September 2012

Now good, number 24, Kurt Suzuki!

How many times has Kurt Suzuki thrown out a runner in the AL? I don’t know. But the number of quality hits he got with the Nats is amazing. Uh, he has cinco homers! But in the game last night, Michael Morse hit a liner that ended in between the 8 foot wall and the electronic billboard in right field and the umpires called a safe sign, which means the ball is in play. The Nats on base got confused, and there was a baserunning backup and Morse was tagged out. The umps called an instant replay, and they explained something to the Nationals dugout. Sean Burnett and a few other players started clapping, and Morse was awarded a grand slam. Morse had to run backwards to the box to swing, and he did a invisible bat swing and re-created his swing and trotted around the bases. It was the play of the year. In the 10th, Suzuki hit a 2 run double and went go-ahead. Craig Stammen closed the door, and the Nats won.

NATS NEWS

NATIONALS 6 CARDINALS 4

WIN STOREN (3-1) LOSS FREEMAN (0-2) SAVE STAMMEN (1)

WASHINGTON> OFFENSE>MORSE>GRAND SLAM (17),NUMBER 4 OF CAREER

SAINT LOUIS> OFFENSE> JAY> SAC FLY OFF STOREN TIES THE GAME

Magic, Magic, Magic!

As the season rounds third base and heads home, the rivalry of the Braves and the Nationals has gotten fiercer and fiercer. Last night, Edwin Jackson was terrible, pitching 1.1 innings and gave up 5 runs. The Nationals lost. But in happier news, Jon Niese of the Mets shut down the Braves. It was a sight to see. You know that if we beat Kyle Lohse and the big bird champions of 2011 and the Braves fall to Johan Santana, WE END THE PHILLIES’ 6 YEAR DIVISION STREAK AND HEAD TO THE POSTSEASON! (The Phillies’ loss last night to the Marlins eliminates them from the Wild Card for the first time in 6 years).

THE NATIONALS CAN CLINCH THE NL EAST TONIGHT AT 7:15 PM ET.

BALLGAME NEWS

BREAKING NEWS: HOMER BAILEY THROWS A NO-HITTER VERSUS THE PIRATES AT PNC PARK LAST NIGHT IN A 1-0 WIN. IT WAS BAILEY’S FIRST CAREER NO-NO. 

THE CARDINALS ROUT THE NATS AND ADAM WAINWRIGHT WAS AMAZING AS THE BIG BIRDS WIN 12-2.

JON NIESE WAS GOOD AND LUCAS DUDA HIT A THREE RUN HOMER TO FINISH OFF THE BRAVES, 3-1.

TONIGHT THE NATS AND JORDAN ZIMMERMANN FACE THE BIG BIRDS AND KYLE LOHSE FACE OFF AGAIN FOR THE SECOND TO LAST ROAD GAME OF THE YEAR. IGNITE YOUR NATITUDE!

DON’T DO THE TOMAHAWK CHOP! 
 

Confirm This: The Phillies Stink!

I can know why Cole Hamels won Monday’s game at Philadelphia. But Charlie Manuel threw Kyle Kendrick and Tyler Cloyd the next two days. The Phillies and Cloyd got the Nats early, but later Michael Morse squeezed the juice out of Cloyd in the fifth and sixth. Kendrick stunk, and I can tell you that. But the Nats had a series, and the Phillies stunk.

Nats News

Phillies 4 Nats 8
Phillies 3 Nats 7

Guest Post: 3 is a Magic Number

Sep. 27, 2012– Nationals vs. Phillies

# of Gio Wins: 21
# of Harper Home Runs: 21
# Nats Wins/Braves Losses to clinch NL East Championship: 2+1

All of which proves that Three is a Magic Number

Matt’s Bat’s Dad

A True Zimmerman Day

Jordan Zimmermann, a Wisconsin native, took the mound against Marco Estrada, a former Nat. But in the first inning, Bryce Harper made a highlight reel play, banging into the center field wall and fell down. Jordan made a mistake and Corey Hart made him pay, hitting a solo homer to right. Ryan Zimmerman hit a three run homer and led the Nats to a win. Zimmermann helped himself, by hitting 2 singles, one an RBI. But an offensive explosion by the Nats lead them to… Nats News

AWAY MILWAUKEE BREWERS 2 HOME WASHINGTON NATIONALS 12

WIN ZIMMERMANN (11-8) LOSS MARCO ESTRADA (4-8)

Blue Crew, then Brew Crew. Beat them, Nats!

If the Dodgers-Nationals series was successful, raise your hand. I think it was!  Jordan Z. and Ross D. were pretty good. But opening a four game set with the Milwaukee Brewers now is a huge transition. The Dodgers stink, although acquiring big names like Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford and keeping Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier makes them a little bit better.  Even though with all of these good players they can’t find a way to win.  Superstar Prince Fielder was traded in the offseason, but Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and Aramis Ramirez lead the team from Milwaukee to be a wild card contender. Ramirez had a part of Friday’s game, hitting the eventual game-winning double. Jose Veras got a win, and John Axford got a save.

