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Game 108: Rockies at Nats

Aug 7, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals open a 3-game weekend series tonight against the Rockies, hoping to build off the momentum of yesterday’s 8-3 trouncing of the Diamondbacks and keep themselves on an upward track. To do that, they’ll need Jordan Zimmermann to keep a potent Colorado lineup in check.

The Rockies lead the NL in runs, batting average, slugging percentage and OPS this season, though obviously some of that can be attributed to home games at Coors Field. Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado, however, are dangerous bats no matter the location.

Colorado’s pitching staff, on the other hand, is a different story, ranking last in the NL in ERA, homers, walks and strikeouts. Lefty Jorge De La Rosa starts tonight’s opener; he owns a 7.71 ERA over his last three starts.

Updates to come…

COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 184
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 79 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (56-51)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

ROCKIES (45-61)
CF Charlie Blackmon
SS Jose Reyes
3B Nolan Arenado
RF Carlos Gonzalez
2B D.J. LeMahieu
1B Ben Paulsen
C Nick Hundley
LF Kyle Parker
LHP Jorge De La Rosa

UMPIRES
HP Jeff Kellogg (cc)
1B Brian O’Nora
2B Alan Porter
3B Mark Ripperger

7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway on an overcast, actually kind of cool August night here. It’s 81 degrees as Jordan Zimmermann delivers his first pitch to Charlie Blackmon.

7:27 p.m. — And the Nats jump out to a 1-0 lead after one inning. For that, they can thank Danny Espinosa, who doubled into the left-field corner and then took third when Kyle Parker let the ball scoot through his legs. That set things up for Bryce Harper to drive in Espinosa with a grounder to second. That’s Harper’s 69th RBI of the season and it puts the Nats up early.

7:42 p.m. — Two innings down and Zimmermann has looked sharp. After needing 21 pitches in the top of the first, he retired the side in the second on only 10 pitches. The Nats also went down in order in the second, though it required a fantastic, barehanded charging play at third base by Nolan Arenado to get Michael Taylor at first. Mercy, what a play by the defensively gifted Arenado. Still 1-0 Nats after two.

7:55 p.m. — Still 1-0 after three. Zimmermann managed to beat out a slow roller to third to lead off the bottom of the third, but he was quickly erased when Escobar grounded into a double play. Not good. On the mound, Zimmermann has three strikeouts and only one hit surrendered so far. He’s looked good.

8:15 p.m. — Some serious speed by Harper racing around the bases to score on Zimmerman’s double to right-center in the bottom of the fourth. Let’s just say he ran quite a bit faster than a certain sideline reporter who may have “competed” in the Presidents Race tonight. Harper had a great at-bat, singling to left off the lefty. Then Zim smoked a liner to the gap in right-center. It’s 2-0 Nats after four.

8:29 p.m. — Five innings down, and Zimmermann has allowed only two singles, nothing else. He has been very good. To the sixth we go…

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

8:59 p.m. — The Nationals added two more runs in the sixth to make it a 4-0 game. Espinosa got the rally started on an infield single and Harper followed with a walk. Zimmerman advanced both runners on a groundout to second base. Werth then brought Espinosa home on a sac fly to deep center field and Desmond followed that with a double to left field to score Harper. Zimmermann will go back out there to pitch the seventh with 89 pitches so far.

9:36 p.m. — The Rockies got on the board to make it a 4-1 game in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Paulsen. He brought home Arenado, who led off with a double to right-center field. The Nats loaded the bases before Zimmerman grounded into a forceout to end the inning. Drew Storen will now come in to pitch the eighth.

10:02 p.m. — The eighth inning was not a good one for the Nats, as they now trail the Rockies 5-4. Storen got into major trouble and it began with a familiar foe. Daniel Descalso pinch-hit and led off with a walk. Reyes singled two batters later and Arenado followed that with an infield single. CarGo then smoked a high fastball from Storen to right field for a grand slam. The ball pelted off the back wall of the Nats’ bullpen, a no-doubter. The Nats were able to get Desmond all the way to third after he worked a one-out walk, but Taylor struck out swinging to end the frame. Felipe Rivero will now pitch the top of the ninth.

10:24 p.m. — Harper strikes out against Tommy Kahnle and this one’s over, Rockies win 5-4. Nats fall to 56-52 on the year.

350 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Doc - Aug 7, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    All we need is a good game from JZim—the hitting (against a 7.71 ERA) should take care of itself!

    • masterfishkeeper - Aug 7, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      Especially against a LHP, with our main right handed bats back and healthy.

    • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      JZ killing it tonight. Great stuff. And I’m really excited about RZ – he is gearing up. It also seems to me that Ramos and Desmond are having *much* better ABs in general, and finding consistency.

  2. masterfishkeeper - Aug 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Not happy to see Espinosa batting second, although I don’t what else I’d recommend.

    • npb99 - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:10 PM

      I’d want Rendon in there. A rest day, I guess?

      • veejh - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:17 PM

        Just noticed that. I guess so.

