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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day; broken nose; falling nets; and a never-ending inning...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news, and then go outside and get some fresh air, we all need a break...

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

So, about all the protective netting in Citizens Bank Park falling during yesterday’s game, which resulted in a 20-minute-ish delay?

Yeah, that was something that happened, and just what that really long game needed.

“It’s crazy,” Starlin Castro said, “I just come inside because I’m just going to pick up some bats and when I go outside and see, it’s crazy.

“I’ve never seen that happen. We had a lot of issues in this game. First the home plate umpire got hit in the head, after that we got a really long inning, and then the net, I think this is a weird day for the whole team.”

“That was like the topper of the day right there,” a clearly not-amused Davey Martinez said, after his team lost an ugly finale to the Phillies which also saw Austin Voth take a fastball to the face, resulting in a broken nose in a real scary moment.

“I’ve never seen that happen before,” Martinez added of the netting collapse. “It’s the first time. Yeah, and that net his heavy. It fell down and we tried to lift it up out of the dugout and it’s heavy. So, they did a great job trying to fix it as quickly as they did and get it up there where, I mean, obviously that is not a permanent fix, but to get it to where it protect the fans, they did a great job.”

And reliever Kyle Finnegan, who had a rough day on the mound (13 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 2 BB)?

What did he think of the netting falling?

“I didn’t get to see it, I was inside.” Oh, c’mon, Finnegan.

Go read your links.


Nationals lose to Phillies on ‘crazy’ afternoon - (WaPost)
"The Nationals allowed seven runs in a brutal fourth inning, and then a net fell on their heads — literally."

Nationals lose to Phillies in bizarre game featuring net collapse - (Washington Times)
"They needed rope — and a lot of creativity. That’s what it took to jury rig the backstop netting into an acceptable position to finish Sunday’s series finale between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park."

Voth hit in face during disastrous series finale - (MASN)
"Today’s 12-6 loss represented a new low point in a season that has already seen several of them, despite being only 56 games old."

Nationals pitcher Austin Voth exits game after being hit in the face - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Washington Nationals pitcher Austin Voth exited Sunday's game against Philadelphia in the third inning after he was hit in the face by a 90 mph fastball from Vince Velasquez..."

Austin Voth exits after being hit by pitch in face - (
"With a man on first and nobody out, Voth was squaring to bunt when Velasquez threw a 90.5 mph four-seam fastball up and in that Voth wasn't able to avoid."

Nationals MLB Vault Clips - (
"Sept. 8, 2017: Taylor's inside-the-park slam - With the bases loaded against the Phillies, Michael A. Taylor sent a line drive into center field. Odúbel Herrera misjudged the hit, which had an 87% catch probability..."

Fedde appears ready to rejoin rotation, Gomes out again - (MASN)
"Fedde, whose last appearance for the Nationals was a seven-scoreless-inning gem in Arizona three weeks ago, threw 72 pitches in his rehab start, allowing two runs."


Top prospect performers for June 6 2021 - (
"Nationals: Cade Cavalli, RHP (MLB No. 82), High-A Wilmington - Cavalli had the strikeout pitch working once again, fanning 11 for a second consecutive start."

Max Scherzer rumors: The five best trade fits for Washington's ace - (Sports Illustrated)
"Scherzer, 36, has been pitching like he's in his prime. He ranks second in the National League with a 36.5 K%, owns a career-best 2.34 ERA through 11 starts and is set to be a free agent in the winter after completing his seven-year, $210 million deal."


Phillies place Chase Anderson, David Hale on COVID injured list - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Phillies are also without both long relievers Chase Anderson and David Hale, who were placed on the COVID-related injured list Sunday morning."

Diving into the Marlins’ bullpen disaster - (Fish Stripes)
"The Marlins’ relief staff has been struggling heavily and is the biggest reason for the eight-game losing streak."

Mets' Kevin Pillar used to mask but not 'rude' taunts - (NY Post)
"Kevin Pillar can deal with his new mask, but some of the taunts from fans have left him incredulous."

Braves recall RHP Shane Greene - (
"Shane Greene is officially back in the Braves’ bullpen. The Braves recalled the veteran right-hander before Sunday’s game against the Dodgers."