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Game 111: Nats at Dodgers

Aug 10, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT

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Long West Coast trips always make for a tough challenge. Long West Coast trips on the heels of a disappointing homestand make for an even tougher challenge. But, alas, this is the challenge facing the Nationals right now, with a 3-city, 9-game trip opening tonight at Dodger Stadium.

With Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke set to start the next two nights, the Nationals have to try to take advantage of tonight’s matchup against Brett Anderson. The left-hander has been on a roll, though, posting a 2.43 ERA over his last nine starts.

Then again, Gio Gonzalez has been pretty good lately, as well, with a 1.77 ERA over his last seven starts. The key, as always with Gio, is keeping his pitch count manageable so he gives himself a chance to pitch deep into the game.

I’m not out west with the Nats for this trip, but I’ll be staying up along with the rest of you to watch. Enjoy…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Gametime: 10:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 186/869
Weather: Clear, 70 degrees, Wind 7 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (57-53)
3B Yunel Escobar
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
LF Jayson Werth
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
CF Michael Taylor
LHP Gio Gonzalez

DODGERS (62-49)
SS Jimmy Rollins
2B Jose Peraza
RF Yasiel Puig
1B Scott Van Slyke
CF Kiké Hernandez
3B Alberto Callaspo
LF Alex Guerrero
C A.J. Ellis
LHP Brett Anderson

UMPIRES
HP Dale Scott (cc)
1B C.B. Bucknor
2B Dan Iassogna
3B Lance Barrett

398 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. joemktg - Aug 10, 2015 at 6:34 PM

    Move your eyes over to the right and scroll down MZ’s Twitter feed to get to the Buster Olney RT.

    Solve THAT issue, and you’ll get to 4.5-5 runs per game which will lead to a playoff spot.

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

      Yeah, saw that earlier this afternoon. You can criticize MW all you want – and I’m certainly not in the tank for him – but with a lineup that anemic, it’s a miracle they’re not fighting the fish for last place.

  2. nattygoats - Aug 10, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    It’s time to put the proverbial fork in. It’s over

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Need some help aiming the fork? 😎

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      +1.

      I can’t stand quutters

  3. moozystar - Aug 10, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    They WILL WIN tonight! I can feel it. I am so confident that the LOD has it wrong that I am purchasing my playoff tickets right now! (OK, I am sorry in advance to everyone here if I jinx us but….) Come on guys, it’s time to get hot!

    “It aint over till we say it’s over!”

  4. scmargenau - Aug 10, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    i just fell asleep at mission impossible at alamo one loudoun. those ipas did me in. the good news is im well rested for a long night

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      My intel says you ran into one of my sources today at a Beverly Hills creation known as Cheesecake Factory.

  5. natsfan1a - Aug 10, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    I had a nap earlier, but there’s no way I stay up and watch these 10:00 starts. Have fun, those of you who do stay up, and play nice. I’ll be hoping for a happy game results email in the morning. GO, NATS!!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 10, 2015 at 7:08 PM

      (no movies or IPAs were involved in my case, just my geezerette ways)

  6. scnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 7:37 PM

    I look forward to turning on the iPad and seeing a curly W. Too late for me.

  7. JayB - Aug 10, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Mark should retweet Cooley…..”Matt Williams reminds me so much of Jim Zorn”

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

      Cargo 2 run HR. 2-1 Rockies.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:30 PM

      Not that this will change most people’s minds — here’s Boz’s take:

      Short take: Williams is a perfectly decent manager. He’s not the problem. (He may also not be the solution to big problems or to emotionally charged situations.) He’s somewhere in the middle of the pack.

      The issue is far more with the Nats players. Will they stay healthy? Start playing well as they have in most of the last three seasons? Ripping the manager is too easy. Storen had been PERFECT in the eighth inning — 12-up, 12-down — then had two awful outings Friday and Saturday. He was due for a couple of bad ones. But it just illustrates that 95-98 percent of baseball is players, not managers, or us armchair managers.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        I thought he hit the nail on the head when he said, in essence, that MW is the very model of a modern corporate manager. They are there to not get in the way of the GM’s master plan.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        I thought he hit the nail on the head when he said, in essence, that MW is the very model of a modern corporate manager. They are there to not get in the way of the GM’s master plan.

        Yeah — I had never heard anything like that before, with any team/manager. Perhaps it’s a new age I just hadn’t noticed?

        Is this accurate? True of other teams as well?

  8. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Looks like MWs didnt like Ramos’ trot, either.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      Nah… he keeping Gio and Lobo together…

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:31 PM

        Right. That’s why Ramos was playing a day game after a night game yesterday (b/c he wanted Lobo for tonight)

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      Hard to believe but MW didn’t think or made it seem like Ramos would be held to a long single.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Whelp… go Nats.. and go Rockies….

  10. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    This hack named Gray is holding the Mets thru 6 on a 1 hitter.

    Time for the Nats to start playing inspired baseball and for the Mets and Dodgers and Giants to play uninspired baseball.

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      Only his second MLB start. Rockies have big hopes for him. He misses a lot of bats.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:53 PM

        I hope hes an Ace tonight

      • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:57 PM

        3rd overall pic for Roxs in 2013. Pulled in the 7th with the lead. Good move.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      Unpossible! The Mets are an unstoppable juggernaut!!!

