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Rockies 6, Nats 4: Storen cracks in 8th for 2nd straight outing

Aug 9, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT

USA Today

GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals had a chance to salvage their homestand with a series win against Colorado, but Carlos Gonzalez and his Rockies teammates had other plans on Sunday afternoon.

The Rockies got to Max Scherzer to the tune of three home runs, all solo shots. Gonzalez had two of them and Daniel Descalso hit the other. Gonzalez, who killed the Nats this weekend, has 14 homers in his last 27 games.

The Nationals had three homers of their own, all off Rockies starter Yohan Flande, including two by Ryan Zimmerman. Zim and Jayson Werth hit back-to-back shots in the bottom of the third. Werth also scored another run on a fielder’s choice groundball in the sixth.

But Drew Storen couldn’t get the job done for the second straight outing. He took the loss on Friday night after allowing four runs and this time he wasn’t much better. Storen began the eighth inning by allowing a single to Ben Paulsen and then he hit catcher Michael McKenry with a pitch. The runners were moved over on a sac bunt and D.J. LeMahieu later hit a two-RBI single to left field for the go-ahead scores.

Storen has taken the loss in consecutive appearances. Prior to this series he had 14 consecutive scoreless outings. He gave up six earned runs in the series after allowing just seven all season before Friday.

The Nats made it interesting in the ninth inning by loading the bases with one out, but Werth struck out and Ian Desmond ground out to finish off the loss.

The Nats fell by the score of 6-4 to close their homsetand 3-4 with a tough stretch up ahead beginning with the Dodgers. They are now 57-53 on the season. The Mets also lost on Sunday, however, so the Nationals remain 1 1/2 games out of first.

HITTING HIGHLIGHT: Zimmerman has been on a tear recently and that continued on Sunday afternoon. He had his first multi-homer game since Sept. 7, 2013 (at the Marlins) and the 13th of his career. Zimmerman’s first home run came in the second inning and his second in the third. The first went to straightaway center field and landed on the lawn. The second went to right-center field over the out-of-town scoreboard. Rockies manager Walt Weiss pulled Flande before Zimmerman’s third at-bat, which was probably a smart decision.

Zimmerman now has nine homers on the season and has driven in runs in seven consecutive games. He has the team record of nine straight games with at least one RBI. Zimmerman also has at least one extra-base hit in four straight outings.

The Nats have been waiting for some combination of their recently injured trio of Zim, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon to get going. All three have shown flashes, but Zimmerman appears to have found his swing and returned to midseason form.

PITCHING LOWLIGHT: Scherzer had his moments on Sunday, but overall put in a rough outing thanks to several costly mistakes. He gave up three home runs, two of them to Gonzalez who finished with three in the series. His first one on Sunday smacked off a metal screen in the Nats’ bullpen. The second landed in the second deck in right field.

Scherzer has had issues with home runs in recent games, having allowed nine in his last seven outings. He has now given up 16 on the year after allowing 18 in each of the last two seasons.

Scherzer, as mentioned above, did pitch well at times. He was efficient with his pitch count and finished with 10 strikeouts. Scherzer has had 10 or more Ks in seven games now this season. The highlight came in the top of the third when Scherzer worked his way out of a jam by striking out Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado in consecutive at-bats for the second and third outs. Gonzalez whiffed on a 97 mile per hour fastball and Arenado went down swinging at 98.

The Nats took Scherzer out after six innings and just 81 pitches, but he had allowed four runs and was giving up plenty of hard contact.

KEY STAT: Zimmerman and Werth’s homers in the bottom of the third inning were the first back-to-back home runs the Nationals have hit this season.

UP NEXT: The Nationals go on their longest West Coast road trip of the season. They will start in L.A. against the Dodgers, then play four at the San Francisco Giants. After that they will see the Rockies again at Coors Field. Monday night’s 10:10 p.m. start will pit Gio Gonzalez (8-4, 3.75) against lefty Brett Anderson (6-6, 3.06).

110 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Wasted gaining two games in the standings

    • Danny - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      This series

      • senators69 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        Yup, this series…
        The way the plays happened, the results (Sras aside) , etc leave me despondent and make me believe that the baseball gods are just not on the side of the Nats this year.
        Even if they make the playoffs, I have no confidence of their going very far.
        I hope I’m wrong.
        Big sigh…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:04 PM

      Pretty much one person is the most responsible, but others contributed.

