Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals: Live Score, Analysis of NL East Battle
Join in at 1 p.m. ET for coverage of the NL East battle between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. The two teams are coming off an excellent early-season fight last night in which the Braves came back late to pull out a 6-4 victory in 10 innings in their first meeting of the season, and now we get to watch aces Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.27 ERA) and Stephen Strasburg (1-1, 4.38) square off.
Can Hudson and the 9-1 Braves do it again? Can Strasburg turn things around for the 7-3 Nationals coming off a bad start last weekend? Check in right here for live analysis.
Braves 3, Nationals 1- FINAL
HR: Evan Gattis(4), Danny Espinosa(1)
|BJ Upton, CF||.091||1||2||1-5, K|
|Jason Heyward, RF||.097||1||2||0-4, RBI, HBP|
|Justin Upton, LF||.385||6||10||0-4, Reached on E, 2 SB, R, K, BB|
|Evan Gattis, C||.333||3||6||1-3, HR, 2 RBI, K, BB|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||.182||2||3||1-4, 2 K|
|Juan Francisco, 3B||.310||1||5||0-4, 2 K|
|Chris Johnson, 1B||.357||1||2||1-4, R, K|
|Ramiro Pena, SS||.357||1||6||2-3, BB|
|Tim Hudson, P||.250||0||1||7.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K, and 2-3 at plate|
|Denard Span, CF||.333||0||3||1-4, K|
|Jayson Werth, RF||.286||3||8||1-4, K|
|Bryce Harper, LF||.400||5||10||0-3, K|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||.235||0||7||1-3|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||.185||2||4||0-3|
|Ian Desmond, SS||.316||2||3||0-3|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||.162||0||2||1-3, HR, RBI|
|Wilson Ramos, C||.353||2||3||0-3|
|Stephen Strasburg, P||.000||0||0||6.0 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 0-1 at plate|
With this win the Braves move to 10-1 and increase their lead in the NL East to 3 games over Washington.
The win also means that the Braves have won this series against the Nationals in Washington, and could go for a sweep tomorrow when they meet.
Tim Hudson now moves to 3-0 in his career against Stephen Strasburg.
Craig Kimbrel is now a perfect six for six in saves this year.
Kimbrel strikes out Werth looking to close out a 3-1 win.
Kimbrel seems to be lacking velocity today. Only one of his first eight pitches has topped 94 MPH, and that one went 95.
Span flies out to Justin Upton. Jayson Werth is the last chance for the Nationals.
Jason Heyward lost that ball in the sun and recovered just in time to get the first out of the ninth. That's 11 straight batters retired for Washington.
Chad Tracy the pinch hitter to face Kimbrel, who is 5/5 in saves this year. Tracy is 2-4 lifetime against Kimbrel.
Kimbrel will be facing a pinch hitter, Span and Werth here in the ninth.
Craig Kimbrel time in Washington for the Braves, up 3-1.
This time Zimmerman is able to get the force out of Heyward at second base in a key situation.
Heyward's speed allowed him to beat out that double play. He may be struggling but he has a pair of huge plays today with this RBI and the diving catch to rob the Nats of a double or more.
Huge ground out by Heyward as he picks up the RBI and adds an insurance run. Braves 3-1
Mattheus really using the inner part of the plate against Heyward.
Bloop single for BJ Upton to load the bases for Heyward. Perfectly placed ball.
Time for BJ Upton and Jason Heyward to come through for the Braves here in a tough game against a rival.
Simmons pops up the bunt to the pitcher. Not a good at bat for the struggling shortstop
Ramiro Pena does it again with a clutch hit for the Braves.
Runners on first and second with no outs for Andrelton Simmons.
Chris Johnson with a single. He's been a very nice addition for a guy many considered to be a throw-in in the Justin Upton deal.
Fox shows Craig Kimbrel in the bullpen warming up. Braves fans must feel confident with the best closer in the game today about to come in.
Kurt Suzuki in at catcher for Wilson Ramos as a defensive replacement and the new pitcher for Washington is Ryan Mattheus.
O'Flaherty walking off slowly after being hit by that last ball. Hopefully he's ok as the Braves can not afford to lose him, especially while Venters is down.
Uggla with a great play to make a bare-hand play on ball hit off Eric O'Flaherty and nail the runner at first.
Uggla makes a bad throw but the umpire calls Espinosa out as Johnson is pulled off the bag at first. On the replay it looks like the ump made the right call even though it was ugly.
Desmond, Espinosa and Ramos are due to face O'Flaherty.
Juan Francisco leaves the game and Ramiro Pena moves from short to third as Andrelton Simmons enters the game as a defensive replacement.
Eric O'Flaherty replaces Tim Hudson to start the eighth.
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