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Game 5 discussion thread: Nationals at Mets

Talk about today's game right in the comments section below. Can John Lannan rebound from his brutal first start? Will the top of the Nationals lineup start producing against Oliver Perez? Facing the No. 5 starter of the a team expected to finish in or near the bottom of their division with their opening day starter, this should be the Nationals' game to win.

I'll provide a few nuggets, but like last night, this post is primarily yours.

UPDATE, 1:25: John Lannan faced 21 batters in his first start and got three six groundball outs. Today, he started three for three in first inning. That's an excellent sign for him.

1:34: Willy Taveras had 14 extra-base hits in 404 at-bats last season. His first this season came in his third at-bat, a triple to left-center on an 0-2 pitch Oliver Perez left up. Nats lead, 2-0, after 1 1/2.

2:23: With that bases loaded bloop single, Willy Taveras has all four of the Nationals RBI. That's his first career four RBI game. And he's tied with Ian Desmond for the team lead.

3:20: Ryan Zimmerman left the game in the middle of the sixth with tight hamstrings, according to a press box announcement. Willie Harris took his place at third base.

3:27: Tyler Clippard's lead off single to start the seventh was his first hit since June 9, 2008. Also, it's Zimmerman's left hamstring, and the Nationals say it's a precaution.

4:03: Tyler Clippard, my God. He just took that game over. Clippard struck out seven of the 10 hitters he faced, inducing 12 swing-and-misses in 40 pitches. The Nationals still lead, 4-3, after eight.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 10, 2010; 1:05 PM ET
 
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Comments

I think if they send Mock down at this point, he's done in the majors. It appears to be 98% in his head that he's not good. I think it would take another team a lot of work to get him back to his "potential."

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 10, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

They're sending English down. Bank on it. The front office is in love with Mock, for whatever reason.

Desmond should be batting in second, not Guzman - who was just struck out looking.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What's with the high stirrups? Not the best look but I like the unity...Is it a Lannan thing?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

nervousnatsfan:

If 98% of Mock's problem is "in his head" and his head is full of, well, nothing, what are you left with?

Garrett Mock is Ebby "Nuke" LaLoosh, brought to life.

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

My guess would be Batista or Mock.

Posted by: roseglasses | April 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Mock seems like he needs a change of scenery. Perhaps Rizzo can manage to trade him back to AZ?

Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Game not available in my area(A-T-L) Damn!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Tateras with a two-run triple - Blind squirrel moment?

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Nice hit from Taveras. He'd be such a great bench player, if we had an actual right fielder.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Periculum,

Unlikely since Mock's #1 fan in Arizona was Rizzo.

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | April 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

You can listen online if you can't watch it. Better then nothing.

Posted by: Rusty6392 | April 10, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

HOLY WILLY TAVARES

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 10, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not going to sit there and say it's the baseball's fault," Mock said. "But, I mean, I just couldn't really get a grip on it."

After one inning, Mock came into the dugout and talked to pitching coach Steve McCatty. "My hands are dry," Mock said.

... Mock is such a crybaby. Send him packing.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

For who, or what? IMHO, Mock isn't worth much more than the proverbial bag of-balls & a ham sandwich to anyone, if you go off his ML record.
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Mock seems like he needs a change of scenery. Perhaps Rizzo can manage to trade him back to AZ?
Posted by: periculum | April 10, 2010 1:26 PM

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

That didn't take long.

FRANK 20

Posted by: tradervic1313 | April 10, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Lannan fights through a rough inning with no runs allowed - good job.

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Definitely dodged a bullet there.
Now they need to get to Perez.

FRANK 20

Posted by: tradervic1313 | April 10, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

HOLY WILLY TAVARES PT. II !!!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 10, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Better thAn in Viera!
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HOLY WILLY TAVARES
Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 10, 2010 1:37 PM |

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 10, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Taveras w/two more RBI? Did the earth just reverse it's rotation?

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

well that stunk. lannan is supposed to get double plays, not hit into them.

Posted by: nervousnatsfan | April 10, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

anyone know of progress made between MASN and Time Warner to get these games up?

Posted by: SKsDCtoNC | April 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Lannan now has only 11 SH in 72 career starts; somebody needs to sit him in the cage for a few weeks to teach him how to bunt - he is an inning killer

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | April 10, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Dunn with the golden glove effort

Posted by: SKsDCtoNC | April 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

73 pitches through four innings. We'll be lucky to see Lannan in the 6th inning. Head for shelter, folks, the bullpen is coming.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how long Carpenter and Dibble take to figure out the trivia question is a trick question. Jason Bay and Oliver Perez were traded for Brian Giles in 2003 but they came from San Diego and went to Pittsburgh that year. Nothing to do with the Mets.

Posted by: baltova1 | April 10, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey, they figured it out. Good job, boys!

Posted by: baltova1 | April 10, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Bad enough i can't see the game(blacked out here in the A-T-L) but my wife think's i've turned down the mlb package saying "i'm proud of you honey" "i'm like what" anyway Carl Crawford(Ray's)will be a free agent next season what do you think? any chance?

