second child, Ava. The birth took place in the area, so Zimmermann didn’t have to fly anywhere, and so he says he’s good to go. Sammy Solis was optioned to Class AA Harrisburg to clear a roster spot for Zimmermann. (As for Sunday’s starter, it officially remains TBA but all signs point to Max Scherzer. Hopefully we’ll have final confirmation of that shortly.)

Matt Williams is going with a similar lineup from last night, with a couple of tweaks. Clint Robinson is DHing tonight and batting fourth, with Wilson Ramos behind the plate batting fifth. Matt den Dekker gets the start in left field, batting ninth, with Michael Taylor bumped up to the leadoff spot.

A friendly reminder that tonight’s game is on Fox, though it’s Gary Thorne and F.P. Santangelo joining forces to call the game. Check back for updates throughout…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Camden Yards
Gametime: 7:15 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox regional (coverage map), MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 180/869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 83 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (46-39)
CF Michael Tayor
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
DH Clint Robinson
C Wilson Ramos
2B Danny Espinosa
1B Tyler Moore
SS Ian Desmond
LF Matt den Dekker
(RHP Jordan Zimmermann)

ORIOLES (44-42)
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Parmalee
CF Adam Jones
DH Jimmy Paredes
LF Travis Snider
RF Steve Pearce
SS J.J. Hardy
2B Ryan Flaherty
C Caleb Joseph
(RHP Miguel Gonzalez)

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

6:22 p.m. — Lineup change for the Orioles: Chris Davis was scratched with gastroenteritis. Sounds pleasant.

7:16 p.m. — This game is underway on an absolutely gorgeous Saturday night at Camden Yards. Not a cloud in the sky as Michael Taylor takes strike one from Miguel Gonzalez.

7:37 p.m. — An eventful first inning is in the books. Both teams produced two hits and had a chance to score a run. Only the Orioles actually did, though. With two outs and Yunel Escobar on first, Clint Robinson laced a double to right field. Bobby Henley waved Escobar (who has been dealing with a bad hamstring) around third but the relay throw beat him by a couple of steps. The Orioles, meanwhile, had two men in scoring position with nobody out to open the bottom of the first. Jordan Zimmermann managed to get out of that jam allowing only one run, on a Jimmy Paredes groundout. So it’s 1-0 Baltimore after one.

8:07 p.m. — This may be one of those nights where the ball flies and a lot of pitchers are used. Both teams scored a pair in the second inning, and there could’ve been more, especially for the Nats. They loaded the bases with nobody out, but then Ian Desmond (a .433 career hitter with the bases loaded prior to 2015 but now 1-for-7 this season) grounded into a double play on the first pitch he saw. Michael Taylor did add a 2-out RBI single after that, putting the Nats up 2-1 for the moment. But Zimmermann couldn’t hold that lead. He grooved a 2-1 fastball to Caleb Joseph, and the Baltimore No. 9 hitter hammered it into the left-field bullpen. So it’s 3-2 Orioles after two, with a whole lotta baseball still to be played.

8:21 p.m. — Sweet Fancy Moses what a double play the Nats just turned in the bottom of the third. Adam Jones sent a rocket up the middle, 102 mph off the bat, and Danny Espinosa somehow made a backhanded stab of it, flipped to Desmond, who made a tough turn to throw to first, where Tyler Moore had a nice stretch. Serious highlight-reel stuff there. Still 3-2 Baltimore after three.

8:37 p.m. — Make it 4-2 Orioles after Steve Pearce led off the bottom of the fourth by launching a hanging 1-2 breaking ball from Zimmermann to left. Baltimore is hitting rockets off Jordan, and he’s been fortunate not to suffer more damage than this. He’s at 82 pitches through four ragged innings.

8:52 p.m. — So, after seven of their first 10 batters reached base safely, 10 consecutive Nats have been retired by Gonzalez. So that’s not very good. Still 4-2 after five.

9:14 p.m. — Oh my has the worm turned here. The Nats exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth and suddenly have taken a 6-4 lead. For that they can thank Bryce Harper, who after six really unimpressive at-bats so far in the series made up for it with a laser to right-center for his 26th homer of the season. Three batters later, Danny Espinosa launched one onto the flag court in right field, a 3-run homer and his 10th of the season (most among all NL second basemen, how about that?). What a turn of events. Zimmermann departed after five, replaced by Blake Treinen in the bottom of the sixth. Treinen issued a 1-out walk but immediately got a double-play grounder, and so it’s a 6-4 Nats lead after six. Still a long way to go here.

