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Game 105: Diamondbacks at Nats

Aug 4, 2015, 3:27 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

It’s been quite an interesting 24 hours around town. If nothing else, I guess the emotions on display all over the place confirm that D.C. is indeed becoming a baseball town. (You’d think the season ended last night.) The beauty of baseball, though, is that there’s always another game to be played the next night (at least until October) and so the Nationals are back at it tonight, hoping to reverse their fortunes and give people something positive to discuss tomorrow.

Max Scherzer gets the ball for this one against the Diamondbacks, on the heels of a dominant start in Miami last week. Lefty Patrick Corbin starts for Arizona.

No real changes to the Nats lineup, aside from Jayson Werth returning from a night off. He’ll bat fifth, behind Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman.

Updates to come…

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (54-50)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer

DIAMONDBACKS (51-53)
RF Ender Inciarte
CF A.J. Pollack
1B Paul Goldschmidt
LF David Peralta
3B Jake Lamb
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2B Chris Owings
SS Nick Ahmed
LHP Patrick Corbin

UMPIRES
HP Mark Carlson
1B Gabe Morales
2B Tripp Gibson
3B Brian Gorman (cc)

6:35 p.m. — Ugh, they just announced the start of tonight’s game will be delayed due to weather in the area. It hasn’t actually rained yet, and at the moment the sun is out, the grounds crew is preparing the field and the tarp is rolled up and covered along the first-base line. But there has been rain around the region, and somebody must think there’s a decent chance it’s going to hit us at some point soon. Stay tuned.

6:50 p.m. — First pitch at 7:35 p.m., the Nats say. It never did rain.

7:35 p.m. — And we are underway at last, following a 30-minute delay. Max Scherzer fires ball one to Ender Inciarte.

8:04 p.m. — Well, that was quite a first inning. After Scherzer cruised through an 11-pitch frame, the Nats lineup exploded against Patrick Corbin. Yunel Escobar led off with a blast over the center-field fence. Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman all followed with base hits. By the time it was all done, the Nats had sent all nine men to the plate, totaling three runs on five hits and driving Corbin’s pitch count up to 36. It’s 3-0 Nats after one. How about that?

8:28 p.m. — Man, Corbin had nothing tonight. The Diamondbacks are monitoring him closely, because he’s coming back from Tommy John surgery, and so Chip Hale took the ball from him after only 12 batters and 54 pitches. Enter Josh Collmenter, who threw 76 pitches on Saturday but now is being asked to chew up more innings tonight. He responded by getting Zimmerman to ground into an inning-ending double play on his second pitch. So it’s still 3-0 Nats after two.

8:48 p.m. — We’ll just ignore the fact Scherzer walked Collmenter in the top of the third, OK? Otherwise, he has been fantastic, through thee scoreless innings so far, the only hit a bunt single by Inciarte to open the game. Still 3-0 after three.

9:22 p.m. — It’s not 3-0 anymore, not after the D’backs bats broke out against Scherzer in the top of the fourth. Five straight batters reached base, with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Chris Owings delivering the run-scoring hits. Just like that, it’s a 3-3 game and Scherzer’s pitch count is a whopping 81 after only four innings. Yikes.

9:39 p.m. — Scherzer battled back with a nice, 1-2-3 top of the fifth that included his third strikeout of Goldschmidt tonight, all on sliders. The Nats haven’t been able to do anything against Collmenter, though, so it’s still 3-3 after five.

Chase here taking over while Mark writes his game story

9:59 p.m. — The game is stuck at 3-3 after six innings, as both lineups went down in 1-2-3. Scherzer had a clean top of the sixth and finished with 114 pitches. That will do it for him, as he was pinch-hit for by Dan Uggla. Casey Janssen will now take over to pitch the top of the seventh.

10:09 p.m. — Janssen pitched a clean seventh and now has a line of: 8.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K in his last nine appearances. Not bad. Escobar walked to lead off, but Rendon lined into a double play at first base. Harper then flew out to deep center field. It’s still 3-3 with Drew Storen running in to start the ninth inning.

10:37 p.m. — Storen cruised through the eighth and the Nats brought their bats out in the bottom half of the inning. Zimmerman led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Werth. Ramos lofted a single to right field two batters later and scored both runners. It’s now 5-3 as Jonathan Papelbon will take over looking for the save.

10:49 p.m. — Pennington grounds out to end this one. Nats win 5-4 to snap a 4-game losing streak. Win No. 55.

272 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. nats106 - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Earn your money, Max.

    • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      Max is one of the only Nats this year who actually -has- earned his $$

      • nats106 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:46 PM

        Yes, but he hasn’t done anything for us in almost a week. All he did was warm up Saturday night.

        I’m still smarting from my renewal pricing for my season tickets. I knew I was going to get Scherzered

      • tcostant - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        Doug at least your ticket prices didn’t double like mine.

    • ward5nedc - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM

      Prices going up next year?

      • nats106 - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:44 PM

        Pretty significantly for some. 3 years ago they had some good offers-a 3 year lock in commitment with no pricing increase. another off was in certain sections a 2 for 1 deal. Buy two seats, get two free.

        All gone forever. Ahhh, paying the price of success.

  3. jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Did Danny kick MW’s dog or something?

    • alexva6 - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      +1

      perfect opportunity to play him and sit Desmond

    • bowdenball - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      If someone made “Free Danny Espinosa” t-shirts I would absolutely buy one.

      • stoatva - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM

        Damn I hate it when I hit report by accident. No “are you sure” dialog? Really?

      • bowdenball - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:59 PM

        That’s OK, stoatva. I’m sure I deserve it for some other post that went unreported anyway.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:23 PM

        Me too, Bowdenball. I’d sit Escobar or Desmond.

