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Game 87: Nats at Orioles

Jul 12, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT

BALTIMORE — For some of us it may be hard to believe, but here we are on the final day of the first half of the 2015 season. Yes, technically this is Game 87 and the half-mark passed about a week ago, but baseball splits its season in two based on the All-Star break and this is the final Nats game until Friday when they host the Dodgers for three games.

Max Scherzer (9-7, 2.12) will try to send the Nats into the break on a high note in his 18th appearance of the season. He is coming off his shortest outing of the year when he lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Reds. Scherzer will also try to overcome his last start at Camden Yards when he got shelled for five runs in a 12-3 blowout loss in Game 1 of the 2014 ALDS when he was with the Tigers.

Lefty Wei-Yin Chen (4-4, 2.82) will pitch for the Orioles in his 17th start of the season. He has allowed only six total runs in his last four outings, a stretch 29 innings.

Both Daniel Shiferaw and myself are in Baltimore for this one, so stay tuned for updates…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Where: Camden Yards
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 869
Weather: Partly cloudy, 84 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (47-39)
CF Michael Tayor
2B Danny Espinosa
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
C Wilson Ramos
LF Clint Robinson
DH Dan Uggla
1B Tyler Moore
SS Ian Desmond
(RHP Max Scherzer)

ORIOLES (44-43)
3B Manny Machado
DH Jimmy Paredes
CF Adam Jones
RF Chris Davis
C Matt Wieters
1B Chris Parmelee
SS J.J. Hardy
LF David Lough
2B Jonathan Schoop
(LHP Wei-Yin Chen)

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

1:36 p.m. — And we are underway…

1:55 p.m. — The Orioles are up 1-0 after the first inning thinks to a solo homer by Jones. Scherzer struck out the first two batters and got Jones to two strikes, but then Jones got a hold of one and put it about 10 rows deep into the left field bleachers. The Nats got two men in scoring position thanks to a single by Escobar and a double by Harper, but Ramos lined out to end the frame. Both starters used 18 pitches in the first inning.

2:06 p.m. — It’s still 1-0 Orioles after two. Both lineups went down 1-2-3 in the second inning, with Chen notching two strikeouts. Scherzer got Parmelee to strike out, so each pitcher has three Ks through two frames. Chen is at 29 pitches, Scherzer has 25.

2:18 p.m. — Not much to report on from the third inning, as both teams went down in order. It’s still 1-0 with Chen at 37 pitches and Scherzer at 38.

2:37 p.m. — The Nationals finally got something going on offense and now lead the Orioles 3-1 after four innings. It all started with a leadoff single by Escobar, who was joined on base two batters later by Ramos, who also singled. Uggla then singled to center field to score Escobar, and Moore followed that with a two-run double to right-center field. The Orioles were retired 1-2-3 by Scherzer, so on to the fifth we go. Chen will go back out there at 55 pitches, while Scherzer has 49.

2:52 p.m. — It is still 3-1 Nationals after five innings. The Nats couldn’t capitalize on an Escobar single. That marked his 26th multi-hit game of the season, by the way. The Orioles then went down in order. Chen is at 65 pitches, Scherzer has thrown 68.

3:05 p.m. — We’re heading to the seventh inning with the score still 3-1 Nats. Scherzer turned in another scoreless inning in what looks like another dominant outing. He’s allowed just three hits in six frames with five strikeouts and no walks.

3:18 p.m. — Runs are at a premium this afternoon, as both pitchers have buckled down. Scherzer is still cruising along at 87 pitches in seven innings of work. It’s 3-1 Nats going to the eighth inning.

3:33 p.m. — We’re through eight innings, and things continue to hold firm for the Nats. Scherzer is cruising, but at 100 pitches. The only question now is whether or not Matt Williams might consider putting him on the mound to start the bottom of the ninth inning.

3:57 p.m. — And that’ll do it. The Orioles made it interesting in the ninth with Adam Jones hitting his second home run of the game, but Storen came in to close things out and help give the Nats a 3-2 win. Washington will head into the All-Star break at 48-39.

151 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. rlndtln - Jul 12, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Good lineup.Did not think Ramos would catch today but MW with a good move since Ramos will have 4 days off to recuperate from catching day game after night game.Do not want to over work anybody.

