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Game 138: Mets at Nats

Sep 8, 2015, 3:18 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

Monday’s series opener was a letdown for the Nationals, as they blew a sixth inning lead and lost ground in the NL East. But they have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday night and give themselves an opportunity for a big series win.

Jordan Zimmermann (12-8, 3.38) will start for the Nationals against Matt Harvey (12-7, 2.60), who has had quite the tumultuous week. Harvey has been at the epicenter of lots of media scrutiny surrounding the plan to potentially shut him down this season due to an innings limit.

Zimmermann is coming off two strong outings at home. He has allowed only two runs in 13 total innings against the Marlins and Braves. The last time he faced the Mets was Aug. 2 when he gave up five earned runs off three homers in six innings of work.

UDPATE: Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup for the second time in three days. One would imagine this also has to do with his sore left foot. Matt Williams revealed pregame that Zimmerman has soreness in his left oblique. For more on that, click here.

Both Mark and I are back at the park again, so please check back for updates…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183/857
Weather: Sunny, 87 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (71-66)
LF Jayson Werth
2B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
C Wilson Ramos
CF Michael Taylor
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

METS (76-61)
RF Curtis Granderson
CF Yoenis Cespedes
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
1B Lucas Duda
C Travis d’Arnaud
RF Michael Conforto
SS Wilmer Flores
RHP Matt Harvey

UMPIRES
HP Dana DeMuth (cc)
1B Mike Estabrook
2B Ed Hickox
3B Paul Nauert

7:05 p.m. — We are underway on a 92-degree night here in D.C.

7:26 p.m. — Wow, quite a first inning for the Nats. They got a pair of highlight-reel defensive plays from Ian Desmond and Michael Taylor to ensure a 1-2-3 top of the first for Jordan Zimmermann. Then they pounced on Matt Harvey for two runs and four hits in the bottom of the inning. All the hits were singles, from Anthony Rendon, Yunel Escobar, Clint Robinson and Desmond. The last three all came with two outs, with Robinson and Desmond driving in the runs. Big start to this game for the Nats, who were quite aggressive against Harvey; he only threw 18 pitches despite facing seven batters. 2-0 Nats after one.

7:43 p.m. — Zimmermann left a 3-2 fastball over the plate to David Wright, and the Mets’ captain crushed it down the left-field line for a solo homer. The Nats, though, bounced right back to get the run back in the bottom of the inning thanks to Taylor’s leadoff walk, Zimmermann’s tough sac bunt on a fastball up and in, and Rendon’s RBI single down the third-base line. That’s three 2-out RBI hits for the Nats in two innings so far. They lead 3-1 after two.

7:58 p.m. — So, Harper hasn’t exactly had much success in his career against Harvey. Like, no success at all. After grounding out weakly to second to lead off the third, he’s now 0-for-20 in his career vs. the flamethrower. Yikes. Still 3-1 Nats after three.

8:10 p.m. — Zimmermann continues to look sharp. He has five strikeouts through four innings, the only baserunners allowed coming on Wright’s homer and Granderson’s walk in the third. His pitch count is a bit high, though, at 66. Still 3-1 after four.

8:25 p.m. — Zimmermann is still cruising, through five innings of 1-run ball. His pitch count is at 84, which is still a bit on the high end. This will be a big sixth inning for him now. The Nats would really love to get him through seven tonight. Still 3-1.

Chase here taking over for Mark as he begins his game story

9:01 p.m. — The Nationals pushed four more runs across in the sixth to make it a 7-1 game and knocked Harvey out of the game along the way. All four came home on one swing, a single up the middle by Taylor with the bases loaded. But the groundball straight to center got past Cespedes for an E8 and Taylor – sore right knee and all – came all the way around to score. Zimmermann also left the game after giving up a triple to Granderson. That was with one out and he then got Cespedes to go down swinging, much to the delight of the crowd at Nats Park. Matt Williams brought in Matt Thornton in for the third out. On to the sixth we go where Blake Treinen will take the mound.

