Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals Series Recap

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Atlanta Braves 9-2 at Nationals Park on July 22, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Earning a split agains the division leader is never a bad thing, but after winning the first two games of the series, it seems like a bit of a wasted opportunity. Some notes from this past weekend's Atlanta Braves vs. Washington Nationals series.

Jason Heyward went only 4-15 at the plate, but walked five times and added an outfield assist as well.

Ryan Zimmerman had himself quite a series at the plate for Washington. The third baseman went 9-17 with three home runs, including two on Sunday.

Those two home runs came against Jair Jurrjens, who was absolutely awful on Sunday. He last only 2.1 innings, giving up nine hits and six runs before exiting the game. Some have wondered if that was Jurrjens' last start as a Brave, and it wouldn't surprise me if that was the case.

A pitcher who actually pitched well was Ben Sheets on Saturday. Making his second start for the Braves, he went six innings, giving up five hits and three walks while striking out six. I'll be interested to see where he goes from here.

Edwin Jackson matched Sheets pitch for pitch and then some on Saturday in game one, striking out nine over seven innings. His only blemish was a home run to Brian McCann.

Friday night's game was full of surprises. Dan Uggla going 3-4, Paul Janish with the go-ahead hit, and Craig Kimbrel blowing a save were all things no one saw coming. Always fun to win a game like that.

Jonny Venters pitched two scoreless innings of relief Sunday, and looked much like Venters that most of us are used to seeing. That would be a big boost for Atlanta.

Over the series, Chipper became the all-time leader for RBI among players who primarily played third base. Very cool moment for Chipper.

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