      • moozystar - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:42 PM

        I’ll take two “free Danny ” shirts. One for me and one for my son! Who’s printing?

  4. janebeard - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Man, I hope we can win this and turn things around TONIGHT! GYFNG!

  5. stoatva - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Steady as she goes, amirite Matt?

  6. jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Why play a 1.9 WAR player who happens to be a switch hitter (.320 OBP) when you can keep playing a -0.5 WAR player who has a (.263 OBP) oh and incidentally player ‘A’ has also out slugged player ‘B’ .411 to .358.

    What the heck am I missing?

    • NatsLady - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      The only thing I can think of is Danny has more flexibility on the bench than Desi, in case of an injury or late-game substitution.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        It’s not “flexibility” when he’s been sitting on the bench for the better part of a week (at least) now, it’s more like “inflexibility” on his stubborn manager.

      • hummel26 - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:32 PM

        I’ve heard the “flexibility” argument–Espi can come in for almost anyone if needed. But that means you’re trading a whole game of Espi for the possibility he MIGHT be used in an emergency situation or as a PH. Just not smart–put him in the game against a lefty over Desi who will probably struggle. Make the team better for the whole game. Don’t save your assets and wind up not even using them (sound familiar?).

    • nats106 - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:52 PM

      Not a thing. I’m mystified as well.

    • bowdenball - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:57 PM

      The only thing I can think of is that if you want to get Desi going, you want him in the lineup against a lefty.

      That’s all I’ve got. And it’s a stretch.

    • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

      it’s bizarre.

    • texnat1 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:56 PM

      You are missing that Player A will be with the team next year and Player B won’t, which just makes the situation even more puzzling.

    • dclivejazz - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      Believe it or not, Desi has better stats over the last 2 weeks (of course Danny didn’t play one of the them, but still)

      Desi .279 .354 .535 .889
      Danny .222 .263 .278 .541

      This is BA/OBP/SLG/OPS from baseball-reference.com

      I would like to see Danny worked in more, but there’s a basis for Desi starting over him.

      • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:20 PM

        Good research live jazz.

  7. stoatva - Aug 4, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Here’s a sobering thought for you. If the D-Backs sweep the Nats (dog forbid) we will be tied with them in the wild card standings.

    It’s actually pretty darned important to win tonight.

  8. natsfan1a - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Well, Max, we could really use a win here. I’m just saying. A win would be really awesome. Maybe you could get some chocolate sauce dumped on you, if we won. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Chocolate sauce.

    • ArVAFan - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:15 PM

      Ok, Max, I am now officially at my family reunion. Last year, there was a 10 game winning streak when I went off with my family. You’re a competitive guy (or so I’ve heard). You would want to outperform last year, right? Just saying. So a win tonight would be good. With or without chocolate sauce.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Let’s start a win streak tonight, fellas. Good Luck Max and Good Luck Nats Bats!

  10. rmoore446 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    I think MW and/or Rizzo might feel that Desi’s mental makeup is fragile and would react very negatively to a benching. Desi may have been reassured that other than a day off now and then or injury, he will be in the lineup and be able to work out of this slump. MW and Rizzo know him much better than anyone not on the team. I know this is just a blue sky theory but I’m trying to figure out the inexplicable.

    • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:31 PM

      Desi doesn’t necessarily have to be benched (although it would be merited). If there are 6 games in a week and if Desi, Rendon and Esco rest 1 game a week that still puts Espi in 3 games. That’s not ideal but it’s a start.

      Look The DBacks are playing a different 2nd baseman tonight. Most teams have 2 or 3 positions in which they rotate players in and out. Keeps everyone fresh and the bench players active so when they come up in a key spot it won’t be their 1st at bat in a week.

      • rmoore446 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        I completely agree that this should be happening now with our infielders. I am mystified as to why it isn’t.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:24 PM

        Jd, that’s it exactly. Rotate them.

      • hummel26 - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        I thought the same thing about rotating Desi throughout the lineup 3-4 games per week, playing each infield position one day (and maybe in place of Werth one night in the OF). Keep him sharp, let the guys who are mending have a break. The Nats might argue that those returning from injury need ABs to get sharp, but one game per week shouldn’t interfere with that. And Desi continues to get rewarded for a terrible season.

        The Nats have treated this season like an extended spring training for many struggling stars, continually asserting that “once we get our team together” everything will gel. Well, it’s over 100 games now, and maybe the team you thought you had will never really be. The team you HAVE has a very effective Espinosa waiting to contribute. Make use of him, NOW.

        Espi needs to be kept sharp, too. If Williams is going to be one of those “I die with MY guys” managers, the Nats are cooked. Earl Weaver blew a couple of World Series sticking to his formulas and ignoring who was hot and who was cold. That usually works over a whole season, but not in a short series. Here we are seeing a manager who has committed to a player who, first of all, is leaving, and second of all, is playing poorly (with his hot week an aberration in a bad season). That commitment is foolhardy. It’s as if Espinosa’s past is being seen as his present and the new evidence, over a half a season’s worth, is being ignored. And Desi’s current trend is being ignored in favor of his history (when in reality, many of his bad tendencies in this season were starting to show up the last two years).

    • 9rhrssy01 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:33 PM

      If they are concerned about his mental makeup,I don’t understand why. HIs mental makeup will be some other teams worry next season. In the meantime he’s bee hurting the team and that should be the number 1 concern. I think it’s MWs shear stubbornness

  11. Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    It’s so true that the beauty of baseball is that there’s (almost) always a game the next day. And if the Nats win tonight, the commentary tomorrow will be much different than the commentary today. That’s certainly happened here every day of this up and down season. I’m hoping for some happy posts tomorrow morning.

