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Rockies 5, Nats 4: Grand slam off Storen flips the script

Aug 7, 2015, 10:24 PM EST

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GAME IN A NUTSHELL: Everything was going according to plan for the Nationals. Jordan Zimmermann dominated on the mound. Several key members of the lineup delivered big hits to give their team the lead. All that was left was for the back end of the bullpen to finish it off. But that’s when things stopped going according to plan, and as a result the Nats were left with the sting of perhaps their harshest loss of the season.

Zimmermann cruised most of the night, carrying a shutout into the seventh before giving up a couple of hits that gave the Rockies their first run and brought an end to the right-hander’s evening. Still, the Nationals led 4-1 thanks to RBI from the heart of their lineup: Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond.

Matt Williams’ ideal bullpen scenario was in place, with Casey Janssen finishing the seventh in Zimmermann’s place, then Drew Storen brought in for the eighth. And Storen very nearly got out of the inning unscathed, until a sudden turn of events left the bases loaded for Carlos Gonzalez, who proceeded to crush a 1-0 fastball to right field for a game-changing grand slam.

Needing now to mount a rally against Colorado’s bullpen, the Nationals couldn’t deliver one more key hit. Michael Taylor struck out to end the eighth with Desmond standing on third base, and brand-new closer Tommy Kahnle notched his first career save by striking out Harper with two outs in the ninth. Then, to add insult to injury, the Mets rallied in the ninth inning to beat the Rays, leaving the Nats now 2 1/2 games back in the NL East at the end of a ragged week.

HITTING HIGHLIGHT: If the Nationals’ lineup is going to live up to its potential, the guys hitting right behind Harper are going to have to do their part. They did in this game. Zimmerman roped a run-scoring double to right-center in the bottom of the fourth, his fifth straight game driving in a run. Two innings later, Werth (owner of a .190 batting average) did his job and sent a fly ball deep enough to center field to bring a run home. And moments later, Desmond drilled an RBI double to left, adding to the Nats’ lead. That’s one RBI apiece from the Nats’ 4-5-6 hitters, a welcome development for this club.

PITCHING LOWLIGHT: Whatever concern there had been about Storen’s ability to deal with his reduced role after the Jonathan Papelbon trade had more than been assuaged over the last week and a half, with Storen tossing five consecutive scoreless appearances without giving up even one hit. And then in the span of a couple of minutes in the eighth inning of this game, that storyline completely changed. It began innocently enough, with Storen issuing a one-out walk to Daniel Descalso and then surrendering a two-out single to Jose Reyes. But when Nolan Arenado legged out a slow roller to third, the bases were now loaded for the red-hot Gonzalez. And when Storen left a 1-0 fastball up in the zone, CarGo did what he’s supposed to do: He crushed it off the back wall of the right-field bullpen, a grand slam that left the crowd silent. It was only the second homer surrendered by Storen this season, the first grand slam he has ever surrendered in the big leagues.

KEY STAT: Harper is now hitting .324 with a .452 on-base percentage and .598 slugging percentage against left-handers this season.

UP NEXT: Stephen Strasburg returns from the DL to start Saturday night’s game against Rockies right-hander and Virginia native Eddie Butler. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

104 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Kind of sick after this loss… Real unfortunate. Drew has been remarkable lately and just pooped the bed…

    This one hurts…

  2. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Sickening. Drew cr@pped the bed. No excuses. Not only blew the 3 run lead but gave up the winning run. Does Drew know who Carlos Gonzalez is?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      HAHAHA…. It happens all the dang time… lol.

    • Brian - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Fire Williams. CarGo eats up righties but has sub .200 avg versus lefties. Williams is asleep at the wheel. Season over

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:36 PM

        You have a right to your opinion but place it some where else.

        BTW I thought of bringing in Rivero forvCarGo but knew MW had no guts to it.

        Though eventually he will learn you need to what will win, not what’s popular.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:38 PM

        Don’t worry about Ghost. He ripped CRob and Drew in the game thread – with some good cause in each case. But if someone else is critical, look out. He is like a big brother who kicks his kid brother but beats up anyone else who is says boo to the kid. Just realize that and let it go.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:40 PM

        I am not a MW supporter… and in fact dont think he is a good manager and am done with him. With that said,

        He probably figured that Drew would get out of the inning since Drew has been so dominant lately. I mean Drew just pitched the other day and threw like 9 pitches. He didnt have it tonight.

