October 21, 2020

Washington Nationals Game 142 Review: Fister Dominates as Nats Top Braves


Starter Doug Fister held the Atlanta Braves to just two hits and three walks over seven innings pitched as the Washington Nationals celebrated a 2-1 win Monday night and an eight game lead over the rest of the NL East.

Relying heavily on his fast ball, Fister (W, 13-6) shut down a sleepy Atlanta offense.

The Nats, on the other hand, posted a run early when, with two outs and two on in the bottom of the first, Ian Desmond hit the third single of the inning to plate Anthony Rendon.

It was the only run Washington managed to tally until the seventh inning, but in that time, the Braves hardly threatened.  Fister tossed three 1-2-3 innings, and his only two hits allowed – both singles – came in the first and second innings, respectively.

In the meantime, the Nats could have tacked on additional runs off Mike Minor (L, 6-10) in the third inning had it not been for Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird.

After Rendon drew a one-out walk, Laird fired to second baseman Tommy La Stella to nab him in his attempt to steal second. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Game 111 Review: Nats drop first game in critical series against the Braves

The Washington Nationals fell 3-2 to the Atlanta Braves Monday night in the first game of a must-win series against the NL East leaders.

With the loss, the Nats are now a crippling 13.5 games back with just 51 games remaining – and eight contests against Atlanta.

Things started out on the right track for Stephen Strasburg (ND, 5-9) who struck out Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Brian McCann in order after Jason Heyward on a fielding error by first baseman Adam LaRoche.

In the bottom of the first, Ian Desmond walked and Wilson Ramos drew a two out single, allowing LaRoche to double home Desmond. On the play, Ramos attempted to come home to give the Nats a second run, but Heyward fired in to Andrelton Simmons, who tossed to McCann in time to nab Ramos. [Read more…]

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