With playoff hopes dashed, Nationals lose 2-1 to Braves

The veteran catcher signed expecting to play roughly 50 games this year.


As for Roark, he went further in this game than any of his previous four starts. It was the first multi-hit game of his career. “He’s doing a heck of a job for us”. “It was a good experience for him”.

Relievers Peter Moylan, Edwin Jackson and rookie closer Arodys Vizcaino worked a flawless inning apiece for the Braves, with Vizcaino recording his ninth save in 10 opportunities. With runners on first and second and no outs in the ninth, Ian Desmond bunted into a 2-5-4 double play. I’ve seen him blossom into an unbelievable pitcher. “It is a smart play”. “This is a big yard, and it’s damp and you really have to hit it hard to get it out of here”.

The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the Nationals and Braves, who meet in Atlanta at 7:10PM ET.

The Braves have won five straight at Turner Field – scoring two runs in each of the wins – just weeks after setting a franchise record with 12 consecutive home losses.

Williams Perez scattered six hits over six innings in the Braves’ 2-0 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday. But in six September starts, he was 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA.

Pierzynski singled home Nick Markakis with a bloop to left field in the first inning, and Bourn drove in Todd Cunningham in the second and that accounted for the Braves’ offense. That run was the first major league home run by Trea Turner. He led off the sixth inning with a drive to left field off Wisler that tied the game 1-1.

The season can not end soon enough for the beleaguered Washington Nationals. 3B Yunel Escobar missed the series opener with a sore upper back. 1B Freddie Freeman (wrist) started and is day to day.

NOTES: Atlanta originally had LF Adonis Garcia in its lineup but scratched him an hour before game time because of a lower back strain. Everth Cabrera had been manning shortstop off and on for the Padres for a few years and showed flashes of greatness especially in making the All Star team in 2013, but was also soon caught for drug use and then we watched his season and personal life deteriate to the point of being released by the team at the end of the season. “And as we look at Zimmermann with 70 pitches through five innings, due to bat second trailing 2-0 when the Nationals come to bat in the top of the seventh, perhaps we are describing to you, our Nationals fans, his last inning”. RHP Steven Strasburg (10-7, 3.63 ERA) will start the series finale for the Nationals against Braves rookie RHP Ryan Weber (0-2, 5.91). Harper broke Ken Singleton’s mark from 1973 with the Expos.


In the second inning, he allowed a leadoff single and walk to put two on with none out.

Pierzynski powers win over Washington