      • masterfishkeeper - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        Yes, a rest day. To be clear, I’d prefer Rendon, too, but assuming he’s not in there I’m not sure what else you do. Move Harper to 2 and everyone else up?

    • paulfortier - Aug 7, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      Not happy to see Zimm batting fourth 😦

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 5:40 PM

        I’d prefer Barry Bonds, c. 1993, or maybe 2001, too, but whaddaya gonna do?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:47 PM

        I know. Who is going to bat there?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        I feel better about Zim than Clint, and he just hit an Earl Weaver Special.

  3. philipd763 - Aug 7, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Boy, Span is certainly out a long time for just having back spasms. Usually, a muscle relaxant drug will cure the problem is 3 days.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      I’m not any kind of doctor, but the idea of his getting cortizone for a muscle cramp scared me.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:19 PM

        When I got my cirtizone shot last October, I could move my shoulder for the first time in 3 months.

        Felt almost like new immediately.

    • Bruxtun - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:17 PM

      every report I’ve read also mentions strengthening the core muscles so it doesn’t happen again. Seems like it’s not just about getting the spasms under control but a lot of conditioning as well.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:10 PM

      see Mark Tweet

      Span’s back was a little sore today so he didn’t face live pitching as planned.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:48 PM

        Hopefully a little sore was just from strength training. This is getting ridiculous.

      • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:43 PM

        My guess is he came back too soon and the muscles weren’t strong to begin with and then the back problem exasperated it.

  4. veejh - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    OK, these are must win games. Rox are probably the worst team in baseball right now. No excuses, just win.

  5. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Seeing the Rox lineup reminds me: Is John Lannan still in Albuquerque?
    I think he is.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM

      Yes he is and I believe Roger Bernadina is there also.

    • conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Yup- non 40 man roster guy.

  6. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Meanwhile, speaking of Maddon, and pissing people off (which we were, earlier): Chicago Cubs bench Starlin Castro

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro found himself on the bench for Friday afternoon’s game against the Giants, and manager Joe Maddon said it was not just a day off. In other words, Castro is no longer guaranteed everyday playing time.

    • Doc - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      Castro is a talent that no Cubbies’ manager, not even Maddon, has been able to develop.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 4:47 PM

        Here’s the pull quote I liked:

        “A three-time all-star, Castro entered the day with a hitting line of .236/.271/.304, and he has made 18 errors.”

      • veejh - Aug 7, 2015 at 5:06 PM

        There were many here that advocated a trade for Castro. Of course, the Cubs weren’t having it. I guess he wouldn’t have helped much this season.

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

        My point, such as it was, was comparing numbers that got Starlin benched, to numbers that haven’t gotten Desmond benched yet. Of course, the Cubs aren’t reduced to playing Dan Uggla at first base for the first time in his life outside off Wii baseball. But I digress.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        “veejh – Aug 7, 2015 at 5:06 PM
        There were many here that advocated a trade for Castro. Of course, the Cubs weren’t having it. I guess he wouldn’t have helped much this season.”

        I’ve always felt he’s undervalued and just hasn’t been consistent but has had 4 of his 6 seasons where his OPS has been over .750.

        He’s a player that needs a change of scenery. .292 /.339/.438/.777 was his stats last year.

    • conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      Sharks there too.

      • conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:05 PM

        Oops, wrong thread response..

  7. Drew - Aug 7, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Tribe sends Swisher and Michael Bourn to the Braves for Chris Johnson in a swap of bad contracts – per MLBTR.

    • rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 5:29 PM

      Perfect spot for Espi who hits well from right side.

  8. natsfan1a - Aug 7, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Keep that mojo going, guys. Go, Jordan! Go, NATS!!

  9. 9rhrssy01 - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Would appreciate any thoughts re why Rendon is being rested if he’s fully recovered from his injury. Don’t we need our best players on the field? He played 153 games last year and not a lot this year. Why would he be tired?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:12 PM

      Because it’s a grind; you can’t always have your “best” players on the field. And, he was hurt and rehabbing, which means he spent time “out of shape” — most folks have no idea the amount of tuning these high-performance players need. And you don’t necessarily wait to rest people until after they get tired.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:12 PM

        And I haven’t even started looking at matchups.

  10. AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    I apologize if I have missed this in the comments section, but is it me or has anyone else noticed Espinosa has been basically a smidge above terrible for the last couple of months? And I say this as a proud owner of a #18 Espinosa jersey. And I know he has been on the bench a lot as of late.

    Anyway, what I am trying to say is, I am cool with Rendon getting a day off, but I really hope he is in there for every game against the Dodgers. And the Giants.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:25 PM

      You mean his hitting? First of June he was hitting .250, and the last of July he was hitting … .250! Which is way above terrible.

      He’s 0-5 for August, but hey, SSS, and all that.

      So I’d keep the jersey puffed, if it were mine.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:26 PM

        Whoops, my bad. June first, Danny was hitting .254. I apologise.

      • AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:28 PM

        Hold on now. Maybe I am making a mistake. Either that or it’s all about selective end-points.

      • AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        Yeah, I was going month to month. July much worse than June. Which was much worse than May. Which was worse than April. And I am going by OBP.

        Anwyay, small sample size of late, indeed. Hope he scorches a few tonight.

        And please, i take his glove as a given superlative.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:39 PM

        Well, you said “the last couple of months,” so I just used that. Beginning of June to end of July. And batting average is a pretty rough measure, especially in isolation, it’s true. If I’m only going to use one number, I should probably have used OPS.

        Just going by memory here, but his OPS on June 1 was around .795, and it’s about .722 now, but his career OPS is nowhere near that, it’s something like .680 or .690. And they have just gone through the post-ASG gantlet of starting pitchers, as has been noted every ten minutes or so. The whole team has had hitting issues lately, pretty much, so I can’t pin that on any one guy.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:42 PM

        In any event, I think “terrible” is way unjustified. This team would be sellers at the deadline if not for Danny, Michael A, and especially Escobar, who isn’t only playing over his head, he’s playing over his head, neck, shoulders, and part of his upper body.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:43 PM

        Oh, and Joe Cool. Can’t forget Joe.

        And Clint.

        And Dan Uggla, if only for that one home run.

      • AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:44 PM

        Fine. Putting the jersey on, now.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:59 PM

        Wear it proudly. 🙂

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:44 PM

      That said, Yes, I think Danny himself hopes Rendon is in against the Dods and Giants.

      • AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

        i will save the false equivalence of OBP to SLG argument til the winter.

      • AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM

        Just trying to say Danny hasn’t been swinging the bat as well, of late, as many seem to recall.

        More importantly, I seem to be having some issues with the fit of the rookie Espinosa jersey. Hmm.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:04 PM

        Oh, you’ll get no argument here. There’s no one magic metric, for sure.

  11. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    So I just tried to post splits for Danny for spots in the order, but it didn’t seem to take. So I tried again. And it didn’t post, that I can see. So I’ll just apologize for the double post, if they both show up, now.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    This team needs Werth and RZim to step up. Nice pinch-hit last night by RZim but need to see that consistently.

  13. AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Pardon me for being slow, but holy crap! Jose Reyes is a Rockie.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

      Yeah, the Tulo trade.

      “On July 27, 2015, Reyes was traded to the Colorado Rockies, along with Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro, and Jesus Tinoco, in exchange for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins.”

      The bigger HC for me is that LaTroy Hawkins is still playing MLB!

      • AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:17 PM

        I shouldn’t put this much info on the internet, but, my list of mlb’ers older than me is down to LaTroy and Colon. Which means I love them.

  14. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    A short inning has turned into a long inning.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:18 PM

      Saw it was a 9-pitch K of Gonzalez after a hit, on gameday. Just working the count?

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

        Being very careful.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        So that whole “be aggressive” thing is, like, yesterday?

  15. natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    A couple of more 21 pitch innings and Fister may get his 1st relief appearance.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      -1

  16. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Was just looking at Nolan Arrenado spray chart and if you pitch him inside to middle of the plate he is a pull side ground ball hitter and rarely goes up the middle on the ground. Desi should have been 5 feet to his right and scooped up that ball up to his glove side.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Do not hit the ball to Arenado.

  18. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    And the #8 Jersey is VINDICATED!

    😉

    • AbbeFaria - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      Dropping a digit = speed

  19. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Hmmm. Looks like a lot of blue seats. maybe I should head down?

    • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM

      There will be fireworks.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        Well, if there will be pie, as well, I’m in. 😉

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Parker doing his impression of Jayson Werth in the corner.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      Said the same thing except last night called a triple.

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

        That’s twice for Jayson this week having trouble in the corner. Allowed an extra runner to score the 1st time it happened.

  21. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Good job Bryce. If the infield was in that’s probably a hit past the 2nd baseman.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      Of course, with there being nobody within 20 feet of the third base line, it wouldn’t take much to bunt for a double.

  22. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    The Kershaw scoreless streak abruptly ended with a leadoff HR for the Pirates.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      I almost used Polabco but thought lefty on lefty maybe I better not.

  23. stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    There’s your run, Jordan. Go get em!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Can we get JZim five of them just for fun?

      • stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:34 PM

        You know, Jordan doesn’t always fare well with a big lead.

        I’m willing to risk it though.

  24. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Way to get that pitch count back down.

  25. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    21 pitches to 4 batters is not a very good ratio.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      Now 31 pitches to 7 batters. That is better.

      Still hard to get through 7 but trending better.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:34 PM

      But 10 to the next 3 is if they are all outs. That’s an average of 15.5 per inning. That gets you 7 full innings at that pace.

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

        Trending better. Per batter is high . you can’t give up base runners at present pace.

  26. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    Hell of a play to get MAT…

  27. stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Who else besides Arenado makes that play? Zero margin for error.