        Had he bought in Rivero and Rivero gave up a hit, then people would have clamored about why not leave Drew in. In TODAY’S game, MW was damned if you do and damned if you dont.

        It happens.

      • scmargenau - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:57 PM

        That is absurd comments by ghost and MNF – let people say what they want. He’s no SWM

        And MW is the worst dumbest manager around. I fully support him getting canned, and I’m sick of his smart ass comments

  3. simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Let’s talk about that Papelbon trade.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Yah, that wasn’t a Hi Lev 8th until Drew turned it into that.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Was piece of cake inning.

        Walks by bullpen pitchers often is a problem.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:30 PM

        Drew just won’t learn. Walks kill.

      • rayvil01 - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:55 PM

        Walks. The road to hell is paved with free passes. Darned shame.

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

      What about it?

      • simalex - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        i think it was pretty obvious why that trade was made, no?

  4. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Where was Fister CarGo can’t hit him.

  5. TheBigDummy - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Reminded me of Soriano last year vs the Phillies when he gave up a big lead and Revere hit his 1st homer of the year against him. Next day Drew was promoted to closer.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:37 PM

        Damn you twin… for bringing that up. I had that memory buried…

        BTW – even if we win the next 2, I am going to be disappointed with this home stand considering we have to now go to the WC…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:41 PM

        Of course. It was a win probability of 91% when Storen stepped in for the 8th.

  6. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    Nats have got to start playing better. I agree with FP and Ray. Cant keep saying ‘get them tomorrow’… gotta take advantage of today…

    This should have been a win.

    And I will say it again, I am concerned about Jayson and his power…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      Tomorrow is now. All 25 player must perform not 24.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:40 PM

        I agree and the little things bite you in the butt. LeMahieu boots a ball and if RZim busted it down the line he would have been safe and there would have been bases loaded and no outs.

        No bigger play on the offensive side than the bases loaded and 2 outs and RZim rolls over a grounder.

  7. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:32 PM

    Big back to back half innings.

    Nats have bases loaded 2 outs 1-0 count. RZim lays an egg.

    Next half inning bases load 2 outs 1-0 count Storen lays thevegg.

    Possible 8 run swing. RZim didn’t produce CarGo did.

  8. donniebenth - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    Ugh. Not wanting to join the Legion of Doom, but things do not look good.

    5 1/2 game swing in a single week.

    It’s not just that we seem to have lost our indentity, but the Mets look legitimate to me. Solid lineup, excellent starting pitching, good enough relief… And, all of a sudden, good chemistry.

    All I got is this:

    We are much better when Span plays.

    The Mets haven’t lost since suffering that ridiculous rain soaked loss to the Padres.

    Maybe this heartbreaker will fire us up.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:34 PM

    With that said… tomorrow the score will be 0-0… Lets win the next 2 before we go on this brutal WC swing…

  10. abqnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Really disappointing to let a decent lead slip away. First Rockies grand slam of the season.

    Try again tomorrow.

  11. donkort - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:37 PM

    Next year, Bryce hits a home run in that situation.

  12. stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    You just knew that as soon as CarGo turned out the lights the cockroaches would be scurrying all over the blog.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:42 PM

      +2

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      +1

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:47 PM

      I’ll admit I don’t usually hang around here during games because of the lousy software on this blog that doesn’t allow you to edit posts or downvote trolls so that their posts disappear.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:48 PM

        That said–ng’s garbage posts have been getting blown up pretty quickly tonight. 🙂

  13. stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    You are not a self respecting person. I feel somewhat sorry for you.

  14. Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    I believe Can’t Polish a Turd that was the title of your autobiography–amirite?

  15. stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Enjoy the Redskins. You deserve everything Dan Snyder has in store for you.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    They need to start playing like losing is worse than going to the dentist.

    I believe most if us hate losing more than we do. I know most of you told me you don’t believe it.

    On nights like this I don’t sleep well at all as I will reply that CarGo hit all night.

    However, I don’t believe they lose nearly as much sleep as I do as they can get over it faster than I can.

  17. NatsLady - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    Yeah, PIT had the bases loaded no outs in the 8th. Couldn’t bring in a run.

