Comeback Falls Short Against Braves, Nationals Lose 6-4
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The Rain couldn’t have come at a worse time. With the Nationals down 6-4 in the 6th inning after the Nationals put up four in the frame, the game was delayed for 22 minutes due to rain. The Nats seem to come out flat after the delay, which clearly slowed their momentum.
Chien-Ming Wang had a rough outing giving up 6 runs (2 earned) giving up 7 hits and a walk with no strikeouts in 5 innings including Dan Uggla’s 3-run home run. The bullpen held the Braves without a hit in their 4 innings of relief. Tom Gorzelanny, who was replaced by Wang in the rotation, pitched well in relief, getting two strikeouts in his inning of relief.
The Nationals offense was relatively stagnant outside of their 6th inning outburst. The big inning was started off with a Danny Espinosa walk. Zimmerman and Morse had back-to-back singles – Morse drove in Espinosa – before Zimmerman scored on a wild pitch. Jayson Werth hit a 2-run home run before the rain took over.
Uggla and Freedie Freeman both extended their hitting streaks to 25 and 18, respectively. Ryan Zimmerman is starting to heat up – although the power numbers still aren’t there quite yet – and has a 12-game hitting streak of his own.
The Nationals will start a four-game series in Colorado tomorrow. First pitch will be at 8:40 pm, with Ross Detwiler (1-0, 2.35 ERA) facing Esmil Rogers (4-1, 7.31 ERA).
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