May 9, 2015, 12:19 PM EDT
Winners of eight of their last 10 games, the Nationals will try and keep it going on Saturday afternoon as they host the Atlanta Braves in the second game of their weekend series. This one features a solid matchup of right-handed starters in Doug Fister (2-1, 2.61) and Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.82).
Fister is making his sixth start of the season and his second against the Braves. He saw them in Atlanta on April 27 and took the loss after allowing four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks.
Teheran is pitching his his seventh outing of the year. He faced the Nationals on April 28 and took a no decision after giving up three earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. That day was the Nationals’ big 13-12 comeback that seemed to have sparked this recent run.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the game…
ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 4:05 p.m. EDT
TV: Ch. 9, FS1, MASN2, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, XM 183
Weather: Partly cloudy, 80 degrees, Wind 2 mph RF to LF
CF Denard Span
3B Yunel Escobar
LF Jayson Werth
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Ian Desmond
C Jose Lobaton
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Doug Fister
RF Nick Markakis
SS Andrelton Simmons
1B Freddie Freeman
LF Kelly Johnson
3B Alberto Callaspo
2B Jace Peterson
C Christian Bethancourt
CF Cameron Maybin
RHP Julio Teheran
HP Fieldin Culbreth (cc)
1B Jim Reynolds
2B Manny Gonzalez
3B Paul Schrieber
4:27 p.m. — No runs in the first inning, though each team saw guys reach base. Markakis was hit by a pitch in the first at-bat of the game. Span singled and Werth walked, but that was it. Fister threw 13 pitches, Teheran tossed 21.
4:48 p.m. — The Nationals got on the board in the bottom of the second with three runs off Teheran. The first two came on a no-doubter home run by Lobaton, who smacked it into the second deck in right field. Espinosa doubled right after that and was brought home two batters later on a single to center by Escobar. The Nationals now lead the Braves 3-0 with the third inning up next.
5:05 p.m. — The third inning was a quick one as only Harper reached base. He drew his 27th walk of the season in this the 31st game. Fister is at 41 pitches after three, Teheran is at 58.
5:18 p.m. — Still 3-0 Nationals as the Braves went down 1-2-3 and the Nats saw only Fister reach base on a double. He bounced a long flyball off the scoreboard in right field. Fister is at 44 pitches as the Braves continue to search for their first hit. Teheran is at 68 pitches.
5:49 p.m. — The Nationals blew this game open with another three runs in the fifth inning, all three on Zimmerman’s third homer of the season. He smacked a line drive off the top of the fence in left field. The hit was originally ruled a double, but the umps reviewed and overturned the call. The Braves scored a run in the top half of the frame on an RBI double by Maybin. It’s now 6-1 with the sixth inning up next.
(Daniel Shiferaw here, taking over for Chase as he writes the game story)
6:04 p.m. — Doug Fister kept rolling on in the sixth inning, posting a zero on the scoreboard to preserve the 6-1 lead. From there, the Nats weren’t able to tack on anything, so the score remains the same heading into the seventh inning. Fister will remain in the game.
6:26 p.m. — The Braves rallied in the top of the seventh, scoring two off of Fister on a Pedro Ciriaco double. Fister was removed from the game with two outs and a man on second. His final line: 6 2/3 innings, six hits, three earned runs, no walks and three strikeouts on 92 pitches. The Nats had two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn’t cash in. Score is 6-3 heading into the eighth inning.
7:04 p.m. — Welp, here come the Braves. Atlanta rallied to tie the game with a three-run frame keyed by a Christian Bethancourt two-run double off Tanner Roark. All runs were charged to Aaron Barrett, who worked 1/3 of an inning and loaded the bases before Roark took over. In the bottom half of the frame, the Nats looked to take the lead on a Dan Uggla double, but Michael Taylor was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Kelly Johnson. Still tied 6-6 heading into the ninth inning.
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