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Game 91: Mets at Nats

Jul 20, 2015, 3:28 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

They were shut out by Clayton Kershaw on Saturday. Then they were shut out by Zack Greinke on Sunday. Now the Nationals have to face Matt Harvey in the opener of a huge series with a Mets club that comes to town a mere 2 games back in the NL East. Tough assignment? You bet.

How good is Harvey? Well, in his six career starts against the Nationals, the right-hander is 3-1 with an 0.68 ERA, 47 strikeouts and nine walks. That’s, uh, very good. Also good, though, is Gio Gonzalez, who over his last three starts is 2-0 with an 0.90 ERA. And those three starts came against the Pirates, Giants and Orioles, three potent lineups.

Still waiting on tonight’s lineup, so be sure to check back for that and for game updates throughout…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, ESPN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Humid, 88 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (49-41)
CF Michael Taylor
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
LF Matt den Dekker
LHP Gio Gonzalez

METS (48-44)
RF Curtis Granderson
SS Ruben Tejada
3B Daniel Murphy
2B Wilmer Flores
LF John Mayberry Jr.
1B Eric Campbell
CF Juan Lagares
C Anthony Recker
RHP Matt Harvey

UMPIRES
HP Mike Winters (cc)
1B Mike Muchlinski
2B Mark Wegner
3B Marty Foster

7:08 p.m. — And we’re underway on a scorching, 94-degree Monday night in the District.

7:32 p.m. — Wow, that was an eventful first inning. The Mets had runners on second and third with one out, but Gio Gonzalez escaped the jam thanks to a comebacker and then a stellar play at third base by Yunel Escobar, who made a backhanded stab of John Mayberry Jr.’s hot smash and then threw across the diamond to end the inning. Probably saved two runs on the play. Then the Nats scored twice off Matt Harvey in the bottom of the first, thanks to a Danny Espinosa drag bunt single, a Bryce Harper walk, an RBI single by Escobar (who is a +3 for the inning, right hockey fans?) and then a broken play that actually paid off for the Nats. When both runners tried to advance on a ball in the dirt, Escobar was about to be thrown out at second base. Except he held up and got into a rundown, which bought Harper time to come all the way around to score. Nicely done by both guys, and so it’s a 2-0 Nats lead after one.

7:54 p.m. — The Mets have a bit of a problem hitting with runners in scoring position. As in, they’re 3 for their last 66 with runners in scoring position, already 0-for-4 tonight. Wow. The Nats also stranded a man in scoring position in the bottom of the second, but that man was there only because Daniel Murphy flat-out dropped Gio Gonzalez’s line drive right at his glove. Still 2-0 Nats after two.

8:20 p.m. — Wow, who saw this one coming tonight? Not Matt Harvey. In his first six career starts against the Nats, he gave up four total runs over 40 innings. Through three innings tonight, he has given up five. Yes, the Nats lead 5-0 thanks to a 2-run double to deep center by Clint Robinson (scoring Espinosa and Harper for the second time in this game) and then another disastrous error by Murphy (this one of the throwing variety). It’s 5-0 as Gonzalez takes the mound for the top of the fourth.

8:43 p.m. — And it’s 5-2 as Gonzalez departs the mound at the end of the fourth. He labored through that inning, though in his defense, he did get a groundball to the right side that would’ve ended the frame if not for Espinosa playing way up the middle and not being able to get to it. Then again, after intentionally walking Anthony Recker to load the bases with two outs, Gonzalez proceeded to give up a 2-run bloop single to Harvey on an 0-2 pitch. That’s frustrating, to say the least. It’s 5-2 Nats after four, with Gio’s pitch count at 84.

8:58 p.m. — Wow, what a catch by Michael Taylor to end the top of the fifth. With two on and two out, Eric Campbell, drilled a ball to the gap in right-center. Taylor somehow tracked it down and made a leaping catch before hitting the out-of-town scoreboard. That’s another huge defensive play by the Nats, who have saved perhaps four runs from scoring with their gloves. Still 5-2 after five.

Chase here taking over for Mark as he writes his game story

9:14 p.m. — The game is still at 5-2 after the sixth inning, as both teams went down in order. Gio was removed with his spot up in the order for Wilmer Difo. Matt Thornton will now pitch the seventh inning in his first appearance since July 10.

9:30 p.m. — Thornton was good and got the Mets out 1-2-3, but Harvey also pitched a clean inning. The score remains 5-2 Nats as Casey Janssen will now take over to start the eighth inning.

9:48 p.m. — Make it 7-2 Nats after a two-run homer by Desmond, his eighth of the season. The big swing followed a single by Robinson. Desmond has two hits on the day and five total bases. Drew Storen will now come in to pitch the ninth.

9:59 p.m. — Daniel Murphy lines out to CF and the Nats have win No. 50 on the season. They beat the Mets in the series opener 7-2.

417 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. nattygoats - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Mets played 18 innings yesterday. We should get this one

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:56 PM

      So what?

      They can’t use Gilmartin and Torres today. Whoopy.

      • nattygoats - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        Maybe they will be tired. I don’t know? Just looking for some hope

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        They generally can’t hit anyway. They play minute scoring games just about every day. I don’t expect them to challenge Harper much. Someone else needs to help.

      • bowdenball - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:01 PM

        As I mentioned in the last thread, it’s not like they had a 7:05 start that went 18 innings. They were done in time for a dinner, a relaxing flight and a good night’s sleep in DC. Our guys are probably almost as worn down as the Mets after a crazy heat and outage-filled weekend at the park.

