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Game 123: Brewers at Nats

Aug 23, 2015, 12:15 PM EDT

The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to win their second consecutive series, something they have not done since June 23-28. That is yet another mind-boggling fact about the 2015 Nationals, but here we are in August with the Nats hoping for an important series win against one of the worst teams in baseball.

Jordan Zimmermann (9-8, 3.44) will start for the Nationals against his hometown team, while Matt Garza (6-13, 4.98) will take the mound for Milwaukee. Zimmermann is hoping to bounce back from a rough outing in Colorado when he gave up four runs in six innings of work. He allowed nine hits, including three homers, and a walk. Before that, however, he had surrendered just two total runs in his previous two outings.

Garza was also bad in his last appearance when he gave up give runs in five innings against Miami. But, like Zimmermann, he was good before that with a 2.56 ERA across five starts.

Yunel Escobar remains out of the Nats’ lineup as he rests his hyper-extended neck. Other than that, the lineup looks as expected.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 185/855
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 3 mph out to RF

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 Jordan Zimmermann

BREWERS (53-71)
2B Scooter Gennett
C Jonathan Lucroy
RF Ryan Braun
1B Adam Lind
LF Khris Davis
CF Domingo Santana
SS Jean Segura
3B Elian Herrera
RHP Matt Garza

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

1:36 p.m. — Zimmermann has taken the mound and we are underway on a beautiful afternoon in Washington.

1:59 p.m. — It’s 2-1 Milwaukee after the first inning as both teams got some offense going early. The Brewers got their two runs on a homer by Lucroy. That followed a leadoff single by Gennett. The inning nearly got worse, as Braun smoked a line drive off the wall after Lucroy. But Harper threw him out at second on one of Harper’s best defensive plays of the season. The Nats got their run on an RBI double by Zimmerman. He drove in Werth, who led off with a double. Zim never moved past second, however, as Desmond struck out to end the frame. Both starters threw 19 pitches in the first.

2:18 p.m. — There was a lot less action in the second inning, as the game remains at 2-1 Brewers. Segura singled, but that was it for Milwaukee. Ramos then singled for the Nats before Taylor grounded into a double play to end the inning. Zimmermann is at 38 pitches, while Garza has thrown 32.

2:48 p.m. — Wow, where do we start? The Nationals now lead 5-2 after plating four runs in the third, all with two outs. The rally began with a two-out walk by Rendon and he moved to third on a double by Harper to left field. Harper hit a would-be groundout to third base, but no one was there because of the Brewers’ shift. Zim then walked to load the bases. Desmond brought home Rendon on a high chopper to Garza, who muffed an attempt to grab the ball with his barehand. Somehow it was not ruled an error. Espinosa then doubled to clear the bases and give the Nats three more runs. It’s 5-2 with Lind set to leadoff the fourth.

3:11 p.m. — Both teams had their chances in the fourth, but no more runs were scored. It’s still 5-2 Nats after four. The Brewers got the bases loaded before Garza struck out to end the frame. The Nats also loaded the bases before Desmond lined out to center field to send us to the fifth.

3:35 p.m. — The Nationals gave a run back in the top of the fifth, but then added four more of their own in the bottom half of the inning. The first came on a Ramos homer, his 10th of the season. The final three came on a Rendon homer, his second in as many days. The Nats now lead 9-3 with the sixth inning up next. Their second consecutive series win now looks well within reach.

3:57 p.m. — The Brewers got a run in the top of the sixth to make it 9-4, which led to Zimmermann coming out of the game. His final line: 5 2/3 innings , 8 hits, 4 runs, one walk (intentional), 7 strikeouts. The Nats were unable to add to the lead and we go to the seventh inning.

4:14 p.m. — A pretty quiet inning for both clubs in the seventh as the score remains 9-4 heading to the eighth inning. Here comes Drew Storen.

