Nationals Vs. Braves: Mike Minor Leads Atlanta To Series Sweep

Mike Minor was terrific over six innings of work, while the offense delivered multiple times against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals bullpen.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Final Score: Mike Minor Leads Atlanta To Sweep

The Atlanta Braves had to sweep the Nationals this weekend to keep hopes of a National League East championship alive. Two walk-off wins and a 5-1 win on Sunday night later, and the Bravos have a fighting chance with a little more than two weeks remaining.

Mike Minor was the story on Sunday night. The young southpaw worked six innings of one-run ball, scattering five hits and two walks. He struck out three. Minor's ERA in the second half of the season is now 2.29 ERA.

Gio Gonzalez was not nearly as effective for the Nationals, working his way through five wild innings on the mound. He gave up just two runs on four hits and four walks, although he was pitching in and out of trouble all night.

Chipper Jones drove home the first run of the game with an RBI single in the third inning. Freddie Freeman then followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. Washington cut the deficit in half with a two-out single from Ian Desmond in the sixth that plated Bryce Harper.

Jason Heyward grounded out sharply in the seventh inning with runners on the corner. Adam LaRoche touched first and then fired home, but Michael Bourn was able to avoid a tag at the plate to add the third run. Dan Uggla then came up with a huge two-run single to make it 5-1 after seven innings.

Luis Avilan and Chad Durbin worked a perfect eighth and ninth inning, respectively, to secure the rainy victory at Turner Field.

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Brian McCann Injury: Braves Catcher To Miss 'A Day Or Two'

Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann is still recovering from tendinitis in his right knee and will likely need at least 24 more hours to recover from the injury, which flared up against on Saturday, before he can return to the Braves' lineup.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that McCann tweaked the knee on the Braves' recent road trip and felt it again on Saturday when he went into the bullpen to warm up starter Tommy Hanson.

Although McCann started the game, he was pulled in the third inning after the knee never loosened, according to the report.

The Braves open a three-game set on the road against the Miami Marlins on Monday and McCann is expected to miss at least the opener, when Tim Hudson is set to take the mound. The Braves have yet to announce their probable starter for Tuesday's meeting with the Marlins.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said McCann could be used in roles other than catcher before he is completely healed.

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MLB Standings: Braves Virtually Assured Of Wildcard Berth

The Atlanta Braves had a good shot at the Wild Card heading into the weekend, but two straight wins ahead of their Sunday series finale against the division-leading Washington Nationals have made their place in the postseason all but assured. The Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and will only face the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates for the remainder of the season.

Even if they don't catch up to the Nationals in the division, the Braves have one of the two Wild Card berths well in hand. The St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers are tied for the second spot, but four other teams are hot on their heels.

In the NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds have all but run off and hid with their 11.5 game lead. The NL West seems to be well in hand for the San Francisco Giants, who have a 7.5 game lead on the Dodgers. Sports Illustrated has a complete look at the standings.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Lineups: Brian McCann, Martin Prado Miss Series Finale

The Atlanta Braves will go for the sweep of the rival Nationals on Sunday night. After two wild walk-off wins the first two games of the series, the Bravos will look for a more convention win this time around. This being said, it is September after all and all wins are created equal at the end of the day.

Mike Minor will make the start for Atlanta tonight. Minor has been terrific in recent months, pitching to the tune of a 2.64 ERA since July. He will be opposed by baseball's wins leader, Gio Gonzalez.

The Braves have released their lineup. Brian McCann is out as he deals with hamstring tendinitis, while Martin Prado has a couple of nagging injuries that he's been bothered by the last few weeks.

Braves:

Michael Bourn - CF
Reed Johnson - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Chipper Jones - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Dan Uggla - 2B
David Ross - C
Andrelton Simmons - SS
Mike Minor - P

First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. ESPN will have the broadcast.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves go for a three-game sweep of the NL East-leading Washington Nationals Sunday night as they look to prevent Gio Gonzalez from becoming the first MLB pitcher to 20 wins this season.

