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Frank's here (plus your lineups)

Well, Bonds was just introduced, and man, did he get a huge cheer.

Some minor stuff: Lopez out of the lineup. Acta says he's day-to-day. Might be able to play tomorrow. (Right knee tendinitis, if you recall from Sunday.)

Anyway, Frank Robinson had a change in his schedule, and he is on hand to represent MLB at the Bonds chase. That left him standing in the Nationals' dugout about 30-40 minutes ago. (I, too, was standing in the Nats' dugout at the time, and I thought it might be a good point to get out my notebook.)

He ran into GM Jim Bowden, which obviously could have been awkward considering Bowden didn't want Robinson back as manager, and he and Stan Kasten made the decision not to re-hire him. The two talked for about five minutes, and it was quite a pleasant exchange. Talked a little Bonds. Bowden then politely excused himself, and as the Nationals came off the field after batting practice, several Nats greeted him. Robert Fick (predictably) forced a hug on him, and Frank said, "Stop that!"

Chad Cordero and Nick Johnson stopped for long chats. He shook hands with Saul Rivera and Chris Schroder and the bullpen catchers and the video guy. Brian Schneider, who had been in a pregame meeting with Randy St. Claire and John Lannan (sample comment: "OK, cleanup guy. Left-handed hitter. Little bit of pop. Work him down and away, then up and in.), emerged from the clubhouse and warmly greeted Robinson. He had a longer history with Robinson than any other current National. Lots of asking about families, etc.

I talked to Robinson about being around the club. No earth-shattering stuff, but I'll leave it for the $.35 edition, where it'll appear in the notebook. Gotta get you up in the morning for something.

The scene here: Temperature is 60 degrees, cloud cover, but quite pleasant. Lineup cards being exchanged now. Upper deck isn't full in teh corners, but there were only standing-room tickets remaining, so I'm sure it'll fill in. They can miss the top of the first anyway, right?

Lineups:

Washington:
Logan -- 8
Belliard -- 4
Zimmerman -- 5
Young -- 3
Kearns -- 9
Church -- 7
Schneider -- 2
Jimenez -- 6
Lannan -- 1

San Francisco:
Davis -- 8
Vizquel -- 6
Winn -- 9
Bonds -- 7
Molina -- 2
Durham -- 4
Feliz -- 3
Frandsen -- 5 (Who?)
Lincecum -- 1 (On any other night, I'd be really excited to see this kid pitch)

There you have it. We're ready to play. Giants have taken the field, and the PA announcer is saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, it happened Saturday night in San Diego." And they're playing it on the video board.

I have to say, this place is juiced. (Pun intended.) Bonds just watched the replay on the huge scoreboard in center field.

By Barry Svrluga  |  August 6, 2007; 10:11 PM ET
 
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Comments

It's great that MASN isn't blacked out.

Here's hoping that Lannan bonks Bonds after Zimm got hit....maybe break his hand, leave him tied for his career?

Posted by: derek | August 6, 2007 10:28 PM | Report abuse

So they just said on tv there are 450 members of the press there. Please tell what it's like in the press box. Sardines?!

Posted by: misschatter | August 6, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

... I was robbed! Correction: I am being robbed! It seems that Sportsnet in all parts of the country (except for the Pacific coast) has chosen not to show the games but to show ONLY BONDS AB's, cutting into regularly scheduled poker etc. at the appropriate times. I'm totally PO'ed, and I've already emailed my disgust to the network. After hearing from me, I'm absolutely positive they'll make the necessary changes to their line-ups for the rest of this series ... yeah right!

Posted by: natscan reduxit | August 6, 2007 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Right there with you, Derek...at the very least Lannan needs to step up and protect his mates...maybe plunk Vizquel, just to send a little message...

Posted by: The Nationals Enquirer | August 6, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Game's being shown on ESPN 2. Everybody's got that, right?

Posted by: Mo Monroe | August 6, 2007 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Mo Monroe - the ESPN2 feed is blacked out in the DC/MASN area...

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 6, 2007 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice 6-3 DP by Jimenez. Not. Great throw to 1st, he had more time, but Young got it without too much stretch so good enough.

Lannan is not having a good time withanyone, think he's go Bonds on the brain?

Posted by: estuartj | August 6, 2007 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Aaargh, as soon as I compliment him he flubs a throw!

Posted by: estuartj | August 6, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

for the love of god can we get e6 jimenez out of there

Posted by: love | August 6, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Direct TV in No Virginia is showing the game on ESPN 2 and MASN...no blackouts for a change. We've switched to the MASN feed cause they've got Frank in the booth with them. Nice to see him again.

Go Nats!!!!

Posted by: Manassas, VA | August 6, 2007 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or are both pitchers extremely wild today?