4:34 p.m. — The Brewers got a run off Storen in the eighth, cutting the Nats lead to 9-5. The score would stay the same after Milwaukee set Washington down in order in the bottom of the inning. Here comes Jonathan Papelbon for the ninth.

4:34 p.m. —  And that’ll do it. The Nats beat the Brewers 9-5 and take the series. It’s the first time they’ve had back-to-back series victories since late June.

  1. rlndtln - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Esco is a joke.Imagine in the old days a team in a pennant race having a guy with a neck sprain out for maybe a week.

    • stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:26 PM

      You keep using this word “joke.” I do not believe it means what you think it means.

      Do you own or can you borrow a mirror?

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:29 PM

      How is 3 days a week? It’s pretty obvious by taking today, he gets an extra day of recovery. How is that a joke?

    • npb99 - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      Esco has been one of the toughest players this season.
      I wasn’t able to resist the temptation to answer your idiotic comment. But you seem to enjoy attracting responses from the many posters who resent your toxic presence in these comments.

    • Candide - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:52 PM

      I remember back in 1893, George “King” Kelly played the whole season for the Giants at the age of 35 with a broken back and a concussion that had left him paralyzed from the waist down.

      Men were men in those days.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:02 PM

        1903: Edward ‘Pale Eddy’ Harvey played the whole season while dead. You can look it up.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:17 PM

        Pale Eddy is brilliant.

        We had to play day-night-redeye tripleheaders while we were in utero.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM


    • stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:27 PM

      Off to the ballpark!

      • rlndtln - Aug 23, 2015 at 12:58 PM

        Cal Ripken played in over 2100 games in a row.That is tough and I am sure his neck hurt a few times.By the way that is 14 years.Esco is lucky to play 14 games before needing time to recover.

    • patrickthand - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:28 PM

      Ha!ha! Of course, back then it was only a 154 game schedule.

  3. stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    Meh. If Escobar were playing runty rinty would be moaning that he was selfishly hurting the team. Because if you’re a troll you troll. It’s what you do.

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:10 PM


      • rlndtln - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:13 PM

        Again attack.Try the facts.2100 games with his neck hurting among other things.Esco is soft like many other players today.If you see it different tell me how?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

        I would but I can’t type, I have a hangnail.

    • realdealnats - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:13 PM

      Ironically, rindtintin is the biggest pain in the neck on this site yet we all play through it. And we don’t complain. Yet he never tells us how tough we are…

  4. stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    Anyway, to dignify the troll with an answer, if you were making 20k a year playing mlb (instead of less than 5k as a manual laborer) and there were only 400 jobs in the bigs and multiple levels of minor leagues, yeah you’d go out if you had to staple your arm back on.

    I can think of a few politicians who’d like for us all to return to those days. You prolly have their bumper stickers on your beater.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:22 PM

      Don’t say “beater,” it’s prejudiced. They’re called tank tops.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:33 PM

        I don’t think stoatva was referring to his shirt with the beater comment, but to his 1974 AMC Gremlin station wagon.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:37 PM

        Oh. Ok.
        My bad.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2015 at 7:25 PM

        Reminds me of the time we were all in line outside the park for Nats Fest back in the day. The line wound around the parking garage and as we stood there a beater car, large and old, chugged past the line, belching black smoke. As it turned into the garage, I realized that Thom Loverro was piloting it. I said to my husband, “Huh. So, beat writers actually do drive beaters. I did not know that.” But I digress.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 24, 2015 at 8:42 AM

        Loverro was a Beat writer? He doesn’t look quite old enough. Although he did see the best minds of his generation.

  5. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Do any of you remember when I was accused of “making stuff up” when I said that outfielders are trained to make throws in to the plate on a bounce and that there are drills for the catchers and outfielders for it? A throw to the plate, in most cases, should be thrown on line so as it bounces about 7-12 feet in front of the catcher, both so it can be cut off if needed, and also because the catcher will be lower when receiving the ball, making the tag easier. It also keeps the catcher from getting his legs cut out from under him. When I explained this I was curtly advised that this was fine for youth travel teams, but not for MLB.
    Well, I think my case is proven here in this piece from the WAPO printed page today:

    I don’t know a lot about everything, but I do know a lot about outfielding nuances.

