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Game 106: Diamondbacks at Nats

Aug 5, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

If you add up their last nine offensive innings (beginning with the bottom of the ninth Monday night), the Nationals have scored nine runs on 14 hits against Diamondbacks pitching. That’s a potentially encouraging development for this struggling lineup, though we’ll see if it carries over into tonight’s game.

One significant change to that lineup, one many have been wondering about for quite some time: Danny Espinosa is starting at shortstop, with the once-again-slumping Ian Desmond on the bench. It’s Espinosa’s first start since July 26. We’ll have to wait and see if this is a one-time thing or something more than that.

Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the Nationals, on the heels of a rough start in New York. He’ll try to get back on track and try to lead this team to its second straight win over Arizona.

Updates to come…

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Clear, 88 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (55-50)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Danny Espinosa
C Jose Lobaton
CF Michael Taylor
LHP Gio Gonzalez

DIAMONDBACKS (51-54)
LF Ender Inciarte
CF A.J. Pollock
1B Paul Goldschmidt
C Welington Castillo
3B Aaron Hill
RF Yasmany Tomas
2B Chris Owings
SS Nick Ahmed
RHP Rubby De La Rosa

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

7:06 p.m. — And we’re underway with a festive crowd in attendance for Jayson Werth Chia Pet Night.

7:35 p.m. — For the second straight night, the Nats do some damage in the bottom of the first. They got three runs last night and made Patrick Corbin throw 36 pitches. Now they got two runs and made Rubby De La Rosa throw 29 pitches tonight. The rally included another ball scorched to center field by Yunel Escobar, this time for a double, walks by Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper and then back-to-back sac flies to right by Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth. Put it all together, and you’ve got a 2-0 Nats lead after one.

7:58 p.m. — This one isn’t exactly speeding along so far, with Gonzalez and De La Rosa taking their sweet old time on the mound. Gio got in a jam in the top of the second but battled out of it by striking out three in a row. His pitch count sits at 40 after only two innings. De La Rosa, meanwhile, is at 45 pitches. Still 2-0 Nats.

8:30 p.m. — Hey, we’re already through three innings here! It’s 2-1 Nats after the D’backs plated a run off Gonzalez in the top of the third. I’m not saying this game is dragging, but a Yankees-Red Sox nationally televised contest is already in the middle of the fifth!

8:41 p.m. — Still 2-1 after four. At least that inning moved quickly. Meanwhile, down in Miami, the Mets have taken a 7-0 lead. They will lose again before this season is over, folks. Promise.

9:11 p.m. — It hasn’t been a work of art, but Gio Gonzalez is through five innings allowing just one run on seven hits. He has done that by making some really big pitches when he needs to, including back-to-back strikeouts of Welington Castillo and Aaron Hill on inside fastballs with runners on second and third in the top of the fifth. In fact, all seven of Gio’s strikeouts have come with men in scoring position. That’s pretty impressive. Both pitchers have labored, but this remains a 2-1 game after five innings that took 2 hours, 5 minutes to complete.

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

9:53 p.m. — The Diamondbacks took the lead in the top of the sixth thanks to a disastrous outing for Aaron Barrett. Barrett replaced Gio after one batter, as Gonzalez allowed a leadoff single to Tomas. Barrett then gave up a single to Owings. Ahmed tried to bunt the runners over and got a lot more than he was hoping for. Barrett fielded the ball and sailed it past Zimmerman at first. That scored two runs and gave Arizona a 3-2 lead. Barrett would give up two more singles, including an RBI hit to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, before Tanner Roark was brought in. Roark gave up a pair of walks, one to to Castillo to load the bases and then another to Hill to score a run. It’s now 5-2 D’Backs with the seventh up next. Roark will stay in.

10:13 p.m. — There were no runs in the seventh inning, but the Nationals did have a good chance to cut into the lead with runners on the corners and two outs. That situation was set up by a Escobar single to right field after a pinch-hitting Clint Robinson reached on a fielder’s choice. Rendon came up with a chance to tie the game or at least get close, but he struck out swinging to Addison Reed. It’s still 5-2 D’Backs as Matt Thornton will come in to pitch the eighth.

10:32 p.m. — It was not a good eighth inning for the Nats. Thornton gave up a leadoff triple to Inciarte and walked Goldschmidt before Castillo drove both in on a three-run bomb to center field. That made the score 8-2 and the Nats did nothing to help their cause in the bottom half of the inning. Harper, Zimmerman and Werth all struck out to Oliver Perez. On to the ninth as Felipe Rivero will take over.