  11. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:47 PM

    One more Boz quote from his chat

    (In answer to a question who was questioning the value of McCatty):

    The Nats had a 3.03 team ERA last year, one of t5he best you’ll ever see. His pitchers have seldom gotten hurt, or if they have, they have not gotten re-injured after TJ surgery. (Meaning they were handled well after they came back.)

    Also, McCatty’s staff in ’14 and ’15 are two of the three best EVER in keeping walks incredibly low while having fabulous K/W ratios. Last year’s team set the record. Strasburg would have driven most pitching coaches insane. Cat really empathizes with his guys, sticks with ’em, fusses enough but not too much. You want to kick Matt Williams around, based on limited evidence or factors like “well, I’ve watched some baseball in my time and I’d have pulled that guy before he gave up the homer,” then have a ball. It’s part of a manager’s hard life. They all wear a “Kick Me” sign every day. If they whine when they actually do get kicked then THAT is a sign they probably aren’t cut out to be managers.

    But examine Cat’s body of work in recent years and just say, “Leave this guy alone. He’s part of the solution.” Not one Nats pitcher has EVER said anything to me against McCatty and plenty have praised him. They can’t all be wrong. (Oh, and he ducks credit for their success. He doesn’t fall into the “I Am The Professor Of Pitching” trap.

    • zmunchkin - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:59 PM

      I read his chat as well. And there are lots of things there that many folks here should read.

      For those of you who don’t know where it is, here’s the link to today’s chat:

      http://live.washingtonpost.com/ask-boswell-201508010.html

      This Q/A definitely made me smile.

      Q: Bryce

      Harper has great numbers, but I can hardly remember when he’s had an impact. Two chances to win against Rockies–strike out Friday, pop up Sunday. Gonzalez murdered us. Giancarlo is fearsome. I keep wondering why anyone would want to pitch around Bryce?

      A: Thomas Boswell

      Possible solution: Find another sport to follow.

      That is a ’13-’14 clown question, bro. Fair to slice and dice his contributions then. Those days are gone. You don’t want to sound like all the geniuses in Boston who spent 20 years saying, “Ted Williams never gets a big hit.”

  12. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Just noticed that a bunch of the regulars are out for the Dodgers… please Nats… please… win tonight.

    Just take it 1 game at a time…

    Sigh…

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      That’s not the Dodgers outfield anyone expected to see, back in April.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:06 PM

        Hell, there was a time in June, I was thinking this isn’t the Nationals line up anyone expected to see…

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:09 PM

        We haven’t seen it yet, Ms B. Maybe we won’t, either. Still gotta win, don’t we?

  13. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    In Williamsburg tonight. No MASN in the hotel. Since still in what is the Nats area, can’t watch on my smart phone.

    Will listen to Charlie and Dave

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:05 PM

      I love baseball on the radio. Watching on TV is addictive but there’s something about a well broadcast game on the radio, at least for us geezers.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Charlie and Dave are great

  14. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Juan Urine got 1 of the juiciest pitches… and fouled it off…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      POP UP

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        He got 2 fat ones in a row… swung on 1 that wasn’t so fat and popped it up.

        Now bases are loaded… *facepalm* walked Tejada..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Plunked him. Zero margin for error. Run walks home.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        2 run single. Unreal. They get it done with bases loaded.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      That was apparently his OMIGODball. Got away with it.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      Juan Urine had to be pissed off. 😈

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Urine?

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:05 PM

    The last piece of the Fister trade who is in control (Ian Krol) of the Tigers just got sent to AAA.

  16. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    OK Boone let’s stop ’em.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:12 PM

      Tough ball three call.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

        Gah!

  17. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Mets tied it up…. by a dang hbp….

  18. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Wow…. and now the Mets lead…. whelp….

  19. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Jeebus. Where was Boone Logan in DC?

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Clutch hitting by the Mets…. envious…. last time Nats had bases loaded… well, we know how that ended.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      Mostly they didn’t even have to swing.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        Looked like Tejada swung the bat to me….

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

        Murphy*

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Yeah that was a rocket Mutphy hit. Barely made it to the outfield grass before it ran out of steam.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:22 PM

        Even so still, he bought 2 runs home…

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      The Mets actually hit better NOW than we do NOW.They are the better team as we start play tonite.They win at a greater rate at home.Remember this was the team we murdered up to this year.They are healthy minus Wright.Not a bad lineup.

  21. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Mets get the break with a strike being called a ball. Wheels fell off after that… Sound familiar?

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      Who got squeezed?

      • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:21 PM

        Logan

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        That low pitch was a strike. Umps are ridiculous. Should still be 2-1 Rockies.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Idk, I’ve been following pretty close…. that pitch hasn’t been called all night… but I question the pitch selection on the 3-2 to Grandy…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:34 PM

        If that was Desi at-bat it’s a called strike 3.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        Probably, but that goes back to bias…. which is acknowledged and depending on the batter etc.

        I mean we remember the umpiring last go round in NY..

        Which is why I’m leaning towards electronic means to call balls/strikes..

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        Me too. I do believe there’s bias and some players fare differently—some better, some worse. Reputations are built.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:28 PM

        Even the Mets announcers were shocked that was called a ball.

      • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:32 PM

        That pitch was called a strike all night. Rockies pitch track shows it as inside the box

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        It wasn’t called a K all night…

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      When ump squeezes us our pitchers almost all of them can’t handle it.

