I don't think the Natitudes like us coming in their building and winning the series. They'll like it even less if we bring out the brooms. Game 2 was all about the Braves pitching. Really, really good pitching. Huddy went 7 inning with 4 hits, 1 run, and no walks. A solo shot was the only damage the Nats would inflict on him. Then, our bullpen came in to close out the game. It's almost becoming automatic that if you can get the game to the 8th and 9th with a lead? We own you.
The Braves were better with our RISP chances in this game, going 3-9 with a couple of 2-out RBIs notched by Gattis' long ball. If not for Uggla getting cut down at the plate on a Harper outfield assist, the Braves could have broken the game open early. As such, we had to rely on the quality arms to carry our 3 runs. Turns out that's exactly what they did.
Some other things that caught my eye in the game. Justin stole a couple of bases to put pressure on the Nats battery. Pena continued his hot hitting streak by going 2/3 with a walk. Huddy stepped up at the plate by going 2/3 during his start. He's now hitting over .400 as a pitcher. He's raking! Kimbrel got his 6th save of the year, and is now tied for the saves lead in the MLB. We have some amazing players putting up some amazing numbers. Our pitching staff has the best ERA in the majors. We're not even hitting on all cylindars yet. That's the thing that should scare the pants off every other team in the league.
So the Braves win, Huddy goes to 2-0, and Strasburg goes to 1-2. I like that. The CPA liked it too, despite the fact the Braves didn't blow them out. The CPA moves to 8-3 on the season. Let's see if we can get the sweep.
CPA Prediction Game 3: Braves 3 - Nats 2
The Nats have hit Maholm well in the past, but Maholm has been firing on all cylindars in his first couple of games, plus the bullpen has been spot on. Gonzalez has been great as well, but he has only averaged 5 innings and change in his starts. That means if we can keep things close, and get to the Nats pen again, we can win a tight one.