10:55 p.m. — Yeesh. Make that 11-2 Diamondbacks. Rivero began his inning by hitting Owings with a pitch. He then gave up back-to-back singles one out later to Inciarte and Pennington. Rivero then balked a run home while facing Pollock, who after that scored a second run on an infield single. With the game out of reach, Matt Williams brought Tyler Moore in to pitch. He’s just the second position player to pitch in Nats’ team history. He gave up a run on a groundout by Goldschmidt to make it 11-2. Now the Nats will go out for their final three outs.

11:03 p.m. — That’s it. Nats lose 11-4, have now dropped five of their last six.

257 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. TimDz - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Ian on the bench…would like to see a couple of days with Espinosa at SS…

    • paulfortier - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:08 PM

      Yep

      • Doc - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:21 PM

        Me too!

  3. hersheyman - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    My first comment on this blog was yesterday, commenting on how terrible Desmond has been, and poof!!!, M Williams has an epiphany and finally acts. Maybe I should comment here more often… lol

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:54 PM

      Works for me.

      Maybe next time, just suggest Desmond keeps his head in, and Swings At Fricken Strikes.

      • 27nova - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        And stop watching strike 3 go right across the middle of the plate.

  4. bowdenball - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Perfect time for the benching. Gio’s been throwing a remarkable number of ground balls this year so you want your best infielder out there, there’s a right-hander on the mound so Danny gives them another lefty bat as a switch-hitter, and Desi is coming off a performance so bad he can’t really have a complaint. Really not a surprise at all. The real story will start to emerge tomorrow and the next day, I think.

    • Bruxtun - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      Exactly, we already went through a version of this earlier where Desi sat one day, was out of the lineup the next, but got back in because Escobar was hurt, and I think sat the following game? At least then it looked to be 2-3 off in a row and not just a “rest day”. I hope Espi is able to get a few consecutive games.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      You mean when they call up Trea Turner? 🙂

    • virginiascopist - Aug 5, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      No argument here, simply pointing out that Desmond has put up some pretty good numbers against de la Rosa, so the fact that, in spite of that, he will still be riding the bench should say something.

      • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:03 PM

        Next to the bench Fister.

      • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:38 PM

        Desmond used to put up good numbers against a number of guys… I remember those days

  5. natsfan1a - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Let’s go, GIO! Let’s go, NATS!

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Im kinda surprised C Robinson isn’t playing since De La Rosa has terrible splits against lefties. Danny and Harper should feast tonight…

    Hope everyone in attendance gets a chia pet! Good Luck tonight Gio and Nats Bats. Here is to winning another one.

  7. Skinsdiehard - Aug 5, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    About time. Now trade R Zimm. Move Harper to #4 spot.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      And bring up Time Machine Ernie Banks while you’re at it.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:42 PM

        Exactly.

    • paulfortier - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Who would take Zimm with their team?

      • deftndumb - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:01 PM

        The Nats would take RZim. And I would too. So that works.

    • therealjohnc - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:38 PM

      Spoken like a football fan!

  8. adcwonk - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    De La Rosa’s splits are remarkable.

    This year: .213 against righties, .311 against lefties.

    He seems to be feast or famine.

    In July, he had two starts where he allowed 6 and 4 runs
    Then he followed it with two starts where he allowed 1 and 0 runs (the latter, in an 8-inning start)
    And then last start he allowed 4 runs in 6 IP

  9. adcwonk - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Oh, and I’ll see you there!

    I’ll be in Sec 308, red Nats hat, red Nats t-shirt, and the lovely Mrs Wonk wearing (probably) her cute Nats pink hat.

    • Section 222 - Aug 5, 2015 at 6:07 PM

      Wonk, steadyeddie trying to get in touch w/you. Email me at Section314not222 at gmail and I’ll put you in touch.

  10. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    If Espinosa has a good night, then he should start tomorrow. If he has a good night and doesn’t start tomorrow then the whole exercise was futile. The point should not be to “give Desmond a rest,” it’s to make the offense better. Enough experimenting. If one of them is hot, or at this point even lukewarm, that person should stay in the lineup.

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      Well, Espinosa could start tomorrow for Rendon or Escobar.

    • adcwonk - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM

      If one of them is hot, or at this point even lukewarm, that person should stay in the lineup.

      As I noted in another thread, Espi’s been batting around .190 in the last month

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:48 PM

        I’m getting .244 BA for Espi in the last month…whatever the point is the sample size is too small. One observation that I have some confidence in is that Ian does not put the ball in play as much as Espi.

