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Game 26: Nats at Braves

Apr 29, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The Nats open a four-game series at Turner Field tonight.

ATLANTA โ€” Only a couple of days ago, the Nationals looked at this week's trip to Atlanta potentially as a make-or-break early series against their division rivals, who held a 5-game lead and looked unstoppable. How quickly things change. All of a sudden, it's the Nats who feel good about themselves (after taking three of four from the Reds over the weekend) and the Braves who are in panic-mode (having lost seven of 10 and seen their NL East lead dwindle to 2 1/2 games).

This does still remain an important series for the Nationals, who certainly want to avenge their earlier sweep at the hands of the Braves in D.C. And it's an important start tonight for Stephen Strasburg, who is mired in a four-game losing streak for the first time in his career even though he's pitched fairly well during that stretch.

As expected, Wilson Ramos has been activated off the 15-day disabled list, with Jhonatan Solano optioned back to Class AAA Syracuse. Ramos, though, is surprisingly not in the lineup tonight. Kurt Suzuki will be behind the plate working with Strasburg. Anthony Rendon also has the night off, with Chad Tracy starting at third base against Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran.

Updates to come…

WASHINGTON NATIONALS at ATLANTA BRAVES
Where: Turner Field
Gametime: 7:10 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, ESPN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 188
Weather: Partly cloudy, 74 degrees, Wind 4 mph out to CF

NATIONALS (13-12)
CF Denard Span
2B Danny Espinosa
LF Bryce Harper
RF Jayson Werth

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237 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:43 AM

    I meant the starting pitchers. They'll be the best staff in the league by the end of the year.

  2. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Emdash its not one game. Its 4 straight losses to your division rivals. 26 games with poor timely hitting. Bad base running. And a crap load od errors and strikeouts. Its a bad team.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    I assume we will win every game until some one decides that they will not do their job.

  4. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    ok Peric, who do we bring up for Jason…now's your chance.

  5. EmDash - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Oh Werth. Jeez, hope he's okay. What is it we both these Braves series?

  6. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I had the Desi stats. Could find someone find team average with RISP and sverage without RISP. We choke with RISP more than most teams I think.

  7. SCNatsFan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Nats have the look of defeat in the dugout. Heads hanging low.

  8. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Last season you figure bats could come back and win. Not anymore. They are cooked. You can see that all way from Brazil.

  9. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    you got to score in the 8th. not thinking about who is coming into the 9th.To expect ALR to get 2 hits in a game what is Davey thinking? Tyler Moore should have bat for ALR.

  10. ExposedinDC - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Unbelievable bullpen Atlanta has….truly unhittable

  11. Joe Seamhead - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Wow, who let all the Phillies fans in here?

  12. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    when is Stammen taking Clip's spot?

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    What ever happened to Clippards high fastball on Strike 2?

  14. Daylos - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Go to the BP too early and Clippard instantly gives up the go ahead run. Most of the blame goes to the lineup for not destroying Teheran in the first 4 innings, but Davey has got a little stink on him for this loss as well.

  15. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    When are veterens going to ever learn to hustle like Harper? They might not have his skills, but everyone could hustle like him.I would be embarrased to be out hustle by as much some are.

  16. Section 222 - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Nats have the look of defeat in the dugout. Heads hanging low.That's because when you trail the Braves after 7 innings you will almost certainly lose. Winnable games, just couldn't convert the chances early on.

  17. EmDash - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Things aren't working out well just now, but few teams get better by blowing things up. Walks need to go down. Some mental mistakes need to be corrected. The bullpen is likely to see adjustments. But we have the talent.Before the game, they showed an FP and Bryce interview. FP asked if this series was must win after the last sweep. Bryce said no, because whatever happened they'd get them next time. That's the only way to approach the baseball season without driving yourself crazy.

  18. Daylos - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Manassas Nats' Fan said… when is Stammen taking Clip's spot?Tuesday, April 30, 2013 approximately 9:00 PM EST.

  19. Eric - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Alright well we'll get em tomorrow night.At least Stras' last inning and Storen's inning were nice to watch.

  20. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Davey does stink. Danny batting second is absurd. 13 and 13 record. Hey it's early. Just ask anybody

  21. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    hitters basically refuse to hit with men in scoring position.In games we lose generaaly we only hit eithrr beginning or the middle not both and never late.I have been firing Eck 3 years and still am. But very few think he is aproblem. I think he is the common donominator in all of it.why ALR not Moore hit in 8th.

  22. Eric - Apr 30, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Oy…Kimbrel.Oh well. Stras' last and Storen's only inning were fantastic.

  23. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    When does the procrastinating end? When were 12 back?

  24. Manassas Nats' Fan - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    safe. tie gpes to runner.

  25. Daylos - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Braves making plays, Nationals not making plays. The story of the season series so far.

  26. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Sit down quick Chad. Are you in a hurry?

  27. Daylos - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    At least this loss gets pinned on Clippard and not Strasburg. As much as he struggled early, he deserved better.

  28. Scott Margenau - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    I blame Davey. He's just awful. The lineup sucked. He makes so many mistakes its sad. Ill be glad to see him go.

  29. Eric - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:04 AM

    ::: gut punch :::Oof

  30. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Gotta take advantage of opportunities early. gonat's mistake log says it all for tonight.

  31. Daylos - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Well, playing their worst baseball in the past 18 months and they are just 3.5 games back. If they are lucky, they will leave only 5 games back and can start working on straightening this out.

  32. Secret wasian man - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:07 AM

    Amen Scott. I wish he would go now. Now it's time for Ray night and the boys to make excuses and tell us how great the braves are. And how we should be proud because we were close. What a joke.

  33. jeffwx - Apr 30, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    2 pickoffs inexcusable, not getting down the bunt not good either.

  34. Less Platu - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:30 AM

    Secret WasianThe New Steve J

  35. natsfan1a - Apr 30, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Yup.Sec. 3, My Rocking Fire Sofa said… Maybe we'll some see Gackitude from the Barves Excellent, Smithers! Please tell me that's your coinage? April 29, 2013 6:00 PM

  36. Ronnie55 - May 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Nats are gonna have a MONSTER season. booyaI found this site looking for games involving Typing For Kids though hahahaha. Not sure what happened =)

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