Posted by: SF Fan | August 6, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

It was very nice to hear Frank talking about watching the Nats games this year. Says that he watches almost every game. Listening to him talk it is obvious he cares about the individuals he managed as well as the team. I wish he could still be a part of the Nationals in some way. I am really hopeful that Frank will agree to come back and be honored at the new park next year. He earned the right to be honored and I hope he allows himself the moment.

I'm not sure if I have written this before, but a good trvia question is what do Frank Robinson and John Smoltz have in common? Hint, less than six degrees of separation.

Posted by: NatBisquit | August 6, 2007 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Listening to the audio on mlb.com.

I can't keep listening to this but I can't stop.

It's going to be a long four days.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 6, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Answer: (I'm pretty sure about this, but would love to have someone verify it) They were both traded for Doyle Alexander. If I remember correctly, Alexander was one of the minor leaguers traded by the Dodgers to the Orioles for Robinson. As a veteran Alexander was traded for minor leaguer Smoltz.

Posted by: NatBisquit | August 6, 2007 11:24 PM | Report abuse

NatBisquit,
I'm with you about honoring Frank and how nice it was to hear he's keeping up with the team. I hope time heals some wounds and some hurt and there will be a day to recognize his role with this franchise.

That being said, I think he'd have a tough time managing this group of guys this year with all the changes and unknowns who have stepped up to perform under Manny. Especially when considering that April start. Good to see you Frank.

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 6, 2007 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lannan!
Bean him.

Posted by: chase Utley | August 6, 2007 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's 3 AB for Lannan against Bonds - looks like that could be it for Lannan to not serve up the record breaker. Gotta love the DPs!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 6, 2007 11:51 PM | Report abuse

RE: Frank

I sure wish Frank and the Nats would mend fences... I think Frank is such a big piece of the Nationals history... and I think the Nats genuinely want to honor him. I think that Bowden and Kasten were clumsy handling the situation last summer, but regardless, they made the right decision, as we're seeing now.

Frank is Frank, and he wanted a real position with the Nats (manager), and I hope that Frank mellows a bit about his hurt feelings.

Posted by: Wigi | August 7, 2007 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, sending Lannan to bat with bases loaded. At least make him take a strike! That was UGGGLY.

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 12:05 AM | Report abuse

...yikes!!! what was Manny thinking ??? it's john lannon, not tom glavine pitching; send up a pinch hitter !!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Man that is a tough call not hitting for Lannan. How many chances are we going to get with that many guys in scoring position?

I hope it's cause he thinks we can light up their bullpen.

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Scene in press box: It's pretty tight in here, but there's not nearly as many folks as there would be for a World Series game. The best thing for those of us who cover the visiting team is we have seats reserved right in front, and this is one of the best, lowest press boxes in baseball, so if history happens, I'll have a ridiculously good seat.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | August 7, 2007 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Bean him, Lannan!

Posted by: ryan Howard | August 7, 2007 12:28 AM | Report abuse

NICE job Lannan! Sit down Barry! Yeah!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 12:30 AM | Report abuse

That was an awesome sequence of pitches...

Posted by: Wigi | August 7, 2007 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Nice one, Lannan!

Posted by: JennX | August 7, 2007 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Barry, why aren't you in a kayak....?

Posted by: joe m......... | August 7, 2007 12:32 AM | Report abuse

You said it Wigi!
What a boost for Lannan's confidence and what a way to get out of this very rocky but successful outing for the youngster!

Let's get some runs and try to get him a well deserved W!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 12:32 AM | Report abuse

What a confidence boost this has to be for Lannan. Great curve ball to fan Barry.

Posted by: sec 405 | August 7, 2007 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Barry svrluga, that is, not the other one........

Posted by: joe m...... | August 7, 2007 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Barry,

I realize that your job right now is like a one armed paper hanger, but I so appreciate getting the play by play on what it is like at the ballpark this evening - news on Frank, situation in the press box - you really bring it alive! Thanks much!

Posted by: Traveler | August 7, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

755(and counting)********************************************************************************************************************************************............

Posted by: joe m.... | August 7, 2007 12:42 AM | Report abuse

next time jimenez bats i'm flipping channels--he's AWFUL !!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, this week's gonna be a killer, with the west coast swing and sweltering sleeping temperatures. I'm gonna have to set up a cot under my desk at the office!

Sure didn't need to go extra innings but hoping for extras now! C'mon Chief!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Amen on Jiminez, bad at bat for Langerhans too. We need some serious upgrades to our bench (Jiminez, Langerhans and Fick come to mind).

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 12:51 AM | Report abuse

oops, check that. C'mon Saul!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Da meat, d* meat, da meat is off the hook!

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 1:02 AM | Report abuse

WHat hath Meat wrought?

Posted by: Wigi | August 7, 2007 1:02 AM | Report abuse

D - Meat Man !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: joe m...... | August 7, 2007 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Meat!

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 1:03 AM | Report abuse

.what's up with Kearns?? he looks lost at the plate.............c'mon Chief !

