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Game 109: Rockies at Nats

Aug 8, 2015, 3:31 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

It has been exactly five weeks since Stephen Strasburg last took the mound at Nationals Park, when a strained left oblique muscle sent the right-hander back to the DL only a couple of weeks after he returned from a neck injury. Now, Strasburg returns, on the heels of a dominant rehab start at Class AAA Syracuse on Monday, hoping to pick up where he left off a month ago. If he can pitch anything like he did at that point, he could be the X factor for this team the rest of the way, bolstering a rotation that has been good but not as great as advertised.

One way or another, the Nationals need to find a way to beat the Rockies tonight, whether it’s a dominant performance from Strasburg, a productive performance at the plate against Virginia native Eddie Butler or something else that develops along the way. And then they have to hope the Mets actually lose a game for the first time in nine days.

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 185
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from CF

NATIONALS (56-52)
3B Anthony Rendon
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Stephen Strasburg

ROCKIES (46-61)
CF Charlie Blackmon
SS Jose Reyes
RF Carlos Gonzalez
3B Nolan Arenado
1B Ben Paulsen
2B D.J. LeMahieu
C Nick Hundley
LF Brandon Barnes
RHP Eddie Butler

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

7:05 p.m. — And we’re underway on a gorgeous Saturday night in the District. Stephen Strasburg fires a 95-mph fastball to Charlie Blackmon for strike one.

7:19 p.m. — An impressive top of the first from Strasburg, even though it began with a double to right-center by Blackmon off a 1-2 changeup. Strasburg buckled down after that, getting Jose Reyes on a sac bunt, then getting Carlos Gonzalez to tap a dribbler in front of the plate on a nasty curveball and striking out Nolan Arenado on another nasty curveball. All told, Strasburg threw 12 pitches, 8 of them strikes, with a fastball that topped out at 98 mph. Good stuff. Scoreless after one.

7:39 p.m. — And the Nats are on the board in the bottom of the second, thanks to a big, 2-run double by Wilson Ramos. It came on a curveball, which Ramos did a great job staying back on and driving to the gap in right-center. Strasburg, meanwhile, looks really sharp so far, with three strikeouts and 16-of-22 pitches for strikes through two scoreless frames. It’s 2-0 Nats after two.

8:02 p.m. — Make it 3-0 Nats after three, thanks to a 101-mph single by Bryce Harper, a couple of walks and then a 2-out RBI single up the middle by Ian Desmond. The Nats might have plated even more runs in the inning if not for another fabulous play at third base by Nolan Arenado, who robbed Ramos of a possible double.

8:16 p.m. — The bad news: Strasburg served up a homer to the unstoppable Arenado with one out in the top of the fourth. The good news: He struck out the three other batters in the inning, including Carlos Gonzalez on a 96 mph fastball. That’s 8 K’s for Strasburg through four very impressive innings, and his ERA has now dropped below 5.00 for the first time since May 12. 3-1 Nats after four.

8:35 p.m. — I know he’s been hitting into a lot of double plays and doesn’t look close to being all the way back, but Ryan Zimmerman is still doing his share at the plate. He just smoked a double off the wall in left field to bring Harper around from first with another run in the bottom of the fifth. That’s six straight games with an RBI for Zim, who now sports an .871 OPS in 12 games since coming off the DL. 4-1 Nats through five.

8:49 p.m. — Breaking news: Stephen Strasburg is 3-for-3 tonight. Yes, he’s 3-for-3. He had been 0-for-16 this season prior to tonight. He’s now 3-for-19. How about that? Oh, he also has thrown six innings of 1-run, 3-hit, 0-walk, 10-strikeout baseball on 76 pitches. What a return for the right-hander. Still 4-1 Nats after six.

9:23 p.m. — Make it 6-1 after the Nats added some big insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh, including another RBI from Zimmerman and a Harper drive off the top of the right-field wall. So Strasburg is now done for the night, with 12 strikeouts and zero walks over seven sparkling innings. Blake Treinen enters for the eighth.

9:38 p.m. — A quick eighth for Treinen, so now it’s Matt Thornton to pitch the ninth with the Nats up 6-1 and trying to cut the Mets’ lead to 1 1/2 games. Yes, that’s right: The Mets lost a baseball game tonight. I know, I can’t believe it, either.

