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Game 110: Rockies at Nats

Aug 9, 2015, 11:57 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Fresh off a dominant outing by Stephen Strasburg on Saturday, the Nationals will now send Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.31) to the mound looking to end this series against the Colorado Rockies and homestand on a high note.

The Nationals are 3-3 through six games at home over the past week. Up next after Sunday is their longest West Coast trip of the season, beginning with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Scherzer is making his 23rd start of the 2015 season. He helped the Nats beat the Diamondbacks with six innings of three-run ball in his last outing on Aug. 4.

Colorado will start lefty Yohan Flande (2-1, 3.54), who gave up two runs in five innings against the Cardinals in his last start.

Updates to come…

COLORADO ROCKIES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 3 mph in from LF

NATIONALS (57-52)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Max Scherzer

ROCKIES (46-62)
CF Charlie Blackmon
SS Jose Reyes
RF Carlos Gonzalez
3B Nolan Arenado
1B Ben Paulsen
C Michael McKenry
2B Daniel Descalso
LF Kyle Parker
LHP Yohan Flande

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

1:50 p.m. — We are through one inning here on a beautiful afternoon in the District. The Nats, however, are already down 1-0 thanks to another home run by CarGo. He hit a solo homer to the Nats bullpen in right field, almost exactly where he put his grand slam on Friday night. Both homers smacked off the backwall of the bullpen and hit a metal screen. The sound could be heard from the pressbox on both of them. Arenado also singled, but Scherzer then got a quick third out. It’s 1-0 Rockies after one.

2:08 p.m. — Now the Nats are on top thanks to back-to-back solo homers by Zimmerman and Werth. It’s the first time this season the Nats have had back-to-back jacks. Zim smoked one to straightaway center. He now has RBI in seven consecutive games. Werth hit his to right-center field. It was his first homer since May 13. Scherzer cruised through the top of the inning and will now head out there for the third with three strikeouts and 25 pitches thrown.

2:29 p.m. — So, Zim is having a good day. He smashed another homer in the bottom of the third, his second of the day. That’s the 13th multi-homer game of his career and his first since Sept. 7, 2013. That put the Nationals up 3-1 after Scherzer escaped a jam in the top half of the frame. The Rockies got two men on with bunt singles and both were moved over on a sac bunt by Reyes. That brought up Gonzalez and Arenado, whom Scherzer both struck out on 97 and 98 mile per hour fastballs. It was a very impressive way to work out of a bad situation. On to the fourth.

2:43 p.m. — The fourth inning saw another home run, this time by Descalso of the Rockies. He put one over the fence in right-center field to make it 3-2 Nats. Scherzer has allowed eight home runs in his last seven games. On to the fifth we go.

3:00 p.m. — It’s still 3-2 after five innings, but the fifth did see Flande leave for the Rockies. Harper singled to center field with two outs and that brought Zimmerman up. Rockies manager Walt Weiss decided to call in right-hander Scott Oberg with Zim having already hit two homers on the day. The move paid off, as Zimmerman quickly grounded out to third base. The sixth inning is up next with Scherzer having thrown 60 pitches.

3:34 p.m. — Carlos Gonzales strikes yet again with his second home run of the game, which tied things up at three runs apiece. A few batters later, the Rockies took a 4-3 lead after an RBI single by Kyle Parker. But the Nats tied the game in the bottom half of the frame as Jayson Werth scored from third on a fielder’s choice. As the seventh inning begins, Scherzer’s day is done. His final line: 6 innings, 8 hits, 4 earned runs, 10 strikeouts and an intentional walk.

4:06 p.m. —Nothing doing in the seventh for either team, despite a close call. Anthony Rendon tried to score the go-ahead run on a Ryan Zimmerman double, but was thrown at the plate by — guess who — Carlos Gonzalez. It’s still 4-4 heading to the eighth.

4:33 p.m. — Drew Storen’s rough series continued in the eighth, as he allowed two runs to score on an RBI single by DJ LeMahieu to make it 6-4 Rockies. The Nats couldn’t answer, stranding a man in scoring position. Time’s running out for the home team.

5:02 p.m. — And that’s it. The Nats nearly staged a dramatic comeback in the ninth, but fall 6-4.

222 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsjackinfl - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:10 PM

    Doesn’t Nolan Arenado need a day off?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM

      (said in his best Jedi Mind Trick voice)

      • Doc - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:27 PM

        Arenado is something else. Still thinking of Rendon last year at 3B as up to Arenado’s handy work.

