Mike Foltynewicz came into this game after his near no hitter with a bit of swag in his strut. After only allowing 1 hit and zero runs in his last outing Foltynewicz was primed for another great pitching performance on the road. The Atlanta Braves were in need of a win and when the game was in a rain delay for over 3 hours, most of the fans who came to watch the game had already left Nationals Park for home.
Mike Foltynewicz pitched 6 innings and only allowed 2 earned runs. He pitched his way out of some early inning jams and challenged the Nationals hitters. It was nice watching a pitcher use his strengths and good pitches to almost tell batters “here’s my fast ball, I dare you to hit it.” The Braves bullpen took over in the 7th inning and shut down the Nationals hitters as well. Jim Johnson came into the 9th inning and picked up the save after allowing a hit. The game was exciting from a pitching stand point, and the Braves put on quite a good show in our nation’s capital.
Freddie Freeman was back at 1st base last night as Matt Adams enjoyed a well deserved day off. Freeman got his 1,000th career hit last night away from SunTrust Park. The Braves bats did awaken after a dismal series with the Houston Astros. Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki had a big blast in the 5th inning for the Braves only homerun of the evening. Freddie Freeman had 2RBI producing d doubles and Braves 3rd baseman Johan Camargo also enjoyed a double of his own in this shuffled Braves lineup. The Braves managed to take Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez out of the game early and were able to get to the Nationals struggling bullpen.
Last night’s game was odd in that there was a 3 hour delay for rain that never came. The umpires and coaches were not involved in the delay, that decision was up to the Nationals front office. For the fans who gave up on the game and decided to watch something else instead, they missed out on Braves history with Freddie Freeman’s 1,000th major league hit. How ironic that Freeman got his hit before the All Star break and against a division rival. The fans in Washington brought out the boo-birds as Freeman came to the plate and before the Braves fans get to upset, their fans greet Bryce Harper with the same jeers in Atlanta. The Braves will go for back to back wins tonight and hopefully there will be no rain delays without rain. GO BRAVES!!!!!