Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves – Box Score – August 11, 2009 – ESPN

The Nationals were on a roll, but the Braves reminded them that they are the Nats after all, and handled them easily even with their best pitcher on the mound. The Nats scored first, taking the lead in the first with single-stolen base-single. The Braves loaded the bases with none out in the second, but got only one run as Diaz grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. Then came an incident in the third when the Nats either ran themselves out of an inning or got screwed by the umpires, or both.

After that, it was all Braves. In the bottom of the inning, Prado doubled in Church, and then came home on a single by Chipper and error by the left fielder. They broke it open in the fifth. The returning Omar Infante (the Braves have been de-Diorified, at least for now) scored on a ground-rule double from Church, Church scored on a McCann single after they pitched around Chipper (with a lefty, so it was justified, this time) and Yunel doubled in Chipper to make it 6-1. Chipper hit a long solo homer in the seventh, and Norton, of all people, scored on an error in the eighth to reach the final score.

Tommy Hanson gave up seven hits, but only one was for extra bases, and that was a fly ball misplayed into a double by ACHE. While his velocity was off, he made up for it with a particularly sharp curveball, and struck out nine while walking nobody. He only had one inning, the first, where he was getting into deep counts, and pitched until it was two out in the seventh. Bobby yanked him basically as soon as he reached 100 pitches (actually, 101) but he didn’t seem to me to be tired. Just caution on the Braves’ part, which is good. O’Flaherty stranded an inherited runner, then blew through the eighth, striking out two. Acosta, of course, came in to pitch the ninth, and of course stunk, allowing a hit and a walk and causing Bobby to get Gonzalez up, again. If Carlyle isn’t ready, can we try Nunez?