Braves 7 (12-15), Nationals 6 (14-13)
WP: Medlen (1-1)
LP: Capps (0-1)
SV: Wagner (3)
What a wild, back and forth brawl of a game this was tonight. Tommy Hanson started slowly, allowing 3 runs over his first 2 innings, and only 1 over his final 4. He ended up walking 2 and striking out 5 while allowing 9 hits in his 6 innings, giving the team a nice chance to win. His ERA is still under 3.00 for the season, which is fine in my book. After the Braves took a 2 run lead in the 6th, Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless 7th and the Nationals got 2 off Takashi Saito to tie it in the 8th. Kris Medlen earned the win with a scoreless 9th, and Billy Wagner slammed the door shut in the 10th to get his third save of the season.
Offensiely, the big story was Jason Heyward getting pulled after his first at bat with a sore groin. The team cannot have him be out for any sustained period of time, as he is without a doubt the best hitter on the team right now. The offense didn't struggle without Heyward, putting up a 7 spot in 10 innings, earning a nice victory. Chipper Jones responded to critics such as myself saying he's done by reaching 4 times, with a pair of hits and a pair of walks, while driving in a run. Omar Infante continued his hot streak with a 2 run homer in the second inning. He also scored a pair of runs. There were some missed opportunities, as Martin Prado and Troy Glaus both drove in runs on ground outs...I'd trade an out for a run any day of the week, but would rather have the run be driven in with a hit...but then again, who wouldn't? The duds of the evening were Melky Cabrera as usual, going 0 for 3 in relief of Jason Heyward, and Brian McCann, who continues to struggle going 0/4 with 3 strikeouts and a walk. Matt Diaz seemed to break out of his season long slumber a little bit tonight too, with a pair of hits and the game winning RBI in the 10th inning. One of him, Cabrera, and McLouth really needs to step up to provide some sort of help to the rest of the lineup. One of them starting can struggle...two of them in the lineup struggling is not a good thing.
The Braves look to take the rubber game in the series tomorrow. It'll be Tim Hudson on the hill for the Braves against Scott Olsen for the Nationals.