The Nationals looked to start strong after the All-Star break and stay over .500 (hopefully) for good.  That wasn’t meant to be – at least not yet – after a Friday night loss to the Braves. The Nats looked out of sync on defense – committing 4 errors and lost at the plate.

In the most lopsided loss of the season so far, the Nationals fell in Atlanta to the Braves, 11-1.  After getting to Tim Hudson early in the first inning, the Nationals didn’t score again. At one point, Hudson retired twelve straight Nationals.  Hudson helped his own cause going 2-for-3 with an RBI double.

The Nationals looked poised for a big inning in the top of the first when they got their first two batters on base. Zimmerman grounded into a fielders choice to score Bernadina from third, but Michael Morse and Laynce Nix couldn’t capitalize.

The Braves responded in the bottom of the first by plating all 9 batters and getting four runs off of Livan Hernandez.  Hernandez struggled through the next three innings before being relieved by Ross Detwiler. Detwiler had a strong start, striking out two of his first three batters in an 11-pitch inning in the 5th, but the 6th inning proved difficult for Detwiler.  Detwiler gave up three runs (two earned).

The Braves did the last of their damage in the 7th off of a Freddie Freeman double that scored two more.

Tomorrow the Nationals will send John Lannan (5-6) to the mound against Tommy Hanson (10-4).  The Nationals will look to get back to .500 against Hanson.


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