  2. nattygoats - Jul 12, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    My 19 year old son is at the game wearing his Nats Jersey. Getting abused already. Man I hate Bmore.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 12, 2015 at 12:54 PM

      Which is exactly why I don’t go to Nats-Os games regardless of where they play.

      Other folks in my season ticket group want the Os tickets and I gladly let them have them.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      I heard that the outfield seats were tough on Nats fans. They are one step removed from Phooladelphia. Dumdalk is a distant relationship to East Phooladelphia.

    • natsdial8 - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      He doesn’t have to wear colors and invite abuse. Tell him to put on a nice T shirt without a message and enjoy the game !

  3. ogremj - Jul 12, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    I know there are not many options but Escobar looked like a totem pole out there last night. I guess with the break coming you play him, but I’d be looking to exploit that if I was an O.

  4. NatsLady - Jul 12, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    I went once to Camden Yards. It was a disaster, but some Nats fans at least helped me find my seat. Honestly, I don’t see what people admire about that park. It is dark, unsanitary, some seats have very poor views, I could go on and on…

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM

      I would rather go to Citizens Bank Park any day of the week than Camden Yards. (Of course, I’m somewhat biased because CBP is built along the same lines as Nats Park (or vice versa), with a lovely concourse, easy to understand (great parking!) and views, etc.

    • ehay2k - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:09 PM

      Natslady, I feel somewhat the same about O’s park, but I do think it has a lot of character and you feel, once you get to your seats, a bit like you are watching baseball in a bygone era. For me, that wears off as soon as I have to get up and take my kid to the restroom, or get food. Then I really dislike the layout of the park and lament the fact that once you leave your seats, you are not going to be able to see the ballgame except from one or two places. And getting back to them can be a nightmare if a lot of other fans are also on the move, because the walkways are just too narrow to accommodate large volumes of large people.

      I try to take my son, an O’s fan pre-Nats, to one game there a year, and that is more than enough for me. (He roots for the Nats over the O’s, but the Birds are his fave AL team.) O’s park is much better on TV than in person, at least for me.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      Haven’t been in years, myself, but did make the trip several times 5-6 years ago (when both teams sucked).

      Was with the family, in Nats gear, and two different vendors said something along the lines of “So you came up from DC, huh?”

      “Yup,” we replied. “Thought you guys could use the business.”

      That shut them up.

  5. natsfan1a - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    Go get ’em, Max! Glad you’re on the bump for us today. Go, NATS!!

  6. natsfan1a - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    On another note, I don’t usually listen to sports talk radio but I happened to tune in to our flagship station while driving home earlier today. The host of the program, and a caller, were yammering on and on about how home field advantage is decided by the all-star game and that shouldn’t be the case because it’s an exhibition game and the outcome shouldn’t be a factor in such matters. Okay, dude. Fair point. I will grant you that. But he continued to yammer on about how it wasn’t fair that the game’s outcome established home field advantage for the lucky team *throughout* the postseason. He just repeated it over and over. Eventually I started yelling at the radio. “Dude. No. It doesn’t. It’s for the *World Series* only.” Geez. Don’t you have to know something about, you know, sports to host a sports talk radio show? (Oh, and, was I doing it right? You yell at the radio, right? Or is that only when you’re on the line and talking to the show’s host?)

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:14 PM

      You heard something baseball-related on “sports” talk radio? Thank your luck stars, and move along. I never turn it on but that it’s RG3, RG3, RG3.

      • adcwonk - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:33 PM

        or, *HEADLINE!!* who showed up for optional pre-season team workouts.

        Sigh . . . .

  7. adcwonk - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

    From last thread:

    We need another BP arm by August 1 or Sept 1. The BP is clearly our weakness as it is in consistent.

    The Nats and the Cards are the only two teams in the NL that are undefeated when holding a lead in the 9th inning.

    Just sayin’

    • Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      It’s getting to the 9th with a lead that’s the problem.

      Just sayin’

  8. masterfishkeeper - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    “Both Daniel Shiferaw and myself are in Baltimore for this one, so stay tuned for updates…”

    Myself? Shouldn’t that be “I”? Sorry, but couldn’t resist the temptation to tease our wonderful host on his grammar.

    • natsfan1a - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      I managed to restrain myself but yes. 😉

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:33 PM

      I don’t know what they teach in J-School these days but grammar, in general, doesn’t seem to be a part of it.

    • Sonny G 10 - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:42 PM

      Grammar is not my strong suit, either. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. 🙂

  9. Sonny G 10 - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Going to have to miss the game in real time, but I’m recording it to watch later. Go #Nats! Win the series.