9:44 p.m. — And that’s your ballgame. Nats win 6-1. Strasburg was brilliant. The lineup was efficient. And the Nats have trimmed the Mets’ lead to 1 1/2 games. Good night all around.

165 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. joemktg - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    MW deep in thought about tonight’s lineup, or am I going to read breaking news on mlbtraderumors.com?

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Still no word on what the roster move is to make room for Stras.

    • joemktg - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Uggla 15 day DL

      • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:49 PM

        Yup. Just saw.

        That’s a thin bench, kiddos.

  2. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Stras could be the X factor. How probable is this? Not very. If he picks up where he left off, he’ll help the team win games.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:59 PM

      He threw 3.2 Innings the last time he pitched, 7 the time before that then 5, 1, 3.2, 5, 3.1, 3 going back to April.

    • senators69 - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:21 PM

      Beautiful weather to baseball at the park!

      • senators69 - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:21 PM

        Beautiful weather to watch baseball at the park!

  3. Doc - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Ah, the old back spasms trick. The chief has used it many times.Agent 99.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:18 PM

      Would you believe…a hangnail?

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      What are the odds of 2 back spasms ?never heard in the last 50 years of a baseball player on the DL for back Spasms. Now 2 on a team.

      Injury de jour.

  4. JayB - Aug 8, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    How can they do that with any integrity? Uggla has been useless to this team for months and that roster spot could have been used to help them any number of ways in house or through trades…..then one day out of the blue…..uh yea….back spasms that’s the ticket…..joke of a move Rizzo….you have all the resources in the world and a 90 something owner who told you to win it all this year….that is the best you can do?

    • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2015 at 9:09 AM

      Integrity, shmintegrity! Since when does any MLB team care about that? 🙂

  5. hummel26 - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Stras is very good, but inconsistent. Having him in a key game (every game is key these days) scares me with his injury and psyche history. Wish he just felt like he can go out there and mow ’em down. Maybe he does, maybe he will. Go Nats.

  6. NatsLady - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    I don’t expect Stras to go more than five innings, but maybe strike out eight or nine and leave with a BIG lead which Fister will hold for him!!!! GO NATS!!!

    • Theophilus T.S. - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Where’s the big lead coming from?

  7. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Short bench; surplus of undependable pitchers. Makes lots of sense but exactly what I expected. So now the question is, what will the move be if Span returns before September 1?

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      Do not have to worry about Span before sept.1.

  8. ogremj - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Just read on Chelsea’s Twitter that MW was asked if Span will return this year and he said “we hope so” . That’s …..ominous.

  9. thenatom - Aug 8, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Okay, I have a question for you all. So last night when Drew gave up the grand slam I turned around, slammed my hat into my seat and dramatically mouthed/loudly whispered the F-word. After the game, the woman who was sitting behind me came up to me and asked me to apologize because her daughter (who looked about 12) had overheard me. Obviously I don’t condone audibly swearing around young kids but considering the gravity of the situation and the fact that it was a Friday night what do you all think? I clearly shouldn’t have said anything but I also think it’s excessive to confront someone about one bad word in that context when I didn’t say anything else at any other point during the game.

    • NatsWorkerSection234 - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      Haha imagine working here last night when that happened

    • unkyd59 - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:37 PM

      I know I’m in the minority here, but trees never an excuse to drop top-drawer profanity in public. Never heard my Dad go any farther than “Dammit”, and I never swear in anger (though I color my speech with profanity, in accepting company). “RATS!!!” Is a very satisfying alternative…the first letter teaming up with a natural scowl, to convey a sense of real displeasure…. Give it a try 😉

      • unkyd59 - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:40 PM

        “There’s never an excuse to use…”

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      If she asked you to apologize you should do so even if you don’t think that your actions were necessarily wrong. Take the high road, apologize to both her and her daughter and move on.

      • thenatom - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:57 PM

        I did apologize because what I did was wrong. I also thought it was a little excessive to confront me about it though.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:31 PM

      I think everyone was in a pretty foul mood last night, the lady included. You did the right thing to apologize because she requested it but she was certainly overreacting to a single outburst, in my opinion.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:17 PM

        Trust me, people still get upset by George Carlin’s 7 forbidden words.You took the high road, hat’s off to you, but if that mother is going to ask for an apology every time her kid hears that word she is going to spend a lot of her life requesting apologies, and a lot of folks won’t respond as nicely as you did.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:49 PM

      How would it hurt to have apologize. One of the reasons I have to be careful when I go to the games. If ever the F word would come that would be a time.