      Too many walks and a HBP. Our hitters didn’t show as much patience.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        I didnt think anyone got squeezed…

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

        Game day had it as a strike. I am not watching so I go by the computer.

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

    Unlike us the Mets could rally late. Hopefully Rockies do in the 8th to the Mets like they did us.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      Unlike us the Mets could rally late

      Really?

  23. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Here comes Tyler clippard..

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:26 PM

      1-2-3

  24. rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    This is the real insult.We let the Mets get our guy when we could have had him instead of Pap.And the Mets would not have had him.Even if we got Clipp and Pap.Big deal .We could have had both for next to nothing.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

      So you’d give back Escobar? Not me.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:33 PM

        I believe he is talking about when the A’s traded him July we didn’t go after him (or no evidence we did)

  25. Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Clip sets down the Rockies in order the night after Storen’s blown hold. Throwing strikes is the key.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      And last time Clip pitched — he gave up a game-tying HR in the 8th

      • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        Actually it was a go ahead HR, but the Mets came back to score 2 in the 9th to win. It also was against a different team than the one we just faced a little over 24 hours ago. But sure, Clip’s not perfect. Did I ever say he was?

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

        It almost seemed like you were saying “Clip can get it done and Storen can’t” — so, just tossing that out there to remind whoever that Clip doesn’t always get it done either.

      • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        I know you think you need to respond to every implied criticism of a Nat, but it wasn’t necessary in this case. Anyone who followed the Nats last year or the year before or the year before that knows that Clip doesn’t always get it done. No reliever does.

        I was just noting the irony that Clip got it done against the same team that Storen blew up against — twice. By the way, he also got the last out in the inning against LeMahieu.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:22 PM

        I hear ya’ 😉

        Irony’s fine — it sometimes can get lost in some of the other stuff here . . . .

  26. rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Ghost.Can not look at every pitch.What you can look at is the hit Murphy got against the tough Logan that you defended Bryce on that awful AB against the same guy.They are producing and we are not.that simple.

  27. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    I should have taken a nap earlier… wasn’t even thinking about it…

    I hope the offense busts out tonight… sigh, please Nats
    .. do better on this road trip than you did in the last homestead..

  28. rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    The Mets got Clipp with there 15th prospect.Why would I have to give them Escobar?

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Got it. Still don’t want Clippard back, thanks.

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      Now MW is saying we were 1 swing away from breaking up yesterdays game.The problem is we rarely get that swing.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        The Nats BA with RISP is better than our overall BA.

        And it’s better than the Mets RISP.

        But don’t let facts get in the way of your trashing of the Nats.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:41 PM

        BABIP has to turn in the Nats favor.

  29. rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I guess you like our 7th inning guys better.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      I don’t believe in all that seventh eighth ninth inning guy superstition, but that’s where baseball is at these days.

  30. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Amazes me that people are prepared to call murphy’s dribbler “clutch hitting.” If at been against us everyone would have been complaining about how bad our defensive positioning was.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      Silly.

      His hit with 2 outs scored 2 runs… it was a clutch hit. Had the Nats done the same thing, your tune would change.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        Runs scored on grounder probably not hit hard enough to turn DP (had there not been two outs) therefore “clutch.” Got it.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:51 PM

        It’s really not that difficult…

        2 runs scored on a hit with 2 outs… had Desi don’t it yesterday, again, your tune would change.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:52 PM

        He put the bat on the ball and it found it’s way and in the same situation Desi’s didn’t find a hole. It’s BABIP but the big deal was Werth striking out and of course Storen giving up 2 runs.

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      Bryce could not even move the runner against the same guy.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:47 PM

        You expect him to be perfect?

        He’s 3-for-5 this year with the bases loaded.

        But don’t let facts get in the way of your trashing of the Nats.

  31. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Didnt someone here want Utley… just saw he was placed on waivers…

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      He would be better than what we have as a 5th bench guy.What we have is nobody.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Revocable waivers meaning anyone can trade for him. I don’t think anyone here wants him any more.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

        Hahaha… idk about that… read the comment above… 😆😆😆

    • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      Lots of big names are placed on waivers at this point — it’s a way teams find out who might be willing to deal for them, and the only way you can put together a deal after the trade deadline.

      Utley is playing tonight. Just saw him on the tee vee.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:46 PM

        Oh, I know… I just remember someone (honestly don’t remember who) wanted him.

  32. Doc - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Ghost, speaking of Krol and the Fister trade, I saw a few weeks ago that Robbie Ray was having a pretty good year with the D’Backs. Was looking forward to seeing him pitch in their series in D.C., but obviously it didn’t happen.

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Mets 123456 8th and 9th.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      That trade and the assembly of the bullpen for 5 years is the combo of why Dombrowski got fired.

  33. Doc - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Metsies win!

    Wadda they know about the Rocks that we didn’t know?????????

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM

      Who is our 5th bench guy?NOBODY.If we can do better than Utley where is he.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      They know nothing but their relievers didn’t give up a Grand Slam nor 2 runs in a tie game

      • chrisrw109nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:18 AM

        so you’re giving up on the season?

        Storen is not as good as his 9 perfect outings, and he’s not as bad as the two home runs.

        Those two games do not invalidate the great pitching Storen has done this season, and your recency bias is fairly silly.