        Danny Espinosa Batting Gamelogs for Career Games 572 to 593
        Date Tm G GS Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip aLI WPA RE24 DFS(DK) DFS(FD)
        Jun 30 to Aug 2, 2015 WSN 22 20 9-13 83 78 10 19 4 0 2 7 4 0 23 1 0 0 3 2 2 0 .244 .289 .372 .661 .321

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:51 PM

        you may have been reporting Desmonds BA for the last month which is indeed around .190

        an Desmond Batting Gamelogs for Career Games 846 to 871
        Date Tm G GS Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF ROE GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip aLI WPA RE24 DFS(DK) DFS(FD)
        Jun 30 to Aug 2, 2015 WSN 26 26 12-14 99 90 12 17 0 2 4 11 7 0 36 0 1 1 0 1 4 1 .189 .245 .367 .612 .255 1.06 -0.367 -0.50 167.00 52.75
        per 162 games 163 163 75 617 561 75 106 0 13 25 69 44 0 225 0 7 7 0 7 25 7

    • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 5, 2015 at 5:37 PM

      +8

  11. joemktg - Aug 5, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Walk year. Barely above .200. You hold your breath when the ball is hit on the ground to the left side.

    It’s time. Not sit him. Replace him. Come off the bench and/or be prepared to give someone a rest.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 6:46 PM

      We have really hurt with Denard out.We need more lefties in the lineup against the tough righties.We lost Adam and now Denard.With just Bryce for the most part are only lefty we need more lefties .

  12. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Looks like a lot of fans won’t get chia pets tonight. Here’s hoping they go home happy anyway.
    GYFNG.

  13. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    N
    A
    T
    S

    NATS! NATS! NATS!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  14. TheBigDummy - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:29 PM

    I’m sorry. I love it when we score runs but I cringe when I hear the N-A-T-S chant. It’s so unoriginal.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:31 PM

      Well, I hear you, but original is over-rated, IMO.

      It’s tun.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        and Fun.

        tuns of fun.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:34 PM

        But it’s a lot less fun in here.

        So, OK. I’ll let the Chia pet holders take it.

      • TheBigDummy - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        But…copying from the Jets? This is the team that executed The Butt Fumble on national TV.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:39 PM

        That’s a fair point.

        I might argue we ignore football.
        In the alternative, I’ll argue we are going to make people forget them, like JFK made people forget it was Warren G. Harding who first said “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

      • TheBigDummy - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:44 PM

        I’m sorry but I can never forget The Butt Fumble.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        So FP won’t accept this as my “strongest, strangest fan photo” but wth

        http://giphy.com/gifs/funny-mlb-MneYf8Y0bJzG0

  15. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    N
    A
    T
    S

    NATS! NATS! NATS!
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      This is what drives you nuts with Gio.Up 2-0 you would think he would come out throwing strikes.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        Only if you’ve never seen him pitch before.

  16. TimDz - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    That was a nice inning. Capitalize on a lead off double…work the count, take the walks, sacrifice the runs in….
    THAT wins ball games in October….

  17. coop202 - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Eight pitch at bat – in the land of small sample sizes Espi is currently king v desi

  18. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Ok Gio they gave you lead. Buckle down and keep it.

    • coop202 - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:42 PM

      Our pitching doesn’t like “leads”

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      2 runners on what’s the deal Gio they gave you lead 4 pitch walk is a pathetic way to respond.

  19. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    “Chip Hale” doesn’t really sound like a baseball name, though, doesn’t it? More like a TV meteorologist.

  20. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Nice recovery Gio. N

    Batters tack on some runs.

  21. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    At work presently. Good challenge or not?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:06 PM

      Hard to see from the MASN angles. Maybe.

      Poop. Waste of time. Pretty close to a tie, there.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      I see it was upheld, but does mean a lot to me as most are upheld, where I would over turn most.

      So my question is when I watch later tonight with my freeze frame will I see an out?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

        I don’t think so. MASN gave a frame-by-frame, and if he beat the throw, it was by an inch or two. Very close indeed.

  22. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Don’t blame Gio for that. Perfect DP ball, Danny’s feed was off.

  23. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    another 4 run inning for the amazin muts

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      We gave them the momentum Friday and Saturday. Could have buried them but our pitchers could not hold leads.

      JZim then through more gas on their momentum fire.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        cespedes and duda helping out but wish we could have taken just one of three

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Buckle down Gio.

  25. Danny - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Missed DP looming large

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      Since I am just reading how was double play not executed?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        Straightforward two-hopper to Danny at short, but his feed to Rendon was high and toward center field, which messed up Rendon’s turn, and the throw to first pulled Zim off.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      Better make the wild card.I was criticized saying the Mets are the best in the National league for a playoff series.We will not win the division I keep saying they have a patheticc schedule and a much improved offense.