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag - blacked out in NC too, but MASN and the FCC are battling Time Warner and should win out soon.

Posted by: SKsDCtoNC | April 10, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Use this link to download Stream Torrent and watch online: http://www.fapitdinkus.net

It only takes a minute. I use Firefox and it's pretty good. No ads or other junk.

FRANK 20

Posted by: tradervic1313 | April 10, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Zimmerman? Any reason he was pulled for Bill Harris?

Posted by: tderrick17 | April 10, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Finally; GAME ON! MASN and Tyler Clippard is giving a piching clinic 5 k's in six batters way to go kid, Ryne Duren with control.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Pudge killed the inning.

... Desmond was intentionally walked once, but has two for the day. After all those whiffs early in the season, it's nice to see him display some patience at the plate.

Now work on your glove, young man!

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Clippard and Lannan to be honest, both have been robbed from behind the plate.

The ump is a disgrace.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Clippard has K'd 6 of 9...how is the ump killing him?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Clippard is en fuego.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Blacked out in Florida as well. I am watching the stinkin Yankees and Rays. Nice Nuke Laloosh blast, BinM!!! Sad but true. And if he is laloosh, don't we now have our own Crash Davis to straighten him out?

Posted by: chris88 | April 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

...excuse me...7 of 10. And with emotion to boot. Me likes!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Clippard has K'd 6 of 9...how is the ump killing him?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 4:00 PM
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His stuff is better than the ridiculous strike zone, but he's had some truly awful calls - as did Lannan.

Unlike Lannan, he was still able to bring it.

Clippard would probably have another strikeout if this ump called the strike zone correctly.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN BOUT!!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

CapitolWill,

I don't see it...and I'm usually the first to bark about balls/strikes. I did see lannan get the botch a few times by the home plate ump (and a few more by his d). kudos to both for fighting through it.

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

CapitolWill:
Don't be greedy - take the 7K's & let it go.

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

chris88:
LaLoosh was a bonus baby - still schoolable; Mock is just "Meat" - 27 & hasn't learned crap about how to pitch (hence "Baseball 101").

Posted by: BinM | April 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

HOLY WILLIE HARRIS!!!!

Posted by: HotNats | April 10, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

SUUUUUUUUPPPEERRRRRR WIIILLLLIIIEEE!!!!! WOOOHOOOO! Mets fans must have nightmares about this guy!

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

OH-EM-GEE

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | April 10, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME GRAB

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

ZANG, BOOM Go the fireworks!
Nice edge-of-the-seat win, holy shamoley!

Posted by: HotNats | April 10, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

So, just how big a steak does Capps owe Harris?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 10, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

He owes him a whole herd.

Posted by: HotNats | April 10, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Lannan owes Clippard for his first win. And Capps owes Harris for his second save.

Good team win today.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 10, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Damn Capps!!! He doesn't want to make anything easy. Shades of Mike MacDougal.

Posted by: chris88 | April 10, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Willllaaaaaayyyy!!!!!! Capps with his best impression of DON(TWO PACKS)STANHOUSE leaves nothing to chance makes you want to stand by the bathroom door!

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

We can has Tavares in Silver Elvis Hat?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 10, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

what a catch willie !!!!! The nats with a great defensive play to win a game on the road ? Yes !!! Another sign this year will be vastly different than the last 2. Go Nats !!! Take the series tomorrow.

Posted by: JT2009 | April 10, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman says Zimm's quad (not hamstring?) gets the day off tomorrow.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 10, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Was working. Looked at the score, we won???? Awesome. I think I might watch the game from the archives....

Posted by: Nats_Lady | April 10, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

The only player that should be wearing the silver Elvis wig is Tyler Clippard. He dominated that lineup.

Willie Harris should get some kind of runner-up prize, or maybe a percentage of Matt Capps' bonus.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

What an awesome performance by Tyler Clippard!!!!!

The Willie Harris catch is my favorite play this year so far.

Go Nats!

Posted by: oneleggedNatsFan | April 10, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Harris has just been put in charge of the nuclear weapons summit. It is hoped that he will convince all nuclear powers to completely renounce all weapons.

He's also working on a passenger car that runs on water.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | April 10, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

So where's the video clip of that Harris catch? I heard it on the radio in the car; I'd like to see it. (Not on nationals.com, as of 5:13 PM.)

Posted by: shepdave2003 | April 10, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Not sure, shepdave. Try the MASN site or the team site, maybe? It's worth watching.

p.s. I knew they should have brought the Elvis 'do on the road.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 10, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

shepdave, I just looked and it's with the gamer on the team site.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 10, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Nyger looked lost today. Riggs needs to sit him down tomorrow against Santana.

Posted by: edr04 | April 10, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

ESPN has the video. I had to come see it myself. I was watching my son and his tea, win his first ever Little League game, and then was thrilled to see the Nats are willing to maintain my good mood.