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      They figured out to score 4 runs on 4 hits. 2 wild pitches and 1 HBP by Rox helped Too.😎

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:52 PM

      We needed more than one out’s worth of Boone Logan, clearly.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      Nats won 1 game against them…

  34. breakbad1 - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    There is such a distinct break between the optimists and pessimists on this board. I would love to see posters predict the Nats’ record in the 7-games with LA and SF. Then we could go back, a week from now, and see whose predictions were accurate.

    What do you predict the Nats will do over the next 7 games, starting tonight?

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:46 PM

      3-4.

      • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        Get a 5th bench player then tell me he would be better than Utley.Do any of you know we did not even replace Uggla and we are a team trying to win.We are worried about Doug Fisters feelings when he is done here at the end of the year.

      • chrisrw109nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:20 AM

        Have you seen a doctor about your compulsive condition where you have to post every three or four minutes about Dan Uglla and the fact that he’s no longer on our team?

        Yes, we have a 4 man bench, so that we can carry an 8 man bullpen for a while. Given the amount of complaining you do about our bullpen I would think you’d want to have the extra guy so that MW can figure out what works.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      (Speaking of predictions)

      Was it Mick, or MFN, that said he would bet me that the Nats wouldn’t get over 82 wins?

      • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        Where is Ugglas replacement?

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        MNF thinks the Nats will win every game.. so I doubt that was him.

    • bleacherbumerik - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      2-5 and they will be 5 1/2 back at that point.

      • chrisrw109nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:22 AM

        So, you’re predicting that the mets will win their next 6 of their last 7?

        Eh it’s possible, but I get the feeling that it’s not going to work out that way.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:55 PM

      4-3…

      1 win against dodgers and 3 against giants… *what do I win if I’m right?*

      • natslive - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:32 PM

        I am going to be optimistic and say 5-2

    • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      If you ask a question like that you should answer it for yourself. What do you predict breakbad1?

    • chrisrw109nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:21 AM

      I would settle for us going 3 – 4. Assuming the Mets come back to earth we’ll be in reasonable position going forward from there.

  35. rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    denDeker is not better than nothing either.Rizzo is out to lunch to worry about Doug Fisters feelings.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:56 PM

      I agree with that. Can’t believe he is going with a 4 man bench.

      • chrisrw109nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:24 AM

        Our biggest proble, as you all have been harping on, is our bullpen right now. Carrying an 8 man bullpen let’s him make some adjustments and try to find the formula that works.

        We can survive with a 4 man bench for a week or so

  36. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:55 PM

    I almost wish we would pick up Utley so we could be treated to two months worth of the same clowns complaining about what a worthless piece of cr@p he is.

    Almost.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:58 PM

      The Nats have no room in the infield for Utley. Makes no sense for the Nats to make him an expensive 5th bat on the bench. Last year when RZim was injured and the Nats needed a 2nd base upgrade prior to getting Asdrubal it made some sense but today it makes no sense.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        Of course not. Almost anyone can see that.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      You’re on a roll tonight!

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      stoatva.Better to have a 4 man bench and Doug Fister rotting in the pen.I wanted deDeker since he was sent down over Uggla.Now Uggla is gone and we have no outfield defensive replacement .Are you that thick.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:02 PM

        Apparently. I’m wasting brain cells on a troll.

      • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:03 PM

        I preferred Utley to Uggla.Not to tulowitski.

  37. rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    You have no answers so you give insults.One more time do you prefer Fister as the 13th pitcher to denDeker or any body.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      I’m not clear how we got from “Nats should make a waiver deal for Utley” to “Would den Dekker make more sense on the roster than Fister.” Don’t feel compelled to explain, however. TIA.

      • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:24 PM

        I said a month ago i preferred Utley to Uggla.That fing simple.Then when we had to send someone down withZim coming back I wanted to keep denDeker over Uggla for obvious reasons if you know anything about our roster.We need a defensive outfielder to replace Jason late in a game or to replace MAT if we pinch hit for him.DenDeker can do that and Uggla is useless.So what do we do we send Uggla back and do not replace him so we are short a man.Even you can understand this.Otherwise let Ghost explain what it means to play 1 man short.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        Tell me more, Obi-Wan.

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

    Aight… lets do this…

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      Thank god the game started. Going to be a wild blog ride into the wee hours😎

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      Great start,.These DP are really getting sad.

    • JT - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:15 PM

      We stink!!

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:18 PM

        Speak for yourself.

  39. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Don’t kill Ryan Gio… Dang

  40. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:24 PM

    stoatva, you’re really on a roll tonight — well done!

    Keep it up, as I don’t think I’m going to be able to stay awake much longer at all — I hand the reins over to you! 😉

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      I planned to be asleep by now. I am an idiot.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:27 PM

        I planned to be asleep by now. I am an idiot.

        It’s particular kind of idiocy.

        I’m stricken with it, too, from time to time

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      😊

  41. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Dang, Ryan! He’s locked in.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

    Werth must hit it to the right side. Let’s see if he does it.

  43. AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    I have never seen a catcher’s finger get hit by a back swing of a practice swing on the first pitch of the game. Smh

    Also…CB Bucknor. Big time SMH

  44. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    I wonder how Ryan’s foot is feeling… he is looking better at the plate (stance, etc.)

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

      That day-off last week did him wonders. Seriously.