  28. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Like I said don’t hit it to Arendo. That was incredible. I applaud that play while I curse him.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:47 PM

      Wonder what round pick he was. Who did the Nats draft prior to the Rockies drafting him.

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

        You want to be sick. He was a 2nd round pick in 2009 and the Nats picked 1st in the 2nd round and took the stud Jeff Kobernus.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM

        By the way, Kipnis, LeMahieu, Patrick Corbin, and Billy Hamilton all chosen after Kobernus.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      Was Bowden still making the picks then?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        Duh on me, that’s right, JimBo was let go in the beginning of 2009. That pick is on Rizzo.

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    Machado only other fielder who could make that play

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      Has a stronger arm but no longer has the range after those knee injuries and doesn’t have the accurate arm.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:09 PM

        I believe Rizzo was making those picks with Jimbo having “resigned” after the Smiley Gonzalez fiasco earlier in the season. Wasn’t that the year the Nats drafted Strasburg and Storen in the first round?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:13 PM

        Yep, you are correct. JimBo was out the beginning of March 2009. Correct on Strasburg and Storen.

  30. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Nic pic Zim

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    CRob doesnt make that play…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      Read my comment below. I posted up the video from last night. CRob has to dive for it being a lefty and RZim goes glove hand.

      Personally this is why I like a righty 1st baseman as they give up singles in the 3.5 hole but they save you doubles and triples down the line.

  32. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    See that pick RZim just made and that’s what I would have hoped for if RZim played 1st last night on that 2 run double in the 7th inning.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:11 PM

      But Robinson did hit a 3 run homer in the eighth, no?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:14 PM

        Should have been K’d and yes he did and they were add-on runs.

        Nats Strike Zone ‏@NationalsUmp Aug 6
        Call helps #Nationals
        Ball 2 should be strike 3
        Bot 8 Ziegler vs Robinson
        38% call same
        0.9in from edge

  33. natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Clint watches that ball Zim plays go right by him for at least a double.

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    So does that mean my Twin and NJ owe me a drink…. hee hee

  35. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    My wife says the woman with bangs is a real wimp. Let’s her friends yell at the tablet where the guy calls in the commercial.

    Said she will never get a man because no man will ever like her bossy friends.

  36. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Unreal, another doubleplay for Escobar to add to his team leading totals of 16.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      He needs to hit toward right instead of rolling over on the pitch.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:58 PM

        Tell him that. I’m sure he will appreciate your hitting advice.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:01 PM

        I know Schu doesn’t get through on a consistent basis. Ball on the middle to the outer half almost always a ground out if you pull it.

  37. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    47 pitches after 3. Third inning 16 pitched to 3 batters.

    JZim you need to reduce it a bit.

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      Jordan is now in a 7 inning pitch count. He’s good for 7 and maybe 8 with another good inning.

      But the bats HAVE to be better.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    12 pitches to 4 batters much better 14.75 per inning now.

  39. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    WTF? That was a check swing by Bryce says my jaded eyes.

  40. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Way to go RZim!!!!

  41. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    What the F are you doing Werth? Your job is to drive the ball to the rightside with RZim on 2nd and no outs! ADD ON RUNS

  42. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Nice hit by Zim – too bad Werth couldn’t get him to 3B

  43. natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    I wonder how rintintin is going to explain Ryan Zimmerman now.

    • stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Woof!

  44. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Werth’s BA down to .191 and horrible defense. I love the guy but garbage hitting like that ticks me off.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:12 PM

      Span to center MAT to left.

      Could have have had Cespedes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:15 PM

        Unless Werth picks it up and Span can come back or else Rizzo better be looking for a Waiver deal & trade (Jay Bruce).

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        Jay Bruce will never clear waivers.

    • rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:13 PM

      This is why we can not put teams away.Zim on 2nd and no outs and Werth swings at the first pitch that he can only pull.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:16 PM

        When you aren’t hitting your weight you better be doing the little things. Werth has not. 1st pitch popup to 3rd.

        Like I said, I love the guy but this is getting stupid. His defense is awful.

        Score should be 3-0

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:34 PM

        Werth is likely still hobbled (wrist injuries take a year to fully heal), is getting old fast and from his statement about playing until 45 or whatever seems to be in denial. Thinking he can still get it done is the same kind of dynamic that causes most old greats to have to be forcibly pulled off the field.

        That said, I hope for the Nats’ sake that he is able to bounce back at least somewhat and soon.

  45. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Ramos getting down the line quick. That weight he lost seems to have helped that slow speed kick up a few notches.

  46. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Maybe Desi needs to take every other day off. Seems to fine the day after a day off.

  47. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Need to get those add on runs….hope it doesn’t cost us

  48. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    /Where was THAT pitch blue

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:23 PM

      You are correct.

      Nats Strike Zone
      ‏@NationalsUmp
      Call hurts #Nationals
      Ball 3 should be strike 3
      Top 5 Zimmermann vs Parker
      28% call same
      1.4in from edge

  49. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Another good inning by JZ

  50. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Rockies announcers talking about JZ’s fastball speed… Following thru better than the last time they saw him.