9:51 p.m. — Oh my, where to start? We’ve seen the Nationals have trouble in the seventh inning, but this one has to top them all. And we’ve seen Drew Storen implode in big games before, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this. Treinen gave up the first run on a single to Flores. Felipe Rivero then came in and issued back-to-back walks for the second run. That brought in Storen, who just couldn’t find the strike zone. He allowed a bases-clearing double to Cespedes and then walked Duda with the bases loaded to allow the Mets to tie it. Storen walked three batters in total and ended up with only seven strikes on 22 total pitches. It was a complete disaster and Williams didn’t warm anyone up in time to replace him. They went from 7-1 to tied at 7-7 all in one inning. Unbelievable.

10:08 p.m. — Yeah, it got even worse in the eight. Jonathan Papelbon came in and served up a pinch-hit, go-ahead homer to Kirk Niewenhuis. That gave the Mets an 8-7 lead. Tyler Clippard then came in for the Mets and carved up the bottom of the Nats’ order to push it to the ninth. Man, that was awkward.

10:28 p.m. — Game over. Escobar grounds into a double play for the final out. Nats lose, fall to 6 games back in NL East.

183 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Scherzer and Niese again?

    Wow, if at first you don’t succeed…

    • rmoore446 - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:30 PM

      Funny!! Chase, you need to double-check these posts before launching them on the world.

  2. langleyclub - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    So typical of this season that Ryan Zimmerman is now hurt again just when he found his form. Clint Robinson has been a great addition to the team, but he is a very weak defensive player (as his Escobar at third and Werth in LF). Weak defensive teams always seem to find a way to lose.

    • NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:50 PM

      Robinson’s been noticeably better in LF. Made three nifty catches that I can think of recently. Obviously he doesn’t have Zim’s range at 1B. I don’t like Zim being out 2 of 3 days. He’s a gamer, it’s a key series, he must be REALLY hurting. The only upside is Robinson is a fairly good hitter against righties (.251/.347/.415) with seven homers in 239 PAs. He’s also good as a starter, .287/.375/.446 in 57 games.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:54 PM

        As Ryan Zimmerman walked back to the plate after hitting a long foul ball yesterday (in the late innings, but can’t remember which one), you could pretty much tell his foot was hurting. If you’ve ever had P.F., you know the walk and he was walking it.

      • jd - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        This really does not bode well for Zim. You really have to tip your cap to him for trying to play through this again.

    • jd - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:54 PM

      langley,

      He’s not hurt again, he’s hurt still. It was quite obvious from the get go that it’s just going to be a question of pain management. Obviously it’s gotten worse again, it’s unfortunate but that’s just the way it is. He won’t get all the way better until he has the entire off season.

      • NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:27 PM

        Apparently, it’s not his foot.

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 8, 2015 at 5:27 PM

        It’s an oblique. Which can be even worse.

    • Doc - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:55 PM

      You got 2 out of 3 right, langley. I’m a fan of Escobar at 3B, both for his hitting and his fielding.

      • jd - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:58 PM

        No, Esco is pretty terrible at 3rd base.

      • NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:11 PM

        Escobar not great at 3B. He is trying, was trying very hard, lots of reps in practice, etc. I think he’s tiring now. I don’t see the energy, the gestures that he used to do.

  3. Doc - Sep 8, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Glad you corrected the SP’s Chase. I wasn’t ready to see Maxie so soon. I’m all right with the Metsies pitching Niese all they want, though!

  4. stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Conforto in left, not sharing right with Granderson.

  5. NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    I’m wearing my Ramos jersey again, it worked quite well yesterday. 😉 It has his old number 3 on it, which I believe is Michael A’s number now, so I hope they BOTH hit Grand Slams. Wouldn’t that be a trip–and off Harvey, I’ve detested him for a long time.

    • stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:46 PM

      Every time I saw somebody in a Harvey jersey I wanted to say, “Hey shouldn’t that be hanging out to dry?”

      But things went south before I had the nerve to get my smart aleck on.

      • 3on2out - Sep 8, 2015 at 5:39 PM

        Too funny!

  6. janebeard - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    I will miss Zimm in the line up Wondering why we don;t have Anthony at third and Espi at second. Yunel’s defense has been pretty lackluster. If we can’t earn a run of our own, we need at least to prevent them from scoring.

