Washington Nationals drop 9th straight — overall and to Atlanta Braves, 6-3 final…

Espino vs Atlanta Rd. 2:

Paolo Espino gave up two of the 4 runs the Braves scored in a 4-3 win over Washington in Atlanta final week, with six hits and a stroll allowed in a 65-pitch, four-inning outing, in his sixth begin since shifting from the bullpen into the Nationals’ beginning rotation.

It was the fourth time in six outings he didn’t make it by means of the fifth inning, one thing his supervisor, Davey Martinez, mentioned would change as he builds up endurance.

“The large factor that we talked so much about,” Martinez mentioned early within the transition, “… is that he has to recover from that — simply that four-inning, five-inning [threshold], and I all the time instructed him, hey look, in case you get a chance it’s six, seven-plus, you bought to get your self to that, and he’s discovered the best way to attempt to get himself to that time.”

Espino’s averaged 4 13 innings per begin. This day trip, he tossed two scoreless to start out, on 31 pitches, however Robinson Canó doubled to start out the third, took third base on a groundout, and stayed there when Dansby Swanson reached on a blown name at first, with the umpire ruling Josh Bell got here off the bag when he didn’t seem to, and Matt Olson stepped in subsequent and hit a 1-0 changeup to left to make it 3-0 Braves early.

Austin Riley hit a 3-1 fastball to middle within the subsequent at-bat, for HR No. 27 of his 2022 marketing campaign, and a 4-0 benefit. 358 toes for Olson. 418 for Riley.

Espino labored round two singles in a 16-pitch fourth, then got here out within the fifth after the Nationals scored two runs, and retired the Braves so as in a seven-pitch body that left him at 79 complete. However a one-out hit-by-pitch, on his 87th general pitch within the sixth ended his outing…

Paolo Espino’s Line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks, 2 HRs, 87 P, 63 S, 8/4 GO/FO.

Fried vs D.C. – Spherical 3:

Max Fried took an L in April, giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits in 5 13 IP in a 3-1 loss to the Nationals in Atlanta, then the Braves’ lefty went unbeaten in his subsequent 15 turns within the rotation, placing up a 2.15 ERA, a 2.54 FIP, 16 walks, 91 strikeouts, and a .219/.253/.306 line in opposition to in 96 13 IP over that stretch, with 5 23 of these innings in opposition to Washington again on June 14th in D.C., when he gave up six hits and 4 runs in a 10-4 win.

Again within the nation’s capital at present, Fried was coming off his first loss since April, in a five-inning, five-hit, five-walk, two-run begin in a 3-1 loss to the the New York Mets, and he acquired a 4-0 result in work with after back-to-back, 13-pitch frames within the backside of the primary and the second.

Fried retired the Nationals so as in a 10-pitch backside of the third, however Juan Soto singled with one out within the fourth, and scored on a Josh Bell triple to left, when the ball bounced a bit within the nook and acquired away from Braves’ outfielder Eddie Rosario, 4-1, and 4-2 when Bell scored on an RBI groundout by Keibert Ruiz.

César Hernández, Juan Soto, and Josh Bell hit back-to-back-to-back singles off Fried, with one out within the sixth, with Bell’s driving Hernández in to make it a 4-3 sport, earlier than Keibert Ruiz hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP.

It was 6-3 within the customer’s favor when Fried retired the facet so as within the seventh, and he was achieved for the day after throwing seven robust on 94 pitches.

Max Fried’s Line: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks, 94 P, 60 S, 7/2 GO/FO.

Soto’s Streak:

Heard any good Juan Soto rumors these days? We’re centered on the sport right here, you’ll be able to learn a narrative concerning the different Soto information HERE. However going into at present’s sport, Soto, who had his 16-game hit streak come to an finish final evening, nonetheless had on-base streak going, having, “reached base safely in a career-high 24 straight video games, posting a .515 on-base share (24 H, 27 BB) alongside the best way,” because the Nationals highlighted of their pregame notes, including that the on-base streak, “is the longest lively streak in baseball.”

Soto prolonged it with a one-out single within the fourth, and he scored the Nationals’ first run of the sport on a Josh Bell triple within the at-bat that adopted.

Bullpen Motion:

Steve Cishek took over for Paolo Espino with a runner on and one out within the prime of the sixth, and the right-handed reliever retired two to strand the inherited baserunner and maintain it a 4-2 sport within the Braves’ favor.

Hunter Harvey gave up a leadoff stroll to Michael Harris II, RBI double by Dansby Swanson, and a two-out RBI single by Travis d’Arnaud within the prime of the seventh because the Braves added two runs, 6-3, a half-inning after the Nationals made it a one-run sport.

Jordan Weems retired the Braves so as within the prime of the eighth to maintain it a three-run sport.

Rain interrupted the sport earlier than the underside of the eighth began… and 1 hour and 49 minutes later, they picked issues up.

Jesse Chavez tossed a fast, 1-2-3 backside of the eighth.

Andres Machado saved it a three-run sport with a scoreless prime of the ninth, and the Braves turned to Kenley Jansen within the backside of the inning and he retired the facet in an effort to finish issues. Ultimate Rating: 6-3 Braves.

Nationals now 30-63