  51. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Kershaw just walked in a run with bases loaded.

    • rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      5 balls to Yunel.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:33 PM

        You just have to wonder about the awful umpiring.

  52. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    Escobar should have walked twice. This just has to tick you off.

    Nats Strike Zone ‏@NationalsUmp
    Call hurts #Nationals
    Strike 2 should be ball 4
    Bot 5 De La Rosa vs Escobar
    38% call same
    0.6in from edge

    Nats Strike Zone ‏@NationalsUmp
    Call hurts #Nationals
    Strike 1 should be ball 4
    Bot 5 De La Rosa vs Escobar
    12% call same
    2.4in from edge

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    How many times did Yuni walk… Come on blue…

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:36 PM

      There should be no replay in baseball (excepting perhaps playoff games) unless they are willing to go to pitch track to call balls and strikes. They have the technology, and getting those calls correct is the most important aspect of what umpires are supposed to be do.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:41 PM

        I just wonder about differing SZ for different players/heights etc. *for example JDub being so much taller than say DE* The problem with replay on strikes/balls is the time issue, we already see what happens when they call for replays on close plays in the field…

        But something does have to be done about umpiring…..

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM

        Pitch track might not always be exactly right, but at least it would be consistent. 🙂

      • dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:33 PM

        +4

  54. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    JZ in a groove!

  55. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    I would absolutely send Jordan back out there tonight.

    Why is Joe Ross different? Younger pitcher/arm and innings limit.

  56. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Mets losing 1-0 middle of 6th

  57. natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:41 PM

    Jordan gets to start the 7th. Get the 1st guy out and he gets to pitch till somebody gets to 2nd base. If he finishes the inning, he’s done.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:50 PM

      After last night, I think it’s a certainty that JZim starts the 7th. MW better have Rivero warming in case he needs him.

  58. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Harper batting .429 hen facing a pitcher a 3rd time…

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    Come on Ryan… please move the runners… no DP…

  60. Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Carpenter just made a silly observation by saying that RZ has been “efficient” in getting RBIs because he has more or nearly as many as other guys on the team with far more ABs. When you bat behind a guy getting on base 47% of the time you’re going to get a lot of RBIs. Zim would probably be on pace for 120 if he was having just a career average season for him.

  61. natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Good job Jayson.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      That was. Good situational hitting in a 2 strike count.

  62. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Alright then Nats…. I see ya…

  63. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Kershaw struggling. Given up 4 runs into the 5th.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:57 PM

      I cant believe the Nats have to face Kershaw and Grienke again…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        Yah, can you believe that roll of the dice.

  64. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Desk!

  65. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Much better this time Werth and Desi

  66. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Nice inning guys

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Big add-on run!

  68. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Mets tied it up. Ugh. 1-1 in the 7th.

    • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      I figured they would find a way to put at least 1 on the board. Bummer tho.

      On a totally unrelated note, tonight’s Dodgers Pirates game is a hell of a battle.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:04 PM

        Tampa is the home team. Lets hope the home team scores a couple more.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:04 PM

        Make it 2-1 Tampa!!!!!!

      • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        haha, word.

  69. stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    You can tell the Nats are winning. The thread is all minty fresh.

    Wankers.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      Where are LID on nights like this?

  70. natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    There is what has to happen.

    The add on runs help but Jordan’s pitch count tells you to have people ready.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:03 PM

      Pitch 100. Paulsen is the guy he needs to get to call it a nice night.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        Couldn’t do it.

        Matt at least let him try but then let him screw it completely up.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:09 PM

        Yep. Nice outing.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    That slider was sick… heckuva pitch….

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Way to go James Loney

  73. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    TB up 2-1

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      James Money homer

  74. natsjackinfl - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    Loney puts the Rays back up, 2-1.

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    What has happened to Jayson’s arm. That throw was weak.

    • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      Very weak

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        He’s a problem. Something is going on with him. I thought that was Juan Pierre throwing out there.

    • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Jayson is in scary shape. Not good scary, either. His D is bad. His hitting is… yikes.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        His only positives are 2 Sac Flies this week.

      • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        wonder what kind of shape his wrist is in.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        It’s a problem. That should have been a play at the plate.

  76. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    I would have let him finish the inning… But good job Jordan. Nice night….

    • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Really nice start against a pretty darn good-hitting team. Would’ve loved to see that against the Mets last time out, lol, but that’s baseball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:12 PM

        Think if he got the 3-2 pitch called directly against the #8 batter in that Mets game. That inning ends quickly.

        I am so sick of 3-2 pitches working against the Nats. Escobar tonight had the 3-0 and 3-1 pitches go against him. Both were out of the zone. He swings weakly on 3-2 and grounds out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      He hit the wall.

    • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      Me too….I know he was up to 106 but still

  77. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Janssen gets the job done

    • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:11 PM

      with one pitch, too. esp after last outing — really good to see that. i’ve become a big janssen fan.

