Braves start off second half of season with a win against the Nationals.
The Braves are coming off the All Star Break and are looking to get back on track in a very important divisonal matchup against the Nationals. Braves manager Brian Snitker decided to slate Ronald Acuña Jr. at leadoff for the very first time and needless to say, it seemed to work.
The Braves got the bats going early with a 2 run first inning with Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman both getting an RBI a piece to start the game 2-0. Albies however had some tightness in his quad after coming to second base and was seen holding the back of his leg. Albies went on to finish the inning but was taken out of the game due to precautionary reasons and was replaced by Charlie Culberson. All signs are pointing towards Albies sitting out for the weekend so that he can recover.
The Nationals were able to bring the game back 2-2 but the game really started to open up for the Braves in the 5th inning as Freddie Freeman hit a double into right field that brought home Acuña and Culberson. Freeman ended up finishing the night with 3 RBI’s.
Anibal Sanchez had a quality start allowing only 6 hits and 3 ER through 6 innings. Sanchez was able to throw 8 strikeouts as he would go on to get credited for the win as his record for the season improves to 5-2. Biddle and Minter both came on to relief and got the job done.
The Braves went on to beat the Nationals 8-5 as they look for the series win tonight at 7:05 as we see Sean Newcomb (8-5) take on Gio Gonzalez (6-6).
Atlanta United look to get 3 points at home against D.C. United
Atlanta United look to brush off their past draw against Seattle against a D.C. team that currently stands at last place in the eastern conference.
The player to watch in this game is English striker Wayne Rooney. It’s not clear if Rooney will be making his first start for D.C. after he made his debut last match against the Whitecaps. Rooney is looking to prove his haters wrong that he can still play football at a very high level and looks to lead D.C. out of the sewers into relevancy. It will be interesting to see how Rooney can handle a high pressure team like Atlanta. I’d highly recommend watching this game as kickoff is slated for 3:30 today.
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Cody Vickrey | @vickflairdrip
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