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

        Yeah it did…

        Thats why I want Span to hurry and come back…. my fingers are crossed that he actually returns this season (saw MW comments about how he hopes he can come back)…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:31 PM

        I think Span will get back but in the meantime Werth needs to rest 5 days a week and play against Lefties and Rizzo can find a new LF.

  45. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    But I do have a question — all this talk about Utley — we do know that he’s batting .189, right? And his OBP is also lower than Uggla’s.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Everybody but Mr “Do the Other Thing.” If we got Utley who do you think would be complaining the loudest in two weeks?

      Oh come on, let’s not always see the same hands.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      Utley has not looked good at all this year when I have seen him. Uggla has not looked good the last few months but I would rather him on the dl at this point than Utley.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:10 PM

        Utley has not looked good at all this year when I have seen him. Uggla has not looked good the last few months but I would rather him on the dl at this point than Utley.

        Especially if it would mean giving up *anybody*

    • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      I’d still prefer Utley to Uggla, based on his track record, but if the Nats are going to make a post-deadline deal, it’s not going to be for him.

      For those who need a refresher on how post-trade deadline waivers and trades work, this is a good link:
      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/08/how-august-trades-work.html

      One thing to remember is that if you make a claim in order to block another team (i.e, the Mets) from getting a player, you better be ready to take that player AND his salary. The waiver is revocable, the claim is not.

  46. Danny - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    These unproductive outs are pathetic. Nice 3-1 result Werth

  47. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    Okay Desi… what a bomb!

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

    Ian Desmond sucks and should be benched and DFA’d. smh

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Yeah.. Swings at everything 😊

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

        Head on ball. See it hit it. See it is half the battle.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      Ian Desmond sucks and should be benched

      You missed he second half of that, which is usually, “and MW is an idiot for putting him in the lineup”

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Sigh…. lets not act like he wasn’t sucking before the all star break… post ASB has been a remarkable improvement but let’s not just change history.

      He also benefited from a day off last week….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:37 PM

        He sucked big time and one of MW’s mistakes was not resting him a little more. Stats are stats and he sucked. So did Werth and so did RZim and Fister and Strasburg.

      • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:56 PM

        With the musical chair game going on with the Nats infield in the first half, Desi was the only constant. He had to play every day. I think that hurt him.. Maybe taking on too much responsibility.

  49. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Way to suck, Desi!

    • veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      lol

  50. coop202 - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Never thought I’d say this… but how lucky are the Mets?

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

      They made moves to fix the team.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      They are having a charmed couple of weeks following that rain delay debacle. I think we can reasonably expect that things will not proceed in strictly linear fashion for them, or us.

      • coop202 - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM

        haha no, but the rockies certainly out hit them today and they still got the best. something that doesn’t work for us. I think manassasnatsfan and I both stated our dreams of Cespedes on the Nats in the past.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:41 PM

        I think Uribe has been more of a factor for them in close games, though I might be mistaken. Seems like most of his production has come in routs.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM

        Most of Cespedes’ production, that is.

  51. natslive - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Way to go Zim and Desi

  52. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    There is your lead Gio

  53. natslive - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Need a shutdown inning here Gio

  54. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    Nice pay Yunel !

  55. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    YESCOBAR!

  56. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Nice play Escobar…..

  57. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    Are you kidding me!

  58. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    I missed what rintintin had to say about Desi’s home run.

    Woof?

  59. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:41 PM

    That’s 2-0 pitch to Rendon looked like a K…. twin, can you confirm?

  60. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    9 balls in a row… why let your bat leave your shoulder…. make him prove he can throw a strike….

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

      He baited Bryce. Anderson throws some sinkers and he grooved that and hoped Bryce would top it which he did. Hollywood is the home for writing scripts and it worked to the script there.

      • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:50 PM

        Look at you playing on words and location…

        ‘Hollywod is known for writing scripts.’ ☺☺😊

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

        Yah, don’t get to do that too often. Scripted!

  61. Danny - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    We don’t capitalize on anything without the HR…..

    • rlndtln - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:45 PM

      We ust can not get the knock out blow even when they are trying to help us.

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:46 PM

        Nice shot by Desi, wasn’t it?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:49 PM

        Credit to the pitcher is all I have to say.

      • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        Cannot remember the last time the Nats have had a “keep the line moving” blowout inning. Let’s hope the drought ends on this road trip!

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Anderson throws a dead red fastball to Bryce and it had enough 2 seam sink to get weak contact back to the pitcher.

    That hurts. Anderson couldn’t throw a strike that inning and baited Bryce.

  63. Owen Weislow - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    Good start, but Harper did not get the job done. Again, when did he last have an RBI?

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

  64. Doc - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    Desi’s making a comeback, so’s Zim, so’s Stras. Not sure about JDub.

  65. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:48 PM

    All of our best minor league outfielders are infielders!

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Bad luck BABIP bites again. Gio induces weak contact and it’s a bloop triple.

  67. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    I assume Bryce would not have gambled on that ball with less than two Out. I hope.

  68. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Alright guys, Gio is wheeling and dealing… lets score some more runs…

  69. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Gio got away with a mistake pitch to Puig and then K’s him. Way to hang in there Gio.

  70. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:52 PM

    Gio did not let that fluke triple get in his head. Nice job.

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

      +47 and I almost hate giving any Nats pitcher credit for getting outs after a play/call didn’t go his way.

