Cortisone Please, Nats Win Series

DC Sports Nexus ---- Sunday, July 1, 2012

Nationals 8, Braves 4

On a day when Gio, Strassy, and Desmond found out they were all-stars, the Nationals defeated the Braves 8-4 behind a Ryan Zimmerman powered offense.  Zim and his cortisone shot went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs including a crushed solo shot to left field.  With the Mets on a mission, the Nationals really needed this victory and the series win.

Gio pitched a decent game, having to get out of a few jams along the way.  He gave up 5 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings (started the 6th but got 0 out) while striking out and walking 4 batters.

The bullpen came in and shut down the Braves going 4 scoreless innings.  (Stammen 2, Burnett 1, Clippard 1)

The Nats started with a 4 run first inning and added runs in the 6th, 7th, and 2 in the 9th innings to keep the Nats scoring totals hot.  How about 8, 6, 5, 5, 10, 11, 12 in the past 7 games for the Nats.  That is (open excel) an average of over 8 runs per game in the last 7!

More Davy problems:  In the 6th inning with a 6-1 lead, Gio started by walking the first 2 batters.  Freddie Gonzalez came to the plate, one of Atlanta's hottest hitters, and at 109 pitches Davey Johnson left Gio in the ballgame.  5 pitches later and the Braves had 3 runs on the board and Gio's day was over.  Another puzzling mistake by the manager.

The Nats come home for 6 games before the All-Star Break, Giants on Tuesday for the #IYNT Tweet-up & fireworks, your chance to meet the Nexus writers!

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