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Game 122: Brewers at Nats

Aug 22, 2015, 3:23 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The sky is blue, the humidity is low, it’s a gorgeous Saturday in the District of Columbia, and there’s a ballgame to be played tonight. Can’t complain about that, right?

OK, so there’s plenty to complain about right now as it pertains to the Nationals, who after dropping last night’s series opener to the Brewers in unsightly fashion are back below the .500 mark and trailing the Mets by a season-high 5 games. But today is a new day, and perhaps today is the day when things come together and this team wins a ballgame and gives everyone even more reason to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Yunel Escobar, as expected, is out of the lineup after hyperextending his neck on that collision with the wall and a fan down the third-base line last night. Anthony Rendon returns to third base and takes over in the leadoff spot, with Danny Espinosa batting second and playing second. Jayson Werth, meanwhile, gets the night off, replaced in left field by Clint Robinson. Trea Turner remains on the bench. [UPDATE: Werth actually is in the lineup now, leading off.]

We’ve got a good matchup of impressive rookie right-handers, with Joe Ross and Taylor Jungmann taking the mound. Updates to come throughout, so please check back often…

MILWAUKEE BREWERS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185
Weather: Clear, 81 degrees, Wind 7 mph in CF

NATIONALS (60-61)
LF Jayson Werth
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Joe Ross

BREWERS (53-70)
CF Shane Peterson
C Jonathan Lucroy
RF Ryan Braun
1B Adam Lind
LF Khris Davis
2B Scooter Gennett
SS Jean Segura
3B Elian Herrera
RHP Taylor Jungmann

UMPIRES
HP Clint Fagan
1B Rob Drake
2B D.J. Reyburn
3B Joe West (cc)

7:06 p.m. — We are underway on an absolutely gorgeous Saturday night in the District.

7:29 p.m. — Oh man, the Nats were stone-cold robbed of a potential big bottom of the first by Shane Peterson, the Brewers center fielder who made one of the best plays of the year. The Nats had two on and nobody out for Bryce Harper after Jayson Werth singled up the middle and Anthony Rendon drew a walk. Harper smoked a line drive to the left of center field, really tagged it on the screws, but Peterson made an incredible diving catch. Werth actually made an astute play to get back to second base and tag up, but then Peterson fired a perfect throw to third to nail a stunned Werth. That was an amazing play, and it leaves this game scoreless after one.

7:49 p.m. — Michael Taylor does it again. For the third straight night, he homers, this time an opposite-field, 2-run shot in the bottom of the second. That came after Wilson Ramos sent a 2-out base hit to left, opening the door for his rookie teammate. If, on Opening Day, somebody told you Michael Taylor would have 13 homers, 55 RBI and 15 stolen bases on August 22, your reaction would’ve been … what? It’s 2-0 Nats after two.

8:05 p.m. — Some very solid contact for the Nats so far tonight against Jungmann. In addition to the Taylor homer, Harper smoked that liner to center and Zimmerman drove a ball to the base of the wall in center field that was caught by Peterson to end the bottom of the third. We’ll see if this translates into any more runs the rest of the way. Still 2-0 after three, with Ross pitching quite well.

8:33 p.m. — Well, looks like all that solid contact was indeed a good sign, because the Nats just scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Ramos drove an RBI double down the left-field line, his second hit of the night. Werth sent his second base hit up the middle of the game, this one scoring Ramos from second base. Rendon then reached base for the third time tonight, smoking a double to left that scored Taylor (who walked earlier) and nearly scored Werth (who nearly beat a relay throw to the plate for the final out of the inning). Nice all-around offensive effort here so far, giving the Nats a 5-run lead after four.

8:45 p.m. — Joe Ross is through five scoreless innings on 60 pitches, aided in part by a big 5-4-3 double play he induced to end the top of the fifth. Good stuff from the young righty so far tonight. Taylor Jungmann, meanwhile, is done after four innings, only the second time this season the Brewers rookie has failed to complete five. Still 5-0 Nats after five.

9:01 p.m. — Still 5-0 after six, with Ross now having tossed six scoreless on 70 pitches. He has scattered five singles without issuing a walk. Very impressive.

9:31 p.m. — It’s now 6-1 after seven. Ross hung a slider to Khris Davis to lead off the top of the inning and watched it go soaring deep to left. He buckled down after that, though, and finished his night strong. Ross’ final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 82 pitches. It’s the ninth time in 10 MLB starts he has walked zero or one batter. Impressive. Also impressive: Rendon tonight. He has reached base four times and just launched a homer to left-center, padding the Nats’ lead. Blake Treinen enters for the eighth.

