Braves 4, Nationals 0
Edwin Jackson did everything he could to help the Nationals win, but the offense wasn't on the same page as the Braves shutout the Nats on Saturday afternoon at Nats Park, the first game of the doubleheader.
After a night when the Nats bullpen was decimated, Edwin Jackson pitched a 111 pitch 7 inning gem, the only run a solo homer by Brian McCann. Jackson struck out 9 batters and only gave up 5 hits.
Unfortunately for the Edwin, the offense was non-existent. The Nats only had 6 hits on the day, left 6 guys on base and were 0-7 with runners in scoring position.
Henry Rodriguez came in for Jackson in the 8th in another terrible outing for the fastballer. H-Rod gave up a single, walked a guy, and after a double steal and a wild pitch it was 2-0 Braves. After a 2-1 count to the next batter Davey had seen enough. The pitcher was pulled mid-batter and Mattheus came in with 0 outs and a runner on 3rd.
Mattheus escaped the jam, but gave up a 2 run homer to Chipper Jones in the 9th and the Braves won the game 4-0
The game was a rough one for the Nationals who lost Bryce Harper after he bunted off his ankle in the first, an injury that caused him to leave the game in the 3rd inning. X-Rays showed that it wasn't broken. Jesus Flores also looked hurt, a possible back issue. Both players will be out of the starting lineup for game 2.
John Lannan to pitch the next one...