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Game 155: Phillies at Nats

Sep 27, 2015, 11:57 AM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

The Nationals have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they still have eight games to play. On Sunday they finish off their series with the Philadelphia Phillies with Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.94) and Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.93) set to pitch.

Gio will look to recover from a rough outing against the Orioles on Sept. 22. He gave up four earned runs on six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Gonzalez saw the Phillies two starts ago and struck out 12 with two runs allowed in seven innings.

Harang was good in his last start when he went seven innings of two-run ball against the Marlins. He last faced the Nats on June 26. He took the loss after giving up five runs, four of them earned, in six innings.

Updates to come…

Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183/860
Weather: Cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF

CF Michael Taylor
2B Anthony Rendon
CF Bryce Harper
3B Yunel Escobar
1B Clint Robinson
SS Ian Desmond
LF Matt den Dekker
C Jose Lobaton
LHP Gio Gonzalez

PHILLIES (58-97)
SS Freddy Galvis
2B Andres Blanco
CF Aaron Altherr
LF Darin Ruf
RF Jeff Francoeur
1B Erik Kratz
3B Cody Asche
C Cameron Rupp
RHP Aaron Harang

HP Bill Welke
1B John Hirschbeck (cc)
2B John Tumpane
3B James Hoye

1:37 p.m. — Galvis lines out to second base and we are underway at Nationals Park…

1:54 p.m. — It’s 0-0 after one as the Phillies went down in order and the Nats couldn’t make anything of a one-out walk by Rendon. Harper followed Rendon’s walk by grounding into a double play.

2:08 p.m. — This game is scoreless no more. The Nats had back-to-back homers from Desmond and den Dekker, two of the longest hit home runs any Nationals players have hit this season. Desmond’s smacked off the facade of the second deck in right field. den Dekker’s bounced off the back wall of the groundskeepers area in straight away center. It’s 2-0 Nats.

2:21 p.m. — The Nats still lead 2-0 after three. Gio set the Phillies down 1-2-3. Gio led off with a single, but never advanced. Taylor and Rendon struck out looking. Harper then flew out to center field to send us to the fourth.

2:37 p.m. — It’s still 2-0, though the Nats had a good chance to add more in the fourth. Desmond reached on an infield single with two outs and moved to third on a den Dekker single. But Lobaton grounded out to second base for the third out. The fifth is up next with Gio going back out there having thrown 54 pitches.

2:53 p.m. — The Phillies nearly got on the board in the fifth after Francoeur led off with a single. He moved to second on a single by Kratz and to third on a flyout by Asche. But Rupp grounded into a double play to end the threat. It’s still 2-0 with the sixth inning up next.

3:17 p.m. — This game is tied. The Phillies loaded the bases with three singles by Harang, Galvis and Blanco with no outs. Gio then walked Altherr and Ruf to score two runs. That was it for Gonzalez, as Matt Williams then went to Rafael Martin and Matt Grace to get out of the jam. It’s 2-2 with the seventh up next.

3:45 p.m. — The Nats added two more runs to take a 4-2 lead in the seventh. Desmond scored the first one on a double by Lobaton. Desmond had reached to lead off with an infield single. den Dekker scored the second run on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Dan Uggla. Casey Janssen will now take over to pitch the eighth.

4:19 p.m. — Complete disaster. Jonathan Papelbon and Harper got in a fight in the dugout, then Papelbon came out and allowed a two-run homer to Blanco, a potential go-ahead shot. It’s 6-4 Phillies as the Nats disastrous season takes another unbelievable turn.

4:40 p.m. — This one is finally over. Nats lose 12-4. Should be an interesting postgame.

  1. patrickthand - Sep 27, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Why is Ian Desmond still in the lineup when we can get a good look at Trea Turner? Matt Williams is such a doofus.

    • stoatva - Sep 27, 2015 at 12:37 PM

      Career salvage by MW. At risk of finishing under .500 with MLB preseason favorites he thinks it makes a better IMG;TPL defense if he runs out the season with the regulars.

      That’s “I managed good; they played lousy.”

  2. golfersal - Sep 27, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    Sorry but the Nats are no longer a part of the playoff picture.
    How about letting some of the young players, play.
    Sick of Desmond, I want to see Turner.
    Would also love to see Severino behind the plate, Wilmer Difo at 2nd or short, and Tyler Moore playing.

    Why does Williams have to be so robotic in this and look (or let the next manager) look at the future talent.

    • patrickthand - Sep 27, 2015 at 12:46 PM

      Ian Desmond is a stiff. He’s surpassed Mark Reynolds as the worst player in the Majors. We dodged a bullet by him turning down $90 Million. “We tried to give youse a lot of money and youse wouldn’t take it. Now youse can’t have it.” Paraphrased from “A Bronx Tale.”

  3. stoatva - Sep 27, 2015 at 12:32 PM

    Centerfield gonna be crowded.

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

      Yep. Chase has been on a roll.

  4. rmoore446 - Sep 27, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    I think Chase includes a howler in every post just to see if anyone is reading them.

    • natsjackinfl - Sep 27, 2015 at 1:09 PM

      I said that 2 months ago.

  5. derwink - Sep 27, 2015 at 3:00 PM


    I’ve been very unemotional about the season. Unfortunate, yes but now I’m upset that Turner and Dilfo are not being given chances. Desmond hitting a home run now does not help the Nats next year. Getting Turner at bats does.

  6. philipd763 - Sep 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Casey Janssen, the worst reliever in baseball.

    • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 27, 2015 at 3:58 PM

      Sitting here out looks like rain soon. I may call it a season in a few minutes.