      But would take no effort to apologize so I would dobit in a heart beat

  10. rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Been complaining for weeks that Uggla was useless and was hurting us with lack of outfield depth.I wanted denDeker to stay and Uggla gone.Last night was another example that we could have batted for MAT in the 8th with the game on the line with either Rob or Rendon and the other could have batted for the pitcher.We could not do that last night because we did not have an outfielder to replace MAT.I have said we are dumb and now it shows.Uggla to the DL and no replacement.What a joke.

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:19 PM

      I love dreamers.

      • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:22 PM

        Whose dreaming.I would start with Rizzo,Ray,SP,Phil and all the enablers of this average team going nowhere.

      • dhamm6500 - Aug 9, 2015 at 8:22 AM

        And then telling us 1,412 times.

    • IsawTeddywin - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:03 PM

      So you’d rather we kept den decker, and dent him to the DL when Strass returned, got it

      • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:19 PM

        We should have sent Uggla packing and kept denDeker when i believe Zim or Werth came back,

      • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:27 PM

        rintintin is always in favor of “the other thing.”

  11. rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    The dreamers thought Denard would be back already.Somebody asked who would go when Denard got back before Sept.1 and I responded do not worry he will not be back by then and now for the rest of the season.Now we still make zero moves to sure up the outfield.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:24 PM

      Have a cookie. Good boy.

  12. stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:23 PM

    Mets bang Nate Karns around for three runs in the first.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:35 PM

      And… Sizemore replies with a two run shot off Syndergaard in the bottom of the inning. 🙂

      • Steady Eddie - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        And Kiermaier hits a two-run single after three earlier singles to put the Rays up 4-3.

  13. stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    And the Rays take a 4-3 lead in the second. Syndergaard has nothing today. Thirty-five pitches so far in the first inning with two out and runners on second and third.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:47 PM

      38 pitch inning for Thor. 4-3 Rays after one.

    • veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      maybe he’s already running out of gas on the season. lol

    • veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:07 PM

      maybe he’s already running out of gas on the season. lol

  14. stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Grandy hits his second solo HR in two innings to tie it back up.

  15. IsawTeddywin - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:02 PM

    O’s will not have success until their fans quit desecrating the anthem.
    Especially in games they aren’t even playing.

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

      I have a whole lot less problem with people yelling “OH” than I do with singers who drag it out like a dirge and warble and trill all over the place. That’s more disrespectful (a term I’d prefer to ‘desecration’) to my ears.

  16. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    awesome start.

  17. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    that curve to K for the 3rd out was nasty. that is a good sign.

  18. unkyd59 - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Span setback… We need a bench bat, who can cover CF…sad to say.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:24 PM

      That would be den Dekker. He’s played a majority of his games at Syracuse in CF.

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        And killing it at a .228 average.

      • veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:32 PM

        better than Werth

      • Karl Kolchak - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        Don’t have anybody else. Goodwin should have been here by now but he fell into a deep, dark crevasse from which few return. 😦

      • unkyd59 - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:49 PM

        I’m hoping for more emphasis on the “bat” part…

  19. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Stras looks good

  20. natsjackinfl - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Syndegard is up to 73 pitches after 3 innings. Not very efficient.

  21. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Vamos Ramos!

  22. Karl Kolchak - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    THAT’S the way to do it–knock these crappy Rockies pitchers around. Now pour it on and don’t let up.

  23. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    #Buffalo with 49 RBIs and another RISP hit. He sure does suck!

    • veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:39 PM

      the worst. he’s useless.

  24. Karl Kolchak - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Lookit Stras with the hustle! 🙂

  25. abqnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    Nice taking advantage of an opportunity. Now let’s hold the lead!

  26. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Nice AB Danny

  27. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Ugh….come on Zim

  28. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Dez got ahead 2-0. He didn’t swing out of his cleats. See what happens, Dez?

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

    Desi picks up RZim who hits into another GIDP. Ramos smokes a ball down towards Hoover Arenado and is robbed.