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Just want to say thanks all for your posting and cheering along with the game. Makes me feel a little less crazy for staying up so late for this! :)

Let's pile on a couple more, Churchie!

Posted by: JennX | August 7, 2007 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Not a good at bat for Church after a couple good hits earlier.

Chief has to face Bonds, scary stuff.

Come on Cordero!
7 for 7,

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 1:11 AM | Report abuse

No Chief for me....i'm already at the buffet........

Posted by: Barry Bonds | August 7, 2007 1:13 AM | Report abuse

barry has left the house, estuartj; getcher head in the game, dude

Posted by: cevans | August 7, 2007 1:13 AM | Report abuse

P.S. That Young guy looks like he's on the stuff........

Posted by: Barry Bonds | August 7, 2007 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Scratch that, I didn't realize they sub'd for Bonds in Left.

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Cardiac Cordero...

Posted by: SF Fan | August 7, 2007 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Crap, Cordero.

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 1:18 AM | Report abuse

omg, chief... seriously? ugh. need to get to bed soon... :(

Posted by: JennX | August 7, 2007 1:19 AM | Report abuse

And of course now we have no young in the line-up.

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 1:21 AM | Report abuse

thanxxxxx chief.....what a 'buzz killer''''

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 1:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm dosing off......9Robert Fick - GW HR in the 19th)!.....and dreaming!!

Posted by: joe m.. | August 7, 2007 1:24 AM | Report abuse

C'mon. Somebody stay up with me.

[RF]ing Cordero

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 1:38 AM | Report abuse

waytogofickcmonayala

(cantbreathe)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Sigh... Too much to hope for that Ayala could get 3 outs with the bases loaded...

Posted by: SF Fan | August 7, 2007 1:43 AM | Report abuse

done.
Wow. Going to be lots of discussion tomorrow, Barry.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Yuck. Tough loss to start the trip and a week of late nights. So, just how bad was the bottom of the order tonight?

Let's get em ... later today.

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 1:46 AM | Report abuse

8th blown save for the $3 million man !!! chief needs a kick in the pants; how about another 'closer' occasionally because he is anything but 'money'

Posted by: joe m | August 7, 2007 1:46 AM | Report abuse

bleep.

Posted by: joebleux | August 7, 2007 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Yay Lannan. Boo Cordero. Yay Young. Boo Jimenez. Yay Rauch. Boo Cordero. Yay Logan. Boo Kearns. Yay Rivera. Boo Bench. Yay Boo Ayala.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 1:50 AM | Report abuse

...Yay Nats. Ya'll really battled it out. I'm still proud.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 1:58 AM | Report abuse

So how come Fick didn't complain about the baserunner (dunno who it was) who ran well inside the line during that second-to-last at-bat? Probably wouldn't have made a difference in the end, but 2 outs is 2 outs.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 7, 2007 2:36 AM | Report abuse

And why am I up this late? Because it really isn't that late, seeing as I'm on the Left Coast this week. Lets hope the Nats can keep Bonds homerless these next few days. As long as that happens, ESPN hopefully will continue to carry the games.

Posted by: Juan-John | August 7, 2007 3:06 AM | Report abuse

The late games don't bother me, but OF COURSE it had to happen on a week when I'll have to be awake stupid-early several mornings. :?

A really fun game to (try to) fall asleep to. Lannan getting Bonds to swing out of his shoes was pretty awesome.

Yep, still proud. :)

Posted by: i hate walks | August 7, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

No hating on the Chief, now. Where was the run support?

Partial answer: Some of it was invested in bolstering Lannan's confidence, which was a good thing to do. Remember, this ain't football. We play this game every day, and Lannan will be back out there on Saturday.

Also, kudos to Nats pitching for confining Everybody's Favorite Giant to the field of play.

Hmm, does all that make this a Pyrrhic loss? Guess the glass is half full, anyhow.

Posted by: Hendo | August 7, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

By the way, JennX:

I looked at the MASN trailer outside RFK this weekend and - lo and behold - it DOES have a Nationals logo on the other (street) side.

So I guess having the O's logo on the other side, the one you'd expect to be less visible would make sense. Only, I've taken Metro to RFK many times and never caught that view of the trailer as I approach the park, but anytime I'm inside and I take the ramps up behind the 1st base line, well, the orange logo tends to stick out anyway, doesn't it?

Posted by: i hate walks | August 7, 2007 6:06 AM | Report abuse

And props to da Meat for getting us back in it.

Tough luck for Ray King, but he'll suck it up and battle again next time.

Posted by: Hendo | August 7, 2007 7:28 AM | Report abuse

Half of Cordero's blown saves and we're in contention.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2007 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Coincidence happens: My Nats daily calendar informs me that Willie Stargell (whom I celebrated in the previous thread) hit 296 homers in the 1970s, most of any player in the decade.

