Braves 4, Nats 1

Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals – Box Score – September 25, 2009 – ESPN

Javier Vazquez is really good. He allowed one run on three hits — an eighth-inning solo homer — in pitching another complete game. He struck out seven and walked only one. He’s not going to get any, but it would be nice if he got some Cy Young mentions.

The Braves got two “unearned” runs in the first, thanks to PTG Orr, playing second for the Nats. After the first two went down, Chipper singled, and McCann walked. Orr let a grounder go through his legs, scoring Chipper. ACHE then singled to bring in McCann and make it 2-0.

It stayed that way for a long time. It’s not easy to pitch under those circumstances — one runner brings the tying run to the plate — but Vazquez thrived. Finally, Yunel led off the eighth with a single then went to second on an error. After a groundout, he scored an “unearned” run on Diaz’s single to make it 3-0. The Nats got the run back on the homer in the bottom of the inning, but Prado homered in response to make it 4-1. Bobby didn’t go to the pen, letting Vazquez finish it out. One thing about riding the pen so hard is that the rotation is still relatively fresh.

The Braves had nine hits and left ten men on base. That could have backfired, but…

62 thoughts on “Braves 4, Nats 1”

  1. I think I read somewhere that Cy Young voters can only submit their top 3 choices. Anyone know if that’s true and if so, how many are submitted on a MVP ballot? Just curious.

  2. Yes, it’s true- the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year voters only make three choices (5 points for 1st, 3 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd).

    The BBWAA MVP award voters make 10 choices (Points are 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1).

  3. Cubs win. So we got everything we wanted this evening except that the Rockies won. Which is kind of like, “Other than that, how was Dallas?”

  4. #5 – I like it. Norton’s only had 7 PAs this month – obviously still seven too many – might be time for something else.

    Is it too late to apply for admission to the AL Central? Or to lobby the league office for a 175 game season?

  5. If the Broadway tour of Avenue Q comes near any of you, you should go see it. I saw it last night here in Clemson. Hilariously vulgar but an incredible production. The place was howling with laughter.

  6. Vazquez is another example of the AL to NL boost. And boy am I glad he’s The Example this year. Keep it up Javy!

    Oh, yeah…No Hope here. Nope, none, nada, etc etc.

  7. if it allows us to keep hudson and vazquez, i’m all in for trading lowe to the cubs for bradley. we’ve tamed jerks before. maybe lowe and kj for milton and a solid relief man.

  8. 9, I think I know the girl who played the main love interest if she’s still touring. Glad you liked the show, it’s definitely fun.

  9. Attn: Georgians & North Carolinians

    The Baseball Project band at The Earl in Atlanta (Sunday), 40 Watt Club in Athens (Monday) & Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill (Tuesday).

    Nice column about it by the AJC’s Jeff Schultz, who went to high school with Steve Wynn.

    Thank goodness for the DVR. I have to attend an Irish wedding today/tonight. Will probably be more of a challenge to the ol’ system than running a marathon.

    Go Braves/Go Dawgs.

  10. Sure, Riggleman. Intentionally walk a guy to get to a .322 hitter. That makes perfect sense.

    And Pete Orr is still being helpful!

  11. It seems to be raining everywhere. Could be an interesting day of football.

    I just hope they get this game in against the Nats.

  12. The game isn’t on my Extra Innings package for some reason. Oh well, the Bravos seem to be doing their job today.

  13. He got all of that one.

    He was traded for Ryan Langerhans? I can’t believe a team gave up anything for Langerhans.

  14. Mike Gonzalez did a fine job, as well as being a smart dressed man (if you’ve seen the “Rookie Hazing 2009” thread on Talking Chop).

  15. This seems a bit much, asking Soriano to come in for one out when we’re still up by six.

    Edit: But at least it worked. Go Cards!

  16. Soriano is now at 94 strikeouts and needs only 6 more to notch the first Braves reliever 100-strikeout season in 10 years. Who did it last? John Rocker in 1999 with 104 K’s.

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