  30. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    It’s absolutely great that Ramos and Desi are beginning to heat up. (My fingers are crossed that this Ramos and Desi are here to stay)

    Just heard the news on Span… how unfortunate. I miss seeing him play and hearing Smooth Operator at the Park.

    So Uggla to the DL huh… guess since Fister turned it down, he volunteered. Bet he will be ready 9/1.

    Welcome back SS!

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Again, I saw enough of Arendo last night…

  32. stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Just finished dinner. Somehow I knew that when I checked back in the sheets would be troll-free.

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:17 PM

      I guess Fister will be no worse than Uggla pinch hitting.Great job Rizzo.

  33. natsjackinfl - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    I now have 3 favorite players that don’t play for the Nats. 1. Hunter Pence 2. Jose Altuve and now 3. Nolan Arenado.

    Can’t help it. I like all 3.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:22 PM

      I’m afraid I’d have to add Freddie Freeman to that list.

      Grrrr…..

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:30 PM

        Freddie would be on mine except for the whole Atlanta thing.

      • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:42 PM

        Cooties. I understand.

        I think we could cure him of them, though.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:24 PM

      Lorenzo Cain and Torii Hunter are on mine… along with Hunter apence…

    • everendp - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:26 PM

      +1

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      We should see the NatsJack Team, à la John Madden.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:55 PM

      Mike Rizzo liked Jeff Kobinus more than Nolan Aranado.

      Boooooo

  34. natsjackinfl - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    Nate Karns goes 5 innings and turns it over to none other than Xavier Cedeno who gets through the 6th. Still 5-4 Rays over the Mets.

    .

  35. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    Way to go Zim!!!!!! Woooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      Now THAT is protection for Bryce. RZ keeps that up and pitchers will have to pitch to him.

  36. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Bryce gets on, Bryce gets batted in. Repeat. Win games. Yay!

  37. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    Been following on the radio just got to the TV to see Ryan’s double.

    Strasburg sounds sharp so far.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:39 PM

      You might want to watch the replay later. You’ll be impressed.

  38. stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:38 PM

    4-1. That’s a safe lead, right?

    Sorry.

  39. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    All of Stras’ pitches are working tonight.

  40. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    Stras 3 for 3. LOL. Show em how it’s done, Stras!

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

    Okay SS is just showing off at this point…

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      They can’t stop him, they can only hope to contain him~!

  42. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Wow, Stras has been filthy!

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

      Starting to get to Rendon.I never have seen throw things .

  43. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    Dang it! Quit hitting it to that guy.

  44. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    I can’t remember seeing a Nats pitcher getting 3 hits in a game.My memory isn’t so good, but can anybody else?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      I have a vague recollection of someone a long time ago …

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      Harper had three home runs in a game against the Marlins earlier this year.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        But has a Nats pitcher gotten 3 hits before?

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:17 PM

        Joe, see my post at 9:10.

  45. stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Wow, Bryce. Wow.

    So who gets the eighth tonight? Janssen?

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

      Imma say SS….

      • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:00 PM

        He gave himself a shot at it with those two quick outs. I’m still guessing Janssen.

      • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        Sure looks like he’ll be coming back out, sitting there in the dugout.

        I’d have someone ready, though.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:10 PM

      My bad Seamhead, you said (wrote) three pitchers and I read it as three hitters. Apologies to you.

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

    Love the effort by bharp34….

  47. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    The Legion of Doom Friends do nothing to change their reputation . All missing.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      Kinda like Millenarianists — if the world is getting better, they got no sales pitch.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        Maybe we should just keep this handy

  48. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    *standing O*

    He did it on the mound AND in the box. What a performance.

  49. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    another good AB from Espi tonight.

  50. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Whiskey Tango! Is there a helicopter over the park or something?? How did Bryce’s ball not get out??

  51. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Keep the line moving.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Imagine how well we would be if we could cut the double plays out.

      Line drives is the key

      • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        I do not know the exact answer, but I wonder what part of an inch on the barrel of a bat separates a line drive from a tailor-made double play. I’m guessing a quarter inch or less.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        Probably no more a quarter inch. That is why most of us couldn’t get past middle or high school ball.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        as much or more to do with where it’s hit, since a TMDP is a hard ground ball, and one of them not at anybody is a base hit. But millimeters, half-inch, whatever.