He did it on java, by the way, and on hard work. Bucs broadcaster Bob Prince characterized Pops as going to the cage every day with a 16-ounce mug of coffee in one hand and a 40-ounce bat in the other.

Posted by: Hendo | August 7, 2007 7:32 AM | Report abuse

From one of those tucked up under the covers last night, I thank you late nighters for the play by play! I sure missed Barry's gamer in my $.35 edition this morning.

Posted by: Nats fan in annandale | August 7, 2007 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I have a mental image of the scene in the press box:

"Hey! Down in Front!! I mean you, Svrluga!"

"Oh, sorry Mr. Gammons".

--- --- --- ---

The best thing for those of us who cover the visiting team is we have seats reserved right in front, and this is one of the best, lowest press boxes in baseball, so if history happens, I'll have a ridiculously good seat.

Posted by: Barry Svrluga | August 7, 2007 12:23 AM

Posted by: Section 502 (turns playwright) | August 7, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

... I'm with you on Frank, Wigi. Frank Robinson was always a super player. His time in the MLB FO leaves a bit to be desired, but when he was placed in Montreal, he performed admirably under the most ridiculous of situations.

... Frank's demeanour is what it is, and nothing is going to change that, so anyone who has a beef with that part of him is wasting time.

... as for his role as manager of the Nats, it's on par with the same in Montreal but the two situations were vastly different.

... he was a good Expos manager; he didn't do so well leading the Nats. But I simply hope that whatever the team does to recognize his part in its development, it doesn't diminish the superb job Manny is doing. For me, Manny is Man. of the Year material, and I don't want to see that downplayed.

Posted by: natscan reduxit ( resigned to no Nats TV games until Atlanta - Sept. 8/9) | August 7, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

This is terrible, come on Washington Post.com Im trying to get the gamer, but all I see is ''follow the action''

Posted by: Jason | August 7, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Barry, for the Frank updates. Looking forward to the possibility of reading more of the same this week. And ... juiced? Clearly, we have the cream of the puns crop at work here!

All of y'all who stayed up for the whole game are totally hard core. Very impressive!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Hold your horses on trashing everyone's least-favorite, favorite closer. since he came back from his grandmother's death, Chad Cordero has 19 saves for 23 opportunities. That's an .826 conversion rate.

In comparison, two first-place team closers (our division and all of baseball) look a lot better in that same span of time (since May 15). Billy Wagner has a .941 and Jonathon Papelbon has a .938. BUT, Wagner only had 17 "opportunities" and Papelbon only had 16. Both have less saves than Chad Cordero and both pitch less often than Chad Cordero (not to mention the fact that both also have more velocity). That means that Cordero has more opportunities to BLOW saves as much as it means he has more opportunities to get them.

In fact, 3 out of 4 of Chad's blown saves since May 15 (including last night's) came on the second night of a back-to-back appearance. I have Chad 5 of 8 on back-to-back save ops (he always gets it on the third of a back-to-back-to-back op, though).

Guess how many back-to-back save opportunities Wagner and Papelbon have since May 15? ZERO.

Just saying, you have to tip your obnoxiously flat-billed hat to the Chief, no matter how many times he sends you to the E.R.

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Sorry 506. Won't do it. Everyone's got their a target for their ire, for some it's Nook, some it's Fick. Mine it's Chief. [RF] him.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Barry, you are seldom wrong, but to call the 3-2 loss "dispiriting" or whatever you termed it in the $0.35 edition is just plain stupid.

You get a new pitcher who pitches like he belongs, the game is close all the way, and eventually the other side wins. What do you expect? Perfection? If that's what you are seeking, you should not be covering baseball.

Posted by: JohnR (VA) | August 7, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Now, now. If you were up listening or watching, it was pretty dispiriting. Must have been even more so Barry sitting right up close.
That said, once I finally started breathing again, and took a look back at the whole game, the dispirited feeling took a back seat to the pride.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Why can't I find the (RF)ing gamer?!?!?! I thought maybe it was because it was such a late-ending game, but now people are citing lines from it...

Posted by: Matt | August 7, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Well, it was worth a try. It'll convince someone. It convinced me, at least. Since Guzman's return I have seriously rethought my approach to baseball players and vowed not to call for their heads anymore. That's mostly because Manny is almost always right that people come around. Hence, my list is "Justify Your Existence" not "You Must Cease Existing Now".

But I have a question for you, NatsNut, and other lady fans. Really a favor to ask for and a question. My Cubs-fan girlfriend decided she wants a Nationals shirt (after they signed Dmitri Young, I'm not even kidding, Jim and Stan). But she is terribly disappointed in the shirts online and in the store which all are invariably in some shade of pink. She really wants a fitted, 3/4 length sleeve (whatever that means, a tee shirt is a tee shirt) or at least any fitted shirt that doesn't look "girly" (e.g. pink or cutesy).