  78. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Nice stop Casey

  79. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    deGrom comes out… O’Flaherty comes in… and hits the man at bat…

  80. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    The wave. At least it’s while the Rockies are pitching.

    • dhamm6500 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      I was thinking it would be more distracting to the hitter? No?

      We must be winning. Reduced to discussing tactical advantages (if any) of The Wave.

    • rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Uggla is useless.I have asked here why Uggla over denDeker and the reason is DD has options.Who cares get rid of Uggla.Now Jason can not come out for defense as we do not have anybody to replace him.This makes no sense

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        They want Uggla on the team. Why not a hangnail to get him on the DL and bring him back on Sept 1st. I don’t think they will DL him but I do want Den Dekker back. He’s not great but better production all around than Werth.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      I hate the freakin’ wave. Sit down and watch baseball ….and stay off my lawn!!

  81. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Finally, Ump gets it right

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Unreal. Murphy HR. Mets tie it up.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      -1

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        Perfect matchup. They brought in the lefty to face him. On to the bottom of the 8th.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        Hopefully the Rays can bat around this inning…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      On a 1-2 count 2 outs.

  83. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Nats with a chance to blow the game open and I’m glad there wasn’t 1 out as that would have been a doubleplay ball hit by RZim.

  84. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Carp: Severe jammage

    Me: That must be 1 step up from Serious Jammage

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      Clippard gives up homer Longoria

  85. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Clipp just gave up a solo homer to Longoria. 3-2 Tampa Bay.

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    A lot of person’s favy 8th inning set up guy just gave up a home run…

  87. dhamm6500 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Home Run Longoria!!!!

  88. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Quit nibbling Drew

  89. knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Storen must be getting tired, he has walked a batter in each of his last two appearances now.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      How many days in a row can use him?

  90. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    Way to go Clip!
    😀

  91. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    Longoria HR off Zclip Tampa takes the lead

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Walks. I hate them. Better have a good plan against Arenado.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      Ive seen enough of Arenado… lol, I really have…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Makes a good pitch and it back fires

  93. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Come on Drew… buckle down and end this inning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      No kidding. Walk to Descalso. Now bases loaded and facing Carlos Gonzalez.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Storen gives first hit in forever, but with a 3 run lead it was not timed well.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Makes a good pitch and it back fired

  95. Big Red W - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    I’m in Tampa for the weekend so went to the Mets Rays game tonight. I must say it was satisfying seeing Clippers cough up the tie in the 8th on a Longoria homer.

    • Big Red W - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

      Clippard.

  96. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    I love exciting baseball

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      I don’t like what Drew is doing. Walked Descalso was not smart with a 3 run lead.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        Well now, that just sucks.

      • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        Not that exciting Joe

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    oh goodness…. drama… okay folks, buckle up your seat belts…

  98. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    gulp….

  99. Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Oh my.

  100. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Unbelievable

  101. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Drew… Oh my

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      He threw a meatball.

      The walk set it all up. Walks a pinch hitter for no reason.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Storen why the walk. Then a belt high fast ball not a sluder.

    What the hell you thinking?

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Didn’t I say earlier Storen must be tired? The walk to Descalso was the tip off.

  103. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Had to happen … Thanks robo manger

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      I hope you’re joking in a sick way.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        So I guess you missed the dialog after the first batter. At least two of us thought he was tired:

        knoxvillenat – Aug 7, 2015 at 9:36 PM
        Storen must be getting tired, he has walked a batter in each of his last two appearances now.

        reply report comment
        Nats Fan Zee – Aug 7, 2015 at 9:38 PM
        How many days in a row can use him?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        Ridiculous. Let it rest.

  104. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    I guess you all can blame MW for this one bringing in Storen with a 3 run lead. Ridiculous that Drew let this happen.

    • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      I don’t blame MW – this is on Storen….just hope someone is up if he doesn’t get this hitter

    • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Why would we blame MW? That’s Drew’s fault and no one else’s.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        Exactly right, Deuces.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        Ghost is better than that… i guess he calls himself defending MW, who has made poor decisions in regards to the BP.

        Lets not act like he hasnt…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:47 PM

        Read the comment above mine. There’s someone blaming him. I don’t get it.

      • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        Oh ok. I ignored that post. You said “you all” like it was a widely held opinion that this was MW’s fault, or like you’d compare the criticism of MW’s bullpen management over the past few weeks as equivalent to blaming him for tonight.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        I thought it was pretty obvious that Steve was being facetious.

      • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        Maybe so Joe. It read like a swipe at MW’s recent critics.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:36 PM

        i blame 1-11 risp

    • natsguy1 - Aug 8, 2015 at 11:05 AM

      The walk is 100% on Storen and shouldn’t happen.

