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Game 119: Nats at Rockies

Aug 19, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

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Baseball people are nothing if not superstitious. If something works Tuesday night, you better believe it will be given another chance to work Wednesday night. So we shouldn’t be surprised at all that the Nationals’ lineup for Game 2 of their series in Colorado is exactly the same as it was for Game 1, when they scored 15 runs.

That means Jayson Werth stays in the leadoff spot, Yunel Escobar stays in the cleanup spot and Anthony Rendon stays on the bench. That last point is particularly interesting, because the Nats haven’t sat their talented young infielder back-to-back days when he’s been healthy since … well, I don’t remember this happening before.

Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, takes the mound tonight, hoping to duplicate his dominant performance over the Rockies from 11 days ago (12 strikeouts in seven innings).

Enjoy the game and the conversation…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at COLORADO ROCKIES
Where: Coors Field, Denver
Gametime: 8:40 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 188/869
Weather: Clear, 69 degrees, Wind 9 mph out to LF

NATIONALS (59-59)
LF Jayson Werth
2B Danny Espinosa
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
SS Ian Desmond
1B Ryan Zimmerman
CF Michael Taylor
C Wilson Ramos
RHP Stephen Strasburg

ROCKIES (48-69)
CF Charlie Blackmon
SS Jose Reyes
RF Carlos Gonzalez
3B Nolan Arenado
1B Ben Paulsen
2B D.J. LeMahieu
C Nick Hundley
LF Kyle Parker
LHP Jorge De La Rosa

UMPIRES
HP Jim Wolf
1B Lance Barksdale
2B Quinn Wolcott
3B Gary Cederstrom (cc)

132 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. unterp - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:34 PM

    let’s go Nats…

  2. ehay2k - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Sooooo, methinks there is more to Rendon’s extended stay on the pine than just having better options on the field. It would seem a pretty safe bet that he is still hurting.

    So, still not playing our starting 8 after 2/3rds of the season? And only 4.5 games back? I’ll take it.

    • nattygoats - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:57 PM

      playing 8 of the starting nine is what got us into this mess. better off missing 4 of the 9

      • ehay2k - Aug 19, 2015 at 6:14 PM

        Idiotic comment because they haven’t been playing 8 of 9 all year, mainly because there is no such thing, in NL baseball, as nine regular starters.

        Even with 7 of our 8 starters back, the sample size for those games is far too small to make any judgment as to their performance compared to their expected norms.

      • Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 7:56 PM

        Oh come on. It’s not idiotic at all. Simplistic, and kind of silly, but not idiotic.

        Anyway, I’m sure you know what he meant, even though he said 9 instead of 8. Our “regular lineup,” the one projected to start on Opening Day was Span, Rendon, Werth, Zim, Harper, Desi, Ramos, and Escobar. We haven’t played that lineup all year long because of injuries, until the recent losing stretch when we had everyone back and healthy except Span. Small sample size and all that, but the return of the “starters” hasn’t helped the way many thought it would. I’m sure you don’t deny that.

        Now, last night, all MW did was substitute Espi for Rendon and mix the lineup up, and we scored 15 runs. Proves nothing, I agree. And certainly doesn’t suggest that C-Rob should be playing tonight.

        But anyway, can we agree for one night not to call each other idiots? Baby steps.

      • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:01 PM

        O’S tie it 3-3.

      • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:09 PM

        Schoop homered

      • ehay2k - Aug 20, 2015 at 10:28 AM

        I didn’t call anyone an idiot. Re-read my post. I said the comment was idiotic, and then I laid out why. Blaming the current losing streak on having all of our starters back, when we didn’t in fact have them back; using such such a small sample size to make a point with erroneous data to begin with; claiming that the team would be better served by NOT playing the starters and using 5 subs (he said 5 of nine, so two strikes there).

        Is that idiotic? Let’s see the definition: id·i·ot·ic
        ˌidēˈädik/
        adjective (informal): very stupid.
        “I was able to hum its idiotic theme tune”
        synonyms: stupid, silly, foolish, witless, brainless, mindless, thoughtless, unintelligent;

        Winner Winner, (sacrificed) Chicken Dinner! His comment was a perfect example of an idiotic post.

  3. BatBoy - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    ESPI !!! Yes! GYFNG!!

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 19, 2015 at 5:57 PM

    GYFNG!

  5. langleyclub - Aug 19, 2015 at 6:20 PM

    Rendon is not hurt.

    If the Nats thought starting Rendon would give them a better chance of winning tonight, he would be starting. At this point, the Nats are playing whomever they think gives them the best chance to win.