Gonzalez (19-7, 2.93 ERA) actually has struggled against Atlanta this season -- he's posted a 4.86 ERA in 16⅔ innings, though he's won two of those three starts. The Nationals lefty allowed one run in six innings his last time out against the Mets, though he walked five, and has allowed just that one run in his last three starts (22 innings).

If not for Kris Medlen, Braves lefty Mike Minor (8-10, 4.42 ERA) would be getting more love from fans and media. No matter, though -- Minor just continues to pitch masterfully after a dismal first several months of the season. For the month of September, he's allowed just three hits and six walks in 12⅔ innings and has not yielded a run during that span.

Game Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Radio: WCNN 680 AM, WNNX 100.5 FM

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Nationals Vs. Braves Final Score: Atlanta Wins 5-4 Thanks To Hit Batsman RBI

After winning Friday night's game with the Washington Nationals on a walk-off throwing error. the Atlanta Braves found another ugly way to win Saturday afternoon. Washington reliever Ryan Mattheu hit rookie Andrelton Simmons in the bottom of the eighth to score Jeff Baker and give the Braves a 5-4 win.

Braves starter Tommy Hanson didn't come out sharp: Adam LaRoche hit a two-run shot in the first inning to give the Nats a 2-0 lead, then in the second Hanson committed a throwing error on an Edwin Jackson bunt that let two more Washington baserunners score. Hanson was relieved after five innings; he struck out seven and allowed four hits and a walk.

Dan Uggla drove in Freddie Freeman with a double off Jackson in the bottom of the second to make the score 4-1 Washington. Freeman hit a solo home run in the fourth, and Jason Heyward homered in the sixth with Martin Prado on board to tie the game.

Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 36th save of 2012. Eric O'Flaherty pitched a scoreless eighth and was credited with the win.

The Braves win reduced the Nationals' lead in the NL East to 6 1/2 games. The Braves have 16 games left to play, the Nats 18.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Starting Lineups: Tommy Hanson vs. Edwin Jackson In Game 2

The Atlanta Braves look to build a little momentum off their walk-off win last night, and take on the Washington Nationals for the second game of their three game set this afternoon. Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.35 ERA) takes the hill for the Braves, with Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.85 ERA) doing the same for the Nationals. A win today would give the Braves the series win.

The Braves lineup (via):
1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Brian McCann (L) C
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. Juan Francisco (L) 3B
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Tommy Hanson (L) P

The Nationals lineup (via):
1. Jayson Werth (R) RF
2. Bryce Harper (L) CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
5. Ian Desmond (R) SS
6. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
7. Jesus Flores (R) C
8. Steve Lombardozzi (S) LF
9. Edwin Jackson (R) P

First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. ET.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

The Atlanta Braves will try to cling to any chance they have at catching the Washington Nationals in the National League East Saturday afternoon when they host the division leaders in the second game of their weekend series.

The Braves won Friday night's opener with a walk-off, 2-1 victory when pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky reached on an Ian Desmond throwing error that allowed Andrelton Simmons to score the winning run. The win pulled the Braves to within 7.5 games of the Nationals for the division lead and kept the team's comfortable Wild Card lead over the rest of the pack in the NL intact.

The Braves won for the 20th time in a row in games started by Kris Medlen, who struck out 13 but wasn't around at the end for the decision.

The Braves will send Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.35 ERA) to the mound Saturday to take on Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.85). The game takes place at 4:05 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally by FOX. Local fans can hear the game on the radio at WCNN 680 AM and WNNX 100.5 FM.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Final Score: Atlanta Wins, 2-1, On Walk-Off Error

Pinch-hitter Tyler Pastornicky reached on shortstop Ian Desmond's throwing error, and Andrelton Simmons scored to give the Atlanta Braves a walk-off 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. With the win, Atlanta cut Washington's lead in the National League East to 7½ games.

Atlanta starting pitcher Kris Medlen had one of the best performances of his young career. Medlen allowed a run on five hits and a walk in seven innings. He had 10 strikeouts through five innings and finished with a career-high 13. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the top of the ninth and earned his second win of the season.

Ross Detwiler started for the Nationals and pitched almost as well as Medlen. Detwiler threw six innings and gave up one run on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five. Sean Burnett took the loss for the Nats. He gave up one unearned run on two hits in ⅓ of an inning.

