Nationals 4, Braves 2

The last game the Braves played while I was in my 20s was pretty indicative of how the Braves played throughout that entire decade of my life. They played okay, showed flashes of promise for the future, but were not inspiring, ultimately unable to do anything with the promise they showed and meekly going down against the opponent, with the Nationals emerging victorious in the end.

Luiz Gohara looked pretty good again as he pitched, showing he may end up being an important piece of the Braves future. With a little more seasoning and learning on his part, he could pan out. Kurt Suzuki continued to rake against Washington, and he had the at-bat of the night against Scherzer, fouling off multiple full-count pitches until he finally stroked a slider out of the strike zone into left field to drive the Braves first run of the game in. Dansby picked up an RBI on the evening, too. I can’t help but root for him. Hopefully he learned from his first season in the big leagues and will get another shot next year to build off of that.

Perhaps the Braves will be able to start off my 30s tonight in better fashion than they bid farewell to my 20s. There really is never a bad time to delenda those Gnats.

Nationals delenda est.

15 thoughts on “Nationals 4, Braves 2”

  1. I remember my 30th birthday.

    Umm, actually, no, I don’t. Happy birthday anyway youngster. Now get off my lawn.

  2. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t mind passionate, informed debate on this forum as long as it stays fairly civil. I don’t think the last thread crossed any lines. We all want the same thing after all. If disagreement stirs discussion and gives me 86 comments to burn through on a day in September when there’s really nothing of note to talk about with this team then I am fine with the pot getting stirred a little.

  3. With the left handed Gio starting you would think Ozzie and Johan could not wait.

    Well, even in this environment Ozzie’s flat – another weak fly ball to the middle outfield. Rest him, this is serving no purpose and belittling his brief legacy.

    Johan though is crackling. Watch him tonight.

  4. Impressive adjustment by Sims to his first pitch fiasco meat ball. Kept it low, moved it around, made Turner look bad, second time.

  5. Not all of it. Big night for Sims who showed everything needed except stamina to now be considered a starter. In our current maelstrom of young unproven pitching that’s huge.One level of importance down AJ did the same thing, he’s good.

    Sims/Gohara/Newcombe -3/4/5 in some order, bye bye and thank you to RAD/Wisler/Blair. Get to work in Gwinnett on Phase 2 Allard/Touki etc etc , there’s a bunch. Fried fits in somewhere.

    So close the larder door on all these arms, we have enough, enough to start thinking trade next year FOR ANYONE WHO CAN HIT THE BALL HARD.

    So, it wasn’t a wasted night. But it was still a disappointing end!

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