Down to their last out in the ninth and trailing 3-1, Washington’s Nationals got a one-out single by Ryan Zimmerman and a two-out, two-run, game-tying home run to left field by Victor Robles, whose 14th home run of the season made it 3-3.
It wasn’t tied for long, however, as the Braves loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the ninth and walked off with a win on a Josh Donaldson single.
Corbin vs the Braves: Though he received no decisions in any of his previous three outings, he didn’t take any losses, so Patrick Corbin took the mound tonight unbeaten in his last five turns in the rotation with a 1.59 ERA, six walks, 45 Ks, and a .202/.238/.294 line against in 34 IP over that stretch.
Coming off a six-inning outing against the Philadelphia Phillies in which he gave up six hits, two walks, and three earned runs, striking out 10 of the 25 batters he faced in a 4-3 win, the left-hander took on the Atlanta Braves for the first time this season in the second game with the Nationals’ NL East rivals in SunTrust Park.
Corbin tossed three scoreless to start, on 48 pitches, and retired the first two batters in the fourth before back-to-back doubles by Ozzie Albies (on a first-pitch heater) and Austin Riley (on a 3-0 fastball) put the home team up 1-0.
Ronald Acuña, Jr. singled to start the Braves’ fifth, stole second base, and scored from there on an RBI single to left by Freddie Freeman, who threw his bat at a 2-1 slider and lined it out to right field to make it a 2-0 game. Corbin needed 35 pitches to get through the fifth and a total of 100 to get through five before he was done for the night.
Patrick Corbin’s Line: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 Ks, 100 P, 62 S, 3/3 GO/FO.
Teheran vs the Nationals: Julio Teheran was unbeaten in eight starts between May 5th and June 13th, with a 0.81 ERA, 22 walks, 32 Ks, and a .137/.261/.190 line against in 44 2⁄3 IP, but heading into tonight’s outing, the 28-year-old right-hander was winless in his previous five turns in the rotation, with a 6.56 ERA, 12 walks, 21 Ks, and a .316/.416/.579 line against over 23 1⁄3 IP.
Going up against the Nationals for the first time this season tonight, Teheran gave up a two-out single in the first, then retired the next 13 batters he faced to get through five scoreless on 62 pitches.
Pinch hitter Gerardo Parra ended the streak of retired batters at 14-straight with a one-out single to right in the top of the sixth, and took third on a bloop single by Adam Eaton with two down, bringing Anthony Rendon up in an RBI opportunity, which he cashed in with a single to right-center that brought in the Nationals’ first run and ended Teheran’s night...
We're less than two games into the series and Anthony Rendon has 5 hits, a walk and 2 RBI.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 20, 2019
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Julio Teheran’s Line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 83 P, 57 S, 4/6 GO/FO.
Victor Robles is Streaking: With a double in his second at bat in last night’s series opener in SunTrust Park, Victor Robles extended his hit streak to eight-straight games, over which the 22-year-old outfielder was 11 for 32 (.344/.364/.531) with three doubles and a home run over that stretch, which left him with a .252/.323/.441 line, 16 doubles, and 13 home runs in 356 plate appearances on the season.
Robles was 0 for 2 with two Ks through six innings, but lined a two-out double to left off of Braves’ reliever Chad Sobotka in the seventh to extend his streak to nine-straight games.
Oh, and he hit a game-tying, two-out, two-run home run in the top of the ninth...
BULLPEN ACTION: Jerry Blevins took over for the Braves with runners on the corners, two out and Juan Soto at the plate in the sixth, and popped the Nationals’ slugger up to end the threat and keep it 2-1 Atlanta.
Tanner Rainey got the bottom of the sixth for the Nationals, and gave up a leadoff single to center by Austin Riley and a two-out RBI double to right by Ronald Acuña, Jr. that made it a 3-1 game in the Braves’ favor. Tony Sipp took over after a two-out walk to Dansby Swanson put two runners on. Freddie Freeman stepped in with two on and two out and popped out to left to end the inning.
Chad Sobotka worked around a two-out double by Victor Robles for a scoreless top of the seventh.
Wander Suero tossed a scoreless bottom of the seventh, working around a leadoff walk to keep it a 3-1 game.
Anthony Swarzak gave up a one-out walk but nothing else in the top of the eighth.
Fernando Rodney came on in the bottom of the inning and retired the Braves in order.
Luke Jackson came on for the save opportunity in the top of the ninth and gave up a one-out single by Ryan Zimmerman and ... a two-out, two-run, game-tying home run to left by Victor Robles, who crushed a 98 MPH 2-1 fastball and sent a no-doubter out to left-center, tying things up at 3-3 with a 446-foot blast.
Rodney came back out for the bottom of the ninth inning and issued a leadoff walk to Ronald Acuña, Jr. and a single by Dansby Swanson that move the runner into scoring position in front of Freddie Freeman, who walked to load the bases.
Davey Martinez brought Juan Soto in from left for a five-man infield against Josh Donaldson and Donaldson hit a walk-off fly to left field to win it, 4-3 Braves.
Nationals now 51-45