Well, this one started promising. Bud Norris, coming off a season in which he posted a 6.72 ERA, had a great debut for Atlanta. He cruised through six innings, giving up only three hits, one walk, and no runs. He was certainly aided by a brilliant diving catch by Inciarte into the right-center field gap who then doubled Bryce Harper off of first base. Ender will be one of the few bright spots this year.
Meanwhile, the Braves were out-hitting the Nats and leading 1-0 on a RBI single by Pierzynski, who was then thrown out at second trying to stretch. Man, he has a knack of frustrating you. More on that later. Adonis also had three hits, with no one else collecting more than one.
The seventh is when the Barves came out to play. With a runner on second with two outs, Wilson Ramos, who is very slow, hit a tough ball in the hole to Aybar. With his second poor throw in as many games, Freddie is pulled off the bag. Zimmerman tries to score, Freddie fires to the plate, and Pierzynski completely misses the throw, allowing the runner to score and Ramos to reach second. After an international walk, Matt den Dekker ropes a double, scoring the two eventual winning runs. Overall, Norris pitched 7 innings, allowing three earned runs. Not a bad outing at all.
With this offense, a two run deficit late will often result in a loss, and today was no different. The bullpen logged a good night, with Alexi Ogando and John Gant each pitching a scoreless inning.
St. Louis now comes to town for a three game weekend series.