9:42 p.m. — Trea Turner alert! The rookie pinch-hit for Treinen in the bottom of the eighth … and struck out. So he’s 0-for-3 to begin his big-league career. Here’s Matt Thornton to pitch the ninth with the Nats still ahead 6-1.

9:51 p.m. — Ballgame. Nats win 6-1, a solid performance all-around that gets them back to the .500 mark at 61-61. Rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon, with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound against Matt Garza.

111 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 22, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    I like Mr. Ross this evening. Also, hoping to see hit # 1 from young Mr. Turner (perhaps 1st extra base hut too :))

    • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 22, 2015 at 3:28 PM

      Hit that is 😉

  2. fpa4356 - Aug 22, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    It IS a new day, and the team needs our support, although I know I risk criticism for saying so. Insofar as Williams/Rizzo have an alternative in the infield, is it safe to conclude that Rendon is not hurt as many have speculated ? Williams would not have him leadoff if he was injured. Go Nats !

    • NatsLady - Aug 22, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      I hope you are right! This would be a great day for Rendon to get going.

  3. NatsLady - Aug 22, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Go, Nats. Go, Rockies.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:02 PM

      Second that.

      Won’t be there tonight but will be tomorrow. Hope hope hope we’re going for a series win then. (A gal can dream.)

  4. natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    Taylor Jungman is tough. I don’t expect much offense again.

    • JayB - Aug 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM

      What does the skill of a pitcher have to do with runs scored by this team? More Important…if they can not catch and throw better or put the ball in play better that Ian and ZIm in the 7th it just does not matter who pitchers on both sides.

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:07 PM

        Either you are kidding or you are stupid.

  5. patrickthand - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    I’ll watch tonight, as long as the game is competitive, but if the Nats lose, I’m shutting myself down for the season (unless the Nats somehow miraculously come out of their uninspired tailspin). If they don’t care, I’m not going to. The only reason I’m not shutting down after last night’s travesty is because if there is any dullard duller than Matt Williams, it’s the idiot MLB scheduler who needlessy scheduled Thursday’s game at night. But that doesn’t explain Gio’s terrible performance, because he was sent home in advance. He was, wasn’t he, Matt? Or did you not even think of that?

    • Section 222 - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:16 PM

      I know things are rough, but putting that burden on the Nats tonight seems extreme. If they lose tonight, you won’t watch again for the rest of the season? Wow.

      Yes, Gio was sent home early. But we can’t know whether it made any difference can we? Perhaps if he traveled with the team he would have been even worse.

      • patrickthand - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:20 PM

        One guy who wasn’t on the redeye is Trea Turner. Why wasn’t he put in the lineup for fresh legs and a possible spark?

      • Section 222 - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:22 PM

        Are you just saying you think he should have been started at SS last night, or are you actually asking for an explanation?

      • patrickthand - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:28 PM

        Yes, he should have started. Why bring him up if he’s just going to sit on the bench? I thought it was a sign a waiver-wire deal to get rid of Desmond was about to happen.

      • Section 222 - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:25 PM

        Well that prediction didn’t really turn out I guess. I don’t think many people expected that, but there’s no harm in hoping if that’s what you want. On the other hand, there are plenty of good reasons to bring him up even if he doesn’t start. He’s probably the best hitter we have in the minors now for one. And is fast at all get out. Lots of guys get their first cup of coffee and don’t make it in many games. Remember Eury Perez and Xavier Cedeno?

    • ArVAFan - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      Gio was sent on ahead: that was confirmed on an earlier blog. That didn’t compensate for him getting hit in the leg, though. Maybe MW should have pulled him anyway, and turned the game over to the bullpen? Hmm, not sure how that would have turned out, either.

      Agreed on the stupid scheduling. Players union issue (like the number of consecutive days played without a day off)?

      Turner didn’t get any sleep, either, unless he took a nap after driving to DC and arriving at 4 a.m. And taking a nap on the morning of your big league debut? As they say “good luck with that!”

      • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:03 PM

        Yeah, I’m thinking the kid may have been somewhat pumped upon arrival.

  6. tcostant - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    We want Turner!

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:23 PM

      I want Turner–back at Syracuse. If he isn’t going to start, all they are doing by having him here is stunting his development. Calling him up before he is ready was an act of pure desperation.

      • Section 222 - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:27 PM

        Oh that’s silly. A few days is going to stunt his development? The minor league season is over in a few weeks anyway.

        It’s not desperation even if all it is is that he’s the best hitter available to replace TyMo in the PH/bench warmer role.

