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Saturday, July 21, 2012

MASN: Davey Johnson blames himself for blown nine-run lead

If I hadn’t done X and Y, I wouldn’t have had to do Z!

Tonight was the largest blown lead in Nationals/Expos history.

And Davey Johnson is putting it squarely on his own shoulders.

“It was probably, arguably the worst game I’ve ever managed in my life,” said the Nationals’ skipper, who has managed 16 seasons in the majors. “I’ve never lost a nine-run lead when it was my part of the game to handle the pitching. It’ll be hard for me to sleep. I had a worse night than the guys did. It was a tough loss. But it was just one loss.”

...What appeared to eat at Johnson the most was how he managed his bullpen. Five Nationals relievers allowed a total of seven runs, and Michael Gonzalez allowed two inherited runners score, adding them to the pitching line of starter Stephen Strasburg.

“There’s a few things I’d take back,” Johnson said. “I mean, I don’t even want to go there. But that’s my part of the game. Those are my matchups. Obviously when they score 10 runs, it’s my fault.”

Repoz Posted: July 21, 2012 at 08:44 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bunyon Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:15 AM (#4188619)
It was pretty incredible. After it got to 9-1 or whatever I stopped paying close attention but kept it on in the background. It was like a storm rolling slowly in and then, pow, all of a sudden it's raining and blowing like crazy. Quite a game.
   2. bfan Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:29 AM (#4188623)
I wonder of the Washington Post will call this game a "classic" too, as they called the Nationals come-back win against the Mets the other night. They need to be consistent, right?
   3. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:41 AM (#4188627)
10. Moneyball can't buy you love (Joey B.) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4188470)
Still need two more outs for an official game...

11. Moneyball can't buy you love (Joey B.) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 08:48 PM (#4188471)
And that'll make it official.

12. Moneyball can't buy you love (Joey B.) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM (#4188473)
Stras with the batter eye.

13. Moneyball can't buy you love (Joey B.) Posted: July 20, 2012 at 09:02 PM (#4188475)
Just call the game now. We've humiliated the poor Papooses enough for one night.
   4. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: July 21, 2012 at 09:50 AM (#4188630)
I wonder of the Washington Post will call this game a "classic" too, as they called the Nationals come-back win against the Mets the other night.


I don't know about the Post, but Carpenter and Santangelo seemed pretty enthusiastic throughout the game (although like bunyon, I switched to background mode when it was 9-0). Not pleased about blowing the lead, or pretending that Nats fans should somehow be happy about it, but definitely giving the Braves their due and acting like guys who just enjoy watching exciting baseball even if it isn't going the home team's way.
   5. simpleton & childlike gef the talking mongoose Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4188632)
Clearly, the loss was Joey B.'s fault.
   6. Bote Man Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:08 AM (#4188633)
It was good while it lasted, Nats fans. Maybe next year.
   7. Rally Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM (#4188634)
I wonder of the Washington Post will call this game a "classic" too, as they called the Nationals come-back win against the Mets the other night. They need to be consistent, right?


I don't know about need. Why can't a home town paper be a homer? USAToday, ESPN, and MLB.com are the ones who need to be consistent. I have no problem if the Post calls this one a tragedy.
   8. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM (#4188638)
I love how Hutcheson hides out in his rathole for the whole entire game and then only sticks his little head out when the game is over. He's some kind of profile in courage.
   9. bfan Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4188643)
I love how Hutcheson hides out in his rathole for the whole entire game and then only sticks his little head out when the game is over. He's some kind of profile in courage


It is hard to talk trash when you are down 9.
   10. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 21, 2012 at 10:51 AM (#4188646)
It is hard to talk trash when you are down 9.

I think Sam could do it.
   11. Shooty is obsessed with the latest hoodie Posted: July 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM (#4188655)
There's nothing more awesome than internet tough guy trash talking except for internet tough guy trash talking about trash talking. Woot! WHERE MY POPCORN AT!

   12. Dan Szymborski Posted: July 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM (#4188660)
There's nothing more awesome than internet tough guy trash talking except for internet tough guy trash talking about trash talking. Woot! WHERE MY POPCORN AT!

I'm sure Sam would agree that he could pull it off.
   13. Lassus Posted: July 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM (#4188667)
I love how Hutcheson hides out in his rathole for the whole entire game and then only sticks his little head out when the game is over. He's some kind of profile in courage

I think Atlanta is less of a rathole and more of a blight.
   14. Bourbon Samurai is disturbed by bagel developments Posted: July 21, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4188759)
I had tickets to this one and agave them away because of jetlag. Looks like I made the right choice
   15. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: July 21, 2012 at 03:52 PM (#4188764)
It is hard to talk trash when you are down 9.

I just talk trash all the time, no matter what the score is. Hey, at least I'm consistent.
   16. bunyon Posted: July 21, 2012 at 04:03 PM (#4188769)
To be fair to Joey, I thought the same thing (about it being official). The Braves announcers were actually saying the Braves shoudl get a rally going in the 5th to, perhaps, keep the game from going in the books.
   17. Barnaby Jones Posted: July 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM (#4188825)
To be fair to Joey


I don't think that is necessary.
   18. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: July 22, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4189062)
I think Sam could do it.


Oh, Dan... Now I'm all *SQUEEE* inside.
   19. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: July 22, 2012 at 12:24 PM (#4189063)
And for the record, my only "trash talk" during that game was to state that I was personally uncomfortable having to use Chad Durbin for the save, up 1 in the 11th.
   20. Natty Fan Posted: July 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4189261)
Two days later and this series now looks like a missed opportunity for the Braves.
   21. TerpNats Posted: July 22, 2012 at 05:06 PM (#4189266)
Two days later and this series now looks like a missed opportunity for the Braves.
Hard to believe in retrospect that Lannan and Detwiler may have saved the Nationals' season.
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 22, 2012 at 05:43 PM (#4189281)
In this series, the Nationals also passed Atlanta for 14th in MLB per game attendance at a little over 30,000 fans per game. That's up about 7,700 fans per game over 2011.
   23. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: July 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM (#4189302)
Hard to believe in retrospect that Lannan and Detwiler may have saved the Nationals' season.


Mediocre teams are salvaged or damned by mediocre players. Film (featuring starts by Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens) at 11.
   24. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: July 22, 2012 at 09:42 PM (#4189385)
Well, even though we obviously should have taken three out of the four games in this series and we outscored them 24-19, I'll settle for a split. No harm, no foul; we're right where we were before the series started, and we're also 8-4 in the season series so far.

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