    • Jfmii - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:51 PM

      Arenado reminds me of a young Ryan Zimmerman

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:16 PM

      CarGo is the guy who needed to be traded to the AL.

  2. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Scherzer, 82 and PC, and apparently the Nats still have some tickets left. We can’t play two today, so let’s just score twice as many runs as they do, and hit the airport.

  3. #4 - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    One person’s thoery on how Fister will be used. Roark will become a 7th/8th inning option. Fister will be the long man. He was throwing in the 8th yesterday because he needed some work. He waited until it looked unlikely he would be used. Remember in addition to coming in for a starter who gets bombed early, a long man’s role is also to come into an extra inning game when it appears you may need 3-4 innings. Once the Nats got it to 6-1, the chances of that happening were slim.

    One other thought that is improbable, but… the thing they miss the most with Span out is his offense, not his defense. What about bringing up Trea Turner and installing him as the lead-off man. It means benching an infielder right now, but if any of the three starters (SS,3B, 2B) suffers an injury, I would do it.

  4. Candide - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:13 PM
  5. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Just got home Charlie said Scherzer’s pitch to CarGo was a slider pitched pretty much in the exact spot Storen’s pitch Friday.

    Not a good sign.

  6. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Aranado is like a vacuum cleaner similar to Brooks Robinson.

    Rizzo could have had him but his scouts though Jeff Cobunus was better. WRONG.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:59 PM

      Right through the Aranado’s five-hole. The guy’s a bum!

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:01 PM

        Arenado, with an E.

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

        Replay is useless if evidence is overlooked. If I were the Rockies I’d hate if that were overturned… But it would have been the right call.

  7. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Tied up.

  8. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Back to back.

  9. adcwonk - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    RZ to LoD members: rumors of my demise are a bit premature 😉

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM

      Jayson
      ‘S homer has been removed by Mrs B. You are not allowed to swing at first pitches. (Though I am all about swinging at first pitch fast balls)

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:03 PM

        Imma stick up for Mrs., who’s at the game and not here to defend herself. She wasn’t that absolute about it.

        And yes, I know you were teasing.

    • adcwonk - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:05 PM

      RZ to LoD members: rumors of my demise are a bit premature

      Jayson: me, too — me, too!

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    REST DAYS FOR EVERYONE!*!*

  11. natsjackinfl - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    And again, Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth with their bad shoulder and weakened wrist show how their careers are spiraling downward.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      Hey, I admit to being frustrated with pretty much all of the veteran position players earlier this week, but not to a point of giving up on them.

  12. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Joe Seamhead – Aug 9, 2015 at 10:46 AM
    “Ghost, I am not writing Werth off yet, and nor do I think that the team is quite ready to do that.”

    Don’t give up on either Jayson or Zim yet, folks

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:22 PM

      I admit even for my love of JDub his game is a problem overall but we’ll take that HR as a good sign.

  13. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Keep the line moving

  14. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Next contestant for a day off is MAT.

  15. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Come on Escobar he squared early and you were not prepared.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Need a shut down inning

  17. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Hey, F.P. —

    Major League Rules

    In Major league baseball, there is no rule that specifically calls out a batter for stepping on home plate while making contact with the ball. So a Major league umpire would not call out the batter for stepping on home plate while bunting the ball. He should call him out if his foot is completely out of the batter’s box when he makes contact with the ball. Rules Rule 6.06 – a batter is out for illegal action when –
    a) He hits a ball with one or both feet on the ground entirely outside the batter’s box.

    So in theory a player could be touching home plate with his toes and touching the batter’s box with his heel and he would be legally considered in the batter’s box and would not be called out.

    from the first reasonable-looking result in google, http://www.qcbaseball.com/rules/out-of-the-batters-box.aspx

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:14 PM

      In theory only. I have seen it called only a few times, but have seen it called.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:19 PM

        If you saw it called for touching the plate, vs. being outside the box, the ump got the call wrong.

        There’s no theory here. That’s the rule.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:22 PM

        My guess is if the heel is off the ground he is out of the box

  18. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Finally on the third bunt on the fastest runner Escobar makes the pkay

  19. mdmcommish - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    Wow….just wow… Scherzer

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:18 PM

    98 heater to K on Arenado. Wow

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:25 PM

      I don’t think Gio has one of those. 🙂

  21. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:23 PM

    Zim is back!!!!

  22. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    For Ryan Out Loud!!

  23. natsjackinfl - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Yep. That shoulder is really affecting his power. Poor Ryan.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:27 PM

      So there’s that protection for Harper everybody seems to have been waiting for. Let’s see if it helps.