    GYFNG!

    • NatsLady - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      Agree on Yunel’s D, but I wouldn’t want him learning a new position on the fly. He hasn’t played 2B since early in ST. Am afraid we’re stuck unless Danny plays.

      • dryw4nats - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:42 PM

        So the question is, what does it take for Danny to get a start around here? Doesn’t it seem like it’s been quite a while??

      • stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 5:04 PM

        I’m afraid what it will take is the Nats being mathematically eliminated or for yet another infielder to go down.

  7. veejh - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Our season hangs in the balance today. I’m afraid another loss will be too much to overcome. They better bring it today.

    • stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:44 PM

      Yeah, I don’t think that’s overstating the case.

      • veejh - Sep 8, 2015 at 6:25 PM

        I can’t tell whether or not you’re being sarcastic.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 8, 2015 at 7:11 PM

        I can. He’s not.

  8. jeffreycbullock - Sep 8, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    I think he looked hurt when he got caught up between first and second the other game (Saturday’s game?) – he moved a little oddly.

  9. stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM

    Joe Ross to the pen seems like a smart move.

  10. dryw4nats - Sep 8, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Stoatva, that’s my fear about Danny, too. Any theories on why this is the case? He’s been playing well all season, gotten his hitting to a respectable level and been the defender we all knew he was at five different positions. Yunel and Clint hit better, but Danny isn’t an embarrassment any more and makes the other two look like large bricks in the field. I wouldn’t bench either of those two permanently, but I’d certainly work Danny in on occasion….(Probably not tonight with Zim out, but at least sometimes!)

    • stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 6:48 PM

      I’d have done that for a month or more. At this point MW has dug his own hole. Let’s see what the plan is.

  11. edgs3rd1978 - Sep 8, 2015 at 5:29 PM

    Wow! This game’s got it all. Harvey best come out and put up nothing but zeroes, or else he’s going to get it from New York fans. The Nats on the other hand better not let the game get away from them early, or there could be a mass exodus. The only other way would be a showdown between two dominant pitchers. Either way I’ve got my popcorn ready. Go Mets!

    • 3on2out - Sep 8, 2015 at 5:43 PM

      Look at that! The guy types “Go Nats” and it autocorrected to “Go Mets”

      Weird!

  12. thewerthwhisperer - Sep 8, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Go Nads! (darn autocorrect))

  13. breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    I pray to God we satisfy Bryce tonight. I hope we all arrive and cheer, and especially stay at the game, in ways pleasing to Him. If the team fails, as they have done so often and so painfully this year, I hope our suffering is redemptive in his eyes.

    May we never fall short of his glory again.

    Amen.

  14. stoatva - Sep 8, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Do. Or. Die.
    Period. End of story.

    Up here with the regulars in 223 if anyone’s in the neighborhood.

    • breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 7:02 PM

      People are angry about the Harper comments. We had a meeting at work to decide on making the payment for playoff tix. Decided no. We will wait before deciding on 2016.

      We never insult our company’s customers. We are not in the habit of patronizing businesses that insult us.

      Our seats tonight will be empty. Harper’s words definitely stung us.

      • veejh - Sep 8, 2015 at 7:26 PM

        Oh, I’d say get over it. We’re in a pennant race. Enjoy.

  15. philipd763 - Sep 8, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Hot and humid again tonight so we will likely see some dingers.

  16. philipd763 - Sep 8, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Lots of empty seats again tonight. Looks to me like Nat fans have moved on.

    • breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      Yes we have moved on. Having our star spit in our face has that effect. I bet I have been to
      as many games this year as anyone on this board. And tonight I am home, with tonight’s game tickets sitting right here.

      It’s nice to be free of millionaire egotists.

      • kgwcoach - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:38 PM

        That’s like cutting you nose off to spite you face.

  17. philipd763 - Sep 8, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Wiz owner Ted Leonsis sitting in the front row.

  18. sunshinebobby - Sep 8, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Keep the freaking line moving!!

  19. coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    I assumed the feed had messed up but where’s everyone go?

    • sunshinebobby - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      @coop202–Dunno. It’s too early for people to be heading to the Navy Yard.

