Javier Vazquez is really good. He allowed one run on three hits — an eighth-inning solo homer — in pitching another complete game. He struck out seven and walked only one. He’s not going to get any, but it would be nice if he got some Cy Young mentions.
The Braves got two “unearned” runs in the first, thanks to PTG Orr, playing second for the Nats. After the first two went down, Chipper singled, and McCann walked. Orr let a grounder go through his legs, scoring Chipper. ACHE then singled to bring in McCann and make it 2-0.
It stayed that way for a long time. It’s not easy to pitch under those circumstances — one runner brings the tying run to the plate — but Vazquez thrived. Finally, Yunel led off the eighth with a single then went to second on an error. After a groundout, he scored an “unearned” run on Diaz’s single to make it 3-0. The Nats got the run back on the homer in the bottom of the inning, but Prado homered in response to make it 4-1. Bobby didn’t go to the pen, letting Vazquez finish it out. One thing about riding the pen so hard is that the rotation is still relatively fresh.
The Braves had nine hits and left ten men on base. That could have backfired, but…