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        bowdenball,

        You are exaggerating a little bit. Their game ended at 8 eastern so they likely didn’t get back in time for a ‘relaxing’ dinner much before 9 or 9:30 and probably didn’t get on their flight much before 11 for what I think is at least a 2 hour flight. It ‘s not a disaster but it it’s not a walk in the park either.

        The Nats game ended at 4:30 and our guys really had a chance to have a relaxing dinner and get a good night’s sleep in their own beds. It makes a difference.

        I am not anticipating the Mets sleep walking through their game tonight but they aren’t likely real spry either (their catcher caught 18 innings).

        I wonder if they sent Harvey to DC ahead of the team?

      • NatsLady - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:29 PM

        Mets reporter on TV said they got in about midnight. Said they had been “really looking forward” to this series for a long time and were ready for it.

  3. nats106 - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Yesterday I was hoping for a dual no hitter. Oh well. Might get that tonight!

  4. nattygoats - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Glad to see Treinen down. That lineup? Oof

  5. jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Once again we need a big game out of our starter. There continues to be little room for error and it will remain so until we get some of the walking wounded back. This has not been a ‘comfortable’ season for Nat fans. It’s been a struggle from the get go.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      Got the big game out of Scherzer and he was beaten on a “poke” swing.

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:05 PM

        Well that’s the concern. Gio can pitch great but we still have to score some runs.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:09 PM

        Yep and as upset as people were about the loss, the Nats scored ZERO and you never win a game you score ZERO in.

        Ethier shortened up on Scherzer and that’s the key as C&D said to almost guide the ball as Scherzer was very good although a victim of some long innings.

        On all sides on Greinke who has been discussed by all baseball talking heads today, his pitch count wasn’t high enough and that’s partially thanks to when you get 10 gift strikes it does shorten the game.

  6. nattygoats - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Who’s pitching tommor

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      Looks like DeGrome vs. Ross.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:03 PM

        +41

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:32 PM

        I think it’s official now for Joe Cool Ross. The corresponding move will be interesting. Is it Santos for 1 day? Probably not. Most likely will be Sammy Solis.

  7. masterfishkeeper - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Good to see Williams getting a lot of left-handed bats in there. Harvey has pretty big splits this year.

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Oh yeah, a real murderers row. Esco at cleanup, Robinson 5th and Desi 6th. Of course then you have Lobaton, DenDecker and Gio.

      Again, batting Harper 3rd makes no sense to me. If he bats cleanup and he comes up with the bases empty at least he has a chance to start something instead of constantly coming up with the bases empty and 2 outs.

      I understand that making a lineup from what’s available is like shuffling the chairs on the titanic but you have to try to big a little more imaginative than what MW is being.

      Another option is to bat Harper 2nd with Esco leading off, then you have a fighting chance to start the game with 2 men on and none out.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

        Well, at least Ramos and Moore are not in there. I’d arrange the order differently, as you say.

      • homeparkdc - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:40 PM

        Not kidding with this (well, maybe a little) – bat Desmond 3rd tonight. He’s been the best hitter against Harvey with a .286 BA HR 2B 3BB 2SO. And Harper – .000 BA 1BB 6SO. It’s baseball after all, so perhaps tonight will end Desi’s slump, or we could see the end of Harper’s hitting drought against Harvey.

      • bowdenball - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        The problem they were having with Harper in the cleanup spot is that frequently someone would be on base ahead of him but they’d pitch around him anyway, and that would leave it to Ramos or Robinson to make them pay. Sometimes they did, but usually they didn’t.

        I’d like to see them try Harper in the 2 spot. That would virtually eliminate the opponents’ ability to pitch around him, would give the Nats a better shot to drive him in if he does walk with better bats and an extra out to work with, and as a bonus would make it more likely that he bats in the Nats’ final inning.

      • Guapo - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        If you could build a 3 hole hitter in a lab (average, speed, power), you’d probably build Harper. It actually makes all the sense in the world.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        And right now the only position player who is getting basehits on a consistent basis is Escobar. So even though he is not anyone’s idea of a clean-up hitter, he is the best option given the depleted line-up. Unless of course, you want Danny in there :-).

      • zmunchkin - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        Only, other than Harper obviously.

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:58 PM

        Guapo,

        You are of course going on the assumption that the 3rd hole is reserved for the best player. I think you are mistaken.

        The more I think about it the more I like the Idea of Harper batting 2nd at least until Rendon returns.

      • nattygoats - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:02 PM

        Hey hey I’m supposed to be the negative one here. Man who are you? Go see minions.

  8. NatsLady - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    FWIW, Vegas favors the Nats (-125).

  9. coop202 - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    I miss span and werth for their consistently drawn out ABs… sounds like werth and two bags will back this week though! Maybe a fresh zim too…

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      Oh yeah.

      We continue to be in survival mode, facing aces with a pop gun offence. It could have been really bad if we were in a tougher division. As it is we are still way in the woods.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        What division is tougher besides the NL Central and the AL West? The Mets haven’t gone away and the Barves were in it for a good part of the season and seemed to fold when they lost Grilli. The rest of their fire sale should be starting soon.

      • NatsLady - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        Just keep the head afloat. You don’t get extra points for winning the division by 20 games (might get a better “seed”, might not…). I don’t see the Mets as having the staying power unless they get a bat or two–and they aren’t even prominent in the rumor mill (Upton?).

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        NL,

        I don’t see the Mets spending the money Upton is owed. Not their MO. On the other hand he is a rental so they may splurge for a 3rd of his salary.They aren’t trading any of their big 4 but Neise has really helped their cause by pitching brilliantly for almost a month. Plus they can also dangle Wheeler and Montero. I mean if they were an aggressive organization they could be really scary. I hear talk about Aramis Ramirez and Segura and Zobrist but I’ll believe it when I see it.