  10. scnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    I think I am as fast as Escobar right now

  11. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Escobar cant wait for the break, his hammie is suffering

  12. nats1924 - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Any of you guys see the Braves CL Girilli injury?

    It made me think of Wainwrights injury earlier in the year and all the talk about bringing the DH to the NL.

    With that said, should we have DH type of fielders for pitchers to? NO DH in NL!

    go Nats!

    • NatsLady - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM

      LOL. Just have a DF (designated fielder) stand on the mound beside the pitcher to take care of this contingency. 😉

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Fine running catch to rob Ramos. That was close.

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Damn you Chris Davis….

  15. natsjackinfl - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    It looks like Matt has found the proper place in the batting order for Desmond. And with a Nats pitching staff with guys that aren’t afraid to swing the bat, he could very well take up a permanent spot there.

    • Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:31 PM

      Madden bats Russell ninth. Reds bats Hamilton 9th. It’s a good spot for a weak hitting, but fast, player.

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    “Call hurts #Nationals
    Ball 3 should be strike 1
    Bot 1 Scherzer vs Machado
    12% call same
    2.6in from edge http://t.co/7Y1uQP590Y

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    A typical HR that Scherzer seems to give up in this ballpark. 345 feet?

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Man that park is small….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:10 PM

      It is the same size for both teams. 5 homers to 2.

  19. scnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    Desmond making no progress

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Desi with a nice swing on the 1st pitch then pulls off of the 2nd and 3rd pitches and swings out of his cleats. Not smart.

    Then MAT swings at the 1st pitch. Popup from Espi.

    That was too easy for the other team.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Desmond’s real problem really is he doesn’t regard if a pitch is in the zone when he swings. If he would just cut down to swinging at strikes onlyhis average would be a lot higher. He strikes out on balls it seems more often than on strikes.

  22. TheBigDummy - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    Desii s on some type of pace. 99 K’s so far? Good luck getting paid in the offseason dude. Should’ve taken the $100m when you could.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:14 PM

    Blue is 3-1 against the Nats in calls so far. These are mistakes but what gets me is that Scherzer should have earned any benefit of the doubt on close pitches and still gets little respect on the K zone.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:47 PM

      Yes, so far this umpire is definitely very bad, and in a way that hurts the Nats. I’m all for robot home plate umps, or challenges on strikes.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Nice play by Bryce!

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Base hit bunt is there.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Look at blue. That ball was partially on the black and he gives Chen that call on Harper. Not good.

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:22 PM

      I thought he was going to get tossed. Terrible call by the ump.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:23 PM

        I had no problem with the call if it was consistent. That’s the issue and probably what Bryce let him know.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

        Bryce really needs to learn to shut up. He could’ve been justifiably tossed. The pitch was a tweener that could’ve been called either way.

      • Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:35 PM

        Pitch track apparently agreed with the ump. Look forward to seeing the Nats Strike Zone on it if they do one. i will be seriously pissed if Bryce gets himself tossed again arguing balls and strikes. What purpose does it serve? He needs to control his emotions.

      • Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:47 PM

        MASN showed a graphic of players who have reached 25 HRs, 60 RBIs and batted .340 before the ASG. Bryce is doing it this year, the last one was Miguel Cabrera. Remember those crazy numbers?, Carp said. Yeah, I remember them. I also remember that the ASG was late that year and in fact, the Tigers played 94 games before the ASG in 2013. The Nats will have played 87 this year.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    Uggla steps in with a huge at-bat here with 2 on and 2 out.

  28. TheBigDummy - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Way to go Uggla! And…

    ESCOBAR MADE IT!!

  29. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Good job Dan

  30. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Talk about an early game at-bat to turn this game with men on 3rd and 2nd and TyMo can make his mark!!!!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      Yes yes yes yes TyMo. That’s right, I forgot, he sucks. smh

    • TheBigDummy - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      A double to the gap? I’ll take that TyMo!

      Welp, rally over.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

        TyMo has the lowest BABIP of the position players and at some point you hope it evens out.

  31. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    TyMo.

    OK Mad Max just keep pitching.

  32. Joe Seamhead - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    And Adam Jones keeps collecting Gold Gloves?

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    2 out magic by the guts on the bench… LOVE IT!!!!

