Nationals fall to Braves 5-4; recap: 9/7/19

The Washington Nationals fell to the Atlanta Braves in another loss tonight, this time being 5-4. Austin Voth threw four innings that ended with three hits, two runs, two walks, and six strikeouts. For the first time in four years, Aaron Barrett pitched in a major league game, and his first outing ended with one walk and a strikeout to Ronald Acuna, Jr. and then an emotional moment in the dugout. Hunter Strickland’s outing ended with three hits, three runs, and one walk; and Strickland’s runs were two home runs that secured Atlanta’s win. Thankfully, Tanner Rainey and Sean Doolittle kept the Braves contained in hopes of a Nationals rally.

In the fifth inning, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run. In the seventh, Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a double play that scored Anthony Rendon, and in the eighth, Juan Soto hit an RBI double to score Trea Turner. This RBI marked Soto’s 100th career RBI, giving him a spot of honor among six other players who have recorded 100 RBIs in their age-20 season or earlier.

Tomorrow, the Nationals hope to avoid a sweep with Max Scherzer facing Mike Soroka. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. ET.

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