Nationals Blank Braves 4-0

The Nationals have now shaved six games off the Braves division lead

The Nationals have now shaved six games off the Braves division lead

The Atlanta Braves struggled and could not get anything going in game 2 of the series.  They were shutout by the Washington Nationals 4-0 on Tuesday night.

The Nationals got their first and only run they needed in the 2nd inning.  Steve Lombardozzi singled to right field to score Bryce Harper.  That was the game’s 1st run and it would stay that way until the Nationals added more in the 8th inning.

The Nationals got a home run, a double, and a single to score runs in the 8th inning.  Ryan Zimmerman started it off with a home run to right.

It was then a double by Ian Desmond that scored Harper once again.  Then it was Adam LaRoche who singled to center to score Desmond.  That gave the Nationals a 4-0 victory on Tuesday night.

The Braves did not get much of anything going on in the game. They only accumulated 5 hits and could not put them together.  Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman, Gerald Laird, Dan Uggla, and Elliot Johnson got the 5 Braves hits.

Game MVP:

Freddy Garcia: 7 IP, 1 ER, and 6 K’s

Freddy Garcia was the lone bright spot for the Braves. He pitched well and kept the Braves in the game. Garcia got no run support in return for his good outing.

The Nationals have won the 1st 2 games of the series today. The 3rd and final game of the series is tomorrow night.  The Braves have already lost a chance to close out the NL East against the Nationals.  Alex Wood (3-3, 3.45) will look to turn things around for the Braves, as he takes on Ross Ohlendorf (4-0, 3.15) and the Nationals.

About Jim Hart

Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.

Comments

  1. Bronkelliott says:

    Let’s face it. The Braves are just plain awful right now. The loss in the first game really deflated them as a team. Unfortunately this has been their history under Freddie Gonzales. He has not been able to put together consistent lineups this year. They seem as a team to not play good September baseball the last 3 years under his direction. It’s time like these I wish the Braves had a better proven manager. Right now they have to muster enough energy to just win at least a few more games to clinch the division. It is too late to worry about B. J. Or Uggla, they need to get a healthy Heyward back and hope they can put together a string of wins. Just get in the playoffs and take it from there. It seems that as a team they need a real leader in the clubhouse that spark some fire!

  2. Seems like the whole team has been deflated since the loss of Heyward. Yesterday’s loss in game 1 did not help the cause either. Good thing, is that they have a couple of weeks to get things going before the games start to matter again

  3. Jim, this is frustrating for Braves fans. The possibility of losing home field advantage is becoming real. If they don’t turn it around soon, they will have no chance in post-season play. From offense to defense, things have turned ugly. When Kimbrel loses control, and Simmons is making errors, something has gone very wrong. I hope they rally today, because now is not the time to be tanking.

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