The game should have been postponed. Instead, after a two hour and 12 minute rain delay, the Atlanta Braves lost to the Washington Nationals 3-1.

The Braves could have won this game, had they taken advantage of the opportunities the Nats provided. Where is Freddie Freeman when we need him? More to the point, in this new small ball Braves attack, is Freddie still THE OFFENSE?

Alex Wood struggled through seven innings, allowing three earned runs, a quality start. The Nats’ starter Stephen Strasburg only went five innings, allowed no runs and only four hits, striking out six while tossing 94 pitches. By the rules, Strasburg’s effort was not a quality start. Yet Strasburg was the winning pitcher and Wood, deservedly, the loser. Though the Braves threatened, ultimately the game was never in doubt.

The Braves would have won if Denard Span had not led off the Nats’ first with a double and scored on the first of Anthony Rendon’s four singles. Span also singled in Michael Taylor in the third, for all intents and purposes putting the game out of reach. Taylor drove in Wilson Ramos with a single in the fourth, ending the Nats’ scoring for the night.

The same Braves offense that worked so well against the Mets could not overcome Washington’s three run barrage, managing nothing until Cameron Maybin homered in the eighth off Matt Thornton. Nick Markakis then (Arab) singled for the third time in the game, and A.J. Pierzynski singled Neck to second, becoming the potential tying run at first. Juan Uribe strode to the plate, a hero in the making, when Matt Williams brought in old friend and the original David Carpenter to face him.

Brave fans remember a prior Carpenter-Uribe matchup, though not fondly. The sequel likewise disappointed the Braves faithful. What is it about ex-Braves anyway?

Brandon Cunniff tried mightily to pad the Nats’ lead, but the Braves went into the ninth trailing only 3-1. The Braves loaded the bases for Home Run Maybin. Alas, mighty Cameron could not deliver this time. The Braves lost to the hated Nationals once again.

Wednesday may represent the Braves’ best chance to salvage a game in the series, as Shelby Miller opposes Jordan Zimmermann. Perhaps we might even score a few runs.