NATS NEWS

AWAY BREWERS 4 HOME NATIONALS 2

W JOSE VERAS
L TYLER CLIPPARD
S JOHN AXFORD
 

NATITUDE CLINCHES PLAYOFF SPOT!

It was a complete thriller. Chris Capuano, who played the Nats on 4/29 and got a no decision as in the bottom of the ninth Matt Kemp ( who was safe on that terrible call yesterday, by the way) hit a three run walk off homer off Tom Gorzelanny. But Chris wasn’t the same last night. He gave up four runs. But in the ninth, this is what Bob Carpenter said. “Nationals fans, the wait is over!” The Washington Nationals are going to the postseason, the second time in MTL/WAS history. The last time the Montreal Expos went to the postseason, Rick Monday hit a walk-off homer and the Dodgers beat the Expos in the Championship series. So the postseason bracket will look like this Reds v. Giants, and Nationals v. wild card winner. NATS NEWS!

CLINCH!!! #NATITUDE DODGERS 1 NATS 4.

W DETWILER (10-8) L CAPUANO (11-11) S STOREN (3)

 

Postseason berth spoiled by bad call by umpire

The Nationals played a single-admission doubleheader on Wednesday versus the LA Dodgers. The Nats got number 90 on the 4:05 1st game and between games the players had a fire drill for a half hour.

But in the 4th inning of the nightcap, something strange happened. There was two outs, and Ryan Zimmerman tagged out the runner at third base. Three outs. Matt Kemp trotted slowly home. Run doesn’t count, right? Zimmerman tagged the runner out before he got to home plate.

See the play for yourself, and leave me a comment if you think the run should count or not.  Did Zimmerman tag out the runner for the 3rd out before Kemp crossed the plate?
Disputed Run

This run was costly to the Nationals. It was because if he was called out, it would have been a 5-0 game and the Nationals’ six run eighth would’ve gave them the lead and Matt Kemp’s 0-2 count homer would tie it, not eventually win it. 

NATIONALS NEWS GM. 1 DODGERS (LAD) 1 NATIONALS (WSH) GM. 2 DODGERS (LAD) 7 NATIONALS (WAS) 6 If the  Nats won,  they would go into the playoffs for the first time

Rainy day, versus LA

I can’t believe that the 2012 season is coming to the wire and 9/8 was probably my final game. The LA Dodgers are a game back of the Cardinals for the second National League Wild Card. The Nats, on the other hand, have a 5.0 lead on the Braves in the East and need to win 11 games to clinch. But they only need two games to clinch a wild card. Aaron Harang is 9-9 and on the bump for the Dodgers. The 10-8 Jordan  Zimmermann  is looking for no. 11.

BALL GAME NEWS: 9/17

DAN UGGLA HIT A MONSTER TO LEFT AND KIMBREL SLAMMED THE DOOR AS THE BRAVES ROLLED PAST THE MARLINS, 7-5.

ALEX COBB PITCHED A NO-NO THROUGH 5 1/3, BUT JACOBY ELLSBURY HIT A TWO RUN HOMER TO HELP THE RED SOX WIN IT, 5-2.

CLIFF LEE STRUCK OUT TEN METS, AND THE PHILLIES WON 3-1.

A THREE- HOUR RAIN DELAY WAS FEATURED IN THIS GAME, BUT A LATE NIGHT FLIGHT BY THE PIRATES DIDN’T MAKE THEM LOSE. THEY WON 3-0. ANDREW McCUTCHEN WENT TO BED AT 6:00 CENTRAL, 7:00 EASTERN! 

Ugh. Even Gonzalez.

There was high hopes for Gio Gonzalez on Sunday afternoon in DC. He was facing Mike Minor (who was 8-10 before the game, by the way). But the game was on ESPN, and the Nationals are 2-4 on national TV.  If Gio can  get a W, he will be the first to 20 wins. But if he loses, it doesn’t make that big of a difference. He’ll have 8 losses,  which is my age. So he has 27 starts if he pitches.  All I know that it was horrible for DC fans, as maybe some fans of the Braves held up brooms when they won ?

BALLGAME  NEWS

ATLANTA BRAVES 5 WASHINGTON NATIONALS 1

METS LOSE TO THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS, AS RYAN BRAUN HITS HIS 200TH CAREER HOMER OFF MATT HARVEY.

BEN  ZOBRIST CARRIES THE RAYS TO A CLOSE GAME, BUT THE YANKEES STAY PUT AN CLEAN THE RAYS OFF 6-4.

WITH THE CAMO UNIFORMS ON, CHASE HEADLEY OF THE PADRES HITS A SLAM TO RIGHT AS THE PADRES BEAT THE D-BACKS.

STEPHEN DREW HITS HIS 5TH BIG FLY TO RIGHT, BUT THE O’S GO PAST THE A’S BY A MILE, WINNING 9-5.

ADEINY HECHAVARRIA HITS A HOMER AS THE JAYS COMPLETE THE SOX 5-0.

THE PIRATES KEEP IT PRETTY CLOSE, BUT THE 22 RUN SCORING GAME GOES TO THE CUBS, 9-13.

LONNIE CHISENHALL UNDOES THE TIGERS, WINNING 7-6 ON A WALK OFF.