I am leaving to visit her family in Missouri tomorrow morning at 6 am (pray Barry doesn't hit a homer tonight, so I can watch the game on ESPN tomorrow) so I'll be taking a week long hiatus from the blog and chats. Since Barry says Stan reads his chat can you all...

1) do me a HUGE favor and ask Barry and Stan what's up with shirts for girls? Guys shirts are not fitted (apparently. they always fit me) and girls shirts don't look like serious baseball shirts.

2) let me know if you all have an antidote for this shirt quandary before the Cubs make a playoff run and I lose her to them again

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 9:58 AM | Report abuse

506, I'll toss in a plug for my favorite Dimitri Young fan (and I think that's even a 3/4 length sleeve):

shop.mlb.com/sm-washington-nationals-womens-baseball-top-touch-by-alyssa-milano--pi-2721187.html

Posted by: joebleux | August 7, 2007 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Okay, you've totally redeemed yourself now 506 with the girls baseball-wear comment. I've been hesitant to rant about it because I just didn't think there would be much of an audience for it here. I don't necessarily have an answer for you or your girlfriend.
But if you help take this cause up with Barry and/or Stan I will be a 506 fan forever. You can start with this:
THERE IS NO PINK IN BASEBALL!

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

joebleux: thanks but last I tried, Nats shirts weren't available in Alyssa's line of baseball clothes.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I stand corrected. ;)

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 10:09 AM | Report abuse

joebleux, that just isn't even fair

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Says 506(am): "Just saying, you have to tip your obnoxiously flat-billed hat to the Chief, no matter how many times he sends you to the E.R."

...yeah, but they stop serving in the 8th. ;)

I'd say the loss was "dispiriting." yeah. After flying high on six wins, there were three victories to be had, Lannan (check), Bonds (check), & the curly double-u (no check).

I, for one, was really really hopeful for the win, and the fact that we hung in there through the 11th made it kinda stink.

Also, I love the graphs on:
http://asap.washingtonpost.com/nationals/
And the one from yesterday really illustrates how the game could'a gone either way the whole time. After last week I was just getting used to winning I guess.

Posted by: i hate walks | August 7, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Vizquel should have been called out for interference on his FC in the 11th. He was clearly running in fair territory which is a no-no. This would have given the Nats two outs with runners on 2nd and 3rd and the opportunity to then walk Winn and face the pinch-hitter that would have been due up next. Fick/Schneider/Acta should have protested that non-call.

As for blaming the Chief for the blown save, if Lopez makes a better effort to keep the ball in the infield on Sweeney's hit up the middle, then the runner wouldn't have been able to go from 1st to 3rd. Lopez has to try and smother that ball. Instead he non-chalantly made a play for it and the Giants were able to tie up the game.

Still, gutsy performance by Lannan. 7 IP in his third start and he didn't back off of Bonds at all. I think this can only help his confidence.

And we were all wrong on Guzman (well, I was still backing him when he came off the DL), are we all wrong on Nook as well? 2-4 with one walk and one stolen base (.600 obp) in the leadoff position last night. He's batting .350 with a .426 obp since the all-star break. Where did this come from??

Okay, I'm tired. Please, no more extra-inning games this week. My body won't be able to take it.

Posted by: e | August 7, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Got out of a meeting, and Im still waiting on that gamer...

Posted by: Jason | August 7, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/nationals/longterm/2007/natsonline080607.html

Posted by: Gamer | August 7, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Easy on Barry now, JohnR. Remember who brought us to the dance.

Posted by: Hendo | August 7, 2007 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad you noticed that too, i hate walks. I CRACKED UP when I saw the graph. It's exactly how I felt the whole game.

------------
Also, I love the graphs on:
http://asap.washingtonpost.com/nationals/
And the one from yesterday really illustrates how the game could'a gone either way the whole time. After last week I was just getting used to winning I guess.

Posted by: i hate walks | August 7, 2007 10:11 AM

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/nationals/longterm/2007/natsonline080607.html

Gamer.

NatsNut, I think that while I am enjoying browsing the Alyssa Milano site immensely, we do need to do something about our women's shirts selection in Natsville. It's a shame that we can't buy quality female stuff at RFK (and I know the $40 price tag plus shipping will really make her balk). They responded to the Meat campaign, they fired Aramark, so we can get them to notice the shirt situation!

Any other females dissatisfied with the shirt selection? Pile on here.

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Sect. 506: you've hit on a a pet peeve of mine. It's quite challenging to find female team attire that isn't pink. I want to wear my team's colors to support them, not some girly little pink tee or jersey. What's up with that?? You can find some female attire that isn't pink, but it can be challenging (I'm petite as well, which makes it that much more challenging). I have been able to find some items on the team site and other locations in the past. I've had better luck, oddly enough, at JC Penney's than at Sports Authority or Modell's. The women's team stuff is in the men's section at my local Penney's store.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Still not sold on Chief, he gives up way too many hits and is prone to give up the long ball as well. His numbers don't accurately reflect his skill level, he's the beneficiary of RFK's size just as Adam Dunn is to Lame American Ball Park.