    And, while you’re at it, look at how Bruce Bochy managed the 5th inning today.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Bases load again in 10th no outs

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Im still trying to figure out why Danny swung at the first pitch after having the batter in front of him walk… and then the pitch he swung at, was a damn ball…

    Ugh, Nats really need to get into shape before its too late.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    As I suspected Harper swinging strike 3 was nowhere near a strike.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:56 PM

      Pitch was in the dirt. I think Bryce got overagressive at the plate the way he rarely has all season.

      He can say all the right things to the media that he expects RZ and JW to return to form, but two strikes is the time to play within your strengths and get the base hit. If RZ were hitting like the RZ of three years ago, I’ll bet Bryce would have done just that.

  20. Owen - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Bryce is getting on base, but lately not driving in runs as one would hope. He saw 2 balls in his zone in the 7th, but took a walk to load the bases instead of swinging and Ryan followed with nothing. I don’t care if Harper wins the bases on balls title. He needs to get back to swinging at hitable pitches and driving in runs!

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      Negative–if he starts getting overly aggressive at the plate, you’ll just see more ABs like the one in the 9th. Then his OBP drops and the offense will be even worse for it.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      RZim will be the player who ends up getting in the playoffs or not. He follows Harper.

  21. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    August hasnt been good so far for the Nats… Need to turn it around. Lets start by doing that tomorrow.

  22. micksback1 - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    I can not blame MW for this. maybe our relief pitching simply sucks and the club has too many over rated LOSERS. Drew lost a game this team needed and there is NO EXCUSE.,

    Wonk, I will take your bet, I say Nats win 82 or less….this is a sorry no account group of losers

    • adcwonk - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:10 AM

      OK — how much?

  23. micksback1 - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    four runs, a 4 run lead in the 8th was more than enough, Storen blew it like he did in 2012 and he did in game 2 verse Giants. Drew is a LOSER!!!

    • senators69 - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:59 PM

      Dude..chill. One bad game for Storen. You ever had a bad game? I have!

  24. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    It is OK to be critical of players if at the same time you compliment too.

    Most of us do that.

    If you only come in losses or when we are behind. Telling us much the team sucks etc.

    Go somewhere else to that.

    Don’t care to see the same people only there to complain when they were no where to be found when we play well.

    Wish Mark would look for the LOD and block them.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      I am not clear on the rules of the world that state those who are critical must also be positive regardless of their true feelings. I also wasn’t clear that there was a LOD sign-up page Mark could reference.

      By the way, while I defend those who seem only to post negative thoughts, cause, um , well …. it’s their opinion I see no reason they shouldn’t if that is how they feel, personally, I like the team overall. A lot of the folks decrying the “LOD” should take a look at some of their own posts and then look in the mirror. Maybe they might realize that we all get frustrated and cranky sometimes. And the level to which we get that way may not be the bar to set for the rest of humanity.

      That said, it’s your opinion, so got no problem you posting it, I simply disagree strongly.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        I complain as much as the next, and cheer as much as any.

        What I don’t do us declair a loss before hand.

        The LOD does.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:38 PM

        There is no LOD. Some here call individuals that when they wish. But as I said above, I am not aware of a sign up sheet. Somedays, to me, you appear to be “LOD”. Above in this thread, both Mrs. B and Ghost started the posts by saying “Drew ***** his bed”. dunno, but if others had posted that I wouldn’t have been surprised for either of them to call that poster an LOD.

        There are folks who are negative a lot, but this “LOD’ers get off my lawn” stuff seems to have gotten a bit out of hand.

        For me, the most annoying posts aren’t those who are totally negative, I can let it slide, it is those posts that choose to categorize others and tell them to leave. But then, I let that go to as quick as I can. Life is short, blow off steam and move on. And try to remind myself we all blow off steam, not just those I disagree with at any given moment.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 2:16 PM

        Don’t include me in none of this stupid, petty argument about anyone that is supposedly classified as an LOD or not. I don’t get involved on those conversations. And for you to mention my name when I said nothing of the sort to anyone is wrong.

        You give your opinion if you want. People will read it or they wont. But your incessant comments about what other people have to say to someone else and you sticking up for them is getting old too.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:51 PM

        +9

      • dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:51 PM

        +10

      • Section 222 - Aug 8, 2015 at 12:04 AM

        abq, very well put. I agree with you 100%. The game post was full of personal attacks. People being called “scum” etc. And guess what? It wasn’t the “LoD” doing the name calling. It’s uncalled for. And then there are the posters who attempt to explain how their criticisms of the team are acceptable while the LoD’s are not. That’s just laughable.