    The criticism of MW’s bullpen management has reached the mainstream. Svrluga’s column this morning did a very good job of laying out the issues, and I even saw him on MLB Network discussing it. Even if we win tonight with dominant 8th and 9th inning performances by Storen and Pap, those questions will remain.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/matt-williams-isnt-getting-any-relief-on-his-bullpen-handling/2015/08/03/e264f876-3a28-11e5-b3ac-8a79bc44e5e2_story.html

    • rmoore446 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      This is Svrluga’s second straight day of dinging MW on his bullpen handling. The day before he quoted all these Mets fan tweets saying it was hard to believe but MW almost made their manager look smart and strategic by comparison.

      • tcostant - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        Boswell also hit on MW’s pen management pretty hard in his online chat on Monday.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:01 PM

      Odd that he didn’t really say anything in that column, besides recite the obvious, and forward the obvious quotes from the obvious sources. But he did say it well.

      • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:10 PM

        I know,

        To me the screw up was Friday night. Once the Mets used: Familia, Clippard, Robles and Torres you then bring in: Storen and Paplebon and Jansen with the idea that the Nats hitters will finally get a run against the Mets 5th and 6th bullpen arms. It might not have worked but all you can do is give your team the best advantage you can and MW didn’t do that.

      • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        I disagree Sofa. Sure, he didn’t say anything that folks here who debate and argue about these things night and and night out don’t know. But he raised all the high profile questions about the 2014 NLDS as well as things like Ross staying in and Fister coming up to bunt in the 5th the other night. Even talked about the “who was really available” question. I’d say it was a pretty comprehensive catalog of the things critics have been saying here for quite sometime. Not sure what else you’d be looking for.

  12. Danny - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Regarding Desmond/Fister, they will continue to play. Rizzo eyes the future maybe to a fault at this point.

    He wants to make sure he gets draft picks from qualifying offers out of them

    • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      Are you positive that Desmond and or Fister won’t accept the qualifying offers? cause I’m not. Do you think Desi gets anywhere near $15.5 mil a year on the open market? even for 1 year? Fister?

      I am so unsure of this that I would seriously consider moving one or both of these players if a decent opportunity presents itself in August.

      • Danny - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:49 PM

        I’m not sure either, but there have been cases where it has seemed like a slam dunk a player would accept the QO and it hasn’t happened yet. You just need 1 team to pay up

      • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:06 PM

        Danny,

        Both these guys are at or under replacement level. Keep in mind that any team signing one of these guys once they reject a QO loses a draft pick. I am not sure there will be much of a line forming here.

      • Danny - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        Exactly why they are still playing. Benching them will kill any chance at draft picks

      • Danny - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:15 PM

        They both have 2 months to show they can still play

      • DaveB - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:33 PM

        The other thing you have to remember is that the player only gets a week or so to decide whether to accept the offer, so you don’t even need one team to “pay up”, you just need the player to think that there is hope that one team will pay up over the ensuing months. There has never yet been a player that has accepted the QO with the current system. Most players would rather get a shot at a multi-year contract, even if it’s at a lower annual rate (e.g., 4/40 or even 3/30 would probably be preferable to a QO … I think Cuddyer declined it and signed for something like a 2/21 contract).

      • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:57 PM

        DaveB,

        yes and no. Don’t think for a minute that the player and his agent aren’t evaluating their positions even now. The all know that they are potential free agents at the end of the year and they all are familiar with the process. They also have a historical perspective to go by.

        As for the comparison with Cuddyer, he was coming off a year where he produced 1.4 WAR in only 49 games. The previous year he was 2.4 WAR. Now Desmond has been a really good player until this year even if he had been slowly declining from a 4.8 WAR year in 2013 to 4.0 in 2014, it’s possible that some GM will believe that a still young Desmond can regain his form but given the loss of a pick I think it’s more than likely that Desi will have to prove himself again on a 1 year contract and I think it might be for less than $15.5 mil.

  13. b12071 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Is it just me, or has Bryce hit better when batting fourth this year? As hard as Werth battles at the plate, I would move him up and put Bryce in the four-spot.

    • adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      This year: .299 third, .354 4th

      Career: .260/.278/.337 for 2d/3d/4th

  14. micksback1 - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    MW strikes again…why not play Espi over a terrible hitting Desi? He has no feel of this team at all in my view..Desi has been given chances on extended time. anyone think Giradi or Showwater, real managers would have Desi in the lineup today??

    The attacked on me particular by a troll named Bruxton for pointing out several facts on MW handling of pitchers yet not a single fact to back their defense of stooge MW.

    1) take the 84 pitch count on Ross and stick it?? Does anyone think in a playoff game, a good manager would have had Ross come out for the 7th? Ross never pitched that far in game, let alone a game of that magnitude. If MW had not pitched Rivero 3 innings the night before, he would have been perfect to come in the 7th. At least if thor nton had come in that would have made sense as well and it would have been 2-1.

    2) The Friday night game with Rivero going 3 innings simly blows my mind and I know many other fans as well phil Wood and FP so i am in good company

    • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 4:59 PM

      Mick,

      I agree with you that MW doesn’t have a good feel for the pen. I don’t think that makes him a moron. It’s a lot harder than you think. For example I don’t think taking out Ross was straight forward, forget the number of pitches he’s thrown, he was still extremely effective and to me a better choice than Jansen in that situation, he just got beat by a super hot hitter. The pitch Duda hit off Jordan Zimmermann was ridiculous, it was so fa inside you can’t possibly hit it fair unless of course you are smokin hot like Duda.

      I agree about Rivero except again it’s not that straight forward because Rivero was only at 18 pitches and was dealing pretty well. MW does tend to try and squeeze one extra inning out of his pitchers which I think is a flaw, it’s normally a gamble not worth taking.