9:41 p.m. — Some tense moments in the seventh inning, especially the bottom half after Treinen issued two straight walks to open the inning. Ramos made a dangerous, almost-late throw to third on a bunt but got the lead runner. Treinen then got Jones to ground out. That brought Felipe Rivero in from the bullpen to face Jimmy Paredes with two out and runners at second and third. And Rivero got the job done, getting ahead 0-2 and then getting Paredes to fly out to center. So it’s still a 6-4 Nats lead after seven. Still six tough outs to get.

9:57 p.m. — Big inning from Casey Janssen, who retired the side in the eighth. He struck out both pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold and Steve Pearce, then got J.J. Hardy to ground out. So we go to the ninth, the Nats still holding a 6-4 lead as Drew Storen begins to warm.

10:07 p.m. — A big insurance run thanks to an Ian Desmond walk and stolen base, Matt den Dekker sac bunt and Michael Taylor RBI single makes it 7-4 as Storen enters for the bottom of the ninth.

10:21 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 7-4, a big win thanks to big home runs from Harper and Espinosa and some lockdown work by the bullpen. Back for the rubber game of the series (and the first-half finale) at 1:35 p.m. Sunday, with Max Scherzer on the mound.

191 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Go Jordan win one for the baby.

  2. natsjackinfl - Jul 11, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    So it’s my birthday and those butt heads at Fox are blacking me out.

    Oh well, Charlie and Dave it will be.

    • natsjackinfl - Jul 11, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      And I am a waiting the day that Ian Desmond is o longer in the lineup.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 11, 2015 at 4:28 PM

        Opening day, 2016, baby!

      • Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:29 PM

        Don’t hold your breath.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:01 PM

        Jack, late to the party. Mrs. Seams and I have ‘s been singing and playing guitar next door and we’re pretty buzzed. All I can say is I hope your upcoming trip around the sun is a great one… GYFNG!

    • djbinfl - Jul 11, 2015 at 4:19 PM

      Happy birthday, and you are right that at lest we have our radio crew.
      Bonnie gives you a +1 on Ian also.

    • unkyd59 - Jul 11, 2015 at 5:51 PM

      Wash/Balt is blacked out….. In Fla?!?!

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:06 PM

        The long arm of Peter Angelos?

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:11 PM

        Really a black out, or just showing another game (I think they have 4 in different parts of the country)?

        Either way, not what jack wanted for his birthday.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:13 PM

        If he’s watching on MLB.tv it’s a blackout. They have odd rules. Even if the game can’t be watched on a local/cable TV, you can still end up with the game blacked out (for me the problem is when the Nats play the Giants).

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:16 PM

      My wife’s birthday yesterday and we are blacked out in East Tennessee also tonight. If we have to be blacked out the least Fox could do is give us a game between two good teams like the Cards and Pirates and not the damn Yankees and awful Red Sux once again.

  3. NatsLady - Jul 11, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    mick, I know you play Draft Kings. Are you aware of the contest tomorrow where the prize is luxury suite seats for next Sunday (vs. Dodgers)?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:46 PM

      Thanks I will enter even though I have suite seats for the 19th already

  4. rlndtln - Jul 11, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Better lineup than yesterday.

  5. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Ross Detwiler got DFA’d from Texas.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      No matter what we got for him it appears we got too much

  6. senators69 - Jul 11, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Det just never got it going with the TexSens. Feel sorry for the guy…
    Anyone think the Nats could get some use out of him??
    Someone should pick him up.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      Tried him as an SP, tried him as a RP. Not consistently successful in either role.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:19 PM

        Another questionable move by Jim Bowden, a first round pick that never really panned out.

      • coop202 - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:29 PM

        Hope Ross gets a seat somewhere not Atl or Stl that can get him over the hump. Still talented, just needs the right roster around him and atmosphere. Shot in the dark but guessing he’ll end up out West?

  7. therealjohnc - Jul 11, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Nats got two players, IF Bostick & RHP de los Santos, both of whom have now been promoted to AA at age 22. It’s not yet Guzman for Roark and Tatusko … but that’s still on the table.

    If either of those guys make it (much less both) the Texas will simply stop trading with Rizzo!

    • scnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 5:58 PM

      I saw those two guys in Myrtle. beach last year, I have season tickets. Good players but, like most players at that level, they need to get better as they age.

  8. edshelton2013 - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    My local Fox channel shows the Nats on here in SC. Keeping my fingers crossed. I spent 31 years hating Angelos after shutting us out of a team. I don’t need another reason to hate him tonight!

    • Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 6:53 PM

      Blame Fox, not Angelos if you don’t get the game in your area tonight. It’s not his fault that they think the Red-Sox -Yankees games will draw more eyeballs.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      In my part of SC is Sox Yanks, weird

  9. TheBigDummy - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Nice knock from Clint but man Escobar has the absolute worst wheels.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:49 PM

      His jammies must be killing him or he had a 10 pound weight on each leg. That ball hit way away from the right fielder and the runner was taking off on the pitch.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:51 PM

        Damn autocorrect. Jammies=hammies

  10. Andrew Cain - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Escobar must still be hurt. He was carrying a piano around the bases.

    Catcher Caleb Joseph made a nice play on the short hop. Sometimes Ramos muffs that play.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:52 PM

      I guess Ramos muffs that 50% of the time.

  11. natsdial8 - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    OK stat people where are Nats with guys thrown out at home?

  12. Andrew Cain - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Fox graphic uses Ryan Z’s photo for Jordan Znn’s position.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Professionals

  13. TheBigDummy - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Ugh Desi. I know it’s a run on the board but he’s such a rally killer.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Though the stats will say we are in the middle of the pack. It seems like we hit into a lot.

  14. scnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    It’s like Desmond already left and is beating the Nats

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      Spoiling NatsJack’s birthday.

  15. Andrew Cain - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    When Desmond came up, I thought: Please make only one out.

    Typhoid Ian.

  16. knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Double steal with two out?

  17. kgwcoach - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Have to slide later than normal at second ground soft. We lost two runners last night that normally would have been safe.

  18. knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Or not, way to go MAT!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      Not trying to kill it, just trying to get a hit.

  19. natsdial8 - Jul 11, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Feels like Nats want to score a bunch . Nice Michael!!!

  20. Danny - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Unbearable honestly… At this point expect losing to the Os

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Zim needs a shut down inning instead he throws a hittable homer pitch which Joseph doesn’t miss.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    JZim hates pitching in that band box.

    • Danny - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM

      Any rules against the AL this happens

      • Danny - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM

        Anytime*

  23. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    This is a band box that so far we haven’t gotten one to the warning track or at least I can’t think of one.

    Three pitchers given 3 homers up.

    • scnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      Same park we are hitting in and we are playing small ball

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:23 PM

        That’s my point. We need to hit the stadium the way it should be.

  24. Danny - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Infuriating getting crowned by the Os 3-4 years straight!

    • Danny - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      Clowned*

  25. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    seems Harper is pressing 1 for 6 in the series. Single goes 80 feet 3 k. A grounder 2-3, and 4-3.

    This is a band box homers left and right with his power.

  26. Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Funny how FP didn’t complain about the shift on that doubleplay.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Zim’s fielders bailed him out in the 3rd inning.

  28. natsdial8 - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Just fab D there Danny & what a stretch by Tyler!

  29. natsdial8 - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Someone mentioned above band box and we showing no power – seems like opposing teams with above average Skippers seem to know how to pitch us.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    You keep thinking Desi has to break out of it. I guess he is waiting for October.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Fcome on Zim what is hanging pitches to blast.

    Now 4 homers to 0. The Orioles hit mistakes, we basically watch them or swing and miss.

    Focus on the ball.

  32. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Just got home. Immediately noticed that only regulars in the lineup: Harper, Ramos and Desmond, are the only Nats without a hit. I do not know what to conclude from this, but I’m pretty sure it’s not good.

  33. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    I though that was another homer.

    OK hitters start hitting the ball hard on a line. No more grounders or pop ups.

  34. Andrew Cain - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    The bandbox is playing like a shoebox.

    • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      Not for us, strangely.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:52 PM

      Not for us . we haven’t come close to warning track. I don’t watch a lot of games here anymore, but I have never seen a team go 14 innings and not even come close to the warning track.

      Maybe Harper can change this in the 6th

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Machado makes a good play on Escobar saving at least 1 run, and since then we have looked clueless at the plate.

    Come on guys. Get going.

  36. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Nice leap, TMo!!

  37. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    I called he was due. OK CRob let’s go back to back

  38. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Come on Wilson

  39. Andrew Cain - Jul 11, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    19 to reach 100 at age 22.

    674 from Henry Aaron.

  40. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Keep the line moving Espi

  41. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    OK espi. The line moved faster

  42. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Don’t let up now, boys.

  43. natslive - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    I was yelling no bunt since we had no speed on the bases and now they can walk home

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Ok TyMo keep the line moving.