  2. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Thanks Storen could possibly sweep if you just pitch line you have, but instead we are 1.5 behind.

    Since the all star game we have led many of the games, and the started imlodes Kate or the 8th inning pitcher just has been weak.

    Now we have someone who should be great and gives 6 runs in 2 innings.

  3. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    The rundown cost us a big run.

    I am clueless why he threw the ball to Escobar. It was a terrible decision .

  4. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    One last thing I know Strasburg has missed 3 weeks, but the last 4 games he pitched he has been better Scherzer’s last 4 games. Maybe he is trying to take over the ace roll again.

  5. natfan33 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    WERTH SUCKS! Let him go!

    • natfan33 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:12 PM

      Men on base, forget it.

  6. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    We heard nothing from Storen on Friday, I expect someone to have a sit down with him today. 2 times in 3 days. He needs to take sccoubtabilty

  7. natfan33 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    What is Harper’s batting average in the 9th inning?

  8. scnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    At McDonald’s when sales go down the CEO gets fired because you can’t fire all the owners, managers and employees. This team needs a kick in the butt, anyone have a suggestion?

    • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:50 PM

      When they fire a CEO they give him a tens of millions of dollars golden parachute. Not a bad deal, all in all.

  9. dcwx61 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:17 PM

    I like MWs presser….”What the He.. are we doing here”

  10. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    NW philosophy is not like mine.

    He says you don’t look back.

    My theory is you look back and see what is wrong so you can’t correct it.

    No MW doesn’t learn, he doesn’t look back.

    Says Storen didn’t pitch bad? Did I miss something. He had 2 guys trapped and he doesn’t how is that not pitching bad (oh that is fielding bad).

    Small ball seems unimportant to MW

  11. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Barrett’s elbow puts him on DL. Was it a problem before his bliw up here.

    If so I am tired of the player who claim injury after a bliw. Claim it before so we can have a healthy guy.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:36 PM

      By going on the DL he continues to accrue MLB service time versus the option back to the Minors. Maybe he is hurt and maybe that explains a little.

      • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:43 PM

        If Barrett is going to be useful to the team in the future, then the option they saved for this year gives value to the team, as well. The service time does get him to free agency and negotiated salaries earlier, but that only matters if he is good enough to keep. The extra option can be really useful in that case in the coming years.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:51 PM

        If Barrett hadn’t been optioned at all this season then sure, the option would be saved. Once you are optioned one time, that burns an option year.

      • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:05 PM

        Oops. My mistake. When they said that they took back the option, I thought that they meant he had not yet been optioned this year. I guess I forgot that he had been.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:46 PM

        Well you got me thinking that maybe the previous move was a DL also. I’m traveling so I’m not sure.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:21 PM

        Looks like the first time Barrett was sent down was for a DL stint so I’m thinking you’re right that it saves him an option but Matt’s comments after the game was that Barrett informed the team after the option that he was injured. Doesn’t sound like a phantom DL move like Uggla.

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

        Right. It seems that although he was found to be injured after the option, they were able to take it back.

        Honestly, though, what we really want is for him to come back playing so well that the idea of optioning him never crosses anyone’s mind again. Even in that case, a guy with an option provides flexibility that allows the team to retain someone they would otherwise lose. You can see a scenario in which Barrett pitches several games in a row, is sent down to save another player, and rests in Syracuse instead of DC.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Like Friday night the Nats once again needed Harper to do something and he made an out. You needed Werth to do something and he K’s. You need Desi to step up and he rolled one over.

    That just can’t happen

    • nattygoats - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:22 PM

      It shouldn’t happen but it has all year

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:27 PM

        No, plenty of times it has happened in the 1st half this year. Just hasn’t happened in the 2nd half.

        Max Scherzer didn’t pitch well and Storen takes another loss and I don’t know what’s happened to him but the Aaron Barrett imitation is not good.

        Friday night CarGo had the exact situation as Desi. 2 outs and bases loaded and his team behind. You see the players who get things happen and those who rarely do.

        2 things Werth couldn’t do was roll one over on the ground or strikeout with 1 out and bases loaded. Have to make solid contact.