      • bowdenball - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:38 PM

        We are still in the woods for sure. But all it takes is one win over this three game series with the Mets to stay in first. Then they get the back end of their rotation facing Kershaw, Greinke and the Dodgers this weekend- the price they pay for lining up there guys to face us out of the ASB- as we start to get our bats back.

        If we can find a way to win this series we’ll be in fantastic shape, but anything other than a sweep bodes well for the Nats in my opinion.

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        bowdenball,

        I completely agree with you. I am terrified of being swept (even though that’s still no the end of the world). As soon as we win one game in this series I will feel a lot better.

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Bowden thinks whoever gets Hamels and Cueto moves up in the rankings. Hoping the Dodgers get nobody.

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      The Dodgers are almost certain to get someone. They have the dollars and the prospects. The guy they really want is Hammells because they mat well lose Greinke this off season and Hammells is signed for a while. Philly is really trying to maximize on Hammells but I think in the end they move him this time around. Paplebon isn’t helping them but shooting off his mouth. That guy has such a bad reputation teams are ignoring the fact that he’s a great closer.I think the Cubs can really use him.

      • NatsLady - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        Cubs just promoted Soriano. Let’s see if they use him to close.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:35 PM

        They won’t rade Seager or Urias which leaves the Phillies seeking their best deal from all teams. They may trade out of Anderson, Verdugo and Holmes but the Cubs are even deeper and don’t count out the Red Sox.

        It will take 2 sure thing prospects to get Hamels and maybe 3 in the top 10!

    • virginiascopist - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      I still think the Dodgers will end up with Hamels, although the way he’s been pitching lately, it looks like Philly may have waited too long and they either will have to drop their price or hang on to him.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM

        Let the Dodgers burn out their top of their rotation pitchers like they did last year. Kershaw got beat bad in the playoffs last year.

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        virginiascopist,

        Don’t focus on Hamels numbers. I think he’s completely unmotivated and bored in Phily. I think other teams know this.

        Ghost,

        I agree with Philly holding out for the best possible deal on Hamels. He’s a top pitcher who is signed for a few more years at a reasonable price and is still young and healthy. The key is that at the end of the day they have to get the best offer and pull the trigger because he is of no use to them now and they have to tear the whole thing down in order to rebuild it.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        And last year was not the first time Kershaw has been terrible in the playoffs. Maybe he was burned out, but he also spent a fair bit of time on the DL at the beginning of last year. I just can’t imagine them not making a deal for some starting pitching help before the trade deadline. I mean, maybe someone like Cueto or Samardzija or Kazmir, but Hamels makes more sense as he could slot in behind Kershaw for years if Greinke opts out and they get outbid for him. They certainly have the prospects to get anyone, although frankly one of their best chips is Puig.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:20 PM

        A good discussion on this. I think jd is correct on his assessment of Hamels but I’ve heard even Boz say he’s not the Ace he once was.

        For the Dodgers, they need a solid 3 who could matchup in what looks like Scherzer, JZim, Stras, Gio if I had to pick the Nats playoff rotation. In a 5 game series best of 3 I can see why they want Hamels when you split game 1 and 2 its Game 3 that gives a team the 2-1 advantage.

    • nattygoats - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:05 PM

      Nats 5 th is ridiculous

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        Based on the current lineup sure, but they are looking at the full picture and #5 is the right landing spot.

  11. philipd763 - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Constantly running a shuttle bus between the minors and the majors is no way to man a bullpen.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      Until the trade deadline and Aug 31st waiver claim deadline, this is what you will get. Rizzo’s #1 priority is to trade for a solid bullpen arm who can be the Tyler Clippard or if he can pull it off be the 1A or 1B to Storen in the closer’s role based on need.

      • Hiram Hover - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:52 PM

        +1.

        I trust Rizzo not to overpay (too badly). If he doesn’t make a deal, it won’t be for lack of trying.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:59 PM

        Could easily go into August without a deal.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:30 PM

      Worked for the Orioles the past few years.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:44 PM

        You’re correct but that was a rope a dope as they hoped the lack of scouting reports would work and it does for a game or 2 like the Nats got from Rafael Martin until he was bombed! Oreos still added Andrew Miller at the trade deadline as they weren’t stupid enough to believe they could shuck & jive into the postseason doing that.

        Now they are riding O’Day and Britton hard and the other 5 stink and they are back to where they were in 2014.

        Nats need a proven stud in a trade but I hope they save innings for Joe Cool as I know he could be amazing in 1 inning stints ala David Price 2008.

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:41 PM

      most teams have a 2 way train for the bottom of the pen. You are constantly trying to find someone who is effective at a given time. Treinen was given lots of rope this year and he’s just not reliableat this time. DLS has an outstanding WHIP at AA, he’s definitely worth a look.

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      Ghost,

      Clippard hasn’t been very good this year. He has an ERA of about .263 but an xFIP of 5.14. K to BB is 8.5 to 4.5 which isn’t great. I’d take Clip back but I wouldn’t over pay.

      Jansen has been very good lately. Do you not trust him for the long haul? he makes me nervous with his 88 MPH fast ball but he’s getting people out in big spots.

      Barrett has looked much better since his return (he said knocking wood) but I don’t know how much I trust him.

      I also read (I don’t know how true this is) that the Nats don’t want the season to hang on Drew Storen again. They are scared he will fail again.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        Even Boz thinks Rizzo will not go after Clippard. He called it a 180 that Rizzo would have to do and doesn’t think he will go there.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        “Barrett has looked much better since his return (he said knocking wood) but I don’t know how much I trust him.”

