The Nationals exploded for 7 runs on 10 hits, and now stand 9.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East.
Howie Kendrick led the way in enabling the Nationals to salvage a game from the 3 game series, going 3 – 4 with a homer and 3 RBI’s. Max Fried lasted only 2 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, walking 3, and was charged with 5 runs. The Braves managed only 4 hits, 3 of those off Anibal Sanchez, who went 7 innings.
The Braves had 7 games scheduled with the Nationals in September, and took 5 of them, winning both series, home and away. If history tells us anything, it’s that the Nationals are never *truly* delenda’d until they lose in the first round of the playoffs, but if that’s not a delenda-ing, it’ll do until a delenda-ing comes along. The magic number remains 4.
Josh Donaldson wasn’t much worse than anybody else today, so let’s force this in here somewhere.
Mulleted scamp, oh mist rolling in from the sea
My desire is always to be here
Oh mulleted scamp.
Far have I traveled, and much have I seen
Darkest of mountains with valleys of green
Past painted deserts the sun sets on fire
As he carries me home to the mulleted scamp.
Natspos delenda est; Braves defenda East.