  13. nattygoats - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Never the big hit. Never the big pitch. 4 runs in 6 innings? Not worth 25 million. Desi swinging 3. 0. ” what are people on dope? Drew? Well he’s a mess and everyone who defended him after getting Papelbon, myself included was dead wrong. He is garbage. Over 4 months of baseball and the mediocrity continues.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:41 PM

      I was clamoring for Rizzo to get a killer for a closer since early June as I don’t trust Storen in the highest of stress situations. Storen has been very good most of the year and this weekend is a reminder those who bad-mouthed Rizzo for the trade for Papelbon that Rizzo did the right thing.

      • senators69 - Aug 9, 2015 at 9:08 PM

        Agree that Rizzo made the right bullpen move.

        Look no one could be as good as Drew was the previous 3-4 stints. Everyone has a bad period.
        However, I chalk-up some of Drew’s issues this series to:
        (a) His getting used to being the 8th inning guy and pitching much more frequently
        (b) MattW not understanding (a) and leaving him in too long in the first game.
        (c) Game today was some bad fielding and calls going the CO way.

        I actually think Drew would do fine in another hi leverage playoff situation. Hope the Nats have that opportunity and I’m right.

  14. veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Storen with 2 losses this weekend against one of the worst teams in baseball. Great timing. Do these guys really want to win? Harper looked awful in the 9th with 1st and 2nd no outs. Unreal.

  15. Section 222 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:22 PM

    Who asked the question about not looking back? Kudos. Nice to see someone gently challenge MW’s stoic “nothing to see here” attitude in the pressers. Not that it matters much of course.

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

      Best question, the rest were stupid softballs. Finally a good questions.

      You cannot fix things if you refuse to look back to see what went wrong.

      No wonder we have problems. We have fundelnentally flawed system.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:45 PM

      I don’t mind MW saying that to the media but if he isn’t taking notes and making some coaches and players accountable behind the scenes I’d be disappointed.

      If he thinks it’s OK to send Rendon with 1 out to test CarGo’s arm then I don’t know what to say because it basically says he had no faith in Werth to bat with 1 out and men on the corners and maybe that’s the case (9th inning K was awful) but if that’s the case then Rizzo better get a LF for MW.

      • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:07 PM

        I don’t mind his saying it either, but his attitude is getting old. There were some serious mistakes in this game. Sending Rendon as you say, Drew’s botched rundown, walking Descalso to get to a pinch hitter (what, did MW really think the pitcher was going to hit in that situation?). As you say, I hope these issues are being addressed.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:54 PM

        It’s a replay night after night.

        When Henley sent Rendon it said to me that they had no faith in Werth on-deck and that’s an issue however some may say it doesn’t say that at all but a 3rd base coach has to know who is batting next as to what he does in a given situation. In 2 outs you send Rendon.

        By the way, situation on Saturday night Bryce ran home on his own and luckily the relay throw was off target and bounced away from the cutoff man allowing Bryce to go in standing. I just don’t like aggressively stupid.

      • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:03 PM

        I disagree that Sendley was thinking about whether he had faith in Werth when he windmilled Rendon. Werth had a HR and another hit in the game already. He just misread CarGo’s arm and Rendon’s speed, and sent him. It was a bad decision, not a calculated one.

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

        Good 3rd bases coaches have to think ahead like early in a game when the pitcher is on-deck or a weak hitter or 2 out situations and who is running, outfielders depth and arm, etc.

        I don’t know what goes on in Henley’s head but it wasn’t close and if Henley doesn’t know CarGo’s abilities I don’t know what to tell him. You don’t run on CarGo in that exact situation with 1 out and the middle of the order.

        Like you said, Werth crushed a HR earlier in the game. I would have liked to have seen what Werth would have done with 1 out and men on the corners. There’s nothing to say he would have grounded into a doubleplay or K’d.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:15 PM

      That was Boswell. Press conferences after Sunday afternoon home games are always entertaining because those are about the only games Boswell goes to any more and he can always be counted on to ask out-of-the-box questions. His column based on today’s game and MW’s response will probably be up later tonight on the WaPo site.

  16. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    My wife wants the press to ask the player’s if their wives have to hear as much complaining as my wife and daughter in law gave to hear.

    Or do they mind losses less than my son and I do?

  17. nattygoats - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Team is loaded with chokers. Other than RY Zimm they all choke. It’s not like Robinson MAT or Den Decker are blowing it. It’s Werth Harper Desi….. Blow it up

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

      Where you when we were winning . missing last night when we won missing while winning.

