Game 80 Recap: Braves 3, Nationals 5

What a way to ruin a Saturday. That game was won. Tommy Hanson pitched brilliantly, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, and only one real mistake to Adam Dunn. But Mike Gonzalez just didn't have it today. The Braves have to start realizing earlier when Gonzo is not sharp and get him out of the game before the damage is too deep to erase.

The Braves took advantage of several scoring opportunities early in the game with some key hits, but they also grounded into 4 double plays, 2 each from Prado and Escobar. Those ended up coming back to hurt us in the end. Moylan got a ground ball that should have been the end of it in the eighth, but it found a hole.

It's not worth going into detail about all the what-if's in this game. Just know that we should have won it 3-to-1 and given Hanson his fifth win. It was in the bag and we blew it.


Final - 7.4.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 9 0
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 X 5 7 0

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