Jul 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) throws during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Fall to the Braves 3-2


The Washington Nationals lost against the NL East division leading Atlanta Braves Monday night, 3-2.  The loss puts the Nationals 13.5 games back of the Braves and lengthens Atlanta’s winning streak to 11.

Adam LaRoche gave the Nationals the early lead in the first when his double to right center scored Ian Desmond.

Freddie Freeman’s RBI singles in the third and fifth innings drove in the Braves first two runs of the night.

Stephen Strasburg had another solid outing, but the Nats bats were unable to give him adequate support.  He struck out nine in seven innings, allowed two runs and five hits.

In the sixth, the Nationals drew even on Anthony Rendon’s sacrifice fly that scored Ryan Zimmerman.

Tyler Clippard blew a rare hold when Justin Upton launched his 20th home run of the season to give the Braves the victory.

The Nationals will try to even the series Tuesday when Gio Gonzalez will duel against the Braves Julio Teheran.

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  • Shawn Casey

    Here is my problem with Davey at this point. What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Davey is in the Earl Weaver mode of NO SMALLBALL. Each night we never score with RISP or put RISP because Davey refuses to shake things up. When a man is on first why not steal and prevent the chance of a double play…it seems every team is doing that to us?! Nope, Davey still rolls out the same philosophy and we are now 12.5 behind the Braves. This is a season where the bats are quiet and after 4 months they are not going to suddenly awaken. Instead we waste numerous Pitching Gems because Davey won’t change a bit.
    I also have to throw Ray Knight under the bus after last nights loss. He said the Braves are playing loose because of their lead (to paraphrase), they (Braves) have nothing to lose by running on the Nats. Hey Ray, what do the Nats have to lose at this point? They are 12.5 games back…if any team should be loose it should be the Nats…they should be in the “what the heck lets shake things up mode”.
    I am so tired of these one way, not thinking outside the box managers/former managers. Can we steal Joe Madden from the Rays?

    • Gordon

      13.5 games back