      As far as Desi goes, I am not sure that’s not coming from the top. I think Rizzo was done with Espi before this year as evidenced by the acquisitions of Escobar and even Cabrerra and I think like MW Rizzo has a stubborn streak which stops him from admitting that he may have been pre mature. I think he is also a fan of Desi and is hoping against hope that he gets going (which he has to some extent).

      • micksback1 - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:33 PM

        JD

        good analysis, i respect it and you have some great points

        I am just frustrated with what is going on with the club right now

    • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      mick, for the record, before the other night, Joe Ross had had five starts. In 3 of them, he pitched more than six innings. One time he went 8 innings. I agree that he should not have pitched the 6th, particularly with Granderson coming up, but if you’re going to criticize others and label them trolls for their lack of facts, you need to check yours.

  15. tcostant - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    Stopper time.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:17 PM

      You mean in here, or on the mound?

      /kidding

  16. natsdial8 - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    I have been giving MW a lot of leeway as to how I feel about him as a manager. However the needle is pointing down .
    I do not believe he has been ordered to play certain players . I fear those poor decisions are his.

  17. rmoore446 - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Speaking of criticism of MW is breaking out, just tuned in to the ESPN national show “Around the Horn” which features a panel of sports writers just in time to hear Woody Paige of Denver, one of the program regulars, lay all the Nats problems at MW’s doorstep. Paige said he had been a lousy manager from the time he got the job. I don’t agree with that blanket charge at all but clearly the criticism is heating up. I’ll try to catch the full segment when it is replayed later on the various ESPN channels.

  18. jfmii - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:19 PM

    The Desmond decision has become such a head-scratcher. In the middle of a pennant race in August put your best lineup out there. Ian has had 4 months to get out of his funk, and he has not.

  19. erocks33 - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Since the All-Star Break (17 games), Desi has hit .250/.308/.483. Espinosa has hit .222/.243/.250.

    The 17 games prior to the All-Star Break, Desi was horrible slashing .151/.203/.302. But Espi wasn’t that much better: .213/.275/.361.

    You can’t convince me (yet) that Espi will be the answer to the Nats offensive woes. Should Espi start every now and then, spelling Desi or Yuni or Rendon? You betcha!

    Oh, and guess who’s second on the club in RBI’s since the ASB? Desi has 10, right behind MAT with 11. Next closest? Bryce with 7.

    The real problem with this team right now is that they are not scoring in bunches. They seem to only score in one or two innings in each game. They need to figure out how to get back to scoring runs in multiple innings.

    Their record post-ASB when:
    Scoring in 2 or less innings: 2-11
    Scoring in 3 or more innings: 4-0

    Their record in the 17 games pre-ASB:
    Scoring in 2 or less innings: 4-5
    Scoring in 3 or more innings: 7-1

    And if you want to really depress yourself, check out how our catchers have been hitting (or not) Post and Pre-All Star Break.

    Ramos Post-ASB: .100/.098/.175
    Ramos Pre-ASB: .217/.266/.300

    Lobaton Post-ASB: .174/.240/.174
    Lobaton Pre-ASB: .182/.250/.455

    • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      erocks,

      How many games has Espi played since the All star break? It ain’t 17. I think it’s 10 so it’s not much of anything to go by. On the other hand for the entire season Espi is out hitting Desi for average, has a much higher OBP and is also out slugging him and playing cleaner defense hence the 1.9 WAR vs. -0.5.

      Espi may not be the answer to our offensive woes but he is a better piece to plug in than Desi and even if you disagree there is no reason Espi shouldn’t play at least half the time without really benching anyone.

      • erocks33 - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:13 PM

        Espi started 9 of the first 10 games after the All-Star Break. In those games, he hit .222/.243/.250.
        In that same 10 game-span, Desi hit .333/.405/.697

        Now, I’m not saying that Desi shouldn’t sit a game or two (far from it). In the 7 games since Desi’s “resurgence”, he’s gone back to his putrid display .148/.179/.222 with 12 K’s in 27 AB’s.

        I would love it if Desi would stop swinging for Half Street, keep his head still and stay balanced all the way thru his swing. He teased us with his 10 game hitting display. Alas, that very well may have been a fluke.

        But, Espi has slowly reverted back to his 2013-2014 hitting approach and I don’t know if he can right himself again either. This team needs offensive help badly. And I just don’t think that Espi over Desi is the answer.

        But I do believe, as others have suggested, that MW mix it up a bit. Give Desi a night off and put Espi in there. The next night, give Yuni a breather. The next, Rendon. But, does MW have the wherewithal to try something like this? He hasn’t before and I don’t think he’s going to start now.

        Maybe we can hope that Trea Turner can get a cup of coffee on Sept. 1 and be a spark plug for this team. They definitely need something to get them going.

  20. erocks33 - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    As for MW … well, I’m figuring that he will be here for the rest of the season. However, if they (heaven forbid) don’t make the playoffs, then I would not be surprised if Rizzo cans him and brings in Ron Gardenhire.

  21. natsdial8 - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    How long is MW contract .

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:54 PM

      Rizzo has already picked up his option for 2016. He has another option for 2017, not yet exercised.

  22. nats106 - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    How about Davey? Just like RIchard Nixon, he’s tanned, rested and ready.

    That would make a great t-shirt. A picture of MW with an X through it on the back and a picture of Davey 2016-He’s tanned, rested and ready!

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:55 PM

      Hell, at this point Riggleman would be an improvement.

    • jd - Aug 4, 2015 at 5:59 PM

      Yeah that’s not happening. MW is the product of Rizzo’s relationship with Davie. Do you recall the shouting match where Davie screamed: ‘ you go down there and manage’. I think Rizzo wanted and got his own guy and he won’t get rid of him quickly.