      But the one thing no one is talking about is why the Nats were holding Descalso on first when they were leading 4-1 with two outs in the 8th inning, with a left-handed slap hitter (Jose Reyes) up. That was a terrible decision, let Descalso go to 2nd on “defensive indifference,” who cares? If Zim is playing normal depth, Reyes hits a 3-1 groundout and the inning is over. Instead, that ball goes through the hole vacated by Zimmerman and the s*it hits the proverbial fan. That decision, which came from the dugout (presumably either Williams or Weidemaier) is as much responsible for costing the Nats the game last night as the walk.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 12:02 PM

        That’s a great point you made and I don’t even remember that. His run means very little.

  105. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Poor pitch. I cant really get mad at Drew as he has been beyond dominate lately… all this with 2 outs.

    But I still feel like the Nats had chances all evening to extend this score beyond 4…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      You can’t walk DESCALSO. That can’t happen.

    • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      That’s where those lack of add on runs hurt… 6 more outs – come on a Nats bats

  106. Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Drew looks flushed. That’s gotta hurt.

    • rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      You can not let Gonzalez beat you.If Bryce was up there they would never let Bryce beat them even if he had to walk him.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        You can’t walk they tying run into scoring position, no matter who the batter is.

      • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:48 PM

        Um, so you would have walked CarGo with the bases loaded?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      He could not put the fast ball in any worse spot.

      That is not NW fault like bullpen problems.

  107. Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Drew would not even have been in the game had RZ just managed to get the clutch single last inning.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      Well that’s been the difference lately is the Nats putting the opponents away. That walk to Descalso was the difference. A weak hitter. No reason for it.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        Descalso obviously brought back bad memories for Drew from Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS. 😦

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        If I recall correctly, Descalso had a big hit in that 9th inning nightmare back in 2012, did he not?

      • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:56 PM

        Indeed he did. Right before Pete F. Kozma.

  108. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    Drew probably wont be available for 2 days now…

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Understandable.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        My dad said the same thing as you… He was thinking that Drew looked tired.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Yes, great time to rest him.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        He was due for poor inning after that unbelievable stretch he went on… He shouldnt have issued the walk, and of course the pitch was poor to Gonzalez…

        But the Nats Bats had opportunites thru out this game to extend the lead..

  109. dhamm6500 - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    And..the Mets just tied it up.

  110. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Mets just tied the game…

  111. rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    How can Drew throw a fastball there.He had to make Cargo chase.We are a dumb team.

  112. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Definitely concerned about Werth and his power…

  113. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Boxberger blows the save in Tampa. 3-3 and Mets have 1 out and runners on 3rd and 1st.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      Poor MW his bullpen management is bad enough.

      But tonight he has the right situation and Storen walk, sharp hit crappy hit then a homer on a terrible pitch.

      What is MW to do when his players simply doesn’t execution.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        That’s why I temper my MW bashing. He is not a great in game manager by any stretch, but what is he supposed to do when his experienced veterans let him down time after time after time?

  114. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    RZim bats in the 7th inning with the bases loaded and 2 outs he looks like he is overmatched, cargo up in the exact same situation and Storen throws him a meatball.

    A possible 8 run swing

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      I’ve said here before that I think RZ is the real key to how far the Nats go (or don’t go) this year. That AB was a bad indicator.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:54 PM

        A single puts the game on ice.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        RZ had a pinch hit RBI double last night and a RBI double tonight. I don’t think he is the problem in this lineup.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        A .213 BA with a .641 OPS out of your cleanup hitter is a real problem. Since coming off the DL he is still only hitting .242. That simply isn’t enough to provide the protection Harper needs in this lineup.

        The Nats desperately need at least career average numbers from Zimmerman from this point forward.

  115. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Boxberger, who I think went to the All-Star Game, is having a terrible 2nd half. Mets tied it up & have runners on 1st and 3rd.

  116. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Mets pull ahead.

  117. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    That wasnt a K to Ramos on pitch 1..

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      Nor was 2 had he not swung.

  118. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Ramos entire at-bat changed after this HORRIBLE call:

    Nats Strike Zone ‏@NationalsUmp
    Call hurts #Nationals
    Strike 1 should be ball 1
    Bot 8 Axford vs Ramos
    22% call same
    1.9in from edge

  119. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Im fine with a base hit right here, MAT…

  120. simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Absolutely shameful pitching from Storen. Totally unacceptable.

  121. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Does Axford have a Wild Pitch in his arm right now?

  122. dcphanatic - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Well, Daniel Descalso and Drew have some history. Seems that Drew is a bit mentally fragile. He has pitch superbly lately. He has been aggressive and had gone right after the hitters. But not to Descalso. Hmmm. Perhaps that is why he will not be a closer here in DC. Never. Ever.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      I was thinking that he is not a good hitter but he is one who torments Storen.

    • rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:05 PM

      Guys get it straight the Rockies in the same situation would not have let Bryce beat them.They would have nibbled and had him chase not throw a Fing fastball down the middle.Then we let MAT face a tough right with Robinson ready.And we still had Rendon for the pitcher.Again as I have said not keeping denDeker makes it impossible to take MAT out of the game there.