  26. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    See, that’ll be an earned run, but not Gio’s fault. Guy should have been out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Just score back. That is what we need to do.

  27. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Sec 3, My Sofa – Aug 5, 2015 at 8:09 PM
    Don’t blame Gio for that. Perfect DP ball, Danny’s feed was off.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

      Don’t tell me you want Desi back.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:19 PM

        I was just responding to your request for “What happen?”

        I take no position on Desmond, once I realized Matty wasn’t taking my advice.

  28. natsjackinfl - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    And Gio Gonzalez and his pitch count getting to that unacceptable level again.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:18 PM

      You suppose if Gio were around the plate more, he’d get some four-pitch innings? I think he might.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:18 PM

      harvey has 38 after 3 but phelps with 74 so it could be worse

  29. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    look away natty bryce

  30. natslive - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Just home and turned on the game – bases loaded and no outs in first and only 2 runs? Better than none but sounds like could have been a big inning..just saw Rendons hit and thought TTB would have gone for two

  31. hummel26 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Just saw where Showalter used Britton in a tie game for 2.1 innings today. He held the tie, and Baltimore won. MW needs to learn about in game management–using Jannsen/Storen/Papelbon more in NY this weekend, as well as setting up Scherzer to pitch in one game of both NY series would likely have resulted in at least one more win, and therefore a two game swing in the standings.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      +2.1

  32. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Here’s a question I’ve never been able to get a decent answer to: Why doesn’t anybody make steel-toed baseball cleats? I have been looking for a long time, and I can’t find any.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      too many field goals ?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:36 PM

        We’re kind of football-theming tonight, ain’t it?

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:37 PM

        Jets, jets, jets, booooooo

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:40 PM

        better jets

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:43 PM

        +5 and i’m a G-man fan

  33. natslive - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    Good inning Gio

  34. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Great grab by Hill at third to rob The Lobaton.

  35. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Gio at 93 pitches through 5, up 2-1.

    Let’s get some runs, people!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:15 PM

      Meanwhile, De La Rosa is over 100, and up fourth this inning.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        score more runs nats….we don’t need no cespedes when we have harper

  36. alexva6 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    solid pitching by Gio tonight, focused and challenging the hitters

    one more inning would be golden

    • alexva6 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      good move MW

      time for Barrett and the B bullpen to get it done

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      Solid pitching is what the Mets get.Harvey tonite zero walks,5 SO pitching in the 7th.These 4or 5 inning 100 pitch starts are a problem.We need our starters to pitch late into the game.At this point it is really hard to compare us to the Mets with there starters going late in the game and now hitting better than us.

      • alexva6 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        nobody is comparing Gio to Harvey, 95 pitches with 67 strikes against a good hitting team is solid

      • AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        Actually, I think it is those kind of long starts (over and over) that will do pitchers like Harvey, Thor and Justin Bieber in (no offense, I actually am impressed by deGrom. I just think his long hair looks fake somehow…like Bieber’s).

  37. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    First hitter singles through short, and Gio is done.

  38. coop202 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    WTH MW

  39. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    this is not a good way to celebrate chia pets

  40. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Slider from Barrett there that never slood.

    And Barrett wings it up the right-field line.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      the best strategy is to leave barrett in until we are behind by 7

  41. TimDz - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    You’re KILLIN’ me, Barrett (Smalls)….

  42. Danny - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Done

  43. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    an interesting strategy by mr barrett

  44. ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    All I can say is “wtf….seriously?”

  45. raleighnat - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Barrett should never pitch for the Nats again. He is awful!

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      The season is over.I have warned for a few weeks.We are an average team with many overrated players.Bryce kept this afloat for as long as he could but never got help.MW is a horrendous manager who has a bad 5th sense on how to manage a pitching staff.He had to go with Gio in the 6th at least for 2 batters.We do not have a strong BP.Why he did not bring Roark in is beyond me.

      • texnat1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        Ok, see you next season.

      • Allnats - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        If its over for you, please just don’t comment here till next season

  46. scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Tell me again why Barrett isn’t in Syracuse

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Ask again after this appearance.

  47. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    So if they gave Ahmed a hit on that bunt, Barrett should have hung on to it? Or just gotten to it faster?

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

      Well he is a pitcher you’d think he could reach first base. Only ball he threw that had sink.m

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        If a good throw gets the out, it shouldn’t be a hit, though, right?