  45. Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    You can take that bunt and shove it!!! Way to go Danny!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Happens a lot. Pitcher wants to get the ball up to make a bunt more difficult and it works in Espinosa’s favor to swing away and drive it.

  46. natslive - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Think Danny is 2nd on the team in homers

  47. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Rest you need a hit

  48. natslive - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Come on Desi

  49. Andrew Cain - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Anybody remember that night in 1983 when the Packers and the Redskins played the 48-47 game on MNF?

    You can’t even run to the fridge.

    • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Skins 72 Giants 41
      1966
      Yes, I’m that old.

  50. natslive - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    So do you bring JZim out for the 6th? I dont

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:08 PM

    den Dekker gets on it.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    OK MAT knock in MDD

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Taylor hits into the over-shift. Had the entire rights side open for business.

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    OK JZim you have been given a second chance. Now a shut down inning

    • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Treinen!

  55. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Trainan gets to hold it.

  56. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    What a tailor-made doubleplay induced by Treinen!!!

  57. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Presently Goldschmidt 341 to Harpers 342

  58. Drew - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    I guess F.P. has never seen what Brooks did to Bench and May in the 1970 Series.

  59. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Rose throwing frisbees.

  60. Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Such fun to listen to two old school baseball guys who don’t know what the heck they’re talking about. And then see a groundball go right into the shift.

    FP, the shift doesn’t bother Max Scherzer. He knows it saves more hits than it loses.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      +1.

      I loved Thorne’s call on Bryce’s homer.

      Thorne (matter of factly): He belts it … and it’s playable.

      Thorne (half a second later, voice rising): … Good bye! Home run!!

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    I hate #LoW to the other team. Time for Treinen to get some K’s.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Come on Treinen. Consistency is what this game is about.

  63. Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Bad, bad, Treinan.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Need quality sinkers and the pitcher’s best friend doubleplay here.

  65. natsjackinfl - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    If you don’t want to throw strikes, get lost.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Need that groundball doubleplay here.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Happy birthday young man… hope your 21st bday was enjoyable… 😆😆😆

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    That was gutsy going to 3rd there for the force. Definitely was out.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Please. Pull. Blake.

  68. Hiram Hover - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Awesome to get the lead runner but please stop playing with fire.

    Take him out now.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      This is where you want your right-handed stopper.

  69. Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Great play by Ramos and Yunel!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Gutsy and was bang bang. If it didn’t work the LoD would be going nuts.

  70. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Shirley not the best decision Buck ever made.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Bunting?

      • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        Yep.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        I loved the move in that situation, they just didn’t execute. I also thought Ramos should’ve gone to 1st. It worked for the Nats.

      • Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        So if it hadn’t worked you might have been going nuts too, eh? 😉

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:54 PM

        If you’re talking about throwing out the runner at 3rd, even though it worked I thought it was a poor decision. You take the “sure” out at 1st. It worked but that was the Bumgarner play in Game 3 last year that shows the risks of rushing that throw.

        Glad it worked for Ramos and the Nats.

  71. Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Angelos is providing private jet for the Oriole All Stars? What say you Ted?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Angelos is probably going to charge it to the MASN expense account. Who cares what Angelos does for his players.

      • Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        I don’t care about his players, I care about ours. Don’t you?

        A few years back, Tulo offered Clip a ride on his jet. I suppose Max can afford to give Bryce a ride.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        In years past it has depended on the size of the group going. Some years the Nats have purchased the entire 1st class section and sometimes they have chartered a plane.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Wow, an awkward last step for Taylor. Heart stopped.

    • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      I saw! WTH?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        I think he finally saw Harper to his left and a slight stumble

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Trainan looked great in the 6th (great might be a stretch). But in the 7th weak. rivero looks good this inning.

    With our bullpen you never know what you are getting.

    • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      I suspect you could say the same of most teams you watch every day.

  74. rlndtln - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Rivero.That kid should be the 7th inning like I said last night.Max tomorrow.MW is finally getting that right.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      I agree he has proven himself enough now to get more time.

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Carpenter sits back down in the bullpen. Janssen is now up. Something is up for Carpenter as that’s 2 nights in a row he was up and sat back down.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      I hope not.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Sounds like it’s a good nu of Nats fans at the park.

  77. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Look at all the red in that crowd.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      That’s that twin connection… lol…

      My dad and 3 uncles are at the game. Imma ask him about it tomorrow when I go visit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        When Harper hit the HR the applause was loud.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Orioles bullpen in 5+ innings has given up 2 hits. Keeps them in both games.