Simmons drove in Freddie Freeman with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to give the Braves the early lead. Bryce Harper tied the game with a solo home run in the top of the sixth.

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Nationals Vs. Braves: Atlanta's Kris Medlen Has 11 Strikeouts Through Six Innings

In a matchup of the top two teams in the National League East, the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals are putting on a pitching clinic.

Braves starter Kris Medlen has struck out 11 Nationals through the first five innings at Turner Field. Medlen has allowed a run on just four hits and one walk. He has been excellent since making his first start of the season on July 31. Medlen is 7-0 as a starter and has seen his season ERA drop to 1.64. Medlen hasn't allowed more than two runs in any start.

Washington's Ross Detwiler is having a fine game, too. Through six innings, Detwiler has allowed one run on seven hits and one walk. He has struck out four.

Freddie Freeman has the lone Atlanta run so far, scoring on an Andrelton Simmons sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Bryce Harper homered to tie the game in the sixth.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Lineups: Kris Medlen Vs. Ross Detwiler In Game 1

The Atlanta Braves host the Washington Nationals in what may very well be a preview of National League Divisional Series action. Kris Medlen (8-1, 1.64 ERA) will pitch for Atlanta, taking on Ross Detwiler (9-6, 3.23 ERA) for Washington.

The Braves lineup:
1. Reed Johnson (R) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. David Ross (R) C
8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
9. Kris Medlen (S) P

The Nationals lineup:
1. Jayson Werth (R) RF
2. Bryce Harper (L) CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
5. Ian Desmond (R) SS
6. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
7. Roger Bernadina (L) LF
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
9. Ross Detwiler (R) P

First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET.


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Braves vs. Nationals: Potential Playoff Preview Hits Atlanta This Weekend

If the Braves lose one game this weekend to the Nationals, the race for the National League East is (probably) over.

Atlanta currently trails the Nats by 8.5 games in the standings, and there are just 18 games left to be played. A sweep brings the Bravos to 5.5 back with 15 games to play, which at least gives them hope as the final two weeks of the regular season arrive. Anything less than a sweep and it's tough to imagine the Braves winning anything other than a wild card spot in 2012.

This all being said, this weekend's series could be a playoff preview. The new rules dictate that the team with the best record, which would be the Nationals as of today, can play the winner of the wild card play-in game even if they hail from the same division. In recent years that was prohibited, but MLB figured they'd test it out this year.

As for the Nationals, they're just about the same team they've been all year. Stephen Strasburg may be done, but that doesn't take much away from what is a very good ball club that ranks near the top of the league in offense and pitching. Ryan Zimmerman continues to punish baseballs in the second half, Bryce Harper is heating up and Jayson Werth keeps getting on base at the top of the lineup.

Here are the pitching matchups and start times for this weekend:

Friday, 7:35 p.m. ET - Kris Medlen (8-1, 1.64 ERA) vs. Ross Detwiler (9-6, 3.23 ERA)

Saturday, 4:05 p.m. - Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.35 ERA) vs. Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.85 ERA)

Sunday, 8:05 p.m. - Mike Minor (8-10, 4.42 ERA) vs. Gio Gonzalez (19-7, 2.93 ERA)

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MLB Standings: Braves In Position For Postseason Run

With just 18 games left in the 2012 regular season, a look at the MLB standings shows the Atlanta Braves are in prime position to make a postseason run. The Braves remain at the top of the Wild Card race and are comfortably ahead. At 81-64, Atlanta is seven games in front of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the final playoff spot.

The Braves aren't likely to catch the Washington Nationals for the division lead. Atlanta sits 8.5 games back in the NL East.

Atlanta is likely to end up in the Wild Card one-game playoff on Oct. 5, which features the top two teams that did not win a division. The Braves are in position to have home-field advantage for that game, as they are five ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

For complete standings, check out S.I.'s MLB Standings page.

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Nationals Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio Info And More

Braves starter Kris Medlen heads to the mound against the Nationals looking to halt a three-game losing streak.

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