“It’s tough because you play other teams, you feel good about other teams, and then all of a sudden nothing works when you play one particular team,” Matt Williams said, when asked why the Nats cannot beat the Braves.
Ian Desmond led off the seventh inning with a home run — the only run of the game scored on a hit — and the Washington Nationals and their makeshift lineup avoided a sweep Sunday with a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Bryce Harper is slumping. Stephen Strasburg couldn’t get out of the fifth inning. Ryan Zimmerman couldn’t finish the game because of a sore shoulder.
The Braves rewarded Julio Teheran for a strong 2013 season. Can he be their No. 3 starter?
Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Atlanta Braves rallied past the Washington Nationals for a 5-2 victory Wednesday night, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games.
Davey Johnson was lively in his weekly appearance with the Junkies Wednesday morning, after against all odds, his Nats took two-of-two against the Braves yesterday, including one 9th-inning comeback. Still a longshot to make the playoffs, “anything can happen.”
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons allowed Denard Span’s grounder to bounce through his legs for a game-ending, two-run error, lifting the Washington Nationals over the Atlanta Braves 6-5 Tuesday in the makeup on a series opener postponed by a shooting rampage a day earlier at the nearby Navy Yard.
Bryce Harper remained in the Atlanta spotlight from the first game of the weekend series, when he was hit by two pitches, to the final pitch of the last game, when he struck out and left the field complaining to an umpire.
The Nationals celebrated Adam LaRoche’s 15th-inning homer that gave Washington an 8-7 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Bryce Harper was hit by a pitch twice as the Nats fell to the Braves 3-2, after Atlanta’s Justin Upton hit a walk-off to end it in the 10th inning Friday night.