Nationals Fall 5-2 to Braves, Drop Eight Of Last Nine
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Chien-Ming Wang had arguably his worst start since his first since being activated of the disabled list. He went just 5 2/3 innings giving up four runs, on 7 hits – 2 home runs – and three walks, while recording no strikeouts. Wang struggled to find the strikezone tonight throwing just 49 of 83 pitches for strikes.
The Nats offense continued to be stagnant, getting a few more baserunners on tonight, but they were unable to convert in key spots. The Nationals left 8 men on base tonight, although to be fair, they had just five baserunners on all night on Wednesday. Jayson Werth connected on an 0-2 pitch for a home run off Tim Hudson. A quick sidenote – this is the first 0-2 home run off Tim Hudson since 2004 when Dave Hensen connected on an 0-2 pitch in a game between Seattle and Oakland.
Tim Hudson had a fairly impressive line on the night, albeit a short night, going 6 innings striking out five while walking just one and scattering five hits – including the 448-foot Jayson Werth home run.
The Braves offense had little trouble off Wang. As Brian McCann and Chipper Jones – his second in as many games – hit home runs tonight for the Braves.
The Nats offense has struggled the last two games after putting up nine runs in the opening game of the three game series against the Braves. The Nationals take on the Mets in their next series and will face R.A. Dickey (6-11, 3.57 ERA) on Friday. The Nationals will send Ross Detwiler (2-4, 2.86 ERA) to the mound tomorrow.
The big headline out of the Nationals tonight will be the rehab start from SP Stephen Strasburg who went 6 innings, allowing one hit, while striking out four in the six scoreless innings. Strasburg is scheduled to start Tuesday September, 6th versus the Dodgers at home.
Tomorrow’s game home game versus the Mets will be broadcast on The Fan at 7:05 pm.
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