  24. Candide - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Cunegonde was in the shower when RZ hit his first home run.

    She came out and watched a bit. Then she went back into the bathroom to dry her hair.

    And RZ hits another.

    I’ve locked her in the bathroom. She can come out around 5:00.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      NO NO NO. You have to let her out to watch them.

      And she has to keep the same towel.

    • ArVAFan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      At least slide her cell phone under the door so she can keep track!

      Oh, and some food.

  25. kgwcoach - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:27 PM

    Zimm is back
    Maybe weather also.

  26. #4 - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    That was terrible.

  27. #4 - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    that wasn’t

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:51 PM

      Thank You Jose Reyes. I think he must have been guessing curveball or somesuch.

  28. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Good play Ramos – way to make up for not blocking on the strikeout

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Ramos giveth and then takes it away.

  30. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Rendon can’t buy a hit.

  31. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Was listening to C&D on my way home earlier today……I really hope the add on run we didn’t get after Desi was on second due to Arenados error with no outs doesn’t come back to bite the Nats. Glad to see Zim and Werth show some power although Zim had been having some good ABs whereas Werth looked totally lost. If they can start hitting then maybe we can score some runs. Only drawback is still dependent on HR, need to do better at small ball to get those add on runs when we get a chance.

  32. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Once again, thank you Jose Reyes. Wow, that was a meatball.

  33. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Scherzer shook off 5 different pitches before tossing that up.

  34. stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Oh no CarGo!

  35. Drew - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Just walk the guy, for God’s sake.

  36. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    It appears the NL is catching up w Scherzer

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:06 PM

      I think he’s made some poor pitches to batters who eat mistake pitches for breakfast.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        Meatballs for breakfast! Yum.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:12 PM

        Not good. Nats didn’t capitalize on Flande and Scherzer with a poor outing.

      • veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:09 PM

        I think he’s getting a little bit too confident w that challenge fastball and he’s throwing an occasional meatball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:13 PM

        You throw a challenge fastball at the top of the zone not below it.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Talk about a pitch mistake to CarGo. Was supposed to be low and outside and went middle of the plate.

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

    Yanno … Carlos Gonzalez is “only” making $17M next year, and $20M in 2017. That’s not that much, considering.

    Probably cost two or maybe three top prospects not named Trea.

    Just thinking out loud…

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:13 PM

      I don’t think you could get him and keep both Giolito and Turner. Rizzo is pretty slick, so you never know, but CarGo’s got two more full years of control.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      Last night I said why not go for him. Not my money but we’ll spent money

      • dcwx61 - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:36 PM

        not your prospects either

  39. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    On Paulson’s double MAT showed the perfect example as to why I say that an outfielder should virtually never take a first step in on a fly ball.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      Though Werth had the transfer problem, the go ahead run was a result of Taylor mis-reading Paulsen’s double. That would’ve been the third out. I think I t was a catchable ball if he hadn’t misjudged it.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:19 PM

        Are they still doing that outfielder-tracking thing?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:28 PM

        I don’t need a computer program on that one. By taking a first step in he basically wasted two steps, one coming in and one going back to make up for the step coming in to start with. Not to mention his momentum has to be reversed to go back towards the wall.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM

        OK, but that’s not why I asked.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:28 PM

        Sorry, I don’t know where to find if they are still doing it.

  40. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Yes, FP, that was Scherzer’s first IBB this season.

    Oh, man, Jayson. Please can we get a center fielder so Michael A can go play left? Please?

  41. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Welp, the bats are gonna have to win this one

  42. Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    How many leads have we blown lately

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:27 PM

      A lot

  43. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Meanwhile Richie Shaffer puts Tampa ahead of Mets with a HR.

  44. Drew - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Tampa takes 4-3 lead in the 7th as the Nats assume 4-3 deficit in the 6th.

  45. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    C. Gonzalez is exactly the sort of player the Nats need to bat behind Harper — to make a Trout/Pujols-type combo. That player, though, is not on the 2016 FA list (best available is Alex Gordon, who has had injury issues — but I’d take him). So if they are to find that player it will have to be via a very expensive trade. Just as badly the Nats need Turner, Ross and Giolito, so I don’t know where they’d find the pieces to swing it. Fedde,, Taylor. Maybe Rendon. But they just don’t have enough of the currency to make me feel comfortable with a deal that big.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      CarGo was placed on waivers the last 2 years. If done again claim him.

