ATLANTA, GA - MAY 27: Tyler Pastornicky #1 of the Atlanta Braves bobbles a line drive single hit by Rick Ankiel #24 of the Washington Nationals in the seventh inning at Turner Field on May 27, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Braves vs. Nationals: Atlanta Completes Winless Week With 7-2 Loss

The Braves continue to play without Chipper, McCann and Freeman.

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MLB Standings: The Atlanta Braves Continue Slide Down NL East

A seven-game losing streak has the Atlanta Braves just one game ahead of the last place Philadelphia Phillies. It was just a week ago that the Braves were sitting pretty in first place.

NL East Standings

Washington 29 18 .617 0 Won 3
New York 27 21 .562 2.5 Won 3
Miami 26 22 .541 3.5 Lost 1
Atlanta 26 23 .530 4 Lost 7
Philadelphia 25 24 .510 5 Lost 1

(updated 5.28.2012 at 5:24 AM PDT)

The NL East has turned out to be the toughest division in baseball, as it is the only one with all five teams sporting a winning record.

The road does not get any easier this week for Atlanta as it plays the St. Louis Cardinals, who are in second place in the NL Central, and the first-place Washington Nationals.

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Braves vs. Nationals Recap: Atlanta Swept At Home By NL East Foes

A bad week turned into a miserable one at Turner Field over the weekend as the Atlanta Braves were swept by the Washington Nationals, who entered Friday with a two-game lead in the NL East. The Braves' pitching (and especially bullpen) was ineffective in all three contests and the offense continued to struggle without the help of Chipper Jones, Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman.

Fortunately it is still pretty early in the season and the Braves should recover from this losing streak, but a change in their level of play needs to be made soon.

The Braves dropped the first game by a score of 7-4. Tim Hudson struggled mightily in the first inning, and despite a few key hits from Matt Diaz it was too little, too late as Atlanta was unable to rally against the Washington bullpen.

Saturday's game was about as uneven of a matchup as they come with Mike Minor and Stephen Strasburg on the plate, and despite a big two-run homer from Dan Uggla that tied the game at 4-4 it was the Atlanta bullpen struggling yet again as they allowed three runs on route to a 7-4 loss.

The Braves raced out to an early 2-0 lead in the series finale, but the Nationals made Brandon Beachy work for every single out and eventually got him out of the game after five innings. Livan Hernandez had a miserable sixth inning and allowed a homer to Bryce Harper as Atlanta fell by a score of 7-2. Only three hitters recorded a hit for Atlanta and Gio Gonzalez struck out 10 on the night.

The Braves now have a quick turnaround to get ready for the Cardinals on Monday afternoon. Atlanta swept them two weeks ago in St. Louis, but this is hardly the same team from a few weeks back. Tommy Hanson will face Lance Lynn in the series opener.

For more on the Braves, head on over to Talking Chop.


Braves Extend Losing Streak To Seven Games Following 7-2 Loss

The Braves went winless this past week, sealed by a bad 7-2 loss on Sunday Night Baseball. Atlanta took an early 2-0 lead against Geo Gonzalez and the Nationals, but Washington rallied in the middle innings against Brandon Beachy and the Braves' suddenly-awful bullpen and cruised to the finish line.

The Nats tied the game in the fourth with an RBI-single from Jesus Flores and tied the game up on a sacrifice fly from Gonzalez at the plate. After hitting the first batter he faced in the sixth inning Beachy was pulled in favor of Livan Hernandez, who promptly surrendered a walk, RBI-single, sacrifice bunt, two-RBI double, and then an RBI-single to Ryan Zimmerman to make the score 6-2 following a strikeout of Bryce Harper.

Harper got his revenge in the top of the eighth with a deep homer to right-center field to extend the lead to 7-2.

Michael Bourn, Dan Uggla and pinch-hitter Juan Francisco accounted for the Braves' three hits on the night. Atlanta made two errors, as well.

The Braves will face the Cardinals beginning Monday afternoon. The team is winless on Mondays this season and the availability of Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman is still unknown, so you probably shouldn't hold your breath.

For more on the club, check out Talking Chop.