    • chrisrw109nats - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:53 PM

      What is the address on that btw?

  20. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    JZim’s pitch count is getting high. Here comes the crack BP to bring it home.

    Time to say a novena

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      Woof that should’ve been caught, let alone stopped at second. Shades of the mets inside the park hr

  21. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:36 PM

    I have a bad feeling about pulling JZim …. Reminds me of a cold October night last year ……

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:37 PM

      I think he okayed it. But I agree. Seems like MW has gone from gun shy to trigger happy

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:45 PM

        Nah. Thornton for Murphy is a good call. Murphy has hit Jordan hard tonight.

        If they can’t get 9 outs from the bullpen in a must-win game, there’s no point in worrying about the rest of this year. Gotta play it straight.

  22. coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Harvey looks like 2012 stras just before the shutdown… For his sake I hope they do

  23. coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Well… That’s shades of Flores’ inside the park

  24. Drew - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Little League Salami!!

    • kgwcoach - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      And folks missed it live because they got the feelings hurt by a comment of a frustrated kid.

  25. ArVAFan - Sep 8, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    What’s MAT’s average with RISP? .700?

  26. coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Just as we drew it up… Let’s lock this one up bp

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:01 PM

      / good time for a defensive substitute?

      • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        Why wouldn’t you pull treinen before comfort?

      • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:07 PM

        *conforto

  27. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Here comes the bull pen conga line

    • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      Not a single strike!

      • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

        Thrown

  28. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:18 PM

    Useless rookies walking the park

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

      Oye… Though can’t tell howa y of those balls are wilsons fault vs rivero

  29. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Good gravy, is there not a single reliever that can get anyone out?

  30. Drew - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    For the love of God you’re up 5 runs.

    Throw freaking strikes!!!

  31. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Come on…rizzo take notes on putting AA pitchers in important games

  32. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Come on Drew! Biggest at bat of the year thus far

  33. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Let’s go Drew … Show them what you have!

  34. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    I’m sorry but we suck

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:24 PM

      Again I ask – why wouldn’t you pull the righty specialist before the rookie hitting 290…?

  35. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    If the Nats cannot keep a 6 run lead in the 7th intact they really do not deserve to get in the postseason. Come on guys!!

    • npb99 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

      Exactly what I was saying. This bullpen has no business being in the playoffs.

  36. ogremj - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    What a load of garbage. Bullpen is the most pathetic thing I’ve ever seen.

  37. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:24 PM

    Hard to imagine a more useless BP. It really is time to dump some guys, this crew cannot get it done.

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:25 PM

      It’s not just that… Wilson left them hanging, and mw should’ve put the lefty in to face the other lefty rookie.

  38. gzheng2015 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    What can you do with this bullpen? We are barely hanging by a thread…

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

      Storen might make it 3/3 on seasons he ends

  39. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Unbelievable.. just disgusting..unprofessional..what a bunch of loser…and thank you for closing the door Storen.7-1 really

  40. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:27 PM

    Unbelievable…

  41. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Dont you worry they will blow it in the remaining innings anyway

  42. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    Typical Storen..cant put guys away.nothing changes

    • paulfortier - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

      Can Ramos stop moving his mitt behind the plate, please, and gives a unmoving target to his young arms?

  43. paulfortier - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    Pathetic

  44. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    I believe Storen does it on purpose

    • BatBoy - Sep 9, 2015 at 12:05 AM

      Yep!

  45. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:29 PM

    It is all turning into a nightmare

  46. Guapo - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Big game. Nats get up early, then walk themselves into a jam. Storen comes in, puts gasoline on the fire.

    I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. 2012 anyone?

    • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

      It was NEVER this bad

      • Guapo - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM

        sure it was. I was at Game 5.

      • BatBoy - Sep 9, 2015 at 12:08 AM

        Game 5, and, just last year Matt took JZimm out of Post game with 2 outs, brought Drew in to get just, just 1 out, we went 18 innings and ………….how long must we suffer with Drewwwwwwwwweww?

      • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 9, 2015 at 8:01 AM

        Drew blew game 5 but late year just tied it. This walk-a-thon takes the cake in my book.

