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Old 07-17-2016, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Pirates 2 @ Nats 1 (18 innings).


We are 6 up on both the Mets & the Marlins and from now to October 2 we only play them a combined 12 more times, so this isn't like a last year's Mets things where: 1) the Mets were closer in the standings then they are now and 2) they still played head-to-head a bunch more times (last year they still had 12 more games head-to-head in the second half), so I'm a lot less mad losing games like this just because.....they are 6 games up and they only play the Mets & Marlins 12 more times combined. Just keep winning series, if you do that they'll coast to the playoffs, and if they win the first 2 of a series I don't care if they strike out 26 times and make 40 errors and would get laughed off the field by a teeball team, they would've won the series, so what they do in that final game goes into the "who cares" category, it's indifferent. With that said, I don't care that they lost I'm more mad about how long it took for them to finally lose. If you're going to lose, go down with dignity against Melancon, don't go down against one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball who was so bad he got banished to the pen in Niese. Sure, the home run with 2 strikes by Murphy was fun, but had I known the game was going to last another 3 hours and they would lose anyways, I would've rather had seen Murph strike out. Probably the Pirates too. Starling Marte & Murphy had the games only 3 RBI's: Murphy as mentioned earlier had a home run off of Mark Melancon with 2 outs & 2 strikes in the 9th, while Marte doubled in the 6th and homered in the 18th to mercifully end the marathon. And despite playing 18 innings the teams only combined for 20 hits, so there wasn't even may scoring opportunities either: Adam Frazier doubled with 1 out in the first but Andrew McCutchen struck out & Marte flied out, Nats had Werth on second with 1 out in the 7th, but Ramos lined into a double play, in the 10th Frazier doubled with 1 out again for Pittsburgh and got stranded there after McCutchen fouled out & David Freese struck out. Harper & Ramos had back-to-back walks on 8 pitches leading off the 10th, but Robinson flied out and Drew grounded into a double play, Chris Heisey got to second on a wild pitch with 2 outs, but got stranded there, Turner stole second in the 14th, but got left there, Eric Fryer got thrown out at home on a Harrison double in the 16th, Sean Rodriguez got to second on a wild pitch in the 17th, but got left there, and Drew singled with 2 outs in the 18th to get Ramos to second but Espi struck out to end the game. Those were the only real other threats of the game. Scherzer pitched 7 innings allowing 1 run on 6 hits with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts while Ollie Perez (2-3) pitched 2 innings allowing 1 run on 2 hits (1 homer) with 1 walk and 1 strikeout. Chad Kuhl allowed 1 hit through 6 innings with 0 walks and 5 strikeouts, Neftali Feliz (19th hold) & Tony Watson (19th hold) pitched the 7th & 8th allowing 2 hits with 0 walks and 2 strikeouts combined. Melancon (2nd blown save) allowed 1 run on 1 hit (1 homer) with 0 walks and 1 strikeout, while Jon Niese (8-6) pitched the final 3 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts.


Nats have Monday off and resume the homestand on Tuesday against the LA Dodgers. Scott Kazmir (7-3, 4.52) starts for the Dodgers while the Nats will hand the ball to Reynaldo Lopez (ML debut) who will make his major league debut. I don't know why but they LOVE skipping AAA (for good reason this year the AAA team stinks) and go dipping in the AA pool for starters: Joe Ross last year, Lucas Giolito earlier this year, now Lopez. And really I have no idea why they are even bringing him up either: with the off day on Monday we didn't need a 5th starter until Saturday as we could've pitched Gio for the Tuesday game and than left Strasburg & Roark on regular rest for Wednesday & Thursday to finish the series. Game time will be 7:05. Pirates also have Monday off and will be returning home for a 3 game series with the Brewers which begins Tuesday.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:22 AM
 
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I think he is a very biased person. He has had no problem promoting it Dusty Baker causes stir with Chapman, race remarks - NY Daily News . I don't appreciate his immunity from this type of stereotyping. We're talking about the career and future of an outstanding ballplayer. I get it that the Nat's had a bizarre dugout and lack of leadership last year but to bring in someone like DB is a joke.

He's one of the "protected" and can therefore get away with his biases. Some of his proclamations over the years have been downright ignorant.
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:31 AM
 
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Dodgers 8 @ Nats 4.