      • rmoore446 - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:15 PM

        +1

  23. Big Red W - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    We are going to be fine. One game at a time, one win at a time. Somebody mentioned in a post about a week ago how the San Francisco Giants have battled for their lives (2010, 2014) just to claim a berth in the postseason. And look what they did with it. We trampled over a weaker division last year and fell flat when it counted. Sometimes it’s good to be tested. Well, here we are in second place at this point in the season. We’ve been tested all year. And it’s going to continue until the finish. This team has to earn it. Let’s go get it, let’s earn ourselves a seat in the playoffs and make something happen.

    • senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:51 PM

      Get into the locker room and give that speech top the team! May help them!

  24. Skinsdiehard - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Why is R Zimm batting cleanup? This is why MW and Rizzo are dumb. Please trade R Zimm. He’s pathetic. Should be batting 7th or 8th. He’s a double play out for whomever’s on base ahead of him. Keep Harper in the cleanup spot you idiots!!!!

    • Dave - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      Zim started the offense last night with a home run. In the last week he has been productive at the plate.

      Are you maybe talking about his sub-standard defense at first base?. That also doesn’t exist.

    • adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      “He’s a double play out for whomever’s on base ahead of him.”

      I’m glad I didn’t get your advice before seeing my bookie in the first inning 😉

  25. senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    Aggregating the comments of others on this board into questions:

    * Do you think the Nats are playing Desi (and Fister) to get them to the level so they’d reject a QO and the Nats get a draft pick for each? Would they really risk the season to do that?

    * If MW is sort of a buddy to Rizzo and is Rizzo’s first hiring of a manager of his own choosing, do you think Rizzo would fire MW at then end of the season if the Nats miss the playoffs (and consequently look bad toiownership)?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      No, as I’d expect Fister has something wrong.

      On Desi they would QO him most likely and he will reject it.

    • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      I dunno. I have to believe after last year’s 96 win effort, MW is gonna have a long rope. I think continuity is something Rizzo et al – rightly – value in coaching/leadership positions. MW has to get better though.

  26. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 6:42 PM

    Weather delay?

    • zmunchkin - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:01 PM

      Just announce a 7:35 start. Radar shows lots of small storms in the immediate area. Then clear. Better to wait them out.

  27. edshelton2013 - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    Ghost:
    The only thing wrong with Fister is that he’s elevating his pitches, by his own admission.
    He’s effective when he’s down in the zone, resulting in a high ground-ball rate. I don’t have the stats but it seems he’s getting a lot more fly balls (some of which leave the park) than grounders.

  28. natslive - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Go Nats! Go Max! Go Bats Come Alive

    • kgwcoach - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      Escobar had Zimm replace the du at in his throw around throw after the play at first😉

  29. coop202 - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Wow I miss something like tbat

  30. Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Well, Yunel didn’t hesitate between first and second on that one.

  31. veejh - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Is that the line I see moving?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      About time need 60 games of line now.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      Yes, and they’re leaving nothing behind but carnage for the carrion fowl.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Keep the line moving.

    Loojs like some ass kicking last night.

  33. veejh - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Sorry, FP, Zim hasn’t been locked since coming off the DL.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:14 PM

      Not really. Here’s what he has done:

      since Zim's back, July 28
      
      PA  AB  H 2B  HR RBI BB SO 
      29  26  6  2  2   2  3  10 
      
      .231/.310/.538

      from B-R.com

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        not counting tonight, of course.

  34. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    What does Desi have to do for MW gro give a game at SS to Espi.

    Does Ian have pics of Rizzo’s wife or what?

  35. natslive - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Didn’t really like seeing Werth dive into first there…if he keeps running he’s still safe

    • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      ughh, he dove? that’s silly esp w his wrist… well, alas.

  36. veejh - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Get Danny in this lineup. Enough is enough.

  37. natsjackinfl - Aug 4, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Funny but the only time Desmond doesn’t swing on a 3-2 pitch is when it’s called strike 3.

  38. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Bryce turning that single into a double was the big play in that inning. Ramos comes back from 0-2 to work a walk on 8 pitches and MAT gets another RISP hit.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      Nice play RZim, makes it look easy.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        This has happened a lot this year.

        We have all the momentum and it goes just as fast by someone grounding into a double play

        We have seen this trick a lot.

        Harper worked a great walk RZim his weaker grounder on an off speed pitch.

        Off sppech you either crush or lay off. You don’t hit a little wimpy hit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:39 PM

        I hear ya and that’s what RZim is susceptible to doing.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:17 PM

      I’m getting a tee shirt with Michael “Aaaaaay!” Taylor in a leather jacket, giving a thumbs-up..

    • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      That was one of Ramos’ best ABs in a -long- time. Good stuff.

      • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:47 PM

        Another good AB from Ramos. Could he be warming up? even a little regression to the mean of his career norms would be a HUGE boon.

  39. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Let’s bat around again.

  40. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    I’ll be interesting to see the Brooks chart on that 2nd inning Harper AB. Some mighty close pitches called balls, there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      Ball 3 looked like a strike.

  41. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Scherzer what was that all about. 3-0 to the pitcher than walking him.

    Of all guys to walk that makes 100% no sense.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      Then follows up with a k.

  42. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Desi fast ball middle cut. Where does he want the pitch.

    Again why is Espi on the bench?

  43. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    4rh inning string a few together.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      I meant Nats

  44. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Come on Max walks just rubs up the pitch count totally unnecessary.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      Walk sets up the hit as Zim was holding.

      Now you need a k or dp

  45. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Someone had our stats ERA by innings. The 4th innings is the worse. Again tonight the starter in the 4th forgets what he did the first 3 innings.