Bottom of our order is hurtin, bad. Bottom of our order produces anything last night, and we win that game.

Posted by: G-town | August 7, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

On the loss, it's disappointing to have the winning streak broken, but I was proud of Lannan for fanning Barry. (disclaimer: I didn't see or hear the game, so I didn't experience the witness frustration factor, or WFF). Let's go back and get 'em today, boys, and show the rest of the nation what we're all about!!

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow, looks like the jokes on me, I missed the link under Wilbons column, thanks for the link guys!

Posted by: Jason | August 7, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Ohhh, look! I'm sure women want more of these:

http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2268003

Seriously, this selection is terrible. I just realized the red-sleeved Milano 3/4 is no good, she makes Robert Fick look tan and auburn.

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

506, I'd agree that most of the stuff on the mlb.com site isn't my cup of tea. And some of it is just flat out baffling, like this one:

http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2185940

But I don't get what you don't like about the 3/4 red sleeve shirt: that just looks like basic non-girly baseball attire to me.

Posted by: joebleux | August 7, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

As one of the all-nighters watching that game, I think Svrluga's gamer really captured the highs of Lannan's performance and the back-and-forth nature of the game well.

Anyone who made it past the 3-hour mark would agree it WAS disheartening, after going up on Da Meat's HR in the 10th, it was a prime opportunity to rain on the crowd's parade. Especially on top of the effort by Lannan. Unmentioned so far: Rauch was filthy nasty in his 8 pitch 8th inning.

Posted by: ShawNatsFan | August 7, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

joebleux, I like it very much, but she can't wear the red because she is a red-head ("ginger" I lovingly call her in my best Cartman impression). Or at least that's what I think, it all looks beautiful to me, but apparently there are rules about clashing or something.

Maybe these tee-shirts are being designed by someone like me, clearly a terrible idea.

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Gasp! I thought I'd seen the worst. joebleux that godforsaken shirt is the quintessential ANTI-baseball shirt. Somebody please help us....

Posted by: Baseball-Loving Women Everywhere | August 7, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

ALL HAIL TO THE CHIEF!! Hey boys and girls, you liked him well enough last Fri. night and Sunday, did'nt you? Closers are going to blow saves now and then. Save your fire, for when it becomes a habit with him. Let's hope we cream them today and tomorrow ( a distinct possibility) and Chad can get some rest. LETS GO NATS!!

Posted by: Section 417 Row 8 Seat 9 | August 7, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Tough one last night...called in to work to say I was feeling "a little ill" this morning.

Was there a single strike called on the outside of the plate last night? I thought King had the strikeout on the pitch before he hit Davis.

Posted by: Mr. 300* | August 7, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

joebleux, you're right, that is one lame tee...

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And some of it is just flat out baffling, like this one:

http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2185940

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Here is my solution to the lack of Nats attire for ladies. However, it only works if you sew. I bought a Nats golf shirt - the kind with a collar - at K-Mart in the mens department. I got the smallest size they had - medium. Then I took the sleeves out and opened the side seams and re-cut the front, back, and sleeves using a t-shirt pattern that fits. Then sew the whole thing back together, cut off the excess length and hem the bottom. That is the only way I have found to get a Nats shirt that fits - and is not pink! In my opinion, team shirts and hats should only be made in the colors of the team - in the Nats case, red or blue.

Posted by: jpsfanandproudofit | August 7, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Sect. 506, if she doesn't want to wear the home red you might find an away navy item that she'd like. That there are also some tops that are mostly white with red sleeves (again, I've found those at my local Penney's store).

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joebleux, I like it very much, but she can't wear the red because she is a red-head ("ginger" I lovingly call her in my best Cartman impression). Or at least that's what I think, it all looks beautiful to me, but apparently there are rules about clashing or something.

Maybe these tee-shirts are being designed by someone like me, clearly a terrible idea.

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

506: oh -- I thought you meant A.M. made Fick look tan, and my tiny brain was trying to work through that one. Got it now.

On another subject: is anyone else fed up with MASN's camera work? They seemed intent on showing anything other than the pitcher and batter during Bond's at bats, cutting to the center-field shot only at the last possible second.

And that shot that they use when a bunt is anticipated drives me nuts -- it's like the camera's at the worst seat in the house, 1000 rows up on the third base side so that you can't see anything. Yeah, I get it, it's cool to see the fielders in motion, but I'd also like to be able to see the at bat.

Posted by: joebleux | August 7, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow, jpsfanandproudofit, I'm impressed. Let no one on this blog ever impugn your Nationals fandom. You're a hero.