      • Nats Fan Zee - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:04 PM

        S/b it looks like rain ☔

  7. alexva6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:07 PM


  8. natslive - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    So what happened with Harper and Paps? And why take Harper out and leave Paps in……looks like Williams has lost control

  9. philipd763 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Team is imploding.

  10. vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:24 PM

    Papelbon is right. Run the ball out. I love Bryce, but he has got to start to hustle.

    • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:28 PM

      not his place. Its the manager’s place-moron

      • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:34 PM

        Club house leaders always do things like this you idiot

      • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:40 PM

        since when is papelbon a leader on this team? he’s been with us for a couple of months and why would a “leader” try to hurt their mvp? moron

      • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM

        Old time baseball people respect the game. Harper, although he is a great player45 , shows that he does not by his lack of hustle – halfwit.

      • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:07 PM

        He touched first and the manager and Werth(your leader) said nothing. Papelbon is a relief pitcher just with the team for a couple of months, and done poorly as well. He also has a rep- do you condone violence?

        BTW Sherlock, Pap just got suspended.

        I believe in hustle, too. just not the way it was addressed by Pap.

      • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:38 PM

        You are probably too young to remember when an older Jason Werth on his first day of spring training called out Nyger Morgan for lack of hustle. The longer you are in league, the more you respect hustle.

    • Batboy - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      You Idiot! Bryce is MVP! Been bustin his butt all season!! Paps has history in Boston & Philly as being a Nut case and attacking fellow players! Should be arrested for assault and placed in jail !!

      • Batboy - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:12 PM

        And, how dare you call MVP BRYCE HARPER A HALF WITT YOU MORON!! You are such an idiot and obviously know nothing about the game of baseball or The Washington Nationals!! Go AWAY!!! FAR AWAY!! Like under a rock fool!!!

      • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:56 PM

        I think vannordens meant I was a halfwit and he seems to relish his age and supposed wisdom about the merits of hustle. We all believe in hustle as an important quality in a player, even an MVP should hustle but vannordens is strangely silent on how pap brought it to his attention. I can only think that vannordens worships the concept of hustle to the point of condoning papelbons reaction.

      • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 6:17 PM

        Your are right regarding who I was referring to. I do not know what Bryce said to Papelbon that resulted in Papelbon going after him. I do know what happened to Nyger when Werth called him out.

  11. richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    why did Williams stay on his step and do absolutely nothing? WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP. Rison should fire him right now.

    Why did he let pap go in the game after such behavior-he should be suspended on the spot.
    why did Strasburg give him a pat on the way in? Is there a division among the team that doesn’t like Harper?

    • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:41 PM

      the season’s over. ya think he could catch a break? also violence is never the answer rocky.

    • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      I guess you must be there in the clubhouse to know this? Violence is never the answer….what if he hurt him?

    • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      Hustle never is too late in the season.

    • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:55 PM

      Where’s paps maturity? He attacked Bryce who’s 22? how old is papelbon, 35?
      There’s no excuse – If Willams says its self policing by players, I give up. These are multimillion dollar investments that papelbon thinks he can just beat to a pulp rather than control himself.

  12. philipd763 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    It is Williams job to get on Harper.

  13. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:31 PM

    Just turned on the game in the top of the 9th. Incredible.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      And I just saw (learned of) the fight. Wow.

  14. Drew - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    OK Mr. Lerner.

    It’s time to hose out these stinking stalls.

  15. Elkton Manny - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Why did MW let Papplebum pitch after the fight? If I was Harper I’d be pissed at Williams to no end

    • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:03 PM

      If anyone needs anymore evidence that Williams can’t think outside the box after this…his player assaulted another with hands around throat and he says “tie game, he;s our closer” INCREDIBLE and probably it just cost Willams his job and rightly so.

  16. Anon - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Worst inning, and game, all year. And that is saying a lot. Only person that I want gone more than Williams is Pap. Run him out of town immediately

  17. philipd763 - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Rizzo wrecked the team when he traded for Papelbon.

    • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 4:52 PM

      I am not a fan of Papelbon, but I think someone had to call out Bryce for his lack of hustle.

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        Sorry, but that leaves a lot of reasons to wonder wtf you are are talking about?

      • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:18 PM

        You think Bryce has been hustling? I don’t. Playing real well. Yes. MVP yes, Hustling no.

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:44 PM

        You’re killing me. That kid certainly has been busting his ass all year, and the likes of Jonathan Papelbon has no, and I mean no,none whatsoever, justification to call Bryce Harper out.

      • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 6:14 PM

        Matt Williams called out Bryce for not running to first base. OK, he now trots down to first base. I don’t think that is hustling and I think older players who respect the game will call him on it.

      • kkpp3 - Sep 27, 2015 at 6:31 PM

        Harper may at times act like a petulant kid who needs to grow up, but Papelbon looked to me like a nut case. I know which of the two I’d choose.

      • vannordens - Sep 27, 2015 at 6:39 PM

        I agree with you on both counts. Acting like a petulant kid. Yes. Bryce a better choice than an over the hill Papelbon. Yes.

  18. Anon - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Even if you think Pap has a right to question the MVP for jogging out a pop up (I do not), he attacked Bryce in the dugout. Took it from words to an attack. That’s insane. He must go.

  19. Joe Seamhead - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Papelbon goes before the blood red moon, if I’m in charge.

    • richardp6 - Sep 27, 2015 at 5:58 PM


    • natsfan1a - Sep 27, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      Preach it.





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