Welp, I thought the team brought Lopez up for the sole reason a team had a trade in place "i.e Brewers for Braun or LuCroy [LuCroy would be better because he can fill in at first while Zimmerman's out]" "Rockies for CarGo, Blackmon (which is really picking up steam lately)" with Reynaldo Lopez being the centerpiece of the deal and those teams wanted to see if Lopez could get MLB hitters out......and well it was a mixed bag. Sure he struck out 9 hitters, but he also gave up 10 hits & 6 runs, and since he only pitched 4.2 innings almost ALL the balls the Dodgers put in play went for base hits as Lopez recorded only 5 outs that weren't strikeouts. Needlessly to say I don't think we'll be getting Braun, LuCroy, CarGo, Blackmon, Miller, or Chapman today . Chase Utley lead off the game with a home run, and Joc Pederson added a 2 run single later on in the inning, Dodgers added the 4th run in the second on an Utley single, and Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig each added RBI singles in the 5th to finish the scoring on Lopez. Loboton got the Nats on the board with a home run in the 5th, and the Dodgers got the run back in the 8th from a single by...guess who?? That damn Utley guy! Nats made a charge in the 8th off of Chris Hatcher who has been a complete disaster getting back to a 3 run game from a Turner triple which scored 2, and a Murphy double which scored one and got the lead back to 3, and he missed a home run by only a couple of feet. Yasmani Grandal homered in the 9th to make it a non-save situation for Kenley Jansen who pitched the 9th. Scott Kazmir (8-3) allowed 4 hits and 1 run (1 homer) in 7 innings with 0 walks and 8 strikeouts. Along with the 6 runs, 10 hits, & 9 strikeouts in 4 2/3 Lopez (0-1) allowed 1 home run and 1 walk.


Game 2 on Wednesday. Bud Norris (5-7, 4.17) starts for the Dodgers while the Nats hand the ball to Gio Gonzalez (5-8, 4.70). Game time at 7:05.
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Old 07-21-2016, 01:17 PM
 
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Dodgers 1 @ Nats 8.


Harper hit a towering home run to the upper deck in RF in the first for a 2-0 lead. In the 2nd Charlie Culberson got the Dodgers lone run of the game with a single. Revere & Werth went back-to-back in the 5th for a 4-1 lead, Ramos double, Turner triple, and a Turner steal of home (off of a double steal & rundown from Espi) added 1 run each and made it 7-1 and Rendon finished the scoring in the 8th with a home run. Bud Norris (5-8) allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (3 home runs) in 5 innings with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk. Gio (6-8) allowed 1 run on 3 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts in 7 innings.


The rubber game and the final game of the season series goes on Thursday: Stephen Strasburg (13-0, 2.51) takes the ball for the Nats while 19 year old Julio Urias (1-2, 4.95) starts for the Dodgers. Game time at 12:05
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Old 07-21-2016, 04:00 PM
 
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Dodgers 6 @ Nats 3.


Chase Utley started the series killing us, Justin Turner killed us this series as he homered twice, scored 2 runs, and drove in 5 runs. He homered in the first to put the Dodgers up 2-0, and then after an Adrian Gonzalez single in the 3rd made it 3-1, he parked a 3 run homer into the left-center seats to make it a 6-1 game. Nats got a sac fly from Harper in the 1st, an Espi double in the 6th, and a Murphy single in the 7th. Strasburg (13-1) allowed 6 runs on 7 hits (2 homers) with 1 walk and 10 strikeouts in 6 innings. Julio Urias allowed 1 run on 5 hits with 0 walks and 4 strikeouts in 4 innings. Adam Liberatore (2-0) allowed 1 hit with 2 strikeouts in the 8th inning and picked up the win since Urias failed to last 5 innings. Kenley Jansen (28th save) allowed 1 hit with 1 strikeout in the 9th.


Nats stay at home for the final 3 games and final series of this 6 of 7 series, 19 of 23 games at home stretch when they welcome the San Diego Padres into Nats Park for a weekend set beginning on Friday night. Luis Perdoma (3-4, 7.36) is the scheduled starter for the Padres while the Nats will hand the ball to Tanner Roark (9-5, 2.82). Game time scheduled for 7:05. Now while the Padres come from St. Louis to Washington, the Dodgers will be doing the exact opposite, they'll be going from Washington to St. Louis as they finish this 9 game road trip with a weekend stopover in St. Louis for 3 games with the Cardinals beginning Friday night.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:14 PM
 
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Like your posts, 7express, but can you stick with blue. Easier to read.