      Definition of LOD

    • veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:28 PM

      Now, you’re throwing Harper into your rants. I know he hasn’t produced in critical spots lately, but come on.

    • chapjim - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:01 AM

      Take ’em all out and shoot ’em.

  18. nattygoats - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:25 PM

    Bryce has reverted back to an immature baby. Always trying to crush a HR. Getting tired of his act.

    • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:33 PM

      Yeah, I’m getting tired of his act too. And OPS over 1.000 is just pathetic. Maybe we can get bullpen help for him.

  19. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    I disagree with sbover Scherzer’s pitching though not good was not the lowlight.

    Clearly Storen’s pitching was by far the lowlight..

    Was 2-0 1.52 on Thursday. Now 2-2 2.70

    A pathetic execution this series

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

      Max should do better. He gave up the lead. 4 runs in 6 innings is not impressive.

  20. nattygoats - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    I listened to AL Gauldi yesterday on 980. He kind of eluded to the fact that MW is not well liked by the players.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:48 PM

      Difference between ” liked ” and “respected”. They liked Davey but didn’t respect him.

      • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:54 PM

        O’s fans used to ask “Why did Angelos fire Davey Johnson?” I’d always say, “I dunno but first tell me why they fired Johnny Oates.”

        Basically I think Angelos didn’t respect Oates because he didn’t stand up to him and hated Davey because he did.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:58 PM

        Davey had fire back in those days. He was “Grandpa Davey” by the time he took over the Nats. It worked well with Desi and Bryce with that nurturing personality but it wore out the welcome mat and MW was supposed to be the opposite. Rizzo got that I think.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      Also galdi is a football guy. He is not in the locker room. Listen to Mark

      • nattygoats - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:24 PM

        No way. I’m tired of Mark always sugar coating things on the radio.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:22 PM

        I do agree it might be sugar coated, but at least he is on the scene.

  21. positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    That was painful, but I enjoyed them giving both Harper and Zimmerman the opportunity for the walkoff HR. Man oh man, that would have been sweet.

    I am a bit confused why they are going with a 4-man bench. It isn’t like someone is about to come off the DL tomorrow to fill the spot. Maybe they don’t want to jerk Wilmer Difo around anymore. The 40-man roster has really stymied the Nats a couple of times this year. Granted, I can’t think of anyone this side of Trea Turner who has earned a chance to get to the big club- why else would they have brought up Emmanuel Burriss and his feather bat?

    This could only make sense (other than protecting Difo) if there was an August trade in the works for someone who passed through waivers, or at least passed as far as the Nats. I would be up for anything that works. I am not so clear on the path to the playoffs after this season.

  22. scnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    2013 all over again. The faithful preach patience, that we have too much talent for it to stay this way. In this instance you do look back and see having faith in a roster of underachievers is a fool’s errand. You see the lack of hustle with Ramos today and it exemplifies the Nats; we are too talented to try harder then the other team.

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

      Excellent point. The team is exactly the quality its record says it is. I think the NL east should have to sit the playoffs out this year.

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

      I am definitely not going to preach patience because I believe that the Nats have a great #3rd3rdsurge coming, but because the Mets are who they are. Neither team is going to qualify for a wild card spot at this point, but both could easily fumble the NL East title to the other.

      I just hope that the Nats are holding the hot potato when the music stops. Perhaps they would have better luck through the playoffs when they didn’t really deserve to be there.

    • veejh - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:33 PM

      We are still only 1.5 games back. If we can power through this road trip around .500, the season is far from over. The next week and a half is crucial.

      • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:42 PM

        Oh, noes! A game and a half lead is utterly insurmountable in a mere seven weeks!!1!eleven!!1!

      • scnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:43 PM

        Even if we do make the playoffs what the last two weeks taught me is we will never win a series against top shelf pitching

    • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Excuse me, but what choices other than patience and giving up does a fan have?

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

        Today I choose complaining

      • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:00 PM

        🙂 I can dig it.

  23. philipd763 - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    This team is so pathetic it can’t beat a last place team with terrible pitching. Now, even Scherzer can’t win a game. And Harper asked “where’s my ring?”.

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

      Harpers a jackass. I am embarrassed he plays for my team. A bigmouth baby.

      • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:40 PM

        “Your team?”

        It is to laugh. Ha.

      • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:09 PM

        Last I checked, Harper is still the favorite for the MVP. You definitely expose yourself as a troll with that comment. I’m trying to remember the name of the O’s fan who wasted his time for several years starting in 2005 filling the role you apparently want to fill now.

      • Section 222 - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:36 PM

        positively, that would be An Brocia Mor. Maybe nattyg is the same guy.

        It’s a free country though. If he wants to badmouth Bryce, that’s his right. I don’t really care, and I’m sure Bryce doesn’t either.

      • positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:47 PM

        Wow. I remember him now. I wouldn’t have pulled that out of my memory, though.

  24. nattygoats - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    By the team this bunch returns from out west there will be no more reason to watch. I’m thinking 2. 8 best case.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:59 PM

      According you there has been no reason since April but you do. Though it seems you only watch the losses.

      • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:01 PM

        The Last Hangry Man.

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

        This was painful to watch at the park today.It is hard to believe the Rockies are more sound on basics than us.I am tired on man at 2nd no outs and Bryce and Ramos can not move them.It cost us 2 runs.This is the manager.Bryce did not know what he wanted to do.Tries a bunt then had sad swings trying to move Rendon.It is getting tiring to hear the enablers making excuses.We lost 4of7 at home to an average team and a bad team.I am trying to be positive but the truth is we can not knock out poor teams let alone good ones.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:51 PM

        They had Boone Logan in there who schooled Bryce. Did you want him to bunt?

  25. positivelyhalfst - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Nattygoats is bringing it NY style! The team deserves criticism to be sure, but your posts remind me of the NY Post’s headline “Worst Loss in History” when the Nats came back to beat the Mets last month.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that. The team needs that kind of spirit to pull themselves out of this funk. I do not subscribe to the idea that it matters whether all of the team likes the manager or not. They are playing badly. He does not need to be their buddy. He needs to make decisions like Ross over Fister, and anything else necessary to eke out more wins.

  26. stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Tell you what… nothing between 9-1 and 1-9 would surprise me on this upcoming road trip.

    Okay, 8-2 would surprise me a little. Not much.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Giants had bases loaded and NO OUTS in the 9th and Rondon struck out the next 3 batters. 2-0 win for the Cubs.

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

      They’d better double security on the Golden Gate Bridge.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:55 PM

        Bochy had choices with bases loaded and no outs going to his pinch-hitter for the pitcher and went to Sanchez who K’d on 3 pitches. With 1 out he had the top of the order up.

  28. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Before we give up on the road trip, who do the Dodgers plan on pitching besides Anderson?

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

      Grainke’s and Kershaw, but I knew you knew that

  29. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    I want to know who asked that great question. Just listened on the radio.

    MW answer was terrible.

    • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 5:59 PM

      Whoever it was is in danger of getting disinvited to the party.

      If you’re going to ask actual hard questions, like a real reporter, you are NOT going to be anybody’s buddy. And that’s why most folks go after that gig.

    • scnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:02 PM

      What was the question please

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:28 PM

      That was Boswell. Press conferences after Sunday afternoon home games are always entertaining because those are about the only games Boswell goes to any more and he can always be counted on to ask out-of-the-box questions. His column based on today’s game and MW’s response will probably be up later tonight on the WaPo site.

  30. hersheyman - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:12 PM

    I would bring up Trea Turner right now. They desperately need a leadoff hitter since Span went down. And Desmond deserves to be on the bench for sure. MW sits him for one game, Desmond gets a couple of hits and he ‘redeems’ himself in MW’s estimation and Desmond continues to play for another two weeks straight while he goes 1-30 with 15 Ks. A change should have happened 3 months ago.

    • stoatva - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:18 PM

      I would too, absolutely. But it’s na ga hapn.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:54 PM

      So what are you going to say when the rookie who isn’t ready yet bats .240 strikes out a bunch and commits 6 errors in 10 games (he’s got 9 in a relatively short period at Syracuse)? Turner is NOT ready yet, and rushing him to the bigs would be an act of desperation sure to back fire with the added negative of long term consequences in terms of starting his free agency clock a year early.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      If Trea Turner could play LF then maybe just maybe, but he doesn’t so I wouldn’t. Desi is having a nice stretch here and you have no place to play Turner.