      • JayB - Aug 8, 2015 at 12:17 PM

        yup

    • micksback1 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      I have complimented players almost daily and am probably the biggest Mike Taylor and Clint Robinson fan in here. I am huge Rizzo fan to. I am also one who can not stand MW and I will call him a terrible manager and the worst by far since the team came here in 2005. I know Rizzo will can him if this team does not make post season.

      Hell, Nats had players come back to the team with a 3 game lead in the East,What happens? they fall apart.

      no excuse, no defense of MW, along with many head cases.

  25. senators69 - Aug 7, 2015 at 10:57 PM

    Well one thing we all do know (and stating the obvious) is that the rest of this season will mark the biggest fulcrum point for the franchise since they started winning.
    Either the Nats push through it and hopefully make a difference in the post-season OR no post-season and then who knows…perhaps many major changes, even more than replacing Span, Desi, JZim, Fister (although Ross seems to have one of the SP slots for next year.) Werth? RZim? Ramos?
    One thing I do hope for is a new manager no matter what.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:00 PM

      Well if we want it more than the Mets we will pull it out. If the Mets want it more they will win it.

      Not rocket science.

      • senators69 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:08 PM

        Desire is key in football, basketball, etc, but somehow I think it’s a bit different in baseball. Yes, the team needs that desire to win as a foundation, but after that, there’s a mix of so many elements in baseball — That is what is so confounding. I don’t think this team will lose its fundamental desire to win unless they are mathematically eliminated.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      If the Nats miss the playoffs after the sky high expectations going into the season, Williams will almost certainly be fired.

      Unfortunately, however, Werth and RZ have unmovable contracts and will eat up $36 million in salary next year. Ramos is a possibility, but there aren’t many catchers who are any better at the plate than he is (he’ll also be in his walk season next year).

      Turner will replace Desmond early in the season, but you can expect the usual rookie hiccups there.

      Other than shoring up the middle relief, I’m not sure where they can improve unless they go and park Werth and his huge contract on the bench in lieu of signing or trading for another outfielder.

      • micksback1 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        AMEN!! and MW should be done if team misses playoffs. there is no rationale for him to stay

      • senators69 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        Perhaps this is a cautionary tale about long-term contracts. The Werth deal, the Nats felt they had to do to show they were players. RZimm, had to do too b/c he was the face of the franchise and a solid player at the time.

        BUT what does this say about the term of contracts?

        On a major player, I might lean toward shorter-term deals or mutual options, etc even if it meant paying slightly more per year — something to give the Nats a way to shorten the deal on a big contract. Just trying to avoid the Phillies syndrome. I’m less worried about losing a good player sooner if they performed because they are still replaceable.

        Then again, I’m speculating out of my a$$ here b/c the market always sets the price and terms and I don’t know s%&t about general managing!

        But I’d certainly go long-term on a generational player like Bryce.

  26. Joe Seamhead - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    You can talk about this at bat, and that at bat, and about MW, but this one is all on Drew Storen. It just is.Too bad such a terrific JZimm start went to waste.

    Get em tomorrow.

    Good night, everybody

  27. AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    I will say this (and I have no statistical backing for this whatsoever), but the Nats have seemed to play better ball against better teams. May not always translate into a win but it does seem like better baseball. So I hope that means good things for the upcoming road trip.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    Rizzo also was asleep at the wheel at the training g deadline and watched as Nets got real hitters.

    Werth might as well have stayed on the DL.

    Span I am twice his age and U recovered from back spasm in less than a week and he has joined the witness protection program

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:11 PM

      I don’t think Rizzo was asleep at the wheel. He reasonably expected that adding Werth, Zimmerman, Rendon and at some point Span back to this lineup would be enough. The first two in particular are eating up over 1/4th of the team’s payroll–that limits what Rizzo can do as far as adding hitters.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:19 PM

        Well you can justify it as I could, but its not my money so I am OK with the spending.

        Werth is not coming close to his money.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2015 at 12:02 AM

        and scherzer is eating up the rest ?

        looks like we could use another power bat as we lost the 2012-2014 Werth for good with the third wrist break.
        Not even doped up Barry Bonds could recover from that.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:59 PM

      he couldn’t do it all…the bullpen was the highest priority

    • ccallahan15 - Aug 8, 2015 at 12:58 PM

      Just curious if you had two abdominal surgeries also?