Thanks!
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:55 AM
 
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Can't help but be a Bryce Harper fan after seeing this video
My Wish: Bryce Harper makes Kaylan's dream come true - ESPN Video
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:30 PM
 
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Fathers 5 @ Nats 3.


Matt Kemp solo home run in the first, Werth matched Kemp's solo home run with 1 of his own, and Ramos gave the Nats the lead with a single. Pads took the lead for good in the 5th: Melvin Upton, Jr (possibly playing his last game in a Padres uniform) single tied the game at 2, and a couple batters later Kemp homered again, this time a 3 run homer to put them up 5-2, before Murphy finished the scoring in the 8th with a solo home run. Not a good week for the Nats who have gotten beaten up by these NL West teams for the second time in 2 months. We already lost the season series to the Dodgers, and losses in 1 of these next 2 to San Diego and we'll lose the season series to them too. And we haven't even played the Giants yet who routinely beat us around like a piñata . Luis Perdoma (4-4) the owner of a 7.32 ERA coming in, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (1 homer) in 7 innings with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts looked like a right-handed Clayton Kershaw, Brad Hand (10th hold) allowed 2 hits & 1 run (1 homer) with 1 strikeout in 2/3 of an inning and Brandon Maurer (4th save) pitched the last 1 1/3 with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Roark (9-6) allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (2 homers) with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in only 5 innings.


Nats will look to even the series and the season series on Saturday. Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76) starts for San Diego while Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.94) goes for the Nats. Game time at 7:05.
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Old 07-23-2016, 05:26 PM
 
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Fathers 5 @ Nats 3.


Matt Kemp solo home run in the first, Werth matched Kemp's solo home run with 1 of his own, and Ramos gave the Nats the lead with a single. Pads took the lead for good in the 5th: Melvin Upton, Jr (possibly playing his last game in a Padres uniform) single tied the game at 2, and a couple batters later Kemp homered again, this time a 3 run homer to put them up 5-2, before Murphy finished the scoring in the 8th with a solo home run. Not a good week for the Nats who have gotten beaten up by these NL West teams for the second time in 2 months. We already lost the season series to the Dodgers, and losses in 1 of these next 2 to San Diego and we'll lose the season series to them too. And we haven't even played the Giants yet who routinely beat us around like a piñata . Luis Perdoma (4-4) the owner of a 7.32 ERA coming in, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (1 homer) in 7 innings with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts looked like a right-handed Clayton Kershaw, Brad Hand (10th hold) allowed 2 hits & 1 run (1 homer) with 1 strikeout in 2/3 of an inning and Brandon Maurer (4th save) pitched the last 1 1/3 with 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. Roark (9-6) allowed 5 runs on 4 hits (2 homers) with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts in only 5 innings.


Nats will look to even the series and the season series on Saturday. Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76) starts for San Diego while Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.94) goes for the Nats. Game time at 7:05.

Thanks, the red is too much glare.
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Old 07-23-2016, 11:26 PM
 
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Pads 2 @ Nats 3.


Ryan Schimpf 2 run homer in the 2nd put the Pads up 2-0, Murph sac fly in the 3rd, Revere double in the 5th tied the game, and a Drew triple in the 9th was the walkoff. Edwin Jackson allowed 2 runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 1 strikeout in 6 innings while Kevin Quackenbush (6-4) allowed 1 run on 2 hits with 1 strikeout in 1/3 of an inning taking the loss. Scherzer allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (1 homer) with 0 walks and 10 strikeouts while Papelbon (2-2) allowed 1 hit & 1 walk with 1 strikeout pitching the 9th.


This series is tied at 1-1 and the season series is tied at 3-3, the rubber game of both this series and the season goes on Sunday. Lucas Gilito (0-0, 4.70) starts for the Nats while the Pads hand the ball to struggling lefty Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.55; but 0-3 10.85 his last 4 starts). Game time goes at 1:35.
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