    • Candide - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:53 PM

      From the linked article:

      Per the rules, a catcher cannot block home plate unless they have the ball.

      Grammar peeve.

      Look, every single player out there is male. So you’re not being politically incorrect by saying, “he has the ball.”

      Similar peeve: “They have two persons on base.” You can’t say “men” because one of the baserunners might be a woman?

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:01 PM

        James Wagner is fortunate that you are not his editor equipped with a red pen, Candide.

        My point of course was made regarding bounce throws generally being the correct technique.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:23 PM

        Look, every single player out there is male.

        In the majors and affiliates, that’s true. But not “out there.” And they used to all be white in MLB, too. Just saying.

      • natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        Plus, subject-verb agreement? Hello?

    • Candide - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:07 PM

      Thanks for finding that, BTW. MLB At Bat had a busted link to an article from Ladson about the same story.

    • Section 222 - Aug 23, 2015 at 6:20 PM

      I remember that Joe. I thought you were right then, and I think you’re right now. Glad you stuck to your guns.

    • natsfan1a - Aug 23, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Nice pick, Joe (as it were).

  6. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Nice rip, Jayson!

  7. natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Hopefully, Jordan’s command improves from here on out.

    And now that washed up Jayson Werth continues his resurgence.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:52 PM

      I am not ready to give up on Jayson Werth yet.
      [Sorry, I’m repeating myself].

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 1:56 PM

        I was being my sarcastic self there, Joe. But I am concerned about his apparent defensive inefficiency lately.

      • Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:09 PM

        Jack, stick your sarcasm, man. I’m ultra sensitive you know.

        I generally think Jayson has been pretty bad for the last 2 years defensively, but, the ball that went over Jayson’s head Friday night? In fairness, that was one of those low line drives coming right at him off the bat that kept rising. He certainly could have played it better, but those types of line drives are the most difficult to judge. I had a great view of it from my seat and knew he was in trouble right away.

  8. coop202 - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Desi still turning 3-0 counts into k’s… Not good for the speed bays that time through

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:04 PM

      What auto corrects to “speed bays”?

      • Candide - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:10 PM

        Bats autocorrects to bays?

        Speed… beats me.

      • coop202 - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:19 PM

        Ha bats… Sorry. Slow footed guys are teeing off.

  9. abqnatsfan - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    JZim having a rough start to the game. Still, only a 1 run game. Stay in it.

  10. natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    That was a pretty useless at bat by Espinosa.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:35 PM

      Neither the first nor the last.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:41 PM

        To be followed by a double in his next AB. Also neither the first nor the last.

  11. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    My son & I just watched the 8 run Mets inning yesterday. He asked me “what if the Nats had gotten Cespedas & Cillpard at the trade deadline?”. I said, I think the Nats would be at least 3 games up on the Mets now.

    What do you think?

    • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:17 PM

      Imply no Pap

      • hummel26 - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:38 PM

        But Papelbon didn’t really fill an in-season need; I think they got him in part for the post-season, and thought moving Storen down to the 8th would work fine (seems not to have worked). If they’d gotten Clippard and Cespedes, they would have had a much needed bat, and they would have filled an existing bullpen hole, and may not have had to pay that much.

        But it’s true that the A’s might not have taken Pivetta for Clippard. Hard to know.

        Not sure Pap was the best acquisition, given the specifics of the situation. And clearly, clearly, a bat is/was needed. They needed an OBP guy AND a slugger. I also liked Parra, who I think is even better than Cespedes, and the O’s got him. The O’s are famously cheap, so I think we could have gotten Parra.

    • stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:18 PM

      I think everybody thinks it would be nice to have Cespedes but no one ever says who’d they’d have offered to outbid the Mets for him.

      • stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM

        Pivetta plus who?

      • Nats Fan Zee - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:09 PM

        I’m guessing what he meant was subtract those two from the Mets and add them to the Nats and what would the result be? I assume (he is only 12) that he thinks it’s pure subtraction but we know they would have filed those roles with somebody else. I think with the adds, we are up at least 8 games since the deadline. What if anything the Mets would be down is anybody’s guess.

  12. stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Think Rob Drake holds a grudge?

  13. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    Man, that hit was just barely fair.

  14. Drew - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Danny Two Bags!

  15. natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    As opposed to his last at bat, that one was pretty productive by Danny.

  16. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:43 PM

    Well, Ian gets lucky! We will take it. I call that E-1 in my book, but they gave him a hit.

    And that was not a wasted at bat by Espinosa!

    N-A-T-S NATS! NATS! NATS! times 4 so far this inning!

    • stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM

      He was going to try and shovel it. Don’t think it would have gotten there. YMMV of course.

  17. abqnatsfan - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    That was a nice 2 out rally. Danny’s hit was nice. I was as unconvinced about him before thus season as anyone, but he has been a real solid contributor thus season in all areas.

    • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:56 PM

      I have appreciated Dannys efforts this year but classifying him as a real solid contributor needs to be kept in proper context. When compared to the rest of the club, yes, but that bar has been pretty low except for Harp, Escobar and when healthy, Span.

      • abqnatsfan - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:59 PM

        Hence – this season he has been a solid contributor to this team. You are welcome to your own perspective. I didn’t exactly say he has been an all star.

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:05 PM

        And I’m agreeing with you.

  18. abqnatsfan - Aug 23, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    The Nats sure seem to throw away a lot of balls to first base to allow innings to continue and build. At least they can work on Garza thus time.

  19. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

    Harper goes oppo against the shift again. This kid is special.

  20. abqnatsfan - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Nice job of Harper trying to take what they will give him and getting the bloop. Too bad no extra runs in the end.

  21. stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Weird. 4th inning carbon copy of 3rd until Desi. No way he could duplicate that Baltimore chop.

  22. natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Jordan needs a quick, low pitch count inning to get through 6. I’d really like 7 from him but that may be asking a lot.

    • Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      88 pitches already. I think we’ll be lucky to get six out of him.

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:25 PM

        All the foul balls before the home run by Gennett hurt.

  23. abqnatsfan - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Wow Rendon! You look back! Breathing room?

  24. Drew - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Tony 4-bags!

  25. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    And young Anthony has checked back into the building, folks!

  26. natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    I think the turnaround has begun. No sense worrying about what the Mets do until the Nats get this thing going.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:35 PM


    • kgwcoach - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM

      Win 10 series. Then win 10 in a row. The check the Mets

  27. stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Two doubles in the bank and a six run lead, Bryce was just trying to see how far he could hit 97.

  28. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    9 runs on 9 hits with 9 RBI’s with 7 BB’s for the Nats offensively.

  29. natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Jordan has to finish this 6th.

    • kgwcoach - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:48 PM

      Day off tomorrow helps the relievers a little.

      • natsjackinfl - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:51 PM

        All hands on deck today.

  30. Nats Fan Zee - Aug 23, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Zim out of gas … 1st time in a while I agree with a MW hook timing

  31. Joe Seamhead - Aug 23, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Let’s tack a couple assurance runs up!

  32. npb99 - Aug 23, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    What has happened to Drew?

    • stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      Looks like Davis got his attention. 3 straight Ks on 95, 95 and 96.

      • npb99 - Aug 23, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        Hopefully he can build on those Ks, rather than giving up yet another run.

  33. stoatva - Aug 23, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    When did Storen ever hit 96? He must be cheesed.






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