        He’s been good against RH batters but not sure I would trust him in a tough situation int he playoffs. That scares the you know whats out of me.

        Janssen at least is battle tested but he’s not the guy we once knew.

        I’m still thinking Joe Cool in the 2008 revival of David Price. Still doesn’t solve the tough lefty role unless you tell me you trust Thornton and Rivero.

  12. Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    I see the put Werth on the 60-day DL to clear a 40-man spot for de los Santos. I don’t think anyone called that one. Rizzo and his team are pretty smart. They aren’t going to DFA people (Goodwin, den Decker, Uggla) unless they have to.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      Have to hand it to Rizzo. He bought a few days to a week on this one as Werth will be back soon then he has to reinstate Werth from the 60 Day DL and clear a 40 man spot but since they determined that Anthony Rendon wasn’t ready today as they had hoped they didn’t want to go a man short on the bench which would have meant keep Treinen and DFA Burriss.

      Very smart move by RIzzo but the corresponding move to DFA on Burriss is inevitable unless a large trade gets made.

  13. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Sounds familiar.

    Williams: “For (Treinen) it’s about consistency…the issues he has had with some left-handed hitters this year is something to work on.”

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 6:29 PM

    I hope that’s MicheleS screaming the Wooohoooo

  15. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    It would be real nice for the Nats to score like 5 on Harvey…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:10 PM

      From your lips to the Baseball Gods’ ears!!!!

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:18 PM

        Nice play Escobar

  16. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Let’s go Nats!

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      VIP seems so much easier throwing of late. 2012 Gio ?

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    I hate these long counts to light hitters. Piling up the pitches in a 3-2 count against Tejada. Tell Gio that this isn’t Miggy Tejada.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:13 PM

      And Gio walks him. All that and a walk.

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Hey Blue…. sure that wasn’t a K?

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      We need ghost magic power to see if Gio is getting squeezed

  19. natslive - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    No nibbling Gio…. a walk after 0-2…

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    The darn walks. smh Gio

  21. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Gio this team hits worse than we do, could you pitch like they can’t hit?

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Gio is already at 20 pitches!

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Escobar saves 2 runs. Very nice glove work because he was playing back!

  24. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Nice defense Escobar… Crossing fingers that Gio can go 6 tonight…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:19 PM

      Playing back at normal depth! Where as that been most of the year?

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Good Lord… that was at MAT’s ankles…

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Bad calls already be handed out.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      I mean Harvey is filthy.. doesn’t need any help truthfully…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:27 PM

        Agreed which is what had everyone so ticked at giving Greinke an extra 6 inches yesterday. The Nats K plenty and you don’t want a larger strike zone to get Nats batters swinging at junk because they fear it will be called a strike if they don’t swing.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      Thanks, that was a pathetic effort by the ump.

      My son who is older than most Nats asked me yesterday why on Earth is the MLB so boneheaded about not getting nearly perfect results with balls and strikes.

      My answer is I have been for it at least 10 years. Umpires are so inconsistent on these calls.

      It is not rocket scence if the umps cant do the job then get a machine that can.

  27. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Check Ghost this unp is adding up to not liking Gio and that strike 3 to MAT sure looked low.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      Gio didn’t get that inside pitch on Tejada. 1st batter Harvey sees and he gets a gift wrapped backwards K.

  28. unkyd59 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Mets writer, after Murphy’s double, lol

    michaelgbaron
    Michael Baron@michaelgbaron
    Mets have an opportunity to go 0 for 2 with RISP in the first inning.
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    “An opportunity…”😆

  29. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    I’m going for a high scoring battle….cause anything can happen on any given day in nats town

  30. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Taylor is in a funk. 0-2, I think that you have to protect on that pitch. Don’t let the ump get you with a bad call.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      What funk. He got a hit off Grainke, and his liner to left was hardest ball hit by a Nat yesterday.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:49 PM

        One for his last 17.

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Please HIT & RUN

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      OK, just a traditional 5.5 hole hit but he’s been a doubleplay machine.

  32. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    woohooo…scored on the starter

  33. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Yes… yes!!!!!!!!! LETS DO THIS!

  34. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    Mr. Cleanup!

  35. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    What is CRob swinging at on Pitch #1. Patience rook!

  36. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    So far, Escobar is game MVP. Excellent field and toss for that 3rd out, and, of course, the RBI. Woo.

    • natslive - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      Another good play by Escobar in top of 2nd

  37. natsjackinfl - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    That’s what a clean up hitter is supposed to do.

  38. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    I’m cool with how that worked out.

  39. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    schwwwwwwwweeeeetttt……rbi harper

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Way to go Bryce and Yuni! That worked great!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      I thought Yuni left late… need to rewind that…

      But 3 away from my prediction….

  41. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    wow… okay… uhm… toot by Escobar… but go Bryce go….

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      1/2 a Toot, he just got a lousy secondary but that worked well to manufacture a run.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:33 PM

        Okay… twin… lol… doing it again…

        Imma just start replying to your messages and say Yeah, what he said. 🙂

  42. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    but i don;t have much hope for well rested Gio…we’ll need more

  43. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    There are the first 2 of early 5.

    Gio shut them down.

  44. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Is he saying Harper gets credit for stealing home.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      probably scored it either scoring on the WP, or a FC. I’d call it a FC.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    1 pitch out for Gio. Thanks Campbell.

  46. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    are you kidding me…get it down gio

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:37 PM

      It was a sinker. Just saying.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        i’m sure it was

  47. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Escobar second outstanding play.

  48. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    stole on a good slower

  49. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Was that strike 3 on the curveball that Gio didn’t get because Lobaton popped up for the steal?

