A costly error from Andrelton Simmons helped the Washington Nationals take down the Atlanta Braves in the final at bat. The Nationals won 6-5, which keeps the Braves magic number at 4.
The Nationals jumped on the Braves early in game 1 of the double-header. Jayson Werth started it off when he doubled to deep center field. Denard Span scored the game’s first run. Bryce Harper then added a run on ground out. The ground out to 2nd by Harper, allowed Ryan Zimmerman to score the Nationals 2nd run. Jayson Werth later scored on a single from former Brave, Adam LaRoche. The Nationals were up 3-0 early.
It was not until the 6th inning when the Braves finally started their comeback. Freddie Freeman hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Elliott Johnson.
The Braves grabbed the lead from the Nationals in the 8th. Evan Gattis hit a 405 ft blast that scored both him and Freddie Freeman. The Braves now led 4-3.
Evan Gattis: 1-4,R, HR, and 2 RBIs
Though the Nationals came back, it was still clutch hitting in the 8th inning from Evan Gattis. His HR put the Braves ahead late in the game. A rare error and rough outing from Kimbrel overshadowed Gattis’ homerun.
The Braves will not have much time sulk about this loss. They will face off against the Nationals again in a few hours. The Braves will be looking to trim the magic number to 2 as Freddy Garcia (4-6, 4.86) takes on Tanner Roark (6-0,1.30).