ESPN – Nationals vs. Braves – Box Score – July 18, 2008

That was a lot closer than it should have been. The Braves had a 6-2 lead after three, but Hudson just didn’t have it tonight, and they had to hold on for dear life. Ryan Langerhans — Langerhans! — had four RBI for the Nats.

The offense was mostly what it was in the Padres series — McCann and the Batboy. Li’lbridge had a two-run double in the second. After the Nats tied it up in the third, McCann hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-2, then came home on a single by Kotsay. (Francoeur, who sucks, could have brought him home from third with less than two out, but he failed, of course.)

The Nats cut it to 6-3 in the sixth, but KJ singled home Lillibridge in the bottom of the inning to get the lead back to four. Unfortunately, the offense went into hibernation mode. It was 7-5 in the seventh by the time Bobby got Hudson out of there. Boyer and Ohman did their job, but Gonzalez had some wildness issues in the ninth, and it was second and third with one out after another failed Brave, Willie Harris, doubled. The Nats got one of those in, but Gonzalez finally got the last out to end it.

The Nats actually had three ex-Braves in the lineup, but Johnny Estrada was 0-4. Harris and Langerhans suck against everyone but us, which means that if we got rid of Francoeur (0-3 with a walk) he’d probably slug 1.000 playing the Braves.