  50. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    now thats the good gio k

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Quit nippling.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:42 PM

      for the kids out there….i think MNF meant quit nibbling

      • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:48 PM

        LOL

    • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      You really could use an editor. 🙂

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Gio goes 3-2 and more vs Harvey. Stop this stuff. 38 pitches already.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:42 PM

      … I swear we aren’t doing this on purpose… lol, I swear it…

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:43 PM

      +39
      oh the bullpen will be needed after 5 me thinks

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        yes, 6 innings tops. If the Nats were the Royals that would be “as planned”

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Does Gio really have a 3-2 count going against… Matt Harvey…

  54. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    No stolen base per the box scores.

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Wow, new bat for Gio.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Desi 0 for 12 since the all star break.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      He put some nice swings on balls. If he can stick with making contact he will improve.

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        His at bats in general have been better, but the results the same.

  57. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    ball is carrying

  58. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    so go should go deep

  59. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Yes, mnf, Taylor is in a funk. He is 1-17 with 8 K’s. That’s in a funk by anyone’s standards. I root hard for him,but he is struggling.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      Need him for defense. His offense matters and until Nats are back at full strength it is what it is.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        No argument, with your point,Steve. I said he was in a funk earlier and MNF asked me, “What funk.”

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:59 PM

        Yah, funk is right. I won’t call it a slump yet. Look who he’s faced the last 3 games. It’s like the Cy Young keynote speakers.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Zack Johnson won the Open.He didn’t win the Masters. What is Carpenter drinking. Johnny Holiday sauce

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:52 PM

      Just an awful crew. I’m ready for some change.

    • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Alzheimers?

  61. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Daniel Murphy wow.

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Daniel Murphy with an awful error. What was he thinking, what was he doing, where was he going.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      looks like he had a really deep thought right as he was about to catch the ball

  63. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Den Dekker almost beat Murphy.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    I will say again, I like Matt den Dekker.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      good….i’m glad the Nats got something for Wee Willie Burns

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM

        He’s a weaker hitting Nate McLouth at a smaller price and I’d say the 5th man on the bench.

    • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      I remember watching him last season as a Met and thinking he was going to be something.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        By the way, he doesn’t make this bench when everyone is back but he is here now and contributing by doing the little things.

  65. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Harvey at 40 pitches. Unfortunately MAT was 1st pitch swinging.

  66. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    posted this earlier
    Who would you give up for J. Benoit or would you pass ?

    http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2015/07/18/5-biggest-washington-nationals-rumors-two-weeks-before-2015-mlb-trade-deadline/

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:05 PM

      Not my first choice but the Nats have been mentioned with him. 38 years old and has the nasty splitter and 95 heat. Has his best career #’s vs lefties. Go figure.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:07 PM

        thanks….maybe would not cost an arm and another arm

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:10 PM

        I would take him if he doesn’t cost much. I’m willing to give 2 prospects for Chapman higher than the Nats #5 on the Baseball America list meaning no Giolito, Ross, Lopez, Turner.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        oh yeah…i’d buy that….i just think AC is a rare commodity that doesn’t come around very often…the reds really should keep him IMHO

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        I was listening to one of their beat writers who said he’s a luxury they shouldn’t keep. He only has 1 season of team control left so they can maximize for him now based on need.

        The reason I would do 2 decent prospects is because you QO him next year and get a prospect back.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:22 PM

        excellent thought about the QO to get back a prospect. I would think they would want an Addison Russell type prospect though

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:23 PM

        Of course they do. They aren’ t going to get it.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:25 PM

        but the cubs did

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        Keep in mind that the A’s traded him for 2 big pitchers in Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija. The problem is they didn’t win with those guys.

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        true enough

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

        Again, you have to trade quality to get quality.

  67. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    good news for those at the game….heat index below Chapman’s velocity at 8 pm

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:09 PM

      +1

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Look at Danny. Makes contact. Hit right off the end of his bat while he was out in front on the pitch. Doinker single. Why can’t Desi and MAT get that lucky?

  69. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Escobar make them pay.

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Yesterday that’s a strike on Bryce. Bill Miller should be ashamed of himself.

  71. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    holy moley….are they not pitching to him with a runner on first ?

  72. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Why do I feel like that was intentional (walk on Harp)…

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      ghost told me to say that

  73. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Clint Robinson has a big AB here.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      And he hits the bonus plan! 2 RBI double!!!!

  74. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    how is Clint Robinson a rookie ?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      1st year in the league other than his previous cups of coffee.

  75. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Almost to the 5 now.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      high five

  76. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Dayum. Games like this make me happy.

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Wow… Clint Robinson…

    1 away from the 5 I predicted…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Did you see where Lagares was playing him. What a joke on the Mets.

  78. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    I feel an RBI coming

  79. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    There is run 5

  80. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Dez finally reaches on an error! Yay!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      That’s a single and an error. Lucky for him Murphy was playing 3rd.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Might be a hit and error. Look like he was safe

  81. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Keep the line moving

  82. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    So I said 5… maybe I should have said 7…

    Maybe that is the hit that gets Desi off the shtick…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      off the schneid LOL not sure I spelled that right. Brian Schneid-er

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      I see your 5 and raise you one.

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:25 PM

      Half of za! Get me 7!! -:)

  83. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    matt williams puts together a darn good lineup for what he has to work with.

  84. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    oh no…not the guy with the freaky hat…Mr Met looks less weird

  85. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    I like Alex Torres hat. He is the only one in the majors with protective hat. I bet in 15 years all pitchers will have them. It’s like goalie mask, people younger than me think the goalies always had mask.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      I think it is a good idea but in the future they will wear batting helmets

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

    This is just plain fun to watch.

