Most teams have that one club that gives them fits. For Atlanta, it’s the Washington Nationals. The Nats came into The Ted with a 3.5 game lead in the East. The Braves thought that maybe they can close the gap with this series. Uh, no. True, they made a game of it. Washington roughed up Randall Delgado early, but it was only 4-0 after four. (The Nats would scatter 15 hits) The Braves tied it in the 7th as Andrelton Simmons hit his third homer of the year. But a solo homer by Michael Morse broke the deadlock. The Nat pen made it stand up, and Washington gets out with a 5-4 win. Now the lead in the East is 4.5, and the Braves need to take the rest of the series to get closer in the division.
With Brandon Beachy out for the year, all the starters will have to step up. Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson are the ones most thought of, but I’m thinking of the back of the rotation. Mike Minor and Delgado need to have quality starts to keep the pressure off the first two hurlers I mentioned. Atlanta seems to think Jair Jurrjens is over his injury issues, and he did pick up a win against the Red Sox. But Minor continues to be the weakest link. His 6.14 ERA will be thrown against Stephen Strasburg tomorrow.
Both Dan Uggla and Martin Prado didn’t start. Prado was nursing a sore right hamstring, but he did come in as a pinch-hitter and scored during the Brave rally in the seventh. Uggla got a day off due to his slump. He’s 0 for his past 11, and had a nasty day against Arizona where he struck out looking three times.
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Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.