    • nats106 - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      Either that or the opposing Manager and hitters make adjustments.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Desi can’t can’t throw. Why is he playing?

    Iwings can’t hit a fast ball so Scherzer throws a slider Why?

    • nats106 - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      Agreed. Why does M (for moron) W keep him in there as he continually costs this team?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        He must have compromising pictures. Can’t be a baseball reason.

    • simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      This team is completely inexplicable, at almost every level.

  47. simalex - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    This team is completely cooked.

  48. Danny - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Now this is just silly

  49. carlospaula - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    In defense of Matt, it’s tough to deal with your BP when you are losing. That being said, he should have pulled Ross the other night after 6. As the marathon gradually is becoming a sprint, it’s time to go to the whip.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Agreed

  50. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Call hurts #Nationals
    Ball 3 should be strike 3
    Top 4 Scherzer vs Ahmed
    36% call same
    0.9in from edge http://t.co/VWV3M69vih

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Ahmed should be in the dugout and 2 outs.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:10 PM

        The whole thing started with a walk after K their best player.

        Scherzer acting more like Strasburg than Sxherzer

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      That was easy one to see was wrong.

    • veejh - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:13 PM

      That was such a strike. Scherz got squeezed on that. Last week, those were strikes 4 more inches outside. Lordie.

  51. veejh - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Walk the pitcher should equal runs. It better.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      It does often against us and should for us too.

  52. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Strike 1 was ball 1/ strike 2_was a strike.

  53. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Cone on hit either higher or lower that height Pollock can run it down.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Ok, that’s the best suggestion ever! LOL

  54. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Esco and Rendon crushed 2 balls that are caught by Pollock and the luck has to change.

  55. veejh - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    If they ended up using a computer to track strikes and balls, the top batting averages would go up to .400.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      375 at least

  56. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    No one has hit Scherzer’s fast ball tonight. Insisting on the slider cost him 3 runs last inning.

    • adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Insisting on the slider cost him 3 runs last inning.

      His slider is what struck out Goldshmidt at least twice tonight (I don’t recall which pitch the other K was)

      Part of what cost him runs was when he was missing his spots with fastballs.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        Goldschmidt is different. I talking about who couldn’t catch up to his fast ball Ahmed especially. Lamb too.

      • adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        No one has hit Scherzer’s fast ball tonight

        Well, no, that’s not accurate either.

        The D-backs have two hits which drove in runs. One was off a slider, and the other was off a fastball.

        You gotta mix up the pitches.

  57. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Great 5th inning Scherzer!!!

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Sorry it was Iwings who he needed to blow away and threw a third strike slider for a 2 run double.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Owings

  59. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    MW please take Desi out.

    3 k and a terrible throw home.

    Why is Espi in the dog house this year.

    Why is Desi not in the dog house?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Desi is just 3 k from taking league lead.

    • hersheyman - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      While I read this blog regularly, I don’t often comment (lack of time usually). I must say that the regulars who post here such as yourself are extremely knowledgeable.

      My reason for writing is to say say that in my 46 years of watching the Expos and now the Nats, I have never seen as poor a performance by a Expos/Nats SS as that turned out by Desmond so far this year – and the Expos had some very lean years at SS. Never mind the awful hitting, but in addition to 21 errors, there’s been a plethora of other bad plays by Desmond over the course of the season that don’t get counted in the stats.

      The throw home this afternoon was bush league. Desmond was barely on the OF grass and the runner had just turned the corner at third. He should have been out by 10 feet. We are talking about the SS throwing to home, not an outfielder for darn sake. Hell, I’m 56 and I could still throw better than that (I’m not kidding) – so could most of us this blog in all likelihood.

      But M. Williams keeps putting Desmond out there. Talk about bullheadedness. I hope he doesn’t play poker, cause he would lose his house, his 401K and his car(s), cause he keeps with the same pattern of play in all situations.

      It is my estimation that Rizzo severely miscalculated this year. Keeping all four FAs (Fister, Desmond, Span, Zimmerman) thinking that they would repeat past glories. HUGE mistake.

      • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

        An excellent maiden comment Sir. Please continue. Desi’s throw was awful.

  60. senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Werth and Desi are black holes — pitches go in and never come out (as hits).
    Especially Desi. Werth at least usually makes the pitcher work.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      But Rizzo was not interest in Cespedes, and doesn’t force MW to play Espi.

      Seems like management is not watching the game.

    • nattygoats - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Lol.

  61. philipd763 - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Desi 125 Ks!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Pederson with 128 has 3 BB tonight.

  62. knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    So do the Nats have anyone warming up in the bullpen to start the sixth inning or do we just send Max out there on his 96 or so pitches and hope he gets through the inning untouched?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Aaron Barrett

      • senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Oh no…

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        Bourbon and maalox time……

      • senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:47 PM

        Actually.. “one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer”

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        +1, 1, and 1

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        Now, for some “boom boom, boom boom.”

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Good bounce back by Max after that ugly 4th inning. Now hopefully the Nats bats wake up after slumbering the last few innings.

  63. senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Nice Max

  64. nattygoats - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    This team is not in a slump. It is not overly injured. It is not going to turn on a switch and get good. It is a very average team which is being run by a terrible terrible terrible manager. MW should be fired for no other reason then continuing to play Ian Desmond.

    • veejh - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      You are a broken record. Just let them play the games and make your declarations when the season is over, please.

      • nattygoats - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        Season is over. I told you this in April and it has come true. Mets win this thing by 5 games at least. Save this post. I’ll be the guy who said I told you so

      • nattygoats - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:58 PM

        Please tell me what you have seen in 103 games that makes you think this team can win this division? I really want to know.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:58 PM

        I think we will the division, but need stop farting around.