  79. rlndtln - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Treinen and Rivero are the answer over Jansen and Roark.They have better stuff.2inning save tonite with the ASG coming but I forgot our manager is MW.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      Not many 2 inning saves by closer ever in a season.

  80. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    It 104 year old great.

    But tell us a pinch hitter announced before Williams cones out.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Tcarperter who I like and has been good has gone Persona non grads

  82. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Good comeback, Twitchy!

  83. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Ghost check your sourse, I believe Wilson stole a k on the 3rd pitch.

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Does FOX own a K zone. That nasty pitch on Pearce was filth. Good inning by Janssen.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      +1.

  85. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    So what were folks saying about Janssen, again?

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Jansen read the comments from last night and said yall aint cussing me out again…hahahaha

    Nice inning Jansen (and thanks blue!)

  87. rlndtln - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Was that Jansen?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      It was Clippard.

  88. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Tonight’s Janssen was fine. Just never know what you are getting.

    • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      Gave up only a fifty foot roller last night.

  89. Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Nice inning for Janssen. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how he doesn’t get hammered, but he doesn’t. And a nice play by Esco with strong accurate throw. Whew!

  90. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    FP wants a Orioles shirt Hawaiin shirt? Why does he have to be such a phoney. He says things on the “neutral” telecasts that he would never say on the Nats broadcast.

    • stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      Polite conversation.

      What’s he supposed to say? “Oh who cares about your damn shirt?”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        FP brought it up. Just say nothing. This is supposed to be a neutral broadcast and FP finds this need to kiss Oreo butt. I certainly don’t hear Thorne saying anything nice about the Nats other than what he sees on the field. It was Thorne who was very vocal on the poor Nats management of Strasburg and he brought it up in a non-Nats game as a rant.

        I have C&D on with the FOX game on also.

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Taylor makes contact. RBI!!!!!

  92. knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    Steal second and sacrifice the runner to third……I love it! Now bring the runner home.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      See, I love it too and wished MW did that more in latter innings.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Great baseball by the Nats right there….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      I wish the Nats put the run & hit on there. Have to wonder if a sign was missed by Taylor. Esco looked like he was purposely inside-outing that ball.

      Darn.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        I wondered the same.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      Me too.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Responding to Ghost at 10:05.

  94. Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    At some point you have to look past Taylor’s batting average and OBP.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      Absolutely you do. It’s the same reason I did for the first 30 games for RZim as he was getting it done with RISP. MAT makes contact with RISP and the stats back it up.

      With that said, if there’s other LF options down the road we will have to see.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Steve, I know you’d like to see Espinosa in the OF, but when Span comes back? Taylor goes back to LF. End of story, in my opinion.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        Not this time around, I think I put Espi at 1st when Rendon comes back but I’d like the option against some tough RHPs to sit Taylor. den Dekker has been impressive in the right matchups.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

        There are four reasons why the Mets traded Mat denDekker, and and all 4 of them start with a capital A.
        Fool’s gold

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        He has speed, can play defense, and does the little things. I’m not saying he’s Billy Burns but he’s got his spots where he can help this team. When Werth is back, den Dekker goes back to AAA.

  95. stoatva - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    Nobody but Machado throws out denDekker on that bunt.

  96. Hiram Hover - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    All star break can’t come too soon for Esco. He needs some rest.

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

      His legs are acting like mine, but I am way older than he is.

      • knoxvillenat - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        Ditto.

  97. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Escobar at least tried a different firm of double play. Was hoping MAT would be running, but they would have intentionally walk Harper.

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

    Grilli ruptures his Achilles. Likely out for the season. Poor Braves. Now John Hart can’t trade him at the deadline for something.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

      That’s correct.

      • Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

        That’s correct? What do you mean?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

        Means more competition for Chapman.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

        Grilli won’t be traded.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Storen, you cannot walk Machado. Come on man.

  100. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    One on Drew….. darnit. Throw strikes!

  101. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    Storen did you pay attention to ajanssen he came in and blew them away.

    You are nibbling lime crazy.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Storen doing his Soriano imitation.

    • Section 222 - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      Right. He got the save.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      And like Raffy, Drew got the job done. With some entertainment factor.

  103. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Bounce the slider Storen.

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    The Maalox works.

  105. kgwcoach - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Nice win!!

  106. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Yesssss…. forget you Orioles!

  107. dcwx61 - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Baaaaaahhhhhh… Goat

  108. rlndtln - Jul 11, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Do not worry about Storen.We really miss Span and Rendon.I am not sure how much more we will get out of Werth and Zim.But when they are all back what a bench.Lobaton,Taylor,Danny,Tyler and Robinson.That is impressive.

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