  46. Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Desmond does nothing with three 89-90 fastballs dead red ahead in the count

  47. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Ramos on a steady simmer right now

    • donniebenth - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      Ramos cheating the game. That’s tough to swallow.

  48. Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Werth on 3rd… Ramos on 1st on that… Terrible!

  49. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Wow. No buffalo horns for that.

  50. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Ramos loafing at home plate. F’in; loafing.

  51. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Oops just hit report comment by mistake

  52. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Ramos need to be running….should have been hustling

  53. Drew - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Ramos deserves to be benched for that Cadillac crap.

    If you’re going to pull Harper for failing to run, the same should go for Ramos.

  54. texnat1 - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    I don’t know how Ramos turns that into a single. And I think werth should have scored as well.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      Werth might have made the opposite mistake, holding up to see if it was caught, or else over the wall. Just guessing.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM

        Werth’s decision made more sense in case it was caught at the wall.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:38 PM

        That’s how I saw it. If the ball clears the fence Werth could jog home, but he does take a chance as the tying run if the ball gets caught and he gets doubled off.

  55. JayB - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    you all can LOD me all you want but Ramos has to be pulled off the bases right now….you can not trot in a pennant race when you are behind and playing for your life…..this is back to same old nats…last night was a one night focus thing it seems.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      I think if he were playing any other position, I’d agree.

      • natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM

        Not sure the position should matter…yes I get if you pull him you have no backup catcher but to me that Cadillacing move was even worse than not running out a grounder……could have changed the complexion of the inning he’s on second and goes to third on Taylor’s grounder

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

        The “not running out a grounder” thing is irrelevant, it was a different situation that’s been explained to death already.

        I just don’t think anybody is ready to see Danny Espinosa catching in extra innings. That could make even Matty cry.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:31 PM

      I won’t pull him, but will give an ass chewing.

  56. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    I guess everyone would prefer a pulled Ramos hammy. I’m cool w Ramos trotting

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

      He wasn’t trotting, he was watching a wall-scraper that scraped the wrong side of the wall. That can’t happen.

      • natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:33 PM

        Exactly – he just kind of stood there and then started trotting…..

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:32 PM

      He was trotting like a homer that is the beef. Not the trotting in general.

  57. 3on2out - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Absolutely no excuse for Ramos admiring his single instead of running! TOOTBLAN!!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      Not a TOOTBLAN, but it would have been if he’d been thrown out at second after that S&M display.

  58. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Just thinking out loud is Strasburg trying to reclaim the ace of staff status. He missed 3 weeks but his last 3 or 4 starts have been better than Scherzer’s last 3 or 4

  59. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    This reliever was throwing meatball after meatball, and we couldn’t hit him except Ramos, that is just weak hitting. Two swinging K on 91 mph fast ball is simply bad hitting. As a major league a 91 should never bliw you away. A 91 slider can fool you a 91 fast ball is dead red pitches.

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    Nats with the chance to put a nail in the coffin and a feeble attempt by CRob. Esco about the same.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:38 PM

      2 on and 1 out and a reliever who is a soft tosser needed to be schooled. Luckily tied the game but that inning needed crooked numbers.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:43 PM

        Agreed, except Desi working a 3-0 count into a K didn’t help things either.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM

        True.

  61. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Way to go MAT

  62. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Nice catch MAT

  63. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Taylor makes up for his earlier miscue!

  64. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Sun monster got Bryce

  65. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Sun monster hurts us more than helps us it seems.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Yep. Shouldn’t be. I saw how Ichiro played Nats Park in RF.

  66. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Rivero did a good job, still in trouble because of the sun monster.

  67. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    How many balls has Harper lost in the sun. Maybe just maybe those Under Armour glasses are junk.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      I think that’s his third one this year. I know Ichiro has super powers, but if you lose the ball like that, sometimes it helps to squat down. It gives you a slightly different angle, and if nothing else, there’s a smaller target to get hit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM

        Kaenon glasses are the glasses that MLB players swear by.

  68. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    Legares hit slightly one out in 9th

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

      That is to say, Juan Lagares was slightly hit by a pitch, and there’s one out in the top of the 9th in Tampa.

      I first thought you wrote Lagares hit one slightly out.

  69. texnat1 - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Carpenter does not look too happy about that t-shirt.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:51 PM

      Well, it is a pretty ugly shirt.

  70. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    McGee records the save. Rays 4 Mets 3

  71. Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    An open left side of the field. Everyone knew he was throwing sliders except Harper apparently

  72. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Bunt is fine but not a fake bunt.

