The Braves and their high-powered offense found themselves in unfamiliar 2020 territory on Saturday evening as a pitching dueling between Braves rookie stud Ian Anderson and the Nationals’ Patrick Corbin. Ian was absolutely dominant and some timely RBIs from Marcell Ozuna and Ozzie Albies were enough for the Braves to squeak out a 2-1 win over the defending champs.
While the initial storyline that dominated the interwebs was that Ronald Acuna Jr. was indeed back in the lineup after an injury scare on Friday evening, Saturday evening belonged to Ian Anderson who was superb in allowing one hit and putting up some much needed innings for the Braves.
Tonight, @ian_anderson15 became the second pitcher over the last 120 years to allow one hit or less in two starts of at least 6.0 innings in his first four career appearances.#ForTheA pic.twitter.com/0bytKojh4f— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 13, 2020
There are always going to be some growing pains for any young pitcher, but Ian showed a lot in getting some early command issues/jitters out of the way as he dominated one of the Braves’ division rivals over seven innings of work. It seems like he has a bright future ahead of him and, given what the Braves have had to deal with with their rotation this season, one hopes that his present continues to be great as well.
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