Braves vs Nationals square off in game three Thursday night
After getting their record to 6-6 on Monday night â?? the first time .500 (other than 0-0) since 2015 â?? The Atlanta Braves get swept by the Washington Nationals and fall to 6-9 for the 2017 season.
The Braves didn’t play bad in two of three games, but the Nationals were able to get the big hits while the Braves didn’t.
Washington sent Stephen Strasburg to the mound for his fourth start of the early season. The new look Strasburg â?? has a beard and is pitching all the time from the stretch â?? was able to go seven strong innings, giving up six hits, two runs, two walks and had 10 strikeouts.
Strasburg defense helped him out a couple times. Especially in the 7th inning when Anthony Rendon dives to his right, makes the grab and then makes the throw to first to rob Adonis Garcia. It was an outstanding play.
“We had three great defense plays against us, which could have been multiple runs,” manager Brian Snitker told reports after the game. ”Those are runs right there. Just inches away.”
Okay, enough about them!
R.A. Dickey pitched really well for the Braves on Wednesday nightâ?¦his third start of the season. He matched toe-to-toe with Strasburg, but the offense just couldn’t pick him up. The 42-year-old went seven innings, gave up three hits, three runs, two walks and three strikeouts. The knuckleball really moves when it’s warm outside. …
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