Austin Voth put together a solid 5 2⁄3-inning start against the Braves, but the runner he left on when he came out of the game ended up scoring, as Atlanta tied things up at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning in Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park.
A four-run top of the seventh broke up the tie and the Braves won their 11th in the last 15 against the Nationals, 10-1 final.
Voth vs the Braves: Austin Voth made four starts in the majors in June and July, with a 4.35 ERA, six walks, 20 Ks, and a .241/.318/.430 line against in 20 2⁄3 IP, and in two appearances this month, one in relief, and one as a starter, the righty had put up a 2.84 ERA, two walks, 10 Ks, and a .217/.280/.522 line against in 6 1⁄3 IP, four of which were against Atlanta during last weekend’s series with the Braves in SunTrust Park.
Voth threw just 75 pitches in that outing, striking out six of the 16 batters he faced, and he said that he’d likely have about the same in his arm this time out.
“My last outing in my rehab assignment I only went 2 1⁄3,” Voth explained, “... and that last inning in the fourth inning I lost my legs and I was using my arm a little bit more than I wanted, so maybe going forward I could maybe go five next time, but definitely 75 pitches probably cap.”
Voth worked around two hits in four scoreless after the Nationals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, throwing 52 pitches total, 38 for strikes, while striking out five of the first 13 batters he faced.
Nick Markakis singled and Matt Joyce walked in the first two at bats of Braves’ fifth inning, but Brian McCann lined into a double play at first, and after an intentional walk to Dansby Swanson, Voth got the opposing pitcher, Mike Foltynewicz, swinging to end a 13-pitch top of the inning which left him at 65 overall after five scoreless.
Voth came back out for the sixth, and gave up a long fly to center by Ronald Acuña, Jr. that Victor Robles caught at the top of the outfield wall, and a single to center field off of Ozzie Albies’ bat, but Freddie Freeman hit a fly to center for out No. 2 before the Nationals pulled the plug on Voth’s outing...
Austin Voth’s Line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 Ks, 80 P, 53 S, 3/2 GO/FO.
Folty vs D.C.: Braves’ starter Mike Foltynewicz took the mound this afternoon unbeaten in his last 10 starts, with a 4.28 ERA, 25 walks, 51 Ks, and a .249/.329/.388 in those outings, in which he was (5-0) with Atlanta 10-0 in his outings.
Foltynewicz issued a walk to Trea Turner in the first at bat of the Nationals’ half of the first, and paid for it one out later when Anthony Rendon hit an RBI double to right that put the Nats up 1-0 early. Double No. 43 for Rendon.
The right-hander held the Nationals there, retiring eight-straight after an Adam Eaton single with one out in the third, and completing five innings on 78 pitches with the score still 1-0 in the home team’s favor.
Foltynewicz was up to 11-straight batters retired and 89 pitches overall after setting the side down in order in an 11-pitch bottom of the sixth.
Mike Foltynewicz’s Line: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 Ks, 89 P, 55 S, 6/3 GO/FO.
No more streak, but strong stretch: Anthony Rendon’s on-base streak ended after 27 games when he failed to reach base in any way in the Nationals’ 5-0 loss in the series opener with the Braves last night.
He’s been on quite a run, however, as mentioned in the Nats’ pregame notes, with a gaudy .386/.459/.709 line, 12 doubles, a triple, nine homers, 30 RBIs, 17 walks, and 31 runs scored over the last thirty-two games going back to August 9th.
Rendon also had hits in 26 of 32 over that stretch, which left him with an NL-leading .332 AVG on the season going into today’s game, and he was hitting .333 after connecting for his 43rd double in his first at bat of the afternoon.
BULLPEN ACTION: Wander Suero took over for Austin Voth with a runner (Ozzie Albies) on first and two out in the sixth, and gave up a single to left field by Josh Donaldson and an RBI single to right by Nick Markakis, 1-1. Matt Joyce grounded out to end the inning after the Braves tied it up.
Suero came out for the seventh and walked Brian McCann and Dansby Swanson in back-to-back at bats to start the inning.
Fernando Rodney came on and hit pinch hitter Charlie Culberson flush in the face as the batter squared to bunt. Ugly. Culberson was able to get up, but had to be carted off, and Brian Snitker was tossed when the Braves’ manager argued over the fact that the umpire called it a strike.
Adam Duvall took over at the plate, with two on and no one out and K’d swinging over a 1-2 change, but Ronald Acuña, Jr. followed with a two-run double to left, 3-1 Braves.
An RBI hit to left by Ozzie Albies brought Acuña, Jr. around, 4-1, and then 5-1 on an RBI single by Nick Markakis.
Sean Newcomb worked around a one-out walk to Ryan Zimmerman and a single by Victor Robles, with a double play grounder off Raudy Read’s bat ending the seventh inning.
Erick Fedde walked Dansby Swanson in the first at bat of the eighth, and Swanson scored on a grounder up the middle in the next at bat, when Victor Robles tried for an out at third base and threw it by the bag and into the camera well on the third base side, 6-1.
Rafael Ortega scored on a sac fly by Ozzie Albies to make it a 7-1 game before Fedde got out of the top of the eighth.
Luke Jackson tossed a scoreless bottom of the eighth, and the Braves added to their lead with three more off Fedde in the top of the ninth, 10-1.
Josh Tomlin came on in the bottom of the ninth and gave up a leadoff triple by pinch hitter Andrew Stevenson. Tres Barrera got a pinch hit opportunity, and made his MLB debut with one down, and lined out to the mound for out No. 2, and Wilmer Difo grounded out to first to end it. Mercifully.
Nationals now 81-66