  47. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Damn this all feels like Game 5 all over again

  48. chrisrw109nats - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    What I find EXTREMELY frustrating about this is that with a 7-2 lead and 2 outs, we have a series of BP guys who are nibbling and nibbling and nibbling and nibbling.

    The traditional attitude for having a big league…is through strikes and make them beat you. Yeah fine you get careful when they load the bases… but before then what the hell were these guys doing?

    I love the team, but this BP is killing me.

    • lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

      They nibble because deep down they know with a certainty that they are not good enough to get major league hitters out consistently.

      • chrisrw109nats - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

        You don’t need to be able to get them out consistently, with a 7-2 score, you can get 1 out of 3 out and you still get less damage.

  49. gzheng2015 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Base loaded again…oh my.

  50. knoxvillenat - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Bunch of choking dogs, and the Nats still have the lead as I type this. Rivero is pitching himself right off the roster at this point….is Solis available tonight?

  51. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    I’ve probably been the most positive Nat fan this year but i’m really left speechless right now, this is really unbelievable

  52. paulfortier - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    5 walks 😦

  53. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    16 pitches, 11 balls, bullpen empty

  54. Drew - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    And you want to be my Latex salesman.

    Just go away and take the dog bone in your throat.

  55. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Take Storen out of the game and send him directly to Syracuse, don’t even let him change.

  56. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    This is really painful to watch, i probably haven’t been this hurt by a baseball game since 2012, it really stinks

  57. Just. Dave - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    I can’t watch this.

  58. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    And you want to be the closer. What a joke..season over..what momentum..2 grand slam and you give it back

  59. paulfortier - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    3 consecutive walks, nobody is warming up in the bullpen. Well.

  60. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:35 PM

    Someone go out and slap him for goodness sake.

  61. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    A little league grand slam followed by a little league “Walk ’em in” inning. Why a is it 6 or 7 walks now?

    Wonder if anybody stays after this display tonight?

    • gzheng2015 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:37 PM

      If you leave the park now, Harper will say whatever.

  62. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    At least we’re still tied since Conforto for whatever reason swung the bat, let’s score some runs and let’s get to 4 games back come on we can do it. Enough negativity

  63. paulfortier - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    OK Drew. Go home et don’t come back, please.

  64. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:38 PM

    6 walks in one inning. Time to fire the pitching coach. Storen is a head case. Unfortunately he is devaluing himself so the Nats won’t even get anything when they try to dump him. What a loser.

    • npb99 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:41 PM

      2012 and 2014 Storen meltdowns weren’t bad luck. It’s who he is. They should have known that by now.

  65. breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    God I hope Bryce is still happy in DC. I hope he’s still happy in DC. Be happy Bryce please be happy!

  66. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Even if they win…that display was so embarrassing..playoff would be an humiliation on national stage.

  67. Joe Seamhead - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    At the game. Can someone tell me how many pitches JZimm threw?

    • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:42 PM

      Over 100 Joe … I think 101 maybe

      • dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:50 PM

        It’s exactly 100

  68. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:41 PM

    Let’s hope the Mets BP sucks more than ours

    • dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      I think after this performance by our bullpen, no MLB pen can be worse than ours at the moment.

    • knoxvillenat - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:44 PM

      Well not lately except the two against the Marlins.

  69. Just. Dave - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    I never want to see storen pitch again. I have rooted for him for years, and felt sorry for him But he stinks so terribly. What a sniveling sissy. Please just get rid of him

    • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      I love Drew and have defended him many times but he has a mental, emotional, physical or some combination of two or more. He needs some help but it’s way late for that this year. I agree he should not be used in game critical situations going forward. Whatever it was that he had that made him special is long gone.

      What a shame.

  70. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:46 PM

    Bryce may want to keep a lower profile tonight after the game tonight. 0 for 8 with 3 Ks in the biggest series of the year. He’s carried this team most of the year, but now would not be the time to be ragging on the fans.

    • dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM

      Considering that even Phillies fans get treated by better performances than this one on a regular basis, nobody can say anything to the fans tonight.

  71. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Wonder if Bryce is glad that everyone stayed to watch him go 0 for again tonight….