Chipper Jones Injury: Braves Third Baseman Has Procedure On Injured Shin

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had a procedure on Saturday where blood was drained from his injured shin/calf area to expedite the healing process.

Chipper was already reporting an improvement and hopes to be ready to come off the disabled list when he is first available around June 8. Martin Prado is playing third and hitting third for the Braves on Sunday who are also without Brian McCann (Flu) and Freddie Freeman (vision) in the lineup. Jones is hitting .307 this season with five homers and 24 RBIs in 29 games for the Braves.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Nationals fans should visit Federal Baseball. For more news and notes from Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Nationals Vs. Braves Lineups: Martin Prado Playing Third, Hitting Third On Sunday

Lots of big names missing from the Atlanta Braves lineups for their series finale against the Washington Nationals. Chipper Jones is on the disabled list and Martin Prado will take his place at third base on defense and will bat third in the lineup.

Brian McCann is also out of the lineup as he continues to battle flu like symptoms and J.C. Boscan will catch his second straight game for the big club. Eric Hinske will play first base on Sunday as Freddie Freeman continues to battle vision problems associated with his contact lenses.

Here is a look at the full lineups for Sunday's series finale:

Washington Nationals

1. Steve Lombardozzi (S) LF
2. Bryce Harper (L) RF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
5. Ian Desmond (R) SS
6. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
7. Rick Ankiel (L) CF
8. Jesus Flores (R) C
9. Gio Gonzalez (R) P

Atlanta Braves

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Tyler Pastornicky (R) SS
3. Martin Prado (R) 3B
4. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
5. Matt Diaz (R) LF
6. Eric Hinske (L) 1B
7. Jason Heyward (L) RF
8. J.C. Boscan (R) C
9. Brandon Beachy (R) P


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

The Atlanta Braves look to avoid a sweep and salvage one game of their three-game set with the Washington Nationals and snap a six game losing streak in the process. Brandon Beachy (5-2, 1.77 ERA) will take the mound for Atlanta while the Nationals will counter with Gio Gonzalez (6-1, 1.98 ERA).

Beachy is coming off of his worst start of the season and that is saying a lot when you consider he is leading the majors in ERA and has a .183 batting average against. He allowed four runs and three homers in seven innings of a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 27, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia


Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming:

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Braves Vs. Nationals Final Score: Atlanta Loses To Washington 8-4, Losing Streak Extends To 6 Games

The Washington Nationals were le Bryce Harper who hit a solo home run and Danny Espinosa added a three-run shot to defeat the Atlanta Braves 8-4. The loss for the Braves was their sixth in a row and six of their last seven. The Nationals got out to an early 4-0 lead due to Espinosa's three-run shot.

The Braves rallied to tie the game at four in the fifth inning when Dan Uggla hit a two-run shot, and that would be the final runs of the day that the Braves would score.

The Nationals would take the lead for good when Chad Tracy came to the plate to pinch hit, and he hit a RBI double to knock in Ian Desmond which came off of reliever Kris Medlen who also earned the loss.

The Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor gave up four runs on six hits in five innings which marked the sixth straight start where he has allowed four or more runs.

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Nationals fans should visit Federal Baseball. For more news and notes from Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.

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Atlanta Braves Vs. Washington Nationals: Saturday Probables, TV Schedule And More

The Atlanta Braves continue a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Saturday, as Atlanta looks to rebound from a 7-4 loss on Friday night.

Tim Hudson took the loss on Friday, as the Nationals jumped on him early for four first inning runs. Hudson wound up surrendering all seven runs in the 7-4 loss.

Winning on Saturday won't be an easy task for the Braves, as they'll have to face off against Stephen Strasburg. So far in 2012, Strasburg is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA, .214 BAA and 1.02 WHIP. Strasburg has struck out 64 in just 53 innings of work this year as well.

Mike Minor starts for the Braves, as the struggling left hander looks to get back on track. Minor has allowed at least four runs in each of his last six starts, and has only surrendered three or fewer runs in three of his nine starts this year. Minor takes a 6.96 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and .286 BAA into this afternoon's contest.

First pitch between the Braves and Nationals is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET. Televised coverage can be found on Fox Sports South.