  71. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Great, WordPress is out of whack again.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:57 PM

      Looks like a couple of comments got deleted.

      Tsk tsk. Pity.

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 10:55 PM

    Sorry FP, Nationals Strike Zone did not record that pitch as a Ball.

    • Doc - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      Thanks fo MLB.tv, I ‘m listening to Vin Scully.

      Yeah I know Ghost he’s your icon. But so far he has Desi just coming back from a season long injury and some of the balls that are up, he’s calling low. I guess nobody can be perfect after 60+ years of broadcasting.

  73. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:02 PM

    Gio — 36 pitches to get through the first 3 innings?

    Did I land in another reality?!?

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM

      44 over 4!

      Imma like!

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Followed by a 9-pitch 4th inning? (which included a single!) And zero called balls?

      45 pitches through the first four?

      Who is that lefty out there?

      Wow.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

        44 pitches in 4 innings.

        That’s amazing for him.

        What would be even more amazing — for anybody — is that includes 4 hits, too.

  74. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM

    Ha… man, Gio has been some kind of efficient tonight… dont want to jinx him so that is all I will say…

    Come on Nats bats…. add some more runs…

  75. abqnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Nice Gio! Go long tonight and give the pen a break.

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    I really like MAT in the high socks. It makes a guy look faster. 😉

  77. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    When is the last time MAT and/or Harp were off?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM

      A long long time. That’s why you’d want den Dekker on the roster. No way you have Werth and CRob in that outfield on the same night.

  78. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    A Sac Bunt!!!!

  79. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    A successful bunt? Whoa!

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:09 PM

    Dang, all 3 games in LA are 10 pm games… jeez, thought we got a break on Wednesday…. *facepalm*

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:15 PM

      Astros shifted across the bay from OAK to SF and got the day off. Sheesh.

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

    Damn you Puig…. ugh, tip the cap..

  82. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:10 PM

    Great job by Esco only to be robbed by Puig.

  83. abqnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:11 PM

    Wow Puig. Nice catch.

  84. Doc - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Did you know that MW’s mom was one of the Deputy Sheriffs that apprehended Charles Manson??? You could learn a lot from a Dodger announcer!

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:22 PM

      As long as that Dodger announcer is Vin Scully. I watch a lot of late night Dodger games just to hear him. He is the best. Great baseball knowledge and memory, and great anecdotes about history. One voice in the booth, when a great one, is a real treat.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      Wow — MW’s toughness is, literally, in his genes!

  85. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    Gio gets high praise and goes out 3-0 against Ellis who is a weak hitting catcher.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      Yeahhhhhh, feel like it’s my fault…

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:17 PM

        Nope, not your fault. Gio’s fault. He had a great thing going.

  86. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Why did Gio throw Ellis a 4-seamer instead of the 2-seamer. I don’t get it.

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:18 PM

      Why the 2 seamer? Movement?

  87. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Great job Gio….

    Decided to hold my compliment until he got out the inning… gio has 1 of the prettiest curveball pitches..

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      He’s throwing his curveball for strikes which is what he couldn’t do in his last start.

  88. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:19 PM

    Me likes this model of Gio. Unflappable!

  89. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    14 pitch inning by Gio and escapes the dreaded man on 3rd with less than 2 outs.

  90. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:21 PM

    Gio is our wildcard

  91. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    See, BABIP worked there. 2 groundball hits. Would like RZim to hit to RF.

  92. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    This team really needs a blowout inning. Gotta remember how that feels.

    • conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:28 PM

      This may be the inning😎

  93. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    When you watch Bryce it’s easy to lose track of how hard hit even his routine singles are. Kid is so so strong.

  94. texnat1 - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Vin Scully just gave a speech about how Harper has hit 3rd his whole career. Yikes. I hope he isn’t losing it.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      Honestly, by this point in his career he relies a lot on notes that are prepared for him. It’s no disrespect at all to say that.

    • Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM

      He certainly didn’t hit third in his debut game against the Dodgers…

  95. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Zim is on fiyah

  96. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    FOF !!

  97. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:25 PM

    Yes Ryan yes…. dang I thought that was gone…

  98. abqnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Zim is a great bat and looks like he really is feeling better. When he is good, this threesome gives the Nats a strong sequence. That was great.

    Zim two bags? Or us that name taken?

  99. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    RZim gets a low hanger and that is what RZim kills. Just couldn’t get elevation. The lower MPH allowed RZim to pull it. Worked out well.

    By the way, RISP hit!!!!

  100. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Yesssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!! Woooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Anderson didn’t know Werth loves 3-0 ambushes. Big mistake by the Dodgers.

  102. Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Werth has nothing left. He’s done.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

      Wait. I’m confused. I thought RZ had nothing left and was done.

  103. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Did someone ask for the line to move?

  104. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:27 PM

    Yes… yes…. AND NO OUTS… keep the line moving!?!?!

  105. Joe Seamhead - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Nope, I’m not ready to give up on Jayson Werth yet.

  106. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    That hit of Werth’s reminds me of college softball when everyone played me in. After a couple of weeks I flew out a lot. 🙂

  107. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Another RISP hit for Desi!!!!

  108. abqnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:29 PM

    Werth inspired by what came before! And Desi too! This could really help them get the trip off with some momentum.

  109. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Great call MW on the Desi steal.

