ESPN – Nationals vs. Braves – Box Score – September 05, 2008

And the pointless battle rages on. Hey, the Braves have a winning streak! Weird.

The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the first. The Nats tied it in the third, but the Braves put a seven spot up in the bottom of that inning. There were a lot of walks, including two with the bases loaded. As someone pointed out in the game thread, issuing one of the latter to Jeff Francoeur, representing your first ever major league batter, has to be pretty embarrassing. The big blow was a bases-clearing double by B-Jones.

The Braves pushed it to 10-1 with an “unearned” run in the fourth and an RBI infield single in the fifth. Jurrjens left after that inning, having thrown 98 pitches. He struck out six and walked three, and gave up six hits — but only one of the latter was for extra bases (a triple). He just wasn’t efficient.

Buddy Carlyle is getting efficient at giving up runs, and has become the latest member of the Overused Club; he gave up one in the sixth. Any use of Elmer Dessens is overuse; he gave up three runs in the seventh, lowering his ERA to 30.00. Ridgway and Julio finished up unscathed.

KJ had three hits, including two doubles, and is I suppose in one of his hot streaks — his batting average has gone up fourteen points in the last four days. Whee. Anderson and Kotchman had two hits each.