  31. Owen Weislow - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    And they pitched to LeMahieu with a base open because……??

  32. Karl Kolchak - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Just got home from the stadium. Rockies looked to me like a team playing as if they had nothing to lose. Maybe the Nats should try that approach because whatever it is they got going now isn’t working.

  33. Section 222 - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Trout just struck out looking in the bottom of the 9th against the O’s. I guess he’s a jackass too.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      MASN’s Gary Thorne said what? Yes, he said Albert Pujols is retarded. Some would say Gary Thorne is an idiot and some would say it was Freudian and some would say he was drunk and some would say he just mixed up words.

      • natsnatsnatswoo - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        Well, perhaps if that web site had extended the clip beyond the word “retarded” we might know why Gary Thorne said what he said. Since they cut away as soon as that word was sounded, I’m guessing he probably corrected himself and maybe even apologized. Because if the website had let him be heard saying that, it would have ruined their whole narrative, y’know.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:38 PM

        I think the word was supposed to be “retired” but there are people up in arms because Pujols has done so much charity work for the mentally disabled who have been referred to in a disparaging way as “retarded”.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        Oh the genius Buck Showalter just had a game decision backfire on him. With a man on 2nd and 2 outs he decided to walk Trout which made sense then he walked Pujols to go bases loaded which leaves no margin for error and takes away the low pitch in a walkoff situation. Pitcher gets to 3-2 and lays one in there and Murphy hits it deep for the walkoff.

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

    I was told that quiet & reserved Mark Lerner went off on the home plate ump Porter between innings. Not sure if this was covered anywhere. Plenty to complain about especially the foul ball that was overturned as a HBP for McHenry in Storen’s meltdown 8th inning and McHenry blocking the plate in the bottom of the 7th where Rendon could have been called safe with no path to reach the plate.

    I think that HBP was part of the problem with the instant replay system as you didn’t have anything “conclusive” to say “reverse” the call on the field.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:23 PM

      I’m disgusted… little things Nats are missing on. Where is the coaching adjustments. I’m still baffled at Sendley sending Rendon… 3-4 on this homestead of 2 below 500 teams… ugh…

      But my hope is that the Nats play up to their opponents potential. I don’t have a great feeling about this road trip based on what I saw this past week.

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

        That’s a stretch you go 6-1 or 5-2. We should be disgusted.

    • zmunchkin - Aug 10, 2015 at 3:03 PM

      Agreed Ghost. I would like to know what they saw to reverse it. Especially given that the rules say that if you are HBP while swinging it is a strike. And he was bunting and had not yet pulled his bat back.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 3:46 PM

        It was a poor call and it probably cost the Nats the game.

  35. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Didnt think Max was hot today… Drew definitely wasnt…. and then bases loaded in the 9th… and that’s what happens.

    3-4 this home stead. Just pathetic.

  36. Theophilus T.S. - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    I have not (openly) criticized a Williams decision this season. But the decision to walk a .220 hitter to pitch to a .200 hitter is absolutely rock-headed. You’re paying Scherzer $30MM/season to take care of every player who bats below .250. Do you really think a guy who hits (career) one HR per 100 ABs is going to hit two in the same game? I think the Nats lead the league in walks leading to runs.

  37. joemktg - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Toughest stretch of the season coming up: without any days off, LA and SF, then Colorado for 3 before coming home for an extended homestand.

    I’ll take .500+ over this road trip. If so, then that gives them an opportunity to get well vs. Brewers, Padres and Marlins at home, all three bottom-feeders. That puts them in good standing moving forward.

    If they have a crappy road trip, then it’s going to be a very uncomfortable September.

  38. manassasnatsfan - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Oh oh. I was reported for stating a fact that was said back in April.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      You talk too cryptic. What are you talking about?

      • rlndtln - Aug 9, 2015 at 10:16 PM

        Ghost.Bryce did not know what he wanted to do.Under the circumstance with a tough lefty andZim up next he should have been committed to the bunt.As far as Ramos is concerned the chance of a hit or a grounder to 2nd is about 30 percent.I am getting tired of those odds.Bunt the damn ball and move the runner and put pressure on the defense.This is getting old.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 9, 2015 at 10:28 PM

        You’re right about putting the pressure on the defense. Haven’t been doing enough of that but you also have to be smart when doing it.

  39. rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Smart does not exist.





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