I also wanted to call Phil Wood, but since I can't get WFED in the house, that didn't work. I wanted to publicly apologize to Willy Taveras.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 10, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

shepdave2003:

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=7361421&c_id=was

Posted by: rachel216 | April 10, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

YEAH!!!! wow, the Nats sure gave the Mets "the Willieys" today! That catch at the end by Harris was spec-TAC-ular. But then, the first time I ever saw him on March 29th, 2008, he made a similar catch against the O's in an exhibition game. He is just great.

Posted by: lostein | April 10, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Nyger looked lost today. Riggs needs to sit him down tomorrow against Santana.

Posted by: edr04 | April 10, 2010 5:22 PM
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I don't know - Neyjer is making contact, it's just either pop ups or ground outs. I'd be a lot more worried if he was whiffing or trying to pull every pitch.

I don't think he's taking as many pitches, but part of that is probably because he's anxious to break his slump.

He's too good to bench, though.

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The Syracuse Chiefs are going to the 12th inning, trying to sweep the Iron Pigs. Balester was bad today, and now has an ERA over 9. Nobody seems to be fighting to join the big league rotation yet.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and another thing:

CC SABATHIA HAS A NO-HITTER THROUGH 7!!!!

NO HITS! NO HITS! NO HITS! NO HITS!

Ok, if that doesn't jinx him, then I really am powerless to do anything to harm the Yankees.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 10, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Well done, Halfie, he just gave up one!

Posted by: HotNats | April 10, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Continuing my conversation with myself, let me note that Eric Bruntlett has played 2b, 1b and RF for the Chiefs so far today. They are looking to make him a candidate for RF as well?

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 10, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

HotNats-

Thanks. Phew.

Pete Orr, who is hitting .462, just got a double in the bottom of the 12th, and is at 3rd with 1 out. Go Chiefs!!!

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 10, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Chiefs win! Chiefs win!

3-0. Get the winning feeling boys, and bring it with you when it is your turn.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | April 10, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Sabathia lost the no-no in the bottom of the eighth(single), as i stated earlier Carl Crawford will be available next season any chance we get into the bidding or make a legit offer? As far as Nyjer is concerned i say let him work his way out of it no need to panic right now, i'm a little surprised at them sitting Zim, quad? i am just amazed at how today's athlete is so pampered, and with all the workout equipment,personal trainers, and everything else(including your own hotel suite) at the least hint of an assumed injury the manager sit's him, freakin amazing maybe i'm too old school.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Carl Crawford(Ray's)will be a free agent next season what do you think? any chance?"
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Naw, I fear one of the AL East evil empires (NY or Boston) will end up with him. The Nats' pursuits of free agents is like Iowa State's football recruiting -- you never expect to get very much.

I'm moving to Lynchburg, VA soon and am wondering of MASN is carried on the cable system there. I would think so, since it carries plenty of Big South sports (Liberty U.'s conference) in the fall and winter, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. Anyone know?

Posted by: VPaterno | April 10, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Favorite play of the year, so far? I assume that was humor..

Harris' catch was one of the great plays in franchise history.

Posted by: fischy | April 10, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Nyger looked lost today. Riggs needs to sit him down tomorrow against Santana.

Posted by: edr04 | April 10, 2010 5:22 PM
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I don't know - Neyjer is making contact, it's just either pop ups or ground outs. .....

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 10, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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You say Nyger, he says Neyjer.

I'll stick with Nyjer.

Posted by: fischy | April 10, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag,

"old-school" teams didn't invest multi-million $ contracts on players. I don't see a little caution this early in the season as a bad thing. I'd much rather him miss a game and a half than a month and a half. you?

Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | April 10, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Forget McDougal. Capps was pure '05 Chief today!

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: ehardwick | April 10, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Very late on this, and this is hardly an original thought:

We gave 'em the Willies today!

And "Mad" Capps is great.

Bourbon and Maalox for my friends, bartender!

Drink up and enjoy. Livo stuns 'em tomorrow, 3-1!

Then we invade Philthy, make our way over those rusted-out 1977 Cutlasses, and even up the score for that Opening Day fiasco.

Hey, StanK, got any extras for this opener too?

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | April 10, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

In his dreams. The only thing between that rope of a liner to left and a blown save was Super Willie. Capps couldn't find the plate with a GPS.
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Forget McDougal. Capps was pure '05 Chief today!
Sec 204 Row H Seat 7
Posted by: ehardwick | April 10, 2010 6:37 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 10, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Naugatuck-Nats: I guess it's better to err on the side of caution and nothing personal against Zimm, you're right players are an investment.

Posted by: dargregmag | April 10, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think Capps owes Super Willie for that one. When the ball went off the bat, my first words were not "Yay! Nats win!" But then (pauses for drama prairie dog music) - Elvis Willie made his move. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 10, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Manager James Riggleman will say a few words on the subject of late inning defensive replacements.

Posted by: markfromark | April 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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