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        yes but you can’t assume the double play or a good throw on a bunt from barrett

  48. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    in close games, barrett should be your last choice….I’d take Roark, Rivero, Thorton but hindsight is 20/20
    all those lefties that came up and all those lefties stuck in the bp

  49. alexva6 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    don’t worry Aaron, Syracuse is beautiful this time of year

    • raleighnat - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Forget Syracuse. He needs to be selling insurance or something.

  50. hitmeimopen - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    I’ve kept my comments to myself while waiting until the Gnats showed who they are, but now I must say what I feel. They ain’t got it. I also believe Gio has no grit – no real baseball savvy. Too bad, but their window just slammed shut IMO.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      I think they may eventually get it…but the difference now is the mighty mets have awoke. I’m hopeful that their starting pitching can not be sustained given their youth

      • AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        Correction: The Mets became a bit mightier when they traded for some people. No awakening there. I don’t think the Mets can sustain with how they’ve been riding their starters (and I like Harvey and deGrom and company…they’re good for baseball).

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        you mean a cespedes for the rest of us ?
        yeah, my comment below agrees with yours about sustainance of so many of their youth on innings limits….Harvey should be done by 185 i just heard on the Mets broadcast

  51. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    If this was the good old 1970s, the field would be littered with chia pets by now

  52. ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    In a season of high highs and low lows, this probably ranks up there.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      Golly, you must be new around here.

  53. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Barrett gets booed off the field, which sucks. Nats crowd is getting short on patience. Not that that changes anything.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Nats fans are too patient.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      It does suck but let’s be honest, some of these guys are earning the boos. Not like philly booing Santa. I don’t approve but I understand.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        Oh, I understand. I just think it sucks.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:34 PM

        i blame the curse of the chia pets

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      I have no problem with the fans booing. I invited everyone in all the years I taught to come into my class and if I am teaching badly, boo as much as you want.

  54. hitmeimopen - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Anyone who thinks SS will come to the rescue is nuts!

    • ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Nah, Span is the man. If he still exists.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:09 PM

        Where the hell is he? Back spasm don’t last a month.

  55. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    And regular as bran muffins, with the lead gone, here it comes.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:32 PM

      wish we had more of a cushion against the great De La Rosa…
      will reserve offensive judgement until all recovering players have 100 ABs by around early october

  56. texnat1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    MW has the reverse Midas touch with bullpen decisions. He is both bad and unlucky.

  57. AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Wait. They have TWELVE hits? And we have TWO? Good god. That is ridiculous.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      -10

  58. scmargenau - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Get rid of Barret – I don’t want to see him again

  59. rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Where are the regular enablers tonite who never water to face the truth.This is a team with Werth and Zim who are on the decline.Desi and Ramos stink.MAT is a good young player who needs experience.Denard is worried about his next contract and wants to be sure he is not injured and no one will pay him.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      I think most of the regular folks are at the game.

      I do take issue with the term “enablers,” though, as nothing that gets posted in here has the slightest influence on the outcome of anything, except people’s enjoyment of the conversation.

      But YMMV.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        And my pizza just got here.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        Hey, consider that this comment comes from someone who’s nowhere to be seen when the Nats win.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        I know, and I usually scroll past.

        Like I said, Nats being down in a game is like a bran muffin for the blog. Count to ten and here it comes.

  60. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Roark seems to have a new barber, too.

  61. robertrobert104 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Sorry Gio, with no offense, no defense, you can’t win. The Mets are not winning the division, the Nats are giving it away….

  62. dcwx61 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    good night all…the worst sin of all is against the reliever(s) who can’t throw strikes

  63. npb99 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    There’s still a lot left and opportunities to win this game, but this is truly ugly.

  64. Nats105 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    2 hits against Cy Le Rosa with the 4.6 ERA.

  65. nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Just a terrible team. What I have witnessed over the last week has made me sick. Time to blow it up and start again. Start by getting that useless bearded fool outta here. He is an embarrassment to himself. If he played as determined as he drives, maybe. MW is imcompotent. Ry Zimm is pathetic. Desmond should go to jail for stealing a paycheck. And Fister? Makes John Lannan look like Nolan Ryan. Get embarrassed in NY then come home and lay down for the Dbags.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Wow, you sound like you’d be a great player for this team! You should go down and tell them that. Really. Go do it. In fact, make sure you say it to “that useless bearded fool.” I think it’ll go over real well. Especially since I’m sure it’s going to be proven true.

      • nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Do you honestly think Werth is even one of the best 7 guys in this lineup. Can’t hit. Can’t field. Makes 22 mil a year and bats 208. Pretty sure Den Decker and Clint Robinson are higher and their salary is about 10 percent of that

      • janebeard - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:55 PM

        Alexandria, don’t feed the trolls

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      You had us losing last night guaranteed.

  66. nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    Put the JV back in. And FP with one excuse after another for this bunch of losers. Check those BAs. You got about 5 guys batting over 215

  67. nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Oh and why we’re at it. Papelbon looked like CRAP last night. Nearly blew it.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Just got home. Heard the top of the 6th.

    Why is Barrett still here, I called for a trade last to replace him.

  69. robertrobert104 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    This ship is sinking….2014 was the year for the Nats…and they failed! 2015 is a mirage and with all the players that should leave (Zimmermmann, Desmond, Span, Fister and maybe some others), 2016 will be a transition year, if not a reconstruction….Too bad, I would have loved to see the Nats win but it was not to be…..

  70. janebeard - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Argh. It’s hard to read in game comments when they’re mostly from such negative view points. Our guys are grinding it out. Something needs to change. But wholesale “x sucks” and “get rid of Y” and “blow it up” are just childish tantrums in type.

    That said, I wonder what it will take to fix this. AND call me an enabler: I still love them.none of them are doing less than the best they can at the moment.

    • nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      Childish?? Go pick up a sports illustrated from March. WS favorites. Possibly the best rotation EVER in the game. You remember that stuff?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      But wholesale “x sucks” and “get rid of Y” and “blow it up” are just childish tantrums in type.

      To be fair, that’s not entirely true. Some of it is good old-fashioned trolling, just trying to get folks worked up, for the lulz.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:57 PM

      Just watch these ABS from Zim and Werth.Danny is not the answer.He is a bench player and a good one.We had our chances in 12 and 14 and as I have been saying our run is over.I had been taking a beating from guys on here who are silent tonite.I predicted this exact down fall and was called all kind of names.The next west coast trip will leave us far behind the Mets when we come back.

      • nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        Great point. Where is Nats lady, seam head and Manassas? Putting there jerseys away that’s were.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        as I was saying …

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:11 PM

        I was at work.

    • nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:02 PM

      Yes or no did the team play better with Werth, And Zimm out? Yes or No.

  71. ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    I read earlier this evening that the chia pets were made by the official company, not a knockoff. The company also apparently owns the rights to “the Clapper”. Mildly interesting.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      Really? That’s interesting. They can’t still have a trademark or a patent on it, I think.

  72. coop202 - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Ugh… It’s like opening month all over again, only without the season to make it up

  73. nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Oh and let’s not forget Werths comments just yesterday of ” the Nats are still the team to beat. Lol. Gee Werthless gets one double and now he’s the man. What a totally unlikable guy. And gods sake shave you look stupid.

  74. stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Blog lice. Disgusting.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      Don’t scratch, it just itches more. Trust me.

      Give ’em the Blog RID and move on, I say.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      I’m probably paraphrasing Wilde here, but “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”

  75. nattygoats - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    A chance to come home and get well against 2 bad teams. Possible take 6 or even 7. They just don’t have it.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Mistake pitch to Clint Robinson and he just looks at it for strike 2. Good lefties deposit those in the bullpen.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      So how was the fishing?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:14 PM

        We got a late start and too sunny so not good. We caught some sharks and had to cut a few lines.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:23 PM

        So nobody can accuse you of being inconsistent today, eh?

        :-/

  77. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Our biggest problem was Rizzo didn’t think we need someone like Cespedes.

    Our hitters I knew would be mediocre, but I expected the pitchers to be great and basically Scherzer had a great first half mediocre second and Storen only 2 pitchers who have earned their pay. Maybe Janssen

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    Werth again having problems digging out a ball.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      Theyare embarrassing us with hustle.Werth looks 90 years old.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:19 PM

        I believe Werth stopped to pick up a chia pet.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:22 PM

        Yep, it looks that way. Just hasn’t looked athletic out there in LF.

  79. ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    No respect for Werth’s defense.

  80. stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    Said this afternoon that Pollock and Goldschmidt probably wouldn’t continue at a 1 for 15 pace. I derive no satisfaction from having been correct.

  81. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    We need a left fielder a SS, 1b, and a catcher.

    We have players who could play those positions, but are not performing worth a crap.

    Span is in the witness protection program? Unless his spasm are full time he needs to get back on the field.

  82. stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Welp. That puts the lid on this one.

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    This front of the bullpen can give you some heartburn. Those that wanted a quick hook got it with Barrett coming in and this is like gas on a campfire.

    • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:22 PM

      I did have a small sympathetic twinge on Matt’s behalf there. Maybe he understood better than I did how unreliable Barrett and Thornton (in particular) have become.

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

        What about Roark? I’m not going to pick on Thornton as he has to be situational but Roark and Barrett can’t be trusted.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Roark too. Although as I’ve said before I blame a lot of his struggles on not knowing from one day to the next what his role is going to be. I’m not prepared to give up on him before he gets a shot at returning to a defined role for an extended period of time.

        I’d be fine giving him Fister’s rotation slot for the rest of the year, frankly. At least he still has “stuff” to work with.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      We are not pessimistic but realistic.The warning signals have been here for weeks.Some on here wanted me thrown off for predicting exactly what has happened.We are an average team at best with a great pitcher and great player that hid the reality for awhile.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        Read my old posts. I said get 2 relievers at the trade deadline that Roark and Barrett can’t be counted on.

    • AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      I’m on vacation in Jersey. Been watching via MLB.com on my phone. That 3-run homer sealed it for me tonight. Hoping for a better tomorrow. Night all.

  84. abqnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    The AZ announcers called that shot “Beef Mode”. Fair enough.

    • ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      As much as I hate the results, this is a good slogan.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        I dunno, seems kinda derivative. Not original.
        😉

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Not fun to watch from my point of view, but got to give them credit. The AZ feed, they showed Castillo eating a plate of Beef Wellington after the commercial.

        Well, there is always a day game tomorrow to shoot for a split.

      • ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        I’ve never had beef Wellington but it sounds like it’s right in my wheelhouse.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        Beef Wellington is sort of like a really high-end yuppie foodster hamburger.

  85. natslive - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Quick check of EBay shows bids up to $50 so far for the Werth Chia Pet.

  86. ccallahan15 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    Clearly Papelbon is locker room poison!

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:24 PM

      We have no evidence of that, but record is terrible since.

    • dcphanatic - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      That is as idiotic a comment as I have seen in this blog, and boy, that is saying a lot. There is not evidence of that at all. This group of played are in essence the same group that lost playoff series in 2012 an 2014, and collectively underperformed in 2013. The one constant has been their inability to win high stress games, and an offense that consist of streaky hitters that hoes completely cold for long stretches. They only have two players that when an important game is on the line, want to be on the spot light. Harper and Scherzer. They cannot manufacture runs. The Barret and Trainen experiments are a failure. They are too erratic and you never know what will come out of them. I hate watching Gio pitch. Every f$&&ing out is a struggle. Des ibis a fraud. If you look closely to his numbers the past three seasons you will notice how little effect his production has on Nats wins. This is the kind of guy the gets relatively good stats that have very little bearing on team performance. I want him gone so bad I can tast it. I don’t expect Turnur to be more that a replacement value player as a rookie, but as long he does not strike out 500 time I will be happy. Still, the Papelbon comment is idiotic.

      • ccallahan15 - Aug 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM

        It was sarcastic. Because of course our record since he arrived has absolutely NO relation to him. But I’m glad you feel better unloading on me. You must be a lot fun to live with…

  87. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    McCatty your guys need a sit down and airing out of grievances, and get your act together.

    Schu your guys need to the same.

    Rizzo your people need to the same.

    Lackluster effort since the All Star Break.

    All take a look in the mirror ask one simple question.

    If the team was made up 25 players who played as well as me, Would we be better? If no fix it. If yes congratulations. There is maybe 6 on the present roster the answer would be yes. (Possibly 8)

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      Because Airing of Grievances has worked so well to bring this blog together.

      Sorry, that was just too teed-up.

  88. stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:23 PM

    That O’Flaherty was some pickup for the Mets, huh? Got all of two outs tonight while giving up four earned runs.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      The Mets won thats all that matters for them.6 in a row.They will be a tough out in the playoffs.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        A whole lot can and will go south for them before we get to October, ranging from their Kid Pitchers on Innings Limits (or, maybe not?) to their smoke and mirrors offense. My only concern is that the Nats are at serious risk of dropping too far behind over the next few weeks for it to benefit US in any way.

        We’re taking this team, as currently constituted, on the road to LA, SF and the Mile High Place? I surely hope not.

  89. stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Flame away, but I think it is time to bring up Trea Turner to inject some life into this team. Kid’s talent will play, right now. If you’re going to bring him up in September, do it now. September will be too late, at current trends.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:27 PM

      Theywill never do that as it starts the free agency thing.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:31 PM

        I know “they” won’t, as well as you. But now you’re the boss. Would you do it? Why or why not?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      He seems to take a few dozen ABs or so to get settled, but there doesn’t seem to be much more he can learn in AAA.