    I especially love Clint making the Mets pay for walking Harp with a man on first. I still think it’s the smart move given the way he’s been hitting, and with the poor supporting cast he’s got right now. But it’s so nice to see us take advantage.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      The guy is pulling his weight, for a player who wasn’t anywhere on anybody’s depth chart in March. And so is Michael A.

  87. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Ya know, expectations on these aces is through the roof. Every time they take the mound, they’re expected to win. Well, that’s not how it works, as seen tonight. I know Harvey hasn’t had the greatest season, but enough of fretting about the next ace we face.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:25 PM

      FP made a good point, that after seeing Kershaw and Greinke, the Dark Knight looks altogether hittable. They’re getting used to this level, seeing nothing but for several days in a row.

  88. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    I’m totally down with esco at short – the guy is amazing and is sp passionate! Love it!

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      I agree about Yunel at SS when Rendon returns.
      AR-3B
      Yunel-SS
      Danny 2B

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    For whatever reason… I thought it was the 7th inning…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      Because between both these teams there is 5 runs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

      Sure feels like it.

  90. unkyd59 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Mike Puma@NYPost_Mets
    Mets are getting brutal defense, offense and pitching tonight. Other than that, they are right in this thing.
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    michaelgbaron
    Michael Baron@michaelgbaron
    4 months ago, Matt Harvey was the savior. July 20, people hate him, want him traded. Alrighty then. #Mets
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    Mets WFAN@MetsWFAN
    Perhaps it’s best that we don’t go into all the details. 5-0 Washington end 3.
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    Heeheehee…

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      better than losing by the typical mets loss score 2-1 in extra innings ?

  91. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    well you are up 5-0..prudence is the better part of valor

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    A 2 out walk against a .160 hitter with a 5 run lead. Not smart.

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Come on Gio.. Up 5 runs, attack the strike zone.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Nibbling to the third set up this nonsense.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      +1

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Gio was at mid 60’s in his pitch count when Campbell stepped into the batter’s box.

  96. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Are you kidding me. This is on you Gio. Just not smart.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:36 PM

      and soon be on the bp

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:37 PM

        I have steam coming out of my ears I’m so pi$$ed right now.

        If that was Strasburg, the LoD would be screaming at him.

        Gio seems to get a pass.

  97. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Scherzer or somebody, go talk to Gio. He’s starting to get riled up.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    2 walks in the damn inning. Why does he lose concentration.

    Now McCatty comes out. Why come out after the fact. I absolutely hate that.

    Come out before the damage starts.

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 20, 2015 at 8:30 PM
    A 2 out walk against a .160 hitter with a 5 run lead. Not smart.”

    2 outs and all started with a walk to a .160 hitter with bases empty. This is part of what drives you nuts about Gio.

  100. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    That stinks. Looked like middle plate wrong side of outer edge

  101. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    80+ pitches in 4 innings… yikes Gio…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      When you nipple that happens.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:50 PM

        Ha. Nipples are good

  102. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Harvey has nibbled to like to Loboton.

    I don’t understand when you are up by 5 why on earth nibble throw fastballs low in the zone and let them try to pull them.

  103. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Gio just nibbles off and on every game. Sometimes gets away with many times doesnt

  104. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:40 PM

    MAT work on proper bunting, your speed would allow a lot of hits.

  105. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Dodgers just scored 4 off of the Barves. 4-4 game.

  106. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Well, if McCatty came out to the mound every time Gio lost focus, they’d have to put an extra keyhole from the dugout to the mound. This is just who Gio is. He’s cute, but not too bright.

    And the LOD isn’t busting on Gio during that inning because the Nats were up 5-0, and they were all elsewhere, lurking in the dark.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Bryce just missed that one.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      That is where LaRoche had a hidden talent he could come pitchers down.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:49 PM

        Well, I don’t know for sure, but LaRoche was known to carry a gun. Just saying.

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      and we expect Gio to do this…part of his MO to nibble and I guess it’s hard for him to change strategery in mid stream ??
      People expect so much more from SS or any young phenom…

  107. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    No let up Nats Bats… score more runs

  108. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:43 PM

    Harvey has the shut down inning that Gio couldn’t do the second time.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      MAT should have been trying to work the count. Saw 2 pitches.

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Come on Gio.

  110. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    5 runs may not do it

  111. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Hang the damn pitch Gio.

  112. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Clint Robinson is not a great defender.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      He’s a 30-year-old rookie for a reason. He can hit AAA pitching, and play first in a pinch. Whaddadya want from the guy?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:52 PM

        Just venting. I thought LaRoche had no range but CRob could be worse.

  113. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Really Gio… really…. please just get a DP and end your night

  114. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Here’s more talk of getting Gio through 5 innings to qualify for a Win. I don’t give a rats a$$ about pitcher wins. I care about team wins.

    Gio is better than what he’s shown.

    • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      Kill the win!

      Not the best outing for Gio, but if he can get through this inning, it’s a quality start and sets the Nats up to win this game. Can’t ask for more from your No. 4 really.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        Comes back strong for the bottom of the order. Great 6th inning. Go figure.

  115. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Lobaton out telling Gio to quit nippling. How do you say that in Spanish?

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      certainly not that way…it’s still the family hour Sofa

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:55 PM

        Hey, MNF said it.
        😉

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:56 PM

        Somebody didn’t seriously report “nippling”, did they??

      • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:04 PM

        I w9nder what I typed as the p is not the b. Auto correct which I hate obviously does not have grammar check too.

        Granted I rarely proofread, but that would be stupid to report.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:57 PM

        What did he say?

