All posts tagged: NLDS

Let’s Dance!

I suspect I wasn’t the only person having a private dance party in my television room at precisely 12:23 a.m. this morning. Or once again at precisely 12:41 a.m. No, indeed! The Washington Nationals faithful—after enduring crushing defeats in the 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017 National League Division Series (NLDS)—were ready to celebrate in that crazy 2019 Nationals way: the dugout home run dance party. Why? First, because Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto hit back-to-back solo home runs off Dodger legend (and playoff goat) Clayton Kershaw in the 8th to tie the 5th and final NLDS, win-or-go-home, game. Then Howie (THAT man can HIT) Kendrick blasts a grand slam home run in the 10th inning at 12:23 a.m. East Coast time. And finally, Michael A. Taylor made a diving catch in center field in the bottom of the inning at 12:41 a.m. to close out the game and bring the Nationals their first Division Series win in five attempts. And we all danced! Thank God the Nats don’t play in the NFL (also known as …

Live Blogging Game 1 of the NLDS (#5)

I’m live blogging game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and (Claire’s) Los Angeles Dodgers. 8:29 p.m. – And Murphy works a walk.  And we have yet another pitching change.  We’re now 3 hours in and only in the 7th.  Playoff baseball takes soooo…. long. 8:33 p.m. – Harold gets it wrong…again.  Just after saying that Murphy won’t run, he does. Bummer though – Murphy is thrown out. And no, Tom, the aggressiveness didn’t blow up on Dusty.  It just didn’t work out this time. 8:39 p.m. – “Official payment partner” of the NFL.  What the devil is a “payment partner?”  I guess for Visa, it sounds better than “blood sucking, high hidden interest rate, debt machine.” 8:42 p.m. – Jayson still has a little bit of speed.  Great catch!  And we’re on to the bottom of the 8th.  Let’s get a couple of runs, Nats! 8:50 p.m. – No one is complaining about the Dodger closer coming in during the 8th inning to get 5 outs, but in typical …

Live Blogging Game 1 of the NLDS (#4)

I’m live blogging game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and (Claire’s) Los Angeles Dodgers. Top of the 6th.  Taking a bit of a break to eat my hot dogs.  Thank you, Candice and Andrew for joining me in the man cave for dinner! 7:53 p.m. – And we’re through 6th, as Max leaves a runner stranded on 3rd.  At 90 pitches.  Does Dusty pinch hit for him in the bottom of the inning?  (Depends on the situation, I assume.) 7:55 p.m. – My God.  Who would take Eliquis after all the bleeding, bleeding, bleeding warnings in their ad?! 7:58 p.m. – And both starters are now gone.  Difo in to pinch hit for Max.  Not great, but kept ’em in the game. 8:01 p.m. – Turner walks.  Let’s see if he can turn it into a double.  And the call to the bullpen comes. Now for the sloooooow part of the game. 8:05 p.m. – And it takes one batter for Puig to show off and almost screw up …

Live Blogging Game 1 of the NLDS (#3)

I’m live blogging game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and (Claire’s) Los Angeles Dodgers. My God…are we really going to have to look at Donald Trump ads throughout this series?  Yes, Hillary is coming after your guns!  Spare me. Bottom of the 3rd. 6:38 p.m. – BRYCE!  Double!  Good start for Harper. 6:42 p.m. – Werth grinds out a walk.  Kershaw over 50 pitches with one out in the 3rd.  If you can’t beat him, wear him out.  Nice double steal.  Gets two R.I.S.P. 6:49 p.m. – ANTHONY!  N-A-T-S, Nats, Nats, Nats, Woo! X2.  That man can hit.  4-2 Dodgers and Kershaw is up to 60 pitches in the 3rd.  Get in that bullpen. 6:51 p.m. – Zimmerman is 2-2!  Keep the line moving. 6:55 p.m. – And I have the same question I had at 6:14 p.m…why is Espinosa still playing?  The guy is the ultimate rally killer.  Seldom makes contact.  Jeez. 7:00 p.m. – I want to say that I’ve always loved Dusty.  No matter what happens …

Live Blogging Game 1 of the NLDS (#2)

