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Online varoadking

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #50: September 11, 2021, 09:27:52 PM »
disgusting, I'm going to focus more on college FB

Good idea...

Offline NatsAllThe Way

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #51: September 11, 2021, 09:31:01 PM »
Frank the Tank!!

Offline Dave in Fairfax

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #52: September 11, 2021, 09:50:20 PM »
Did the Pirates forget that they are in the Tankathon also?

Offline hohoho

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #53: September 11, 2021, 09:53:10 PM »
Did the Pirates forget that they are in the Tankathon also?
Nats just want it more.

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #54: September 11, 2021, 09:53:27 PM »
10 runs on 6 hits :bang:

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Offline hohoho

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #56: September 11, 2021, 09:58:29 PM »
Carp is such an optimist. :roll:

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #57: September 11, 2021, 09:58:49 PM »

He's still The Face.

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #58: September 11, 2021, 10:02:13 PM »
He's still The Face.
Not a compliment.

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Offline NatNasty

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Offline NatNasty

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #61: September 11, 2021, 10:33:15 PM »
Alas, the Steak Night undefeated streak comes to an end  :(

All the cattle in Texas couldn't overcome this crap circus.

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #62: September 11, 2021, 10:34:00 PM »
Nats pitching: walks and home runs.

Offline English Natsie

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #63: September 12, 2021, 08:05:19 AM »
Having now seen the highlights, going to bed was a good move... :hysterical:

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Re: Nationals @ Pirates, Game 2
« Reply #64: September 12, 2021, 12:17:48 PM »
These games are hard to watch.

From MLB.Com on Gray's pitching:

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Jessica Camerato

PITTSBURGH -- There is thinking about having a successful outing, and then there is overthinking it. Josiah Gray pointed to the latter as a career-high in walks crept into his 10th Major League start on Saturday in the Nationals’ 10-7 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park, where both teams also commemorated the events of Sept. 11, 2001, in a pregame ceremony.

“There are some times when I overthink and I try to be way too perfect,” Gray said. “And then nights like tonight happen where I have six walks.”

After struggling in his past two outings -- 12 runs over seven innings -- Gray was seeking better command and execution. But he delivered only 54 of his 100 pitches for strikes, and he issued those six walks -- the most in a single game by a Nats pitcher this season. Gray finished the night having allowed three hits, two homers and five runs while recording four strikeouts.

“[I was] just thinking too much out there on the mound,” Gray said. “I think a lot of the walks, those at-bats started 1-0, 2-0, 2-1 sometimes, so just getting behind early, having to play catch-up in those at-bats. Obviously, you have to be a little finer when you’re behind in counts, and I got way too behind today. I think I threw 55 percent strikes, something like that -- incredibly bad.”

Gray was pleased with his execution and location in the first two innings before the game got ahead of him in the third when the Pirates put a pair of runs on the board. Looking back, he would have taken a moment to slow the game down and regain his footing.

“Tonight, it sped up on me and I was like, ‘Man, how do I stop this? How do I stop this?’” Gray said. “Then thinking about, ‘Where’s my arm here? Where’s my body here?’ instead of going out and just throwing the ball in the strike zone. That’s kind of what tonight was, and it’s going to be something I fix by just getting back to the basics and being completely confident in my abilities in what I can do, because I’ve done it before. My first five starts, I showed I can do it at this level, so it’s not about trying to find it. I know it’s in there. It’s just going through a little rut right now.”

Gray, 23, sought to get back on track after a three-inning, six-run start on Sunday against the Mets. Between outings, the Nationals worked with Gray to focus on his mechanics, including his arm slot, and they used a slow-motion camera to visually break down his pitches. Manager Dave Martinez had hoped a good bullpen session would translate into Saturday’s performance. Gray dropped to 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA this season.

“It’s the same issue,” Martinez said after the game. “A few times, he was able to stay closed off and throw strikes, pound the strike zone. A lot of times, he just [flew] open -- you saw the arm-side misses, the breaking-ball misses. We’ve got to get him consistent with his mechanics. When he does that, he’s going to be good.”