Atlanta Braves, Ryan Weber Lose Pitchers Duel, Shutout 3-0 by Nats


The Atlanta Braves could not sweep the Washington Nationals on Thursday night, as they were shutout by Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals by a final score of 3-0.

Braves’ starter Ryan Weber pitched superbly, going 7.0 innings while allowing only 1 earned run on 5 hits but was charged with the loss. Weber pitched a gem, striking out 10 Nationals hitters on Thursday. Nationals’ starter Stephen Strasburg also pitched excellently, pitching 6.0 innings while shutting out the Atlanta Braves.

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The only run that Ryan Weber allowed on Thursday night was a solo home-run in the top of the 2nd inning that gave the Washington Nationals an early lead. Stephen Strasburg usually struggles against the Atlanta Braves, but not on this night, showing flashes of dominance and great command.

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The Atlanta Braves had chances to score, especially in the bottom of the 7th inning, but were unable to capitalize when they had runners on base all night long. Atlanta Braves first-baseman Freddie Freeman, thought to miss the rest of the season due to a sore wrist before the game, pinch hit in the 7th inning and remained in the game to play first-base.

The Washington Nationals got two more runs in the top of the 8th inning after three separate pitching changes from Manager Fredi Gonzalez who pulled Peter Moylan after allowing a leadoff hit in the inning, and Matt Marksberry who allowed a walk in the subsequent at bat in favor of Danny Burawa. Burawa induced a groundout to third from Bryce Harper, but Adonis Garcia overthrew second-baseman Jace Peterson when making the play, throwing the ball into right field and allowing two runs to score to give the Nats a 3-0 lead. 

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The Atlanta Braves were unable to muster any additional offense on Thursday night, going quietly in the 9th inning to fall 3-0. Tonight’s loss snaps the Atlanta Braves 5 game winning streak at Turner Field. The Braves still won the series, which is encouraging after dropping 13 of the first 16 games this season to Washinton.

In his last start of the season, Ryan Weber pitched exceptionally well, showing the Atlanta Braves front office that he may be able to contend for a spot in the rotation in 2016. Former Brave Jason Heyward and the NL Central Champion St. Louis Cardinals travel to Turner Field tomorrow for the final series of the regular season. Julio Teheran opposes Cardinals southpaw Jaime Garcia. Go Braves! 

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