National League Game Summary - Washington at Atlanta|
(Friday, May 31st)
Final Score: Washington 3, Atlanta 2
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The Washington Nationals' bullpen kept them
ahead following Stephen Strasburg's departure.
Denard Span hit a pair of triples and scored two runs in the Nationals' 3-2
win over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a three-game set.
Strasburg was removed from Friday's start following two innings due to an
apparent oblique strain. He appeared to wince after throwing a pitch at one
point during the second frame. He tossed 23 of his 37 pitches for strikes.
"I definitely could've pitched through it," Strasburg said. "Davey didn't want
to take the chance. We just have to be proactive about it, get the treatment
so hopefully I'll be able to make the next start."
The combination of Craig Stammen (3-1), Tyler Clippard, Drew Storen and Rafael
Soriano surrendered just a run on two hits and a walk over the final seven
Stammen fanned three over four scoreless frames.
"With Strasburg going out we thought we had a better chance, but Craig Stammen
came in and shut us down. Clippard we were able to get to him, but then
Soriano came in and shut us down," Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said.
Julio Teheran (3-2) struck out nine, but allowed three runs on seven hits and
a walk over 6 2/3 innings for Atlanta, which has dropped four of its last six
Freeman smacked a solo homer and added an RBI single in defeat.
The Nats plated a run in the first and second to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
Span ripped a triple into right to begin the game and scored on Steve
Lombardozzi's sacrifice fly to left. In the second, Roger Bernadina and Danny
Espinosa hit consecutive one-out singles to put runners on the corners, and
Bernadina was pushed across on Kurt Suzuki's groundout.
Freeman crushed a leadoff shot deep into the right field seats in the home
second to cut the gap to 2-1, but Washington pushed another run across in the
Span scalded another triple into the right-field corner and again scampered
home on a Lombardozzi sac fly to make it 3-1.
Freeman's RBI single in the seventh pulled the Braves within 3-2, but with the
bases loaded and one away later in the frame, Clippard struck out Dan Uggla
and Chris Johnson to end the threat.
Storen walked one in a scoreless eighth and an easy 1-2-3 ninth for Soriano
gave him his 15th save of the year.
Strasburg threw 37 pitches, 23 of them for strikes ... Nationals outfielder
Bryce Harper missed his fifth consecutive game due to a knee injury ... Span
has five triples on the year.
06/01 01:39:50 ET