  34. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    What a great call by Dave Jaegler on that double!

  35. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Another rally ends with Desi.

  36. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    And then…. Desi happens.

  37. scmargenau - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Ty mo is insane. He and MAT need to be in line up all the time

  38. NatsLady - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:31 PM

    i admit, I was about ready to give up on Uggla. He earned another few weeks of salary (unfortunately).

    • natsdial8 - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:24 PM

      He costing us not much and he earned his keep for the year with the HR in Atlanta 🙂

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    Look at the guy in the 1st row in his Nats jersey behind homeplate. Happy to see you!

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    TyMo Web Gem! Wow!

  41. natslive - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    TyMo having a game!

  42. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Moore is playing a pretty good 1B.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:41 PM

      He’s ok to his backhand but strong to his glove hand and that saves the extra base hits. Those were the balls that ALR just never got to (yes I know the last one was foul).

  43. Doc - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    I think hat TyMo is MW’s favorite 1B guy!

    So he should be; TyMo’s doing the deal in the field and AB!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:39 PM

      On defense yes as Clint is the 2nd coming of Adam Dunn. I think MW is playing a lefty/righty platoon that favors the lefty CRob.

  44. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    People who imagine Nats trading Moore/Uggla/Robinson at the deadline will be disappointed. Not only do the Nats need every single one of them given the injury situation, all are producing.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:44 PM

      Each one of them + Taylor and Espi have won games for this team. Uggla’s April 28th game being one of the most important in Nats history.

      The problem has been Werth and RZim. I would be in no rush to bring either back and we approach the Sept 1st date to expand rosters.

      • Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        If they aren’t healed until Aug 15, maybe. But if they are ready to play by Aug. 1 or sooner, I’d bring them back. Yes, they have produced, but they are not as good as the regulars at full strength.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:15 PM

        Yes, but “full strength” seems to be relative to what we know they can do rather than what they’ve actually done in 2015 albeit we don’t know the full story on how much the RZim plantar impeded him and Werth’s shoulder.

      • Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:47 PM

        Exactly. We don’t know. You seem to think that both of them have lost quite a bit of their potential. But I certainly wouldn’t keep them out of the lineup based on that assumption. And I doubt the Nats will either. As discussed, the other day, it would be different if C-Rob or TyMo were tearing the over off the ball. But, despite some key hits and occasional power, they really aren’t. I think Werth and Zim have to be given a chance when they are healed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        We know Rizzo and MW will insert both back in. That’s the reality.

      • natsdial8 - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:27 PM

        If they can bring them back as “reserves ” yeah but that won’t happen . They do ot deserve automatically getting their positions back based how they finished last year and poor play this year .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        Charlie Slowes said they expect Werth to get out on a Minor League assignment shortly.

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Escobar extends the inning.

  46. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Reachback fastball at 96 for Scherzer!!! I like!

  47. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    http://m.mlb.com/network/live

    That’s the link if you want to watch the Futures Game “live” on your laptop while you’re watching the Nats game on your regular TV.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    That’s where Clint Robinson costs the Nats. That has to be caught.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:05 PM

      At what point do you insert den Dekker for defense.

      Here’s your dilemma now as the inning is still alive and Adam Jones gets an at-bat with 2 aboard in Scherzer’s biggest spot of the game.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        Straight pop up to Jones

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:10 PM

        I vote for putting den Dekker in LF in the bottom of the 7th!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:16 PM

        Me too, me too. I think that was the 2nd ball hit to LF that was playable. Not a good percentage as that wasn’t a tough play.

        When you’re worse that Josh Willingham, we have a problem.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:18 PM

        Clint doesn’t look good in LF. I have little confidence in denDekker’s hitting, and I really hope that he proves me wrong. Also, for all of his advance billing as being a plus defender when he was acquired, he really struggled defensively with Syracuse. It is very cool that he and Michael Taylor went to the same high school, though MdD was a senior when MAT was a freshman.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:22 PM

        MdD is a “pest” if he can get on base. He’s a small ball type of guy and his problem is when he gets air under the ball.

  49. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Its hits like School’s that a 1b in LF doesn’t work.

    Looked like an reasonably easy play until I saw how Robinson took the round about route.

    • Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      huh?

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:11 PM

        School is what autocorrect changed Schoop to.

  50. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Good job Max.

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Man do we have slow runners.

