Braves extend winning streak to 11
Justin Upton came into the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals Monday night, and had a go ahead home run, which propelled the team to a 3-2 win. Freddie Freeman also contributed much to the teams win, coming through with two RBIs, with two singles in both the third and fifth inning. The home run is Justin Upton’s 20th of the season.
With the winning streak now at 11, the Braves have a commanding 13.5 game lead in the division over the second place Nationals. From an article on ESPN,
As it is, Atlanta’s 12 1/2-game cushion entering the day was the largest margin through Aug. 4 in any division since 2005, when the Chicago White Sox led the AL Central by 14 games, according to STATS.
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Dire Straits: Sweeping Braves Would Do Little To Help Nats
How desperate is their situation? Even if they are somehow able to sweep the Braves the next three nights and again when the teams meet in Atlanta from Aug. 16-18, Washington would still be six and a half games behind (its current deficit to Cincinnati in the battle for the NL’s last playoff spot), barring any other gain in the standings during the intervening eight days. Don’t forget that the Braves have won seven of the 10 matchups a year after the Nats took the season series 10-8.
What’s more, Washington actually fell four games further behind Atlanta while winning six of its past 10 because the Braves (67-45) are the hottest team in the majors with 10 straight victories after finishing off a sweep of third-place Philadelphia last night.
And as has been the case throughout this very disappointing season, the Nats (54-57) failed to hang onto whatever momentum they had built from winning at Milwaukee this past Friday and Saturday by allowing five mostly hard-luck runs while blowing a three-run lead in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the also-ran Brewers.