  7. fpa4356 - Aug 22, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Well, so much for Rendon as lead off. Robinson has been scratched and Werth is back leading off.

    • Karl Kolchak - Aug 22, 2015 at 5:25 PM

      They just called up a leadoff hitter–just so he could sit on the bench.

  8. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 22, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    As painful as the last few weeks have been, I wish I could be there for the game today. GYFNG!

  9. stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Jungmann!!!
    YMCA! YMCA!

    • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      Ha! So I’m not the only one who keeps hearing that when I read his name.

  10. JT - Aug 22, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    God, it’s a gorgeous evening to be at Nats Park. I was happy to get to Half St at 4pm.

    I need to cool it on the beers if I’m going to make it to the 7th inning.

  11. natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    Taylor Jungmann is really pretty good unlike alot of the comments from some of the new people to this site.

  12. natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Where is everybody ?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:21 PM

      I guess a lot of those folks who wrote some version “this is it; I’m done” meant it this time.

      • natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:28 PM

        Been like a Ghost Town 😟

        Come on back People !!!

      • kgwcoach - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        A lot of us are at the game and the wifi is spotty.

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      Everybody that contributes knowledgeable baseball reasoning has gone to Ghost of Steve’s new blog. If you make ridiculous comments, he has a delete option that also includes banishment.

      I like it.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM

        ?

      • kgwcoach - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:37 PM

        I also like it for in game comments

      • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:00 PM

        In my opinion, there are knowledgeable folks on here as well. I’m just saying.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:29 PM

        I think there are knowledgeable folks here as well. And there. Broad brushes are for some though.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2015 at 6:21 AM

        I don’t doubt that there are knowledgeable folks there, or on the MASN site, or on the Post site, or not on any site at all (the Luddites, you know). I never said that there weren’t.

        “I think there are knowledgeable folks here as well. And there. Broad brushes are for some though.”

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 22, 2015 at 11:02 PM

      A pretty fair number are probably at the game. A bunch have also gone to a moderated site for the game threads.

  13. natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:33 PM

    I’m surprised manassasnatsfan is still over there. He’s usually 100 out of 150 in game comments.

    • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      Some things will never change. Guess why I’m back.

    • Section 222 - Aug 22, 2015 at 11:21 PM

      That’s one thing that will drive people away from Ghost’s new blog. I just checked and he and mnf accounted for over 100 of the 160 comments on the game post over there.

      • NatsLady - Aug 22, 2015 at 11:43 PM

        I like the idea but the formatting leaves A LOT to be desired. Too hard on my old eyes, also difficult to navigate.

      • Section 222 - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:02 AM

        I’m sure they’ll improve the formatting over time. If you agree with me that putting the most recent comments at the top, but replies to them nested below is confusing and difficult to navigate (up/down, up/down), say so. Maybe they’ll go back to the ordering of comments that we’re used to.

  14. natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    I’m not sure I like giving up on Mark at this point he cleared out some of the loonies he deserves a little loyalty .

    I’m sticking here through season and see what happens .

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      Who’s giving up on Mark?

      • natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:42 PM

        All the posters who left here for a new blog ?

    • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      It took what it took. Having choices is not bad.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2015 at 6:14 AM

        Um, yes. I’m aware of the Comcast relationship, and have been since it began.

        “This isn’t Mark’s blog anymore. It’s been Comcast’s for some time.”

    • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:00 PM

      I stand with Zuck. 😉

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 22, 2015 at 11:05 PM

        This isn’t Mark’s blog anymore. It’s been Comcast’s for some time.

    • abqnatsfan - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:31 PM

      I’ve posted on both. I don’t see the need for one or the other. Other than I will always say Mark has done a great job here and I certainly don’t fault the way he has run the site or the comments.

  15. natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Can we get rid of FP from the broadcast ?

    • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:45 PM

      Bring back Dibble!!!
      /kidding, really

      Honestly, I think the main thing wrong with FP is Carp.

      • NatsLady - Aug 22, 2015 at 11:45 PM

        Yes and no. Carp makes a lot of mistakes and you can see FP biting his tongue to keep corrections to only the essentials. BUT–one more lecture from FP on “what it takes, people,” and I may punch out my TV.

  16. natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    Gotta give Jayson credit, he’s playing hard tonight.

    • kgwcoach - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      The whole team seems fresher and playing good tonight.

      • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        +1 no travel day after a west coast road trip was insane.

  17. natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    And maybe our third base coach should go too .

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:42 PM

      That’s the kind of comment that is silly. Did you not see how it took a terrific throw to complete that play?