  52. Section 222 - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    FP last night: There’s a reason that the infield has been aligned the way it normally is for 100 years.
    FP today: That’s like the fourth time that Tyler Moore’s been robbed by a 2B playing on the left side.

    Gee FP, ya think there might be something to that shift you disparage so much?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      My theory is hitting coaches need to teach the hitters how not to hit into three shift unless that is all the pitch position allows.

      For a lefty it is easy. Taps towards third once every 10 bats would do it.

      • natsdial8 - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        That makes too much sense.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:18 PM

      Exactly, like we don’t remember what he says.

  53. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Giolito gets a strike ’em out, throw ’em out doubleplay to finish the 1st inning. Gave up an infield single.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      Max is stalking the mound

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Did you see the way CRob just caught that flyout? Away from his body instead of getting under it. Heart palpitations.

    I guess MW is waiting for?

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Espi doing his Desi imitation there. What was that?

  56. rlndtln - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    I agree.get dedenker.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Giolito through 2 innings in a 0-0 game. 2 weak hits and has faced the minimum thanks to 2 doubleplays.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Whhhoooooo… Desi with the robbery… nice play

  59. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Filth by Scherzer!!!

  60. rlndtln - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    All you guys that said he needed rest let him pitch in the ASG.Did not look like he needed rest to me.Send him out for the 9th.He will be well rested for friday.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Has nothing to do with today or next week, it’s end of September and October where the innings add up.

      • adcwonk - Jul 12, 2015 at 4:23 PM

        + 8 2/3

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Totally fine with an insurance run or 2 here, guys..

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Can I order up a TyMo HR here?

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Matt den Dekker in LF

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Makes sense. You have an outfielder, use him. CRobb has been the epitome of why I don’t like sticking infielders into the OF.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

        I know Joe and CRob isn’t a good infielder also. Again, don’t broad brush that.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 12, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        When I say “sticking” an IF in the OF I don’t get why you feel that I am broad brushing.

  64. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    I am not surprised that Max is going back out…

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Changeup here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Got Machado with the slider. Good call.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Placed wrong place before.

    Max is stalking mound like against Pirates

  67. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    One more Max

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    My heart skipped a little bit right there… lol

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    That looked so catchable

  70. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    I would leave Max in… seriously I would…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      I would also with the lefty coming in. I hate this ballpark. That HR is a joke.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    This OPACY is a joke with the HRs. Look at Buck Showalter out there with the umpire complaining.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      Insert a meaningless comment about the Os have X and the Nats have Y.

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    I see why peeps love playing at cY….

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      We don’t hit as many there, it let’s win this

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      It’s an upper cut ballpark. You pull the ball and you have a chance.

  73. manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    It is my fault as I played Adam Jones on Draft kings

    But I played Scherzer, TyMo and Escobar too.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      Why do you do stuff like that.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 4:09 PM

        Because I study match ups and I hate losing.

        I really gate picking our opponents, but occasionally it just happens. Second time I took a hitter against Max and both times the butter gets two homers. Sorry I will try to stop picking them, but it is hard to do sometimes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        I just wish you’d keep it to yourself. I would NEVER bet against the Nats which is what you did.

  74. rlndtln - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    I would bring Rivero in to face Davis,This is not the match up we want here.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      Yeah but Davis has not been Crush Davis in a while now.

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

      It worked this time. Here is where double closer with Chapman.

  75. Joe Seamhead - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    When Max got the 2nd strike on Jones with another slider we said, “Don’t throw it again.” Oh, well.

    BTW, I think Michael A Taylor catches that ball.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      I was thinking he is going to throw a ball.. or high K…

      Just glad we won.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 12, 2015 at 4:06 PM

      I agree MAT might have caught it.

    • natsdial8 - Jul 12, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      Get real everybody that HR was well past the fielders glove . NBA power forwards aren’t getting to it .

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Nats win the series and get the early bragging rights. Scherzer pitched better than his line will read. Easily could have been a shutout.

    TyMo with the GW RBIs.

    • natsdial8 - Jul 12, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      We also could have easily swept Ghost , and with half our regulars out. Great job all around from Mike , Matt and all of if team playing this well .

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 12, 2015 at 5:17 PM

        One swinging bunt in game 1 was the difference if you consider Storen pitching for the Save in the 9th instead of Roark in a tie game.

  77. rlndtln - Jul 12, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Kershaw ASG.Good news.I would start Greinke for 2 and Kershaw next.

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