Javier Vazquez was THE MAN tonight. The Atlanta Braves rode his hot pitching to yet another win against a Nationals team that they should beat (and did). He walked just one batter and gave up only three hits, one of them a late homerun that ruined the shutout. In his last 4 starts he is 4-and-0 with a 0.72 ERA -- that's absolute dominance. I don't think we can trade this guy, no way, he's too valuable.
The Nationals gave us two runs in the first inning with some pretty shoddy (read: last place) defense. An error by our old buddy Pete Orr, a ball that was lost in the lights, and a ball that dropped in between two defenders. Those two runs were all that Vazquez needed to roll to a complete game 3-hitter.
The Braves added a run on a Matt Diaz single in the eighth, and another on a Martin Prado solo homerun leading off the ninth.
Man, Javier Vazquez was awesome. He struck out seven, two of them in the ninth inning when he looked better than he had the entire game... and that's saying something because he looked really good all game, but in the ninth he made the middle of the Nats order look like they were all Pete Orr.
...and the Braves keep on keeping their post-season hopes alive.
|Final - 9.25.2009||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Javier Vazquez (15 - 9)
LP: John Lannan (9 - 13)