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Braves vs. Nationals Recap: Andrelton Simmons Impresses In Rain Shortened Series

The Braves had their mind set on revenge following a sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals last weekend in Atlanta, but rain and a dominating performance from Stephen Strasburg led to a 1-1 series split between the two clubs.

Friday night's game was rained out due to some serious rain, wind and even a tornado warning in the Washington D.C. area. The date of the makeup game is still to be determined.

Andrelton Simmons made his debut on Saturday against Strasburg and was unsurprisingly overmatched, but the kid showed us early and often just why scouts drool over his defense. The whole lineup was unable to get much of anything going against the Nats' ace as Atlanta lost by a score of 2-0.

Tommy Hanson surrendered home runs on two of the first four pitches he threw on Sunday afternoon in the series finale, but the lanky righty battled back to work seven very strong innings. The Braves battled back in the fifth and took a 3-2 lead against Gio Gonzalez on a two-run single from Jason Heyward. The bullpen managed to hang on to seal the victory for the Braves by the same score, earning their first win of the season against Washington.

The Braves will have yet another day off on Monday before heading south to take on the Miami Marlins in their new ballpark for the first time. Tim Hudson will square off against Anibal Sanchez in the series opener on Tuesday night.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.