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM

        MNF around 7:40 ordered Gio to “quit nippling”.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:01 PM

        LOL

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:58 PM

        let’s all stop nibbling with words and just nip this game in the bud

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM

        +3

    • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      LOL. for real….LOL

  116. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    I don’t really have much faith on Roark coming in… hope he proves me wrong.

  117. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    jeezzzzzzz…..Taylor is some kind of runner

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    That’s why Michael A. Taylor is in there! WEB GEM. Just saved the game! WOW

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    OHHHHHHHHH MICHAEL TAYLOR…. NICE CATCH!!!

  120. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Incredible. No way Denard gets that

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      Say what.. completely disagree…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      Really? Denard had 1 like that earlier this year where he ran along the wall tiptoeing to it. He made it look so easy he didn’t get a Web Gem.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        I saw that. Not even close to that play.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        Compare them. I would need Statcast to tell me.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:03 PM

        +1 on the Smooth Operator.

    • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      We’ll never know, but great play by Michael!

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:58 PM

      Span gets such good reads, and run such good routes, he makes that look a lot easier than it was.

      But it’s an out, all the same!

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      I don thinks so guys. He makes easy flies look easy but he would be using opposite hand there and that’s much tougher. I’ve seen him not get too many similar this year.

      But it’s all guesswork

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        Actually, I think we can look that stuff up now.

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:08 PM

        Have you ever liked Span?

  121. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    WOW, I really didn’t expect MAT to come up with that one.

    The kid is learning.

  122. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Perfectly played by Michael Taylor!

  123. npb99 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Taylor! That was huge.

  124. TimDz - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    M
    A
    T

    That is all…..

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    I liked it better when we were working the count against Harvey… Don’t like 1 pitch, 1 out.

  126. TimDz - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    That needs to be it for Gio….they’re teeing off on him….

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      Maybe not huh

      • TimDz - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        Matt gambled and won….glad it worked…

    • manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      That Loboton swing for the K, the first bad swing of the night.

  127. Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    That was one heckuva play by MAT. Just. Wow.

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Call me surprised that Gioi is back out there…

  129. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    At some point the Mets are going to get tired of grounding out to third. Maybe Thursday?

  130. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Wow. Maybe give him seventh??

  131. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    another good call by MW bringing Gio out for one more

  132. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Not great, but Gio did just barely okay.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Awww, c’mon. 6 innings, 2 runs. That’s not bad.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:11 PM

        +1

      • Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        But, sofa, did you see all that nipping?
        (BTW, that “barely okay” remark didn’t come across as facetious as I meant for it to be.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        Ah. No, it didn’t. Sorry. Snarkdar needs tuning.

  133. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    4 of 6 innings Gio was fine. Thanks to MAT and Escobar he is in position to win.

  134. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Vthorton good call for 7th facing 2 lefties

  135. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    So Difo is a slap hitter ???

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      So I looked at that and immediately heard it to the tune of “Sheila is a punk rocker”

      FWIW.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        Lol. No it’s in my head

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        I’ve already moved on to “Gio did his job tonight, sugar bear / You almost had your hits off me, didn’t you dear?”

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Time for the Nats bullpen to throw ZEROs.

  137. Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Gio did his job tonight. So have the hitters — as Carp said, if you get 5 runs against Matt Harvey, you need to win the game. The defense has been stellar. So what’s the left? Well, the bullpen of course. Let’s see if it can get it done…

  138. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    In FP Bizzaro world, July 1st is tomorrow and August 5th is Thursday

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      One could build a whole trilogy of movies about FP Bizarro World

      • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        lol….in FP bizarro world, all people and some smaller animals would wear protective baseball caps

  139. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    No mention from the crack analysts at MASN. Charlie & Dave asked where Strike 3 was.

    • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:36 PM

      One thing that I’m starting to notice on these strike zones — the % that call that pitch the same. 36% seems pretty high. If more than 1 out of 3 umps would call that a strike, it’s hard to be too upset. Still a bad call, but it’s not like some you see — 6% or 13%.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        I don’t quite get it if the full ball is in the box it’s a strike.

      • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Sorry, i meant if 1 out of 3 would call it a ball. it’s definitely a borderline pitch, and it’s a high strike, which most umps are more reluctant to call. Also, I think these maps are from the pitcher’s perspective, unlike Brooks. This was a lefty batter. Not sure though.

  140. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Anyone got an update on Carpenter?

    • dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      he;s throwing…see previous Zuck post

  141. manassasnatsfan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Thornton looked solid that inning. Would like a little insurance boys

  142. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Did Taylor not run!!! Wth

  143. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Espi HR here. I’m feeling this.

    • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      dammit

    • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      2-0 groundball blah

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Don’t you mean Bryce?

  144. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    .@statcast on Taylor’s 5th inning catch:
    – He broke .05 sec before contact
    – Covered 97.172 ft.
    – 98% route eff.
    – Top speed: 19.8 MPH

  145. Nats Fan Zee - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Bunch of Gio haters tonight

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Not so much Gio Haters as Gio Annoyed-Ats.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        If the defense wasn’t stellar, Nats are behind 6-5. Think of the Web Gem by Escobar with men on 3rd and 2nd and MATs Web Gem.

        He was hard hit and gave up some bad walks. We aren’t talking about Murderer’s Row here. 4 guys in there lineup batting below .180

  146. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    That was a good pitch to K Bryce… sorry

    • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      based on last night’s zone

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Leaning in on the plate trying to get Harvey not to crowd him. Greinke did that the 1st at-bat to Bryce last night.

  147. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    That was inside. Harp should be mad.

  148. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Incredible D tonight!!!👍🏼

  149. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Nice plays BY harp and Lobo this inning….

