Category Archives: BRAVES

GAME 36 REVIEW: Desmond Double in 11th Vaults Nats to Victory

When Eric Hinske homered for the Atlanta Braves in the bottom of the seventh off Washington Nationals reliever Doug Slaten for an insurance run that gave the homestanding Braves a 3-1 lead, it could have spelled doom for the Nats.  And when the Braves went to closer Craig Kimbel in the ninth for the save, it should have been lights out, as the Nationals were winless this season when trailing Continue reading

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GAME 35 REVIEW: Homers Fuel Nats Win Over Hudson, Braves

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson usually owns the Washington Nationals.  Entering play last night, Hudson had a career record of 11-2 against the franchise.  But last night the veteran starter fell victim to some shoddy defense by his normally reliable teammates in the middle innings, then a couple of bad pitches resulted in pair of two-out, three-run home runs by Laynce Nix and Jayson Werth, Continue reading

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GAME 3 REVIEW: Defense, Bullpen "Sloppy" in 11-2 Loss to Braves

"The game just didn’t have the same energy as the last two days.  That’s what was disappointing.  I just thought we would have carried a little more fire into this ballgame after yesterday." — Jim Riggleman

Danny Espinosa had a rough day in the field. (C.Nichols/Nats News Network)
Washington, D.C. — The Washington Nationals thought they were over games like these.  Sadly, it was deja vu all Continue reading

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GAME 3 PREVIEW: Washington Nationals v. Atlanta Braves; Starting Lineups

Atlanta Braves (1-1) v. Washington Nationals (1-1)Nationals Park, Washington D.C. Tim Hudson (17-9, 2.83, 1.150 in 2010) v. Jordan Zimmermann (1-2, 4.94, 1.323 in 2010) _______________________________
The rubber match of this three game series features perhaps the Nationals most important pitcher of 2011, Jordan Zimmermann.  Now fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, Zimmermann can resume his Continue reading

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GAME 2 PREVIEW: Washington Nationals v. Atlanta Braves; Ramos to Play; Starting Lineups

Atlanta Braves (0-0) v. Washington Nationals (0-0)Nationals Park, Washington D.C. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.33, 1.174 in 2010) v. John Lannan (8-8, 4.65, 1.563 in 2010) _______________________________   The second game of this three game series finds the Nationals still looking for their first run of the season, as they suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of Derek Lowe and the Braves on Opening Day.   Continue reading

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Opening Day Starting Lineups: Nats v. Braves

Atlanta Braves (0-0) v. Washington Nationals (0-0)Thursday 1:05 pm, Saturday 1:05 pm, Sunday 1:35 pmNationals Park, Washington D.C._________________________
The weather might be more suited for football playoffs than baseball’s Opening Day, but they’re going to do everything they can to get this one in today.  Game time temperature should be around 45 degrees with a mist or drizzle, and Continue reading

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GAME 156 REVIEW: Nationals Send Braves Packing, Take Two of Three

THE RESULT:  The Atlanta Braves came into D.C. this weekend looking to solidify their chances of making the playoffs, hoping to take advantage of a last-place team.  What they got was two losses out of three games to a young team learning to play, a serious dent in their plans for post-season play.
One of those young players, 25-year old shortstop Ian Desmond, hit a clutch two-out single with the Continue reading

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GAME 155 REVIEW: Nats Dealt Lowe Blow

THE RESULT:  Derek Lowe and his relievers were good.  Yunesky Maya ran out of gas.  That’s about it.
Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox became the fourth manager in Major League history to reach 2,500 wins, as his squad shut out the Washington Nationals 5-0, before 23,824 sun-drenched fans at Nationals Park.

Braves Manager Bobby Cox recorded his 2,500th win in his illustrious career. (Photo by Continue reading

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GAME 144 REVIEW: Six in a Row the Wrong Way

THE RESULT:  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:  the Washington Nationals starter rebounded from one bad inning to keep his team in the game, but the offense could not muster an attack — making the opposing pitcher look like Cy Young, and the Nats were shut out again.
Monday night, the Nats starter was Yunesky Maya, the opponent was Derek Lowe and the Atlanta Braves, and the score was 4-0, Continue reading

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