Atlanta Braves Shutout Nats 2-0, Williams Perez Impresses


The Atlanta Braves won their second consecutive game against their NL East division rival Washington Nationals on Wednesday night by a final score of 2-0. The Braves have won 6 out their past 10 games.

Atlanta Braves starter Williams Perez was stellar in his final start of the 2015 season, pitching 6.0 innings of shutout ball while allowing 6 hits, 3 walks and striking out 3 Nationals. Perez was excellent in September, owning a 3.03 ERA in 6 starts — rebounding well from a disappointing August. The bullpen was also impressive on Wednesday, pitching 3 shutout innings between Peter Moylan, Edwin Jackson and Arodys Vizcaino — who earned his 9th save of the season.

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After last night’s heroics and two home-run game, A.J. Pierzynski continued his good work at the plate by adding an RBI single in the bottom of the 1st inning, raising the 38-year-old Catcher’s average to an even .300 for the season and scoring Nick Markakis. Since July 6th, A.J. Pierzynski has batted an incredible .323 — this after starting the season as the backup catcher to Christian Bethancourt

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The Atlanta Braves got another run in the bottom of the 2nd inning as Michael Bourn singled home Todd Cunningham to give the Bravos a 2-0. After hitting only .156 in August, Michael Bourn has regained his swing and effectiveness at the plate, hitting .288 in the month of September while also hitting .466 over the course of the past week. To say he is hot would be an understatement.

Bourn has also seen his playing time increase in recent weeks in center-field at the expense of Cameron Maybin. Maybin has had a solid year for the Braves, but missed time due an eye injury a couple of weeks ago and is only hitting .228 in the month of September. Perhaps Bourn is playing for a spot on the roster come Spring Training. 

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The dumpster fire that is the Washington Nationals were recently eliminated from playoff contention, and it seems more evident every day that manager Matt Williams is on his way out. After an altercation between Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon, it’s clear that Williams has lost control of the clubhouse. Never in my life have I seen a time with such high preseason expectations two years in a row become such a dysfunctional team. It will be interesting to see what happens in DC this offseason.

The Atlanta Braves go for a clean sweep of the Nats at home on Thursday, after only having won 3 of the 13 games played against Washington before Tuesday. Ryan Weber toes the rubber for the Atlanta Braves and will be opposed by Stephen Strasburg

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