Nationals 8 (68-88), Braves 3 (86-68)
WP: Zimmermann (1-2)
LP: Hudson (16-9)
You know what sucks? Losing 4 games in a row with 2 weeks left in the regular season when you're in the thick of a pennant race. Tonight's pathetic effort in Washington moved the Braves to 7 out in the east, and that race is all but over. As for the wild card, the Braves are currently tied for the lead with San Diego, who's game just started. If the Padres win, guess what? The Braves aren't in the playoffs! I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Adam Dunn killed the Braves tonight with a pair of homers and 5 RBI. Hopefully, he won't be doing that next year because Frank Wren will realize "he may be lefthanded and can't field worth a lick, but he's a hell of a hitter, and that's what this team needs!" But probably, we'll pass again. Great. Tim Hudson was bad tonight: 6 earned in 5 2/3, 6 walks, 3 strikeouts. Just a bad performance as he continues his regression over his past few starts. The bullpen allowed a couple runs, though neither were really the fault of the pitchers: Kyle Farnsworth allowed an inside the park homer to Willie Harris on a ball misplayed by Nate McLouth, and Billy Wagner allowed a run in the 9th after he threw a bunt attempt away, resulting in a 3 base error that allowed a run to score. Why you're bunting with a 4 run lead is anyone's guess, though.
The Braves offense once again didn't show up. 1 walk, 6 hits, 14 strikeouts, and a giant pile of fail. The first run came on an Omar Infante homer off the fair pole in the 5th inning. The Braves got 2 more in the 8th, with the runs scoring on an Adam Dunn fielding error and a Brian McCann infield single. McCann also had the one walk on the night, and Infante added a single to his homer to be the only Braves to reach base multiple times on the night. The starting outfield combined to go 0/9. Thanks for coming, guys!
Tomorrow's game is a big one, and really should be won. The all of a sudden dominant Derek Lowe takes the hill, against Yuniesky Maya for the Nats. These 2 guys faced off a week and a half ago, and Lowe won the battle 4-0. A repeat of that performance would be huge for this team right now. Winning is absolutely imperative.