  150. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Are u kidding me???? 6 or so web gems

  151. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Casey Janssen, go buy a lottery ticket.

    • knoxvillenat - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      Are you saying he was lucky in that inning? I thought he pitched pretty well, a dink to Harper (good play by Bryce), a pop up with a great catch by Lobo, a doink for a base hit….I mean nothing hit real hard was there?

  152. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Back to back Web Gems!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Inspired baseball. Best of the season in 1 game.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        People have been saying it all homestand, this is playoff baseball practice.

  153. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    holy loboton….did you see that Sandy Leon was DFA’d by the bosox

  154. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    OK, honestly, Jose is probably the only catcher on this club that makes that catch.

  155. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    “@Nationals: Dear @BBTN, For tonight’s #Webgems we submit to you this entire #Nats game. Sincerely, @nationals.”

  156. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Come on ! Dos Mas n pizza”!

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      As I hit send — Ian makes it so -:)

  157. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    There you go Desi! To the Desi Haters, HAH!

    • npb99 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      Strange comment, Ghost. Everybody here wants Desi to do better – we just hate the way he’s underperformed this year.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        I don’t believe that for a nano-second. The calls for him to be DFA’d and people just constantly talking about the Mendoza line, etc.

        Yes, he could use a refresher in the Minors but like I said earlier he did hit some balls well over the weekend that were outs.

        Hopefully that swinging bunt got him going.

    • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      The Desi Haters? I can think of only one true Desi hater — that would be your friend laddie. Maybe mick who calls him poison in the clubhouse, which is absurd. Everyone else really wants him to succeed, but has lost confidence in him for good reason.

      And lest anyone think that a big homer means a turnaround is upon us, two words: Chad. Tracy.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        Natsjack says not so fast Dueces… lol jk

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:02 PM

        Laddie thinks he should be benched and he wants Espi out there. That’s his opinion.

        I think Desi would benefit from a phantom DL stint.

        Hopefully this is a start.

      • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:11 PM

        hahaha. yes, the Desi-hating club has some illustrious members for sure. This doesn’t prove them wrong though, and I’m sure it won’t quiet them either. Nor should it. His play has been atrocious. Consider this: If he hits .300 the rest of the way, he won’t even make it back to .250.

  158. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    lolDez. yay. he finally hit one out. yay.

  159. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    DESMOND…if he comes back there aint no stopping us now

  160. natslive - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Way to go Desi! Hope that gets him rolling.

  161. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    I was just about to write something disparaging about Desmond’s odds of a 2-hit night, nevermind a HR.

    So that was totally my doing. :-0

  162. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Good for you Desi… good for you.

  163. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    105 mph?

  164. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    OK, replay on the HR — IAN, did you notice how you were LOOKING AT the baseball, not the center fielder?

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:48 PM

      I have a different take on his swing. Yes, the six-run home run thing annoys me, but I don’t mind how hard he swings. I mind that he swings at pitches he can’t hit, and takes pitches he can, and when he does swing, he doesn’t hit the ball. I don’t care how hard he swings, if he’s squaring it up about a quarter of the time.

      • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        Well said. Very true

      • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        +1 to this, Soul Sofa.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      +1

  165. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Is there any way they can lie to Drew and tell him it’s for a save?

  166. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Drew, don’t nipple.

    • scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      U so did that on purpose. Lol

  167. Just. Dave - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    I just realized that Desmond has the worst OBP and second worst OPS in MLB.

  168. Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Great. So no Drew on Wednesday if he pitches tomorrow? Why MW, why? Shades of Game 3 in 2012.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      He was warm, so you use him, usually. But this is exactly why Drew is a Closer. He needs the gun to his head to play baseball. Dumb, but there it is.

      • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:02 PM

        Maybe usually, but not here, with a night game followed by a day game coming up, both against good pitchers who might not give up 5 runs like Harvey did, and no off day before four straight in Pittsburgh. Let Roark do it if he was warming earlier. Surely someone could warm quickly after Ian’s homer.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        Even if you lose Drew for tomorrow, he only needs one day off. Pittsburgh isn’t a problem.

        “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

        I’m more worried when they bring him in with a big lead. It’s like he doesn’t know what to do with it. Next thing for him to learn, I suppose.

      • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        I wasn’t worried. Not with a five run lead. But I still think it was dumb to waste him tonight. Sure, he was warm, but you can’t tell me that if he had sat down he wouldn’t have been available the next two games.

        Just have to hope he’s not needed tomorrow (or Wednesday).

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

      Why? How long has it been since Storen pitched in a ball game? Did he pitch in that Friday/Saturday game we won? I don’t think so but I know he didn’t pitch in games 2 or 3 versus the Dodgers. He pitched because he needed the work.

      • Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Yes, he pitched on Saturday in the first game. No, he didn’t need the work.

  169. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    Come on Dru. Settle down. Lefties are just killing him.

  170. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    nasty slider low and away. just caught the corner, i think.

  171. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    And The Nats win with a nip and a tuck

  172. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Now way FP could Winters see Lobaton’s mitt from that low in the zone. Same pitch he called Taylor out on in the 1st inning.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      2nd strike was low, but when the catcher pull it up, in line with the umps line of sight, it’s harder for the ump to notice. Side to side is easy to see, but like the line drive right at an outfielder, pulling up a low strike is the best shot at framing.

  173. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Woooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    tm Michele

  174. scmargenau - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Prob most enjoyable game this year. Well done boyzzzz!!!

  175. dcwx61 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Just Freakin Nippling kind of a game!!

  176. rlndtln - Jul 21, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    section222.If Desi hits .300 the rest of the year I could care less what his average for the year is.

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