  110. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    Nice steal to take away the DP. Which I’d happily have accepted to get run six. I settle too easy.

  111. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:31 PM

    MAT with the bases loaded!

  112. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Pretty good warmup for Greinkshaw.

  113. manassasnatsfan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Keep the line moving

  114. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Here comes the gasoline… Match anyone!

  115. AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Watching on my phone in bed. Says something about “injury delay”. Not to us, is it?

    • NatsLady - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

      Yes, it was Desi, but he stayed in the game. Looked like a leg cramp.

      • AlexandriaNatFan - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:42 PM

        Thanks NL. Ugghh. Hope he’s ok. Great inning here.

  116. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Dayum. We haven’t seen this for quite some time. Loving this.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      BABIP and some bad mistakes by Anderson. Nats batters deserve some credit for not chasing junk.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:37 PM

        And taking advantage of the mistakes!

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:40 PM

        About time. The inning started with grounders by Rendon and Harper that found holes. That’s been the bugaboo for the Nats lately with BABIP unlucky.

  117. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Why did Henley hold Desi there? Why? The Dodgers were conceding the run. I don’t get Henley.

    • NatsLady - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:35 PM

      I think because Desi’s leg cramped up on the steal. Just taking ino risks.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:36 PM

      Maybe becuz Desi was gingerly before… im not a fan of Sendley….

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

        Good point. Sendley not having a good year.

    • texnat1 - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      Looked to me like he waived him in but Desi chose on his own to stay.

  118. NatsLady - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Man, Brett Anderson couldn’t get out of that game fast enough. He was checking the bullpen constantly. LOL 🙂

  119. TheBigDummy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    An honest to god, keep the line moving rally.

    GYFNG, indeed!

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      I hope to see the entire line up this inning….

  120. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    Don’t let up.

  121. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    We have the wimpiest trolls on the entire internet. Pathetic.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:41 PM

      +162

    • veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

      now that is funny

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:49 PM

      We have the wimpiest trolls on the entire internet. Pathetic.

      Wow, stoatva — you win the night. You’re *still* on a roll!!

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:50 PM

        (and a more pleasant picture than one that I drew a while back: “the light came on and the cockroaches scattered 😉 )

      • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

        I’ve been in as bad a mood as anyone the last few weeks. I just decided to take it out on trolls instead of my team.

      • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        I’ve been in as bad a mood as anyone the last few weeks. I just decided to take it out on trolls instead of my team.

        Good strategy!

        And that Nats feel your energy — seven runs worth!

  122. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Good Desi scored and Esco got a RBI since he got ripped on that Puig Web Gem.

  123. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Nice going Nats Bats…. *golf clap*

  124. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Nice job folks

  125. kgwcoach - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:45 PM

    Now remember you are never as good as you look winning or as bad as you look losing. But I definitely like that we are scoring in more than inning.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:56 PM

      You gotta lose in baseball. Winning is definitely better. But you’re gonna lose. And it doesn’t always mean someone is to blame.

  126. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Now Gio is working in the changeup and going high and low.

  127. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Gio nasty

  128. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    That looked like a Call helps for the Nats…

  129. Doc - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    I trust the game is in good NI hands.

    G’night yall!

  130. Section 222 - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Well, FP, there’s also the fact that we had a lefty going. So Gonzalez and Joc Pederson get a rest for sure. But don’t let that get in the way of a good theory.

  131. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Gio double-up on the changeups there. Dangerous.

  132. conatsguy - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Whoa.. Dodged a bullet there.

  133. adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Baez has some nasty stuff — Rendon looked overmatched on that K. Don’t see that too often.

    • stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      Ditto and ditto for BHarp. Baez has it all working tonight.

      • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:04 AM

        …and two more dittos

        Baez has just struck out for Nats in a row, each one swinging on strike 3

        Yowza!

      • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:05 AM

        (umm, that would be _four_ in a row…)

  134. veejh - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Even with the short outings, Gio has been on a helluva roll. Good stuff.

  135. stoatva - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Baez has wicked stuff tonight.

    • adcwonk - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      beer me (see 11:54)

  136. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 10, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Strike zone has been very fair tonight but again Bryce victimized.

  137. adcwonk - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    For those not watching TV — great stat just posted:

    Including tonight thus far — RZ is batting .340 since he came back.

    Wow — we can sure use some of that!

    Welp, folks, it’s way past the time I thought I’d be asleep — I bid you all adieu and I trust y’all have the game under control.

    ‘Night all!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:01 AM

      🙂

    • stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:02 AM

      Nite.

    • kgwcoach - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:07 AM

      Well it is about the time we got to bed after Gio’s last game. 😏

    • scmargenau - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:09 AM

      I knew he was swinging a hot bat but wow! He locked in

  138. veejh - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Baez, Shmaez. 7-0.

  139. stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:02 AM

    I hope Baez pitches the rest of the game, strikes everyone out, the takes the rest of the series off. He’s beastly.

    • adcwonk - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:05 AM

      excellent strategy!

  140. rayvil01 - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Hoping Mattingly sends Baez out for anothrr inning. Don’t need to see that guy tomorrow.

  141. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    Made Joc look silly….. whew

  142. scmargenau - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    Ok. If we can get 1/2 next two nights I’ll be happy — but I have a feeling we may go on a tear and rough up the aces.