    Then swinging at crap. The best to swing at was the first and he was thinking about tricking instead of hitting.

  73. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    Pathetic slide from Rendon. Block the pkate?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

      Given where the catcher was, there’s nothing else to do. How would you have him slide there?

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

    When some one is out by a mile

    But no lane.

    Safe

    • natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:03 PM

      According to rule he should have been safe in my opinion….catcher blocked the plate ball didn’t take him there

  75. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    FP is correct by the new rules. Regardless, what a throw.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      As I said I hate replay they simply refuse allow it to work.

      Under the old rules that is out. Under the present rule it safe.
      .change the rule.

  76. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:02 PM

    The rule is clear he cannot set up there, so what is the point in having the rule if you don’t plan to call it.

  77. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Terrible call. Clearly, the pkate was blocked. That was a perfect example of why they put the rule in place.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    With Werth on-deck why not hold Rendon at 3rd with ONE out.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:05 PM

      Werth would have hit into a double play and I would have been more pissed

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM

        You assume the same outcome with runners at the corners

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM

        I think he’s just assuming a bad outcome.

  79. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    I don’t understand the ruling. The catcher was set up blocking the plate. That was a great throw to the plate, imho.

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

      They don’t understand the rule because it is a stupid rule.

  80. Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    Not cashing in there is just poor. Pretty bad send as well

  81. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:05 PM

    I was SCREAMING don’t send him, don’t send him, don’t send him. Meat of the order coming and Zimm, Jayson and Desi can all hit sacred flys.

    I’ve been over Henley forever…. dang I don’t like him.

  82. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Moot point now but if Harper gets a Rendon to 3B he scores easily on the hit….another inning we don’t score with a lead off double

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:37 PM

      I mentioned at the time it was a wasted at bat

  83. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Well, if that’s how they’re going to call those plays then I say go back to hard slides to the plate.

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

      Only prob with that is with the Nats luck we would end up with injuries

  84. scmargenau - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    u have to be kidding!!!😡😡😡

  85. #4 - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    The lack of fundamnetals just kill me. Reagrdless of whether they win here, they’ve failed to move two lead off doubles today. Ramos not running out his double may have cost them a run since the Rockies may have pulled their infield in with 2nd and 3rd and one out. Henley cannot get a runner thrown out at home with one out by that much. All this Bob Sendley stuff is cute, but his third base coaching has been terrible. A third base coach should take chances in direct proportion to the number of outs. If there had been two outs, it’s OK to take a shot there, not with one out. I’ve noticed that Hendley doesn’t appear to care how many outs there are.

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

      The fundamentals of small ball baseball
      Is by far our biggest weakness.

      • #4 - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:19 PM

        Those are the fundamentals of winning unfortunately.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM

      +1

  86. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    If the ump NY thinks McHenry didnt block the plate before he catches the ball I have swamp land in Florida to sell.

    Then Paulsen swings and the ump says no.

    Umps have it in for us again it seems.

  87. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    OUCH. Bad bunting technique, having your fingers in the way there. That is going to HURT for a while.

    But on review, I think it might have hit the bat first.

  88. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Sheesh Storen. Time to get back to dominance.

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

      It is like he has list it all of a sudden.

      Now a k needed only.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:17 PM

        List it? Needs that anger back.

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

        List is a typo lost

  89. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    What has happened to Storen? He pitched terrible Friday and starting just as bad today. Is that tired suddenly?

    Cone on get serious cost us one game against acwrak team already. Buckle down and get serious.

  90. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Speaking of fundamentals. Great play, Drew, but we’re going to work on rundowns in the spring.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      Yep. Bad baseball on that rundown.

  91. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Now one more out.

    But a terrible rundown just run him back to third and tag him or the other and men on first or third.

    High school players practice that every day

    • #4 - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM

      Not executing the run down just cost them a run. We’ll lose 6-5 I’m guessing. That’s usually the way baseball works.

  92. Drew - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    And you want to be my Latex salesman.

  93. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Just disgraceful.

  94. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Good grief.

    The terrible run down gives the extra run

    Cone on Storen whas has happened 5 great games then suddenly 2 pathetic games.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      FP is correct you run them back to third. Tag both one is out at least. And if they panic you get both.

      But you do not throw it. Both are there.

      Not rocket science.

      • Jfmii - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM

        Also holing onto the ball keeps the guy at first

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        Absolutely keeps the guy at first. Was a no brainer. This covered every day in high and figured by pro it should be second nature.