    • veejh - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:53 PM

      +1

  72. paulfortier - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:48 PM

    Let’s go Nats. The game is not over, after all.

  73. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Desi, easiest out in baseball with RISP.

  74. Danny - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Desmond in crunch time whiffs through 3 dead red fastballs. Shocking!

  75. loudounhound - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    All we needed was a little single to bring home Escobar, and Desi swings from his heels three times and gets nothing but air. Big situations are almost always too big for him.

  76. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Wow, just wow.

  77. nickr26 - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Hey Bryce it’s not your fault but maybe if you guys could actually do something when it matters then people would still be in the seats

  78. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Season over. MW gone. Storen gone. Mccatty gone. Lecroy gone.

  79. Drew - Sep 8, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    The horror.

    The horror.

  80. breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    We are all suckers for caring about spoiled men who couldn’t care less about us.

    • npb99 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:02 PM

      True, but that also applies on days when we (or they) win.

  81. Joe Seamhead - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Seriously. I feel beat down. As to Drew Storen? I was here for game 5 in 2012. I was here for the 18 inning game. I was here for the Colorado melt down. I am here tonight. I never want to see him in a key situation again.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:01 PM

      I miss Soriano. He was never as bad as Storen was tonight.

      • gzheng2015 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        I missed the guy who is pitching the 8th and beating us down now…

      • knoxvillenat - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:05 PM

        I miss Craig Stammen.

    • dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:04 PM

      As much as i can hope for things to turn around, this really feels like a fitting way for this horrible season to end. It ranks right behind Game 5 as the most painful game in Nats history, tied with the 18 inning fiasco. We will all celebrate someday Nats fans, never lose hope! Maybe it can all start tonight, let’s believe.

  82. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    It comes down to this, the Nats need to rally to win this horror show, or accept that the season is down the toilet. If they lose this one, I don’t see how any of them would ever want to come back to the ball park again, let alone imagine they are a play-off team. Time to dig deep boys and find something you haven’t found thus far this season.

  83. breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    We passed on Mike Trout so that we could draft Drew Storen. Surprised?

  84. npb99 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    All for one, and one for all in this bullpen. Everybody fails.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM

      Mass exodus at the park.

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:09 PM

        I feel like I’m here with 20,000 of my closest friends….Mets friends.

      • npb99 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:31 PM

        Mets fans must be laughing their heads off. What a humiliation for the Nats tonight.

  85. paulfortier - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    Oouch

  86. exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    The worst part is that..the window is closed..be ready to chase the Mets for a while

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:10 PM

      Haha that’s definitely not true…
      Career years from three of their players and a bunch of leased players.

      • exposremains - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:14 PM

        Nats lose half their rotation..have no bullpen, aging stars always injured..not exactly inspiring

  87. coolhandbane - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    This team is done. I dont feel bad saying this now. They have no heart. They have no testicular fortitude. They are scared.

    Changes better happen this off season.

    • loudounhound - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:14 PM

      At least Papelbon isn’t scared to throw a freaking strike. If Storen had half of Pap’s testicular fortitude, this game would be over and the Nats would have won.

  88. breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    This game was poetic justice for Harper. Millions and millions of Washingtonians supported you, leading the division in attendance year after year, and you spit on them. What comes around goes around.

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      We don’t lead mlb in attendance? And I still support him. He’s right to call out fans who rave I. The 7th in a big game

      • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:12 PM

        Leave… Not rave. That would be interesting tho

    • npb99 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:32 PM

      That’s overstating it. He’s a passionate player and person, and he sometimes speaks rashly. I don’t think his comment yesterday was so bad. However, “where’s my ring” was ridiculous.

  89. coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Save the season bryce

    • breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      I said “the division.” Do you understand the difference between “the division” and “MLB.” I can clarify if you don’t know the difference.

  90. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Silly question, but with Papelbon throwing two innings tonight, Storen being useless and probably not available after throwing 88 balls in one inning, Jansen equally useless and having pitched in three of the last four games, who blows the save tomorrow night? Solis? Thornton? Surely not Trienen or Rivero?

    • loudounhound - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:16 PM

      Heck, I’d let Martin close.

      • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:20 PM

        Assume paps is stil available. Less than 20 pitches

  91. dc27dan - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:16 PM

    Werth, Rendon and BH to save the season! Let’s beat Familia and the Mets!

  92. raleighnat - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:18 PM

    This is a flat out, 100%, inexcusable, indefensible choke by the entire bullpen. It is so horrible I never want to see these guys again. I never even want to lay eyes on Storen again. Wish him well, I just want him out of my life.

  93. Joe Seamhead - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:21 PM

    Dumb ass baseball bunting Rendon

    • coop202 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:21 PM

      Not a good call

  94. breakbad1 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:27 PM

    After the World Series predictions of the winter, and Harper’s famous “Where’s my ring?” we will now be laughingstocks for a generation.

    The Redskins are a national joke, and, thanks to “Where’s my ring?” the Nationals are a national joke too. No one is going to want to play here, and the line of players looking for the exits is getting longer and longer.

    At the absolute nucleus of our problems: a GM who hired a manager who is IDENTICAL to himself in every aspect, including appearance. Rizzo and Williams are indistinguishable.

    I taught leadership at a Service academy. One of my key lessons: “A person who always agrees with me is of no value to me.” Rizzo wanted a yes-man and got one.

    And on top of everything, Harper is such a self-worshiper that he insults his own fans.

    Count me out.

  95. loudounhound - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    The season is now officially over. Sit Desmond and play Turner. Sit Storen and pitch anybody else. Let’s see the young guys.

  96. gzheng2015 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    That’s the end of the game/season, I guess.

  97. Nats Fan Zee - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:28 PM

    Nothing left to say but:

    Rizzo, you have a lot to answer for!

  98. raleighnat - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    Well, I’m officially over the edge. This loss is just inexcusable. Totally embarrassed to be a Nats fan right now.

  99. npb99 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:29 PM

    This Nats team has no business being in the playoffs. Utter disgrace out at Nats Park tonight.

    • raleighnat - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:35 PM

      Blessing in disguise possibly. The artificial hope that this team could go anywhere in the playoffs even if they made it is a madness we can now avoid. I have never seen a choke like Storen, treinen, rivero, and papelbon did as a group tonight. I will never watch Storen pitch again. I’ll turn off the tv or close or walk out to the concourse. I would fire Williams tonight just for some relief. Right now I’m ready to trade everyone just for a fresh start. Awful, awful, awful, awful. They should all feel humiliated.

      • BatBoy - Sep 9, 2015 at 12:15 AM

        Storen threw 22 pitches tonigh, 17 were balls! Enough said! He’s got Vegas in his back pocket!

  100. nickr26 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:30 PM

    This team sucks we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs and if we do make it I suggest anyone with a ticket sell it immediately because let’s face it well get swept by St.louis or LA

  101. lesatcsc - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    No season saving heroics tonight. Losing games they should win has become the theme for the season. The BP is killing them, just killing them. The Mets handed them the game and, Thornton excepted, the BP stunk. What do they have in the minors? At this point might as well give someone else a try.

  102. ehay2k - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:31 PM

    Groundhog day. I need to see the 7th on TV. Were we afraid to throw strikes, or just unable to. Ramos seemed to be set up down and away the entire inning.

    6 walks?!? Mcatty should have screamed at someone.
    I am done with the current coaching staff.

  103. nickr26 - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:35 PM

    Im surprised the fans didn’t boo I mean this is probably our season were facing MATT HARVEY and we get 7 RUNS!!! 7 not 1 or 2 but 7!! And we can’t win I would be booing these so called pros off the damn field and you think you can beat Kershaw and Grienke or De Gromm Harvey and Syndergaard haha yea right f***ing disgrace of a team want to see what MW says now

  104. raleighnat - Sep 8, 2015 at 10:38 PM

    I am ready for a purge of this choke infested team.

  105. rickdaoust - Sep 8, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Epic failure! One for the history books…

    Baseball is a business yet they expect us to treat it as a game… No, it’s not a game! It’s entertainment and this was way worse than any B movie I have ever seen. No more Nats, rich owners, wealthy players for me. I think I’ll spend my “HARD” earned money elsewhere.

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