  52. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Zim appears to be heating up as well

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Hello yeah baby…. hell yeah… great job RZimm….

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      Mets Lose

  54. carlospaula - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Current evil has lost…..Pap needs to work despite it not being a save situation

  55. unkyd59 - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Do… Not watching, tonight…. Did Mr. Strasburg show up…? 😉

  56. rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Can you imagine we do not have a real out fielder for defense late in games.denDeker must be called up before road trip.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      Are you going to continue beating that drum on den Dekker until Rizzo does as you suggest? You might be repeating it for a long time.

      • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        You will see him soon.I just can think sooner than Rizzo.

  57. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:19 PM

    Rox announcers saying STras just walked down the tunnel. They’re making it seem like something is wrong. Is everything ok?

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      He only struck out the last two guys he faced, then sat quietly while the Nats scored two more runs.

      I’d say the “something wrong” the Rox announcers are seeing is the score.

      • veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:25 PM

        They noted rushing Treinen to warm up.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        They characterized it as “rushing.” Not exactly the same thing.

  58. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    So SS is done for the night….. what a shame…. *standing ovation for Mr Strasburg*

  59. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Blake effective in another low lev spot. Sooner or later, back to feet to the fire. Need to see some success in stressful situations.

  60. Joe Seamhead - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    I agree that MAT could use a day off, and have felt that when Span got back that he’d get plenty of time off. I am not a big fan of Matt den Dekker. The back up outfield situation is pretty grim, and Span’s apparent setback is going to take a toll on the club down the stretch. Ghost may get his wish for Danny getting a game or two out there. It may be in CF.

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Who should be our 5th bench player.Fister or Roark?

      • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        Maybe one of them can play left field when we are up 1 run in the 9th in Ls Angeles.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

        Fister

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        Well, they aren’t in LA yet. “Sufficient unto the day is the outfield thereof.” Or something like that.

    • carlospaula - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      On a good offensive and healthy team, Den Dekker would be a great 5th outfielder,

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Most good offensive and healthy teams don’t carry five outfielders, they keep four and a utility guy, usually.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        But yes, “fifth outfielder” is about right.

    • rlndtln - Aug 9, 2015 at 8:36 AM

      It is idiotic to think Danny will grab a glove and be a CF.We have 1 pitcher too many and should have brought denDeker back.Not because he is great but because he is are only option right now and could help.

  61. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Dang, Blake’s inning was so fast, I missed it….

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    (@MaxSexyStubble) tweeted at 9:30 PM on Sat, Aug 08, 2015:
    It will be DOUG FISTER for the 9th #Nats http://t.co/EkrBWGOHEe
    (https://twitter.com/MaxSexyStubble/status/630189316719968257?s=09)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      Will it be Fister or Thornton?

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        Thorton

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Thornton is the right answer

      • carlospaula - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        When did Pap pitch last?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        His last save.

      • carlospaula - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        good comeback for Stras vs 4A team….next start in SF will tell us something

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      I was just about to ask where you were….

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Hanging out with Nattygoats

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        Hahahahaha.. don’t even start this tonight… lol… hut dang if that wasn’t funny…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        I’m at the game. I said I’d be here for Tuesday and Saturday. It a Thornton!

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        Ahhhh…. I was there earlier…. sat in 206. But had to leave… wish I had known…

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        My evil twin.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 10:58 PM

        That was a fun night!

    • rlndtln - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Roark can go in for defense in left.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

        Better than the other choices. Werth now has a noodle arm. No wonder why he’s sitting. I love the guy but he ain’t right.

  63. manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Who is Doug Thorton.

    The other Doug

  64. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    tough night for Rendon. 0fer. If we’re gonna make a push, we need Rendon to get it going.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      We need them all to perform now. Last 1/3 of the season. No more goofing around.

  65. conatsguy - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    OK we have a grand slam proof lead. I think we got this…

  66. veejh - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM

    lots of positives to take from that game. I know it’s the Rockies, but a win is a win.

    • stoatva - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      Last night’s loss was SO potentially devastating that this win is more important than most.

    • conatsguy - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      I like the new look Stras. He was dealing tonight!

  67. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 8, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Wooooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    TM Michele

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