Also, have you considered making a whole bunch to sell and charging Stan for your efforts? If so, can you cook hot dogs too?

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Lopez was the issue in this one, no heart as usual. (Well reasoned and argued point over on CP Blog..They beat me to it!)

BARRY....PLEASE....FOLLOW UP.....ASK ACTA WHY LOPEZ DID NOT KEEP THE BALL IN THE INFIELD???????THAT WAS THE GAME
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Posted by: JayB | August 7, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Lopez is the new Nook, apparently, but with less reason, I think.

Don't forget, Lopez came in with his aching knee solely to try to stop some plays. Before we trash him for being lazy, let's try to find out how much mobility he actually had. I saw him make at least one play the Jiminez wouldn't have (his off-balance, fastball to Fick for an important and close out).

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I think the problem we had yesterday was not pinch hitting for Lannan when the bases were loaded. Come on, it wasn't as if he was going to last more than another inning, at most 2, anyways...

Posted by: SF Fan | August 7, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I'll defend the not PH for Lannan, too. One less inning for the overworked bullpen. Normally we hammer Manny for being too soft on his pitchers. It's good for him to keep them in longer. Plus 2-outs, there's not a high chance of getting something anyway. Tony Batista would be the best PH bet and what is he in that situation? Can't be better than 30% success rate.

I don't really have any complaints about how last night's game was called. This one rests solely on the shoulders of the Chief and Ray King in my mind. We've had wins on their shoulders, too, so c'est la vie.

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Lopez has been called out all year for not hustling. This is just one in well over 25 examples....Add the well over 20 examples of not having his head in the game.

QUESTION MUST BE ASKED of ACTA....why put him in and NOT BS ASWERS PLEASE BARRY....."Would you Mr. ACTA expect him to stop the ball from getting through the infield or at least dive?

SIDE ISSUE

Lopez's Bat trying to bunt
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= pop up

Correct Bat position
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= Good Bunt

DVR slow motion tells it all KEEP BARREL OF THE BAT UP to bunt.....

Posted by: JayB | August 7, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

After watching the ESPN coverage 4 times so far today a couple things jump out that didn't last night (mostly because I was half asleep from the 7th on?).

1. That at-bat by Lannan in the 5th was truly pathetic. If they were going to "bluff" them into pitching to Jiminez they should have had Lopez in the on deck circle and had Rivera up much earlier. But even then I doubt they would have pitched Jiminez much different, neither Lopez or anyone else on our bench in going to scare them that much.

2. How can sportscenter NOT show Da Meat's homer, everyone is waiting for a dinger and we get one, just not from Bonds.

3. I love the pitch by pitch coverage of Bonds going hitless, I can't wait till we're as good as the top contenders who get this kind of coverage 3 or 4 times a week.

I don't know if I can stay up that late again tonight, but I doubt I'll be able to go to sleep while the Nats are still playing.

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

JayB what are the over 25 examples of him not hustling? What about the 20 examples of not having his head in the game? How many great outs has he made with his solid arm and how many DP has he been part of, in contrast?

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

G-town sez: "Still not sold on Chief, he gives up way too many hits and is prone to give up the long ball as well. His numbers don't accurately reflect his skill level, he's the beneficiary of RFK's size just as Adam Dunn is to Lame American Ball Park."

Chief has given up more homers at RFK than on the road (4-2). His ERA is higher at RFK than on the road (2.90-2.25).

The problem with the Chief is that he's being used way too much. Look at the top 10 saves leaders and only two pitchers have more than 50 IP (Putz - 52.1 and Nathan - 51.0). Chief is already at 55.0 IP which is more than only one other closer (Gregg in Florida - 62.0).

Posted by: e | August 7, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

First off: YAWN. I am dragging today. I admit that I switched from TV to radio headphones in bed after the top of the 11th, and then stuck out my lower lip in a pout and drifted into a disconsolate sleep after the Giant's run. "Dispiriting" is an appropriate word for those of us who hung on through the whole tired affair, woke up our roommates screaming with Da Meat's homer, only to have it taken away. Not to mention my hope of continuing the winning streak. I know it happens, and the guys still played well, but I was sad nonetheless.

Two other things: First off, I agree on the female shirt selection. I want to smack every woman I see wearing pink at a sporting event, unless pink is the team's actual color. I managed to find a cute fitted shirt at Sports Authority in Alexandria (and dry wicking fabric too-- very helpful on steamy nights). It's red with cute vertical white stripes down the front. I don't think red hair and red shirts clash, but I'm a brunette, so what do I know. The other Nats shirt I have is a youth extra large. So it looks kind of fitted, but not a great solution as it's-- well-- built for a kid, not an adult woman. But it might work for a petite woman, for sure. Alyssa is on the right track and she has some great Dodgers wear. I like the one Nats shirt she's got, but would appreciate an expanded selection. Make the suggestion on her blog: http://alyssa.mlblogs.com/ And joebleux that shirt you linked to is an atrocity. Hopefully it's on the clearance section because no one was buying the darn thing.