      But it would be a bell you can’t un-ring, in more ways than one; not just for reasons coming out of the CBA, but in the clubhouse.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:41 PM

        Fair points. Thanks.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      Seems like a lot of pressure on a kid who is still learning to ask him to save a team of vets in a stretch run. Best for his future to bring him along when he is really ready. Maybe now but I would be surprised.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:46 PM

      I was thinking the same. The team in general has laid an egg since the All Star game with no real excuse.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        The run of elite pitchers they faced immediately after the All-Star break was something the likes of which I’ve never seen. But it seems to have taken the wind completely out of their sails.

        We know Matt can do “calm and steady.” Can he do “urgent?”

  90. TheBigDummy - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    SS is looking at all the hope and expectation put on him in anticipation of his return and is already wilting.

  91. carlospaula - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Gio was gassed after 5…..a 5 hole pitcher at best

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      The AZ announcer called him “a five and dive guy” good for five innings and then collapse. He didn’t say it as an insult as much as what he just had heard.

  92. micksback1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    just ridiculous…this team is gutless as they lay down like dogs with their crap ass manager

    nats are the MLB 2015 bust, plain and simple.

  93. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    And … that’s gin.

    • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      Got any to spare?

    • micksback1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      actually checkmate on the season

    • conatsguy - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      Man, your on a roll tonite S3 🙂

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 6, 2015 at 12:17 AM

        One does one’s best. Thank you for getting that one, btw.

  94. stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Too many important Nats have gotten too old to be used as they have in the past. They aren’t necessarily gone forever, beyond all hope, but when you get older and more worn down you don’t bounce back as quickly or as completely as you used to. Do not ask me how I know this.

    It’s no accident that Rendon is the closest of all the returnees to resuming his normal form.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Talk about the wheels coming off the bus one by one. Tomorrow is another day luckily. 2 games out now.

  96. micksback1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    this team does not air out problems because they are all soft and cozy and they wimper away like little puppy dogs when things get tough rather than fight back.

    I am convinced they have no leaders on this team. just sickening to watch and it starts at the top with the bald headed stooge of a manager. He has lost this team and frankly, I do not blame some of the players because they know a moron and a phoney when they see one

  97. ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    “Bases loaded balk.” These are words I never want to hear.

    • ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:51 PM

      Lol. Tyler Moore. Well, the people that are there will see something unique.

  98. manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Tyler Moore has a nice slider.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      Great hit him for homer last tine

  99. scmargenau - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Embarrassing. Pathectic

  100. abqnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Wow. Just wow. Tyler Moore.

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Tyler Moore just got Paul Goldschmidt out. That is the game highlight for the Nats.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      He hits Castillo’s for homering last time.

  102. abqnatsfan - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    “MW needs to call a team meeting, sloppy play, uninspired at bats, but I don’t think MW is that kind of manager”. So say the AZ guys when they aren’t showing dejected Nat fans.

    Better have fire tomorrow!

  103. scmargenau - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Tymo to the pen!!!!

  104. micksback1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    it is seasons like this and managers like MW that will make Bryce want to get out of DC when his contract is up…think about that Rizzo…you need to fire this joke of a manger tonight…the Marllns fired their manager in 2003 in the summer and Jim Leyland took over and got the team to the NLCS with far less than the Nats have.

  105. stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    I had turned the damn thing off, but how can you not watch Tyler Moore pitch?

    I’ve seen worse. Tonight, even.

    • rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      Harp will be gone.

      • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:58 PM

        Thanks. I always appreciate and respect your opinion.

    • micksback1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:57 PM

      MW has shown what a clown he is tonight, embarrassing!

  106. micksback1 - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:56 PM

    If Michael Ray Richardson played baseball, he would say, “The Ship Has SUNK”

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Nats best reliever of the night statistically: TYLER MOORE

  108. rlndtln - Aug 5, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    This is a sad baseball team.We will be 81-81 at season end and will need to start all over again.JZIM,Fister,Desi and Span will all be gone.Stras will have one more year and Harp will be gone after the 2018 season.We will become irrelevant.

    • ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:01 PM

      Maybe if we don’t have the burden of expectation we’ll be better.

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:00 PM

    Tyler Moore just hit like a pitcher.

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    I’m glad I got my Chia pet.

  111. ogremj - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    I hope the presser is interesting, at least.

    • stoatva - Aug 5, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      If it is it will be a first.

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