The Atlanta Braves first night in Washington was a memorable one. The Washington Nationals won the National League East on Sunday and the champagne was flowing in their dugout. Both the Braves and Nationals enjoyed a day off on Monday and the Braves were coming off a series win against the Miami Marlins. The Nationals did not look like the division champions last night and the Braves did not play like a team that has given up.
Julio Teheran has struggled this year in the Braves starting pitching lineup. His numbers tell the story of an ace#1 starter who might be running out of gas. Teheran has plenty of gas left in the tank and his pitching last night showed that he is not going quietly into the good night. Julio Teheran shut out the Nationals lineup and did not allow a run over 7 innings. Teheran pitched his way out of jams and his fast ball was still topping at over 90MPH on the radar gun. Braves reliever Luke Jackson came in the game in the 8th inning and was able to close out the game for his ball club and pitched 2 scoreless innings.
Yesterday was Freddie Freeman’s birthday and he had his own celebration at the plate going 3 for 5 including his longest homerun of the year in the 3rd inning. Nationals Park could not hold Freeman’s homerun to center field that was smashed for an incredible 442 feet to the deepest part of the ballpark. He hit a 3 run homerun with 1 swing of the bat but he was not the only Braves player that had a good night at the plate. Ozzie Albies also went 3 for 5 at the plate with a homerun of his own. The Braves lineup had 14 hits last night and scored 8 runs. Kurt Suzuki barely missed a homerun late in the game and had to settle for a ground rule double instead.
Tonight the Braves will send Luiz Gohara to the mound as he is looking for his first major league win. The Braves have played their division rival pretty well this year at Nationals Park and at SunTrust Park. The Braves are not going to the post season this season but the Braves want to finish their 2017 in style. The Braves young rookies are trying to show off their potential in the major league and will hope to make it to the 2018 starting lineup. The 2018 season will start off the season in Philadelphia on March 29th against the Phillies. The Braves are already looking ahead to next season and there are many questions the Braves will answer in the off season but for now the Braves can help play the role of spoiler in baseball. GO BRAVES!!!!!