Wire Taps: Wilson Ramos And The Washington Nationals Welcome The San Diego Padres To D.C.

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Washington Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos made all the headlines with his big day at the park on the 4th of July, but right-hander Taylor Jordan turned in another good performance, and if it's his last before Dan Haren returns, he at least learned two important lessons...

If yesterday's outing was indeed Taylor Jordan's last before Dan Haren returns to the Washington Nationals' rotation, he'll head back down into the system having learned two important lessons:

1. He was tipping his pitches, and that will cause trouble quickly in the majors. And B. You don't shake Wilson Ramos off. Ian Desmond told him that. In his second start after being called up from Double-A Harrisburg, the 24-year-old sinker-balling right-hander looked much more comfortable on the mound on Thursday morning in the Nats' 11:00 am 4th of July game against Milwaukee in Nationals Park.

Jordan held the Brewers to two runs on six hits in 5.2 IP. He gave up a run in the first when he hit Jean Segura then had the shortstop steal second and score on a two-out single to center by Jonathan Lucroy. The '09 9th Round pick threw four scoreless after the first, however, giving up singles in the third and fifth innings, but nothing else. In the sixth, Jordan gave up a leadoff single by Carlos Gomez, another stolen base and a one-out RBI hit by Juan Francisco on which the Nationals caught Francisco off first for the second out of the frame. Davey Johnson went to the Nats' bullpen at that point, hoping to preserve what was then a 3-2 lead. Ross Ohlendorf got the Nationals out of the top of the sixth, but after they went up 5-2 in the bottom of the inning, Milwaukee rallied to tie it at 5-5 against Drew Storen in the seventh and Jordan was left with a no-decision. Johnson liked what he saw though.

Asked about the difference between his first two major league starts, the Nats' skipper said, "I thought he was very similar. His changeup, he threw a better changeup today. He also threw some good sliders. But he, by and large, he kept his sinker down and that was good. And one of the rules you can count on, especially with a young pitcher, is if they pitch a good ballgame past the fifth or sixth, I'm not going to let them lose the ballgame. So that's why, even though after the base hit we got [Francisco] at first, that was it for me."

After two starts and 10.0 IP, Jordan has a 2.70 ERA, a 3.47 FIP, two walks (1.80 BB/9) and four Ks (3.60 K/9) in the majors and 227 ground ball outs from the 307 batters he's faced overall this season.

Will we see Taylor Jordan on the mound for the Nats again this season? We'll find out, until then... links and lots of them, starting... wait for it... RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• Why Not Watch It One More Time?:


• NATS BEAT:

• "Since the end of Wilson Ramos‘ rookie season, life has been far less about playing baseball for the Washington Nationals’ catcher, and far more about staring down the adversity that has come his way." - "Wilson Ramos back with a bang to lead Nats' fireworks" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Given all that he's been through over the last two years — a kidnapping in Venezuela, a torn ACL, this latest nagging hamstring strain — [Wilson] Ramos soaked in every second of it all." - "Ramos' rousing return sparks Nationals" Mark Zuckerman, Comcast SportsNet Washington

• "[Wilson] Ramos swung at the second pitch he saw, hopped out of the batter’s box and admired the ball as it hurtled over the left field fence." - "Nationals vs. Brewers: Wilson Ramos lifts languid offense in return to lineup" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• "But when the Nationals needed his bat most, [Wilson] Ramos delivered." - "Milwaukee Brewers at Washington Nationals - July 4, 2013" - Tom Schad, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "[Wilson] Ramos returned from the disabled list to drive in five runs against Brewers relievers Thursday, including a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh..." - "Brewers bullpen falters in 8-5 loss to Nats" - Ian Quillen, AP/WTOP.com

• "After he rounded the bases and got high fives and smacks on the back from his teammates, [Wilson] Ramos heard the crowd at Nats Park roaring, wanting a curtain call. He obliged." - "Nationals Pastime: Johnson and Ramos discuss Nats' 8-5 win" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Despite his difficulties, [Drew] Storen was credited with the win after Wilson Ramos hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh." - "After strong stretch, Nationals reliever Drew Storen stumbles again" - James Wagner, Washington Post

• "'I have all the confidence in [Drew] Storen, and Storen's trying to trick people instead of just making his pitches. But maybe that will be a good learning game,' Johnson said." - "Storen allows rare home runs to righties" - Tom Schad and Andrew Simon, nationals.com: News

