Despite not having to face Stephen Strasburg, the Braves couldn’t seem to find their offense tonight in the opener of a three-game series in Washington. The Nationals’ emergency starter, Miguel Batista, threw five shutout innings, and three relievers combined to finish off the shutout. The Braves got only five hits. Braves starter Tommy Hanson pitched great—eight strikeouts and no walks in six innings—but was victimized by poor defense, as two errors led to two unearned runs. Before the game, Braves center fielder Nate McLouth was sent down to AAA Gwinnett. Brent Clevlen was called up to take his place, but one has to wonder if GM Frank Wren is on the verge of trading for another outfielder. Tonight’s poor offensive showing might heighten the urgency for such a move.