The game was actually a lot closer than the final score. It was 1-1 after 1 and stayed that way until the fifth, with the Braves only going out to a big lead against the dregs of the Nats’ pen late.
The Braves took the lead in the top of the first thanks largely to some very sloppy Nats defense, with McLouth just beating out a throw to avoid a double play (and maybe should have been called out) then going to second on another double-play ball, hit by Chipper, that the second baseman bobbled and got only one out on, then coming home on a flare single by McCann. The Nats tied it up with two hits and a walk against Tim Hudson in the bottom of the inning.
They couldn’t do much of anything against Hudson after that, as he allowed only a single in the second and no more baserunners in five innings after that, while striking out five. The Braves couldn’t do much against Jordan Zimmermann either, until the fifth, when Alex Gonzalez tripled (it should have been a double, but the Nats outfield screwed up) and scored on a Freddie Freeman groundout, and Hudson walked and scored on a Prado double followed by an error on the relay.
In the seventh, against the bullpen, the Braves got some breathing room with a two-out rally, Prado doubling, McLouth and Chipper walking, and McCann singling on a ground-ball just left of second base against the Stupidshift. The Braves then sent eleven batters to the plate, getting six runs, in the eighth. The key to the inning was a TAKE THE OUT STUPID play at the beginning, when Heyward, after singling to lead off, was running on a 3-2 count to AAG and was standing on second base when the third baseman tried to force him; the idiot umpire called Heyward out but the other idiot umpire at third base reversed the call and the blowout was on.
Fredi, for some reason, had Venters pitch the eighth with a ten-run lead. Yep, that’s going to continue. Scott Linebrink pitched the ninth. Nobody in the organization already could have handled that job, good thing we traded for him.