For more on the Braves, be sure to head over to Talking Chop and join the discussion.


Chipper Jones Injury Update: 3B Placed On 15-Day DL With Ankle Injury

On Friday May 18, Chipper Jones took a ball off his ankle against the Tampa Bay Rays and he has been sidelined ever since with the exception of making a pinch hit appearance against the Reds on May 23.

The Braves have now decided to play Jones on the 15-day disable list retroactively to May 23, which means that Jones would first be eligible to return on June 8 at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The injury does not look pretty and there is video of Jones' ankle on Talking Chop, and be warned the video is fairly graphic as the bruise starts at his ankle and goes mostly up his shin plus a large laceration of where the ball landed on his ankle.

or a more in-depth look at the Atlanta Braves, head over to Talking Chop. Be sure to check out Baseball Nation for news, notes and analysis around Major League Baseball.


Braves Fall To Nationals 7-4, Losing Streak Up To Five Games

The Braves continued to struggle on Friday night against the NL East leading Nationals, losing by a score of 7-4. The Nats jumped on Tim Hudson for four two-out runs in the first inning, and came up with the big hits down the stretch as they improved their lead in the division to two games.

WIth two outs and two on in the first inning, Hudson surrendered a two-run single up the middle to Ian Desmond. Rick Ankiel then followed with a two-run triple off the wall to make the score 4-0.

Matt Diaz brought home a run with an RBI-single in the third inning to make the score 4-1, and then clubbed a two-run double in the fifth to cut the deficit to just one run.

The wheels came off in the seventh inning. After recording two quick outs Hudson walked pitcher Chien Ming Wang and gave up a double to Steve Lombardozzi. Bryce Harper drew a walk on four pitches, bringing Ryan Zimmerman up t the plate. Zimmerman deposited a ball into the left-center field gap for three runs, essentially clinching a victory for the Nats.

Jason Heyward hit a solo homer in the eighth, but that was all the club would muster in the final innings.

The two clubs will meet again on Saturday afternoon.

For more on the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Braves vs. Nationals Lineups: Freddie Freeman Returns, Chipper Jones Still Out

The Braves have scored just 10 runs in their last five games, which is their worst stretch of the season thus far. Not only are a few guys slumping, but injuries and illness have really taken their toll lately. Chipper Jones has had just one at-bat since last Friday with a severely swollen and sore ankle, and Brian McCann has not started since Saturday with the flu. Freddie Freeman has battled issues with his eyes the last few weeks and missed Thursday due to blurry vision.

Jones and McCann will be out again on Friday against Ross Detwiler and the Washington Nationals, although Freeman will return now that his specially ordered contacts and sports glasses have arrived. Here is the rest of the lineup:

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Dan Uggla - 2B
Matt Diaz - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
David Ross - C
Jack Wilson - SS
Tim Hudson - P

First pitch from Turner Field is set for 7:35 p.m.

For more on the Braves, be sure to check out Talking Chop.


Nationals Vs. Braves Time, TV, Radio And More

The Atlanta Braves begin a key three-game set with the division leading Washington Nationals Friday night at Turner Field. Atlanta is trying to snap a four game losing streak that has them once again trailing the Nationals in the standings.

Tim Hudson gets the start for Atlanta and has been really good in his last three starts posting a 1.25 ERA. He will be opposed by Washington's Ross Detwiler who is coming off a rough start in Baltimore last weekend.

No word yet on whether or not the Braves will get any of their injured or sick regulars back in the lineup. Chipper Jones missed his sixth straight start on Thursday with a leg contusion. Brian McCann is battling the flu and Freddie Freeman continues to have vision issues.

Game Date/time: Friday, May 25, 7:35 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

Pitching Matchup: Tim Hudson (3-1, 3.03 ERA) Vs. Ross Detwiler (3-3, 3.63 ERA)

TV: Peachtree TV

Radio: 680 The Fan

Online Streaming:

For more on this game Braves fans should check out Talking Chop and Nationals fans should visit Federal Baseball. For more news and notes from Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Braves vs. Nationals Preview: An NL East Showdown Arrives In Atlanta

The top-two teams in the NL East battle this weekend at Turner Field in what should be a great series.

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