        Since the all star break almost none have plan well.

        Joe Ross has Drew Storen had. Yuni has been OK. Maybe a little bit Rendon and Harper. I might add Janssen

        But the starters outside of Gio are worse than before the break.

        The rest have been poor.

      • hersheyman - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        I think you need to put a clamp on it yourself. NGoats has every right to be upset by the performance of this team so far this year and, even if he was wrong, he has every right to say anything he wants here as long as it isn’t vulgar or malicious. Besides, it is very good to hear/read everyone’s opinion’s, not just those that are always positive.

        By the way, MW IS a terrible terrible manager, no matter how you cut it.

    • adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Goldschmidt with the golden sombrero. Who saw _that_ coming?

  65. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Taylor just couldn’t stand the thought of walking as he swings at one 6 inches outside.

    His Ian invitation.

  66. nattygoats - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Mets up 5. 1. Soon 2 games back. Will there be meaningful games for the Nats after Labor Day??

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      So we lost game already. You can’t possibly be a fan and say that.

      Assuming negative is not what a fan does.

      • nattygoats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        Were you in NY this weekend wearing red and sitting amongst 40 k Mets fans? I was. It I didn’t care I wouldn’t be here. I watch every night. But my eyes don’t deceive me. This team isn’t good. Your one of those folks who watches CNN and drinks the koolaid. I love the Redskins have season ticks. But I know they stink.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:15 PM

        That doesn’t make you fan.

        If you are bad mouthing you can go to all 162 games and I would not call you fans.

        A fans stands with them win or lose, and doesn’t predict loses.

      • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM

        Sorry mnf, you don’t get to define what a fan is. It’s pretty clear that a guy who travels to Philly and Citi Field to root for the Nats is a fan, regardless of what you think of his comments here. You expect to win every game. I’d say that’s just as bizarre as nattygoats’ unrelenting pessimism (which was just proven wrong in this game, at least.)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:44 AM

        And then there’s the whole Pot-Kettle thing…

  67. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Pederson 129 ks now 4 ahead of Ian.

    Where I do agree LOD types. Continuing to play Desi makes no sense.

    He has not deserved it this year. Has Espi deserved it.

    MW has an opportunity to play a better team but absolutely refuses too.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Rendon 4 hard hits 1 hit and a double pkay

    • scmargenau - Aug 5, 2015 at 12:39 AM

      He’s getting hot. Breakout coming.

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:09 PM

    I don’t believe the BAPIP. Unlucky.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      Hitting hard but all in the wrong place.

      Hit it softer and now where they are at is what we need.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:31 PM

        Like Ramos did. Ok. Whatever. You hit it hard. Much better odds.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    We have hit the ball much harder than they have, but have nothing to show for it.

    Hitting it hard but where they can field it.

    Owings double was not hard but not near Werth rolled 130 or so feet to the wall.

    Baseball is so weird sometimes.

  71. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    We have hit the ball much harder than they have, but have nothing to show for it.

    Hitting it hard but where they can field it.

    Owings double was not hard but not near Werth rolled 130 or so feet to the wall.

    Baseball is so weird sometimes.

    Now keep pitching strong Drew.

  72. coop202 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    We’ll their playing the exercist in Georgetown. Maybe that’ll shake this ridiculous stretch of bad luck

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      Every little thing has not gone our way lately.

      • coop202 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        Including autocorrect on my iPad… Poor grammar ipad

  73. abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Storen looked good. Now score!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      +1

  74. adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Drew Storen gets the standing ovation — getting 1-2-3

    He’s retired the last 15 batters he’s faced

  75. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Not sure if anyone noticed but Storen faced heart of order… so tonight, the save was in the 8th

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      +22

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:20 PM

      I’m sure Drew doesn’t give a damn right now. It could be Ruth, Gehrig, and Foxx.

  76. abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Ok. Get Zim home from 3rd and make it stick!

  77. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    “Don’t get greedy,” I said to myself. “Basehit time,” I said to Jayson, via the TV.

    • coop202 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM

      Oh no desi….

  78. knoxvillenat - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Desi, oh Desi…..please deliver in this hour of our need!

  79. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Just SHOW bunt, once, Ian. Just for show. They won’t know what to do.

    Ohhhh, nevermind.

  80. abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    AZ announcers calling for a Desmond strikeout since he is a prime target.

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    At the game. Lord Desi. Make them throw you a strike.

  82. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    SAFS

  83. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Desi hanging slide you hit

  84. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    WOW thats a break

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Desmond was totally struck out there.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM

        Not that it matters.

        Well, at least he Swung At a Strike.

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Well…. I expected him to K…. so…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      Might as well have. Dinky grounder is no better

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        Like I said, at least he SA a FS.

  86. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Why didn’t Espi pinch hit?

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Elevate Wilson…. please elevate

  88. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    I almost forgot how to do the horns!

  89. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Glory…. glory….

    Way to pick up your teammate, Wilson…

  90. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Buffalo bails out Ian.

    MW do us a favor give Desi line time the rest of the home stand.

  91. abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Nice situational hit! And right after the AZ announcers were hopeful pointing out Ramos was 6 for 59!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      You watching AZ announcers.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        In ABQ AZ and CO are “local” feeds so I am blacked out on MLB.tv. this week and watching cable.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      And rightly so, from their perspective.

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Yah that will Ramos sucks and can’t do anything. LMAO

  93. mdmcommish - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    I live and die with this team. I almost never post. I can’t take it anymore, Desmond is done, he’s gone soon anyway, bring up a turner or play Espi but get Desmond out of there NOW…damn!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      It’s only a game, commish. It’s rude to offer perspective in here, so I won’t, but it’s easy to find. News is on in half an hour.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM

        Benching him for a while is gentle on my mind as Glen Campbell would say.