• "On last night's episode of 'The Baseball Show' on CSN, we delved into several Nationals-related topics, including the extreme lack of run support Stephen Strasburg has received this season." - "VIDEO: On run support, Storen's struggles" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Just before the [Carlos] Gomez at-bat, pitching coach Steve McCatty came out to talk to Storen. He had a few words with his reliever, who didn't once look McCatty in the eyes during the conversation." - "Nationals Pastime: Storen gives up the lead (Ramos leads Nats to 8-5 win)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "[Ian] Desmond played in 84 of the Nationals’ first 85 games in 2012, too, but he played at least the last 24 of those while dealing with an oblique strain." - "Ian Desmond becoming the Nationals' iron man" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Major League Baseball will announce its all-star teams Saturday evening, and for the second straight year [Ian] Desmond will likely be named." - "Ian Desmond has been the Nationals’ best player" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "The Padres will come to Nationals Park to conclude a 10-game road trip in which they are 1-6. They are on a season-high six-game losing streak." - "San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals - July 5, 2013" - Jamal Collier, MLB.com Preview

• "In the meantime, Johnson’s only real path forward is as attractive as watching the cartoon-sized reincarnation of William Howard Taft waddle around Nationals Park." - "Davey Johnson not crazy to wait for Nats' bats to come around" - Nathan Fenno, Washington Times

• "Not to put a damper on an otherwise good afternoon for the Nationals, but Storen's seventh-inning meltdown can't be overlooked." - "Instant analysis: Nats 8, Brewers 5" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "Right-hander Taylor Jordan was tipping his pitches in his first Major League start, according to a source with knowledge of the situation." - "Jordan won't be tipping pitches anymore" - Tom Schad and Andrew Simon, nationals.com: News

• "He had a 'different idea' about what he wanted to throw, but shortstop Ian Desmond would later tell him to trust Ramos behind the plate." - "Taylor Jordan: ‘I think this is how it should’ve gone’" - Roman Stubbs, Washington Post

Davey on Ramos:


• "When I left town a few weeks ago, the Nats were hovering around the .500 mark, struggling to hit, pitch and field depending on the day or the week or the phase of the moon or whatever it is that ails this team." - "Washington Nationals still searching for consistency, rhythm" - Tracee Hamilton, The Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@federalbaseball):

• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

• "General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wowed the crowd Thursday with his impressive vocal abilities singing the national anthem before the Washington Nationals game." - "Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin E. Dempsey wows the crowd at Nationals game singing the Star-Spangled Banner (and yes, he remembered all the words to America's anthem)"- Leslie Larson, NY Daily News

• "Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has gone somewhere that not even the Angels' Mike Scioscia or Dodgers' Don Mattingly have dared to go: the Ouija board." - "Nationals Manager Davey Johnson talks about Ouija board lineup" - Dan Loumena, latimes.com

• "Earlier this week, Cuban television aired a two-month-old game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves that was believed to be the country’s first full airing of a Major League Baseball game since 1961." - "Cuban television aired first MLB game since 1961" - Chris Chase, For The Win

• "Ouija?! Is this a Washington Mystics game? Johnson dabbling in dark forces worked out Thursday, as the Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 with the help of a big day from Wilson Ramos." - "Ouija board: Nationals manager Davey Johnson resorts to dark forces to make lineup" - David Brown, Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports

• "The contrast between Storen’s second straight miserable outing and Ramos’ joyous return from a second stint on the disabled list this year couldn’t have been greater." - "Washington Nationals: Drew Storen Would Benefit From Time In Triple-A" - David Elfin, CBS DC

• "After being swept by the Red Sox at Fenway Park and losing six straight on the trip, the Padres won’t find things much easier in Washington." - "On Deck: Padres finish trip in Washington" - Bill Center, UTSanDiego.com

• "Taylor Jordan of the Washington Nationals is starting on July 4th. Who is this guy?" - "Prospect of the Day: Taylor Jordan, RHP, Washington Nationals" - John Sickels, Minor League Ball

• "So our belt holders from D.C., as mentioned, wrestled to a draw against the Brewers and, in doing so, retained the title." - "Brewers DQ'd for punching helpless Nats; Nats retain EOB title"- Dayn Perry, CBSSports.com

