If the Atlanta Braves are going to take the series against the Washington Nationals, they’ll need to win today’s game after the 3-0 loss last night. Both pitchers performed well, but the Braves had more trouble with Doug Fister than the Nationals had with Julio Teheran. Check out the box scores from last night’s loss, courtesy of Baseball Reference.
|Tommy La Stella 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.313||.374||.349||.723||18||11||2||0|
|B.J. Upton CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.205||.276||.332||.608||15||10||2||0|
|Freddie Freeman 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.286||.374||.502||.876||23||15||3||2|
|Evan Gattis C||3||0||1||0||0||0||4||.298||.350||.572||.922||7||5||11||0||HBP|
|Jason Heyward RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||4||.259||.343||.390||.733||21||14||4||0|
|Justin Upton LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.272||.345||.500||.845||13||7||2||0|
|Chris Johnson 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.280||.300||.362||.662||17||10||0||0|
|Andrelton Simmons SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.257||.293||.374||.667||9||8||0||2|
|Julio Teheran P||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.108||.108||.135||.243||8||6||0||0||SH|
|Juan Jaime P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Julio Teheran, L (6-5)||7||7||3||3||2||10||0||2.41||30||107||68||32||15||21||6||12||7|
Ervin Santana will be on the bump for the Atlanta Braves today in the final game of the series against the Washington Nationals, and it’s an important game for him and the Braves. David Miller of Rant Sports explains why.
Final Game of Nats Series is Huge for Atlanta Braves’ Ervin Santana
When the Atlanta Braves signed free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana, games like the finale with the Washington Nationals were likely on their minds. The starters they lost during the preseason were reliable in big games at least part of the time and they need Santana to step up in the game Sunday in a big way. He definitely has the ability to come through in a big game as we have all seen him do in the past. It has been seen that he can drop the ball on occasion as well.
Check out CBS DC’s Lauren McLendon’s article as she recaps the 3-0 loss for the Atlanta Braves to the Washington Nationals last night.
Nats Defeat Braves 3-0
The Braves knew they were entering a pitcher’s duel. However, Atlanta starter Julio Teheran never found the comfortable rhythm Washington counterpart Doug Fister settled in to.
Fister pitched eight shutout innings and outlasted Teheran as the Nationals beat the Braves 3-0 victory on Saturday night.
Atlanta had moved into first place in the NL East after continuing their dominance over Washington by winning the first two of the four-game series. They fell a half-game behind the Nationals due to miscommunication between Teheran and catcher Evan Gattis, and the brilliance of Fister.
Tim Healey of MLB takes a look at this afternoon’s final game of the series between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals, and the matchup between the Braves’ Ervin Santana and the Nationals’ Tanner Roark. Check out Tim’s thoughts.
Braves looking to have Nats’ number again in finale
The Braves are 20-8 in their last 28 games overall against Washington, including a 7-2 mark this season. Atlanta is 31-34 against everybody else in 2014. The Braves will try to improve further upon that mark Sunday in the conclusion of a four-game set, the first two games of which the Braves won before dropping a 3-0 decision on Saturday night.
In case you missed it, MLB Trade Rumors reported some goings-on a couple days ago in the Atlanta Braves’ Organization. Nothing huge here, but if you’re like me, you like to stay well informed as a Braves’ fan, and MLB Trade Rumors does a great job at helping us do that. Check out the news from Charlie Wilmoth.
The Braves have purchased the contract of Carlos Fisher from the Somerset Patriots and assigned him to Triple-A, tweets Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com. Fisher, 31, previously spent parts of three seasons with the Reds, most recently in 2011. He posted a 4.74 ERA, 7.84 K/9, and 5.02 BB/9 in 98 2/3 innings.