        Now Paps no runners please.

    • senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      Dude, I’m with you, bro

  94. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    MAT had 2 fat pitches… and looked at them…. and then swung at a ball…

    I will not complain. Come on Paps. Just shut it down and let’s get this win.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      I will complain though . that is what a hitting coach is to remind them every day not to do. Between he and Ian they do it a lot.

  95. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    I said hit a soft one and we could score.

    Buffalo’s wasn’t hard. It was nice and soft.

    Do I get credit? Plus I used Ramos in Draft Kings

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      Pretty sure you get points in DK. Not sure about in here. Doesn’t seem like much of anybody is getting credit for anything lately.

    • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      I admire your team spirit, but i have to question your sanity in choosing Ramos on Draft Kings.

      • scmargenau - Aug 5, 2015 at 12:32 AM

        He was probably dirt cheap

  96. scnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    If you are serious about winning you sit Ian and play Espi. Happy for Wilson, happy for the Nats, happy for me (bet the Nats tonight) but Ian is costing us wins.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      MW letting some unconnected loyalty interfere with good judgement.

      Desi has not earned all this time. Espi worked his ass off this and has improved a lot and has easily outplayed Desi.

      It is a poor baseball decision. So I suspect something is at the heart of this stupid decision.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      So Matty doesn’t care about winning, because he plays the wrong guys; these same guys are not serious about winning because, well, they haven’t for a couple of days; and the fans who bitch about it don’t really care about the team because … they’re doing it wrong, too.

      Got it.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:41 PM

        If go purely by how they played this year.

        How has Desi earned this job? How he kept it.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:42 AM

        Because they don’t go purely by how they played this year.

  97. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    I know it’s wrong of me, but hnestly, I’m enjoying watching Drew take his frustration out on the opposition. It’s what makes him a Closer.

  98. Big Red W - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    One game at a time. One win at a time.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:41 PM

      One of the beautiful things about baseball; it’s timeless, and yet perfectly iterative.

  99. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    I swear we should take up a collection and BUY Ramos a mitt the ball will stay in.

  100. adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Although the runner made it to second, that was a bad play that almost turned very badly for the d-backs. He’s not the tying run.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      Well, it’s low percentage and high risk, but he kept them out of the GIDP there.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:47 PM

        Which is why this game is still not over, and now one run.

      • adcwonk - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:51 PM

        Agreed. Kept out of the DP, but not a percentage play at all when you’re down two.

  101. abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    However it ends, this is what MW should have done sat. 7-8-9, Jansen, Storen, Papelbon.

    • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Absolutely right.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Papelbon 3 games now. Easily out pitched by Storen in 2 of 3.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      I wouldn’t go that far. Storen has been 12 up and 12 down, with about 8 or 9 Ks.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Correction, 6 K’s.

        And Deuces, were you addressing me or MNF? Because he’s the one who brought it up.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        They have both been very good. Can’t prove it but getting Papelbon seems to have Storen even more focused. He has been good all season but still seemed to be pitching around a bit. He seems to be coming right after them more the last week. Much deeper bullpen now.

      • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 11:51 PM

        I was addressing MNF, but you seemed to agree with him in your comment. Frankly the idea that one of our bullpen guys out pitches another is downright silly, to be charitable. It’s a team game, not a competition amongst guys on the same team.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:36 AM

        Well then, ftr, I was not agreeing.

    • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      so what?

    • Section 222 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      Do you two think because of these three games, Storen should be the closer instead of the 8th inning guy? If not, why even compare the two?

  103. mdmcommish - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    My kingdom for a strikeout

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Lamb is a bad base runner…. does he realize that they are down 2?

    Very risky….

    Pap won’t be available tomorrow.

    • senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Drew will / should close then

  105. dcphanatic - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    I have always liked Desi. It has been a pleasure seeing him grow and developed into a star. Home grown. But he is hurting this Nats team. Last season, if I remember right, one of the commenters here, NatslLady I believe, penciled a fantastic analysis of Desi’s hitting deficiencies and actually predicted his collapse this season. MW needs to play his best 9. And at this time Desi is not one of them. When he came up with Zim at 3rd and Werth at 2nd I don’t think anybody watching or listening to the game though he could push them across. MW is waiting for him to snap out of his funk, but I don’t think is going to happen. Espi needs to play.

    • senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      Yup. So frustrating and obvious to us all. There must be some ulterior reason why Desi keeps playing. It can’t be (or better not be) because of the QO/draft pick issue (which hurts the team this year b/c of Desi’s poor play). So it must be because they actually think he’ll snap out of it soon and perhaps b/c they don’t trust Espi.

      As others have said, they should “give Desi a rest” and play Espi at least once a week.

  106. mdmcommish - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Really? really? Be still my heart.

  107. natslive - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Too casual by Escobar

    • coop202 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Zim-esk moment

  108. mdmcommish - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Finally

  109. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    HE ain’t throwing NUTHIN ELSE.

    Woooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooo

    TM Michele

  110. abqnatsfan - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Wow. It just looked bad from the start. I know an easy standard throw, but watching Lamb caught in no-mans land seemed to distract Escobar. But alls well that ends well. A tragi-comedy.

  111. senators69 - Aug 4, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    A Win! High Five!

  112. IJoaquin - Aug 5, 2015 at 2:39 PM

    He destroys AA. ,in a short time frame , he conquers AAA in less than a month, batting 323 ,he has speed , range, does not strike out al. Lot, from 45 prospect , he has risen to the. 9 prospect in baseball America rating of prospects, what are the Nats waiting to bring the kid Turner to the big club.

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