• NATS MINORS:

• Class-A Auburn: "In his home debut, Jake Johansen was outstanding for the Doubledays. The Texas native tossed four innings without allowing a hit." - "Doubledays Edged Out by Jammers" - Auburn Doubledays News

• via Jeremy Houghtaling on Twitter (@CitizenHough):

Class-A Hagerstown: Suns 5, Shorebirds 1 - Tony Renda - 2 for 5, 2 R; Ian Dickson - 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 Ks -Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

Class-A Potomac: "Potomac RHP Ivan Pineyro (1-0), the winning pitcher, in his second start of the season as a Potomac National, turned in a pristine outing." - "Nieto Homer Carries Nationals to 3-1 Win vs. Wilmington in Opener" - Potomac Nationals News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Steven Souza, Jr. homered, but Wei-Yin Chen handcuffed the Senators over seven shutout innings to lead the Bowie Baysox to a 6-2 win in front of a season-high 7,288 fans at Metro Bank Park." - "Souza Homers But Sens Fall 6-2" - Marshall Kelner, Harrisburg Senators News

Double-A Harrisburg: "Harrisburg manager Matt Lecroy said [Brian] Goodwin has made some positive strides dating back to past season and earned his entry into the All-Star Game." - "Goodwin making strides as All-Star appearance approaches" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Double-A Harrisburg: "A season-high crowd of 7,288, who enjoyed a massive Independence Day fireworks show after the game, watched as the Baysox (42-40) amassed six runs off Blake Treinen in the first three innings." - "Wei-Yin Chen wins rehab start vs. Harrisburg Senators; tempers flare at the end" - Geoff Morrow, PennLive.com

• "Robbie Ray Promoted To Harrisburg" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

Triple-A Syracuse: "Syracuse scored five runs in the sixth inning to win game one, 7-4, and took game two, 6-5, thanks to a Danny Espinosa walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning." - "Espinosa, Chiefs walk off in twin bill" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Last Night In Woodbridge" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "Meanwhile the good ol' 'We're great at home! Oh wait, did we just drop a series to the Marlins'* Braves continue to flounder just as badly as the Nats have." - "Sweep the Padres" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "According to sources, at this hour Wilson Ramos is still standing at home plate admiring his 3-run, game-winning HR." - "Video: Wilson Ramos's 3-run bomb on the Fourth" - Nats Enquirer

• "It didn't take long for the catcher to once again remind fans in the nation's capital why he was so highly regarded as a Twins prospect and why he was considered by the Nationals as their catcher of the future even after last year's knee injury." - "Nationals Buzz: Wilson Ramos is still the future behind the plate" - Patrick Reddington, MASNSports.com

• "Washington Nationals Records by Opponent 2005 to 2013" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History

• "[Wilson] Ramos went 3-for-4, knocking in a career-high five RBIs in Thursday’s matinee game. His five RBIs were more than welcomed after Drew Storen spoiled a potential win situation for rookie Taylor Jordan." - "Washington Nationals Game 84 Review: Ramos shines in return as Nats top Brewers 8-5" - Alyssa Wolice, District Sports Page

• "Opinion: Booing Players-A Jerk Thing To Do" - Nationals 101

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets: "When the Mets demoted [Ike] Davis on June 9, [Sandy] Alderson said, 'I think first and foremost, Ike needs to get his confidence back.'" - "New York Mets recall first baseman Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas" - Mark Hale, NYPOST.com

Marlins: "Roger Clemens may have been a teenage Jacob Turner's big-league hero, but he had one problem as far as Turner was concerned. 'The Rocket' never pitched for St. Louis." - "Miami Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner ready for homecoming in St. Louis" - Coley Harvey, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Phillies: "When [Darin] Ruf was acquired in the 20th round of 2009 MLB draft, some thought he could be a player who could back up first baseman Ryan Howard and pinch-hit for the Phillies." - "Phillies prospect Darin Ruf focusing on his work in the outfield" - John Murrow, Philadelphia Daily News

Braves: "The Braves optioned reliever Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett after Thursday’s game against the Marlins and recalled right-hander Luis Ayala." - "Braves option Gearrin to Triple-A; recall Ayala - updated" - Carroll Rogers, www.ajc.com

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