‘The necessary changes having been made’ – they were certainly necessary in our case but not too much seems to have changed. One awful pitched innings spoiled an otherwise stirring performance tonight.  Young Braves pitchers, shuffle them as you will, continue to show their fragility. In this instance a promising early 3-1 lead vaporized in the fourth when the ever talented and loyally promoted Tyrell Jenkins melted down in the 4th and left giving up 9 runs, all earned. He had taken the place of many others, themselves up and down, changes galore.

(Change can sometimes hit the absurd note. This week the Spanish La Liga, ever image conscious, warned clubs that in any home televised game  that they failed to manage a 75% seat occupancy they would be fined, fine doubled if less than 50% occupied. To help they offered to have TV cameramen  not show any large vacant seat areas and, when even that was not enough, to supply tarpaulins to cover the offending blocks. Seriously. Now that’s change. Will it work? As farce, maybe.) Tori Kelly seems  a safer bet for our lonely acres, 42,000 here tonight.

They actually ended up seeing a good ball game as well. It started promisingly Jenkins getting through the first undamaged and our hitters giving Scherzer some stick, Adonis doubling off the wall to score two and give us a lead.. In the frightful 8 run third Ramos made all three outs – how’s that for a change, when did that last ever happen?  At 9-3 Weber was the mop up choice and did a more than decent job. Daniel Murphy was red hot having just learned his lead in the batting title chase from LaMahieu was down to one point – he could be uncatchable now after a week of Braves pitching. What was a change in this area was 2 or 3 years back when a Braves hitter led this contest most of the season only to lose it late. He won no popularity contests  for it, either.

(Jose Peraza went 3 for 4 with a homer tonight against his former club, he’s now got over 100 ML AB’s, that’s a change)  Vizzy came on in our game after last night’s fiasco and managed to get through the 8th without cost. He’d already cost us last night’s game,  Jenkins this. Trea Turner got the 4th inning going for the Nats with a 3 run bomb but struck out twice. To know why he will become twice the player Swanson ever can be you don’t need stats – use your eyes. We await our Venezuelan salvation- bring him up in 2018, time enough, early, for a CHANGE!

Our hitters did not roll over, they came back just as they had done last night. We had picked up to 10/6 by the end of the 8th forcing Dusty back into his pen, repeatedly. Final was 11/9 Jace having doubled Freddie in, Chase following and driving home another 2. Drecker, the tying run, popped up.

Our record against the Nats this season is awful…lost 10 of last 11. In the first half of the season we couldn’t hit them worth a lick, this time around it’s been the pitching. One more tomorrow , DeLaCruz vs. Gio. Change? Nah. Please!