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Nats 6, Braves 3: Looking Bad, Billy Ray; Feeling Bad, Louis

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Nationals 6, Braves 3  Tom Glavine overcame a very shaky 1st inning to pitch 6 solid innings, giving up only 2 runs in his return from the DL. He scattered hits and runners all night; the only damage was back-to-back solo shots by Ryan Zimmerman and Nick Johnson in the 2nd. His location was pretty bad early on, but he battled, improved as he went deeper into the game, and made his return to the rotation a success. Well, almost. Our offense was nearly catatonic. We lucked into a run in the 2nd, when Mark Teixeira hit a leadoff double and tagged to third on a flyball to right center on which Lastings Milledge ran into Austin Kearns rather than let him simply catch the ball. Chipper hit a solo shot in the 6th to tie the game at 2. Then we got runners at first and third with no outs in the 7th, but got a squibber from Kelly Johnson, a weak groundout by Yunel Escobar, and a flyout from Chipper, and couldn't manage to push anything across. Then Boyer entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, and the floodgates opened. Single, flyout, walk, infield single, bases loaded double by Zimmerman, pitching change, strikeout, RBI double, flyout. By that point the score was 6-2, and the game was over. Chad Cordero came in to pitch the 9th for the Nats, but he had nothing and could barely get his fastball above the low 80s. We got a couple runners on, but then he injured himself on a pitch, which was too bad because he was lobbing meatballs. (Apparently the official scorer gave us an infield single on a pretty easy grounder that Zimmerman booted.) Jon Rauch came in, gave up an RBI single to Kelly (who otherwise looked pretty terrible at the plate), then struck out Yunel and got Chipper to fly out. Look, we can't win when we score 3 runs. Kelly and Yunel went 1-9 with a walk, collectively. Chipper was the only guy with more than one hit. Other than the Boyer disaster, our pitching was fine. I'm laying this one squarely on the offense.
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