ATLANTA - JULY 15: Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on July 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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5. 3 E's: The Shark, Roger Bernadina, starts the second-half of the 2011 campaign with a single up the middle on a 2-2 fastball from the Braves' Tim Hudson. Danny Espinosa shoots a 2-0 fastball through second with Bernadina running and the Nats' outfielder goes first-to-third™ on the single and scores when Ryan Zimmerman grounds into a force at second. 1-0 Nationals early on Atlanta's right-hander, who throws 17 pitches in the top of the first. Livan Hernandez is up to 24 pitches before he records the second out of the Braves' first, and the Nats are down 4-1. Jordan Schafer reaches on a grounder that eats up Michael Morse, and the Nats' first baseman's second error on the play occurs when he throws by the covering pitcher allowing the Braves' CF to take second. A one-out walk, RBI single and double follow making it 3-1 and after an error by Ian Desmond another RBI hit makes it 4-1. It takes a perfect throw from left by Laynce Nix on the Braves' fourth hit of the inning to keep it 4-1 when Nix nails the opposing catcher, David Ross, at home. Livan takes care of the opposing pitcher...4-1 Braves after one.
4. Not The Pitcher!: Michael Morse, who entered the game with just one error this season in 48 games at first, has three errors on the night after he lets a hard-hit grounder by Jason Heyward through his legs to put a runner on with two down in the second. This error doesn't lead to any runs. Morse gets a shot at redemption in the Nats' third when he steps up with two on and one out after a Danny Espinosa walk and a Ryan Zimmerman single, but the Nationals' slugger strikes out swinging through an 0-2 slider. Laynce Nix grounds out to second and Washington strands two. 0 for 3 with RISP so far tonight. The Braves get a ground-rule double by David Ross, a one-out single by Nate McLouth and a two-out RBI single by the opposing pitcher and Livan's down 5-1 and at 66 pitches after just 3.0 innings of work.
3. Hudson Waltzing: Livan Hernandez is hit for in the top of the fifth after he's thrown 79 pitches, 49 for strikes, and surrendered eight hits, six runs, three earned and a walk while recording one K. The Braves' right-hander, Tim Hudson, throws a 1-2-3 top of the fifth, striking Roger Bernadina and Danny Espinosa out for K's no. 5 and 6 after a groundout by Livan's pinch hitter, Alex Cora, had started the frame. Eight Nats in a row go down after Ryan Zimmerman's single in the third. Zimmerman, Morse and Nix go down in order in the top of the 6th, and that's 11-straight set down by Hudson.
2. Hudson Hitting: The Nats can't buy a hit, but the Braves' starter is 2 for 3 after he doubles to right field on a two-strike breaking ball Nationals' lefty Ross Detwiler. Hudson takes third on a wild pitch ball four to Jordan Schafer and scores on an RBI single by Martin Prado. 7-1. 8-1 on a Jason Heyward single through the right side of the infield. Error no. 5 of the night by the Nats is charged to Ryan Zimmerman on a sharp grounder to third by Dan Uggla that drives in the Braves' 9th run. Detwiler gets out of the inning, but reportedly limps from the mound when it's over after tweaking something when he slips. [Reports after the game say he is fine, twisted ankle.]
1. Hudson Rolling: Wilson Ramos' one-out double in the seventh is the first hit in 12 trips to the plate for Nats' hitters against Tim Hudson going back to Ryan Zimmerman's one-out single in the third. Matt Stairs follows one-out later with a two-out single, but Hudson retires Roger Bernadina to complete his six scoreless after giving up a run in the first. Still 9-1 Braves. Todd Coffey gives up a one-out single by Jordan Schafer in the seventh. A two-out walk to Jason Heyward and a two-run double by Freddie Freeman and it's 11-1 Atlanta after seven innings at Turner Field. The Nationals load the bases with Scott Linebrink on the mound and two out in the eighth, but Wilson Ramos K's looking to leave the Nats 0 for 5 with RISP on the night. The Braves go 9 for 19 w/ RISP. 19?
0. 10,000: The Braves win their 10,000 game. No.1 was on April 22nd, 1876 when the franchise was known as the Boston Red Stocking/Caps.
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• Post Game WPA Graph - Doghouse Comments: (via Fangraphs):
Nationals now 46-47.