  95. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Drew craps the bed again.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      It’s line he suddenly forgot his slider after being great so long.

      He k’s the guy one batter late.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

        Sad. That’s 6 runs in his last 2 innings. And he thinks he deserved to be the closer?

  96. Joe Seamhead - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Man, I’d love to have a stop action shot of Drew up in the air doing the splits and catching the ball.

    Oh, Drew, you put yourself in position to shine. Rats!

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Good Lord Drew…. I am still livid with our 3rd base coach.

  98. Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Really wasting opportunities to gain ground

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

      Especially since we are about to go on this WC road trip…

  99. philipd763 - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    That ball was hit right where Escobar should have been!

  100. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    This season might very well be cursed.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM

      No, to be cursed you need a live (is it live?) a live animal, like a goat, or a black cat, or something else associated with magic.

      I haven’t heard of that happening. Yet.

      Which reminds me, where’s the guy with the rubber chickens?

      • veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        You know what I mean. Just not meant to be. No matter what we do, it’s just not enough. Cursed.

        We’re about to lose a series at home to the Rox who just happened to trade away some star players because they suck so bad.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:31 PM

        Baseball is a funny game.

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

        I find it more frustrating than funny at the current moment.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        I did know what you meant, of course, I just don’t accept the premise of predestined outcomes, for one thing, and I think narratives are something that only exist in hindsight.

        I was trying to cheer you up, man! 😉

        All is not lost. We have 8 1/2 miles left in the marathon. With a hill in front of us.

  101. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    OK, back to the rally cap! GYFNG.

  102. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    What was lost in that inning Paulsen swung on the check swing. Should have been out.

    90% of check swings are strike. Less than 10% are called.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      “It Ain’t Nothing Until I Call It!”
      Bill Klem

      Sort of like Schroedinger’s baseball.

  103. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    We are poorly coached on running and small ball play.

    It’s like we are clueless.

  104. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    Michael Ayyyyyy is still working it.

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

    Hanging slide Espi takes, CarGo would drool for a hanger like that

  106. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    2014 Espi appeared in that at bat let’s a hanging slider go and strikes out on a pitch above the zone.

    The high pitches he rarely makes contact, not sure why he swings at them

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Danny imitating 2014 Espi there.

    • natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      I think his lack of playing time has caused him to revert

  108. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Wow, who just reported a bunch of Ghost’s Posts?

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

      Someone reported something. And Natty is not here to tick anyone off.

      Though I would like to report Storen.

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

    Let’s score 3 in the bottom of the 9th.

    We need to make up for the crappy pitching of the 8th inning again.

  110. Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    OK, going full rally-cat…

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Can Papelbon pitch the 8th and 9th? 😉

    Drew better get it together.

  112. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Let’s get the hits and move the line. He is not blazing fast.

  113. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Not sure what about this game is most disappointing. All kinds of things to beef about. Ramos “cadillac-ing” as 308 calls it is bad but the truth is, he is so slow if he runs hard it’s entirely possible he can’t make second If he does make second, for sure he doesn’t score on a single. His first AB was a GB to short, if I remember, and he was barely 2/3 of the way down to first before the ball got that. That was not protecting his hamstrings, that was a catcher with cement legs. He reminds me of that human Michelin Man Maldonado they used to stash at Syracuse. A more athletic catcher is a huge off-season priority.

    By this time I thought Taylor would be doing a better job of adjusting to pitches. That 8th inning swing would have been a lot more useful a couple of times earlier in the ga

  114. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    Aranado 3 errors cut him

  115. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    This is getting interesting

  116. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Just make good contact and line it Harpet

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

    The pitch was slammable and hit hit the bottom of the ball.

  118. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Great time to choke Harp

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM

      He missed the spot less than a quarter inch. A choke swinging and missing.

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

    Jayson you had a chance to earn your pay finally on Friday and didn’t.

    Now earn it today or give some back.

  120. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Chance to be a hero Werth……

  121. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Boo Jayson….now up to Desi

  122. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    I predict Ian swinging out of his cleats

  123. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Werth swung way late.

  124. dcwx61 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    2 for 13 with risp

  125. natslive - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Well that was pathetic….hope they get their act together in LA

  126. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Bases loaded… 1 out… and that’s what happens… wow.

  127. dcwx61 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    now the great rockies go to New York to beat up on the Mets!

    • Big Red W - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:07 PM

      Rocks will probably get swept. Just for good measure.

  128. Big Red W - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    We’re going to learn a lot about thus ball club over the next 10 games. Make or break.

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