  29. coop202 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:06 PM

    I give up. If we make the playoffs dandy. But I need to be off the day to day

  30. belaurel - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    The ghost of Game 5 in the form of Descalso keeps haunting Drew. Wasn’t it Descalso who put the exclamation point in that big fat egg Drew laid in Game 5? It was Descalso who Drew walked tonight and you know what they say about walks….they absolutely kill. For all the folks who say that Drew is a closer, the infamous Game 5, Game 2 last year, and tonight shows that Drew is not closer material. For some reason he decides to create drama when all he needed to do was get a .218 hitter out but instead he walks him. When he gets into the jam he got into tonight, he does not have the arsenal (or maybe he does not trust his arsenal) to put the hitter(s) away. Just saying for all of you who were and are pining away for Drew to be the closer; I would not want him in a crucial must win game. Sorry. Nice guy, consummate professional but not closer material. Aroldis Chapman any day but not Drew.

  31. stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Ho-hum. Trea Turner 2 for 5 again.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      Rizzo doesn’t want to win enough to try him.

      • stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:21 PM

        There are a thousand valid reasons to leave him right where he is and only one, I’d say, to bring him up. This team has had ZERO energy since the All-Star break.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:24 PM

        Turner is a leadoff type hitter–not a run producer. This team needs someone to step up and start driving in runs behind Harper. Turner is not that guy and won’t be even when he is ready.

      • stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        Speed kills, Karl.

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:31 PM

        This is not the 1980s anymore. The catchers are too good these days.

      • stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:34 PM

        I suggest we agree to disagree. Makes no difference, since he’s not coming up before September anyway and Matt will probably use him only slightly more than Emmanuel Burriss.

  32. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:17 PM

    I missed the MW Presser and the tweeter types are letting us down only seen 2.

    Want more media coverage. Where are the reporters?

    • stoatva - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      I don’t think those are what you’d actually call “reporters” at those press conferences. More like courtiers.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:29 PM

        I can agree they sure are tardy at updating us.

        I go immediately to another game.

        Watched the end of the Pirate game, on to the Padres game, moved to the Mariner’s game.

        So I depend on them to report MW nonsense, and quotes from the players.

        Read Harper’s comment. He was wrong on his. Said Storen got beat with his best pitch , you need to tip your hat. That BS. Storen’s slideris his best pitch not a fastball.

  33. micksback1 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    well its vacation time for me and family. I think in 2 weeks when I get back, Nats may be under 500, and 6 out of the East and maybe only 2 up on Braves. The ship has sunk my friends.

    I hope I am wrong

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:30 PM

      Predicting is an LOD prediction, even if you believe you never predict it.

  34. natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    What is that thing they always say? You can’t fire 25 players, so fire the manager. Fire Matt Williams! Couldn’t hurt, might even help.

  35. hummel26 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    4 runs is just not enough against the Rockies pitching staff. 6 walks and just 4 runs? The Nats are not scoring adequately this season, and that has combined with inconsistent starting pitching and bad middle relief to land them in second place. Really, really shouldn’t have left Storen for the GS. The stats cited above show that.

    MW is a by the book guy who cannot improvise.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:54 PM

      Rivero was ready and the book says to go to the lefty.

      Book also says Storen is an outstanding pitcher. Surely he wontvscrew this up.

      Wrong MW the bullpen no matter what you do seem to screw you by making you look bad.

      I am learning to trust none.

      But our starters are not pitch efficient.

  36. manassasnatsfan - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Got to love CarGo quote. “I am the clean up hitter to hit homer with the bases loaded.”

    The half inning the clean up hitter who is paid to him homers grounded to short.

  37. dcwx61 - Aug 7, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    we have excellent number 6- 7 hitters in Zimm,Desmond, Ramos and maybe Werth.
    We were 1 for 11 with RISP tonight
    Need another consistent power bat unless Zimm can turn it on now and when Span comes back….Mets done good getting Cespedes…..Dodgers and cubs have excellent power lineup
    In the mean time, the nats must live and die by the arms and some brilliant and lucky BP management

  38. senators5 - Aug 8, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    and Jason Werth? He’s playing because he can hit? .188 and falling. He can drive in runs? When? He can field and throw? Sure. Answer: the 126 big $ compliments of our esteemed GM.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 8, 2015 at 12:09 AM

      we got a bad and unexpected break when JW broke his wrist for the 3rd time. When Span returns, there will be better options than batting Werth 5th everyday…
      When Span returns, there is MAT and CROB to give JW more rests and play matchups better

    • destcl - Aug 8, 2015 at 1:28 AM

      After Werth’s second year here, he was credited with helping turn the franchise around. When Ryan was signed to his extension, it looked like a great move as well. We thought we’d locked down the hot corner for years to come.

