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Game 81 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Mets

On Thursday night, the Nationals edged the visiting New York Mets by one run. Since May 5, Washington has played in 22 one-run games (9-13) and 13 games decided by two runs (6-7). The Nationals have played in 46 games decided by two runs or less this season, the most in the major leagues.

Tonight, Washington will aim to give itself a little more breathing room on the scoreboard. Whether they do or don't, talk about the game here.

By Steve Yanda  |  July 2, 2010; 6:56 PM ET
 
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Mark Zuckerman is reporting that the Nats just signed Orlando Hernandez. Why?

Posted by: brothbart | July 2, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

So I guess you can just push a guy's leg off the bag and get an Out call. OK Nats, do the same thing and let's see if it works BOTH ways.

Must be new umpiring rules this year. Some strange goings-on. And not even the Joe West crew...

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 2, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Umpires have been an abomination all year long. Terrible call there.

Posted by: Terpsrule | July 2, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

No way! 2 hits, and he threw to the cut-off man.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 2, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Defense let's us down again. And now the pitcher gets a double. Another starting pitcher out early, though not entirely his fault.

Posted by: marathoner | July 2, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, the two walks didn't help Atilano's cause.

Posted by: Jackmathias | July 2, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

That Morse play is one more reason to wish for a REAL rightfielder.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 2, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

@brothbart: I'm flummoxed by this report as well; Why sign a 44Y.O. pitcher at mid-season, even if he is the half-brother of your #2SP? Even if there is a problem with Batiasta, or a futher problem with Walker, I don't see the logic in this.

Posted by: BinM | July 2, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Charley & Dave said Morgan misread Wrights fly ball, should have caught it. Did the same thing last night but recovered to make the catch. Weak defense just kills our pitch to contact pitchers.

Posted by: Natmeister | July 2, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Meister, it's obvious to everyone but management that Nyjer just has very poor instincts going back on the ball. Maybe it's a depth perception thing, or maybe it's just poor instincts, but it's definitely something.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | July 2, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Morgan has the athletic skills to make acrobatic catches but can't seem to read the ball well enough to get there in time. Seems to me he has most of his troubles during daylight.

Posted by: Natmeister | July 2, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Damn. If only Willingham's hard it ball wasn't right at LF. No faith at all in Harris here. Please prove me wrong.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 2, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

F this team.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 2, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Can the baseball IQ go any lower collectively for this team ? How does this get addressed ? So very frustrating. Makes no sense. I have to think it starts at the top with Riggleman. But hey, "he was being aggressive"

Posted by: jtunney1 | July 2, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Snake. Bit. And why is Kennedy not in there running for him? Ugh.

Posted by: HenryStin | July 2, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain to me why these retards on MASN keep saying that Bernadina's run didn't mean anything?!?! There was a man on 3rd, was there not? They were down 2 runs, were they not? Maybe my math's not so sharp, but it occurs to me that Bernadina was the TYING EFFING RUN. That doesn't matter? The run that KEEPS YOU FROM LOSING THE GD GAME doesn't matter? Idiots.

Posted by: fuglynats | July 2, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I believe it was runners on first and second.

Posted by: amorris525 | July 2, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Two of the dumbest players ever to wear a Washington uniform - Morgan and Bernadina.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 2, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I re-wound it. You're right. I'll take a couple deep breaths. I still hate Bob & Ray, though.

Posted by: fuglynats | July 2, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

What a tough way to lose, but hey, they made a comeback and almost pulled it off. Bernadina just got caught up in the moment and got caught off guard. I'll not hammer him here for that and I don't think it will ever happen again.

Posted by: cokedispatch | July 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Once again the unbelievable becomes a reality. Soooo tired about hearing how our young players are learning the game. How about learning how to THINK!!

Posted by: Natmeister | July 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

HenryStin asked why Kennedy wasn't in there running for him, I assume he meant for Bernadina. If so, there are two very good reasons:
1. Bernadina is faster than Kennedy.
2. Kennedy was used as a PH earlier and was no longer available anyway.

Posted by: dabagley | July 2, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Why do we Nats fans have to suffer through a season like this? Because the lerners wouldn't put up the dough to get some good, baseball smart IQ players?

Dunn sucks. Trade the POS!

Posted by: M20832 | July 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

It's already another losing season. As long as Riggleman and the rest of the Nats management think losing and winning are the same thing, and keep praising the team for finding ways to lose, nothing will change and the team will continue to spiral down the toilet.

Posted by: blufre | July 2, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

HenryStin asked why Kennedy wasn't in there running for him, I assume he meant for Bernadina. If so, there are two very good reasons:
1. Bernadina is faster than Kennedy.
2. Kennedy was used as a PH earlier and was no longer available anyway.

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Ha, that'll teach me to post in a huff. I thought it was Pudge that got picked off at 2nd (and obviously missed the Kennedy PH). Guess there's a reason I'm an Internet commenter and not a manager. Thanks for the clarification!

Posted by: HenryStin | July 2, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

So Riggleman told the team that they had a good one and he wanted them to be there at the end.
Man...I hope not. This team still sucks. Can't hit, can't field and can't pitch. Doubt it? Why are they 35-46 then?

BECAUSE THEY SUCK FROM TOP TO BOTTOM!!!

Now drink the kool aid!

Posted by: M20832 | July 2, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Dang...way to much negativity in here lately. Sure, it sucks to lose and lose ugly, but let's look at the positives.

1. Bernadina is the RF. If he's playing RF tonight we win. No doubt in my mind he comes up with the ball at the wall that Morse couldn't. If you want to move him to center...i ain't gonna disagree. Plus he's hitting (bone-head base-running blunder tonight aside).

2. This team does not know how to quit. They fight every inning. I love that.

3. Peralta and the bullpen shut it down tonight.

4. Zimmermann is throwing tomorrow.

5. Rookies are getting much needed playing time. Next year they will be seasoned. Desmond, Bernadina, Atilano, Storen...etc.

The losing will end. This last month has been extremely brutal to watch, but it's getting better. It may not show, but this team is a far cry better than last years. ...and next years will be better still. Patience.


Posted by: Naugatuck-Nats | July 3, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's what they say in Pittsburgh. And Kansas City. And Baltimore.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | July 3, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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