The Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 6-2 on this soggy Sunday to win the final Turner Field Series against their hated rivals.
The Braves scored first in the second on an RBI single by Jace Peterson, then extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Jace walked, then scored on Dansby Swanson’s double over Bryce Harper’s head. Dansby then scored on Adonis Garcia’s single, the first of three runs Adonis drove in on the day.
Matt Wisler pitched five and two-thirds shutout innings before Trea Turner’s triple and Jayson Werth’s double ended his scoreless streak. Then the rains came. After a one hour, seven minute delay, Werth scored the second run, which was also charged to Wisler. That cut the Braves margin to 3-2 afterfive and a half.
The Braves bats boomed in the sixth. Dansby walked, Emilio Bonifacio singled, and both moved up on Ender Inciarte’s sacrifice bunt. Adonis singled in both runners, then scored himself on Freddie Freeman’s 40th double of the season. After six complete, Braves led 6-2.
Shae Simmons had a 1-2-3 seventh; and with Rio Ruiz due to debut as a pinch hitter for Simmons, the rains came again. The field was a quagmire, both teams had flights to catch, but Cowboy Joe West decided the game should continue. What an anal sphincter that crew chief is.
Even assholes relent. The game was called. Braves win.