      • Section 222 - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        Not to feed the troll, but I’m sure Drew didn’t intend to throw that fastball down the middle. You don’t have a lot of leeway with the bases juiced. You can’t nibble for long unless you’re willing to walk in a run. That was a mistake in execution, not strategy.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:13 PM

        2’s, if you walk in the run with 2 outs it’s a 4-2 game. Not the worst thing in the world then get LeMahieu out. Drew did the worst thing he could do but again it goes back to the walk.

  123. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    You just showed up. No surprise there.

    • conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      Here comes the clown car😎

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      I said earlier where is LOD when we are winning.

      That is why that group of posters are losers, they only show up when we lose.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:19 PM

        Uh, not lose, but losing. He’s scum and he keeps coming back.

  124. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    What another wasted inning.

    Desi’s at bat was fine, the rest stunk.

    Why does Taylor swing and miss so many fastballs that are high?

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      Poor command of the strike zone. Taylor is a very similar hitter to Desmond. He’ll probably be a perennial 20-20 guy when he reaches his prime, but he’ll likely always strike out a lot and not walk much.

      • nattygoats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:09 PM

        Taylor is a K machine. Can’t go into next season with that.

  125. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    My dad called that…

    Well, the top of the line up is coming up. Maybe they can get some 9th inning rally magic going… Lets do this Nats bat!

  126. Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:04 PM

    So how do we put YOU out of OUR misery?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      Encourage the idiot to go play in traffic.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:17 PM

        We can only wish.

      • rlndtln - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        Like I said the Mets are the best team in the league.

      • senators69 - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:39 PM

        Can I have some of whatever you’re smoking or drinking?
        I need a dose of unreality too.

  127. nattygoats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Season in a nutshell. Storen blows it. Now Mets up 2’5 games. Season over. And can we please get rid of Werth. He is Garbage. We gave away prospects for a close who we have used like twice. Blow this garbage team up.

  128. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Rivero is just not good against righties.

    • NatsLady - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      but he is VERY good against lefties.

    • conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      Your funny..and predicable.

      • conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        Sorry.. Looks like the thread is all out of whack now..

        New post up though

  129. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:11 PM

    That pitch looked awfully close… thought it was right on target with strike 1.

  130. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Rivero did the job. Got the heavy hitters coming up. Lets walk this off guys…

  131. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    CRob homered yesterday in low leverage situation.

    How about today?

  132. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Clint Robinson has a Hi Lev at-bat here. I will take anything that gets him on-base.

  133. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:17 PM

    3 pitch swing & miss for Clint Robinson. That’s the key spot when you need him to find a way to get on base. Just awful.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:19 PM

      I mean, I get that this dude has bad splits against lhbs but if Anthony Rendon is available… I always chose him.

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

        Agreed. I’m not a CRob fan. Last night he got lucky. Blue missed the call last night when he should have been K’d and then connects on a 3 run jack. Well Nats were ahead 5-3 at the time. Need those heroics more when Nats are behind.

      • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:24 PM

        Me too either for the pitcher or Espinosa

  134. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    OK.. Let’s get that run back!

  135. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    WHY IN THE HELL ARE YOU FIRST PITCH SWINGING AFTER HE JUST WALKED A DAMN BATTER…. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING….

  136. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Espi that pitch was not a strike. Why swing? Schu why are you not harping on pitch selection?

  137. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    I wonder if they walk Bryce and go after Ryan… I mean I wouldnt fear Ryan…

  138. Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Bryce has been stuck on 29 for WAY too long. Time to fix that.

  139. conatsguy - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    Let’s go Bryce!

  140. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:22 PM

    This pitcher has nothing to lose if he challenges Bryce. He wants to be a hero. Time for Bryce to shine again in a huge moment.

  141. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    What an unfortunate loss….

  142. abqnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Ouch. Try again tomorrow.

  143. Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    Worst pitching staff in baseball, and the starting eight manage to scratch out only 5 hits.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Yep, if the Nats bats take advantage of the multiple opportunities they had earlier, Drew doesnt even go in…

      I am really, really worried about Jayson and his power…

      • natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        Story of the year with this offense…..Jayson arm doesn’t appear well based on that weak throw

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:31 PM

        Hate to say it, but if Fister can go to the bullpen Werth can go to the bench. Robinson isn’t a great player by any means, but he’s at least as good a fielder as Werth at this point and a better hitter to boot.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:32 PM

        I think Werth goes to the bench when Span comes back. I prefer MAT in LF anyway.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:35 PM

        I think Span has entered the Witness Protection Program. 🙂

      • dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        1-11 risp.
        jason in there until span is back, then he will have to be 4 on, 3 off player…can’t break your wrist 3 times

  144. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    The Rockies pitchers threw the ball where we could have hit as far CarGo, but he didn’t miss

    Our guys need to learn to hit fast ball consistently that are strikes and lay off the off speed pitches.

  145. natslive - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    JZ must be thinking only way we win when I pitch is if I throw a CG shutout

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Yep, and he doesn’t have a CG all year. One of the big differences between this season and the past two when he had a total of 7 CGs

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