      All these long-term deals look bad in the end, because the players almost always get older and lose effectiveness before their contracts run out. We love Max Scherzer now, but long before his seven years are up, we’ll be complaining about his money and how he isn’t earning it anymore. That’s the nature of the business part of the game today.

      The problem for the Nats is that this team makes out its lineup cards based on contracts and past performance. And there’s no accountability for failure. Drew goes into a huge pout when he gets demoted from closer in favor of a PROVEN closer with SUCCESS in the playoffs. What has Drew EVER done for us in the playoffs? Blown the decisive game in both playoff series the Nationals have ever been in, that’s what.

      So this year he’s pitching better and he gets upset because he gets moved into the setup role. Fine. So exactly how long does it take for him to blow an easy hold (not even a save!) and leave the Nats with a backbreaking loss? I believe it was about five appearances. Yet I’m sure he’s still peeved about his demotion.

      The sense of entitlement among some of these established Nat players is breathtaking.

  39. destcl - Aug 8, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    This team — the Washington Nationals: the 2012 version, the 2013 version, the 2014 version, and now the 2015 version — lacks mental toughness. They lack a manager who’s willing to hold the players’ feet to the fire. They make excuses all too easily and place more credence in their press clippings and “expectations” than they do their actual performance. They think they are better than they are. And they fold under pressure every year.

    They echo, “We’ll get ’em tomorrow” until there is no more tomorrow. They seem to be constitutionally incapable of playing with any sense of urgency until it’s too late.

    Every year since 2012, the script has played out the same in the end. It seems criminal to see this much talent, this much opportunity, wasted. And I wonder what — how much, and what specifically — will have to change before the ethos of the team changes. Certainly a new manager might make a difference, but only if the new manager started kicking butts. This team lacks the maturity to motivate itself and hold itself accountable. They need someone like Tony La Russa or the early Buck Showalter — someone who holds them accountable, refuses to make excuses, ands requires every single player on the team to EARN the right to play.

    We fans deserve better than this. We were better off with the “JV,” because guys like Clint Robinson appreciated the opportunity to play and gave it their best every night. They won more than the regulars, too.

    I’d like to think the team will turn things around, but I don’t think they will. This pattern seems set in stone by now. They thought a division championship would be handed to them, and it wasn’t. Imagine that.

    Hey, Bryce. Where’s your ring now?

    • robertrobert104 - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:29 AM

      Exactly what i,m thinking. as for Harper, imagine if he is not on the team, the Nats are in 4th place in the division?….and he will get a ring if he is getting married…..

  40. robertrobert104 - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:33 AM

    The mirage is almost over….team with no balls, players who disappear when it really counts, can’t hold the pressure, a manager who seem to be unaware of basic plays and strategy – yes, it still exists, just look at some other managers….-arrg, they are still my team, but boy do they disappoint me……

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:51 AM

      When Span returns.You guys are kidding.I explained Denard all along.He could have played all season with time off but decided in his option year he had to be healthy by season end or his value would plummet.So he sits and waits until he is 100 percent and you guys keep saying when Denard returns.We will be 5 back by then with a couple of weeks to go.He is finished as a Nat.

  41. rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    MW manages only by some book.Can not bring Rivero in to face Cargo as it would hurt Drews feelings.Can not pinch hit Rendon for MAT in the 8th when we had a chance to tie.Who would play CF.Well if they had kept denDeker instead of a useless Uggla we would have had another capable outfielder.I have said before as I was condemned we are dumb.Where are you guys when I predicted all of this was coming and chastised me over and over and still do not get the fact that the Mets are better than us and maybe the best team to win the NLCS.We need reality here.Watch the Mets Collins manage as he tries to win outside the box including 4or 5 out saves.He set up his pitching for 2 series against us and we never used Max in 6 games against them and Drew and Pap sat in the last 3.We are clueless.

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