  143. veejh - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Send Gio back out for the 8th. He looks fine to me.

  144. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Is Gio done? Does he go back out?

  145. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Gio at 97 pitches through 7 innings. Let Fister finish it up?

  146. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Desi sucks x2. smh

    • veejh - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      I had wrote him off this season

  147. kgwcoach - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Desi appears back.

  148. Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Nats (and their fans) needed a game like this….

    • conatsguy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:16 AM

      Very true. Night did not start off good but I will sleep good tonight😎

  149. conatsguy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Wow! That woke me up. Nice Job Desi.

  150. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Every position player has a hit except Lobaton.

    • conatsguy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:18 AM

      Huge game to start this road trip. GYFNG!

  151. abqnatsfan - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:17 AM

    Nice night for MAT. Good luck in the 8th Gio.

  152. stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Fister for the ninth?

    • scmargenau - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:39 AM

      Looks like it. He’s in pen

  153. abqnatsfan - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Switched feeds to Vin Scully. He is very soothing during a blowout.

  154. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:19 AM

    Espi should be in the game for Esco or Desi or Rendon.

  155. conatsguy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Nice catch Peterson. Nats are seeing the ball well. Pounding it.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:26 AM

      If Hernandez was still out there the score is 10-0

  156. kgwcoach - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Earlier in the night that is probably out.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:27 AM

      Off the wall for sure but if Hernandez was playing it’s over his head anyway like on Werth’s.

  157. stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    I don’t really feel like complaining but I don’t get what Gio is doing out there in the eighth.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:29 AM

      I can’t believe given his pitch count there is nobody up warming.

      • stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:34 AM

        Matt and Gio seem to hold one another in Minimal High Regard, as they say in the Senate.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:35 AM

        He got through it but what did he have to prove? I would have had Fister in as the guy is covered in cobwebs.

      • stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:34 AM

        It worked, therefore brilliant.

  158. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:28 AM

    Darn #LoW. Gio gio gio

  159. Section 222 - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Looks like it’s Roark for garbage time. Saving Fister for a long relief outing? I’d rather save Roark to be honest.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:38 AM

      I am not thrilled the way MW has used Roark in long, short, and starting. It seems to have contributed to his troubles. Hopefully tonight will go well for him.

    • stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:38 AM

      Likewise.

      Oh look. There he is.

  160. texnat1 - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:34 AM

    Exhibit 193 in the mw doesn’t know how to handle pitchers file.

    Is Gio really going to throw 120 pitches in a 7-0 game?

  161. Section 222 - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:39 AM

    I like the fact that Bryce is getting a look at KJansen tonight. Might see him tomorrow or Wednesday in a situation that matters.

    And Fister is up for the 9th!

    • conatsguy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:44 AM

      Same for Jason…

  162. stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:45 AM

    To quote nattygoats from earlier this evening: It’s time to put the proverbial fork in. It’s over.

    The guy definitely knows his baseball.

    What? He meant US? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  163. TheBigDummy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:46 AM

    Sorry Jayson, guys batting .199 don’t get that call. Also a little concerned that Bryce is swinging at a bunch of high fastballs..

    Oh well though, no need for nitpicking tonight. Love seeing the offense come alive. Unbelievable that this is Desmonds first multi home run game since 2010.

    Hey Doug!

  164. stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:48 AM

    Bearing down for an inning or two at a time may be just what Fister needs.

    That sloppy play wasn’t though.

    • TheBigDummy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:50 AM

      I love that even down 8-0, these fans are still here and cheering at every little thing. They cheered at the error, cheered at the steal (defensive indifference), cheered at the walk.

      Seems like it would be a fun place to watch a game if you’re not a Giants fan.

  165. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    Throw strikes Doug. Throw strikes.

    • scmargenau - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:50 AM

      He’s lost 3-5 mph on his stuff

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:52 AM

        I’m fine with that because he needs movement and has to locate. It’s Livo-Ball. When Fister overbakes his pitches he flattens them out.

  166. scmargenau - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:49 AM

    How many errors on dez now?

  167. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:50 AM

    Don’t make MW get up another reliever.

  168. scmargenau - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    At least he’s keeping pitches down

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:55 AM

      You spoke too soon. Ugh. There goes the shutout. No way can you give Fister a tight ballgame.

  169. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    There you go. Smashes a stinker.

  170. TheBigDummy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    Nooo Dougie, noooo 😦

  171. Ghost of Steve M. - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:54 AM

    Fister gets a 0.00 ERA because of the error but still.

  172. manassasnatsfan - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Runs might be unearned, but Fister is hard to trust. Home runs are a bad habit he has this year.

  173. kgwcoach - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:55 AM

    Doug deserved better. Now let’s win the series!!

  174. ArVAFan - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    WOO-HOO! (tm Michelle S)

    And goodnight.

    • scmargenau - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      Where is she???

  175. nats106 - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    That was must see TV. Now the real work starts. Let’s see if Young Joe Ross is up to the task.

    • stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:59 AM

      Peace out, good people.

      No mercy for trolls!

  176. conatsguy - Aug 11, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Great game Nats. Hopefully they are getting into a groove now with RISP.

    • conatsguy - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:08 AM

      Crickets…whoops, stayed too late at the party. Nite all

      • stoatva - Aug 11, 2015 at 1:15 AM

        Turn out the lights, hey?

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