Finally, to "i hate walks"... I never commented on the MASN truck, but thanks for the info. ;)

Posted by: JennX | August 7, 2007 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Section 506 (After moving)

Not tough to find....just scroll back through no more of a homer that Nats320 blog and count them yourself...I have.....

Posted by: JayB | August 7, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"he's the beneficiary of RFK's size just as Adam Dunn is to Lame American Ball Park"

I'm no great Adam Dunn fan, but that is just not true. Dunn has his 30 HRs this year, 15 at home in 53 games (187 ABs) and 15 on the road in 56 games (202 ABs).

The Reds certainly live in a hitter friendly park, probably not more hitter friendly than RFK is pitcher friendly, but Dunn is a great power hitter (and power striker-outer) no matter the location.

I think there is a chance we'll see Dunn in a Nationals uniform next year, but I hope not. If we can't sign Rowand I'd be more inclined toward Carl Crawford who is a great defensive CF, decent power hitter, can run well and is only 26/27 years old.

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I've gone the kids shirt route, too, JennX. I have a couple of basic kids' tees that I wear to the gym for workouts (gotta show my Nats love at the gym, too!)

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Some Felipe Lopez fielding stats that won't persuade you if your mind is set.

At 4: 43 games played, .995 FPCT, 34 DP, 1 E, 4.89 RF (not [RF], Range Factor, total number of putouts and assists times nine, all divided by IP)
At 6: 64, .970, 31, 8, 4.36

Clearly, he's doing much better at second base.

Of course, the bad news for Felipe is this is Ronnie at second:

68, .989, 51, 4, 5.31

With that 4.36 RF at short he's one point ahead of the next fielder in baseball, another shortstop with a 4.33. That would be Derek Jeter.

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey there Sect506(a.m.), I can't recall the last time I ever disagreed with you, but it appears this is one of those few times.

... noting that I didn't even get to follow the game on GameDay, I'm probably missing a whole lot of salient points. But from reading the gamer and many blog posts, I gotta say, I think I'd be upset that Manny didn't PH for Lannan too. As I understand it, the game was tied and although there were two down, we had the bags packed and ready to go.

... all my baseball ken tells me you waste a PH in that situation if you're going to waste anything. You note it was probably going to be Batista anyway; well Tony B came through with a pinch hit a few games ago, so there's every reason to expect another sooner than to expect Lannan to get his second.

... by keeping John in and at the plate, Manny was conceding the whole inning and while I like Manny, that's the kind of thing I and a few others seem to find his weakest point - giving up too soon without making an attempt. Still, I will agree he is proven correct on a great many of those occassions.

Posted by: natscan reduxit | August 7, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

This if from the Nats Triple Play website;

"Ray wouldn't have been out there if the Chief had nailed down the save in the bottom of the 10th. Chad wouldn't have blown the save if FLop had just a little more range up the middle. But FLop wouldn't be playing SS if Cristian Guzman hadn't broken his thumb on Josh Barfield's stupid, oversized head. So, you see, the absence of GUZMANIA! is undeniably responsible for the extra inning loss, and the end of our shiny, happy 6-game winning streak."

I'm going to go toilet paper Josh Barfield's house...

Posted by: estuartj | August 7, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

AHA! I knew there was a way we could blame Christian Boo-zman for this!! SEE, it's '05 all over again!


Just kidding around, Christian's mom.

Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

If there's one thing you can always count on in this town, it's the need for a scapegoat.
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Lopez is the new Nook, apparently, but with less reason, I think...
Posted by: Section 506 (After moving) | August 7, 2007 11:42 AM

Posted by: cevans | August 7, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

So basically, Manny didn't pinch hit for Lannan because he was afraid the bullpen would give up the game. Sigh.

Posted by: Cevansjr | August 7, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

No. Basically Manny didn't pinch hit for Lannan because he didn't trust his bench to hit any better than him. And he wanted to give the kid a strong finish.

Posted by: NatsNut | August 7, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Sorry JennX, the comment about the MASN truck should have been directed to misschatter instead.

(I guess I never realized before how just many ladies were at this party)

FWIW, I agree that pink stuff with the W or DC logo on it might as well not have the logo. The team's colors are the team's colors. Wear 'em proudly!

Posted by: i hate walks | August 7, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Sect. 506, there may be hope on that front. natsfan1b is a lifelong Cubs fan but she fell in love with the Nats on a visit here during their first year. Now she roots for both teams (but we don't ever go together to games where the two teams play each other). Now that you mention it, though, seems like 1b has been following the Cubs rather more closely this year...

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2) let me know if you all have an antidote for this shirt quandary before the Cubs make a playoff run and I lose her to them again

Posted by: natsfan1a | August 7, 2007 9:35 PM | Report abuse

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