Game 1: Nationals 2 Braves 0
The Braves really didn’t have much of a chance in this one. Max Scherzer was just in a zone all game and shutdown the hot hitting Braves. Scherzer struck out ten and yielded just two hits and no walks for the complete game shutout. On the bright side, Julio Teheran looked a little better after giving up two runs in the first inning. He settled in and allowed just those two runs and struck out seven but still walked four.
Game 2: Nationals 4 Braves 1
The Braves again had no answer for the Nationals starting pitching. Stephen Strasburg gave up three hits and struck out eight over right scoreless innings. Dansby Swanson knocked in the only run of the game in the 9th with a RBI double off of Sammy Solis. For the Braves, Mike Foltynewicz wasn’t sharp but he gave the Braves a chance to win but the offense couldn’t just get anything going. The pitching also got no help from the defense as the Braves made two errors which both lead to unearned runs.
Game 3: Nationals 3 Braves 5 F/12
An exciting game that was full of drama and clutch hitting, the Braves behind Kurt Suzuki’s two homeruns took game three of the series to fend off the sweep. Ozzie Albies also continued his hot hitting with a solo shot in the first. Brandon McCarthy allowed one run over five innings before leaving the game with a dislocated shoulder. The Braves took a 2-1 going into the 9th and then former Brave Matt Adams hit a solo shot to send it into extras. The Brave an Nats exchanged runs in the 11th before Peter Bourjos, who threw out a runner a the plate earlier in the game, hit a two-run single in the 12th that proved to be the game winner.
Braves Bullpen Continues to be Strong
The Braves bullpen was dominate again even during the series loss. They allowed just two runs during their twelve innings of work. Just to add to it, they had an outstanding 5-1 strikeout to walk ratio and didn’t allow a walk in their last ten innings of work.
The Braves begin a three-game series with the Cubs Friday afternoon. Anibal Sanchez will try to continue to build off of his strong start to the season as the Braves offense will look to get back on track.
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