    It’s this simple: the Nats scored 15 runs last night; so, we are going with the same lineup. If they score a bunch of runs again tonight, MW will run out the same lineup again on Thursday (with the possible exception of Lobaton for Ramos).

  6. senators69 - Aug 19, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Per Wash Post story, Trea Turner played 2B for the first time. Rizzo says to make him more versatile.
    Story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/nationals-journal/wp/2015/08/19/why-did-trea-turner-play-second-base-for-syracuse/

    This quote interesting: “Some evaluators speculate that Turner does not project as a shortstop long term, that he may not have the arm or soft hands required.”

    Versatility we all like. Next year, maybe: 3B=Rendon, SS=Escobar, 2B=Espi/Turner

    • natfan33 - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:51 PM

      Espi SS?

  7. natsfan1a - Aug 19, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Go, NATS!!

  8. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    Go Nats need a long streak now.

  9. Karl Kolchak - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Span, Uggla, R Johnson and now Carpenter–the Nats are really going to benefit when the rosters expand on 9/1. Essentially everyone who was on the roster late in spring training except Stammen will be healthy and available; plus Carpenter and Papelbon.

    Of course, that also means that MW is going to have to figure out the best times to use everybody.

    • senators69 - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Not sanguine about MW doing that right!

  10. coop202 - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Why couldn’t manny get that double in the ninth last night

    • ehay2k - Aug 20, 2015 at 10:33 AM

      It’s MW’s fault!

  11. senators69 - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Digression —
    I believe that Cal Ripkin is on with the Junkies tomorrow morning on 106.7.
    Can’t help but imagine Cal in the Nats dugout and how that might work…

  12. donkort - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Bryce needs to hit four homers tonight, instead of drawing four walks!

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      I’m quite fine with Harp walking 4 times and scoring 4.

  13. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 8:48 PM

    Jim Wolfe another ump who makes my case for Robo call.

  14. raleighnat - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Woohoo. So tied mets.

  15. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    I see we decided it’s time to challenge Aranado again.

  16. knoxvillenat - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    Pretty quiet on this board tonight. I guess the trolls have driven many a good poster/Nats fan away. Shame.

    • dcwx61 - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:18 PM

      no….it’s football season in Washington

      • conatsguy - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:29 PM

        Hey we’re in the other blog! It’s great come join us!

      • dcwx61 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:33 PM

        thanks…i’m a g-man but it’s too freakin hot for football

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:50 PM

      Hope you can join us…

      https://squeezeplay2.wordpress.com/

    • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:58 PM

      Kind of nice …

  17. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Wow I didn’t see RZim missing that.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      The official scorer said the same thing.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:22 PM

      Oh…..meaningless pre season games are so important….like straw polls for the presidential election in Iowa right now.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:24 PM

        Word Press acting up tonight? I was replying to dcwx61 and his 9:18 comment. My reply gets tossed about more frequently than the house salad.

      • dcwx61 - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        agree..but that is washington….but at least i hear the cats mentioned once in a while but much of the talk is on who the q back is….yadda eider

      • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:34 PM

        4-4 top 8th

      • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:35 PM

        We make this guy look like Koufax.He has an era over 6 at home.

  18. Danny - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Ramos botches that throw again. He had so much time

  19. coop202 - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Ramos has to stop that and/or make the throw if he isn’t going to hit…

  20. sunshinebobby - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    41 unearned runs? You’ve got to be kidding, right?

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

    Ramos just throw the ball to Strasburg and its an easy out.

    Again are fielding so below average.

    It was the one thing Williams said he would improve.

  22. raleighnat - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Boy Ramos ha struggled in all facets.

  23. coop202 - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    I love new look stras

  24. nattygoats - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:40 PM

    Since the Nats won’t make the playoffs I sure don’t want to see Oreos in there. Go Mets. Nats don’t deserve anything. I find it awful that at .500 they still have a shot. Can’t even beat the Rockies

    • coop202 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:42 PM

      You’re an awful fan

    • ehay2k - Aug 20, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      wrong again- the Nats won two in a row.

  25. Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Stras looks kind of uncomfortable in the dugout.

  26. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Come on boys lets get going

  27. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:45 PM

    Don’t swing at this guys junk. Show discipline and swing at his batting practice fastballs.

  28. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    RZim you gave them the first run. Now take it back.

  29. scnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    I wonder if Ramos will get another RBI this season. He just looks awful.

    • manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:54 PM

      He needs to quit hitting the top of the ball. If he would square up the ball he would be fine. Problem is he topping way to many pitches.

      • scnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:57 PM

        Just rolls them weak to second base. Over and over. Never pulls the ball.

    • nattygoats - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      He’s lazy. Out of shape. Can’t hit can’t throw can’t run. He really disgusts me every time I see him. Please get rid of him. Oh and he can’t catch

  30. nattygoats - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Ramos is a awful player. Bench that dude. He makes zero,contribution

  31. veejh - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    No hitting. Back to the norm. Ugh.

  32. nattygoats - Aug 19, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    A loss tonight would put a big stamp on an awful season. The Rockies??.. Cmon

    • veejh - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      Agree. The lineup shakeup was nothing but an anomaly.

  33. conatsguy - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Knoxvillenat asked …Where are all the posters?

    We’re at the Nats going Deep blog. squeezeplay2.wordpress.com

    All your favorite NI posters are there. Moderated site so frontrunners and whiners need not apply.

    See you there!

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      I dunno. I think lots of disparate views is fine, and even better. Echo chambers aren’t helpful, we just need to all accept that views differ and we all benefit from making us think.

      • scmargenau - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:51 PM

        +1

      • natsfan1a - Aug 20, 2015 at 6:09 AM

        Agreed.

  34. Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:06 PM

    It’s only 1-0. No reason to give up yet. I never get upset at the first run. If the Nats can’t score a run, they aren’t going to win.

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:08 PM

      o’s win 5-4

      • Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:11 PM

        now that’s some good news.

  35. BatBoy - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    Go Ooooo’ssss!!! Walk Off!!!!

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:17 PM

      This a HUGE game with the METS losing.A win tonite and tomorrow and we salvage this disaster of a road trip and come home 3 back only losing a game and a half after all that trauma.

  36. Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:26 PM

    Nice no-send by Hendley. No reason to run into an out with nobody out.

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Terrible AB by Zim.

      • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:34 PM

        You have to bat for Stras there.He will pitch one more inning and we had to go for it there.Zim killed us there.Just had to hit a lousy ground ball.You can not have that happen.This was what the season has been about.

  37. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Zim at bat just horrible and soul crushing. If Ramos grounds out to the second basemen I am going to go Elvis on my Pioneer Elite a tv.

  38. abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Put it in the air Wilson. Sac fly is fine, avoid GIDP if you can!

  39. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Shoot.

  40. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    TV safe though

  41. Danny - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:33 PM

    What a joke. We take so many strikes and swing at junk

  42. abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Well, at least no GIDP. And a long way to go, Nats still have a good shot tonight.

    I don’t think last nights lineup had much to do with the result – CO played horribly and those walks made it too easy. But had to be good for the psyche anyway and tonight isn’t over.

  43. Big Red W - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:39 PM

    If you don’t score a run on the Colorado Rockies you are, by default, the worst team in the league.

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:44 PM

      Werth takes ball 1 and then swings at a ball and he only got 1 strike.He is a lead off batter down 1.

  44. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Take the walk ESPI steal second, move to third on a ball in the dirt and score in a weak fly….please

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:52 PM

      This is why Werths AB was so bad as wild as this guy is.

  45. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:44 PM

    Damn

  46. dcwx61 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    i see no reason to swing

  47. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:50 PM

    Well, they can’t pitch around us all the way to Ramos again.

  48. nattygoats - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Gonna lose 1. 0 to the Rockies on an unearned run. Now that is ROCK BOTTOM?

  49. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    Zim redemption coming?

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

      What the f is Esco doing.We are a dumb team.8 walks a wild pitch and we let them off the hook.We are not a good team any way you look at it.

  50. sunshinebobby - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Shades of Nook Logan!!!!

    • conatsguy - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:38 PM

      Metgoat jinxes his team again..😎

  51. dcwx61 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    escobar great hit, no brains

  52. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    Way to go…Zim….sorta …esco? Toot

  53. Danny - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:53 PM

    What a carnival

    • rlndtln - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:55 PM

      No brains is all you can say.It was right in front of him and what is henley doing.

  54. Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Ack, Esco!

  55. sunshinebobby - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Where was Yunel Escobar doing? What was he thinking? Where was he going?

    • Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      That reference never, and I mean never, gets old!

      • natsfan1a - Aug 20, 2015 at 6:10 AM

        Those were the days, my friends.

  56. manassasnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    Escobar asleep at the wheel.

  57. abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 10:59 PM

    Tied up. Nats have been better the last few innings. CO shaky, Nats win is looking ok.

  58. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:01 PM

    Esco saw the third basemen at the bag, he didn’t imagine the second basemen doing something exceptional…because it’s the kind of thing that esco would doesn’t do, extraordinary forethought.

    • Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:07 PM

      Good point.

  59. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    So,WHY do,we have a short bench? Stupid if you ask me.

  60. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Damn right!

  61. Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    Way to do it for Stras Jayson!

  62. dcsnakehead - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    man Werth sucks

    • 3on2out - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:17 PM

      Good call

  63. abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:14 PM

    9 walks. How do we only have one run so far!? Rockies on borrowed time?

    Yup, Werth drives in two. Go Jayson – those lunging swings the last two days aren’t pretty but they have been effective!

    • Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:24 PM

      That triple was not a lunging swing. it was a patented Werth swing. He keeps his wrists solid in a very unusual way. I read that he does that to keep the bat in the hitting zone longer. Sure worked there.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:28 PM

        Yes, he swings that way a lot. Still looks kind of lunging to me. But if it works, go with it.

  64. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    Add on….

    • 3on2out - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM

      Is there anyway we can get nasty and rintintin to have their own chat room where they can be alone and slather each other in their rancid venom? Just wondering…

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:49 PM

        Yes, but leaving them this one seems unfair to Mark.

      • chrisrw109nats - Aug 20, 2015 at 12:18 AM

        Eh. If this place was better moderated so many people wouldn’t be leaving.

        It is one thing for people to point out the clubs weaknesses but what happens here, the ridiculous venom and negativity, the calling people stupid who believe in the team… makes this someplace that visiting as a fan is unpleasant.

        I don’t even understand why those guys come here. Their best case scenario is that the Nats miss the playoffs and they can all call us stupid for believing in the team, their worst case is us going on an epic run and winning it all.

        What kind of ‘fan’ sees that as a worst case scenario?

      • natsfan1a - Aug 20, 2015 at 6:08 AM

        Agreed.

        ===

        Sec 3, My Sofa – Aug 19, 2015 at 11:49 PM

        Yes, but leaving them this one seems unfair to Mark.

  65. nattygoats - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    Nice job Werth. The one we bet waiting for

    • 3on2out - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:29 PM

      Oh now you’re a Werth fan, nasty? Wasn’t this you 15 minutes ago?

      “Gonna lose 1. 0 to the Rockies on an unearned run. Now that is ROCK BOTTOM?”

      • dcwx61 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:51 PM

        go to squeeze2 blog…not worth the aggravation

      • stoatva - Aug 20, 2015 at 12:18 AM

        What dcwx61 said. Three times the number of comments there as here this evening.

  66. abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    Good job Zim taking that pitch the other way! That was nice! And the run helps.

  67. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    A thing of beauty Zim. Overall, he’s the least of our problems.

  68. Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:38 PM

    So odd to see that pitching motion I’ve despised for years in Nats uniform.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:39 PM

      Short memory. Good for closers. Good for fans.

      • Section 222 - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:46 PM

        Well put. Always hated the guy. Like him a lot now. Loved the emotion tonight.

  69. TimDz - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    In seconds, what is the over/under on FP making a reference to the Nats cutting the Mets lead and saying, “Game on?”

  70. mdmcommish - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Zim, like I said.

  71. ArVAFan - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    WOO-HOO! (TM Michelle S).

    And goodnight . . and a good night it was.

  72. abqnatsfan - Aug 19, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Good win! Important win with the Mets losing to see the daylight close. Win tomorrow would bring them home with potential momentum.

  73. hummel26 - Aug 20, 2015 at 12:35 AM

    Good win for the Nats. 18 base runners and only four runs! Good thing Stras was on tonight. Good to see JWerth with a big hit. Hope this continues, and that the hitters finally get it in gear. Nats have no chance at wild card, so the division is the only chance. Mets have some strengths, but many weaknesses, which gives the Nats an opening. If they can squeak into the playoffs and Span comes back and some others start hitting, things could get interesting.

  74. scmargenau - Aug 20, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    After game at sqeezeplay2.wordpress

    And a comment module that actually does what users ask…

  75. everendp - Aug 20, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Well you managed to effectively drive away a substantial number of informed, thoughtful and civil posters. Congratulations.

  76. ehay2k - Aug 20, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    I’m done here. I’ll read the writers posts but no more reading or writing comments. It’s just unbearable to see constant whining, bashing, and ad-hominem attacks on posters and players. See some of you over at the new blog. If this site gets proper moderation and comment controls (like Block/Ignore functions), then I’ll come back, mainly because I’d rather be able to read and comment on the same site. But scrolling past 20 tolls comments to get to something good is not worth the effort or time.

    Cheers all, it’s been a fun few years!

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