Braves Freeze, Nats Win

DC Sports Nexus ---- Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nationals 5, Braves 4
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Braves 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 12 1
Nationals 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 12 0
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It took 13 innings to do it, but the Nationals cashed in on an error (may be called a single by now) by Dan Uggla to defeat the Braves and go up 6 games in the division.  With runners on 1st and 3rd with 0 outs, Chad Tracy hit a grounder to 2nd, but Uggla froze up and dropped the ball and the Nats went on to win as ice water poured over Chad Tracy's head.

The Nats came out strong in the first inning with a few RBI hits capped off with an Ian Desmond 2 run homer, his first hit since returning from the DL, his 18th homer.  Then for 12 straight innings, the Nats couldn't produce any offense.

The Nats had several attempts with runners on 3rd and less than 2 outs that they couldn't send home.  There was not much clutch on the night.  The Nats stranded 12 guys on the night.

Jayson Werth hit 2 doubles and Suzuki, Zimmerman, LaRoche, and Desmond each had 2 hits on the night.

Jordan Zimmermann couldn't find his spots for most of the night and struggled his way through over 100 pitches in 5 innings.  He gave up 8 hits and 4 runs, which included a dagger 2-run homer by Jason Hayward to help the Braves tie the game and seal a no-decision for J-Zimm.

The Nats ran out of pitchers and had Edwin Jackson warming up, but with the big Braves mistake, Davey Johnson didn't have to insert him into the game.  Craig Stammen picked up the win after pitching 2 innings (and on deck to pitch a 3rd).

Another one tomorrow...

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