So much for a pitcher’s duel. The bats came to life in the bottom of the fourth, and they haven’t let up since.
Atlanta scored three in the fourth, all of it with two outs, all of it starting with a walk issued by Scott Olsen. Olsen and Josh Bard didn’t help matters by letting catcher Brian McCann steal second, allowing him to score on Matt Diaz’s double. Then a Jeff Francoeur triple and a Martin Prado single. Just like that, 3-0 Braves.
The Nats, though, responded, thanks to a big, two-run double from Elijah Dukes to deep center. An error by Prado at first base allowed the tying run to score, but Olsen gave the lead right back. He struggled big-time with two outs today, couldn’t finish off innings and paid the price for it. He departed after five, having allowed five runs and six hits, 82 pitches.
Washington knocked Jair Jurrjens out of the game in the sixth and then got a run back on Dukes’ RBI single.
Adam Dunn has reached base all four times he’s come up today (two walks, two singles). For the season, he’s now reached on 16 of 27 plate appearances. That’s a .593 OBP. Not bad.