National League Game Summary - Atlanta at Washington|
(Saturday, June 2nd)
Final Score: Washington 2, Atlanta 0
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Stephen Strasburg tossed seven scoreless
innings and Xavier Nady delivered a key pinch-hit RBI double as Washington
took down Atlanta, 2-0, in the opener of a truncated two-game series from
"That's the Strasburg we want to see. He was just unbelievable today, totally
in command," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. "I know he was strong, he
still had another inning or two in him, but we got what we needed. The bullpen
was set up perfectly thanks to the job he did."
Jesus Flores hit a solo homer for the Nationals, who halted a three-game
Strasburg (6-1) scattered four hits and fanned nine to win his third straight
start. Tyler Clippard added a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
Brandon Beachy (5-4) was the hard-luck loser, giving up just three hits and a
pair of runs in 6 1/3 frames for the Braves, who have dropped six in a row to
Washington since last September.
Washington picked up an insurance run in the home seventh. Danny Espinosa drew
a one-out walk, signaling Beachy's exit for Chad Durbin, who walked Flores
after Espinosa swiped second. Jonny Venters came in but unleashed a wild pitch
to put both in scoring position, then served up an RBI double to pinch-hitter
Sean Burnett left runners on first and second in the eighth by retiring
Michael Bourn on a foul out. Martin Prado flied out, then both David Ross and
Dan Uggla struck out to end the game.
Strasburg fanned the first four batters of the contest, not allowing a
baserunner until a double by Jose Constanza with two outs in the third.
Flores snapped the scoreless tie by starting the home fifth with a blast to
"We could have lost the game 1-0 with the way Strasburg threw the ball, but
I'd really like to take a shot at 1-0 rather than 2-0 that's for sure," said
Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez.
Washington blanked an opponent for the fourth time this season and first since
late April...Strasburg also tossed scoreless baseball against the Mets on
April 11 and Miami on April 21, but both were six-inning outings...The Nats
also swept the Braves in Atlanta from May 25-27...Beachy struck out six and
06/02 23:59:50 ET