I’m live blogging game 1 of the National League Division Series between the Washington Nationals and (Claire’s) Los Angeles Dodgers. Top of the second… 5:59 p.m. – Max is stalking! 6:03 p.m. – 10 pitches…that’s the way to bounce back, Max! 6:06 p.m. – These announcers on FOX never shut up.  Leave a little “space” in the conversation, guys. 6:07 p.m. – And I’ll say it for F.P. “There goes the no hitter.”  What’s a little 3-week layoff.  Nothing for Murphy! 6:09 p.m. – Less than 10 minutes after talking about what a key Harper is for the Nationals, Harold Reynolds says Rendon and Zimmerman are the keys tonight.  How many keys can one game have? 6:12 p.m. – Okay…let’s wear out Kershaw and get him to throw a lot of pitches.  We’re going to be over 30 by the end of the second…assuming it takes Danny at least three to strike out.  Prove me wrong, K-Street. 6:14 p.m. – But he doesn’t.  Why, oh why, is Espinosa still playing? 6:15 p.m. – The Dodgers …

Live Blogging Game 1 of the NLDS (#1)

Okay.  I’ve been much too serious in recent posts here on More to Come…  So, to remedy that problem, let’s live blog Game 1 of the National League Division Series between our Washington Nationals and (Claire’s) Los Angeles Dodgers! Go Nats! I’ll be at tomorrow’s game in person, so it seemed appropriate to carry on a running conversation with readers online, just as if I were at the ballpark. I’ll post several times during the game. Thank God I missed 99% of FOX Sports 1 pre-game.  The basket of deplorables on that show (Pete Rose! A-Rod!) is just too much to bear.  But so FOX. 5:39 p.m. – First pitch strike from Max!  And we quickly have a strikeout! 5:41 p.m. – Well giving up that home run to Corey Seager didn’t take long.  (Only player who can give Trea Turner a run for his money on the “looks like he is 12 years old” scale.) Maybe Max got it out of his system early.  The gopher ball has been his problem all year long.  …

Nats Forget Basics and Lose a Season

Crash Davis said it best. Baseball is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball… Last evening and early this morning as they faced an elimination game, the Nats forgot how to throw the ball, catch the ball, and hit the ball. And so – no surprise – their season ended. Throw the ball.  A simple task.  Unless you are Gio Gonzalez and can’t throw a strike with the bases loaded. Unless you are Aaron Barrett, and can’t find your catcher on two consecutive tosses (including an intentional Ball 4). Unless you are Adam LaRoche and you throw home when no one is actually coming home. Catch the ball.  Another simple task.  Unless you are Gio (there he is again), and you do your best Billy Buckner impersonation and can’t pick up a gift of a double play ball that dribbles through your legs.  Unless you are Gio, Anthony Rendon, and Wilson Ramos who converge on a sacrifice bunt – a gift of an out – and …

In Doug We Trust

See you tomorrow! The Nationals finally played a sharp, aggressive game; had a great effort from pitcher Doug Fister; and turned the tables on the Giants when Madison Bumgarner took a sacrifice bunt and made an errant throw into the left field corner. Two runs later the Nats had a lead that quickly grew to three, and all of a sudden it appears we have a series! Bryce’s bomb in the 9th came tantalizingly close to McCovey Cove (how cool would that have been), but his sliding catch a couple of innings earlier was probably more important, as it helped keep the Giants scoreless at the time. We’ll have another game tomorrow.  Can’t ask for anything else this time of year. As Harper said to begin his post-game interview, “In Doug we trust.” Indeed! More to come… DJB

Matt, You Have to Trust Your Pitcher’s Heart

  Last night was tough.  No doubt about it. A sunny and cool afternoon turned into a cold and cruel evening at Nationals Park, as we were reminded that sometimes the best managers do nothing in critical situations. They trust their players. Matt Williams is a rookie manager who has had a fine run in his first year, leading the Nats to the best record in the National League. But in what was close to a do-or-die game last evening, he over-managed.  And we were reminded that he is still a rookie. Jordan Zimmermann was one out away from completing two of the most stunning back-to-back pitching performances in baseball history.  How to follow-up a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season?  Oh, how about taking a 3-hitter within one out of a complete game shutout when your team is down one game in the NLDS.  He had easily handled the heart of the Giants order the last two times he faced them, so who cares if their 3-4-5 hitters are coming up. …