      You don’t lose your job because you’re trying to force the issue.

      Good call by Sendley.

      • natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:45 PM

        We seem to have a lot of people thrown out at home . The other night Esco strays off the bag and gets picked off while Hendly standing there looking at him .

      • natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:02 PM

        That’s part of my point. We are well ahead and hitting why send him there . Risk / reward and he was out by a bit. Hendly has made some strange calls all year so my view of him is cumulative .

  18. natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:39 PM

    Yes jason tryng hard with about 41 games left and out by 5 hoo ray .

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Stupid.

      • natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        Hey I’m not a Werth fan so I’m not impressed at all that he is trying .

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:48 PM

      Natsjack…..where’s that delete key when we need it?

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:54 PM

        You need to go to Ghosts site for it.
        I’ll stick with Mark and defend against the likes of JayB and rintintin.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        Oh I’ve been to Steve’s site and I like it but I also appreciate Mark’s writing and analysis so in here as well. I just try to suffer the fools and not let it bother my blood pressure.

  19. stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Bases loaded triple and the Rockies have tied up the Mets, 3-3 in bottom of second.

    What a zoo that ballpark is.

    • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:02 PM

      Aaaand Uribe puts Mets back on top with solo shot.

    • natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:06 PM

      We need the Rockies to come through.

      • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        Four runs in for Mets with no one out. 7-3 in third. Ridiculous. Freak show games out there.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:01 PM

        And the Mets to go into a skid.

  20. natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    I don’t think the answer is to personalize an insult about a poster , me, because you don’ t agree and then just delete comments that are in no way demeaning to anyone on this board .

    • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:02 PM

      Agreed regarding insults.

  21. stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    K Davis did not miss that hanger.

  22. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Ouch.. Least no one on..

  23. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Nice effort Joe. Drew in the 8th? Gotta 4 run lead.

    • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:14 PM

      I endorse this proposal.

      • knoxvillenat - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:18 PM

        Agree….he’s not going to get out of his “slump” sitting in the pen. Throw him back into the fire and let’s see if he can’t get back to 3 up and 3 down.

  24. Allnats - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Rendon is slowly shaking off the rust and its great to see.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:23 PM

      One can only hope.

  25. stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    10-3 going to bottom of third. I commented too soon, but the freak show remark still stands.

    Ant’ny got that run back real quick.

    • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      Freak show? I got ST out there… Hey, I call it Happy Ball 😎

      • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:26 PM

        Not that there’s anything wrong with that. 😊

      • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM

        Temperature tonight is in the 60’s at Coors Field. Ball will fly, regardless of the humidor.

  26. exposremains - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Guess who’s winning 11-3 against the mighty Rockies pitching..

    • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:27 PM

      As the old joke goes: “That’s okay. We ain’t had our ups yet.”

  27. veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    I don’t expect much when I check in to see the score these days.

    We have a lead! Shocking.

    • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:34 PM

      Could easily be more, believe it or not.

      • veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:36 PM

        More bad decisions or just bad hitting?

      • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        BABIP, mostly.

  28. stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    When Treinen is “on” he is wonderful to watch.

    • veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:35 PM

      Agree. Some of the most electric stuff out there. Just needs to dial in that consistency.

      • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:37 PM

        Also, as FP correctly noted, he’s significantly less awesome against lefties.

      • veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:40 PM

        Late inning ROOGY in the making?

      • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:42 PM

        He and Rivero will be deadly when the rosters expand.

      • veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:44 PM

        Hopefully, with a purpose.

  29. veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Mets 11 runs on 13 hits. Wish we could do that right now.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:43 PM

      Nats need to save any unneeded runs for close games.

      • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        + 1

      • veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:45 PM

        I don’t believe in that crap.

      • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:47 PM

        You want 13 tonight?

      • veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        Sure. It’s just a number.

      • stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        I’m calling “humor” here.

      • veejh - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:53 PM

        I’m calling that I’m a bitter Nats fan right now.

      • conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:59 PM

        Understand Veejh, going thru that bitterness myself. You are a great Nats fan!

  30. conatsguy - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Web Gem!!

  31. stoatva - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    Great game, Anthony. Now get rid of that nasty little thing on your chin.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM

      Aw, let him keep it. He done good. 🙂

  32. natsdial8 - Aug 22, 2015 at 9:59 PM

    Ok good win . Lot of positives tonight – let’s start a run !

  33. senators69 - Aug 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM

    Nice game, especially by some guys who we were waiting on.
    And a tip of cap to Joe Cool — nice pitching job! Now, if the Nats can only keep this going…

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